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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Thomas Paine on Government control

SOME writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness POSITIVELY by uniting our affections, the latter NEGATIVELY by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher. Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil - Thomas Paine, Common Sense (1776)
Socialism is war, waged by government (and governmentists who distort the language by claiming to be liberals). Socialism is war, waged against society.
Against society, and even against the very word “society.”
Against the word “society” as a name for something other than government.
And that war has not been new since at least 1776.

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