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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Quote of the day -- on the best governments and societies


When it shall be said in any country in the world, my poor are happy; neither ignorance nor distress is to be found among them; my jails are empty of prisoners, my streets of beggars; the aged are not in want, the taxes are not oppressive; the rational world is my friend, because I am the friend of its happiness: when these things can be said, then may that country boast its constitution and its government. 

--Thomas Paine, from The Rights of Man.

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