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"To blindly trust government is to automatically vest it with excessive power. To distrust government is simply to trust humanity - to trust in the ability of average people to peacefully, productively coexist without some official policing their every move. The State is merely another human institution - less creative than Microsoft, less reliable than Federal Express, less responsible than the average farmer husbanding his land, and less prudent than the average citizen spending his own paycheck."
James Bovard (more quotes by James Bovard or books by/about James Bovard)
(1956- ) American author, lecturer
Freedom in Chains, The Rise of the State and the Demise of the Citizen (St. Martin's Press), 2000
Apathy, Citizenship, Government, Ignorance, Power, Responsibility, Trust, Humanity