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Laissez Faire, Laissez Passer

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Lord John Russell said: “Colbert, with the intention of fostering the manufactures of France, established regulations limiting the webs woven in looms to a particular size. He also prohibited the introduction of foreign manufactures. Then the French vine-growers, finding they could no longer get rid of their wine, began to grumble. When Colbert asked a merchant what relief he could give, he received for answer, ‘Laissez faire, laissez passer;ʹ that is to say, Donʹt interfere with our mode of manufactures, and donʹt stop the introduction of foreign imports.”

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The laissez-faire system. The let-alone system.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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