“Democracy is unstable as a political system as long as it remains a political system and nothing more, instead of being, as it should be, not only a form of government but a type of society, and a manner of life which is in harmony with that type. To make it a type of society requires an advance along two lines. It involves, in the first place, the resolute elimination of all forms of special privilege which favour some groups and depress other, whether their source be differences of environment, of education, or of pecuniary income. It involves, in the second place, the conversion of economic power, now often an irresponsible tyrant, into a servant of society, working within clearly defined limits and accountable for its actions to a public authority.”
Richard Henry Tawney
Tawney was one of the three most influential thinkers of the British Labour Party and the Fabian Society in the early 20th Century, the others being G D H Cole and Graham Wallas. Tawney was the author of THE ACQUISITIVE SOCIETY and EQUALITY, two classics in Socialist thought. Generally considered as the intellectual forefather of ‘Ethical Socialism’.