quarta-feira, 3 de fevereiro de 2010

Richard Cobden, speech in the House of Commons

You may, by legislation, in one evening, destroy the fruits and accumulations of a century of
labour; but I defy you to show me how, by the legislation of this House, you can add one
farthing to the wealth of the country. That springs from the industry and intelligence of the
people of this country. You cannot guide that intelligence; you cannot do better than leave it to
its own instincts. If you attempt by legislation to give any direction to trade or industry, it is a
thousand to one that you are doing wrong; and if you happen to be right, it is a work of
supererogation, for the parties for whom you legislate would go right without you, and better
than with you.

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