follow the violation of any of the laws of the universe.
In short, education,—wisely directed education,—both in science and in morals, is the one indispensable foundation of good popular government.
The relative importance to be attached to the many branches of popular education demands the careful consideration of all educators, and still more the purity
of the doctrines taught in all the schools.
There is good reason to believe that this last duty has been much neglected, especially in respect to financial theories.
In this connection, it is worthy of serious consideration whether one of the teachings of a corrupt age has not found its way into that almost sacred writing, the Constitution of the United States
What right has Congress, or any other department of government, or any government on earth, to ‘regulate the value’ of money, any more than that of wheat or corn?
Is not the real value of money, like that of everything else, regulated by the general law of supply and demand throughout the world?
Ought not the value of money, and what shall constitute money, be left, without governmental interference, to be determined by the common consent of mankind?
Must not commercial intercourse among all the countries of the world necessarily regulate all this, in spite of the decrees of government?
Ought not the function of government in this regard to be limited to the coining of money and stamping on its face its real value—that is, in effect, the amount of gold
it actually contains?
In short, is not the attempt of government to make a certain weight of one thing equal to a certain weight of another thing a plain violation of a natural law, and hence necessarily vicious?
Is not all our serious monetary controversy in this country the result of vicious teaching to be found in our own Constitution, inherited from a corrupt age, when the fiat of a prince was thought sufficient to make a coin worth more than it was in fact?