Individualism, then, accomplishes the task that the sentimentalists of our day would entrust to brotherhood, to self-sacrifice, or to some other motive opposed to self-love.
Economists, socialists, egalitarians, all direct the same reproach against landed property, that of charging for something that it has no right to charge for.
Communism destroys liberty, for it permits no one to dispose freely of his own labor.
The qualities needed to snatch capital violently from the hands of the men who create it are exactly the opposite of the qualities that are necessary for its creation.
We may note, however, that for beings endowed with a capacity for experimenting, learning, and improving, progress is the general law.
Yes, through a faulty definition, political economy has put logic on the side of the socialists.
…the intervention of the legislator to level wealth by taking from some what is needed to gratify others is communism…
Plundering property is no less plunder because it is accomplished legally, in an orderly fashion, systematically, and through the implementation of the law.
They nevertheless had to accept the evidence and finally recorded, to their great regret, that communism, an attractive illusion, is an appalling reality.
But the principle is always the same: to take from some people on the basis of legislation to give the proceeds to others