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Thread #2574 Message #1758750
Posted By: Paul Burke
13-Jun-06 - 07:34 AM
Thread Name: The Testimony Of Patience Kershaw-child miner
Subject: RE: child labor & girl coal miner (Patience Kersha
The Victorians weren't any more unanimous than we are. There were people promoting social values from the 17th century onwards, and before. But until political reforms allowed ordinary people to apply pressure, it was easy for the free-market theorists to oppose any interference with economic "inevitability". The Reform Act riots of the 1830s, the Chartist movement, the Co-Op movement, the early trades unions, many such actions whichseemed to fail at the time laid the foundations for long- term improvement. And it was mainly the threat of communism that brought in the welfare state. It's noticeable that the reforms are being rolled slowly back, a bit at a time so you don't notice it, now that the Soviet bloc has gone.