Quote of the Day 3-28-14 (P.J. Proudhon)

Posted: March 28, 2014 in Anarchism, Politics, Quotations
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“To be governed is to be watched over, inspected, spied on, directed, legislated at, regulated, docketed, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, assessed, weighed, censored, ordered about, by men who have neither the right nor the knowledge nor the virtue to do so. To be governed means to be, at every transaction, at every movement, noted, registered, taxed, stamped, measured, evaluated, patented, licensed, authorized, endorsed, admonished, hampered, reformed, rebuked, arrested. It is to be, on the pretext of the general interest, drained, drilled, held to ransom, exploited, monopolized, extorted, squeezed, swindled, robbed; and then, at the least resistance, at the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, abused, annoyed, followed, bullied, beaten, disarmed, garrotted, imprisoned, machine gunned, judged, condemned, deported, flayed, sold, betrayed, and finally mocked, ridiculed, insulted, dishonored. Such is government, such is justice, such is morality.”

–Pierre Joseph Proudhon, General Idea of the Revolution in the 19th Century

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Quoted in The Heretic’s Handbook of Quotations

Heretic's Handbook of Quotations cover

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