Zaterdag quote

“[T]he general direction of trade cannot be a science; for it is impossible. … We ought to be persuaded that, in order to attain to that knowledge which is requisite for the direction of commerce, it is not enough to know the different interests of different nations, provinces and societies; but we must also understand the interests and connections of individuals, together with the quality and value of each commodity. He therefore, who is mistaken in the least article, will direct amiss, and enact preposterous laws.
… [T]he instinct of the bee does more in this particular, than the genius of the greatest politician.”

Marquis d’Argenson (1751). The General Directing of Trade Cannot Be a Science (edited by Benoît Malbranque)

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