“«The fourth period,» the last 30 years of the 18th century, «is that in which expense and luxury have made great progress, and was supported by a trade extended by means of riders and factors through every part of Europe.» 22
What would the good Dr. Aikin say if he could rise from his grave and see the Manchester of today? Accumulate, accumulate! That is Moses and the prophets!
«Industry furnishes the material which saving accumulates.» 23 Therefore, save, save, i.e., reconvert the greatest possible portion of surplus-value, or surplus-product into capital! Accumulation for accumulation's sake, production for production's sake: by this formula classical economy expressed the historical mission of the bourgeoisie, and did not for a single instant deceive itself over the birth-throes of wealth.24 But what avails lamentation in the face of historical necessity?”