A Historical Sketch of the United States Railroad Retirement System, With Emphasis on the Origin and Development of Its Old Age Insurance Features, 1934 – 1949
In an agricultural civilization as contrasted with primitive civilization, the old men is no more a burden. On the contrary he is the leader, the carrier of ancient wisdom and consequently of authority. The more settled farming mode of living gave greater emphasis to experience and judgment, and the importance of brute strength lessened. Thus there developed universally an attitude towards old age which expressed itself in obedience, veneration, even love and worship. Although, as in feudal times, physical labor was involved in the agricultural civilization, it was a life-time contract and the family was included as a unit, cancelling the individual competitiveness for employment of the modern industrial system.
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Arrigo, John Michael, "A Historical Sketch of the United States Railroad Retirement System, With Emphasis on the Origin and Development of Its Old Age Insurance Features, 1934 – 1949" (1951). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30724947.