Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Quote of the Day: Liberty

(T)he most important change which extensive government control produces is a psychological change, an alteration in the character of the people.  This is necessarily a slow affair, a process which extends not over a few years but perhaps over one or two generations.  The important point is that the political ideals of a people and its attitude toward authority are as much the effect as the cause of the political institutions under which it lives.  This means, among other things, that even a strong tradition of political liberty is no safeguard if the danger is precisely that new institutions and policies will gradually undermine and destroy that spirit.  The consequences can of course be averted if that spirit reasserts itself in time and the people not only throw out the party which has been leading them further and further in dangerous direction but also recognize the nature of the danger and resolutely change their course. -F.A. Hayek 

 If only people would wake up to the fact that both parties in the United States must be thrown out and and understand why, we might get somewhere.  Sadly, I can't see this happening, anymore than Hayek saw it happening in Britain in the 1956.  In the US every couple of years people fall prey to their lack of attention span and throw out one party only to put back in the one they threw out before the last.  It is insanity on a massive scale and I see no hope of a cure. 

1 comment:

Joshkie said...

There is the option that the Tea Party is trying; which is to force one of the parties back in line. I think we're waking up.
Time will tell if we are successful.