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Dean of nineteenth century Italian Economists. Believed that the laissez-faire, laissez-passer principle above all was a necessary barrier to the attack of the rent-seeking state. He wrote of a battle between "privilege, secret interest, political advantage, everything that is capable of coveting" and its "natural enemy," the science "whose emblem, from the time of its birth, has been: laissez-faire, laissez-passer. See Ralph Raico Classical Liberalism and the Austrian School, Mises Institute, Auburn, Alabama, p.250
In addition to his writings on economics he also wrote an article about Italian unification, and more specifically Italy's "southern question". He advocated for an American style system of federalism as the unifying principle to integrate Sicily into the new Italian nation state. He cited the fact that since Sicilians desired annexation by the Italian state as a means to escape Neapolitan rule, they would view any new political system that did not afford them regional autonomy as being equally oppressive. He predicted that a strong centralised government in a unified Italy would lead to tension and possibly rebellion in the south, making Sicily the "Ireland of Italy". His warning went unheeded, however, and Italy was eventually unified under a Strongly Centralised State(see Risorgimento).
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