I do not deny, I recognize and deplore as much as others, the suffering that competition has inflicted on men; but is this a reason for shutting our eyes to the good that it accomplishes?
To harm others is to harm ourselves; to spread obstacles, tariffs, coalitions, or wars along the path of others is to obstruct our own progress.
A host of circumstances contributes to making the remuneration of labor unequal.
But competition intervenes among the capitalists.
Excessive compensations by their very nature arouse covetousness.
Competition is that no less indomitable humanitarian force that wrests progress, as fast as it is made, from the hands of the individual and places it at the disposal of all mankind.
The accusation that competition tends toward inequality is far from true. On the contrary, all artificial inequality is due to the absence of competition;
Thus, Jonathan learned that, under a system of liberty, not everyone who will may become a monopolist.
It is too bad, perhaps, that tokay wine is not as plentiful, and therefore not as cheap, as ordinary red wine. But this is not a social evil; it was imposed on us by Nature.
Basically, what we are all aspiring to is that each of our efforts should achieve the greatest possible level of well-being.
…but from the economic point of view the loan itself could never be considered responsible for previous necessities that it had not created and which, to some extent it relieves.
The effect of competition is to stimulate good methods, reveal them and make them universal, and eliminate bad ones.
However, if by usurping legislative power, landowners prohibit the landless farm laborers from working away from the land in return for subsistence, the equilibrium between services is broken.
But this is where the loss lies. In the village, one man dug and ploughed: he was a worker. At Metz, he turns his head left and right: he is a soldier.
That proves that the people still have a lot to learn, and while they are learning it there is no lack of persons like your Mr. Big ready to take advantage of their credulity.
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.
These people do not want any competition for their changing wool into cloth because it is their trade, but they are all too willing to accept competition for the converting of cloth into suits because it is yours.
Doubtless, foreign competition and even competition in general is always a nuisance, and if a branch of activity were able to break free of it on its own, it would do good business for a time.
Between you and the Belgians, therefore, there is just about the same difference as between a dull and sharp axe.
Well then, if consumers have an interest in the admission of natural light, producers have one in its prohibition.
In this way, the generosity of nature, like the advances made in production processes, is or constantly tends to become the common and free heritage of consumers, the masses, and the human race, in accordance with the law of competition.