Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on July 23, 2011

in Civil Society, Trade

… is from the newly released collection of Bastiat‘s letters, The Man and the Statesman: The Correspondence and Articles on Politics; this quotation – from a letter that Bastiat wrote to Richard Cobden – is highlighted in James Grants’s delightful review of this collection in today’s Wall Street Journal:

I want not so much free trade as the spirit of free trade for my country.  Free trade means a little more wealth; the spirit of free trade is a reform of the mind itself, that is to say, the source of all reforms.

(HT Fred Dent)


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