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Here is the first in a series of Who Said the Following?

On an intermittent basis, I will present some quotes from a person and ask readers to identify the individual. If you think you know or you would just like to guess, send in your answer via a comment. It can be either public or private.

Here is the set of quotes by this person:

The financial policy of the welfare state requires that there be no way for the owners of wealth to protect themselves. Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the confiscation of wealth.

… the welfare state is nothing more than a mechanism by which governments confiscate the wealth of the productive members of a society to support a wide variety of welfare schemes. A substantial part of the confiscation is effected by taxation. But the welfare statists were quick to recognize that if they wished to retain political power, the amount of taxation had to be limited and they had to resort to programs of massive deficit spending, i.e., they had to borrow money, by issuing government bonds, to finance welfare expenditures on a large scale.

In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation. There is no safe store of value. If there were, the government would have to make its holding illegal, as was done in the case of gold.

The answer will be provided in a day or so.

To help get you started, the answer is one of the following people:

  • Voltaire
  • Ronald Reagan
  • Robert Reich
  • John Maynard Keynes
  • Margaret Thatcher
  • Thomas Sowell
  • Karl Marx
  • Alan Greenspan
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Paul Krugman
  • Albert J. Nock
  • Murray Rothbard
  • Alfred Hitchcock
  • Milton Friedman
  • Herbert Spencer
  • Cicero
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Ludwig von Mises

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