Can business secure and protect independence?


An equilibrium of agriculture, manufactures and commerce [shipping], is certainly become essential to our independence. Manufactures sufficient for our own consumption, of what we raise the raw material (and no more). Commerce sufficient to carry the surplus produce of agriculture, beyond our own consumption, to a market for exchanging it for articles we cannot raise (and no more). These are the true limits of manufactures and commerce. To go beyond them is to increase our dependence on foreign nations, and our liability to war. These three important branches of human industry will then grow together, and be really handmaids to each other.

Source: To James Jay, 1809, April 7, 1809 

Patrick Lee’s Explanation

A balanced private sector is essential for prosperity and security.
Jefferson the farmer favored agriculture most of all. He wanted manufacturing left to Europe, where people were already enslaved to it. His views moderated somewhat as time passed, and he encouraged:

  1. Manufacturing provided we produced the raw material
  2. Shipping sufficient to carry any surplus to other markets
  3. Limiting imports only to those things we could not produce ourselves

Going beyond those made us dependent on other nations and magnified opportunities for disagreement and war.

If agriculture, manufacturing and shipping all grew together and in proportion, each would serve the other two, and all three would serve American interests best.

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