Infamous publications

Posted by Mei on April 26, 2003

I have some trouble in understanding the bracketd 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). "

Thanks a lot.