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Frederic Bastiat

French Economist
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The state is the great fictitious entity by which everyone seeks to live at the expense of everyone else.

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Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.

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Each of us has a natural right, from God, to defend his person, his liberty, and his property.

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They will come to learn in the end, at their own expense, that it is better to endure competition for rich customers than to be invested with monopoly over impoverished customers.

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Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state wants to live at the expense of everyone.

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