Thursday, September 1, 2011

Ancient Chinese Thought on Government

On the one side were Confucians, inspired by Mencius, who, when asked how a state should raise profits, replied, “Why must Your Majesty use the word profit?  All I am concerned with are the good and the right.  If Your Majesty says, ‘How can I profit my state?’ your officials will say, ‘How can I profit my family?’ and officers and common people will say, ‘How can I profit myself?’  Once superiors and inferiors are competing for profit, the state will be in danger.
—Mark Kurlansky in Salt: A World History. 

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