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TAX-DAY NOTE: The Biggest Criminals Aren't in Prisons; They're in Palaces

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            "The owner of that valuable property, which is acquired by the labour of many years, or perhaps of many successive generations, ... is at all times surrounded by unknown enemies, whom, though he never provoked, he can never appease, and from whose injustice he can be protected only by the powerful arm of the civil magistrate, continually held up to chastise it. The acquisition of valuable and extensive property, therefore, necessarily requires the establishment of civil government. ...

            "The causes or circumstances which naturally introduce subordination, or which naturally and antecedent to any civil institution, give some men some superiority over the greater part of their brethren, seem to be four in number.

            "The first of those causes or circumstances, is the superiority of personal qualifications, of strength, beauty, and agility of body; of wisdom and virtue; of prudence, justice, fortitude, and moderation of mind. ...

            "The second of those causes or circumstances, is the superiority of age. ...

            "The third of those causes or circumstances, is the superiority of fortune, the authority of riches ...

            "The fourth of those causes or circumstances, is the superiority of birth. Superiority of birth supposes an ancient superiority of fortune in the family of the person who claims it. ...

            "Civil government, so far as it is instituted for the security of property, is, in reality, instituted for the defence of the rich against the poor, or of those who have some property against those who have none at all."

So, since attitudes like that continue to prevail, the poor rot in prisons while the aristocrats go to parties and get buildings named after them, and fly around the world from one residence to another -- and occasionally, fly to their hotel and an obscure post office box in places such as the Cayman Islands.

This, after all, is "the free market." It's the fantasy of Adam Smith, praised and marketed worldwide by aristocrats and their servants, to this day.

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Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of   They're Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010 ,   and of   CHRIST'S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

 

 

 

 

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