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Mark Skousen

American economist, editor of the Forecasts & Strategies newsletter, influential free-market analyst, commentator and author


The triumph of persuasion over force is the sign of a civilized society.

from "Persuasion vs. Force"
Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, 'Taxation is the price we pay for civilization.' But isn't the opposite really the case? Taxation is the price we pay for failing to build a civilized society.

from "Persuasion vs. Force"
Every time we pass another law or regulation, every time we raise taxes, every time we go to war, we are admitting failure of individuals to govern themselves. When we persuade citizens to do the right thing, we can claim victory. But when we force people to do the right thing, we have failed.