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steps in this ascending scale, we come into a region of fractions too minute for
calculation. Suppose, for instance, that the same plough will last, before being
worn out, a dozen years. Only one-twelfth of the labour of making the plough
must be ...
If we suppose that the same body of labourers carried on a manufacture, and
grew food to sustain themselves while doing it, they have had for their trouble the
food and the manufactured article ; but if they also grew the material and made
Suppose that the proportion of the annual produce applied to the first purpose
amounts to half; then one-half the pro ductive labourers of the country are all that
are employed in the operations on which the permanent wealth of the country ...
Suppose that this second half of the labouring population ceased to work, and
that the government or their parishes maintained them in idleness for a whole
year : the first half would suffice to produce, as they had done before, their own ...
It is of no consequence that a part, or even the whole of it, is in a form in which it
cannot directly supply the wants of labourers. Suppose, for instance, that the
capitalist is a hardware manufacturer, and that his stock in trade, over and above
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