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A Thought about the Art of Government

"In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to the other."

~ Voltaire

Source: page 92, "As Certain as Death: Quotations About Taxes," 2010, compiled by Jeffrey L. Yablon, TaxAnalysts.com.

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According to Britannica.com, "Voltaire, pseudonym of François-Marie Arouet (born November 21, 1694, Paris, France—died May 30, 1778, Paris), one of the greatest of all French writers. Although only a few of his works are still read, he continues to be held in worldwide repute as a courageous crusader against tyranny, bigotry, and cruelty. Through its critical capacity, wit, and satire, Voltaire’s work vigorously propagates an ideal of progress to which people of all nations have remained responsive. His long life spanned the last years of classicism and the eve of the revolutionary era, and during this age of transition his works and activities influenced the direction taken by European civilization."

Several You Tube histories of Voltaire are also available, including a 36-minute one here.  Another, nearly two-hour one on Voltaire's philosophy, according to Will Durant, is here.


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