Monday, 26 October 2015

Quote of the day: On preserving a free society

“It is probably one of the essential conditions for the preservation of such a
[free] society that we do not countenance envy, not sanction its demands
by camouflaging it as social justice, but treat it, in the words of John Stuart
Mill, as ‘the most anti-social and evil of all passions’.”
~ Friedrich Hayek, from his Constitution of Liberty

“The time has surely come when we should stop behaving as though the
envious man were the main criterion for economic and social policy.”
 
~ Helmut Schoek, from his book Envy: A Theory of Social Behaviour

[Hat tip Lawrence Reed]

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