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Ayn Rand, Benjamin Disraeli, Bertrand De Jouvenel


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"When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion - when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing - when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors - when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you - when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice - you may know that your society is doomed.

-- Ayn Rand

(1905-1982) Author

Source: Atlas Shrugged, Francisco's "Money Speech"




"For you see, the world is governed by very different personages

from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes."

-- Benjamin Disraeli

(1804-1881) Prime Minister of England, British statesman, novelist

Source: his novel 'Coningsby, the New Generation', 1844




"The more one considers the matter,

the clearer it becomes that redistribution

is in effect far less a redistribution of free income

from the richer to the poorer, as we imagined,

than a redistribution of power from the individual to the State."

-- Bertrand de Jouvenel


Source: The Ethics of Redistribution [1952] (Indianapolis: Liberty Press, 1990), p. 72.


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