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William Graham Sumner, Lawrence Auster, Michael Taylor


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"Gentlemen, the time is coming when there will be two great classes,Socialists, and Anarchists. The Anarchists want the government to benothing, and the Socialists want government to be everything. There canbe no greater contrast. Well, the time will come when there will beonly these two great parties, the Anarchists representing the laissezfaire doctrine and the Socialists representing the extreme view on theother side, and when that time comes I am an Anarchist."

-- William Graham Sumner


Source: quoted in Mark Thornton, The Economics of Prohibition (University of Utah Press, 1991), p. 17




"Once the government becomes the supplier of people's needs,

there is no limit to the needs that will be claimed as a basic right."

-- Lawrence Auster

Political commentator




" ... I suggest that the more the state intervenes in such situations,the more 'necessary' (on this view) it becomes, because positivealtruism and voluntary cooperative behaviour atrophy in the presence ofthe state and grow in its absence. Thus, again, the state exacerbatesthe conditions which are supposed to make it necessary. We might saythat the state is like an addictive drug: the more of it we have, themore we 'need' it and the more we come to 'depend' on it."

-- Michael Taylor

Source: The Possibility of Cooperation (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987), p. 168


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