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Argument From Oliver Wendell Authority

“Taxes are what we pay for a civilized society.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes, U.S. Supreme Court, 1927

So said the long-serving, widely respected Supreme Court justice. Can’t you just hear that basso profundo. Cast James Earl Jones for the reenactment. Cast Morgan Freeman.

“It would be strange if it could not call upon those who already sap the strength of the State for these lesser sacrifices, often not felt to be such by those concerned, in order to prevent our being swamped with incompetence. It is better for all the world, if instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime, or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind. The principle that sustains compulsory vaccination is broad enough to cover cutting the Fallopian tubes.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes, U.S. Supreme Court, 1927

Cast Morgan Freeman?

I offered the first quote myself four years ago. Should I have?

One thought on “Argument From Oliver Wendell Authority”

  1. Tor says:

    I think using the taxes quote by Holmes is fine. Just because you agree with one quote doesn’t mean you have to endorse or be tied to his advocacy of eugenics.

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