Brooks Adams

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Peter Chardon Brooks Adams (June 24, 1848February 13, 1927), better known simply as Brooks Adams, was an American historian and a critic of capitalism. He graduated from Harvard University in 1870 and studied at Harvard Law School in 1870 and 1871.


  • Law is merely the expression of the will of the strongest for the time being, and therefore laws have no fixity, but shift from generation to generation.
    • The Law of Civilization and Decay: An Essay on History (1895), p. 165.

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