If the government is inefficient, topheavy, and tax-mad, better it be all those than that people worry over it.
Jurgis had learned to think of the government as an affliction like the lightning and the hail, something that was there, and had been there and would be there forever, leaving a man nothing to do but to keep out of its way.
A government is a living organism. Like every living thing its prime characteristic is a blind, unreasoned instinct to survive. You hit it, it will fight back.
Do you know what happens with people who cannot govern themselves? That's right. Others come in to govern for them.
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