I’ve just finished reading David Days very engaging and interesting biography of Curtin. It’s an enjoyable, easy, long read.
Early on I ran into the ten commandments of socialism. These were taught at socialist Sunday schools just after the turn of the twentieth century.
Na¯ve they were, and they share something in common with various cults of the time like theosophy, but their earnest, overweening good intentions warm the hearts of some of us.
1 Love your school fellows, who will be your fellow workmen in life.
2 Love learning, which is the food of the mind. Be grateful to your teachers as to your parents.
3 Make every day holy by good and useful deeds, and kindly actions.
4 Honour good men, be courteous to all me, bow down to none.
5 Do not hate or speak evil of anyone, do not be revengeful, but stand up for your rights and resist oppression.
6 Do not be cowardly. Be a friend to the weak, and love justice.
7 Remember that all good things of the earth are produced by labour, whoever enjoys them without working for them is stealing the bread of the workers.
8 Observe and think in order to discover the truth; do not believe what is contrary to reason and never deceive yourself or others.
9 Do not think that he who loves his own country must hate or despise other nations, or wish for war, which is a remnant of barbarism.
10 Look forward to the day when all men will be free citizens of one fatherland, and live together as brothers in peach and righteousness.