Walter Lippmann (A Preface to Politics)

It is perfectly true that that government is best which governs least. It is equally true that that government is best which provides most.

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    A Preface to Politics

    by Walter Lippmann


    Between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our character. We extend this into all our thinking. Between us and the realities of social life we build up a mass of generalizations, abstract ideas, ancient glories, and personal wishes. They simplify and soften experience. It is so much easier to talk of poverty than to think of the poor, to argue the rights of capital than to see its results. Pretty soon we come to think of the theories and abstract ideas as things in themselves. We worry about their fate and forget their original content.


    There is an ascendant feeling among the people that all achievement should be measured in human happiness.


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