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Quotation of the Day…

Posted By Don Boudreaux On June 30, 2013 @ 11:34 am In Politics | Comments Disabled

… is from page 104 of the 1993 reissue of F.A. “Baldy” Harper’s 1949 tract, Liberty: A Path to Its Recovery [1]:

The Chinese scholar, Chang Hsin-hai, in his article on “The Moral Basis of World Peace,” asserts that this disease of our society stems from a double standard of morals.  He says that the root of our troubles, both national and international, lies in the acceptance of moral standards in government totally different from those accepted and demonstrated as necessary for a good society so far as individual conduct is concerned.  If a politician, either national or international, engages in practices and policies which in individual conduct would be considered as most contemptible, he is commonly honored for his “progressiveness and farsightedness, and for the great service he is rendering to the citizens of his country.”  He is elected again and again to public office, even though the same practices by the operator of a private grocery store or a farm would lead to his being all but run out of town.

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