A Plea for Liberty: An Argument Against Socialism and Socialistic Legislation
Murray, 1891 - Great Britain - 414 pages
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This collection of essays was originally published in 1891 in response to a collection of Fabian Essays on Socialism which advocated policies which would eventually lead to the modern welfare state. The theoretical and empirical contributions are fine examples of the classical liberal tradition in British thought.
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Page 70 - That principle is, that the sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively, in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number, is self -protection. That the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others.
Page 1 - OF the many ways in which common-sense inferences about social affairs are flatly contradicted by events (as when measures taken to suppress a book cause increased circulation of it, or as when attempts to prevent usurious rates of interest make the terms harder for the borrower, or as when there is greater difficulty in getting things at the places of production than elsewhere) one of the most curious is the way in which the more things improve the louder become the exclamations about their badness....
Page iv - Impunity and remissness for certain are the bane of a commonwealth; but here the great art lies, to discern in what the law is to bid restraint and punishment, and in what things persuasion only is to work.
Page iv - They are not skilful considerers of human things, who imagine to remove sin by removing the matter of sin...
Page 102 - ... in a fair, open, and regular manner, should not be afterwards put to difficulties by reason of the previous knavery of the seller.
Page 362 - Act confirming such provisional order, or of such special Act, and within six months after the expiration of every subsequent period of seven years, or such shorter...
Page 307 - If, indeed, a traveller had waited half an hour without being supplied, he might hire a horse wherever he could. To facilitate correspondence between one part of London and another was not originally one of the objects of the Post Office. But, in the reign of Charles the Second, an enterprising citizen of London, William Dockwray, set up, at great expense, a penny post...
Page 77 - Forasmuch as divers artificers, labourers, and servants, and grooms, keep greyhounds and other dogs, and on the holydays, when good Christian people be at church, hearing divine service, they go hunting in parks, warrens, and connigries...
Page 362 - ... the then value (exclusive of any allowance for past or future profits of the undertaking, or any compensation for compulsory sale, or other consideration whatsoever) of the tramway; and all lands, buildings, works, materials, and plant of the promoters suitable to and used by them for the purposes of their undertaking...
Page 13 - Paper constitutions raise smiles on the faces of those who have observed their results ; and paper social systems similarly affect those who have contemplated the available evidence. How little the men who wrought the French revolution and were chiefly concerned in setting up the new governmental apparatus, dreamt that one of the early actions of this apparatus would be to behead them all...