English Associations of Working Men

English Associations of Working Men

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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. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...this course of development has corresponded with its aims, though we shall constantly hereafter have to bring the whole bearings of this question before the reader, since, in fact, everything hinges upon it. At all times there have been two tendencies, which are plainly discernible in the history of the development of Friendly Societies, and which run counter to each other. On the one hand, there is the old tendency of Englishmen to self-help, to the undisturbed management of their own affairs by the parties immediately concerned, without any State supervision or official interference; and, on the other, there is the view that these multiform unions and societies require an effective State supervision and control, that certain principles must be prescribed to them, and that in this way alone can progress be achieved. These opposite tendencies are reflected in the evidence of all the witnesses examined by the Commission of 1874, in the transactions of learned societies, in Parliament, in legislation, in the newspapers, and in literature. All the long series of Acts of Parliament, from the first Friendly Societies' Act of 1793, to the consolidated Act of 1875, are in reality so many compromises between these two opposite tendencies. But, although at times the view of those who advocated a stricter supervision of Friendly Societies, and more decisive action by the State in this respect, received a strong support from facts, still, so powerfully has the tendency of self-dependence predominated, that not only has all legislation remained permissive, in the sense of leaving the Friendly Societies to decide whether they will register themselves, and thereby submit to a certain amount of State supervision, but that even as regards the registered...show more

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  • Paperback | 182 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 336g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236745175
  • 9781236745170