My aim in life is to make life pleasanter for this great majority

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This is a fascinating quote from Beatrice Webb, she quoting Joseph Chamberlain:

‘My aim in life is to make life pleasanter for this great majority; I do not care if it becomes in the process less pleasant for the well to do minority.’ (Joseph Chamberlian, 1836-1914).

It's a powerful interpretation of utilitarianism. And an appropriate one. But it's now forgotten.

But Birmingham, especially,  had much to thank this man for.

Hat tip: Ivan Horrocks