“But the cruellest of our revenue laws, I will venture to affirm, are mild and gentle, in comparison to some of those which the clamour of our merchants and manufacturers has extorted from the legislature, for the support of their own absurd and oppressive monopolies.”

Smith, Adam (1776). “An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations”, Book IV, Chapter VIII.

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