"One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results."
by:
Milton Friedman
(1912-2006) Nobel Prize-winning economist, economic advisor to President Ronald Reagan, "ultimate guru of the free-market system"
Source:
Interview with Richard Heffner on The Open Mind (7 December 1975)
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Cf. The ends justify the means
 -- jake, Los Angeles     
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    Friedman was a man of great insight. Everytime the Government does something "for the greater good", it destroys a little more of what makes people free and innovative. The truth is that everything the Government does is for the greater good...of the Government.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    The qualifying question here is, does the intention and, the result fall within a strict interpretation of the Constitution and natural law ?
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    When the end justifies the means, perpetual war is the result. Most totalitarian regimes are founded upon this principle -- promise the wealth of others to the poor, and voila...
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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