„Ideal legislators do not vote their interests.“

—  John Rawls, buch A Theory of Justice

Chapter V, Section 43, p. 284
A Theory of Justice (1971; 1975; 1999)

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„A law is simply a reflection of the momentary perception of self-interest by a majority of a legislative body.“

—  James Bovard American journalist 1956

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—  Theodore Roosevelt American politician, 26th president of the United States 1858 - 1919

1900s, The Strenuous Life: Essays and Addresses (1900), National Duties
Variante: No hard and fast rule can be laid down as to where our legislation shall stop in interfering between man and man, between interest and interest.
Kontext: No hard-and-fast rule can be laid down as to where our legislation shall stop in interfering between man and man, between interest and interest. All that can be said is that it is highly undesirable, on the one hand, to weaken individual initiative, and, on the other hand, that in a constantly increasing number of cases we shall find it necessary in the future to shackle cunning as in the past we have shackled force. It is not only highly desirable but necessary that there should be legislation which shall carefully shield the interests of wage-workers, and which shall discriminate in favor of the honest and humane employer by removing the disadvantage under which he stands when compared with unscrupulous competitors who have no conscience and will do right only under fear of punishment. Nor can legislation stop only with what are termed labor questions. The vast individual and corporate fortunes, the vast combinations of capital, which have marked the development of our industrial system create new conditions, and necessitate a change from the old attitude of the state and the nation toward property.

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—  Paul Nuttall British politician 1976

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„Governments do not make ideals, but ideals make governments.“

—  Calvin Coolidge American politician, 30th president of the United States (in office from 1923 to 1929) 1872 - 1933

1920s, Speech on the Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence (1926)
Kontext: Governments do not make ideals, but ideals make governments. This is both historically and logically true. Of course the government can help to sustain ideals and can create institutions through which they can be the better observed, but their source by their very nature is in the people. The people have to bear their own responsibilities. There is no method by which that burden can be shifted to the government. It is not the enactment, but the observance of laws, that creates the character of a nation.

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—  Dag Hammarskjöld Swedish diplomat, economist, and author 1905 - 1961

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