DEFINITIVE TRIUMPH OF THE NEW ORDER OF THINGS
NEVERTHELESS the times were undoubtedly critical for the new conception of social order of which we have traced the origin and development; for the sentimental reaction provoked by the excesses of industrialism had left deep down in the heart one of those uneasy states of feeling which, however vague, daily and hourly preys upon the mind, and prepares the way for new and it may be still undefined convictions by undermining the old ones. Yet man is only too pleased to be reassured on the subject of his opinions, and a single word uttered with authority is often sufficient to dispel his doubts. The England of the years 1848-1860 received more than this; it obtained, or thought that it obtained, convincing proof that it was on the right path. The abolition of the duties on corn in 1846, and the other great free trade measure, the repeal of the Navigation Laws, passed in 1849, were followed by an unprecedented rise of commerce and industry.1 The enthusiasm produced by this upward movement of the economic forces of England infected even for____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Democracy and the Organization of Political Parties. Volume: 1. Contributors: M. Ostrogorski - Author, Frederick Clarke - Translator. Publisher: Macmillan. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1922. Page number: 71.