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1 Issue Do the wealth-getting activities of individual businessmen also contribute to strengthening their nationâ s economic and political power while it enriches them personally? Munâ s answer From Englandâ s Treasure by Foreign Trade (1664), Parts I, II, and III The Means to Enrich This Kingdom, and to Increase Our Treasure Although a Kingdom may be enriched by gifts received, or by purchase taken from some other Nations, yet these are things uncertain and of small consideration when they happen.

Examination of this literature, however, reveals such a diversity of ideas and recommendations that to describe them simply as mercantilistic tends to obscure and minimize their differences. A considerable portion of the seventeenth-century English writing came from the merchants, who naturally identified wealth with precious metals. While their funds were used to buy raw materials, tools, and labor, their businesses required the restoration of capital funds to monetary form through the sale of goods.

Aquinas and the churchmen deplored individual wealth-getting activities as sinful. The change of viewpoint that is evident in Munâ s work reflects the dramatic change that had taken place between the destruction of the command society of the feudal manor and the era of mercantilism and statecraft that flourished between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries. The issue that Mun addressed about the advantage to England of â trading with its moneyâ has considerable contemporary relevance, for it points to early recognition of interdependence among the economies of the world through their trade balances, exchange rates, and capital movements.

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