Sunday, 08 March 2009

Unjust, oppressive and impolitic

“[C]ommercial shackles are generally unjust, oppressive and impolitic. …[I]f industry and labour are left to take their own course, they will generally be directed to those objects which are the most productive, and this in a more certain and direct manner than the wisdom of the most enlightened legislature could point out.”

—James Madison, speech to Congress, 9 April 1789

It never fails to amaze me how prescient the Founders were.

posted on March 8, 2009 6:07 PM




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