Brief essays on subjects of social economy

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byThomas Lewin

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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.1856 Excerpt: ... POOR LAWS. Part II. Law is the consent and actipn of the whole body of a people as to the manner in which the purposes of society shall be carried into effect. In the preceding Essay it was observed that if when a person finds himself unable to maintain himself by his own exertions, he be allowed a claim on the more successful exertions of his fellow citizens, a reciprocal obligation attaches to himself, such that, when able to do so, he should himself contribute to that common fund by which the life and property of the incapable and indigent may be maintained; and in doing which, the duty implied in the social compact is thus naturally made to harmonize with the divine obligation and command to love our neighbour as ourselves. However obvious these views may be, when presented to the thoughtful and educated mind in an enlightened period, it cannot be supposed that it could be so in rude and uncultivated states of society in generally unenlightened times. These, like the dim-visioned or blind amongst individuals, have to grope their way through misconceptions and errors and practical difficulties, long before either what is proper is perceived, or what is perceived to be proper can be carried into effect: for as government is but the creature of those necessities which impel mankind into the compact of society for mutual protection, so also it is from necessity alone, as it may arise, that laws are enacted and made to change, from time to time, with the varying circumstances of the world, and the alterations which they occasion in the views, and opinions, and actual requirements of mankind. If in the state of nature, as before observed, the law of the strongest will prevail, so also in the earliest periods of civil society will it predominate. As, however, ...

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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.1856 Excerpt: ... POOR LAWS. Part II. Law is the consent and actipn of the whole body of a people as to the manner in which the purposes of societ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:34 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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