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Abraham Kuyper: An Annotated Bibliography 1857-2010 by Tjitze Kuipers (2011)

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[Miscellanea concerning the social question.]
In: Architectonische critiek. Fragmenten uit de sociaal-politieke geschriften van Dr. A. Kuyper. [Door] W.F. de Gaay Fortman. (Ons Sociaal Erfdeel: deel II.)
Amsterdam, H.J. Paris 1956 (Wormerveer/Amsterdam, Meijer), pp. [27]–29, [39]–137, [142]–171.

An anthology of articles, speeches and draft laws that Kuyper conceived about the “social question.” The collection begins with 1871.04 (pp. [27]–29), followed by 1880.09 (pp. [39]–73) and 1891.15 (pp. [74]–113), which are reprinted in full. The memorandum concerning the opinions submitted against Kuyper’s (major) amendment to the Industrial Accidents Act (included in 1899.28) is likewise reproduced (pp. [114]–137). Subsequently a very short fragment with an enumeration of the regulations in the draft labor code like workers protection and safety, working hours, the introduction of an apprentice system (pp. [138]-141). Taken from the Memorie van Toelichting op het ontwerp Arbeidswet 1904 [Explanatory Memorandum on the draft labor code 1904] included in the Bijlagen van het verslag der handelingen van de Tweede Kamer der Staten Generaal 1904-1905, 133.3. (pp 32-77). Also included in 1905.12, vol. III, pp. [93]-242. On pages [142]–160 five lead articles under the heading “Bedrijfsorganisatie” [Industrial organization] are reprinted from De Standaard.

The first article, “Organisatie” [Organization], is drawn from De Standaard 32 (1903), no. 9171, February 4, 1903. Written during the labor strikes of 1903, the article contends that the strike had shown the power of organized labor but had also made clear the fatal flaw of organizing laborers rather than enacting labor law. The author points out that he had been pointing to the need for a code of labor for more than twenty-five years (cf. 1874.03 and 1889.06). Kuyper may have inspired this article but whether he actually wrote it is open to question for several reasons—among them, the fact that during the period of his ministry, he officially abstained from writing articles for De Standaard.

Articles from the four-part series “Bedrijfsorganisatie” [Industrial organization] are reprinted from De Standaard 39 (1910), no. 11687, April 23, 1910; and from no. 11689, April 26, 1910–no. 11693, April 30, 1910. The basic line of argument in the series, which proposes a network of local and national labor organizations, resembles what Kuyper had written for Christian employers and employees in 1908.04. By promoting the design and creation of organized cooperation between employees and employers, his ideas oppose the socialist concept of class struggle.

A section from Kuyper’s plea for a code of labor is printed on pages [30]–38 (see 1890.06, pp. 191–197). Finally, the second half of 1918.04, in which Kuyper argues that the Anti-Revolutionaries should pursue a solution to the social question as their next great political aim, is reproduced at the conclusion of the anthology (pp. [161]–171).