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Saturday, February 25, 2006

Anti-Job, Pro-Freedom Quotes Of The Week 53 and 54

The true forms of government, therefore, are those in which the one, or the few, or the many, govern with a view to the common interest; but governments which rule with a view to the private interest, whether of the one, or of the few, or of the many, are perversions. For the members of a state, if they are truly citizens, ought to participate in its advantages.
Book III, chapter 7

Slavery was the first attempt at automation. With it, some human beings, at least, were freed at last from the "burden of toil"; as a direct consequence, civilization was born, which is the child of leisure. Those who did not have to "work" anymore, who did not have to apply all their ingenuity and efforts to the solution of immediate problems for obtaining an immediate result... began to think and to apply at least part of their brains to abstract thought, long-term problem solving, cultural and philosophical considerations, etc. Not only was it more interesting to deal in abstract thoughts, but it soon became evident that, globally, it was also more efficient: new ways were discovered to hunt, to sow, to weave and to "make things". Mankind had discovered production, and wealth increased for everybody; for everybody, that is, who was a "human being"...
Pierre Allard
Crisis And Beyond


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