"Ruin of states"

"History affords us many instances of the ruin of states (...). The ordaining of laws in favor of one part of the nation, to the prejudice and oppression of another, is certainly the most erroneous and mistaken policy. [An equal dispensation of protection, rights, privileges, and advantages, is what every part is entitled to, and ought to enjoy; (*)] ... These measures never fail to create great and violent jealousies and animosities between the people favored and the people oppressed; whence a total separation of affections, interests, political obligations, and all manner of connections, by which the whole state is weakened [and perhaps ruined for ever! (*)]" 

 (Benjamin Franklin)

 

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(*) As passagens entre [ ] foram acrescentadas por mim a partir daqui.

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