"It is not the business of government to make men virtuous or religious, or to preserve the fool from the consequences of his own folly. Government should be repressive no further than is necessary to secure liberty by protecting the equal rights of each from aggression on the part of others, and the moment governmental prohibitions extend beyond this line they are in danger of defeating the very ends they are intended to serve."
Henry George (more quotes by Henry George or books by/about Henry George)
(1839-1897) American political economist
The Functions of Government, Social problems, vol 12, (1884)
Equality, Government, Individual Rights, Law, Liberty, Prohibition, Religion, Virtue, Wisdom