The reason is that in the making of this pair of socks the proportion of human services has been enormously reduced, thanks to capital, by the use of natural resources.
The consumer causes the value to vanish, because it was created for this end.
A man’s well-being is not measured by his efforts, but by his satisfactions.
It is not true that the great laws of Providence are hastening society along the road to disaster.
The consumer finally bears all the charges, just as he receives all the advantages of production.
And, as each person is the sole judge of the desire he feels and the effort demanded of him, the essential character of these transactions is that they are free.
I say that if we go back to the exact point that divides these two schools, we find it in the true or false use of the word utility.
I have said that when, unfortunately, we took the point of view of the producers’ interest, we could not fail to clash with the general interest, since producers, as such, demand only effort, needs, and obstacles.
Well then, if consumers have an interest in the admission of natural light, producers have one in its prohibition.
Mankind’s wealth lies in the abundance of things.