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Samizdata quote of the day

Just because we are sometimes foolish does not mean that the government is any wiser.

Tim Harford commenting on Julian le Grand’s latest proposals. “[Le Grand] is not crazy. He is just wrong.”

7 comments to Samizdata quote of the day

  • Nick M

    Le Grand Wanker. He’s probably hung like a Chinese mouse which would explain his preverted desire to tell every other bugger how to live their lives. He is worth less than the wet-spot in the straw that is left following simian copulation in a minor zoo in the East Midlands.

    Professor at Bristol – the alma mater of Paul Dirac? Dear God!

  • DocBud

    The point is: even if the government is wiser, it would not be justified in making our choices for us. We must be free to make out own mistakes. Prof Le Grand Tit may not be crazy, but he and his ilk are very dangerous.

  • “The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves”

    –Willaim Hazlitt

  • Brian

    He isn’t just wrong. He is evil.

  • MarkS

    He’s not that stupid. He’s got everyone talking about him and I’m sure some Marxoid politics or economics department of a university is probably talking to him now about a new job and a nice pay increase.

  • Johnathan Pearce

    It makes me wonder what personal experiences Le Grand and their ilk had to want to impose such controls on other people. Where does this mania come from?

    Seriously, there must be a reason. The fucker needs to see a shrink.

  • nick g.

    I have noticed that the way to be noticed as a philosopher is to completely oppose the conditions of the state you are in, and love its’ opposite. Plato loved the setup of Athens’ enemy, Sparta; Confucius compared the fractured states he lived in with a mythical, one-ruler state from the past; and Karl Marx hated the individualism of European societies.
    The only way to be noticed (get rich) is by being controversial. This seems to have the same sort of thinking behind it.