If you follow the écus in all these alternative uses, you will ascertain that, through the offices of salesmen or lenders, they will go to provide work as surely as if Ariste, following the example of his brother, had traded them for furniture, jewelry, and horses.
However, I cannot refrain from making a general observation. Presumption is always unfavorable to collective expenditure carried out through taxes.
But to curse machines is to curse the human mind.
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.
Therefore, spread fire, famine, war, pestilence, vice, and ignorance, and you will see all occupations flourish, for all will have a vast field of activity.
To have less iron because you work less and more iron in spite of working less are situations that are more than different; they are quite opposite to one another.
What will French citizens do with their hands and minds when they are free?
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.
And truly, there is some pleasure in facing intrepid debaters who, even when they are wrong, take their line of reasoning to its limit.
He would be seen to forbid the use of the plough, since cultivation using his nails would satisfy his double desire of making bread more expensive and work more plentiful.
It is thus very true that each occupation has an immediate interest in the continuation or even the extension of the particular obstacle that is the object of its efforts.