Whenever the legislature attempts to regulate the differences between masters and their workmen, its counsellors are always the masters. When the regulation, therefore, is in favor of the workmen, it is always just and equitable; but it is sometimes otherwise when in favor of the masters.
- Adam Smith
The social problem of the future we considered to be, how to unite the greatest individual liberty of action, with a common ownership in the raw material of the globe, and an equal participation of all in the benefits of combined labour.
- John Stuart Mill
“Whatever does not spring from a man’s free choice, or is only the result of instruction and guidance, does not enter into his very nature; he does not perform it with truly human energies, but merely with mechanical exactness— and so when the laborer works under external control, we may admire what he does, but we despise what he is.
- Willhelm von Humboldt
I could sit here and quote the classics all day. Just now that when the Vulgar Libertarians and the Randdroids try to claim the classical liberalism-tradition, they’re bullshitting you.
I’d like to leave with this:
there can be no truly free market while property in raw materials and monopoly of the means of exchange exist
- Ezra Heywood