SMITH, [ARTHUR] BRUCE. - Liberty and Liberalism. A protest against the growing tendency toward undue interference by the state, with individual liberty, private enterprise and the rights of property.
Melbourne, Robertson 1887. Octavo publisher's cloth (some wear to extremities, a small hole in the back hinge); xx,683pp. Some spotting, mostly at the ends and edges, a very decent copy. ¶ First edition; a London edition using the same sheets appeared in the same year. After tracing the "gradual but sure growth of our civil liberties" Smith's object is show the symptoms, "which are gathering thick and fast," of the surrender of the safeguards of that civil liberty. Liberalism, he maintains, is a badly misused term that needs redefining, or a return to its proper meaning. This is not the liberalism of Stuart Mill, it's the libertarianism of Reagan, Thatcher, Bush and Howard. Smith was a professional politician for some forty years, first in New South Wales, then, from 1901 to 1919, as a federal member. He published a savage indictment of trade unions in 1888 (the shearers' strike was "civil war") and went to Federal parliament as a member of the Anti-Socialist Party. He does make the valuable observation that the Australian colonies are an "invaluable laboratory for ... judging the merits of many advanced legislative experiments". Smith, by the way, owned the Isaac Newton 'Principia', one of four known annotated and corrected copies, now in the University of Sydney library.AUD 150.00 [Appr.: EURO 106.5 US$ 115.05 | £UK 92.25 | JP¥ 12822] Book number 7880
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