On Political Economy, in Connexion with the Moral State and Moral Prospects of Society Volume 2

On Political Economy, in Connexion with the Moral State and Moral Prospects of Society Volume 2

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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. 1838* edition. Excerpt: ...of an order of men in the country, willing to live and to propagate on the most wretched-fare and miserable wages, is first felt in the grade immediately above them, and at length extends through all the departments of industry. Whether the degradation of their tastes and habits arises from a stupid or a profligate recklessness, so long as it subsists, they will hang as a dead weight on the rear of society, and with a depressing power on the comfort and status of those who are above them. The operation is palpable, when brought about by the immigration of Irish labourers, though only amounting to a small fractional part of the working population in Britain; but it is not considered, that, by a home process, and through the neglected education of our ownpeasantry, the same effect is sure to follow on the undue multiplication of families among ourselves. Apart from foreign influences altogether, there are causes at work within the island, which, if not met and counteracted, will issue in a grievous and general descent of wages, though not an Irishman should land upon our shores. There is a growing host of supernumeraries throughout the parishes of England, and in Scotland too, who overhang with a perpetual influence the labour market, and give a constant advantage to the employers of labour in all their negotiations with workmen; though it may only become manifest on those occasions, when, by means of the extra hands which can be so easily procured, they break the force, whether of righteous or unrighteous combinations. Now, the question is, whether shall we transform these modern Helots, which can only be done by a universal and Christian education, or shall we trust to the expedients of political economy alone; some of which, as the...show more

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  • Paperback | 98 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 191g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236773225
  • 9781236773227