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The Crown of Wild Olive

John Ruskin

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43. Now, if for this conception of a central Government, we substitute that of a body of persons occupied in industrial pursuits, of whom each adds in his private capacity to the common store, we at once obtain an approximation to the actual condition of a civilized mercantile community, from which approximation we might easily proceed into still completer analysis. I purpose, however, to arrive at every result by the gradual expansion of the simpler conception; but I wish the reader to observe, in the meantime, that both the social conditions thus supposed (and I will by anticipation say also, all possible social conditions), agree in two great points; namely, in the primal importance of the supposed national store or stock, and in its destructibility or improveability by the holders of it.

44. I. Observe that in both conditions, that of central Government-holding, and diffused private-holding, the quantity of stock . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Great approach to the so called "Lesser Evils" of the society that we ignore.

Four lectures delivered to appropriate institutions in the 1860's. On this evidence, when Ruskin lectured he meant to do more than merely discourse on a subject, he meant to actively harangue his audience!

'Work', delivered to the Working Man's Institute of Camberwell, has Ruskin categorize the worki