Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on December 2, 2013

in Reality Is Not Optional

… is from page 103 of the 1983 re-issue of Ludwig von Mises’s 1944 volume, Bureaucracy:

Bureaucratization is necessarily rigid because it involves the observation of established rules and practices.  But in social life rigidity amounts to petrification and death.  It is a very significant fact that stability and security are the most cherished slogans of present-day “reformers.”  If primitive men had adopted the principle of stability, they would never have gained security; they would long since have been wiped out by beasts of prey and microbes.

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