Friedrich Nietzsche, The Wanderer and His Shadow (Der Wanderer und sein Schatten).

The Wanderer and his Shadow, the second supplement to Human, All Too Human, first published in 1880.


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Exchange and Equity.  In an exchange, the only just and honest course would be for either party to demand only so much as he considers his commodity to be worth, allowance being made for trouble in acquisition, scarcity, time spent and so forth, besides the subjective value.  As soon as you make your price bear a relation to the other's need, you become a refined sort of robber and extortioner.  If money is the sole medium of exchange, we must remember that a shilling is by no means the same thing in the hands of a rich heir, a farm labourer, a merchant, and a university student.  It would be equitable for everyone to receive much or little for his money, according as he has done much or little to earn it.  In practice, as we all know, the reverse is the case.  In the world of high finance the shilling of the idle rich man can buy more than that of the poor, industrious man.  

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