The Economic and Social Framework
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It is easy, at a first reading, to dismiss the opening pages of the Essai as mere throat-clearing by Cantillon: a rather trite definition of wealth, a couple of pages of rather odd remarks on the history of land ownership, and a few apparently irrelevant and descriptive 'chapters' (only a page or two each) on villages, towns, and the like. On a second reading their purpose is clear: they set out a vision of what an economy is like, in almost the simplest possible terms (there is an even simpler model later: the whole economy reduced to a single isolated estate). Everything that follows is based on this simple, apparently naive, beginning.