Manual of Political Economy; With Particular Reference to the Institutions, Resources and Condition of the United States Volume 3

Manual of Political Economy; With Particular Reference to the Institutions, Resources and Condition of the United States Volume 3

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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. 1828 edition. Excerpt: ...provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves." A great number of writers, especially those of Great Britain, have strenuously maintained that any compulsory provision for the poor, or any charitable provision on which they could calculate, was a great defect in the economy of any community. They attributed the number and degraded condition of the poor in England, to the operation of the law of the 43d Elizabeth, prohibiting vagrant mendicity, and requiring of everyparish to provide for its own poor. The argument is, that the poor, calculating upon such provision, are improvident and idle, and thus brought, in continually increasing numbers, upon public charity, until the sentiment of pride, which naturally revolts from such support, is gradually worn out, and they finally cease to consider it a degradation to be maintained at the public expense. They are consequently not restrained from early marriage, and use no economy to save a part of their wages; whatever they save during the week, they spend at its conclusion, in the ale-houses and tippling-shops; and calculating on the public provision for sickness and old age, they lead a reckless, improvident, and, as far as they can, an idle life, and in the end, come upon the public for support. Such has long been the character and condition of the English common labourers and poor, in many parts of the kingdom; and the improvidence, profligacy, vices, occasional idleness, and distress of this class, have been ascribed by many writers to the operation of the poor laws and charitable institutions; for there is no distinction in this respect, or, if there is any, a charitable foundation for a similar distribution of alms, will have a greater effect upon the...show more

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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 186g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236758471
  • 9781236758477