The Tariff: An Interpretation of a Bewildering Problem

The Tariff: An Interpretation of a Bewildering Problem

The Tariff: An Interpretation of a Bewildering Problem

The Tariff: An Interpretation of a Bewildering Problem

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This book abounds in quotations--more than is customary in works of this kind -- for it has seemed best to quote at length authorities of standing, and to give their arguments in their own words. It is only fair to warn the reader that, like all quotations out of their context, they may possibly fail to give an exact representation of the author's thought. The book is also full of references to the works of economists, from Adam Smith down. Someone has suggested that references are used only to give the appearance of a greater learning than the author possesses. They are used in this work not for that purpose, but to prove that the statements made by the author are supported by the authoritv of a scholarship to which he makes no pretence.

It may possibly reassure the prospective reader if it is stated that the book contains practically no statistics or difficult mathematical demonstrations.

Had it not been for the kindly encouragement and advice of Professor Arthur H. Cole of Harvard University, this book might never have been published. The author is under obligation to Dr. Edward S. Mason for his general assistance, and particularly for his aid in rearranging the material. The author also wishes to express his appreciation of the kindness of his brotherin-law, Dr. A. E. Benson, in reading over the manuscript and in making many helpful suggestions. To Mrs. R. H. Goddard the writer is indebted for her painstaking assistance in preparing this book for the printer.

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