Sophisms of free-trade and popular political economy examined by Sir John Barnard BylesSophisms of free-trade and popular political economy examined by Sir John Barnard Byles

Sophisms of free-trade and popular political economy examined

bySir John Barnard Byles

Paperback | January 31, 2012

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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. 1912. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXXIL "Labor should be left to flow in its own natural channels." Of all the idols worshipped by the let-alone superstition, this is perhaps the Moloch. Never before were human sacrifices offered up on so vast a scale. We have already seen that the channels in which both capital and labor, when left to themselves, may chance by accident to flow, are not necessarily the most advantageous. That both capital and labor may be (and often have been) artificially diverted into channels ten times, twenty times, a hundred times, as advantageous to the whole nation. Just as many a river, which, left to itself, spreads and stagnates in shallow and pestilential marshes and lagoons, may have its course or its levels artificially altered and improved, so as to irrigate whole countries, and feed great nations, or bear their commerce on its deep and ample bosom. But what we propose here to consider is the distribution of the population itself. Will it naturally distribute itself in the most advantageous manner? Reader! have you ever seen a map of England shaded according to the density of the population? Middlesex, Lancashire, and West Riding of Yorkshire, a portion of South Wales, and a few other places are almost black. But the residue of the kingdom is either slightly shaded, or almost white. This map shews the English population to be, not so much large as congested. Let things alone, and the fatal congestion is aggravated. The recent returns shew that the population of our largest towns grows rapidly, but the rural population does not. Men are more and more driven from their natural, virtuous, and healthy calling in the open air--the subjugation, fertilisation, and culture of the soil. They encourage foreigners to cultivate foreign soils, but are themselves ...
Title:Sophisms of free-trade and popular political economy examinedFormat:PaperbackDimensions:82 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217997228

ISBN - 13:9780217997225