"Reflections on the Formation and Distribution of Wealth"

Anne Robert Jacques Turgot
Turgot, Anne Robert Jacques
(1727-1781)
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Translator/Editor
Condorcet, trans.(?)
First Pub. Date
1774
Publisher
London: E. Spragg
Pub. Date
1793
Comments
First written in French.
Copyright
The text of this edition is in the public domain. Picture of A. R. J. Turgot courtesy of The Warren J. Samuels Portrait Collection at Duke University.
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If the land was divided among all the inhabitants of a country, so that each of them possessed precisely the quantity necessary for his support, and nothing more; it is evident that all of them being equal, no one would work for another. Neither would any of them possess wherewith to pay another for his labour, for each person having only such a quantity of land as was necessary to produce a subsistence, would consume all he should gather, and would not have any thing to give in exchange for the labour of others.... [From "Reflections on the Formation and Distribution of Wealth"]