Knut Wicksell: Selected Essays in Economics - Vol. 2

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A FEW REMARKS ON THE CHIEF CAUSE OF SOCIAL MISFORTUNES AND THE BEST MEANS TO REMEDY THEM, WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO DRUNKENNESS


Einstweilen, bis den Bau der Welt
Philosophie zusammenhält,
Erhält sich das Getriebe
Durch Hunger und durch Liebe.

Schiller 1

The lecture here submitted to a broader public, at the urging of some members of the audience, was first given at a meeting of a temperance society in Uppsala, in answer to the question, ‘Which are the most general causes of the vice of drunkenness, and how can they be eradicated?’ It was subsequently repeated in somewhat expanded form in the great Gille Hall in the same city. In writing up the lecture for publication, with the exception of a few minor additions I have followed the oral presentation almost word for word, which I hope may incline the benevolent reader to excuse the rather unusual form in which it now issues from the press.

The Author

The story is told of a bishop whose wife was railing vehemently against a boozy old curate at the dinner table one day, until at length he interrupted his better half with the following words: ‘You’re always going on about

Originally published as Några ord om samhällsolyckornas vigtigaste orsak och botemede med särskildt afseende på dryckenskapen, 1880.

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