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"If some people had wings and others didn't, and the government wanted to enforce "fairness," soon no one would have wings. Because wings cannot be redistributed, they can only be broken. Likewise, a government edict cannot make people smarter or more capable, but it can impede the growth of those with the potential. Wouldn't it be fair if, in the name of equality, we scar the beautiful, cripple the athletes, lobotomize the scientists, blind the artists, and sever the hands of the musicians? Why not?"

Oleg Atbashian
(1960-) born in USSR, teacher, artist, journalist immigrated to USA in 1994
Shakedown Socialism by Oleg Atbashian copyright 2009 Greenleaf Press pp 90-91

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