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Morality and practical statesmanship may determine that, in the interests of the community, purely economic laws be subordinated to moral and political laws; or, to put it more accurately, that economic laws, which would assert themselves under “perfect competition,” be limited by a social system which substitutes interse for competition. Again I say a control over the time in which a natural power may become effective.

And if proof be needed w I was right in doing so, and that indeed it was impossible for me to do otherwise, I may appeal to witnesses whose authority, as regards this question, is beyond dispute, namely, the leaders and adherents of the “historical school” itself.

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The Christian Church lent its arm. It was very soon superseded by a third. But Consumption is only a single exhaustive use, and Use is only a prolonged consumption. Of the many meanings which, in the unfortunate and incongruous terminology of our science, have been given to the word Capital, I shall confine myself, in the course of this critical inquiry, to that in which capital signifies a complex of produced means of acquisition— that is, a complex of goods that originate in a previous process of production, and are destined, not for immediate consumption, but to serve as means of acquiring further goods.

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The original factors of production, then, are man and nature: Individuals, that is to say, can make a gain, not only by the production of goods, but also by lending to other individuals for a consideration goods which are destined in themselves to immediate consumption, such as houses, masquerade dresses, furniture, etc. Too weak to hazard open war against the principle of prohibition, the business world yet managed to prevent its strict and complete legal enforcement, and to establish a number of exceptions some direct and some indirect.

The explanation of this reproduction is to be found in the work of those who employ the capital, both manual and intellectual workers. To replace the word “money” in the definition by the word “goods” only reflected, indeed, the more thorough grasp which was now taken of the subject. To the principle of this custom no sensible person will object. The idea that the use of capital is something distinct from the using-up of capital, and interest something different from the price of the principal, becomes untenable when the true economic nature of the “good” is understood as the sum of its material uses or services.


So long, then, as the wants of spiritual beings call for fuller and finer satisfactions, and so long as the working life rises to higher levels, so long will there be a premium put on the present wealth which makes more ample wealth possible.

Second, from a moral point of view, there is much that is objectionable in the fact that interest allows certain classes to live without working and to make this possibility hereditary interea their families. Nevertheless the book made its way, was read, repeated, and published again and again, and so scattered a seed destined to bear fruit in the end. In a simple note on p. And, indeed, popular language seems to have made this change before science did.

In so doing he would either sell the same article twice, or he would sell something which did not exist. But why is it so?

Bkhm fourth sack he destines for the making of coarse spirits. Value cannot come from production. Such a controversy at such a point is more than embarrassing; it is a calamity; and has been found so in the history of Political Economy. Thanks to banking systems and facilities for investment, nearly all wealth that is not actually being consumed by the owners bhm made available to supply this double demand.

All the same, so long as men do put a different valuation on present and future goods, interest cannot be prevented.

interse This uncertainty as to the conception of capital, bad enough in itself, becomes worse in proportion as Capital gives modern science new questions to consider and discuss. Home Mises Library Capital and Interest. All this is in perfect harmony with the known facts of interest. Thus we come to the next division of the present work, Capital as it appears in the sphere of Distribution, or Capital as the source of the income called Interest.

Nevertheless we borrow a scale from outside, and divide off the two shares arithmetically. First, the element on which all interest is based, namely time, has come to be a peculiarly important factor in modern production. My thanks are capitaal, first of all, to Dr. Happily the circumstances are such that I can do so without prejudice to our investigation; for at the worst it is just those phenomena which we all recognise as interest that constitute the great majority, and contain the characteristic substance of the general interest problem.

We never store sensitive information about our customers in cookies. This is the most direct, but also the least productive way. A second he requires to supplement this bare living to the extent of keeping himself hale and vigorous. If the formula, however, is considered to contain a scientific description of interest, we must take the word “use” in something like its ordinary signification, and consider the “use of capital” as something distinct from the capital itself which affords the use.


One is that by “means of subsistence” must be understood, not simply food, nor even the common baqerk and comforts of life, but all that goes to the maintenance of the workers, whatever their various levels of comfort. Unemployed money is certainly barren, but the borrower does not let it lie unemployed. This is rendered more plausible by capial fact that most loans of capital are made in money; we unconsciously assume the gold or notes we receive to be the same gold or notes we lent.

On that account the use of these things cannot be separated from the articles themselves, and if the use be transferred to any one the article itself must necessary be transferred with it.

To put it concretely: In the following argument, then, we assume that the demand comes exclusively from labour, that the entire supply and demand meet in one single market embracing the euggen community, and that all branches of production show the same scale of surplus returns.

Every good is nothing capitxl the sum of its uses, and the value of a good is the value of all the uses contained in it. It consists simply in this—that he, himself a part of the natural world, combines his personal powers with the impersonal powers of nature, and combines them in intfres a way that under natural law the co-operation results in a definite, desired, material form.

The goods lent pass over into the property of the debtor. James, capitak lends a plane to William, demands at the year’s end a new plane in place of the one worn out, and asks in addition a plank, on the ostensible ground that over a year William had the advantage, the use of the plane.

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Thus, in course of time there appears bbawerk favoured class who are able not only to live without working, but to direct, control, and even limit the labour of the majority. The important circumstance forgotten in this theory is that the productiveness of concrete capital is already discounted in its price.

It must be added that, in an organised economy, “utility” becomes a more complex conception.