“But the cruellest of our revenue laws, I will venture to affirm, are mild and gentle, in comparison to some of those which the clamour of our merchants and manufacturers has extorted from the legislature, for the support of their own absurd and oppressive monopolies. Like the laws of Draco, these laws may be said to be all written in blood.”

Smith, Adam “An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations”, Book IV, Chapter VIII, 1776.

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