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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 143 of volume III (“The Political Order of a Free People,” 1979) of F.A. Hayek’s Law, Legislation, and Liberty:

The basic fact is still not clearly seen that under this form of government [majoritarian democracy] whatever the government has constitutional power to do it can be forced to do, even against its better judgment, if those benefitting by the measure are ‘swing groups’ on whose support the majority of the government depends.  The consequence is that the apparatus of organized particular interests designed solely to bring pressure on government is becoming the worst incubus forcing government to be harmful.


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