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Geoffrey Brennan And James M. Buchanan, Harry Kalven, Jr., Henry George


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"Tax limits, or fiscal constraints generally, can be expected to curb

government's appetites to the extent that the utility function of governmental

decision makers contains arguments for privately enjoyable 'creature comforts,'

for final end items of consumption. Such constraints become much less

effective, and may well be evaded, if the motive force behind governmental

action is 'do-goodism.' The licentious sinners we can control; the saintly

ascetics may destroy us."

-- Geoffrey Brennan and James M. Buchanan

Source: The Power to Tax : Analytical Foundations of a Fiscal Constitution (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1980), p. 166


"It is a paradox of modern life that speech, although highly prized, enjoys its

great protection in part because it is so often of no concern to anyone. To an

alarming degree, tolerance depends not on principle, but on indifference."

-- Harry Kalven, Jr.

Source: A Worthy Tradition: Freedom of Speech in America, 1988


"So long as all the increased wealth which modern progress brings goes but to

build up great fortunes, to increase luxury and make sharper the contrast

between the House of Have and the House of Want, progress is not real and

cannot be permanent."

-- Henry George


Source: Progress and Poverty, 1879


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