Bastiat: Indirect Despotism

“Usually, however, these gentlemen – the reformers, the legislators, and the writers on public affairs do not desire to impose direct despotism upon mankind. Oh no, they are too moderate and philanthropic for such direct action. Instead, they turn to the law for this despotism, this absolutism, this omnipotence. They desire only to make laws.”

– Frederic Bastiat, The Law (p. 56)

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