Confucius drew up a table, the Y-King , of sixty-four terms, also connected by lines, to show the evolution of the elements, and your Tableau Oeconomique is justly enough compared to it, but it comes three hundred years too late. Both alike are equally unintelligible. The Tableau is an insult to common sense, to reason, and philosophy, with its columns of figures of reproduction nette terminating always in a zero, striking symbol of the fruit of the researches of any one simple enough to try in vain to understand it. Linguet , Reponse aux Docteurs modernes , , as quoted in Higgs, Upon encountering it, our minds may themselves go " zigue et zague " as one contemporary put it trying to make sense of it.
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The model Quesnay created consisted of three economic movers. The "Proprietary" class consisted of only landowners. The "Productive" class consisted of all agricultural laborers. The "Sterile" class is made up of artisans and merchants. The process has these steps consult Figure 1. The Tableau shows the reason why the Physiocrats disagreed with Cantillon about exporting food.
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They wanted the government of Louis XV, who ruled France from to , to deregulate and reduce taxes on French agriculture so that poor France could emulate wealthier Britain, which had a relatively laissez-faire policy. Quesnay himself did not publish until the age of sixty. His first work appeared only as encyclopedia articles in and Quesnay believed that only the agricultural sector could produce a surplus that could then be used to produce more the next year—and therefore help growth. Industry and manufacturing, thought Quesnay, were sterile. Interestingly, though, he did not reach this conclusion by consulting his table.