John Lilburne's journal about Allan Carlson's "From Cottage to Work Station".
1915 L Sun 23 Dec 2001
I have been thinking about families and economics today. In The Sunday Age newspaper there was an article introduced by "What now? Its the question everyone who loses their job asks. This year, around 10,000 Victorians have been made redundant. Behind the statistics are thousands of stories of families, disrupted, sadness, financial strain -- and sometimes, a chance at a new life. Peter Wilmoth reports."
I have started reading "From Cottage to Work Station" by Allan Carlson (Ignatius Press, San Francisco, 1993). It has the subtitle "The Family's Search for Social Harmony in the Industrial Age". James Schall, SJ has wrote a forward to it, where he discusses the Ancient Greek philosophers Plato and Aristotle:
Chapter 2 of the book has the title "The Family Wage Experiment". Australia is credited with being at the forefront of government attempts to limit market forces in order to construct a family wage economy. "Under mounting public pressure generated by reports of "scandalous exploitation" of women and children, the parliament of the state of Victoria approved the "Factories and Shops Act of 1896". ... In his 1907 "Harvester Judgment", which governed Australian wage boards until 1934, Higgins chose a family" as a basis for determining wages.
I am finding it too difficult to be succint, but I am finding it interesting reading.
Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 23 December 2001.