At times libertarian or classical liberal – or, in yet other words, pure laissez faire capitalist – ideas are dismissed as part of a misguided modernity that’s lacking proper pedigree. But this is all wrong. Already back in circa 600 B.C.E. the Chinese sage Lao Tzu had weighed in with libertarian ideas, writing,
“Why are people starving?
Because the rulers eat up the money in taxes.
Therefore the people are starving.
“Why are the people rebellious?
“Because the rulers interfere too much.
Therefore they are rebellious . . . ”