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seems mainly desirable in the interest of the labouring population, whose gradual divorce from the soil and consequent pauperisation during the last century and a half has been the parent of some of the most lamentable and mischievous of existing social evils.
It will be evident, however, that the following pages are not intended to support the view of those who anticipate as a result of such legislation the general establishment of a system of Peasant Proprietary in England, much less of those who are now advocating with so much vigour and enthusiasm what is termed Land Nationalisation, without sufficient care, however, as it appears to me, on the part of its supporters to define accurately which of the three utterly antagonistic schemes—(1) Compensatory, (2) Confiscatory, or even (3) Collectivist-they understand by that very highsounding phrase. A radical revolution in the English Land System I do without doubt most earnestly desire to see; but I trust that it will be a revolution such as that anticipated
by Bishop Lightfoot, "beneficent, social, and economic," by which, among other good results, the rural labourer and cottage farmer shall in adopting co-operative institutions be able to secure for himself all the advantages of Peasant Proprietary without any of its corresponding evils.