Thursday, October 4, 2012

Ouroboros or the Mechanical Extension of Mankind by Garet Garrett

Status: Accepted onto Mises (11.06.13)

Update (10/25/2012): New Cover and eISBN.

eISBN: 9781610165709

Cover: Dead Mediafire Link. If anyone wants the original high quality cover, please leave a comment.

Fix Notes:

Page 16: formerly

Silks, watches, ornaments, shoes like those of queens and ladies, plated ware, upholstered furniture, soft beds, besides things that were formely non-existent and therefore beyond the reach of kings, sultans and nabobs, such as electric lights, [...]

Page 20: Or

[...] wonderful than the silkworm similarly converting the mulberry leaf in precious quantities? or a steel ship more amazing than a whale? What of the mechanical beast with a colorless fluid in its tail and a flame in its nose [...]

Page 29: terrific

As you may know, the industrial equipment of the world is increasing by teriffic momentum.

Page 30: protocols

Yet they are but protcols of truce.

Page 34: industrial

Competition among industiral nations to exploit one another’s internal markets is but one profile of all that dangerous activity taking place in the name of foreign trade.

Page 39: install

The makers of fifty-dollar watches throw away their old machines, instal new ones, increase their production, reduce their costs, and not only make what was a fifty-dollar watch for twenty-five but contribute also, in a competitive manner, to the supply of ten-dollar watches.

Page 60: abhorring

[...] was the protagonist of free trade, abhoring tariffs, because she was paramount in machine craft and could beat her rivals both in their own markets and in her own.

Page 69: uncontrollable

Beginning about 1870 there was a sudden and uncontrol-able increase in the output of industry from two principal causes.

Page 80: became

It becames vital by extension—that is to say, when in the course of time the industrial population has increased beyond the native food supply.

Page 85: machine craft (to match its usage in the rest of the book)

So long as three or four nations had a monopoly of machines and machinecraft it could be managed; [...]

Page 86: laudable

[...] their wives and families, as for a good education of a great part of the youth of this realm in good art and laudible exercise:

Page 93: mandated

We witness almost unawares the ruin of that classic enterprise of empire which is founded upon the theory of a balance of trade and a division of labor whereby the colonies, the dominions, the subject and manadated peoples are hewers, drawers, and food-bringers, serving those who live in cities, practice machine craft, and think themselves wholly benevolent.

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