I need a Notable Quote palate cleanser after that last one! This works (emphasis mine):
Why do people have wealth? Charles Dunoyer, an early libertarian sociologist, explained that “there exist in the world only two great parties; that of those who prefer to live from the produce of their labor or of their property, and that of those who prefer to live on the labor or the property of others.” Simply put, makers produce wealth while takers appropriate it.
When meditating on what it means to live as free people we should never forget that the state doesn’t grant to us our identities or our rights. The American Declaration of Independence states, “That to secure these rights, Governments have been [sic] instituted among men.” We secure what is already ours. The state can add value when it helps us do that, but rights and society are prior to the state. It’s critical to remember that the next time someone says, “You didn’t build that.”
If Governments have been instituted, that means that individuals and Society existed and thrived before Government was created. In fact, that is a prerequisite before Government can be brought into existence. Progressives wish for you to believe otherwise.
(H/T: Cafe Hayek)