Bastiat’s word

…I am acting with regard to it in the spirit that animated
a celebrated traveler. He found himself in the midst of a
savage tribe. A child had just been born, and a crowd of
soothsayers, magicians, and quacks were around it, armed
with rings, hooks, and bandages. One said—“This child
will never smell the perfume of a calumet, unless I stretch
his nostrils.” Another said—“He will be without the sense
of hearing, unless I draw his ears down to his shoulders.”
A third said—“He will never see the light of the sun,
unless I give his eyes an oblique direction.” A fourth
said—“He will never be upright, unless I bend his legs.” A
fifth said—“He will not be able to think, unless I press his
brain.” “Stop!” said the traveler. “Whatever God does, is
well done; do not pretend to know more than He; and as
He has given organs to this frail creature, allow those
organs to develop themselves, to strengthen themselves by
exercise, use, experience, and liberty.”

God has implanted in mankind also all that is necessary
to enable it to accomplish its destinies. There is a
providential social physiology, as well as a providential
human physiology. The social organs are constituted so as
to enable them to develop harmoniously in the grand air
of liberty. Away, then, with quacks and organizers! Away
with their rings, and their chains, and their hooks, and
their pincers! Away with their artificial methods! Away
with their social laboratories, their governmental whims,
their centralization, their tariffs, their universities, their
State religions, their inflationary or monopolizing banks,
their limitations, their restrictions, their moralizations,
and their equalization by taxation! And now, after having
vainly inflicted upon the social body so many systems, let
them end where they ought to have begun—reject all systems,
and try liberty—liberty, which is an act of faith in
God and in His work.

-Frederic Bastiat


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