Economic Thought and Ideology in Seventeenth-Century England by Joyce Oldham Appleby

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18,39. (60 ) Advantage, Lee asserted, would determine whether men put their enclosed land in tillage or pasturage, and he defended private choice on the grounds that only the increased yield of corn from enclosed fields could explain what made food currently cheap. "19 Clearly pushed to the fore in Lee's aggressive justification of his particular enclosure was the general affirmation of each man's right to take stock of his own resources and calculate how they might be deployed profitably. " The others, however, are not the body politic Moore evoked, or those affected by the laws of charity, which command every man to relieve the need of his less well-off fellow.

For the moralIsts who opposed enclosures, community farming was worth maintaining because of its pedagogical value: it taught men to appreciate their fraternal obligations and underscored Christ's injunctions to lay up their treasures in heaven. The pressure for efficient production promoted instead a sense of individual responsibility and encouraged a defense of those private ambitions frustrated in the common fields. , The Agrarian History of England and Wales, I500-I640, vol. 4, Cambridge, 1967, p.

Did this putative partnership actually veil a usurious contract? For both silent partners and exchangers, mere possession of money yielded a return. Both cases escaped the application of canon law, but the presence of the usury ban clearly influenced the development of business practices. 26 The broad trends of the Reformation prepared the ground for the nullification of the prohibition against usury. Efforts of sectarian radicals to reassert the egalitarianism of the Hebrew brotherhood made universal in Christ's coming were not successfulY Protestant theologians, from Luther to Calvin, moved away from a policy of enforcing Hebrew law as positive civil laws, invoking instead the Christian conscience.

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