“Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.” Frederic Bastiat, 1848

Bastiat 1848:

The hundred thousand mouths of the press and of the platform cry out all at once –

“Organize labor and workmen.”
“Repress insolence and the tyranny of capital.”
“Make experiments upon manure and eggs.”
“Cover the country with railways.”
“Irrigate the plains.”
“Plant the hills.”
“Make model farms.”
“Found social workshops.”
“Nurture children.”
“Instruct the youth.”
“Assist the aged.”
“Send the inhabitants of towns into the country.”
“Equalize the profits of all trades.”
“Lend money without interest to all who wish to borrow.”
“Emancipate oppressed people everywhere.”
“Rear and perfect the saddle-horse.”
“Encourage the arts, and provide us musicians, painters, and architects.”
“Restrict commerce, and at the same time create a merchant navy.”
“Discover truth, and put a grain of reason into our heads. The mission of Government is to enlighten, to develop, to extend, to fortify, to spiritualize, and to sanctify the soul of the people.”

“Do have a little patience, gentlemen” says Government, in a beseeching tone. “I will do what I can to satisfy you, but for this I must have resources. I have been preparing plans for five or six taxes, which are quite new, and not at all oppressive. You will see how willingly people will pay them.


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