Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on March 16, 2022

in Data, Risk and Safety, Seen and Unseen

… is from page 70 of Christopher Snowdon’s excellent 2017 book, Killjoys: A Critique of Paternalism:

The focus on aggregate statistics from large populations serves to distance the paternalist from the realities of individuals’ lives. Millions of complex personal tradeoffs are reduced to a scary-sounding number of preventable deaths. Risk at the personal level becomes certainty at the population level.

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