The Protectionist Peril; An Examination of Mr. Chamberlain's Proposals

The Protectionist Peril; An Examination of Mr. Chamberlain's Proposals

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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. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...(the East Coast ports, whose trade is almost wholly with foreign countries, for instance) would be ruined. 4. Neglect Of Reform. A diversion of public thought from the real weaknesses of our national and international condition, weaknesses which must be accurately understood and remedied if, in Mr. Balfour's words, this branch of the AngloSaxon race is to enjoy "the great and triumphant economic progress which undoubtedly lies before the United States of America." 5. Dissension Throughout The Empire. A cultivation of jealousy, dissension, and greed after British favour between different parts of the Empire and different interests in each part; an increase of animosity against us on the part of all foreign nations; and an instability of economic ideas which must have grave effects in the business world. The figures given in Appendix II. show that the Colonies have the advantage of paying only two or three shillings per head, where the Englishman has to pay thirty shillings, in military and naval expenditure. Whether, or not, as Mr. Chamberlain told the Colonial Premiers last year, "no one will pretend that that is a fair distribution of the burdens of Empire, no one will believe that the United Kingdom can for all time make this inordinate sacrifice," it is certain that we cannot add another and greater sacrifice to it. We should have little to fear as to the reception of such schemes if the essential facts of our commercial situation were as well understood as they should be among those who elect and those who are elected to our so-called Imperial Parliament. We have attempted to indicate some of these very briefly by distinguishing between our political and our economic empires; between our subjects and our customers; between...show more

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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236519159
  • 9781236519153