quotes tagged with 'plunder'

We're going to take all the money we think is unnecessarily being spent and take it from the "haves" and give it to the "have nots".
Author: Lyndon B. Johnson, Source: 1964 Congressional Record, p. 6142, Remarks of the President to a Group of Leaders of Organizations of Senior Citizens in the Fish Room, March 24, 1964Saved by cboyack in government socialism money plunder robbery 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
You say: "There are persons who have no money," and you turn to the law. But the law is not a breast that fills itself with milk. Nor are the lacteal veins of the law supplied with milk from a source outside the society. Nothing can enter the public treasury for the benefit of one citizen or one class unless other citizens and other classes have been forced to send it in. If every person draws from the treasury the amount that he has put in it, it is true that the law then plunders nobody. But this procedure does nothing for the persons who have no money. It does not promote equality of income. The law can be an instrument of equalization only as it takes from some persons and gives to other persons. When the law does this, it is an instrument of plunder.
Author: Frederic Bastiat, Source: The Law, p. 31Saved by cboyack in government socialism society wealth equality taxes poverty plunder robbery treasury 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Here I encounter the most popular fallacy of our times. It is not considered sufficient that the law should be just; it must be philanthropic. Nor is it sufficient that the law should guarantee to every citizen the free and inoffensive use of his faculties for physical, intellectual, and moral self-improvement. Instead, it is demanded that the law should directly extend welfare, education, and morality throughout the nation.

This is the seductive lure of socialism.
Author: Frederic Bastiat, Source: The Law, p. 25Saved by cboyack in liberty welfare socialism education society morality law justice plunder philanthropy 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime.
Author: Frederic Bastiat, Source: The Law, p. 21Saved by cboyack in liberty government freedom socialism law crime property plunder robbery 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
As long as it is admitted that the law may be diverted from its true purpose -- that it may violate property instead of protecting it -- then everyone will want to participate in making the law, either to protect himself against plunder or to use it for plunder.
Author: Frederic Bastiat, Source: The Law, p. 18Saved by cboyack in control liberty government socialism power law purpose intent violation plunder robbery 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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