Saturday, October 20, 2012


Maybe of the year.
To be governed is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. To be governed is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be placed under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonoured. That is government; that is it's justice; that is it's morality. — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
More Pierre-Joseph Proudhon Quotes.

Not so fond of "Big A" anarchists, myself; Proudhon is the source of the claim that "property is theft", as well as the idea that "property" is the oppression of the weak by the strong, whereas communism is the oppression of the strong by the weak.

I'm not sure how owning a house and a car means I am oppressing anyone. 

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