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"The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks
to live at the expense of everybody else."

by:
Frederic Bastiat
(1801-1850) [Claude Frederic Bastiat] French economist, statesman, and author. He did most of his writing during the years just before -- and immediately following -- the French Revolution of February 1848
Source:
"The State", Journal des d├ębats, issue of September 25, 1848 (in Selected Essays on Political Economy) par. 5.20 http://www.econlib.org/library/Bastiat/basEss5

 
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