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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 149 of volume III (“The Political Order of a Free People,” 1979) of Hayek’s Law, Legislation, and Liberty:

Government is now of course not a human being one can trust, as the inherited ideal of the good ruler still suggests to the naive mind.  Nor is it the result of the joint wisdom of trusted representatives the majority of whom can agree on what is best.  It is a machinery directed by ‘political necessities’ which are only remotely affected by the opinions of the majority.