Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on May 19, 2014

in Nanny State, Risk and Safety, Social Responsibility

… is from page 6 of Jonathan Israel’s 2010 volume, A Revolution of the Mind:

Most men, he [Voltaire] noted, prefer to be directed by authority than think for themselves, and hence remain no less benighted than before….

Voltaire identified a phenomenon very similar to that which my late colleague Jim Buchanan diagnosed as “parentalism.”


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