Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on April 23, 2013

in Civil Society, Man of System

… is from pages 43 and 47 of Daniel Farber’s and Philip Frickey’s important 1991 volume, Law and Public Choice:

Ultimately, the health of the republic rested on civic virtue – that is, on the willingness of individuals to sacrifice private interests to the common good.  This school of thought, which sought to revive the classical virtues of the Roman republic, has become known as republicanism….

The dark side of republicanism is its potentially totalitarian tendency to subordinate individuals to the public good, as defined by governmental elites.

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