Don Boudreaux

Notable Quote -Auberon Herbert, Prof. Don Boudreaux

by Skip March 10, 2016

T]here is no region of human thought which is so disorderly, so confused, so lawless, so little under the rule of the great principles, as the region of political thought.  It must be so, because that disorder and confusion are the inevitable consequence and penalty of the strife for power.  You cannot serve two masters. […]

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Notable Quote – Philip Hamburger

by Skip March 5, 2016

The relevance of absolute power for administrative law became more clear when one realizes that Anglo-American law has a history of an extra- and supralegal power in what what known as the “prerogative.”  This was the name of the power claimed by the English kings, and it corresponds to the administrative power claimed by the […]

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Notable Quote – Bertrand de Jouvenel, Don Boudreaux

by Skip June 26, 2014

… is from page 17 of Liberty Fund’s 1990 edition of Bertrand de Jouvenel’s book, The Ethics of Redistribution: Christ’s bidding to the rich is most imperative.  It is necessary to stress that while he urged the rich young man to “distribute unto the poor,” he did not tell the poor to take upon themselves to […]

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Notable Quote – Prof. Don Boudreaux

by Skip January 17, 2014

Do you not share Thomas Sowell’s concern that efforts to “de-concentrate” incomes among the people require concentrating power among the politicians? Asked differently, if you worry that abuses of power are encouraged by concentrations of income, shouldn’t you worry even more that abuses of power are encouraged by concentrations of power? – Prof. Don Boudreaux, […]

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Notable Quote – Prof. Don Boudreaux

by Skip December 17, 2013

We rightly condemn parents who teach children to envy the possessions of others; we properly censure parents who encourage children to steal rather than to produce and earn for themselves. If envy and thievery are antisocial, unethical, and worthy of condemnation when practiced at the individual level, they do not become social, ethical, and worthy […]

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Notable Quote – Prof. Don Boudreaux

by Skip October 26, 2013

Economists of a certain stripe are fond of insisting that the failure of markets to live up in reality to the perfection of markets as depicted in textbooks is reason enough to empower government to “correct” these “market failures.” It’s been pointed out frequently (here at the Cafe and in many other places – and […]

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Notable Quote – Don Boudreaux

by Skip June 6, 2013

Uncivilized people, children, violent criminals – these are people whose first instinct is to demand the seemingly simple solution of brute force to all problems, real and unreal. But there’s surprisingly little difference between the base, instinctive attraction to force of such people and the base, instinctive attraction to force of academics, “activists,” pundits, and […]

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Notable Quote – Don Boudreaux

by Skip May 28, 2013

The fundamental question raised by the IRS scandal isn’t whether Obama ordered, or even knew of, the apparent misuse of the taxing power to punish political opponents. Rather, the fundamental question asks about the wisdom of creating in the first place government agencies that can so easily abuse their power in order to play political […]

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Notable Quote – Don Boudreax

by Skip December 16, 2012

On commenting upon De Tocqueville’s The Old Regime and the French Revolution (emphasis mine) By the time their ancient love of freedom reawakened in the hearts of the French, they had already been inoculated with a set of ideas as regards the way the country should be governed that were not merely hard to reconcile […]

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Notable Quote – Don Boudreaux on H.L. Mencken

by Skip May 18, 2012

Public policies are determined and laws are made by small minorities playing upon the fears and imbecilities of the mob – sometimes minorities of intelligent and honest men, but usually minorities of rogues. – H.L Mencken No better summary of modern government has ever been penned. – Prof. Don Boudreaux, economics (H/T: Cafe Hayek)

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