A Plain Man's Talk on the Labor Question

Paperback | February 8, 2012

bySimon Newcomb

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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 Excerpt: ... XX. CONCLUSION. I Now invite the reader's courteous attention to some general thoughts about the subject we have been discussing. I do not profess to have solved the labor problem; I do not think it is to be solved on any system, or by any theory, which can be laid down either by a man or a body of men. I am an optimist to this extent: It seems to me that the system on which met have gradually been led to work in unison bl merely following the course dictated by ci# cumstances in each individual case works better than any which human ingenuity could have contrived. Studying the effect of govern-; mental interference in the past we find that' whenever it was dictated by any economic theory it retarded rather than promoted progress./ We now look back with wonder upon i the "unwise policy of the Spanish government consequent upon the discovery of America. Yet it was dictated by the commercial theories which then moved the world, though individaals never acted on them. We now see very dearly that the policy to which individuals were led merely by following their own interests, and acting as circumstance dictated, was wiser, and tended more to the public good, than any system which had received the sanction of government. I think the same thing is true at the present time. Our posterity of a century or two hence will ask with wonder how the people of the United States in this nineteenth century could have believed, in the face of reason and facts, that the condition of the laborer would be improved by a policy designed to make everything necessary to his comfort scarce and dear, by levying protective tariffs upon everything he might import from foreign countries, by discouraging him from building ships and from engaging in many other forms of industry, and by pe...

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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 Excerpt: ... XX. CONCLUSION. I Now invite the reader's courteous attention to some general thoughts about the subject we have been discussing...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:36 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:February 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217154379

ISBN - 13:9780217154376

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