The Progress of Society

The Progress of Society

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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. 1830 edition. Excerpt: ...So far as inequality of circumstances arises from this cause, we are fully sensible of its propriety. A third source of inequality arises from fortune or accident. These terms are somewhat vague. In illustration many instances may be adduced, though it is impossible to enumerate them all. The fruits of one man's field may be blasted by an unavoidable disaster, while that of another man is unusually productive. The result of mercantile undertakings is still more precarious. A man's success in life depends, in a great measure, on his being placed in a station where his peculiar talents have scope for exertion, or are brought into view. This is sometimes the result of his prudence; but it frequently depends upon circumstances, as to which he is in a great measure, or altogether, passive. The number and weight of his competitors often decide his fortune. The business of life cannot be carried on without incurring risk, by reposing confidence in other men, and in a variety of other ways. One man escapes the danger, another suffers by it to the full extent. Another source of inequality is injustice, when the powerful invade the property of the weak, or the crafty obtain that of the simple. Although these crimes be the objects of the highest reprobation; yet it is impossible, even in the best constituted societies, entirely to prevent them, and in disorderly times they prevail to a great extent. A man of a benevolent but enthusiastic turn of mind may be desirous of calling in the interposition of power to cdrrect these inequalities, and relieve the unfortunate industrious at the expense of the undeservedly successful. A little reflection, however, may convince him that this cannot be done without subverting the rights of property, on which the existence...
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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 159g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236541553
  • 9781236541550