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Friday, June 03, 2005

happy birthday, richard cobden

Mark Brady has a terrific post over at Liberty & Power regarding Richard Cobden:
Today Richard Cobden and his friend John Bright are principally remembered for their work on behalf of the Anti-Corn Law League between 1839 and 1846, when Sir Robert Peel announced the phased total repeal of the corn laws, the tariff on imported grain or ‘bread tax’ that worked to raise the price of bread for the laboring poor and the rents accruing to the landlords or ‘bread stealers’. The organization and success of the League is a fine example of how to organize uncompromisingly for liberty and a great inspiration for us today.
Stories like this give me hope that we might actually defeat some of the non-stop awfulness that Republicans and Democrats serve up on a daily basis.


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