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Now I have endeavoured to make full use of all three methods of investigation.
This we should probably consider the proper economic interest for capital interex in Great Britain. In one aspect it may be called “stored-up labour,” in another—and more truly—”natural force stored up by labour”; but in capital itself, alike in its origin and in its working, there is nothing that is not accounted for by the other two factors.
The adequate instruments for the satisfaction of human wants, or—what is the same thing—the causes of beneficent changes in human conditions, we call goods. Human labour, employing itself on the materials given free by nature, and making use of no powers beyond the natural forces which manifest themselves alike in the labourer and in his environment, can always produce a certain amount of wealth. Interest then is in some sense what Aquinas called it, a price asked for time.
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.
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Thus it is that the phenomenon con interest, as a whole, presents the remarkable picture of a lifeless thing producing an everlasting and inexhaustible supply of goods.
At the same time the prohibition became more felt as intedes extended to wider circles, and as its transgression was punished more severely. Lending belongs to that class of legal transactions in which the use of a thing is made over by its owner to another person. This was found so exclusively in the relation to production that, in a short time, the formal definition of capital was based upon that relation alone.
All this is in perfect harmony with the known facts of caital. Children and savages are typical of the improvidence which is more or less striking in all classes. As we know, Adam Smith had already noticed that there was a certain difference in the bxwerk usually given to the word capital, and unteres, for instance, baserk houses, hired furniture, or masquerade dresses were capital in one sense and not in another, and his followers had not failed to loyally transmit the remark. What help economic history and statistics could afford me in my task I have thankfully accepted and conscientiously made the most of, even where I have not explicitly mentioned the original materials with which I worked.
Before, it was the conceptions that were mixed; now, it was the phenomena and the problems. This task intees fell to the theological and legal literature of the Church, and thus began a literary movement on the subject of loan interest which accompanied the canonist prohibition from its earliest rise far into the eighteenth century.
Rines, George Edwin, ed. But such relations are yet to be discovered; they must not be assumed; and unless we would give up all idea of being unprejudiced in our quest and cxpital our conclusions, we must begin the inquiry free from any preconceived opinion of a necessary identity, or even of an exact parallelism, between the productive efficiency of capital and its power of bearing interest.
After completing his studies in bohmm, he entered the Austrian Ministry of Finance, holding various posts untilwhen he became qualified as a Privatdozent of political economy at Vienna. Whether the existence of interest be attended by results that are useful or harmful to the economical production of a people, has inreres nothing to do with the question why interest exists; and our knowledge of the source from which interest springs, in itself gives us no ground whatever for deciding whether interest should be retained or abolished.
These words contain the theoretical problem of interest.
Similarly, I must smelt the ore in the blast furnace, change the raw iron into steel, and make the frame there from processes which cannot be carried through without a long series of tools and buildings that, on their part again, require great amounts of previous labour. Of course a pound weight acts as a pound weight and never in any other way; whether it be a paper weight on a writing-table, or a counterpoise on a scale-beam, or whether it keep down the valve of a steam-engine, it never ceases to exert the force of gravitation with which its mass is endowed.
Once the Word of God was made victorious on earth, a hostility immediately showed itself, against which the righteousness of the new laws had to be defended. And thus the present position of the theory exhibits a motley collection of the most conflicting opinions, no one of them strong enough to conquer, and no one of them willing to admit defeat; the very number of them indicating to the impartial mind what a mass of error they must contain.
He is not misled by the old ideas of the “unnaturalness” of interest. How slight a claim this explanation has to the dignity of a scientific theory appears in its practical definition of interest as the whole return to capitalist production which is not accounted for by labour.
If, however, we demand an answer to what we have formulated as the true problem of interest, we shall make the discovery that the Productivity theory has not even put that problem before itself.
Through the capifal rise of its commerce and industry, interest transactions had early entered bwwerk its economy, and its legislation had early given way to the wants of industrial life.
As their wealth increases the average period of production is extended, and with every extension the absolute productiveness of the process increases. Here we find in common acceptance not one but two conceptions, both based more or less on Adam Smith’s old distinction between National Capital and Individual Capital.
They may be an effectual means of preventing us from lightly building our whole system, or parts of it, on air, and unintentionally maintaining in the name of Political Economy something which, in its assumptions or conclusions, is, physically or psychologically speaking, ijteres. In the case, e. To ascribe interest to the productive power of capital is to make a double charge for natural forces—in the price and in the interest.
The owner of wealth who devotes it to this latter purpose deserves a caputal for his abstinence from using it in the former, and interest is this compensation.
The house, as now containing one rent less, is less valuable, and vohm loss falls to be deducted from the gross return as wear and tear. Not so, however, from the point of view of man. The only conceivable ground for judging differently about the allowableness of payment in the case of the Commodatum where a non-perishable good, as a book or a slave, is lent as compared with the Mutuum where a fungible good, like corn bawfrk money, is lent might be the different nature of the “use” in the two cases.
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Usually these excursuses into the domains of physics are placed in some corner of economical books rather for ornament than use. There is, in short, in every country, although varying from country to country, a certain annual ca;ital which can be obtained by capital with a minimum of risk, without personal exertion of the owner.
To put it concretely: In such circumstances, to write in favour of it was superfluous, to write against it was hopeless; and it is a most significant indication of this state of matters that almost the only quarter in which interest was still censured—and that in a resigned kind of way—was in the works of the philosophical writers.