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Samizdata quote of the day

“There is no art which one government sooner learns of another, than that of draining money from the pockets of the people.”

– The Wisdom of Adam Smith, page 194.

3 comments to Samizdata quote of the day

  • Of course, reading Bastiat’s The Law first makes the reasons why this is true, so very clear.

  • RRS

    When we read about “stimulus” payments, one is struck by the realization that what is occurring is essentially a return to taxpayers of monies paid in. But, of course that “money” was spent and used within the “bureaus,” so it is a transfer of the prior taxation to a subsequent period (and later payors).

    Now ! That’s really stimulating !!!

  • Superautonomist!

    How quaint of Adam Smith! Governments don’t need to LEARN this- they know it by morphic resonance! Or contagious memes!