Principium Volume II, Book 7, Quote 778, 781, 783

778. (4-21-2010) [I]mmense concentration of citizen’s wealth in the hands of the government carries with it…dangers to individual liberty, because the government, by dispensing and withholding its largesse, is able to influence the behavior (and secure the conformity) of a large segment of the population.

- Richard Pipes – Property and Freedom, 2000


781. (4-24-2010) Equality of opportunity and equality before the law (in the sense laid down to the Israelites through Moses in Leviticus 24:22: “Ye shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger, as for the home-born; for I am the Lord your God.”) are not only compatible with liberty but essential to it. Equality of reward is not. Since this kind of equality exists neither in the animal kingdom nor among primitive peoples, it must be regarded as unnatural, and hence attainable only by coercion, which is why all utopian schemes presuppose despotic authority and all despots insist on the equality of their subjects.

- Richard Pipes – Property and Freedom, 2000


783. (4-25-2010) The libertarian ideal of a society in which the government runs nothing is as unrealistic as the utopian ideal of one in which it runs everything….In dealing with the scope of state power, the question is not either/or – either none or all – embracing – but more or less….It is imperative to abandon the idea, rooted in the Enlightenment and indispensable to the ideal of egalitarianism, that human beings are infinitely malleable creatures who, subjected to proper dressage by education, indoctrination, and legislation, are capable of attaining moral perfection. Anthropology and history alike indicate the persistence of a hard core of human nature immune to external pressure.

- Richard Pipes – Property and Freedom, 2000

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