The Chautauquan; A Weekly Newsmagazine Volume 45

The Chautauquan; A Weekly Newsmagazine Volume 45

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...adequate housing, reform of the poor laws, the unemployed, hours and conditions of labor, education provisions and criminal procedure, agriculture, more equal taxes, are illustrations of the new "social politics." It is perhaps less known that this "leader of mobs," as he was called in the eighties, lays the noblest stress upon definite moral responsibilities. As a preacher of temperance in its larger sense, he has few peers in England. Listen to recent words of his. Our foes, he says, "are not external, but of our own household. In out wasteful government, our boastful policies, our riotous appetites, our disregard of the warning of other times lie our distresses. In war, drink, betting, gambling we must seek the real cause for any difficulty there may be in our industrial instincts, physical endurance, mechanical ability, or consuming capacity. Let us repress our vices, chasten our lusts, discipline our pleasures, exalt our thoughts, and elevate to the greatest height of public approval the maker of things, the producer of wealth, whose place is now unworthily occupied by the financier, speculator and plutocrat. Let us give to the arts of peaceful industry what for ten years have been given to the disturbance of the world's peace and the shaking of our credit, and if not checked, the frittering away in vainglorious policies, the fine fettle of the best productive forces of the greatest industrial people of the world." This was not fustian. It is the straight opinion of one who has practiced it before men in his daily life. To set the spirit of this noble sobriety as an ideal before the workingmen of England--to embody it politically in the larger life of the country may fairly be written down as...show more

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  • Paperback | 114 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 218g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236761057
  • 9781236761057