Principles of Political Economy (Classic Reprint)
Excerpt from Principles of Political Economy
Questions agitated in all assemblies-indeed, Wherever two or three are gathered together - ia the hovel no less than in the palace - in the village pot-house, as in the brilliant circles of metro politan rank and fashion - in the factory, as well as the club - have a direct practical relation to the constitution and interests of society. The conduct, the character, and the structure of governments and legislatures - the nature and probable results of laws to be enacted or repealed - taxation, the public debt, poor-laws, free trade - the condition and prospects of the great leading interests of the state, agricultural, commercial, and manufacturing - and, above all, of the labouring class, compre hending, as it does, the numerical majority, and, consequently, the physical powers of the com munity - these are now matters 'familiar to our ears as household words, ' the topics of daily, hourly conversation and discussion, in every corner of almost every land - often ignorantly, stupidly, blunderingly treated, it may be; - but still canvassed, spoken, written, read, thought.
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