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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 42 of Robert Higgs’s 1996 essay “Public Choice and Political Leadership” as this essay is reprinted as Chapter 5 of the excellent 2004 collection of some of Bob’s essays, Against Leviathan:

As Robert A. Sirico has written, tipping his hat to Lord Acton, “the corrupt seek power and use it absolutely” (Wall Street Journal, 20 August 1996). Decent people, virtually by definition, do not seek to exercise political power over their fellows. The enigma is that so many citizens continue to admire and defer to the reptilian wretches who rule them.