From The Libertarian Labyrinth
By Samuel Butler.
Authority intoxicates, And makes mere sots of magistrates; The fumes of it invade the brain, And make men giddy, proud and vain: By this the fool commands the wise, The noble with the base complies, The sot assumes the rule of wit, And cowards make the brave submit.
- Samuel Butler, “Authority,” Mother Earth 1, no. 5 (July 1906): 4-5.