… is from page 288 of George Will’s 2019 book, The Conservative Sensibility:
America’s problem, [economist John] Cochrane believes, is not that wealth is the primary determinant of political power, but that political power is much too often the determinant of wealth. So the way to reduce the role of money in politics is to reduce the role of politics in the distribution of money, thereby lowering the stakes of politics and the incentive for investing in it.
A good test of someone’s intellectual maturity is this: ask if he or she agrees with the above statement. If the person agrees with it, that person is intellectually more mature than a four-year-old. If the person disagrees with it – or even if he or she qualifies the asserted agreement with ifs and buts – then that person is not intellectually more mature than a four-year-old.