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Through observation of an industrial England, Charles Dickens moves the discussion forward from the mercantile system to industrial capitalism.
The physiocratic system is clearly the antithesis of the mercantile system and lays the groundwork for the publication of Smith's book.
The main problem with the community bankers who came into the Mercantile system through acquisition, he said, was their inability to adapt to a large, centralized organization -- even those who had been part of the billion-dollar "TCBankshares, the Twin City Bank holding company that Mercantile bought in 1995.