Quote of the Day

This comes from Frederic Bastiat in The Law:

The claims of these organizers of humanity raise another question which I have often asked them and which, so far as I know, they have never answered: 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? The organizers maintain that society, when left undirected, rushes headlong to its inevitable destruction because the instincts of the people are so perverse. The legislators claim to stop this suicidal course and to give it a saner direction. Apparently, then, the legislators and the organizers have received from Heaven an intelligence and virtue that place them beyond and above mankind; if so, let them show their titles to this superiority.

They would be the shepherds over us, their sheep. Certainly such an arrangement presupposes that they are naturally superior to the rest of us. And certainly we are fully justified in demanding from the legislators and organizers proof of this natural superiority.



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One response to “Quote of the Day”

  1. necessaryandpropergovt says :

    EC, I really like this one. It illustrates a pattern that I’ve been thinking of writing a series about. The series theme would be “Progressive Paradoxes.” These are cases where their logic loops back around inversely to itself in a way that blatantly reveals the invalidity of their own premise. Please offer this up (and any other concise ones you find) when I get around to that series — if I ever get around to it…. 😐

    – Jeff

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