Thursday, October 15, 2009

Quote of the day

Another effect of the utopian's attempt to legislate our way to heaven on earth:
There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one "makes" them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted -- and you create a nation of law-breakers-and then you cash in on the guilt.
- Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged"

And obviously, if you're going to create the kind of world you want to create, you need to have power over the rest of the inhabitants of that world. Otherwise, they're likely to use their free will to do something of which you disapprove...

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