Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on February 14, 2021

in Virginia Political Economy

… is from page 137 of Vol. 1 of the 1980 printing of the marvelous 1945 Knopf edition of Alexis de Tocqueville’s brilliant work Democracy in America:

It is impossible to consider the ordinary course of affairs in the United States without perceiving that the desire to be re-elected is the chief aim of the President; that the whole policy of his administration, and even his most indifferent measures, tend to this object; and that, especially as the crisis approaches, his personal interest takes the place of his interest in the public good.


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