"[There is a] strong correlation between market freedom and lower government corruption -- not terribly surprising, since the effect of increasing regulatory power is to shift 'cheating' from the private to the public sphere."
Cheating Heart, Does capitalism teach people to break the rules?
Reason Magazine, July 2004
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We hold this truth to be self evident. Monopolies, taxing out of business, regulating out of business, mass unemployment, extended financial bubbles, an expanding pauper class, funny money supplementing real money, Keynesian economics (specifically and in general) and the exponential loss of market freedom are all systematic examples of government corruption. Cheating, is but one of the occupying statist theocracy that is infesting this land's most accomplished attributes (lying, war / hate mongering, and enslaving are also right up there). Cheating is: "a deceitful practice, of a public nature, in defrauding another of a known right, by some artful device, contrary to the plain rules of common honesty." (Bouvier's Law Dictionary) Compelled compliance, licensing, victimless crimes, enslaving larceny with impunity, and switching inalienable right(s) for enforced civil / government stated right(s) are all examples of a cheating third party in toto aloof from 'We The People'.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Mike just about summed it all up.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
     -- Mary - MI      
     -- sina, mehregan     
    Mike nails it. 'Cheating' the 'public' out of 'their fair share' of my labors and property is merely self-defense against the mob. ;-)
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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