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Paving the Road to Hell

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Here’s a letter to the Wall Street Journal:


Joseph Epstein eloquently informs today’s socialists – who know no history – that history knows no example of socialists’ proclaimed ideals becoming reality (“Socialists Don’t Know History [2],” May 30). Reality invariably turns out quite the opposite of socialists’ fantasies. Mr. Epstein’s fine essay calls to mind Friedrich Hölderlin’s reflection [3] that “What has always made the state a hell on earth has been precisely that man has tried to make it heaven.”

Donald J. Boudreaux
Professor of Economics
Martha and Nelson Getchell Chair for the Study of Free Market Capitalism at the Mercatus Center
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA  22030