Abdullah alHemaidy

(1961 / Taif)

Laissez Faire Laissez Passer


Give me a break! Shall you?
You say that you are free in free society
While your liberty is stolen!
By that freedom, so, let it be
Let them do as they will
Let them enjoy their marginal utility
Or leave it alone.

Submitted: Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Topic(s): freedom


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Laissez faire, telle devrait être la devise de toute puissance publique, depuis que le monde est civilisé... Détestable principe que celui de ne vouloir grandir que par l'abaissement de nos voisins! Il n'y a que la méchanceté et la malignité du coeur de satisfaites dans ce principe, et l'intérêt y est opposé. Laissez faire, morbleu! Laissez faire! !
(Trans: 'Let it be, that should be the motto of all public powers, since the world was civilized... That we cannot grow except by lowering our neighbors is a detestable notion! Only malice and malignity of heart is satisfied with such a principle and our (national) interest is opposed to it. Let it be, for heaven's sake! Let it be!) As quoted in J.M. Keynes,1926, 'The End of Laissez Faire'. Argenson's Mémoirs were published only in 1858, ed. Jannet, Tome V, p.362. See A. Oncken (Die Maxime Laissez faire et laissez passer, ihr Ursprung, ihr Werden,1866) .

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