Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes

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February 10, 2011
Ayn R. Key
by Ayn R. Key  
Posted in Commentary

"The Supreme Court Jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes once stated 'Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society.' It is a quote often repeated by statists towards libertarians in order to 'prove' that libertarians are against having a civilized society. Plus there is the hope that any libertarian who would disagree with that statement would be cowed by the impressive credentials of the originator of the quote. The problem with the quote is that Justice Holmes was technically correct, but was lying by omission." (02/09/11)


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