It cannot be maintained that he made any large and valid contributions to economic theory. If no better arguments for Socialism could be found than those contained in his pages, it would indeed be a lost cause. The influence which he still exerts over many thoughtful minds is to be explained by the spirit of passionate sympathy for the oppressed, which breathes through all his writing, and by the dramatic quality of his generalisations. He still finds many readers, in spite of his exceedingly involved and heavy style, his immense prolixity, and his frequent use of mathematical symbols and formulre. The popular influence of many able writers, who have successfully refuted his arguments, has been lessened by their appearance of comparative complacency towards the poverty and inequality, which co-exist with the modern industrial system.