The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 57, July 1953 - April, 1954 Page: 81
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T. L. Nugent, Texas Populist 81
It has carried... the human world upward in the long spiritual
evolution. State after state has been unfolded; .. . but the spiritual
evolution has never ceased. . . . All must finally occupy common
ground and share in a common life when evolution has reached its
climax and God's purpose stands finally revealed."4
One of the means for accelerating social regeneration was political
action. Government could be used to restrain the unbrotherly
until such time as they were regenerated. Those who were re-
generates must take the lead in this political action in order to
keep it from being simply the exploited trying to become the
exploiters through weight of numbers. Here is where Nugent's
Populism differed from that of many others. He did not expect
to secure justice by political action or by institutional reform,
although these might yield alleviation.
As a Christian and as a Populist, Nugent was wrestling with a
social problem which presented itself in the form of an equation.
Economic condition was one side of the equation, and status was
the other side. The solvent was socialization of the individual. To
Nugent, the solution for the difficulty of poverty in the midst of
plenty was the socialization of the individual, not economic
socialism. For his other concern, that what were presumably
politically and morally free men seemed to lose that status be-
cause of their economic dependency or unfreeness, socialization
was also the solvent. Socialization was equivalent in his thinking
to regeneration, to "vital piety," to living as Christians. Nugent
could have come to his judgments and solutions by a purely
secular route, but for him the time-honored dogma of liberty,
equality, and 'fraternity was religious dogma.
45T. L. Nugent to J. C. Nugent, in Nugent, Nugent, 307-308. Italics are the
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