Robert Higgs on “just picking the right people” to make the state preserve our liberty.


If the existence of a state and the endurance of people’s liberties are to coexist, the state must be built, monitored, and resisted on the assumption that all positions of great power will be occupied by the most evil imaginable persons. If it is not so constructed, watched, and constrained, then sooner or later the state will succeed in crushing all of the people’s liberties. I know of no historical example of the preservation of the people’s liberties for long merely by virtue of placing good people in high office. The quest to do so is a snare and a delusion. ~ Robert Higgs

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