Disgusted by the horrors of naval discipline, he first made a name by his attack on the navy, and established what was essentially an anarchist criticism of society. Turning to writing, he travelled extensively in Germany for the purpose of his book on that country. His economic writings were based on the idea that labour is the sole source of wealth, and that the workers were deprived of their true share of the wealth they produced.
His Popular Political Economy was derived from his controversial lectures to the London Mechanics Institute and constituted the first textbook of socialist economics. In later life he was a frequent contributor to the Economist. Naval Officer; Journalist.
From you, therefore, and you only, from the gradual progress of your opinions displayed through your representatives, can sailors expect any redress, or can laws be enacted having, for their bases, confidence in you, by which you will be taught to think well of yourselves? It is an old saying, the voice of the people is the voice of God it is likely to be the voice of truth ;where many men are employed thinking on the same subject, if it is within their reach, as all moral subjects are, and this is one, it is not probable all should err.
Hodgskin's sympathy for the working classes through his involvement in the struggle for repeal of the Combination Acts led to the publication, in defense of trade union activity, of this attack on profit as a violation of the natural laws of value and distribution.
This book, "Travels in the north of Germany, describing the present state of the social and political institutions particularly in the kingdom of Hannover 1", by Thomas Hodgskin, is a replication of a book originally published before 1820.