chapter  9
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BUILDING UP THE SIMPLE ECONOMY

But economic theory has never been interested in the physical process of consuming commodities. It will never treat of this. It is equally indifferent to the manner in which the satisfaction of needs, as such, may be made most complete. Economic theory regards it as the task of the moralist, physician or artist to teach which enjoyments are morally permissible, healthful or artistically valuable. Commodities are the agents of material pleasures, but it is no function of economic theory to show how these goods may be most delicately prepared. Those who are adepts in the practical art of living are the proper instructors in such matters. Consumption as such, the satisfaction of needs as such, is not an economic act at all.