O debate, no entanto, é sobre as diferenças entre riqueza e prosperidade, ou entre prosperidade e felicidade geral da população.
Paulo Roberto de Almeida
No name of author is given and I wonder if anybody has an idea about this author. I just cannot find who was this opponent to the law of primogeniture and proponent of the "national happiness" through equality.
- It is a great and vulgar error to confound national prosperity and national happiness. The distribution rather than the amount of wealth among a people, contributes principally to general happiness. There can be no doubt that our country has added to its riches during the present century; but it is very clear that the well-being of the bulk of the community has not increased in a corresponding ratio. Between capital and labour there is a great gulf fixed, and while the one ascends in the social scale, the course of the other is one continued descent. To obtain the greatest happiness for the greatest number ought to be the object of political economy: but while the interests of the many are thus sacrificed to the few, we can hardly expect that the arrangements of society and the distribution of property should be in unison with the spirit of the age, and the march of intellect.