chapter  62
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THE ECONOMIC STRATIFICATION OF SOCIETY

These remarks show only in the most general outline the picture of the distribution of productive enterprise. Yet they are sufficiently precise to permit the theoretically significant conclusion that in localizing the centers of production and acquisition the community of exchange is guided by those economico-geographic conditions which are given by natural position and historical development. The aims of private interest, seeking the greatest remuneration, and social interest, desiring the highest natural yield, converge here, in so far as the demands of the wealthier strata do not deflect private interest to an undue extension of the local zones devoted to the production of comforts and luxuries.