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The Best of the OLL No. 30: Richard Cobden, “On the Total and Immediate Repeal of the Corn Laws” (January 1846)

This is part of “The Best of the Online Library of Liberty” which is a collection of some of the most important material in the OLL. This is a speech Cobden gave in Manchester 12 days before PM Robert Peel announced the abolition of the protectionist Corn Laws, thus culminating nearly a decade of activism on behalf of the free trade movement.