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Sunday, May 25th, 2014

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30 Day Book Meme - Day 17
Day 17 – Favorite quote from your favorite book

In terms of morals, there is no such thing as 'state.' Just men. Individuals. Each responsible for his own acts.

From Heinlein's The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress. This is a key point in my personal philosophy. People argue about whether certain tasks should be done by the government or businesses or by families. To me, there's nothing magic about any of those institutions that will get a job done better. It's all individuals responding to their incentives. The worst situation is when someone is given power without any accountability for the results. Large organizations are prone to it because they have enough support (through taxes or other profitable parts of a corporation) to carry someone doing damage a long time.

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