11 May 2011

Thomas Sowell - quote for today

The fatal attraction of government is that it allows busybodies to impose decisions on others without paying any price themselves. That enables them to act as if there were no price, even when there are ruinous prices - paid by others.

Thomas Sowell (b. 1930), Professor Emeritus of Economics, Stanford University


  1. I thought that was the definition of a socialist government, not all governments. Even the eminint prefessor should not generalise.#

    Steve in Somerset

  2. Actually, no. Sowell does not limit his critique to socialistic governments - his enemy (and mine) are what my mother used to call the "butinskis", the prying neighbour type that gets its kicks from interfering gratuitously in the livs of others. In other words your bog standard bureaucrat, quangista and politician, regardless of political affiliation.