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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 255 of the 1998 Liberty Fund edition of Anthony de Jasay’s profound 1985 book, The State (original emphasis):

However, the very notion of an optimal scale [of government] is more fragile than it looks, if only because tastes for public goods may well depend on how they are produced, e.g. politics may breed a taste for political solutions, and make people forget how to solve their problems by cooperating spontaneously.