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    Founding Fathers Quotes on the Free Market

    I'm having trouble finding something on the importance of a free market according to our great leaders of the past. Links would be awesome I'll need to cite the quotes, thanks so much!



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    here's an article on Lewrockwell.com that lists some of Jefferson's quotes on commerce and trade, give's no sources though

    http://www.lewrockwell.com/vance/vance17.html

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    Here's one:

    "A people... who are possessed of the spirit of commerce, who see and who will pursue their advantages may achieve almost anything."

    -- George Washington, letter to Benjamin Harrison, October 10, 1784
    "Self-imposed limits on sovereign power can disarm mistrust, but provide no guarantee of liberty and property beyond those afforded by the balance between state and private force." - Anthony de Jasay

    GARY JOHNSON 2012

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    And another:

    "Harmony, liberal intercourse with all Nations, are recommended by policy, humanity and interest. But even our Commercial policy should hold an equal and impartial hand: neither seeking nor granting exclusive favours or preferences; consulting the natural course of things; diffusing and diversifying by gentle means the streams of Commerce, but forcing nothing; establishing with Powers so disposed; in order to give trade a stable course."

    George Washington, Farewell Address, September 19, 1796
    "Self-imposed limits on sovereign power can disarm mistrust, but provide no guarantee of liberty and property beyond those afforded by the balance between state and private force." - Anthony de Jasay

    GARY JOHNSON 2012



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