Supervising the newspaper, giving a lecture to the youth in the schools, is this not better than being a Member of Parliament?
It is therefore not surprising that in seeking to make of this equation something more exact than its nature permits of, economists have managed to create more disagreement than unity of opinion, for there is not one term in the formulas they employ that is not open to a host of objections, based both on theory and on fact.
This is the way an opinion gains acceptance in France. Fifty ignoramuses repeat in chorus some absurd libel that has been thought up by an even bigger ignoramus; and, if only it happens to coincide to some slight degree with prevailing attitudes and passions, it becomes a self-evident truth.
Let moralists no longer be dismayed by this consideration.
When it is a question of examining the general laws that society obeys, the way men behave universally carries more weight than a few utterances.
But I, for my part, thought that we made the law and that we paid the State to protect our rights, and not to destroy them.
All have seen the same relationship between humanity and the legislator as there is between clay and the potter.