Business & Economics

The Eight Pillars of Prosperity (Version 2)

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James Allen


“Prosperity, like a house, is a roof over a man’s head, affording him protection and comfort. A roof presupposes a support, and a support ne…

Capital and Interest

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Frédéric Bastiat


Frédéric Bastiat was an early 19th century French economist/statesman whose common sense essays tried to battle the rise of so…

Principles of Political Economy

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John Stuart Mill


The Principles of Political Economy, first published in 1848, was one of the most important texts on the subject of economy at that time. I…

Food Guide for War Service at Home

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Katherine Blunt


"The long war has brought hunger to Europe; some of her peoples stand constantly face to face with starvation. To meet all this great f…

Principles of Economics, The Appendices

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Alfred Marshall


Principles of Economics was a leading economics textbook of Alfred Marshall (1842-1924), first published in 1890. Marshall began writing the…

Sophisms of the Protectionists

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Frédéric Bastiat


"To rob the public, it is necessary to deceive them," Bastiat said and believed. He reasoned, employing repetition to various appl…

The Poverty of Philosophy

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Karl Marx


This work is a scathing criticism of the economic and philosophical arguments of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon's The Philosophy of Poverty. (Summar…

Social Statics

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Herbert Spencer


Social Statics, or The Conditions essential to Happiness specified, and the First of them Developed is an 1851 book by the British polymath …

U.S. Money vs. Corporation Currency, "Aldrich plan."

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Alfred Owen Crozier


In 1908, the National Monetary Commission was established by Congress to study financial boom-and-bust cycles. Senator Nelson Aldrich (Repub…

The History of Minnesota and Tales of the Frontier, Part 1

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Charles E. Flandrau


"It has been a little over fifty years since the organization of the Territory of Minnesota, which at its birth was a very small and un…

The Gospel of Wealth

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Andrew Carnegie


What is the proper mode of administering great wealth? It is to address this question that steel tycoon Andrew Carnegie's famous essay "…

The Challenge of Waste

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Stuart Chase


"The Challenge of Waste" examines the wasteful nature of the competitive market system, particularly from a Veblenian point of vie…

A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy

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Karl Marx


As a precursor to Capital, Marx outlines his analysis of capitalism and critiques classical economic theories. - Summary by Tray

What Shall We Do?

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Leo Tolstoy


A vivid description of wealth and poverty in Russia in Tolstoy's day, an inquiry into the root causes of economic inequality, and a vision o…

Social Life in England 1750-1850

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F. J. Foakes-Jackson


In 1916, the Cambridge historian, F.J. Foakes-Jackson braved the wartime Atlantic to deliver the Lowell Lectures in Boston. In these wide-ra…

Thrift

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Samuel Smiles


"This book is intended as a sequel to Self-Help and Character. It might, indeed, have appeared as an introduction to these volumes; for…

The London and Country Brewer

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Anonymous


The unknown author of this book, appears to have experienced too many unwholesome and unpleasant beers and ales on his numerous travels in L…

Travels in France During the Years 1787, 1788, 1789

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Arthur Young


Arthur Young, an English agriculturist, set out to write a travelogue on the state of agriculture in France and found himself in the midst o…

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