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Plato is aware that laissez faire is an important element of government.

But then we are attacked by the bitter enemies of laissez faire.

That doctrine of laissez faire which so often in our history.

The laissez faire School was certainly the more logical of the two.

Too strong a line might have worse consequences than a laissez faire attitude.

For industrialism and speculation the State's guiding maxim was laissez faire.

In his indolent way he had taken this belief on trust, the “laissez faire” policy being well in accordance with his easy nature.

Society goes on of its own accord—laissez aller, laissez faire—everything remains in the old way.

The period of laissez faire in imperial matters, of Little Englandism, drew to a close in the early eighties.

It is true that the laissez faire of to-day differs from that of the last century.

WORD ORIGIN

laissez faire, 1822, French, literally "let (people) do (as they think best)," from laissez, imperative of laisser "to let, to leave" (from Latin laxare, from laxus "loose;" see lax) + faire "to do" (from Latin facere; see factitious). From the phrase laissez faire et laissez passer, motto of certain 18c. French economists, chosen to express the ideal of government non-interference in business and industry.

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