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

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George Allen, 1877 - Economics - 174 pages
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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 iii - These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.
Page 1 - 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 69 - Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate: for the Lord will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.
Page 154 - THERE is NO WEALTH BUT LIFE. Life, including all its powers of love, of joy, and of admiration. That country is the richest which nourishes the greatest number of noble and happy human beings; that man is richest who, having perfected the functions of his own life to the utmost, has also the widest helpful influence, both personal, and by means of his possessions, over the lives of others.
Page xii - Every one has a notion, sufficiently correct for common purposes, of what is meant by wealth.
Page 31 - Five great intellectual professions, relating to daily necessities of life, have hitherto existed — three exist necessarily, in every civilized nation: 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. And the duty of all these men is, oa due occasion, to die for it. "On due occasion," namely: The Soldier, rather than leave his post in battle.
Page 34 - ... of men in a more direct, though less confessed way, than a military officer or pastor; so that on him falls, in great part, the responsibility for the kind of life they lead: and it becomes his duty, not only to be always considering how to produce what he sells, in the purest and cheapest forms, but how to make the various employments involved in the production, or transference of it, most beneficial to the men employed.
Page 116 - A truly valuable or availing thing is that which leads to life with its whole strength. In proportion as it does not lead to life, or as its strength is broken, it is less valuable ; in proportion as it leads away from life, it is tinvaluable or malignant.
Page 32 - due occasion" of death? It is the main question for the merchant, as for all of us. For, truly, the man who does not know when to die, does not know how to live.
Page xi - 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.

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