Sunday, December 1, 2013

Today's Maxwell Quote

From Deposition of a Disciple (1976), 23:
Incidentally, those who say dogmatically that morality can't be legislated turn about and say dogmatically that total welfare can be legislated! In the long run, the welfare state operates against human welfare, particularly our precious agency, but the pathology may take a few decades to become visible. I'm reminded of the vaunted guns of Singapore, which "guaranteed" the security of that port city. The trouble was, the guns fired seaward only, and Singapore was taken by land. Such myopia is not the exclusive property of military planners, but among all planners without principles.