What freedom, besides, can we leave men?
The state must give a great deal to its citizens and take very little from them.
The state is the great fiction by which everyone endeavors to live at the expense of everyone else.
Man rejects pain and suffering. And yet he is condemned by nature to the suffering privation brings if he does not embark upon the pain of work.
But this is where the loss lies. In the village, one man dug and ploughed: he was a worker. At Metz, he turns his head left and right: he is a soldier.
The minister will resort to a loan in terror, and we will gain one year or perhaps two; the interest payments will fall on the people.
In sum, are we paying a government to help us damage each other or, on the contrary, to stop us from doing so?
This is how monopoly, like any form of injustice, carries within itself the seed of its own punishment.
These people do not want any competition for their changing wool into cloth because it is their trade, but they are all too willing to accept competition for the converting of cloth into suits because it is yours.