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Quotation of the Day…

Posted By Don Boudreaux On December 18, 2011 @ 2:02 pm In Complexity & Emergence,Law,Myths and Fallacies | Comments Disabled

… 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 [1]:

The Post probably imagines, because laws and institutions are intended to promote the public benefit, that they make society; but a different philosophy [2] represents society as the natural product of the instincts of individuals.

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[1] The Origins of Virtue: http://www.amazon.com/Origins-Virtue-Instincts-Evolution-Cooperation/dp/0140264450/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1324234700&sr=1-1

[2] a different philosophy: http://www.econlib.org/library/Essays/LtrLbrty/bryTSO1.html

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