Defining coercion down

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March 24, 2011
Campaign For Liberty
by James Bovard  
Posted in Commentary

"Coercion is the essence of government in the same way that profit is the essence of private businesses. The state can impose new prohibitions and restrictions, create new penalties, or impose taxes in order to finance benefits. It is misleading to conceive of politicians as offering both carrots and sticks: Government must first use a stick to commandeer the money to pay for the carrot." (03/24/11)  

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