Bonus Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on February 22, 2021

in Hubris and humility, Philosophy of Freedom

… is from page 188 of Deirdre McCloskey’s and Alberto Mingardi’s excellent 2020 book, The Myth of the Entrepreneurial State (footnotes deleted):

Laissez faire was wise in another way, embodying the idea of a Hippocratic oath for social scientists and officials: First, do no harm. Yet, unlike the Hippocratic oath, it went out of fashion.

DBx: Indeed. And the absence of this prudential principle was especially regrettable over these past 12 months.


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