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William Leggett

William Leggett

“Whenever a Government assumes the power of discriminating between the different classes of the community, it becomes, in effect, the arbiter of their prosperity, and exercises a power not contemplated by any intelligent people in delegating their sovereignty to their rulers. It then becomes the great regulator of the profits of every species of industry, and reduces men from a dependence on their own exertions, to a dependence on the caprices of their Government. Governments possess no delegated right to tamper with individual industry a single hair’s-breadth beyond what is essential to protect the rights of person and property.”

William Leggett, in an editorial in the Evening Post, November 21, 1834 (republished in A Collection of the Political Writings of William Leggett (1840), and titled “True Functions of Government”).

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