The evils of wrong-doing are great and far-reaching, and not the least of these evils are the effects of the regulations which wrong-doing calls forth, and which are intended to prevent similar wrong-doing in future. In any case it is difficult to forecast the effect of legislation. It is never certain that legislation will prevent the evil that it is designed to prevent; but we may be confident that, whether it do so or not, it will produce other evils which were neither intended nor anticipated by its authors. The law which forbad the combination of workmen, for example, did not prevent their combination, and was indirectly responsible for many trade outrages. The law which forbids the sale of intoxicating liquors in the state of Maine similarly does not prevent their sale, but indirectly produces much lying and dishonesty.
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