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Evolution of Economics


Adam Smith

An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the
Wealth of Nations. (1776)


considered as a branch of the science of a statesman or legislator, proposes
two distinct objects:
first, to provide a plentiful revenue or subsistence for the people, or more properly to enable them to provide such a revenue or subsistence for themselves; and secondly, to supply the state or commonwealth with a revenue sufficient for the public services. It proposes to enrich both the people and the sovereign.
The riches, and so far as power depends upon riches, the power of every country must always be in proportion to the value of its annual produce, the fund from which all taxes must ultimately be paid. But the great object of the political economy of every country is to increase the riches and power of that country.


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