Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on January 25, 2014

in Politics, Reality Is Not Optional

… is from page 133 of the 2005 Liberty Fund edition my emeritus colleague Gordon Tullock’s path-breaking 1965 book, The Politics of Bureaucracy:

But it should be emphasized that the conduct that the electorate will reward in the politician is not likely to be identical with that which would please the professor of political science.

And nor, Gordon would agree, would the professor of economics – or of sociology, or of psychology, or of medicine, or of law, or of race studies, or of you-name-the-subject – be pleased in general.  Government officials chiefly act to win, maintain, and augment their power.  While they routinely pronounce grandly, they almost always act venally.

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