Dupont de Nemours and the origin of the maxim 'laissez faire, laissez passer'
by Robert E. Prasch; Thierry Warin
International Journal of Economics and Business Research (IJEBR), Vol. 17, No. 4, 2019

Abstract: Dupont de Nemours begins his 'Lettre à la Chambre de Commerce de Normandie' (1788) with an excerpt from the catholic bible. This quote refers to the Lazarus's miraculous re-birth: "Otez-lui fes liens, & laiffez-le aller."1 The quote is Jesus' statement upon bringing Lazarus back to life. This reference begins our inquiry into the origin of the laissez-faire maxim. In this paper, we highlight some mistranslations, some historical shortcomings and present our perspective on the origin of the maxim.

Online publication date: Mon, 03-Jun-2019

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