Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on March 17, 2013

in Curious Task, Hubris and humility

… is from page 65 of F.A. Hayek’s 1960 volume, The Constitution of Liberty:

The curious thing is that this appeal to the “social” really involves a demand that individual intelligence, rather than rules evolved by society, should guide individual action – that men should dispense with the use of what could truly be called “social” (in the sense of being a product of the impersonal process of society) and should rely on their individual judgment of the particular case.  The preference for “social considerations” over the adherence to moral rules is, therefore, ultimately the result of a contempt for what really is a social phenomenon and of a belief in the superior powers of individual human reason.

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