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Socrates and Agricultural Depression. And tho persons thus impoverished lurk, I should suppose, in the city, harnessed and armed with stings, —some owing debts and others disfranchised, and others labouring under both misfeirtunes,—hating and plotting against the new owners of their property, and against all who are better off than themselves, and enamoured of revolution." -Repulllic of Plato, book viii. (B. C. 400.) When Socrates had comfortably disposed himself wiihin the porch of the temple of the Old Lady of Threadaeedie-street, and had gathered about him the chief men of the various commissions of Royal appointment, looking to the relief of certain distressed labourers and artizans, he, turning to Agricultor, said; It is thy mission to afford sustenance to man, the fnore freely thou givest such sustenance, the more blessed thou art." "Nay," answered Agricultor, 44 such food as I provide hath become so cheap that I starve while I furnish it." How can that be," asked Socrates, that he who supplies the food starves in its furnishing? For the reason," he replied, that what I raise I keep not, but with it pay my debts." Then," said Socrates, from the fruits of the soil must all debts be paid." And Auierieanus and Australasias and Indicns groaned in concert, Yea, in the sweat of our brows, and the fruit of the soil, must our debts be paid." Socrates looked curiously around at these men for they were outside barbarians, each bearing into the temple a load npon his back. And divers were the contents of their loads but all were from the soil; corn, and cotton, and wool, and all things that a husbandman liath gotten from his work. And they all answered 44 W7e be here to pay our debts. „ I And are tllese taken for debts ?" asked Socrates is there not in this laud brought forth food and raiment Then why do ye bring more ?" And they answered It is to buy gold, for in gold are our debts payable." Then these outside barbarians took up their burdens and went within to the men who held the gold, who were also the men to whom they were in debt. And Amerieanus saith "Hear ye; for a guinea of the gold thou hast, which I mast buy ouly to pay back to thee, give I seven bniohels of wheat." But Indicua pressed forward and said 44 Nay, I must have the gold to pay thee, and will give eight bushela for a guinea." And Australasius likewise offered more of his substance than both the others for he too had debts whereby he was bound to buy the gold to pay it back again. 1< or the debt was owed to him who had the gold. And the chief men of the commissions of Royal ippointment, looking to the relief of distressed labourers and artizans, said, turning to Socrates Let us get hence to a quieter spot. Truly, these outside barbarians do disturb our meditations by their cries, and we must go forth to find tha cause for which we were appointed." And they arose, and went forth, and inspected the lands. And one saith, Fertilizers are costly things." And another saith, "Our labourers desire too much for their wives and daughters." And another saith, It is the tithes." Hut none sought wisdom; each went on unheeding the end. Then Socrates, reviewing the scrolls of time, read therein that hopeless toil breeds despair and despair breeds hate, and hate brings revolution, wherein all values meet destruction. And he said "TllÆsc capitalists apparently do not see their enemies since by their demand for gold alone, only the drone and the beggar multiply in the State!



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