Equitable Commerce: A New Development of Principles, for the Harmoneous [sic] Adjustment and Regulation of the Pecuniary, Intellectual, and Moral Intercourse of Mankind : Proposed as Elements of New Society

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Amos E. Senter, 1849 - Utopias - 63 pages
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Page 15 - And from the lips of Truth one mighty breath Shall, like a whirlwind, scatter in its breeze The whole dark pile of human mockeries;— Then shall the reign of Mind commence on earth, And starting fresh, as from a second birth, Man, in the sunshine of the world's new spring, Shall walk transparent, like some holy thing!
Page 15 - LIBERTY, then, is the SOVEREIGNTY OF THE INDIVIDUAL; and never shall man know liberty until each and every individual is acknowledged to be the only legitimate sovereign of his or her person, time, and property, each living and acting at his own cost...
Page 44 - Children are principally the creatures of example — whatever surrounding adults do, they will do. If we strike them, they will strike each other. If they see us attempting to govern each other they will imitate the same barbarism. If we habitually admit the right of sovereignty in each other and in them, then they will become equally respectful of our rights and of each other's. All these propositions are probably self-evident, yet not one of them is practicable under the present mixture of the...
Page 15 - ... What is liberty? WHO WILL ALLOW ME TO DEFINE IT FOR HIM, AND AGREE BEFOREHAND TO SQUARE HIS LIFE BY MY DEFINITION? Who does not wish to see it first, and sit in judgment on it, and decide for himself as to its propriety? And who does not see that it is his own individual interpretation of the word that he adopts? And who will agree to square his whole life by any rule, which, although good at present, may not prove applicable to all cases? Who does not wish to preserve his liberty to act according...
Page 46 - Cost being made the limit of price, would give to the washer-woman a greater income than the importer of foreign goods ; that this would entirely upset the present system of national trade, stop all wars arising out of the scramble for the profits of trade, and demolish all tariffs, duties, and all systems of policy that give rise to them ; would abolish all distinctions of rich and poor ; would enable every one to consume as much as he produced, and, consequently, prevent any one from living at...
Page 46 - ... whether or not the means proposed are adequate to the solution of that problem — whether or not I am correct in the following conclusions: That cost is an equitable, and the only equitable principle for the government of prices in the pecuniary commerce of mankind. That this being reduced to practice, would give to labor its legitimate reward, and its necessary and natural stimulus. That it would convert the present clashing interests of mankind into cooperating interests, and thereby sweep...

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