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Letter: Confusing government and society

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

"Socialism, like the ancient 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 it being done at all."

The editorial appearing in the Gazette-Journal ("Where we stand," Aug. 9 issue) is an example of that which Frédéric Bastiat (1801-1850) noted in his treatise, The Law. The foregoing paragraph from that treatise appears relevant today. No doubt, the more things change, the more they remain the same.

Andrew Maggard

Port Haywood, Va.

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