A Treatise on Political Economy

A Treatise on Political Economy

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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. 1851 edition. Excerpt: ...We have seen how the preventive remedy might be successfully applied to crimes superinduced by alcohol; namely, by interdicting the production and sale of that fruitful instrument of mischief. And the same effective method may be adopted in all cases in which the remote cause of trespasses is known to reside in property, or indeed any where else, provided its nature and circumstances are such that the laws of society can be made to reach and control it. But where crimes have their origin in the constitution of human nature, --where they are directly prompted by ignorance, or passion, or by innate depravity, the preventive remedy cannot be applied with equal directness and certainty. Much, however, may be accomplished even in those cases, by promoting intellectual and moral culture, which maybe termed the indirect method of prevention. Ignorance must be regarded as the principal cause of all vicious actions except those which result from the outbreaks of passion and the insubordination of desires; because, minds enlightened by a knowledge of the truth, readily perceive that vicious actions produce misery, that the practice of virtue is the best means of securing happiness; and I hold it to be self-evident that the judgment invariably dictates in obedience to the promptings of that supreme desire. Ignorance, therefore, is a fruitful source of crime, and being so, it is incumbent on society to diminish it by all the instrumentalities at its command. The subject is universally regarded in this light, as may be inferred from the fact that all governments foster and encourage education, by appropriating less or more of revenue to its support, to say nothing of other expedients designed to promote the acquisition of knowledge. Some governments go much..show more

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  • Paperback | 98 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 191g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236634411
  • 9781236634412