Today’s Quotes: de Gaulle, Reed, and Hayek

In order to become the master,
the politician poses as the servant.
— Charles de Gaulle
(1890-1970) French president and military leader

Why is it that statists believe that if you tax cigarettes you will discourage smoking but if you tax work, risk-taking and capital formation, you get a healthier economy? Do they really think that work, risk-taking and capital formation are like cigarettes?
— Lawrence Reed

‘Emergencies’ have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded.
— F.A. Hayek

Socialism irons out the boom-bust cycle by eliminating the boom part.
– Lawrence Reed