Zaterdag quote

There are no solutions; there are only trade-offs.

The language of … ideological politics … is the language of solutions and of the unconstrained vision behind solutions, the vision of the anointed. (T)his language says that the preferences of the anointed are to supersede the preferences of everyone else – that the particular dangers they fear are to be avoided at all costs and the particular benefits they seek are to be obtained at all costs. Their attempts to remove these decisions from both the democratic process and the market process, and to vest them in obscure commissions, unelected judges, and insulated bureaucracies, are in keeping with the logic of what they are attempting. They are not seeking trade-offs based on the varying preferences of millions of other people, but solutions based on their own presumably superior knowledge and virtue.

Thomas Sowell (1995). The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy, p 142

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