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A False Tree of LibertyHuman Rights in Radical Thought$
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Susan Marks

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780199675456

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199675456.001.0001

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In the Shadow of Dearth

In the Shadow of Dearth

(p.121) 6 In the Shadow of Dearth
A False Tree of Liberty

Susan Marks

Oxford University Press

Mid-1790s England saw an episode of fearful dearth. This chapter continues discussion of the contested meaning of the rights of man in the Revolution Controversy, in the light of approaches to dearth which emphasised, on the one hand, the moral economy of the poor and, on the other hand and alternatively, the new ‘political economy’ of laissez faire. It transpires that, for Thomas Paine and other proponents of the rights of man such as John Thelwall, the rights of the living were not simply a matter of political control and popular sovereignty. The living also had the right to live.

Keywords:   rights of man, dearth, 1795, moral economy, Adam Smith, Thomas Paine, Edmund Burke, Hannah More, John Thelwall

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