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Posted By Don Boudreaux On January 17, 2013 @ 7:24 am In Civil Society | Comments Disabled

… is from page 481 of the 1964 W. Hayden Boyers translation, published by the Foundation for Economic Education, of Frederic Bastiat [1]‘s 1850 treatise, Economic Harmonies [2] (available on-line here [3]):

In order to produce, we must direct all our faculties toward the conquest of Nature; for it is Nature that must be fought, mastered, and subjugated.  That is why iron beaten into a plowshare is the emblem of production.

In order to plunder, we must direct all our faculties toward the conquest of men; for they are the ones we must fight, kill, or enslave.  That is why iron beaten into a sword is the emblem of plunder.

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[1] Frederic Bastiat: http://www.econlib.org/library/Enc/bios/Bastiat.html

[2] Economic Harmonies: http://www.amazon.com/Economic-Harmonies-Frederic-Bastiat/dp/091061413X/ref=la_B000APR1CK_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1358425344&sr=1-5

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