Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on April 15, 2013

in Adam Smith, Taxes

… is from Book V, Chapter 2 – on pages 848-849, Vol. 2, of the 1981 Liberty Fund edition – of Adam Smith’s 1776 An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations:

An inquisition into every man’s private circumstances, and an inquisition which, in order to accommodate the tax to them, watched over all the fluctuations of his fortune, would be a source of such continual and endless vexation as no people could support.

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