Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Henry Hazlitt - Simple and True (amv)

“…government has nothing to give them without first taking it away from somebody else--or from themselves."
And giving Oppenheimer a provocating twist:
“The ‘private sector’ of the economy is, in fact the voluntary sector...the ‘public sector’ is, in fact, the coercive sector.”
Franz Oppenheimer's original statement:
"There are two fundamentally opposed means whereby man, requiring sustenance, is impelled to obtain the necessary means for satisfying his desires. These are work and robbery, one's own labor and the forcible appropriation of the labor of others ... I propose ... to call one's own labor and the equivalent exchange of one's own labor for the labor of others, the 'economic means' for the satisfaction of needs, while the unrequited appropriation of the labor of others will be called the 'political means' ... The state is an organization of the political means."