The location is not specified exactly and there is no mention of food or drink. As the JDE reviewer Coquelin noted, Molinari makes the mistake of allowing the Economist to win the arguments too easily sometimes, when in fact both the committed Conservative and Socialist in would have stuck to their intellectual guns to the very end, as Molinari must have known from his participation in the political clubs of We are told that the location is an estaminet bar in Brussels the interior of which is described in detail as are the local beers in which Molinari seems to take some local pride.
Molinari takes an Indian story about a wedding being conducted in a country inhabited by rats. By the time one comes to the final set of Conversations Molinari has become very pessimistic about the future possibilities for liberal reform. The focus in these conversations is still confined to the protection of agriculture but there is now more discussion of the political reasons behind protectionist policies and why there is such resistance to free market ideas.
The last twelve pages are quite sad and rather hopeless about the future. The aging and greying Economist Molinari was 67 when he wrote this is confronted by the Collectivist who says that he rejects the ideas of the free market completely. The Protectionist, as an elected politician, admits that it would be electoral and political suicide to admit the error of their views and embrace free trade even if it were true. The protectionist politician tells Molinari that if he became a free trader he could not be re-elected, he would be ostracised by his party thus ending his career, he would not be able to get his relatives jobs in the government bureaucracy, and so on.
In these concluding pages Molinari subjects himself to some harsh criticism by putting in his opponents' mouths accusations that his life has been wasted writing books no one read and whose ideas no one believed. This probably reflected the doubts and fears he was experiencing in the early s as tariffs were being reintroduced into France after a period of relative free trade following the Cobden-Chevalier trade treaty of He concludes this rather sad section by doggedly insisting that he persist in his struggle for economic liberty in spite of the set backs:. The question which needs to be asked of course is why did Molinari keep coming back to the conversational form of popularizing economic ideas?
He must have thought that they would have some positive result in convincing people outside the academy and the government of the folly of government intervention in general and tariff protection in particular. The rise of protectionism in France in the s and s must have shown him that his previous efforts had been in vain, and his pessimistic conclusions to the book seem to confirm this. Yet Molinari never gave up, which surely says something about the character of the man and his extraordinary persistence over a long lifetime in defending economic liberty.
One has to wonder whether he thought France would ever emerge from the Saint-Gothard tunnel of government interventionism. A closer examination of the economic policies adopted by the state showed in fact that the opposite of laissez-faire had been the policy for hundreds of years. At no time in French history had this ever been the case. Like the other economists, Molinari argued that it was the persistence of state sanctioned monopolies, restrictions on foreign trade, taxes on basic necessities, and regulation of the economy in general which was the cause of the misery of French workers.
The timing of this appeal to the socialists was unfortunate because it was published a week before the violent riots of the June Days June which led to a crackdown on dissent by the National Guard and the Army under General Cavaignac and the declaration of martial law.
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None of his colleagues came to his defense on the issue of the production of security and he was left alone to work on this topic for the rest of his long life. The third kind of dreamer was the free market economist who wanted to have his voice heard by both those on the right who were in favour of tariff protection and subsidies for industry and agriculture, and by the left who wanted to create a form of welfare state in France with government guaranteed jobs, unemployment relief, and other measures.
Finally, one should also note that Bastiat had his moments of wishful dreaming. After gleefully listing in some detail what he planned to do in order to drastically deregulate and privatise the French economy and state he steps back at the last minute and refuses to carry out his program. He suddenly realises that reform imposed from the top down on an unwilling and poorly informed people was a utopian dream and was doomed to failure. Without widespread understanding of free market economic ideas such reforms would be counterproductive.
These entrepreneurs would compete in an open market for business by providing the highest quality good or service at the lowest price in order to attract consumers and make profits. In his understanding of the important role the entrepreneur has in the economy Molinari is building upon the earlier work of Richard Cantillon, Adam Smith, Jean-Baptiste Say, and Charles Dunoyer. It has now of course entered into the English language and requires no translation.
Charles Dunoyer had his own take on the important role played by the entrepreneur in industrial activity.
In S1 he provides a list of the occupations he would like to see opened up to competition:. The Economist: I am certain. Let property owners freely go about their business. Let property circulate and everything will work out for the best. In fact, property owners have never been left to go freely about their business and property has never been allowed to circulate freely.
Is it a matter of the property rights of the individual man; of the right he has to use his abilities freely, insofar as he causes no damage to the property of others? In the present society, the highest posts and the most lucrative professions are not open; one cannot practice freely as a solicitor, a priest, a judge, bailiff, money-changer, broker, doctor, lawyer or professor.
Nor can one straightforwardly be a printer, a butcher, baker or entrepreneur in the funeral business. We are not free to set up a commercial organization, a bank, an insurance company, or a large transport company, nor free to build a road or establish a charity, nor to sell tobacco or gunpowder, or saltpeter, nor to carry [p. The property a man holds in himself, his internal property , is in every detail shackled.
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What is a bit more unusual is his idea that the small family farm would eventually have to give way to larger farms run on a more commercial basis. Even more unusual was his call for the complete deregulation of prostitution, which he also regarded as a business, and the right of women to set up their own brothels whenever and however they wished without government regulation or supervision. The new entrepreneurs would not all come from the wealthier and and better educated classes but also from the ranks of the working class.
We will now turn briefly to two areas mentioned at the beginning of this section where Molinari made original contributions with the application of economic ideas and especially the role of the entrepreneur to the study of the provision of security and the operation of the family. This only went to show that even organizations based upon coercion like slave plantations and governments could sometimes benefit by operating like entrepreneurs in order to keep their costs down and maximise economic returns, but this of course was not something Molinari advocated.
Quite the contrary. He wanted parents to be aware of the real costs of having children and caring for them so they could become free, responsible, and useful human beings in the future. In addition to these economic failings of government there was always the political problem of the state being captured by powerful vested interest groups and being turned to satisfying their needs rather than the needs of ordinary people.
Molinari took a great interest in labour matters when he was a young journalist in the mids. He thought the legal persecution of workers who tried to set up their own labour unions was unjust and he was inspired by the example of Stock Exchanges which he thought could be applied to the creation of Labour Exchanges to help workers find the best paying jobs.
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Both were banned under the Civil Code but punishments were heavier and more often enforced against labour unions than employer associations. French workers were regulated in two main areas. If they were found without the workbooks in their possession, workers could be imprisoned for vagrancy. The workbooks were introduced in , were abolished during the Revolution, and then reinstated under Napoleon in Although they were often ignored in practice they were a significant regulation of labor and were not abolished until The ban on forming labour unions dates back to the Chapelier Law of which became the basis for articles and of the Penal Code.
The Assembly had abolished the privileged corporations of masters and occupations of the old regime in March and the Le Chapelier Law was designed to do the same thing to organizations of both entrepreneurs and their workers. The law effectively banned guilds and trade unions as well as the right to strike until the law was altered in Any coalition between those who give the workers employment, which is aimed at forcing down wages, unjustly and improperly, followed by an attempt at carrying this out or actually beginning to do so, will be punished by an imprisonment of from six days to a month, and a fine ranging from two hundred to three thousand francs.
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Any coalition, either attempted or initiated, on the part of the workers, which is aimed at bringing all work to a halt simultaneously, forbidding activity in a workshop, preventing people going there or staying there before or after certain hours, and in general, stopping, preventing or making production more expensive, will be punished by an imprisonment of at least one month and no more than three months.
The ringleaders or instigators will be punished with an imprisonment of two to five years. The law, based upon the Le Chapelier Law of June and Articles and of the French Penal Code, turned a blind eye to business owners associating in order to improve their economic situation but cracked down severely on workers who did the same thing. Molinari, on the other hand, saw unions as just another example of a voluntary association between free individuals to achieve common goals see S6.
This view was also shared by Bastiat who gave a speech in the Chamber of Deputies on 17 November, defending unions on these very grounds and that they should be protected under the law. He tells us some 52 years later that he had assisted the Parisian Carpenters Union in their trial in He sadly notes that the crack down by the government on the workers and their unions provoked a reaction against the government and the principle of individual liberty:.
The electric telegraph had been introduced in France in for government and military use only and in it was opened up for public use but the possibilities it might open up for business were obvious. In his arguments to the workers he wanted them to see that there were many parallels between them and their employers. One of course was the need for quick and accurate information about prices which would be satisfied by their respectives Bourses.
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Among the criticisms which are made of the school of the Economists, to which we have the honour of belonging and whose doctrines we promote, the gravest is the criticism of being uncaring towards the working classes. It is even claimed that the application of the doctrines of this school would harm the mass of the workers; it is claimed that there is in liberty who knows what kind of fatal seed of inequality and privilege; it is claimed that if the reign of unlimited liberty should ever come one day it will be marked by the enslavement of the class who lives by the labour of its mind and its hands, by the class who lives from the product of its land holdings or its accumulated capital; to be honest, it is claimed that this noble reign of liberty would inevitably create an unbearable oppression and terrifying anarchy.
During the Revolution there were some attempts to set up a version of the Labour Exchanges. There was strong opposition by labour groups who saw the bureaux as an opportunity for lower priced competitors from outside to undercut their place in the labour market was brought to bear and the police arrested many who were involved in the formation of the bureaux.
The plan thus never went any further. A second attempt was made by the National Assembly in February when it proposed a law to create a "Bourse des Travailleurs", but this too went no further than the planning stages. It is not known if Molinari had any personal involvement in these schemes or not. It was aimed primarily at ordinary workers but the employers and workers they approached were indifferent or hostile to the scheme and so the magazine soon folded.
They also reminded the legislators that:.
airtec.gr/images/localizar/2776-como-hackear.php Neither the magazine, the fledgling Bourse, nor their political lobbying efforts had any long lasting impact and they eventually disappeared from sight. However, twenty years later the French government again showed some interest in setting up Labour Exchanges. In the Third Republic steps were taken to create a government Office of Labour with associated exchanges throughout France.
Discussions began in but it was not until February that one was formally launched, in spite of organized opposition by unions. Union opposition had been successful in but in the more conservative Third Republic their opposition was ignored. A central Bourse was created in Paris in May and many others throughout France appeared shortly afterwards. Molinari received some attention in the late s for his early work in promoting the idea of labour exchanges and he wrote a book summarizing his ideas and efforts in , Les Bourses du Travail Labour Exchanges.
I said that population, when unchecked, increased in a geometrical ratio; and subsistence for man in an arithmetical ratio This ratio of increase, though short of the utmost power of population, yet as the result of actual experience, we will take as our rule; and say, That population, when unchecked, goes on doubling itself every twenty-five years or increases in a geometrical ratio… It may be fairly said, therefore, that the means of subsistence increase in an arithmetical ratio.