Excerpt from An Introduction to the Study of Agricultural Ecomics The subject matter of Ecomics, or Political Ecomy, is found in the relations arising among men in their efforts to gain a livelihood, and in the relations between man and the physical universe consequent upon these efforts. Ecomics deals primarily with human relations arising under certain conditions; for example, wages, rent, interest, and taxes, all rest upon such relations. But in order to make a living man must shape Nature to his purposes; therefore we must examine into the given conditions under which men come into contact with each other and with Nature in their efforts to secure the necessaries, conveniences, and luxuries of life. While she has provided abundant opportunities for producing the means of satisfying human wants, Nature has decreed that man must work, - In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread. Or to give Virgil's version of the same law, The sire of all, great Jove himself decreedNo works save those that task us should succeed. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.