Leo Tolstoy’s most quotable work may also be his most politically perceptive, The Kingdom of God Is Within You. Although his economic pronouncements are highly flawed, the Russian writer makes up for this shortcoming with uncommon insight about how governments and the ruling classes maintain their perceived legitimacy.

Robert Higgs is Retired Senior Fellow in Political Economy, Founding Editor and former Editor at Large of The Independent Review.
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