Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on March 16, 2021

in Man of System, Myths and Fallacies

is from page 109 of University of Notre Dame philosopher James Otteson’s hot-off-the-Cambridge-University-Press book, Seven Deadly Economic Sins (2021):

The impulse to trust experts and to give them authority over us is a venerable one, perhaps indeed having evolutionary roots in our development as a small-group species whose survival in evolutionary times might well have depended on our willingness to submit to and follow a single leader…. A dispassionate look at the actual historical results of obedience to such all-too-human leaders, however, should temper our enthusiasm. History is replete with atrocities committed by people following such leaders….


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