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But we assure the socialists that we repudiate only forced organization, not natural organization. We repudiate the forms of association that are forced upon us, not free association. We repudiate forced fraternity, not true fraternity. We repudiate the artificial unity that does nothing more than deprive persons of individual responsibility. We do not repudiate the natural unity of mankind under Providence.

Author: Claude Frédéric Bastiat (1801-1850), Source: http://jpetrie.myweb.uga.edu/frog.htmlSaved by libertyquotes in bastiat claude frédéric 7 years ago[save this] [permalink]

If the natural tendencies of mankind are so bad that it is not safe to permit people to be free, how is it that the tendencies of these organizers are always good? Do not the legislators and their appointed agents also belong to the human race? Or do they believe that they themselves are made of a finer clay than the rest of mankind?

Author: Claude Frédéric Bastiat (1801-1850), Source: http://jpetrie.myweb.uga.edu/frog.htmlSaved by libertyquotes in bastiat claude frédéric 7 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Now, legal plunder can be committed in an infinite number of ways. Thus we have an infinite number of plans for organizing it: tariffs, protection, benefits, subsidies, encouragements, progressive taxation, public schools, guaranteed jobs, guaranteed profits, minimum wages, a right to relief, a right to the tools of labor, free credit, and so on, and so on. All these plans as a whole—with their common aim of legal plunder—constitute socialism.

Author: Claude Frédéric Bastiat (1801-1850), Source: http://jpetrie.myweb.uga.edu/frog.htmlSaved by libertyquotes in bastiat claude frédéric 7 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The plans differ; the planners are all alike...

Author: Claude Frédéric Bastiat (1801-1850), Source: http://jpetrie.myweb.uga.edu/frog.htmlSaved by libertyquotes in bastiat claude frédéric 7 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Law cannot organize labor and industry without organizing injustice.

Author: Claude Frédéric Bastiat (1801-1850), Source: http://jpetrie.myweb.uga.edu/frog.htmlSaved by libertyquotes in bastiat claude frédéric 7 years ago[save this] [permalink]

People are beginning to realize that the apparatus of government is costly. But what they do not know is that the burden falls inevitably on them

Author: Claude Frédéric Bastiat (1801-1850) , Source: http://jpetrie.myweb.uga.edu/frog.htmlSaved by libertyquotes in bastiat claude frédéric 7 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.

Author: Claude Frédéric Bastiat (1801-1850) , Source: http://jpetrie.myweb.uga.edu/frog.htmlSaved by libertyquotes in bastiat 7 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.

Author: H. L. Mencken, Source: unknownSaved by libertyquotes in liberty 7 years ago[save this] [permalink]

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.

Author: Joseph Goebbels (1897-1945) Nazi German politician, was Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, Source: unknownSaved by libertyquotes in liberty tyranny propaganda 7 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The sinews of war are infinite money.

Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC), Source: unknownSaved by libertyquotes in liberty war money endthefed 7 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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