Friday, April 10, 2009

Quote of the day

There's a lot of speculation between those that care about ideas and policy over what needs to be done to get Canada (or any country) on the right track. All too often this debate devolves into an argument over which party is best to lead the country. There's contemplation over whether a party performing poorly is at least better than the alternatives, whether this makes them worth rooting for or not, or even whether there is any meaningful alternative at all.

Stephen Harper should be proof enough to principled conservatives, libertarians, or anyone who believes in smaller government and/or increasing individual liberty that it really does not matter who you elect when the electoral and government institutions of a country are rigged against doing the right thing.

Which brings us to what I declare to be the quote of the day, for no other reason than I wanted to share it:

“The important thing is to establish a political climate of opinion which will make it politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing. Unless it is politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing, the right people will not do the right thing either, or if they try, they will shortly be out of office.”

- Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman

It's an oldie, but a goodie.

Cross-posted to The Shotgun.

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