The Happiness of Nations: A Beginning in Political Engineering

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B. W. Huebsch, 1915 - Ethics - 256 pages

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Page 45 - serve for all of them. They consist, all of them, in so many contrivances for avoiding the obligation of appealing to any external standard, and for prevailing upon the reader to accept of the author's sentiment or opinion as a reason for itself. The phrases different, but the principle the same.
Page 139 - This relative matter of national power and State rights, as a principle, is no other than the principle of generality and locality. Whatever concerns the whole should be confided to the whole—to the General Government; while whatever concerns only the State should be left exclusively to the State. This is all there is of original principle about it.
Page 92 - all different kinds. In the course of their reasoning, however, the lands, houses and consumable goods seem to slip out of their memory, and the strain of their argument frequently supposes that all wealth consists in gold and silver, and that to multiply these metals is the great object of national industry and commerce.
Page 71 - upon which we see it carried on in common at this day. For what more natural or more general ground of hatred to a practice can there be than the mischievousness of such practice? What all men are exposed to suffer by, all men will be disposed to hate.
Page 91 - Some of the best English writers upon commerce set out with observing that the wealth of a country consists, not in its gold and silver only, but in its lands, houses, and consumable goods of
Page 138 - in the abstract would be about this—that each man shall do precisely as he pleases with himself, and with all those things which exclusively concern him. Applied in government, this principle would be that a general government
Page 70 - will frequently coincide with those of utility, though perhaps without intending any such thing. Probably more frequently than not, and hence it is that the business of penal justice is carried on upon that tolerable sort of footing
Page 85 - The Wealth of Nations." "Political Economy, considered as a branch of the science of a statesman or legislator, proposes two distinct objects; first, to provide a plentiful revenue or subsistence for the people, or more properly to enable them to provide such a revenue or subsistence for themselves; and secondly, to supply the state or commonwealth with a revenue sufficient for the public services. It proposes to enrich both the
Page 87 - consequence of its being the instrument of commerce, when we have money we can more readily obtain whatever else we have occasion for than by means of any other commodity. The great affair, we always find, is to get money. When that is obtained, there is no difficulty in making any subsequent purchase.
Page 85 - and secondly, to supply the state or commonwealth with a revenue sufficient for the public services. It proposes to enrich both the

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