„Society is produced by our wants, and government by wickedness“

1770s, Common Sense (1776)
Kontext: Society is produced by our wants, and government by wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher. Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil.

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—  Northrop Frye Canadian literary critic and literary theorist 1912 - 1991

"Quotes", The Educated Imagination (1963), Talk 6: The Vocation of Eloquence

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„In a rude state of society all great calamities are regarded by the people as judgments of God on the wickedness of man.“

—  Charles Lyell, buch Principles of Geology

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„Every exchange which takes place in a country, effects a distribution of its produce better adapted to the wants of society….“

—  Thomas Robert Malthus, Principles of Political Economy

Book II, Chapter I, On the Progress of Wealth, Section VIII, p. 382-383
Principles of Political Economy (Second Edition 1836)
Kontext: Every exchange which takes place in a country, effects a distribution of its produce better adapted to the wants of society....
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„The elementary truth is that the Great Depression was produced by government mismanagement. It was not produced by the failure of private enterprise, it was produced by the failure of government to perform a function which had been assigned to it.“

—  Milton Friedman American economist, statistician, and writer 1912 - 2006

" Economic Myths and Public Opinion https://miltonfriedman.hoover.org/friedman_images/Collections/2016c21/AmSpectator_01_1976.pdf” The Alternative: An American Spectator vol. 9, no. 4, (January 1976) pp. 5-9, Reprinted in Bright Promises, Dismal Performance: An Economist’s Protest, New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1983) pp. 60-75

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„Every socialistic type of government… produces bad art, produces social inertia, produces really unhappy people, and it's more repressive than any other kind of government.“

—  Frank Zappa American musician, songwriter, composer, and record and film producer 1940 - 1993

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„Our concepts of ballot-box democracy may need to be modified to produce strong governments capable of making difficult decisions.“

—  Maurice Strong Canadian businessman 1929 - 2015

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„We want to create a society in which our workers and farmers can afford to appear in handsome attire and enjoy a good life and health; we want this kind of society.“

—  Nur Muhammad Taraki Prime Minister of Afghanistan 1917 - 1979

Speech August 1, 1978 http://www.larouchepub.com/eiw/public/1978/eirv05n35-19780912/eirv05n35-19780912_061-who_are_afghanistans_new_leaders.pdf.

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Cassandra (1860)
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Quelle: 1960s, Jours effeuillés: Poèmes, essaies, souvenirs (1966), p. 183: Serge Fauchereau (1988) in Arp, p. 20 commented: 'Even though his work was nonrepresentational, Arp disapproved of the term 'abstract art' being applied to it, as he often explained with the above quote'.
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—  John Adams 2nd President of the United States 1735 - 1826

Letter to Abigail Adams (3 July 1776)
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