When, in countries that are called civilized, we see age going to the workhouse and youth to the gallows, something must be wrong in the system of Government. It would seem, by the exterior appearances of such countries, that all was happiness; but there lies hidden from the eye of common observation, a mass of wretchedness that has scarcely any other chance, than to expire in poverty or infamy. Its entrance into life is marked of its fate; and until this is remedied, it is in vain to punish.
Civil Government does not consist in executions; but in making that provision for the instruction of youth and the support of age, as to exclude, as much as possible, profligacy from the one and despair from the other. Instead of this, the resources of a country are lavished upon kings, upon Courts, upon hirelings, imposters and prostitutes; and even the poor themselves, with all their wants upon them, are compelled to support the fraud that oppresses them.
Why is it that scarcely any are executed but the poor? The fact is proof, among other things, of a wretchedness in their condition. Bred up without morals, and cast upon the world without a prospect, they are the exposed sacrifice of vice and legal barbarity. The millions that are superfluously wasted upon Governments are more than sufficient to reform those evils and to benefit the condition of every man in a Nation, not included within the purlieus of a Court. This I hope to make appear in the progress of this work.
Agree or disagree?
Is "more government" and more "social programs" the answer to all our problems?
Do we superfluously waste enough money yet or would you like government to continue compel support of obviously failed programs?
Simply put, when is "enough....enough"?
And to any others that claim the the time of the Founders was somehow "different" than today, can you honestly read this and say you are correct?
Sounds like this could be written about the USA or England today, or at any other time when Government gets too big(to fail?)