As a nation we have lost our sense of tragedy, a recognition that bad things happen to good people. A nation that expects the government to prevent churches from burning, to control the price of bread or gasoline, to secure every job, and to find some villain for every dramatic accident, risks an even larger loss of life and liberty.

William A. Niskanen (1933-2011) American public policy analyst, economist
For a Less Responsive Government, Cato Policy Report (1996)
Added on 1-Feb-04 | Last updated 1-Feb-04
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