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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/14403/the-reality-of-political-momentum/

The Reality of Political Momentum

October 28, 2010 by

The question of questions for the politician should ever be “What type of social structure am I tending to produce?” But this is a question he never entertains, even though vast evidence exists that all legislation expands beyond its original intent. FULL ARTICLE by Herbert Spencer

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Marc Sheffner November 1, 2010 at 1:31 am

This is a great piece of writing: the image of the train running down those poor stupid peasants is vivid and stays in the imagination. The image also very neatly encapsulates the analogy Spencer makes, of the momentum of laws. It teaches a valuable lesson in political philosophy in a way that creates a solid conceptual foundation for future learning to build on. It also very neatly leaves the reader with the image of politicians being as dimwitted and unforeseeing as those hapless peasants! Genius. I thoroughly recommend the whole, short, book. The chapter on the unforeseen consequences of well-meaning laws is priceless and should be read by every politician.

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