H. J. Raymond. Nov. 23d
Here we have one of the leading Whig presses of New York advocating the doctrine that no man can rightfully own land
! Fanny Wright
was of that opinion.
The doctrine is erroneous and dangerous
. If a man cannot rightfully own land, he cannot rightfully own anything which the land produces; that is, he cannot rightfully own anything at all. The blessed institution of property, the basis of the social fabric, from which arts, agriculture, commerce, civilization spring, and without which they could not exist, is threatened with destruction, and by a leading Whig paper too. Conservative Powers, preserve us!
What I said was this: Society, having divested the majority of any right to the soil, is bound to compensate them by guaranteeing to each an opportunity of earning a subsistence by Labor.
Your vulgar, clap-trap allusion to Fanny Wright
does not surprise me. I shall neither desert nor deny a truth because she, or any one else, has proclaimed it. But to proceed.
By association I mean a Social Order, which shall take the place of the present Township, to be composed of some hundreds or some thousands of persons, who shall be united together in interest and industry for the purpose of securing to each individual the following things: 1, an elegant and commodious house; 2, an education, complete and thorough; 3, a secure subsistence; 4, opportunity to labor; 5, fair wages; 6, agreeable social relations; 7, progress in knowledge and skill.
As society is at present organized, these are the portion of a very small minority.
But by association of capital and industry, they might become the lot of all; inasmuch as association tends to Economy
in all departments, economy in lands, fences, fuel, household labor, tools, education, medicine, legal advice, and commercial exchanges.
My opponent will please observe that his article is three times as long as mine, and devoted in good part to telling the public that the Tribune is an exceedingly mischievous paper; which is an imposition.
H. J. Raymond. Nov. 30th
. A home, fair wages, education, etc., are very desirable, we admit; and it is the unceasing aim of all good men in society, as it now exists, to place those blessings within the reach of all. The Tribune's claim that it can be accomplished only by association is only a claim.
Substantiate it. Give us proof of