Sunday, April 20, 2008

Quote of the Day

This one is taken from Common Folk Using Common Sense

It's a quote from Frederic Bastiat's "The Law" (which is a great book, and fairly short. Everyone should read it. There are a ton of quotable passages from the book)

It never ceases to amaze me how things written well over a century ago can still be so pertinent today.

“The war against illegal plunder has been fought since the beginning of the world. But how is… 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. Then abolish this law without delay … If such a law is not abolished immediately it will spread, multiply and develop into a system."

-Frederic Bastiat

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