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Man of System

The following is a quote from Adam Smith (the economist) that I had never read before.  It’s a very apt way of describing a vast majority of politicians and “political” people in the modern era.  Though the quotation is quite libertarian, I think it applies just as precisely to Tea Partiers (who aren’t necessarily libertarian, but often portrayed that way) as it does to hard left Democrats.

The man of system, on the contrary, is apt to be very wise in his own conceit; and is often so enamoured with the supposed beauty of his own ideal plan of government, that he cannot suffer the smallest deviation from any part of it. He goes on to establish it completely and in all its parts, without any regard either to the great interests, or to the strong prejudices which may oppose it. He seems to imagine that he can arrange the different members of a great society with as much ease as the hand arranges the different pieces upon a chess-board. He does not consider that the pieces upon the chess-board have no other principle of motion besides that which the hand impresses upon them; but that, in the great chess-board of human society, every single piece has a principle of motion of its own, altogether different from that which the legislature might choose to impress upon it. If those two principles coincide and act in the same direction, the game of human society will go on easily and harmoniously, and is very likely to be happy and successful. If they are opposite or different, the game will go on miserably, and the society must be at all times in the highest degree of disorder.

For an interesting article applying this quotation, see this excellent article about a terrible proposed law.

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I am done with law school

After three long years, I am done with law school.  Now time to start studying for the bar!

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