considered as a branch of the science of a statesman or legislator,
plentiful revenue or
subsistence for the people,
or more properly to enable them to
provide such a revenue or subsistence for themselves;
to supply the state or commonwealth with a
revenue sufficient for the public
It proposes to
enrich both the people and the sovereign.
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.