Friday, July 9, 2010

Wisdom for Our Time

From Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations, Book IV, Chapter II:
"No regulation of commerce can increase the quantity of industry in any society beyond what its capital can maintain. It can only divert a part of it into a direction into which it might not otherwise have gone; and it is by no means certain that this artificial direction is likely to be more advantageous to the society than that into which it would have gone of its own accord."
And yet, we just keep trying...

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