However, when lawmakers tax and prohibit trade, if their ideas are hopelessly wrong, this error has to become the general rule of conduct of a great nation.
I myself used to say that men would ruin themselves if they were left to barter freely!
I can see that, in a little while, we will be short of everything, because we will no longer have any need to make anything.
For the channeling of the Garonne would encourage the invasion of products from Toulouse to the detriment of Bordeaux and the flooding of products from Bordeaux to the detriment of Toulouse.
Is it not ludicrous that you are already inflicting this regime on the nation for fear that it will run the risk of reaching it one day without you?
Let us therefore sign commercial treaties on the basis of an equitable reciprocity, let us make concessions in return for concessions, and let us make the sacrifice of buying in order to obtain the benefit of selling.
Frankly, is it not somewhat humiliating for the nineteenth century to prepare a spectacle of childishness such as this for future ages with such imperturbable seriousness?
For all the deputies, ministers, and journalists agree on this point, that the more a people receive in exchange for a given quantity of their products, the poorer they become.
Combating the balance of trade, I will be told, is like tilting at windmills.