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Sir Charles Dilke on Taxation.

Sir Charles Dilke, m a paper m the " New Review " on, \* The-,Radical Programme," devotee a good share of his space to the important subject of the taxation of property, both of land and of incomes, he points out ,that the familiar argument against graduated taxation, that it would drive capital out of the country, will not avail when it is found that m the new countries to which capital might turn, the principle of graduated taxation has already been adopted. The strength of the modern progressive movement lies m the fact that it is' of an international character. The workers m the old World and m the new seenii to have made Himultwedusly the sauie, discovery—viz., that while they fare] ,<thfe :ichief agents, m i-he creation of wealth, its enjoyment is limited to a privileged few. These few, while excluding the masses from the opportunities for recreation and culture, have manage at the same time to throw upon them fche burden of maintaining the State u»der an iniquitous system of taxation. S# long as political power was centred m; an oligarchy or a bourgeoisie air this was feasible enough for the ruling class. And doubtless the first change could only come when the people had secured their P^lifcipal rights., Wi^h* close; ;of the political struggle the social conflict begins'■; and it will task all the energies and abilities of the highest statesmanship to meet it. Some political rights there are which yet "remain to be won ■;■ but their 1 acquisition is certain, and cannot be postponed to any appreciable distance of time. The people know and feel this, and they are pushing on to the inevitable goal of social emancipation, without which they are convinced no political' victories will enable them to lead a full or joyous life.

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Sir Charles Dilke on Taxation., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2550, 22 October 1890

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Sir Charles Dilke on Taxation. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2550, 22 October 1890

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