|Title||The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists|
refused to accept them, and others who did him the great favour of accepting them, afterwards boasted that they had used them as toilet paper.
Owen frequently entered into long arguments with the other men, saying that it was the duty of the State to provide productive work for all those who were willing to do it. Some few of them listened like men who only vaguely understood, but were willing to be convinced.
`Yes, mate. It's right enough what you say,' they would remark. `Something ought to be done.'
Others ridiculed this doctrine of State employment: It was all very fine, but where was the money to come from? And then those who had been disposed to agree with Owen could relapse into their old apathy.
There were others who did not listen so quietly, but shouted with many curses that it was the likes of such fellows as Owen