Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Quote of the Day - Hayek

"The most important change which extensive government control produces is a psychological change, an alteration in the character of the people. This means, among other things, that even a strong tradition of political liberty is no safeguard if the danger is precisely that new institutions and policies will gradually undermine and destroy that spirit."

- F.A. Hayek

Hayek is sadly right on the money here.  Think about the average person you might meet on the street.  Do they really believe in individual liberty, Constitutional rights, and constraints on government power, or do they just want to be taken care of, freedom be damned?

Wait.  Don't answer that.

1 comment:

Fiftycal said...

Speaking of quotes, here's one from Ayn Rand

"Money is the barometer of society’s virtue. When you see that trading is done not by consent but by compulsion – when you see that in order to produce you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing – when you see that money is flowing to those who deal not in goods but in favors – when you see that men get rich more easily by graft than by work, and your laws no longer protect you against them, but protect them against you – when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice – then you will know that your society is doomed."