Social Innovators and Their Schemes

Social Innovators and Their Schemes

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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. 1858 edition. Excerpt: ...us are of a political character, and are such as we should expect to be laid to our charge by an enemy of our institutions. Besides, wild as is Louis Blanc against monarchy and aristocracy, he is not so blinded by natural prejudice as to deny us much that is great. "But I will say no more; I will not complete this mournful sketch; lest any one should accuse me of a desire to insult the ancient and powerful English race. Notwithstanding all the ill that England has done to the world and to my country, I will not and cannot forget that she lays claim to immortal passages in the history of nations: that she was visited by liberty before the other races of Europe: that her laws even under the yoke of an oppressive aristocracy, have offered amazing and solemn homage to the dignity of men: that from her bosom sprang the wildest but loudest cry which was heard, against the tyranny of papacy and inquisition: that even to-day she is the only country in which the rage of politics has not stifled hospitality, to the destruction of the weak. For there it is that you, poor and noble exiles, athletes unconquered though wounded, have found an etsyluml there that you have collected your scattered fortunes: there that you have partaken the life of mind and heart, the only good left you under that great disaster, the anger of your enemies: and there also that you follow in thought us, nearly as unhappy, nearly as much exiled as yourselves; since we have looked around us to find our country though living in her bosom, and have found her, alas! so humiliated that no longer did we know her." This noble tribute to our virtue may well excuse the philippic that precedes it. Louis Blane was rewarded for his candour. In a few years he was himself a...show more

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  • Paperback | 120 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 227g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236784170
  • 9781236784179