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“Chief among the forces affecting political folly is lust for power, named by Tacitus as “the most flagrant of all passions.”

“No one is so sure of his premises as the man who knows too little.”

“Government was rarely more than a choice between the disastrous and the unpalatable.”

“A phenomenon noticeable throughout history regardless of place or period is the pursuit by governments of policies contrary to their own interests. Mankind, it seems, makes a poorer performance of government than of almost any other human activity. In this sphere, wisdom, which may be defined as the exercise of judgment acting on experience, common sense and available information, is less operative and more frustrated than it should be. Why do holders of high office so often act contrary to the way reason points and enlightened self-interest suggests? Why does intelligent mental process seem so often not to function?”
~Barbara W. Tuchman
The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam

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