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Hi,

I have some trouble in understanding the underlined sentences. Could anybody do me a favor? :(


Those infamous publications of the cheap press tend to disorganise the very frame of society... they inflame their [the poor's] passions and awaken their selfishness, contrasting their present condition with what they contend to be their future condition - a condition incompatible with human nature, and with those immutable laws which Providence has established for the regualtion of civil society.

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contrasting their present condition with what they contend to be their future condition - a condition incompatible with human nature, and with those immutable laws which Providence has established for the regualtion of civil society.
This person is criticising the publications for giving the poor a picture of a better future because this picture is not compatible with human nature (ie- there will always be poor people) and giving them this picture goes against the unchanging laws of God. In other words, you shouldn't tell the poor that they could have a better future because it will upset the balance of society. It's a rich person, who thinks the poor should know their place and leave him with his money. :eek:
 
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