‘A Retrograde Political Economy’

Very imperfect translation from the French, aided by Google Translate:

According to you, my dear critic, there remains in my political economy actions without reasons, facts without explanation, a string of reports whose extremities are lacking and whose most important rings are broken. I share Adam Smith’s misfortune, one of our critics said he had retrograde political economy.

( J.B. Say to Tanneguy du Châtel, quoted in Friedrich List’s The National System of Political Economy, 1841.)

Not quite a smackdown – the rest are worse.

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