Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on April 25, 2012

in Seen and Unseen

… is from page 261 of Robert Higgs’s brilliant 1987 book, Crisis and Leviathan:

More fundamentally, each time the government expands its effective authority over economic decision-making, it sets in motion a variety of economic, institutional, and ideological adjustments whose common denominator is a diminished resistance to Bigger Government.  Among the most significant of such adjustments is the Supreme Court’s consistent refusal to protect individual rights from invasion by government officials during national emergencies.  Precedents established during extraordinary times tilt the constitutional balance even during ensuing normal times.

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