Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on April 23, 2012

in Civil Society, Complexity & Emergence

… is from page 116 of the 1979 Jacob Peter Mayer translation of Alexis de Tocqueville’s 1835 volume, Journeys to England and Ireland:

People say that the spirit of trade naturally gives men the spirit of liberty.  Montesquieu asserts that somewhere.  That is true in part.  But I think it is above all the spirit and habits of liberty which inspire the spirit and habits of trade.

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