Wer Menschheit sagt, will betrügen  

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Wer Menschheit sagt, will betrügen, (Whoever invokes humanity wants to cheat) a dictum by Carl Schmitt recorded in The Concept of the Political. Schmitt attributes it to a "somewhat modified" version of a dictum by Pierre-Joseph Proudhon. However, this attribution is spurious[1].

The full quote reads:

"Here one is reminded of a somewhat modified expression of Proudhon's: whoever invokes humanity wants to cheat."

Proudhon never said anything like it. He did say "Dieu, c'est le mal!" in The System of Economic Contradictions.

Recent citations pointing erroneously to Proudhon

"Met instemming citeert de rechtsgeleerde Carl Schmitt (1888-1985) in Het begrip politiek de Franse politicus en anarchist Pierre-Joseph Proudhon: 'Wie mensheid zegt wil bedriegen." --Arnon Grunberg, 2019, Decadentie, ondergang en verlossing

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