Quote of the Day (and for the Times)!

Frank Knight: “The probability of the people in power being individuals who would dislike the possession and exercise of power is on a level with the probability that an extremely tender-hearted person would get the job of whipping-master in a slave plantation.”

(Cited by F.A. Hayek in The Road to Serfdom (1944) [1994], p. 167. Hat tip to Chris Matthew Sciabarra for bringing this fantastic quote to my attention via his spectacular Total Freedom: Toward A Dialectical Libertarianism, p. 265.)

Geoffrey is an Aristotelian-Libertarian political philosopher, writer, editor, and web designer. He is the founder of the Libertarian Fiction Authors Association. His academic work has appeared in Libertarian Papers, the Journal of Libertarian Studies, the Journal of Value Inquiry, and Transformers and Philosophy. He lives in Greenville, NC.

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  • sciabarra Dec 8, 2004 @ 5:31

    Hey Geoffrey, thanks for the “hat tip”; that is an extraordinary quote, indeed—and all too true. It also serves to illustrate an important tie between political institutions and social psychology.