By virtue of their mutual interest does nature unite people against violence and war… the spirit of trade cannot coexist with war, and sooner or later this spirit dominates every people. For among all those powers… that belong to a nation, financial power may be the most reliable in forcing nations to pursue the noble cause of peace… and wherever in the world war threatens to break out, they will try to head it off through mediation, just as if they were permanently leagued for this purpose

— Immanuel Kant, Perpetual Peace, 1795.

3 Responses to “[1054] Of Immanuel Kant, free trade and peace”

  1. on 20 Jan 2007 at 01:07 Akmal Nasir

    No wonder Charles Sanders Peirce admired Kant “a somewhat confused pragmatist”…

  2. on 20 Jan 2007 at 10:24 Hafiz

    i am unfortunately unfamiliar with Peirce.

  3. […] going to war. Sooner or later, trading states will depend on each other to achieve prosperity. To quote Kant: By virtue of their mutual interest does nature unite people against violence and war… the […]

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