"Unto this Last": Four Essays on the First Principles of Political Economy

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J. Wiley & Sons, 1872 - Economics - 138 pages
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User Review  - blake.rosser - LibraryThing

I didn't read this edition, I actually just got the text off the internet, but I imagine it's the same. It is a surprisingly readable critique of political economic philosophy, particularly going to ... Read full review

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In his inimitable style, Ruskin takes in his powerful grip the trunk of the trunk of the tree of modern economic thought and shakes the entire growth. Rejected by early readers as "absolute nonsense ... Read full review

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Page 24 - But let us not lose the use of Dickens's wit and insight, because he chooses to speak in a circle of stage fire. He is entirely right in his main drift and purpose in every book he has written ; and all of them, but especially Hard Times, should be studied with close and earnest care by persons interested in social questions.
Page 15 - AMONG the delusions which at different periods have possessed themselves of the minds of large masses of the human race, perhaps the most curious - certainly the least creditable - is the modern soi-disant science of political economy, based on the idea that an advantageous code of social action may be determined irrespectively of the influence of social affection.
Page vi - Writers on Political Economy profess to teach, or to investigate, the nature of Wealth, and the laws of its production and distribution: including, directly or remotely, the operation of all the causes by which the condition of mankind, or of any society of human beings, in respect to this universal object of human desire, is made prosperous or the reverse.
Page 59 - In fact, it may be discovered that the true veins of wealth are purple, and not in rock, but in flesh ; perhaps even that the final outcome and consummation of all wealth is in the producing as many as possible full-breathed, bright-eyed, and happy-hearted human creatures.
Page 98 - The real science of political economy, which has yet to be distinguished from the bastard science, as medicine from witchcraft, and astronomy from astrology, is that which teaches nations to desire and labour for the things that lead to life ; and which teaches them to scorn and destroy the things that lead to destruction.
Page 35 - The Soldier's profession is to defend it. The Pastor's to teach it. The Physician's to keep it in health. The Lawyer's to enforce justice in it. The Merchant's to provide for it.
Page 35 - ... sixpences have to be lost as well as lives, under a sense of duty ; that the market may have its martyrdoms as well as the pulpit ; and trade its heroisms as well as war.

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