[The] poor lost their ability to support themselves by exercising freedom of commerce....
Your observation is on point. It is why people become poor, the rich slide to middle class and why the poor remain poor.
Taking the two words self providence for themselves -- to comprehend them as providing for yourself (understanding the providing is through mutual interaction) -- is something few people do and is something I try to advance on the DP.
This comprehension is simple and would do wonders for us in uplifting ourselves and spreading freedom which happens intellectually before it does physically or it happens at the same time, but not after, it does physically. Spreading this simple concept is something I do often and it has paid off: A co-worker of mine who got a job that became his primary job incorporated a component of freedom into his job as a manager. That component: argument.
New on the job, he invited it, not quarreling, from his subordinates. Argument leads to truth and truth is needed for freedom, just as freedom is needed for truth. Each needs the other.
Excellent comment, Dyzio.
School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me
Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.