[LMB] Dark Brittanic Mills

Sylvia McIvers sylviamcivers at gmail.com
Tue Jul 23 22:33:03 BST 2019

On Tue, Jul 23, 2019 at 2:40 PM Gwynne Powell <gwynnepowell at hotmail.com>

> Richard Molpus:
> Being legally trapped to farm labor was ended with the creation of factory
> jobs in towns and cities. The formal legal name for that bondage to the
> land isn't important; that city life was a better option than farm life is.
> Gwynne: ... The networks broke
> down when they were forced into the cities.
>  ... And it was force: some parishes were quite vigorous about  moving the
> poor on to the next parish. Sometimes they'd give a certain number of days
> before they
> had to move on. And there was no option to stay. Eventually the cities
> were just about
> the only option left to them.
Behold the birth of the vagrancy law.

> Crime was rampant. The government responded by making more and more crimes
> capital offences. At one point there were more than 200 crimes that could
> be
> punished by hanging.
> There's no where left to push them out...  so push them down, six feet
under.  Unless the medical universities need bodies, in which case maybe
bury a box of rocks and earn a bit of gin money.

> Um, yes, I've done the odd spot of historical research now and then. How
> could you tell?
Hm? Doesn't every have this data floating in the back of their heads?

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