Socialism

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byRoswell Dwight Hitchcock

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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. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...all this industry instantly and absolutely cease; unyoke the oxen, call up the miners, shut down the mills, stop the vessels, stop the carts; and in twelve months' time what becomes of your property? Gone, a great part of it, like smoke into the sky. What else have we for property? Roads, of course. Some bits of old Roman roads have lasted well, though neither Italy, nor any other country, is much the better for them to-day. But our roads have to be mended every year, or they would soon become impassable. Railroads have to be mended almost every day. Buildings are also property: Pyramids, Temples, Cathedrals, Churches, Warehouses, but especially the houses we live in. How much buildings are worth, depends upon how long they will last. To determine this, we must take the original cost of construction for a dividend, and for a divisor the percentage required to keep the buildings in good repair. Measured by this rule, the Pyramids are the best pieces of property in existence. If let alone, as they should have been, they would never have needed repairing. But of what use are they? Egyptian Temples rank next. But the Egyptian climate is exceptional. St. Peter's Church in Rome is said to have cost $48,000,000; but $30,000 have to be spent upon it every year to keep it in repair. Let it alone for fifty years, and what proportion of its original cost would any business man be willing to bid for it? How long do our dwelling-houses last? Not so very much longer than the black tents of the Bedaween. We have property also on the sea: vessels of wood and of iron. How long do they last? Where is the ship on whose deck Nelson was shot? Where is our own frigate, the Constitution f Where is the first steamboat that went up the Hudson? The upshot of the...

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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. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...all this industry instantly and absolutely cease; unyoke the oxen, call up the miners, shut down the mills, sto...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:20 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.04 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:021799718X

ISBN - 13:9780217997188

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