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Destutt de Tracy, like other liberal, free-market economists of early nineteenth-century France, saw the State essentially as a predator, a destroyer of value, and the source of class conflict.

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Sheldon Richman
Sheldon Richman

Sheldon Richman is the former editor of The Freeman and TheFreemanOnline.org, and a contributor to The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics. He is the author of Separating School and State: How to Liberate America's Families.