Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on April 6, 2014

in Man of System, Myths and Fallacies, Other People's Money, Property Rights, Reality Is Not Optional

… is from page 231 of Frank M. Machovec’s excellent 1995 volume, Perfect Competition and the Transformation of Economics (original emphasis; footnote deleted):

Real social security cannot be created through constitutional declarations and other political card tricks that create material ‘human rights’ that satisfy the something-for-nothing mentality of voters – and create moral hazards in health care and employment search – but do nothing to foster the institutions required to give substance to such material promises via enhancements in factor productivity.  A rude awakening is in store for all those who have come to believe in – and hence to rely upon – the illusion of income ‘guarantees’ proffered by the men of system of this century.

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