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Among those who call themselves socialists, two kinds of persons may be distinguished. They are, in the first place, those who plan for a new order of society, in which private and individual competition are to be superseded and other motives to action substituted, are on the scale of a village community of township, and would be applied to an entire country by the multiplication of such self-acting units; of this character are the systems of Owen, of Fourier, and the more thoughtful and philosophic socialists generally. The other class, which is more a product of the continent than of Great Britain and may be called the revolutionary socialists, has people who propose to themselves a much bolder stroke. Their scheme is the management of the whole productive resources of the country by one central authority, the general government. And with this view some of them avow as their purpose that the working classes, or somebody on their behalf, should take possession of all the property of the country, and administer it for the general benefit.
Whatever may be the difficulties of the first of these two forms of socialism, the second may evidently involve the same difficulties and many more. The former, too has the great advantage that it can be brought into operation progressively, and can prove its capabilities by trial. It can be tried first on a select population and extended to the rest as their education and cultivation permit. It need not, and the natural order of things would not, become an engine of subversion until it has shown itself capable of being also a mean of reconstruction. It is not so with the other: the aim of that is to substitute the new rule for the old at a single stroke, and to exchange the amount of good realized under the present system, and its large possibilities for a plunge without any preparation into the most extreme form of the problem of carrying on the whole round of the operations of social life without the motive power which has always hitherto worked the social machinery. It must be acknowledged that those who would play this game on the strength of their own private opinion, unconfirmed as yet by any experimental verification-who would forcibly deprive all who have now a comfortable physical existence of their only present means of preserving it, and would brave the frightful bloodshed and misery that would ensue if the attempt was resisted-must have a serene confidence in their own wisdom on one hand and the recklessness of other peoples’ suffering on the other, of which, Roberspierre and St. Just, were hitherto the typical instances, scarcely came up to. Nevertheless, this scheme has great elements of popularity which the more cautious and reasonable form of socialism has not; because what it professes to do, it promises to do quickly and holds out hope to the enthusiasts of seeing the whole of their aspirations realised in their own time and at a blow.
Reading Comprehension: Passage 1
All are socialists
The second form of socialism has more difficulties that the first
The second form of socialism has the same difficulties as the first
The second form of socialism has less difficulties than the first
The author has not compared the difficulties of the two
one consists of thinkers and the others are active people
the first have a definite philosophy and the second don’t have any definite philosophy
the first believe in gradual change while the others believe in revolutionary change
the first are the products of Britain, while the other are products of Russia
Unconcern for other’s suffering
Full confidence in their own wisdom
Both 1 and 2
Neither 1 nor 2
Deprivation of current comfortable existence
Corruption in high places
Misery caused by resisting the change
the government takes over the villages first, and then gradually the whole country.
the government takes over all productive resources of the country at one stroke.
the government declares a police state and rules by decree.
there is no government as such: the people rule themselves by the socialist doctrine.
the side of the socialist doctrine.
the second type of socialism.
the first type of socialism.
8/8 in the first attempt.
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7 out of 8 correct
5/8 nice RC could’ve scored 8 I attempted the questions without looking at the paragraph.
Thank you Wordpandit. You are doing a great job.
Really great help
You are most welcome Nisarg.:)
Best of luck for the exam.
perfect for RC
Thanks, word pandit. Hope you continue this way 🙂
this RC i found really tough.
scored 75 %
this site is more beneficial if also show times to complete a rc
Though passage was hard to digest, questions were straight forward…scored 100%. just wanna know the difficulty level of passage
This is really a great site to practice for rc thanksss
My accuracy is hovering around 50% in RC .please suggest some solution to improve that .TIA
all correct 🙂
i got 75%
Happily Learning. Thank you for your efforts!
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