An Essay on the Distribution of Wealth and on the Sources of Taxation

An Essay on the Distribution of Wealth and on the Sources of Taxation

An Essay on the Distribution of Wealth and on the Sources of Taxation

An Essay on the Distribution of Wealth and on the Sources of Taxation

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When mankind have become sufficiently numerous to be driven from the pastoral state to agriculture for subsistence, and before sufficient funds have accumulated in the possession of others to supply the body of the people with their daily bread, they must extract it with their own hands from the soil, or they must starve. While thus circumstanced they may, or may not, be themselves the owners of the implements, seed, &c. by the assistance of which their manual labor applied to the soil produces them a continuous maintenance; a stock which if used for any other purpose must soon be exhausted: such a stock, if they possess it, is in their peculiar circumstances entirely deprived of its mobility; it is convertible to no other purpose, and is confined to the task of assisting cultivation, by the same necessity which . . .

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