MERCIER DE LA RIVIÈRE, Pierre Paul was born in 1720 in Saumur, France.
His Ordre naturel.. concentrated on the political aspects of physiocracy in which he argued that there is a natural law of property which is based on the physical order of nature, and which underlies all other laws. Taxation and the use of public revenue by the ruler are both governed by the natural law of property. His De l’instruction publique outlined the system of education which would eventually bring about the ideal society in which nations are at peace, and men cease to profit at the expense of others.
Member, Parlement de Paris, 1747-1759, since 1764.