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Liberty Quotation: Bastiat on the Nature and Limits of Law

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bastiat“We must remember that law is force, and that, consequently, the proper functions of the law cannot lawfully extend beyond the proper functions of force.”

Frédéric Bastiat, The Law [1850]

Liberty Quotation: James Madison on the Essence of Government

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James Madison“The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.”

James Madison, Speech on the Virginia Constitutional Convention, 2 December 1829