The following passage is from The Principle of the Mercantile System, written in 1776 by Adam Smith, who ironically, has become a sort of symbol of the same type of “free market” capitalists who Smith seems to be criticizing here. More striking than any of that, though, is how much this passage so precisely reflects our current situation.
A dream world shaped by children's desires.
On the other side of dreams is a world called Nou, where children can escape the trauma of the waking world. Befriending creatures of cloth and stitch, the children from across the veil explore and play to their hearts' content, able to shape the world itself to their desires.
But inevitably, contact between two worlds will leave both changed forever.