Philosophy, June 22nd

“One man is king only because other men stand in the relation of subjects to him. They, on the other hand, imagine that they are subjects because he is king.” – Karl Marx, Capital

“As soon as the gradual upsurge of working-class revolt had compelled Parliament compulsorily to shorten the hours of labor, and to begin by imposing a normal working day on factories properly so called, i.e. from the moment that it was made impossible once and for all to increase the production of surplus-value by prolonging the working day, capital threw itself with all its might, and in full awareness of the situation, into the production of relative surplus-value, by speeding up the development of the machine system.” – Karl Marx, Capital

“Whoever takes more or better than he gives, that is usury and does not signify a service but a wrong done to his neighbor, as when one steals and robs. Not everything described as a service and a benefit to one’s neighbor is in fact a service and a benefit. An adulteress and an adulterer do each other a great service and pleasure. A horseman does great service to a robber by helping him to rob on the highway and attack the people and the land. The papists do our people a great service in that they do not drown, burn, or murder them all, or let them rot in prison, but let some live and drive them out or take from them what they have. The devil himself does his servants a great, inestimable service . . . To sum up: the world is full of great, excellent daily services and good deeds.” – Martin Luther

“The only proper purpose of a government is to protect man’s rights, which means: to protect him from physical violence. A proper government is only a policeman, acting as an agent of man’s self-defense, and, as such, may resort to force only against those who start the use of force. The only proper functions of a government are: the police, to protect you from criminals; the army, to protect you from foreign invaders; and the courts, to protect your property and contracts from breach or fraud by others, to settle disputes by rational rules, according to objective law.” – Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

“And taking out the contents of his wallet, they ate together with great harmony and satisfaction; but, being desirous of finding some place for their night’s lodging, they finished their humble repast in a hurry, and mounting their beasts, put on at a good rate, in order to reach some village before it should be dark: but, the hope of gratifying that desire failed them with daylight, just when they happened to be near a goatherd’s hut, in which they resolved to pass the night: and in the same proportion, that Sancho was disgusted at not being able to reach some village, his master was rejoiced at an opportunity of sleeping under the cope of heaven; because he looked upon every occasion of this kind, as an act of possession, that strengthened the proof of his knight-errantry.” – Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote

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