Left to itself, it soon exceeds the limits which circumscribe its mission. It increases beyond all reason the number and wealth of its agents. It no longer administers, it exploits. It no longer judges, it persecutes or takes revenge. It no longer protects, it oppresses.
Begone the laws that precede the progress of opinion!
I shall show that commercial emancipation leads to political emancipation.
Men of power keep themselves busy in retaining it only.
There is only one thing the public doesn’t want to deal with, and that is public affairs.
Advise me, but do not force your opinion on me.
Must we always start with the fatal premise that all those who govern are guardians and all the governed are wards?
For the moment, one would have thought that the human heart itself was about to undergo a great transformation and, shaking off the yoke of self-interest, would henceforth be guided by nothing less than the purest forms of self-sacrifice.
How do you expect a law that is unintelligent and unintelligible to be respected? That is impossible.
This is how monopoly, like any form of injustice, carries within itself the seed of its own punishment.