The Monday Quotable

“The first person who, having enclosed a plot of land, took it into his head to say this is mine and found people simple enough to believe him was the true founder of civil society. What crimes, wars, murders, what miseries and horrors would the human race have been spared, had some one pulled up the stakes or filled in the ditch and cried out to his fellow men: “Do not listen to this imposter. You are lost if you forget that the fruits of the earth belong to all and the earth to no one!” 
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract and The Discourses

This possessive inclination we have of lands and nations, to not sharing with our fellows is an illness like an inundated plant absorbing water beyond its necessity insisting that it will not one day die rotted from the inside.

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