List of Members and Appendix, Additions to the Library and Abstract of Proceedings During the Session

List of Members and Appendix, Additions to the Library and Abstract of Proceedings During the Session

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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. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ...their energies are concentrated on the single object of improving the position of their clients, they do not seek to promote those objects by violent measures. I attended the late Congress of the trades' unions at Leicester. I was the only man of my own order who did attend, and I can bear testimony to the admirable manner in which the proceedings were conducted. The programme of subjects for discussion was reasonable and appropriate. The questions which it was proposed to ventilate in Parliament were fitting topics for parliamentary debate. There was a creditable freedom from class prejudices. Contrast the proceedings at Leicester with the debates of the International Society on the continent, or the recent demonstrations in New York, where nonsense was talked of a kind which would never have been listened to in this country. Have any of the trades' unions of London ever maintained that, "To protect the useful classes against the avarice of capitalists, or the derangements of trade, the various branches of useful industry should be instituted by the governments upon equitable principles, and thereby furnish employment to those who might be otherwise idle." Has it ever been resolved at a mass meeting in this city, "That the time has arrived for all working people to resist by all legal means the oppression of capital and the robbery which it perpetrates on labour?" My view is that we have in the English working people a body of men less likely to be led away by visionary ideas, less ready to listen to vague and envious denunciations, more strongly influenced by a sense of duty and more law abiding than the corresponding classes in any other country. With all these merits, however, they are not exempt from human infirmity. The...show more

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  • Paperback | 226 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 413g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236593480
  • 9781236593481