By Bryan Fanning
Histories of the Irish Future is an highbrow background of eire and a background of Irish crises seen in the course of the eyes of twelve key writers: William Petty, William Molyneux, Edmund Burke, Thomas Malthus, Richard Whately, Friedrich Engels, John Mitchel, James Connolly, Hanna Sheehy Skeffington, Jeremiah Newman, Conor Cruise O'Brien and Fintan O'Toole. Their analyses of the transferring stipulations of eire and their efforts to handle Ireland's predicaments can be found in the wider social, political, fiscal and cultural anxieties in their occasions. the result's a pioneering interdisciplinary contribution to fashionable Irish historical past and Irish reviews that would attract scholars of politics, fiscal background, and philosophy.
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In 1695, three years before The Case for Ireland was published, the first of the Penal Laws was enacted by the Dublin Parliament in which Molyneux sat. Another Act to Prevent the Further Growth of Popery became law in 1704. This prohibited the inheritance of land by Catholics. Sons who wished to realise their natural rights would have to convert. WILLIAM MOLYNEUX AND THE CASE FOR IRELAND 35 Molyneux’s constitutional history of Ireland made copious references to 500 years of case law in disputing the subordination of Ireland – meaning Protestant Ireland – to the English Parliament.
In effect, Molyneux argued that their development would benefit from a greater degree of autonomy, especially in being allowed diversion and recreation, than Locke seemed to sanction. He vehemently disagreed with Locke’s statement that ‘a child should never be suffered to have what he craves, so much as speaks for, much less as he cries for it’ and another that ‘in all wants of fancy and affection, they should never, if once declared, be hearkened to, or complied with’. He argued that what was ‘delightful to the child’ were ‘diversions of his own choice’.
By the time a million Irish had emigrated such numbers were far too few to alter the underlying political arithmetic. CHAPTER THREE William Molyneux and the case for Ireland William Molyneux (1656–98) was a man of many parts assembled to fit the seventeenth-century father-of-the-Enlightenment archetype. He was a natural philosopher who engaged in scientific experimentation and contributed to philosophical debates. He had inherited wealth and status that enabled him to do so. His grandfather, Sir Thomas Molyneux, arrived in Ireland in 1576 and was appointed by Queen Elizabeth as Ireland’s Chancellor of the Exchequer.