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Fit and Proper Persons
Music: William Boyce
Adam Smith warns that politicians are the last people who should lecture the public about how to run their affairs.

IT is the highest impertinence and presumption in kings and ministers, to pretend to watch over the economy of private people, and to restrain their expense. They are themselves always, and without any exception, the greatest spendthrifts in the society.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Expensive. Expendable.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Look. Let. Attempt.

Use together in one sentence: Attempt. Restrain. Ought.

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The ‘Empire’ of Free Trade
Music: George Frideric Handel
Free trade brings to smaller nations all the advantages of empire without the disadvantages.

WERE all nations to follow the liberal system of free exportation and free importation, the different states into which a great continent was divided would so far resemble the different provinces of a great empire.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Who. Which. That.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Part. Experience. Water.

Use together in one sentence: Expose. Import. Large.

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The Great Chessboard
Music: William Boyce
If Britain is a chessboard, then politicians should remember that the ‘pieces’ are alive, and they generally play a better game.

THE man of system, on the contrary, is apt to be very wise in his own conceit; and is often so enamoured with the supposed beauty of his own ideal plan of government, that he cannot suffer the smallest deviation from any part of it.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Ease. Leisure.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Man. Ease. Hand.

Use together in one sentence: Conceit. Which. Own.

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‘No dog exchanges bones with another’
Music: Francesco Geminiani
How do we get the help of millions of people we don’t know? Only by trade.

NOBODY ever saw a dog make a fair and deliberate exchange of one bone for another with another dog.

A spaniel endeavours by a thousand attractions to engage the attention of its master who is at dinner, when it wants to be fed by him. Man has not time, however, to do this upon every occasion.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Require. Request. Requisition.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Interest. Exchange. Stand.

Use together in one sentence: Whole. Talk. Dog.

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