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It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected. The best men do not want to govern their fellowmen.
Nothing that requires the labor of others is a natural human right.
…there are two passions which have a powerful influence on the affairs of men. These are ambition and avarice; the love of power, and the love of money. Separately, each of these has great force in prompting men to action; but when united…in the same object, they have in many minds the most violent effects.
Markets of some sort will exist even under the most unfavorable conditions.
When people are less trustworthy, more must be spent to ensure safe
transactions. As the cost of security mounts, the prices of goods can increase to
the point where many people cannot afford them.
Now since man is naturally inclined to avoid pain—and since labor is pain in itself—it follows that men will resort to plunder whenever plunder is easier than work. History shows this quite clearly.