Adam Smith told tyrantsespecially enslaversthat your levity, brutality, and baseness justly expose you to contempt. You control people, take their things, and restrict their liberty, rather than leaving them to act peaceably of their own accord, to pursue their own interests their own way. You shall not escape the contempt that your behavior so richly earns you.
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Daniel B. Klein is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and Professor of Economics at George Mason University.