Without perceiving what is happening, he will permit himself to be carried along, content merely to consider effects, obstacles, the interests of the producer, and worse yet, to confuse those interests with the public interest. This, in fact, amounts to choosing the ills instead of the benefits…


We may say that the natural social order is perfectible and harmonious if, on the one hand, the number of men engaged in unskilled labor and receiving the lowest possible wages is continually decreasing, and if, on the other, these wages, measured, not in value or in money, but in material satisfactions, are continually increasing.


On peut affirmer que l’ordre social naturel est perfectible et harmonique, si, d’un côté, le nombre des hommes voués au travail brut, et recevant la plus petite rétribution possible, va sans cesse diminuant, et si, de l’autre, cette rémunération mesurée non en valeur ou en monnaie, mais en satisfaction réelle, s’accroît sans cesse.