Trade is all very well in its way, but Trade has been put in the place of Truth. Trade, which is in its nature a secondary or dependent thing, has been treated as a primary and independent thing; as an absolute. The moderns, mad upon mere multiplication, have even made a plural out of what is essentially singular, in the sense of single. They have taken what all ancient philosophers called the Good, and translated it as the Goods.
G.K. Chesterton, qtd. by Joseph Pearce in “Small is Still Beautiful: Economics as if Families Mattered”