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The Rights and Duties of Property

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Pages: 168

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: John Sangster

Excerpt from book: those few instances does the least reflected ray from reason light on his obscure path, than he is instantly attracted to it, and eagerly pursues it with a steady eye, eager to find out the truth, in order to demonstrate it to others, as clearly as language could. This is so conspicuous in his Wealth of Nations, and he writes with such good effect, even on some points which occur in his work, where he does not seem exactly to have seen the primary cause of the result he delineates, that at those times he appears more as if he were revealing the truth than as if he had found it out himself. This, no douht, arose from his paramount desire to abide as closely by what his reflective mind suggested to him as the most approximate to the truth: and in case he should be misunderstood in any of his novel expositions, he almost invariably illustrates his propositions by examples, which generally are made simple and lucid, so as to be easily comprehended by those for whom he wrote. We have limited the domain over which the political economist has a right to travel, as comprising the government of man living in separate families, or societies, and that of his social rights as a citizen of the world. To these two subjects analytically and synthetically in their various relations, dependence and cooperation with each other, we shall endeavour to confine ourselves. In order, therefore, that we may seize on, and put ourselves in possession of what we consider to be our province, namely, the domain with its contents originally given to man, we shall premise by avering that labour was the original producer of every thing possessing value—this was the primitive constituted law : and as nature is perpetuated by revolutionary and reactionary laws, it must naturally follow, that labour will one d...  


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