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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 272 of George Will’s 2019 book, The Conservative Sensibility (link added):

Jefferson, in an 1816 letter, argued that what we have come to call progressive taxation would violate natural justice: “To take from one, because it is thought that his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry, and the fruits acquired by it.”