The Story of Modern Progress; With a Preliminary Survey of Earlier Progress

The Story of Modern Progress; With a Preliminary Survey of Earlier Progress

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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. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ...that leading center of manufactures. It is also called by a French name, --Laissez faire ("let alone," or "let it go"). English merchants accepted it no less readily than manufacturers, in their hatred of the old tariffs which hampered their trade; and it soon became almost a religion to the town middle class. The prosperous capitalist class resented all thought of interference in their business by government. Such interference in past times, they easily proved, had been foolish and harmful, even when best intended, and usually it had been intended to benefit a specially privileged few, at the cost of the many. It is easy now to see that this new doctrine suited the strong, The but that it was totally unchristian in its disregard of the weak. Socialist Quite as much as any feudal system, it produced happiness for a few and misery for the greatest number. The horrible conditions of the factory towns (p. 375) were its first fruits. Many tender-hearted men, like John Stuart Mill in England, were so imbued with the teaching that they continued long to proclaim it. But other men called this political economy a "dismal science," and soon many thinkers, in search of a cure for social ills, swung over to some form of what b now called Socialism. The first "Socialists" were very unscientific in their idea, but they were moved by a deep love for suffering humanity. They believed that men by laws or by mutual arrangement could set up a society of common goods and brotherly love, --such as Sir Thomas More had pictured in Utopia. Three name among these early Socialists deserve mention. Saint-Simon was a French noble who had aided America in the Revolution. Afterward, in a lifetime of study, he taught that...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 422g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236831403
  • 9781236831408