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C'est sur la médiocrité seule que s'exerce toute la force des lois

C'est sur la médiocrité seule que s'exerce toute la force des lois C'est sur la médiocrité seule que s'exerce toute la force des lois
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Law that is abused serves the powerful both as an offensive weapon and as a shield against the weak, and the pretext of the public good is always the people's most dangerous scourge. What is most needful and perhaps most difficult in government is a strict integrity to render justice to all, and above all to protect the poor against the tyranny of the rich. The greatest evil has already been done where there are poor people to defend and rich people to restrain. The full force of the laws is effective only in the middle range; they are equally powerless against the rich man's treasures and the poor man's misery; the first eludes them, the second escapes them; the one tears the web, the other slips through it.

It is, therefore, one of the most important tasks of government to prevent extreme inequality of fortunes, not by taking their treasures away from those who possess them, but by depriving everyone of the means to accumulate treasures, nor by building poorhouses, but by shielding citizens from becoming poor.

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