However, I cannot refrain from making a general observation. Presumption is always unfavorable to collective expenditure carried out through taxes.
But when we have gone down the wrong road for so long, it is childish to refuse to join the right road because it will cause some discomfort.
As economic facts act and react on one another, in turn becoming cause and effect, it must be agreed that they present an undeniable complication.
What predominates in this passage is the idea that France loses the total value of the products she imports from abroad.
All injustice is of benefit to someone […]; to defend injustice on the grounds of the inconvenience that its abolition will cause the person who benefits from it, is to say that an injustice should be eternal for the sole reason that it has existed for an instant.
Protectionist systems, colonial systems: these are therefore just two aspects of the same theory.