|Title||The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists|
plan for the cure of Poverty. Those who were opposed to them always failed to refute their arguments, and feared, and nearly always refused, to meet them in fair fight - in open debate - preferring to use the cowardly and despicable weapons of slander and misrepresentation. The fact that these Socialists never encountered their opponents except to defeat them, was a powerful testimony to the accuracy of their reasonings and the correctness of their conclusions - and yet they were undoubtedly mad. One might converse with them for an indefinite time on the three divisions of their subject without
eliciting any proofs of insanity, but directly one inquired what means they proposed to employ in order to bring about the adoption of their plan, they replied that they hoped to do so by reasoning with the others!
Although they had sense enough to understand the real causes of poverty, and the only cure for poverty, they