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The New Scholar


Whilst the mechanist abridges, and the political economist combines labor, let them beware that their speculations, for want of correspondence with those first principles which belong to the imagination, do not tend, as they have in modern England, to exasperate at once the extremes of luxury and want. They have exemplified the saying,'To him that hath, more shall be given; and from him that hath not, the little that he hath shall be taken away.'The rich have become richer, and the poor have become poorer; and the vessel of the state is driven between the Scylla and Charybdis of anarchy and despotism. Such are the effects which must ever flow from an unmitigated exercise of the calculating power. Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Gingerich, W. (1984). The Poetics of History: A Defense of the Washington Address of Octavio Paz. The New Scholar, 9(1-2), 13-37.