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Quotational Therapy: Part 91 -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, On Trade.

On The Benefits Of Trade

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The philosopher and lover of man have much harm to say of trade; but the historian will see that trade was the principle of Liberty; that trade planted America and destroyed Feudalism; that it makes peace and keeps peace, and it will abolish slavery. We complain of its oppression of the poor, and of its building up a new aristocracy on the ruins of the aristocracy it destroyed. But the aristocracy of trade has no permanence, is not entailed, was the result of toil and talent, the result of merit of some kind, and is continually falling, like the waves of the sea, before new claims of the same sort.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The Young American," a lecture read before the Mercantile Library Association, Boston, February 7, 1844. Read the entire thing here.

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