Astonishing pre-Cesidian (societal and political) science
Socialism, like the ancient [Aristotelian] ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain.
When I read the quote above, I was stunned. It is absolutely brilliant, even though it is clearly pre-Cesidian (societal and political) science! Bastiat was right, because states are artificial — or forced, unnatural — societies, and (inherent) socialism, not societalism, is the formula that provides ever-increasing dominion of the state even in non-state (or societal/societalistic) affairs. More on that with the remarkable quotes below:
Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state lives at the expense of everyone.