"I came here to drink milk and kick ass. And I've just finished my milk." - Moss, The IT Crowd

Monday, April 18, 2011

Thought for the Day

"As Abraham Lincoln said so well, 'The legitimate object of government, is to do for a community of people, whatever they need to have done, but can not do, at all, or can not, so well do, for themselves — in their separate, and individual capacities.' Citizens reasonably resent a government that milks them to feed programmes that fail Lincoln's test. The inevitable problem in a democracy is that we disagree about which programmes those are. Some economists are fond of saying that 'economics is not a morality play', but like it or not, our attitudes toward taxation are inevitably laden with moral assumptions. It doesn't help to ignore or casually dismiss them. It seems to me the quality and utility of our public discourse might improve were we to do a better job of making these assumptions explicit, and of seriously and respectfully considering whether our ideological opposites, be they socialists or Atlas Shrugged fans, might have one or two worthwhile points."

- W.W., The Economist, 15 April 2011

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