Questions of the Day: Economic and Social (Classic Reprint)

Questions of the Day: Economic and Social (Classic Reprint)

by William Elder
     
 

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The purpose governing in the composition of this treatise was not so much the discussion and settlement of the questions involved in the matters now occupying the people of the United States, and awaiting solution by the thinkers and voters of the day, as a desire to help the popular investigation, by

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Excerpt from Questions of the Day: Economic and Social

The purpose governing in the composition of this treatise was not so much the discussion and settlement of the questions involved in the matters now occupying the people of the United States, and awaiting solution by the thinkers and voters of the day, as a desire to help the popular investigation, by suggesting the underlying principles which must, at last, solve all the problems of public policy. Aware of the difficulties of my task, I intended, at the beginning of my work, to give it the unassuming title of Studies in Political Economy. I intended nothing else or more, and felt that I must avoid the pretentious claim of a comprehensive or conclusive treatment of all the subjects, or all the principles promised by such a title as "The Causes of the Wealth of Nations," or those more frequently adopted by the higher authorities, "Principles, or Elements, of Political Economy;" and I must be allowed, also, to say, in the personal confidence which a preface allows between an author and his readers, that under terror of the failures made, and in sight of the wrecks that strew this uncharted sea of speculation, and the disrepute into which the writers on Political Economy have fallen, I felt anxious to avoid even the most mitigated form of the old reproach. This feeling drove me upon the choice of a title less appropriate, but chosen because it is less alarming to the common sense of the reading public. I would not cheat the reader by the label upon the back of my book, but I would not deter him from opening it. My purpose is to provoke and assist inquiry in matters of such practical importance as those herein discussed, and the title page must not be allowed to scare away the reader.

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ISBN-13:
9781330090374
Publisher:
FB &c Ltd
Publication date:
06/15/2015
Pages:
398
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.82(d)

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