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It alongside its presenter also slowly but surely transformed the documentary business itself until programmes no longer showed animals in cages but humans actually looking for them in the wild and filming them in their natural habitats. And it resulted in the ban of simply capturing wild animals anywhere to bring them to a zoo. This book was written and the audio version narrated by Sir David Attenborough himself in his trademark charming way. He recounts the encounters with the inhabitants of New Guinea, Indonesia and Northern Australia as well as the ones with the intimidatingly powerful Komodo dragon, the flashily fascinating Birds of Paradise and cute wallabies or rather loud cockatoos.
He thus tells us of cultural misunderstandings and personal growth. His love for the natural world is palpable - just one of the reasons he's changed the way people view it and are a bit more interested in preserving it as well which is why I was so delighted the other day when I heard that he was producing a programme addressing climate change, its repercussions and what we can still do. To experience the history of television and realise how far we've come in animal preservation and the respectful treatment of other nations' wildlife treasures gives me hope.
I also loved how Sir Attenborough addressed not only his own shock when someone tried to shoot an orang-utan but his realization why the indiginous people didn't understand his stance, his acceptance of their status quo and that he was merely a visitor. Even at a young age, he was a remarkable man. Nevertheless, the series is part of television history as much as the series' presenter has been a fixed part of my life ever since I was a little girl. I'm glad I was able to follow history as much as some very cool animals and to see how producing a show worked back then and to hear the author explaining the differences to nowadays.
I was equally delighted by the accompanying photographs from the various expeditions as well as the humour Sir Attenborough obviously possesses and with which he recounted his endeavours. View all 6 comments. Jan 12, Roy rated it liked it. Read this last year as I'm a big fan. However I feel like he's better suited to the visual arts. Still a solid and interesting read. Oct 15, Kirsti rated it really liked it Shelves: true-animal-stories. This book first came to my attention in the upcoming Dymock's release newsletter, and it sounded like my kind of book form the description.
Even after a little research and realizing that this is basically a reprinted bundle of David Attenborough's first three books did little to dissuade me; I hadn't read them or collected them either. With this very pretty Hardcover edition, I was sold. Next I was sold on the stories within, fascinating time capsules of an era that has passed.
The David Attenbo This book first came to my attention in the upcoming Dymock's release newsletter, and it sounded like my kind of book form the description. The David Attenborough I know from modern documentaries is a young naturalist of the times; that is, he is also engaged to capture and return animals for display at London Zoo. Perhaps this might be confronting for some, but as he says in the very beginning, this is not the way things are done now and that's a good thing. But the fact is they happened, and here you can read about it.
As well as the animal side of things, we have our intrepid explorers surviving some really rough conditions in order to catch animals or visit villages in which they might be found. There are some real highs and lows in this book, and it is mostly David's view. It makes the story so much more personal, and I even had to look at a few Zoo Quest clips on YouTube to add to the book check them out, they're pretty cool The other thing I realized from reading this book was that David has other books out and I definitely want to read them too.
If I don't find them, hopefully the will release a similar edition to this one of the next lot of books; I'd enjoy that. I have a large collection of Gerald Durrell's books that I read as a teenager; these remind me of those books. An interesting look at a very famous person, and a really fascinating glimpse at a different time. Four stars! Oct 12, Simon rated it it was ok Shelves: physically-own , non-fiction.
I just don't think I was in the mood to read this from the beginning but with almost every book, I persevered. It's well-written as you'd imagine with it being by Sir David Attenborough. Certainly, it's also interesting to hear of all these intrepid and often challenging expeditions. Dec 20, Rose rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction. These are David Attenborough's memoirs of the three Zoo Quest expeditions to Guyana, Indonesia, and Paraguay that he filmed for the BBC back when nature documentaries were a brand new genre. His second purpose was to capture animals for the London Zoo with the permission of the countries in question , something that just isn't done now but used to be a legitimate job.
This is the s, a time when Bali wasn't a tourist resort and som 4. This is the s, a time when Bali wasn't a tourist resort and some Europeans doubted the existence of armadillos. Also a time where, apparently, you could do things like waltz around any country via unrestricted air and water travel, unknowingly commission arms dealers to sail you to unheard of islands, and not get murdered or kidnapped while relying on the hospitality of strangers. Sure, David, lets just follow this barefoot Paraguayan drifter with five wild dogs around the desert for a week because he too shares your interest in tracking giant armadillos.
Of course, we should fly to an unknown town in southern Indonesia because this random shop keeper's cousin knows a guy with a boat who might know how to get to Komodo Island. In all seriousness, this is a gently funny and compelling account of some wild adventures. I most admire how Attenborough is able to convey grief and moral wrongness without outrage or defaulting to a sense of cultural superiority. That makes stories like the Balinese cockfights even more poignant in a way. His quiet anger and compassion for these animals being brutally exploited by humans is like a slow, furious heartbeat underneath his restrained prose.
This is a balance so rarely achieved in the precarious genre of travelogue and memoir, where our cultural judgements can so easily seep through. He is honest without being judgmental, conscious of his foreignness but not obsequiously so, and never forgets his purpose.
He is not in these rarely traveled places for people, but for nature. Animals are given personality and identity similar to the people he meets. They are never treated like dumb creatures one rung lower than humans, but instead like fellow occupants and right holders to our natural world. They can communicate and feel, no matter if they are a tree porcupine or a komodo dragon.
It's definitely an attitude that has carried through Attenborough's life and work. On a personal note, I felt jealous as a woman reading about what men could do so fearlessly in the s. Because it's over 60 years later and I still can't do many of the things they did. Feb 17, R K rated it it was ok Shelves: britian. This book is actually three books in one. They take place post WW2 with a young David Attenborough who is just starting is career in film making.
Each book chronologies the trips to various countries in the search for animals to document and bring back to the London Zoo. Reading this in our world today, it's clear that catching animals to send back to zoos is not exactly ethical, but it wasn't an issue back then. Review Continued Here. May 26, Crackers rated it really liked it. And we are totally dependent on that world. It provides our food, water and air.
It is the most precious thing we have and we need to defend it. I love Attenbourough's documentaries so this was a treat for me. I understand that this book may not be for everyone because it's just a diary of sorts about how Attenborough started his accidental journey across the world. So it's just probably for fangirls like me. But don't worry, it's written quite nicely and you won't be bored.
I enjoyed the "behind the scenes" stories of obtaining animals because it must have been so difficult back then. The book also explains how documentaries and picture I love Attenbourough's documentaries so this was a treat for me. The book also explains how documentaries and pictures of real wildlife are taken and that they can be staged to some extent.
All in all, it's a must read for Attenborough's fans. Oct 09, David Winlo rated it it was amazing. Thanks to Rebecca for giving me this, it was a very good choice. Jan 19, Clare O'Beara rated it it was amazing Shelves: asia-fact , non-fiction , memoir , nature , south-america-mexico , travel , africa-fact , environment-and-climate. Well done for re-releasing three early accounts of zoo collecting and making broadcasts of natural history programmes for BBC. With these books, we can explore how David got his start in the world of TV naturalist and producer, and admire him and his friends all over again for the hardships and dangers they endured while trying to amass a collection of animals for London Zoo.
While the books remind me a lot of Gerald Durrell's books, including the locations as the British Commonwealth made obvious connections, Durrell tells us right away that he could see the spread of humanity was going to threaten the lives of species and he wanted to preserve some in safer havens, working particularly to save breeding pairs.
David tells us in a foreword that he just wanted to make good television and help the zoo's naturalists, but nowadays our enlightened attitude means that the animals in zoos are derived from breeding those already in captivity rather than taking from the wild. I would add that some have been saved at customs points; Dublin Zoo has two Burmese pythons, Monty and Brian, which were being illegally smuggled when they were found. We also see how comparatively safe it was to travel, with no bribes or threats, almost no civil wars or pirates, no roadblocks or menace.
This reminds me of Dervla Murphy cycling from Ireland to India. David and his team get into a small boat with a captain who is obviously a smuggler of some sort gun-runner as it turned out who didn't even know how to get to Komodo where they were headed. They set off upriver in a luxury cruiser in the South American rainforest, and when the captain baulks at the dangerous rapids, the British lads hand their expensive gear to a local woodcutter for his boat and get into a tiny boat with a dicky petrol engine to continue upriver for weeks.
They get bitten and eaten alive all day and night, they go hungry, sleep in cockroach-infested sheds and wrestle their own large reptiles. Filming all the while. Both Durrell and Attenborough describe buying animals from locals who took them as pets or normally killed them for food or as nuisances anyway. The creatures were well cared for and any David could not feed, such as a sloth, were turned loose when they had been filmed.
More than Durrell, these books spend equal or longer time with the people met in the bush, providing a record of anthropology. I enjoyed every page and say rather him than me. I borrowed this book from the Royal Dublin Society Library. This is an unbiased review. To a child whose only window to the wide, vast world of wildlife outside his home town, these guys were nothing short of heroes. I had never seen a man wrestle a salt water croc or wrangle a rattle snake or capture an anaconda before I saw these and this stuff just blew me away.
Back then, these reptiles were always the big baddies of the animal world for me but that phase passed and I came to understand an animal for what it is than to give it an anthropomorphic definition of good or bad. Many an animal is as petrified of a human being as we are of it and once this truth dawned on me, these shows lost their charm. While all of this was going on, I also occasionally watched TV shows where a mild mannered British gentleman walked through deserts, swamps, jungles and caves and introduced us to the amazing flora and fauna that lay within it without ever disturbing the animals.
This was how David Attenborough and his amazing shows came into my life and have stayed on for all this while. What always stuck me was how much the man respected nature and how his presence was welcomed even by animals who were very shifty about the presence of a human being.
There is his travel to the Amazon basin to observe, film and bring back birds, his trip to Indonesia to find the Orangutan, a trip to Komodo to find the Dragon and finally to Bolivia to find the Pangolin. This is written in classic Attenborough style with a dry wit and infectious curiosity about the natural world. All things said, this is not a great book for the simple reason it is not material enough for a book. Not the best to know the man but still a good attempt. This is the BBC Radio 4 abridged audio version of Attenborough's account of some of his very first expeditions done for the BBC on natural history and animal life.
I started listening to this in the evenings, as I needed something easy to follow, dip in and out of, as a replacement to reading before bed. This was perfect for that and exactly what I needed; narrated by David Attenborough himself, it's easy to listen to, and the stor 3. This was perfect for that and exactly what I needed; narrated by David Attenborough himself, it's easy to listen to, and the stories are non-confrontational and undemanding. I admit I feel a little harsh rating this I'm mostly doing that for my own benefit and stats! There's no major conflict to these stories, despite the fact that the explorers certainly faced rough conditions and that these expeditions are very much of their time, not the type of expeditions that would be carried out in modern times.
Dec 14, Angela rated it it was amazing Shelves: already-owned. He was 26 years old, a novice television producer with two years broadcasting experience and an unused zoology degree, anxious to make animal programs himself.
In saying that, I had eagerly opened the covers of this book in anticipation of reading about some amazingly descriptive wildlife experiences, much like the ones I had viewed with pleasure and aw In David Attenborough got a job as a trainee producer with BBC. In saying that, I had eagerly opened the covers of this book in anticipation of reading about some amazingly descriptive wildlife experiences, much like the ones I had viewed with pleasure and awe on television over many years. I guess I knew what a zoo quest is, but these words had not really registered in my mind.
David had come up with an idea which was quickly to become a joint venture of the London Zoo and the BBC. A quest to capture birds, reptiles, indeed any creature of interest, to bring them back alive, and also to film them in their natural habitat. Wildlife programs were already attracting a huge viewing audience on television at that time. David was 28 years old when he set off for British Guiana, together with an animal capturer and handler Jack Lester , his cameraman Charles Lagus , and later an animal carer, whose task was to remain at their base at the coast and look after the animals as they were caught and brought to him.
David was to direct film sequences showing Jack searching for and finally capturing a creature of particular interest. It was a different world back in the s, and the quest to find species that no other zoo had ever possessed still lingered on from the early 19th century. All care was taken not to harm any of the creatures caught, and if their food source could not be readily obtained and supported back in London, they were released into their natural habitat shortly after capture.
Reading about the armadillos was particularly interesting, and I learned that it is only the three-banded armadillo that can roll itself into a ball, and that all armadillos have ticklish tummies. The nine-banded armadillo has the extraordinary characteristic of giving birth to identical quadruplets.
They are the commonest and most widespread of all armadillos. As David and his companions would stay in remote villages with the natives in the jungle, some of the village practices I read about were quite distressing. In saying that though, David gives a candid description of their customs, telling it how it is. Their quests in South America and Indonesia were a far cry from any hint of civilisation or luxury, be it their mode of transport, the food they had to eat, the people they met and encountered on their journeys, and the numerous biting insects.
Some of the descriptions of characters he met and protocols that had to be followed were often quite comical. Deforestation, loss of habitat, poaching, hunting, introduced species that are devastating to native wildlife, all contribute to the extinction status. View 1 comment. Aug 11, Kam Yung Soh rated it really liked it Shelves: nature. When David Attenborough was just starting on his career at the BBC, he presented an unusual request to the broadcaster: to go on expeditions for the London Zoo to collect animals and film themselves there, wardering about and catching animals.
Written by him and updated with a new introduction, the book serves as an excellent travelogue and a snapshot of the countries at those time. In each country he v When David Attenborough was just starting on his career at the BBC, he presented an unusual request to the broadcaster: to go on expeditions for the London Zoo to collect animals and film themselves there, wardering about and catching animals.
In each country he visits as part of the Zoo Quest, he had a particular set of animals he wishes to collect; but he also collects other animals as part of the quests. Along the way, he meets a colourful host of characters who either help or hinder his quest. Attenborough also describes the country as he travels, giving the reader a feel of how the various countries were in those days before cheap air flights and instant communication have made travelling so much easier.
Of course, as Attenborough notes in the introduction, Zoo Quest would never have been done now; collecting animals is now frowned upon and the London Zoo now acts as more as a way to preserve wild animals that may be close to extinction. For those who enjoy watching and reading about David Attenborough, this is a good book to read. It fills in a lot of the details about the Zoo Quests left out in his biography and other books, and documentaries, about that period of time.
The book also comes with a small selection of black-and-white and colour prints showing the various people and environments he encountered in those three Zoo Quests. One hardback book containing three of his Zoo Quest books - journeys through Guyana, Indonesia and Paraguay. Flicking through, this hardback book contains within many colour pictures and the wonderful wit of a fresh faced Sir David. I have included pictures of the contents so that you can see how diverse the subjects covered are, but they do include sloths in Guyana, the Indonesian Komodo dragon and the Paraguayan armadillo.
This exceptional book invokes a wholesome sense of adventure and curiosity as the crew traverse a variety of landscapes and peoples on their hunt for unusual and unique creatures to add to the growing menagerie that is to be flown back to London Zoo. Throughout, in my minds eye I envisioned a young Attenborough traver This exceptional book invokes a wholesome sense of adventure and curiosity as the crew traverse a variety of landscapes and peoples on their hunt for unusual and unique creatures to add to the growing menagerie that is to be flown back to London Zoo.
Carnivorous butterflies, elusive armadillos, feisty pigs, intimidating pickpockets, enormous lizards and terrifying cows are but a few of the cast of fantastic characters that feature in this grand and timeless collation of adventures. All in all an absolute must read for anyone that has even a passing interest in the beautiful wonders that walk this Earth. Well paced, funny, gripping and memorable.
Loved it. Jul 04, John Isles rated it really liked it. The idea was that Attenborough would travel to remote places in Africa, Indonesia, and South America to capture animals and bring them back to London Zoo, where Desmond Morris was keeper of animals and had another TV series of his own, Zoo Time. Not the sort of thing one would be proud of doing today when we prefer our animals in the wild. In this volume the books of the three series are rolled into one and updated to be so I well remember the Zoo Quest TV series on BBC in the s and s.
In this volume the books of the three series are rolled into one and updated to be somewhat more politically correct, though I think some of the local characters who helped the author find animals would not be pleased to read their unflattering portrayals. The author has always been an entertaining talker and writes the way he talks, but I prefer his later books, which contain more science and less travelogue. Jan 05, Jen Britton rated it it was amazing.
David Attenborough: an absolute legend and the man who made us all fall in love with the natural world. This book shows the start of an era of amazing stories and documentaries that are still being made today. This book set in made me feel like I was on an adventure with him, overcoming the challenges they faced, and the stories gripped me and had me want to keep turning the pages. The journey that i was taken on travelling the world and capturing and meeting animals like the Komodo Dragon, David Attenborough: an absolute legend and the man who made us all fall in love with the natural world.
The journey that i was taken on travelling the world and capturing and meeting animals like the Komodo Dragon, Giant Anteaters and Sloths made for a thrilling, exciting and beautiful read. Jul 20, Letitia Moffitt rated it really liked it. I would watch nearly anything narrated by Attenborough and as luck would have it, everything he narrates tends to be superb , so when I saw this in the library I grabbed it.
Very enjoyable, as one would expect, with lots of humor. I kind of wanted more of a focus on the animals rather than the people, but that's my own personal bias. This one's another winner especially if you imagine Attenborough reading it aloud. Jan 06, Simos Varrias rated it liked it. Nice book, like watching the making of those great Attenborough documentaries.
It takes you places. Subtle and relaxing writing. Lots of details about places, humans and animals alike. With respect to nature and nothing extravagand just to make an impression. Dec 25, Jamie Bowen rated it really liked it Shelves: You can hear David Attenborough's voice in every word of these books from his early career, I think that says it all. A most enjoyable read.
Nov 07, Annabelle Song rated it really liked it. Note: I always include a paragraph on the appropriateness of the book toward the end of my review for advanced young readers who might be interested in reading the featured book. As an animal lover, I was already bound to like this book. Perhaps what makes the book even more interesting was the fact that Attenborough assigns each animal a distinct personality. The animals are not just animals to him; they are each different from the others and unique in their own way.
From the insatiable, bad-te Note: I always include a paragraph on the appropriateness of the book toward the end of my review for advanced young readers who might be interested in reading the featured book. From the insatiable, bad-tempered bear cub to the confused, indignant sloth, Attenborough creates a wide variety of characters that keeps the reader entertained. Through Adventures of a Young Naturalist, the reader can appreciate the amount of effort that went into seeking and then capturing the animals.
I had always loved nature, especially animals, but this book opened my eyes to a whole new world of exotic animals and their equally exotic temperaments. Attenborough includes quite a few photos, which although old, still held detail that fascinated me. Not only does Attenborough offer the reader a thorough account of his adventures, he also takes time to describe the people he meets and his relationship with them.
In the process, the reader learns about their culture and their values. Although these cultures may have changed a good deal since the writing of this book, the descriptions add color and variety to the story, as well as plenty of humor. I would recommend this book to readers of all ages, with some reservations. There is one brief scene in which two animals mate, and while this would usually be regarded as simply natural animal behavior, the author describes it in a rather suggestive way.
In addition, there are a few instances in which mild profanity is used. Mar 19, Genetic Cuckoo rated it liked it Shelves: science. I was highly anticipating the release of this book, as it covers the early career of Attenborough and the programs which changes the world of nature documentaries. However, I was disappointed, I think this is due to the book being based on Attenborough's original accounts of what occurred on his Zoo Quest travels, but attitudes towards animals and indigenous people have changed dramatically since then.
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It was interesting to read his fascinating accounts of rare and exotic animals, often this is I was highly anticipating the release of this book, as it covers the early career of Attenborough and the programs which changes the world of nature documentaries. It was interesting to read his fascinating accounts of rare and exotic animals, often this is quite funny as these animals are now very familiar.
A lovely part of this book is the passion and energy of Attenborough in seeking out these animals, and it was fascinating to understand how much harder it was to get to these isolated locations on the planet, such as his fraught journey to Komodo, which is now very accessible to tourists. I did feel uncomfortable with how the animals were stored in little cages for long periods of time, but you can tell they do care about the animals wellbeing, and did choose to release animals they could not look after.
Overall, it was an interesting book, and wonderful to understand early nature documentaries, but it is a product from the time and so can be a little uncomfortable to modern readers. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in historical nature and conservation, or fans of Attenborough's work.
Apr 27, The Abibliophobic Guy rated it liked it. David Attenborough is the best of us. But there are also certain departments of human affairs, in which the acquisition of wealth is the main and acknowledged end. It is only of these that Political Economy takes notice. The political economist inquires, what are the actions which would be produced by this desire, if. In this way a nearer approximation is obtained than would otherwise be practicable. This approximation is then to be corrected by making proper allowance for the effects of any impulses of a different description.
Geometry presupposes an arbitrary definition of a line. Just in the same manner does Political Economy presuppose an arbitrary definition of a man, as a being who invariably does that by which he may obtain the greatest amount of necessaries, conveniences, and luxuries, with the smallest quantity of labour and physical self-denial with which they can be obtained in the existing state of knowledge. They would be true without qualification, only in a case which is purely imaginary.
Before writing the Principles, Mill wrote his Logic; he again discussed the problem of method, but this time he was concerned with the social sciences in general rather than with political economy in particular. This general science of society was concerned with the laws of the development of social institutions. This, he saw, required historical study, not only for verification, but for suggestion of hypotheses:.
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One should not take too seriously what people say about method; what they do is often very different. That Mill was wise in choosing to go beyond the bounds of the abstract science can scarcely be doubted. He should, perhaps, have been readier to distinguish those propositions which were precise but limited in application by the nature of the assumptions from which they were deduced, from those propositions which were less precise but were relevant to the real society, not the unreal model.
He should also have been more confident, and more venturesome, in his study of the actual. But he gave no estimate of how far short of the maximum competition did fall and no estimate of how much the result was affected. Nor did he see that pure political economy might be able to deal with problems of monopoly and of limited competition. The principle of self-interest might not be universal, but it was recognized to be very powerful. Like Alfred Marshall, Mill seems to have been ready to take advantage of the strongest rather than the highest motives in order to get things done.
In spite of the insistence on the a priori character of the science of economics, the complementary insistence on observation of concrete facts opened the way to a more general attack on problems of society through historical and statistical studies; and indeed Mill did not restrict himself to explanations that could be derived a priori.
What I find missing is a recognition of the dependence of many of his prescriptions on the choice of ends. His part is only to show that certain consequences follow from certain causes, and that to obtain certain ends, certain means Edition: current; Page: [ xxxiii ] are the most effectual. Whether the ends themselves are such as ought to be pursued.
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Much of the best writing in the Principles is relevant to the choice of ends, yet there appears to be no recognition of the dependence of his policy prescriptions on the choice of ends. I propose to elaborate this proposition because I believe it to have contemporary significance.
Here we have a problem of competing ends: more wealth or more leisure, more wealth or more current income. Some passages in the Principles are relevant. To treat the problem as one of defining the supply function of labour does not change it from a problem of values. What Mill thought of as the purely scientific part of economics had only predictive value as long as the specified end was in fact the choice of the people studied. If the chosen end is other than that specified not only is the prescription necessarily different, but this other end enters into Edition: current; Page: [ xxxiv ] the making of the prediction as to the effect of proposed action on which the prescription is based.
This relation between the science and the art can be illustrated by a homely example: John Doe is in Toronto one morning and wants to be in Montreal by evening. He has chosen his end; knowledge of the timetables for air and railway travel, of the state of the weather and of the roads, enables him to select the means of getting to Montreal: such knowledge constitutes his science.
But suppose the problem really to be that of the scientist in predicting where John Doe or a thousand like him will be on a particular night. Knowledge of the timetables the science relevant to the simpler question is not enough: the scientist must know what end John Doe has chosen, to stay in Toronto, to go to Montreal, or to go to Windsor. What they consume in keeping up or improving their health, strength, and capacities of work, or in rearing other productive labourers to succeed them, is productive consumption.
But consumption on pleasures or luxuries, whether by the idle or by the industrious. If consumption were assumed to be so limited the abstract science would be easier, but Mill does not pretend that it either is, or ought to be, so limited. It would be to lament that the community has so much to spare from its necessities, for its pleasures and for all higher uses. This portion of the produce is the fund from which all the wants of the community, other than that of mere living, are provided for. That so great a surplus should be available for such purposes.
What then of the antagonizing principle? For the abstract science the problem is to establish a supply function for savings which emerges from these values, the choices, of the people.
For the art a conflict of ends has emerged: is the wealth pursued worth pursuing, would it be worth pursuing if that wealth were more equally divided? I know not why it should be a matter of congratulation that persons who are already richer than any one needs to be, should have doubled their means of consuming things which give little or no pleasure except as representative of wealth. It is only in the backward countries of the world that increased production is still an important object. This J. Galbraith has elaborated in his The Affluent Society. This is preaching, but success in preaching a different set of values would change the data of the science.
The scientific study of the values of the community is, therefore, I reiterate, a major part of political economy in the wide sense as distinct from political economy conceived as an abstract science; assessment of values is relevant to the determination of means, as well as to the choice of ends. The choice of means requires prediction of the effect of any proposed action prediction that requires a knowledge of the values held by the community ; the choice of ends requires an assessment of cost what is foregone of any proposed action. Knowledge of values is required for the science; skill in the science is required for realization of the values.
A very important element remains to be noticed: the means may become partially ends in themselves. Of modern writers, Professor Frank Knight has dealt most effectively with this problem:.
When we consider that productive activity takes up the larger part of the waking lives of the great mass of mankind, it is surely not to be assumed without investigation or inquiry that production is a means only, a necessary evil, a sacrifice made for the sake of some good entirely outside the production process. We are impelled to look for ends in the economic process itself, other Edition: current; Page: [ xxxvi ] than the mere consumption of the produce, and to give thoughtful consideration to the possibilities of participation in economic activity as a sphere of self expression and creative achievement.
Economists and publicists are coming to realize how largely the efficiency of business and industry is the result of this appeal to intrinsic interest in action; how feeble, in spite of the old economics, is the motivation of mere appetite or cupidity; and how much the driving power of our economic life depends on making and keeping the game interesting. The means most effective in the supply of their existing wants may mould people into more or less desirable patterns. To Ruskin it appeared that there was a premium on the less desirable characteristics, for success in the business world seemed to depend on these.
The persons who remain poor are the entirely foolish, the entirely wise, the idle, the reckless, the humble, the thoughtful, the dull, the imaginative, the sensitive, the well-informed, the improvident, the irregularly and impulsively wicked, the clumsy knave, the open thief, the entirely merciful, just, and godly person. The Edition: current; Page: [ xxxvii ] fluctuation in his assessment of the desirability of communism involves conflict of ends and uncertainty as to the efficacy of means.
Liberty, spontaneity, equality, productivity, all must be considered and to them we now add the preservation of natural beauty. Beyond was to be seen the commencement of a street of small houses, promising infinite ugliness in a little space. Incredible that the fumes of furnaces ever desecrated that fleece-sown sky of tenderest blue, that hammers clanged and engines roared where now the thrush utters his song so joyously. Hubert Eldon has been as good as his word.
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In all the valley no trace is left of what was called New Wanley. Perhaps this was related to his expectation of continued population increase: increasing accumulation and increasing productivity would be necessary even if no further improvement in standards of living were desired; and whatever improvement in the condition of the poor might be achieved by redistribution with a stationary population, the existing standard could not be maintained with increasing population without such increase in productivity. The preacher was contemplating the Stationary State, the political economist was concerned with the practical problems of contemporary society.
Increase in the productivity of labour, and accumulation of capital were recognized as urgent necessities. After a century of neglect this has come to the fore as a result of the immense investment in education required in backward and advanced countries alike. There follows a section on the labour of the inventor and the savant. But when as in political economy one should always be prepared to do we shift our point of view, and consider not individual acts, and the motives by which they are determined, but national and universal results, intellectual speculation must be looked upon as a most influential part of the productive labour of society.
Finally one notes the chapter on the degrees of productiveness I, vii. Here the preacher comes back into the picture the sermon varying somewhat between the editions but remaining essentially the same. Of the uneducated English Mr. But the plea for moral improvement is not primarily a plea for improving productivity: the whole character of society and the future condition of man is involved. In the Keynesian economics the concern was with full employment of resources. In the classical economics, as in the new economics of growth and development, the full employment and proper allocation of given resources took second place to a concern for the development of new resources.
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I cannot here examine in detail this interpretation of the concept of productive labour and the related theory of development, 32 but I propose to quote from Adam Smith and from Malthus to give the necessary background. It is time we learned to cure ourselves of this theoretical anthropomorphism and to approach the classical economists in the context of their own intellectual climate. While continuing the theme of development as being a process of expanding the number of productive labourers, Mill added a discussion of the distinction between productive and unproductive consumption.
It is rather a matter for congratulation. It is surprising that he does not here press home the point that this fund for unproductive consumption is the basis for that process of accumulation which provides for a spiral of economic development. He underestimated the effect on human productivity of better living and he Edition: current; Page: [ xliv ] underestimated the magnitude of the necessary increase in fixed capital.
Clearly more capital requires either less wage goods used to support unproductive labour and transferred to the use of productive labour, or less production of luxury goods permitting the production of more wage goods, material, and instruments. The problems of population crop up throughout the Principles. The study of production becomes a study of the race between production and population. The problem is here posed as an individual one; in Chapter xiii it is posed as a social one.
Had it been restrained still more, and the same improvements taken place, there would have been a larger dividend. The new ground wrung from nature by the improvements would not have been all used up in the support of mere numbers. In Book II there is further discussion of the prospects for prudence.
Communism is precisely the state of things in which opinion might be expected to declare itself with greatest intensity against this kind of selfish intemperance. He recurs to the problem in his three chapters on wages II, xi, xii, and xiii. Education might help. To education and a change in the status of women must be added, Mill argued, a dramatic improvement in the condition of the poor. The minor improvement resulting from the repeal of the Corn Laws he did not consider important. To produce permanent advantage, the temporary cause operating upon them must be sufficient to make a great change in their condition.
He recurs to this point in Chapter xiii. All of this is highly relevant to the problem of the modern world; I propose to underline only one point. One may also wonder whether Mill had the answer for his day and for ours. He saw that relief or aid must be on a massive scale to permit the dawn of hope. The choice of those to be aided would be heart-breaking; and there is the danger that those not chosen will in exasperation and frustration do injury to themselves and us. It is not so with the Distribution of Wealth. The really important distinction that he made was between the inevitability of the consequences which flow from any given circumstances and the freedom to modify the circumstances.
Those, at least, are as little arbitrary, and have as much the character of physical laws, as the laws of production. The smaller the amount to be divided the more seriously must the effect of redistribution on the size of the dividend be examined. This is a recurrent theme. This intensity of interest. There are experiments in human affairs which are conclusive on the point. Suppose a country in the condition of France before the Revolution: taxation imposed. Was not the hurricane which swept away this system of things, even if we look no further than to its effect in augmenting the productiveness of labour, equivalent to many industrial inventions?
To meet the objection he enlarged the chapter. In the 3rd edition he rewrote it. These changes, and his later posthumous Chapters on Socialism, provide scope for long debates about how socialistic Mill was at various points in his career. What is really valuable is not his changing answers, but his continuing questions.
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The criteria for judging society as it existed, and society as it might be, emerge from the questions. One of the criteria is the degree of motivation to work:. The objection ordinarily made to a system of community of property and equal distribution of the produce, that each person would be incessantly occupied in evading his fair share of the work, points, undoubtedly, to a real difficulty. But those who urge this objection, forget to how great an extent the same difficulty exists under the system on which nine-tenths of the business of society is now conducted.
From the Irish reaper or hodman to the chief justice or the minister of state, nearly all the work of society is remunerated by day wages or fixed salaries. A factory operative has less personal interest in his work than a member of a Communist association. Mankind are capable of a far greater amount of public spirit than the present age is accustomed to suppose possible. To what extent, therefore, the energy of labour would be diminished by Communism, or whether in the long run it would be diminished at all, must be considered.
This is a more favourable judgment than that in the 1st edition, and is seemingly inconsistent with the general attitude of the Principles on motivation and incentive. But here the concern is with productivity and I would argue that the atmosphere of liberty and spontaneity is especially conducive to productivity. Competition, innovation, enterprise, are the fruits of liberty, the complement of spontaneity.