Friday, November 7, 2008

#106 Don Quixote the Libertarian

Miguel de Cervantes has his demented but idealistic--one might say quixotic--old knight state the bedrock First Principle:

The first thing I would do in my government, I would have nobody to control me. I would be absolute; and who but I: now, he that is absolute can do what he likes, can take his pleasure; he that can take his pleasure, can be content; and he that can be content, has no more to desire; so the matter's over. (DQ, Pt 1, 1605)

"Except for taxes, Senior," the more realistic Sancho Panza might have said.

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