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Frederic Bastiat - "Electoral Manifesto", November 1830

part 1 To the electors of the Department of the Landes: It is above all the moderation which plays a role in this army of sophisms. Everyone wants moderates at any price; we fear extremists above all … since the center is definitely between the right and the left, we conclude that this is where moderation lies. Were those who each year voted for more taxes than the nation could bear moderates? What about those who never found the contributions to be sufficiently heavy, emoluments sufficiently huge, and sinecures sufficiently numerous … the betrayal of the confidence of their constituents.…


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