The True Basis of Economics: Or, The Law of Independent and Collective Human Life; Being a Correspondence Between David Starr Jordan ... and Dr. J. H. Stallard ... on the Merits of the Doctrine of Henry George

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Doubleday & McClure Company, 1899 - Single tax - 129 pages
 

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Page 32 - BOWED by the weight of centuries he leans Upon his hoe and gazes on the ground, The emptiness of ages in his face, And on his back the burden of the world. Who made him dead to rapture and despair, A thing that grieves not and that never hopes, Stolid and stunned, a brother to the ox? Who loosened and let down this brutal jaw? Whose was the hand that slanted back this brow? Whose breath blew out the light within this brain? Is this the Thing the Lord God made and gave To have dominion over sea and...
Page 32 - How will you ever straighten up this shape, Touch it again with immortality; Give back the upward looking and the light ; Rebuild in it the music and the dream; Make right the immemorial infamies, Perfidious wrongs, immedicable woes?
Page 32 - Is this the Thing the Lord God made and gave To have dominion over sea and land; To trace the stars and search the heavens for power; To feel the passion of Eternity? Is this the Dream He dreamed who shaped the suns And pillared the blue firmament with light? Down all the stretch of Hell to its last gulf There is no shape more terrible than this — More tongued with censure of the world's blind greedMore filled with signs and portents for the soul — More fraught with menace to the universe.
Page 32 - There is no shape more terrible than this — More tongued with censure of the world's blind greed — More filled with signs and portents for the soul — More fraught with menace to the universe. What gulfs between him and the seraphim! Slave of the wheel of labor, what to him Are Plato and the swing of Pleiades? What the long reaches of the peaks of song, The rift of dawn, the reddening of the rose? Through this dread shape the suffering ages look; Time's tragedy is in that aching stoop; Through...
Page 35 - How will it be with kingdoms and with kings— With those who shaped him to the thing he is — When this dumb Terror shall reply to God, After the silence of the centuries? THE MAN WITH THE HOE...
Page 36 - O masters, lords, and rulers in all lands, How will the Future reckon with this Man? How answer his brute question in that hour When whirlwinds of rebellion shake the world? How will it be with kingdoms and with kings — With those who shaped him to the thing he is — When this dumb terror shall reply to God, After the silence of the centuries?
Page 31 - I take into consideration the agony of civilized life — the failures, the anxieties, the tears, the withered hopes, the bitter realities, the hunger, the crime, the humiliation, the shame — I am almost forced to say that cannibalism, after all, is the most merciful form in which man has ever lived upon his fellow-man.
Page 31 - ... reflections, and this same horse, worn out and old, deserted by his master, turned into the dusty road, leans his head on the topmost rail, looks at donkeys in a field of clover, and feels like a Nihilist.
Page 30 - ... the satisfaction of his -wants. He is a mere link in an enormous chain of producers and consumers, helpless to separate himself, and helpless to move, except as they move. The worse his position in society, the more dependent is he on society; the more utterly unable does he become to do anything for himself. The very power of exerting his labor for the satisfaction of his wants passes from his own control, and may be taken away or...
Page 92 - If the cultivable area of the United Kingdom were cultivated as the soil is cultivated on the average in Belgium, the United Kingdom would have food for at least 37,000,000 inhabitants, and it might export agricultural produce without ceasing to manufacture, so as freely to supply all the needs of a wealthy population.

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