Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on December 18, 2011

in Complexity & Emergence, Law, Myths and Fallacies

… is from a January 1847 number of The Economist; it is reprinted on page 248 of Matt Ridley’s superb 1997 book, The Origins of Virtue:

The Post probably imagines, because laws and institutions are intended to promote the public benefit, that they make society; but a different philosophy represents society as the natural product of the instincts of individuals.

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