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Thomas Jefferson

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I think myself that we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.
Letter to William Ludlow (6 September 1824).

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The Government cannot afford to have a country made up entirely of rich people, because rich people pay so little tax that the Government would quickly go bankrupt. This is why Government men always tell us that labor is man's noblest calling. Government needs labor to pay its upkeep.

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Capital is dead labor,that vampire-like, only lives by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks.

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