363. Energy in the Executive is a leading character in the definition of good government. It is essential to the protection of the community against foreign attacks; it is not less essential to the steady administration of the laws; to the protection of property against those irregular and high-handed combinations which sometimes interrupt the ordinary course of justice; to the security of liberty against the enterprises and assaults of ambition, of faction, and of anarchy.
- Alexander Hamilton – The Federalist No. 70, 1787-1788
371. Clarity is crucial to persuading our fellowman of the moral superiority of personal liberty.
- Walter E. Williams, 1936-Present – Forward to “The Law” by Frederic Bastiat
372. Like others, Bastiat recognized that the greatest single threat to liberty is government. Notice the clarity he employs to help us identify and understand evil government acts such as legalized plunder (taxes)ATJ. Bastiat says, “See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime.” With such an accurate description of legalized plunder, we cannot deny the conclusion that most government activities, including ours, are legalized plunder, or for the sake of modernity, legalized theft.
- Walter E. Williams, 1936-Present – Forward to “The Law: The Classic Blueprint for a Free Society” by Frederic Bastiat