Yorston's Popular History of the World; Ancient. Mediaeval. Modern Volume 7

Yorston's Popular History of the World; Ancient. Mediaeval. Modern Volume 7

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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. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...classes of men and of higher castes, but to administer a corrective to nature itself for having distributed its favours unequally. When these and similar doctrines were promulgated at the congresses of the International, which were held in three consecutive years in Geneva, Lausanne, and Brussels, the world looked with tolerable indifference upon the assembly brought together from all lands and nations. Such dreams and phantoms, such visionary teachings and views had in old and new times appeared so frequently, that it was thought the task of combating them might be left to the sane understanding of sensible people. Men saw in these ideas the last traces of a cosmopolitan tendency, that could strike no root in the present. Apart from the negation of the established rules in religion, State economy, and civil ordinances, and from "Nihilist" views, the rule of political economy laid down by the cleverest writer on the system, Marx, originated in such unsound premises, that its refutation, like that of the idea of French national workshops in 1848, could be expected from their own fall; for while the system sets up human labour as the sole standard of value, it leaves mental activity, the finer tissue of industrial life, entirely out of the reckoning, or undervalues it. Such exploded theories, it Was supposed, would be destroyed by the force of healthy judgment, by the natural feelings of morality and right, and by the power of existing institutions. But sufficient stress was not laid upon two points: firstly, that such doctrines have a seductive charm for uneducated minds little used to reflection and ignorant of the real state of things in the world, however little there may be of truth in the sophistical tirades; and secondly, that in...show more

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 159g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236595041
  • 9781236595041