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Political Economy; an Inquiry Into the Natural Grounds of Right to Vendible Property or Wealth. with the Addition of General Statement of an Argument on the Subject of Population

Read, Samuel

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ISBN 10: 0678009597 / ISBN 13: 9780678009598
Published by Fairfield, N. J. , A. M. Kelley, 1976
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Fine copy in the original gilt-blocked cloth. Slightest suggestion only of dust-dulling to the panel edges. Remains particularly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong. ; 398 pages; 1976 Reprint of 2 works, the first of which was printed in 1829 for the author, Edinburgh; the second, printed in 1821 for Macredie, Skelly, Edinburgh. Series: Reprints of economics classics. Description: xxxiv, 398, [44] p. 23 cm. Includes bibliographical references. Subjects: Economics. Property. 398 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 147713

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Title: Political Economy; an Inquiry Into the ...

Publisher: Fairfield, N. J. , A. M. Kelley

Publication Date: 1976

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: Reprint.

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Read was one of the orginator's of the risk theory of profits and the first to clearly percieve that through the labor theory of value, Ricardian economics led logically to Ricardian socialism. Of greater significance, Read was the first English economist who, while unreservedly recognizing the function of capital, emphasized that the capitalist had duties as well as rights and that economics was a science of not only what is, but also of what ought to be. In his General statement of an argument on the subject of population, in answer to Mr. Malthus's theory, appended to this edition, Read anticipated modern biological theory in advancing the doctrine that powers of increase in population are themselves weakened and diminished by "the force of luxury and refinement." "An acute critic of some of the weak points of the classical theory of distribution ... Read merits further study." E.R.A. Seligman, "On Some Neglected British Economists"

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