Pigs' meat; or, lessons for the swinish multitude: Published in weekly penny numbers, collected by the poor man's advocate (an old veteran in the cause of freedom) in the course of his reading for more than twenty years. Intended to promote among the labouring part of mankind proper ideas of their situation, of their importance, and of their rights. And to convince them that their forlorn condition has not been entirely overlooked and forgotten, nor their just cause unpleaded, neither by their maker not by the best and most enlightened of men in all ages. [pt.1]
Spence, Thomas, 1750-1814.
Better to trust a whole People with the power of doing Wrong, than one only.
(From Dodsley's Poems.)
YET vainly would despotic will conclude,
That force may sway the erring multitude.
Justice 'tis own'd, should ever guide the free,
But pow'r of wrong, In all, is liberty;
And for whatever purposes restrain'd,
A nation is enslav'd that may be chain'd;
Heaven gives to all a liberty of choice,
A people's good requires a people's voice:
Man's surest guide where different views agree,
From private hate and privaet int'rest free.
Fatal their change from such who rashly fly,
To the hard grasp of guiding tyranny!
Soon shall they find, when will is arm'd with might,
Injustice wield the sword, though drawn for right.