… is from page 307 of Vol. 19 (Ideas, Persons, and Events  ) of The Collected Works of James M. Buchanan ; specifically, it’s from Jim’s 1990 paper “The Potential for Politics after Socialism”:
There are important implications if the problem of social organization is analyzed as one of securing agreement on the self-imposed set of constraints within which we engage with one another, from war to trade to love. Agreement on the rules by which we shall live, one with another, domestically and internationally, is, of course, informed by scientific inquiry and understanding. But, at base, the problem is not one of involving technological application of scientific discoveries, and it seems a mark of folly to treat it as such, that is, as an engineering problem.
DBx: Jim Buchanan  (1919-2013) was born 99 years ago today in rural Tennessee.