The preconceived idea is and always will be the scourge of reason since, by its very nature, it flees the truth when it has the misfortune of glimpsing it.
PEACE AND FREEDOM
They should not expect the state to provide for them since they are the ones that provide for the state.
JUSTICE AND FRATERNITY
New demands from the public, new taxes from the state, and we can go only from one revolution to the next.
However, I cannot refrain from making a general observation. Presumption is always unfavorable to collective expenditure carried out through taxes.
24. – DISASTROUS ILLUSIONS.
When you claim the merit for all the good that occurs, you incur responsibility for all the harm that arises.
23. – CIRCULARS FROM A GOVERNMENT THAT IS NOWHERE TO BE FOUND.
Obviously any civil servant who does not do a useful job does a damaging one by the very fact of taking action.
22. – A DISASTROUS REMEDY.
However, it is not the goodness of the intention that makes the goodness of the medicine.
21. – THE IMMEDIATE RELIEF OF THE PEOPLE.
People, how can the state keep you alive, since it is you who are keeping the state alive?
19. – ANTEDILUVIAN SUGAR.
But when we have gone down the wrong road for so long, it is childish to refuse to join the right road because it will cause some discomfort.
XII. – SALT, THE MAIL, AND THE CUSTOMS SERVICE.
The affections, feelings, and outpourings of love and friendship will not, as they are today, be buried in the depths of people’s hearts by the hand of the tax man.
XI. – THE UTOPIAN.
Oh yes! You are reducing revenue without reducing expenditure and you will avoid a deficit?
X. – THE TAX COLLECTOR.
The Chamber has understood that if this continued M. D . . . would face the choice of either having to operate his factory better or closing it.
IX. – IMMENSE DÉCOUVERTE!!!
Franchement, n’y-a-t-il pas quelque chose d’humiliant pour le dix-neuvième siècle d’apprêter aux âges futurs le spectacle de pareilles puérilités pratiquées avec un sérieux imperturbable?
IX. – AN IMMENSE DISCOVERY.
Frankly, is it not somewhat humiliating for the nineteenth century to prepare a spectacle of childishness such as this for future ages with such imperturbable seriousness?
V – NOS PRODUITS SONT GREVÉS DE TAXES.
Je voudrais bien qu’on me dît à quoi serviraient les grandes armées permanentes et les puissantes marines militaires, si le commerce était libre…
V. – OUR PRODUCTS ARE WEIGHED DOWN WITH TAXES.
I would like to be told what the great standing armies and the powerful navies would be used for if trade were free.