Historical Period: The 19th Century
Richard Cobden (1804-1865) was a member of the British Parliament and an advocate of free trade, a non-interventionist foreign policy, peace, and parliamentary reform. He is best remembered for his activity on behalf of the Anti-Corn Law League which helped reduce British tariffs in 1846 and for negotiating the Anglo-French trade agreement of 1860.
See the Liberty Matters online discussion on Richard Cobden: Ideas and Strategies in Organizing the Free-Trade Movement in Britain
Quotes from Richard Cobden:
- Richard Cobden on how free trade would unite mankind
- Richard Cobden on the folly of using force to “protect commerce”
- Richard Cobden on public opinion and peace on earth
- Richard Cobden argues that the British Empire will suffer retribution for its violence and injustice
- Richard Cobden on the complicity of the British in supporting war
- Richard Cobden on the principle of non-intervention in the affairs of other countries
- Richard Cobden urges the British Parliament not to be the “Don Quixotes of Europe”
- Richard Cobden reminds the Liberals in Parliament that the motto of their party is “Economy, Retrenchment, and Reform!”
- Richard Cobden’s “I have a dream” speech about a world in which free trade is the governing principle
Titles from Richard Cobden:
- Author: BOLL 30: Richard Cobden, “On the Total and Immediate Repeal of the Corn Laws” (1846)
- Author: The Corn Laws. Speech of R. Cobden
- Author: England, Ireland, and America
- Translator: On the Probable Fall in the Value of Gold
- Author: The Political Writings of Richard Cobden, in 2 vols.
- Author: Russia
- Author: Speeches on Free Trade
- Author: Speeches on Questions of Public Policy, 2 vols.
- Author: What Next and Next?