The Glory and the Shame of Britain, an Essay on the Condition and Claims of the Working Classes

The Glory and the Shame of Britain, an Essay on the Condition and Claims of the Working Classes

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1851 edition. Excerpt: ... about the domestic condition, or the character, whether moral or religious, of their work-people. Arbitrary or bigoted interference with such matters cannot be too strongly deprecated, but absolute apathy is equally criminal. The individual who has a thousand persons in his employ, holds an enviable and responsible position. What a noble sphere of usefulness! Talk of churches, municipal corporations, kingdoms, --the heads of these organizations have less real power than he. To raise the temporal and spiritual condition of a thousand persons is an object worth living for, and should far transcend, in a Christian's estimation, the amplest fortune which their toil might raise. Why has Providence permitted so many to be brought under the influence of one man 1 That they may make him richer 1--No; chiefly that he may possess the rmeans of guiding, educating, and raising them--that the weak may have a champion in the strong--that the intelligence and refinement of the wealthier classes, by being connected with the means of subsistence, may exert a more powerful influence on their humbler brethren. Providentially considered, the acquisition of wealth is a subsidiary end; and yet, as society will soon discover, an end which will be more successfully gained by a faithful discharge of those moral duties which are bound up with it. It is required to supplement and soften the scientific laws which regulate the remuneration of labour. The mutual relations of demand and supply determine the price at which labour can be procured, but those relations do not affect the morals of the question. Owing to special circumstances it is frequently the case, that the market price of labour would starve the workman, -while the master is well able, from the profits of his.show more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236491807
  • 9781236491800