Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on January 9, 2020

in Philosophy of Freedom, Virginia Political Economy

… is from pages 29-30 of the 1999 Liberty Fund edition of my late Nobel-laureate colleague Jim Buchanan’s first book – namely, his great if sadly neglected 1958 volume, Public Principles of Public Debt:

In an individualistic society which governs itself through the use of democratic political forms, the idea of the “group” or the “whole” as a sentient being is contrary to the fundamental principle of social organization. The individual or the family is, and must be, the basic philosophical entity in this society.

DBx: Jim died, at the age of 93, seven years ago today.


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