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Protection or Free Trade; An Examination of the Tariff Question with Especial Regard to the Interests of Labor

Henry Jr. George

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ISBN 10: 1230237178 / ISBN 13: 9781230237176
Published by TheClassics.us, 2013
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Title: Protection or Free Trade; An Examination of ...

Publisher: TheClassics.us

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1888 edition. Excerpt: ... Thus it is that free trade, narrowed to a mere fiscal reform, can only appeal to the lower and weaker motives--to motives that are inadequate to move men in masses. Take the current free-trade literature. Its aim is to show the impolicy of protection, rather than its injustice; its appeal is to the pocket, not to the sympathies. Yet to begin and maintain great popular movements it is the moral sense rather than the intellect that must be appealed to, sympathy rather than selfinterest. For however it may be with any individual, the sense of justice is with the masses of men keener and truer than intellectual perception, and unless a question can assume the form of right and wrong it cannot provoke general discussion and excite the many to action. And while material gain or loss impresses us less vividly the greater the number of those we share it with, the power of sympathy increases as it spreads from man to man--becomes cumulative and contagious. But he who follows the principle of free trade to its logical conclusion can strike at the very root of protection; can answer every question and meet every objection, and appeal to the surest of instincts and the strongest of motives. He will see in free trade not a mere fiscal reform, but a movement which has for its aim and end nothing less than the abolition of poverty, and of the vice and crime and degradation that flow from it, by the restoration to the disinherited of their natural rights and the establishment of society upon the basis of justice. He will catch the inspiration of a cause great enough to live for and to die for, and be moved by an enthusiasm that he can evoke in others. It is true that to advocate free trade in its fullness would excite the opposition of interests far...

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