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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 51 of Richard Epstein’s brilliant 2003 book Skepticism and Freedom: A Modern Case for Classical Liberalism:

[T]he dark side of human nature does not disappear just because fallible human beings have assumed the trappings of public office.

DBx: Although this observation is hardly disputable by people older than six years of age, the mysterious fact remains that many adults continue to suppose that achieving government office, at least in a democratic society, makes someone – of the correct political party – closer to being godlike in both abilities and interests.


BTW, I reviewed this book in the Spring 2004 issue of Regulation.