Scottish Review Volume 3

Scottish Review 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. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ...the same moment the most unsparing advocates of governmental reform, and the severest scourgers of old abuses, with the Times itself at their head, have been the very fiercest in this campaign against a remission of taxation, a tendency to economy, and a sparing of the subject. This very curious phenomenon, the last thing of all which we would have expected on a first view of the subject, naturally excites our curious inquiry, and we look closer to discover what are the bearings of the question, the hidden springs of action and interest which we had overlooked. And what are these deeper motives to an affection so rare, as that for taxation, and especially a taxation of knowledge? Our question is immediately and even clamorously answered by a large portion of the st-am ed newspapers in the kingdom, whose price ranges from 5d. to 9.; and you are somewhat taken aback by the unanimous announcement t at, to take away the penny stamp, is to open the floodgates of all immorality, all disorder, and all destruction of principle and talent in the press. You are assured that, take away the penny stamp, and you strip away with it from the press the exercise of enius, the employment of capital, every decency, and every guardian power over the public morals. If the stamp fall off, we are informed with a portentous gravity, that with it will fall the power and prestige of the newspaper press of Great Britain. Ability will give way to imbecility, moral principle to libertinism; news instead of circulating more rapidly, will cease to circulate at all, for nobody will be at the expense of importing it. All that is at resent eminent, able, and virtuous about the press will be burie under the on-rushing tide of Twaddledom, and the consternated public will...show more

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  • Paperback | 180 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 331g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236808517
  • 9781236808516