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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 69

"Take Your Ease, Eat, Drink, and be Merry

"Take Your Ease, Eat, Drink, and be Merry,

for by the eternal fitness of things you have provided for yourselves an income of food for all generations to come." Nemesis is not, however, to be evaded. To escape ennui, the child of luxury, by etiquette and custom, has invented for himself toils peculiarly his own. Science itself cannot escape the never-ceasing contagion of custom. That cynical woman of genius, "Ouida," who, by her satire, preserved that relic of the past, the Cathedral of Venice, from demolition, twits the devotees of science with the keen eye that they keep upon the "main chance," the salary they must receive for their labors; "not for love alone," but "because there is money with it."

Capital may be said to be the system of dynamics which rules in this world of individualism, and is an agency by means of which the few are able to augment their possessions at the expense of the labor of the many, in contradistinction to the energy that should be begotten of the perfect organization of the labor of the whole community. It may not be supposed that the present state of social existence can at one bound leap into the improved condition shadowed forth in this paper. We have to do with a period of transition. What I have undertaken is to show that one mode by which progress is to be achieved is by the State taking entire control of the currency of the country. With the more advanced thinkers of the age I cannot overlook the circumstance that Mr. Del Mar points out, viz., that though "reform in the institution of money would remove many causes of popular discontent, it