A Labor Catechism of Political Economy

A Labor Catechism of Political Economy

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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. 1892 edition. Excerpt: ...is a government as much as Government itself. A great advantage then, certainly would be felt, first by the people at large. We all have an interest in the Post Office and the Public Schools; because they take charge of certain departments of their necessary business and are paid without favoritism from the Commonwealth of the land. Exactly the same interest will be felt if they own and operate the Coal Mines themselves; likewise the Railroads, in common. They would not tolerate a monopoly. They would watch with eager interest, over their own Works. Year after year they would send picked men to the Legislatures and to Congress charged to look after their household interest of fuel and fares. They would gradually grow by this practical urgent of study and become peaceful citizens. Under the present company rule, what has a Congressman to say? Influences are often strongest on the si de of wrong. He can sell his vote against the people oftentimes in favor of the Coal and Eailroad Companies' lobby Legislation, for which millions are often accumulated in pools. But the interest is so secondhand, so distant, so vague, that the poor people are hoodwinked and bewildered. Could it go so any longer if the government owned these Mines and the avenues leading to and from them? On the contrary; you would see protective organizations among the people which you do not see now. They would study and inquire into the causes of every variation of the price of coal. The housewife would be the one to demand an inquiry. The political club would pass and publish resolutions, and appoint investigating committees. If things still went wrong, the members of Congress from its district would be required to bring the matter before Congress and if the mischief were not...show more

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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 172g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236581180
  • 9781236581181