"People are wishful, not to say romantic, in their desires, and they much prefer easy and direct solutions to their problems. If there are unemployed textile workers, then stop imports of textiles from Hong Kong. If there is discrimination against black workers, then pass a law compelling people to be color blind. It is this wishfulness that makes the public so susceptible to the propaganda of both illiterate reformers and self-serving special interests."

George Stigler, "The intellectual and the marketplace", 1962

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