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Posted By Don Boudreaux On June 15, 2013 @ 7:26 am In Intervention,Seen and Unseen | Comments Disabled

… is from page 155 of my colleague Walter Williams’s 1999 collection,¬†More Liberty Means Less Government [1]; specifically, it’s from Walter’s July 1997 essay “Decent People Helping Tyrants”:

In pursuit of what’s deemed as worthy objectives, decent people often pave the way for tyranny.

The process usually begins by the piecemeal destruction of the foundations of liberty: private property, rule of law, voluntary exchange, and limited government. ¬†Those basic rights often stand in the way of do-gooders’ objectives.

Once those foundations have become seriously eroded, it’s an easy matter for egoists and tyrants to take over and produce an agenda quite different from do-gooder intentions.

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