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INDUSTRY

AND

PROPERTY

A PLEA FOR TRUTH AND HONESTY IN
ECONOMICS, AND FOR LIBERTY AND

JUSTICE IN SOCIAL REFORM.

BY

(FORMERLY MINISTER OF ROBERT-STREET CHURCH, GROSVENOR-SQUARE,

LONDON, W.; LIBERAL CANDIDATE FOR DURHAM IN 1886).

GEORGE BROOKS
EBONDON, WTFR.IPERLUB ERTADSTER

LONDON
SAMPSON LOW, MARSTON & COMPANY

Limited

St. Dunstan's House
Fetter Lane, Fleet Street, E.C.

1895.

LONDON: PRINTED BY HORACE cox, WINDSOR HOUSE,

BREAM'S BUILDINGS, E.C.

TO THE

FREE AND INDEPENDENT

WORKING MEN OF THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN

AND IRELAND,

AND TO EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYED THROUGHOUT THE

CIVILISED WORLD,

THE PRESENT EDITION OF THIS WORK IS RESPECTFULLY

DEDICATED BY THEIR SINCERE FRIEND

AND FELLOW-WORKER,

THE AUTHOR.

Pal, econ. Blackw, 11-27-29 20548

SYNOPSIS OF THE WORK.

EVERYWHERE throughout this work the following fundamental principles are either expressed or implied:

1.—That the interference of the State with the conditions of Adult Labour, except for the protection of workpeople from dangers to health and life, is unwise and injurious ; the regulation of the hours and wages of such labourers being altogether outside and beyond the function of Government.

2.—That the tendency of a people to transfer to the shoulders of the State responsibilities which ought to be borne by the individual citizen is a sure symptom of national decay.

3.—That Capital has its rights no less than Labour; that Labour has its duties as well as Capital.

4.–That the first right of Labour is that it should be Free; while the first right of Capital is that it should be Secure.

5.—That both Capital and Labour have the right to combine their forces for legitimate ends; but that both should exercise this right in subordination to the higher rights of the community at large; and that any combination, either of Labour or Capital, which seeks to use its power for selfish and sectional ends, against the common weal, is illegitimate and reprehensible.

6.—That it is the inherent right of every labourer to dispose of his labour as he thinks fit, without coercion from

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