Policy Quotes

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Ursula K. Le Guin
“To learn which questions are unanswerable, and not to answer them: this skill is most needful in times of stress and darkness.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness

Louis D. Brandeis
“Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding."

[Olmstead v. U.S., 277 U.S. 438 (1928) (dissenting)]”
Louis D. Brandeis

Michael Bassey Johnson
“Just because you have stolen someone's heart, luckily owned and occupied as a home, doesn't give you the audacity to enforce hurtful policies.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

Thomas Jefferson
“Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto.”
Thomas Jefferson

Wendell Berry
“A crowd whose discontent has risen no higher than the level of slogans is only a crowd. But a crowd that understands the reasons for its discontent and knows the remedies is a vital community, and it will have to be reckoned with. I would rather go before the government with two people who have a competent understanding of an issue, and who therefore deserve a hearing, than with two thousand who are vaguely dissatisfied.
But even the most articulate public protest is not enough. We don't live in the government or in institutions or in our public utterances and acts, and the environmental crisis has its roots in our lives. By the same token, environmental health will also be rooted in our lives. That is, I take it, simply a fact, and in the light of it we can see how superficial and foolish we would be to think that we could correct what is wrong merely by tinkering with the institutional machinery. The changes that are required are fundamental changes in the way we are living.”
Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

Wendell Berry
“While the government is "studying" and funding and organizing its Big Thought, nothing is being done. But the citizen who is willing to Think Little, and, accepting the discipline of that, to go ahead on his own, is already solving the problem. A man who is trying to live as a neighbor to his neighbors will have a lively and practical understanding of the work of peace and brotherhood, and let there be no mistake about it - he is doing that work...
A man who is willing to undertake the discipline and the difficulty of mending his own ways is worth more to the conservation movement than a hundred who are insisting merely that the government and the industries mend their ways.
(pg.87, "Think Little")”
Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

David H. Hackworth
“If a policy is wrongheaded feckless and corrupt I take it personally and consider it a moral obligation to sound off and not shut up until it's fixed.”
David Hackworth

Al Gore
“We have to abandon the conceit that isolated personal actions are going to solve this crisis. Our policies have to shift.”
Al Gore

Edward Livingston
“If we are to violate the Constitution, will the people submit to our unauthorized acts? Sir, they ought not to submit; they would deserve the chains that these measures are forging for them. The country will swarm with informers, spies, delators and all the odious reptile tribe that breed in the sunshine of a despotic power ... [T]he hours of the most unsuspected confidence, the intimacies of friendship, or the recesses of domestic retirement afford no security. The companion whom you most trust, the friend in whom you must confide, the domestic who waits in your chamber, all are tempted to betray your imprudent or unguarded follie; to misrepresent your words; to convey them, distorted by calumny, to the secret tribunal where jealousy presides — where fear officiates as accuser and suspicion is the only evidence that is heard ... Do not let us be told, Sir, that we excite a fervour against foreign aggression only to establish a tyranny at home; that [...] we are absurd enough to call ourselves ‘free and enlightened’ while we advocate principles that would have disgraced the age of Gothic barbarity and establish a code compared to which the ordeal is wise and the trial by battle is merciful and just."

[opposing the Alien & Sedition bills of 1798, in Congress]”
Edward Livingston

Dave Zirin
“The building of publicly funded stadiums has become a substitue for anything resembling an urban policy.”
Dave Zirin, A People's History of Sports in the United States: 250 Years of Politics, Protest, People, and Play

“Scholars have long debated whether capital markets lead to appropriate levels of saving and investment for future generations.”
David L. Weimer, Policy Analysis: Concepts and Practice

C.A.A. Savastano
“Some people are Red voters and some people are Blue voters, but I am a Purple voter because I can see good and bad in the policies of both and vote accordingly.”
C.A.A. Savastano

Steven Magee
“Isolation is my COVID-19 insurance policy.”
Steven Magee

Steven Magee
“A hazmat suit is my COVID-19 insurance policy for social activities.”
Steven Magee

Friedrich A. Hayek
“This is not necessarily true, however, of measures merely restricting the allowed methods of production, so long as these restrictions affect all potential producers equally and are not used as an indirect way of controlling prices and quantities. Though all such controls of the methods of production impose extra costs (i.e., make it necessary to use more resources to produce a given output), they may be well worth while. To prohibit the use of certain poisonous substances or to require special precautions in their use, to limit working hours or to require certain sanitary arrangements, is fully compatible with the preservation of competition. The only question here is whether in the particular instance the advantages gained are greater than the social costs which they impose. Nor is the preservation of competition incompatible with an extensive system of social services — so long as the organization of these services is not designed in such a way as to make competition ineffective over wide fields.”
Friedrich A. Hayek, The Road to Serfdom

“India's political economy is replete with tales of how things did not happen. The lament is preceded by the ubiquitous 'if only', about how solutions were thought of but the ideas did not translate into action.”
Shankkar Aiyar, Aadhaar: A Biometric History of India's 12-Digit Revolution

Steven Magee
“I adopted a policy of continuous change to discover the underlying causes of my disabling sickness.”
Steven Magee

Yanis Varoufakis
“The motives of the troika and Greece's domestic oligarchy are obvious. Debt is creditor power, and unsustainable debt gives creditors exorbitant power.”
Yanis Varoufakis, Adults in the Room: My Battle with Europe's Deep Establishment

John King
“Policy is the best dishonesty.”
John Alejandro King a.k.a. The Covert Comic

“First, as mentioned earlier street-level bureaucracies usually must choose additional services rather than improvement in services if they have slack resources. Second, claims of qualitative improvements in the form of spending more time on each case are often spurious. Case loads are often informally divided into active and inactive categories. The inactive cases are often not truly inactive but represent cases to which the street-level bureaucrat is unable to attend in the ordinary course of the day. They are regarded as low priority for reasons having little to do with the client but a lot to do with the pressures on the workers. A social worker required to make more home visits than he or she can possibly arrange and still take care of more pressing responsibilities, or a legal services lawyer with a large case load, only a portion of which he or she can act on in the course of a week, have divided their cases in such ways by necessity. When additional workers enter these agencies, they may reduce the formal case load by taking on a portion of each worker's load. But presumably they will only be able to work with the same number of clients as the other workers. Thus they will have the same active
case load, and everyone in the agency will have smaller inactive case loads. More clients will be seen or served, but the amount of actual time spent with the average client will not have improved.”
Michael Lipsky, Street-Level Bureaucracy: The Dilemmas of the Individual in Public Service

“There is a better way, it’s called targeted universalism. A concept developed by law professor and critical race scholar john a. powell, who currently directs the Haas Other and Belonging Institute at the University of California Berkeley. With targeted universalism, you set a universal policy goal, and then develop strategies to achieve that goal that takes into account the varied situations of the groups involved.”
Heather McGhee, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together
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“... [behavioral economics] has its limits. As policymakers use it to devise programs, it’s becoming clear that behavioral economics is being asked to solve problems it wasn’t meant to address. Indeed, it seems in some cases that behavioral economics is being used as a political expedient, allowing policymakers to avoid painful but more effective solutions rooted in traditional economics.

Behavioral economics should complement, not substitute for, more substantive economic interventions. If traditional economics suggests that we should have a larger price difference between sugar-free and sugared drinks, behavioral economics could suggest whether consumers would respond better to a subsidy on unsweetened drinks or a tax on sugary drinks.

But that’s the most it can do.”
George Loewenstein

Robert S. McNamara
“Management is, in the end, the most creative of all the arts—for its medium is human talent itself.”
Robert S. McNamara

Abhijit Naskar
“The solution to a sick society is not rooted in policy, it is rooted in individual collectivity.”
Abhijit Naskar, Solo Standing on Guard: Life Before Law

Abhijit Naskar
“Life before law, people before policy.”
Abhijit Naskar, Solo Standing on Guard: Life Before Law

Abhijit Naskar
“Thus Speaks The Human (A Sonnet)

I am my government,
I write my own laws.
I need no congress to define rightness,
An alive conscience needs no one to endorse.
We barely grew out of the bible,
And already replaced it with constitution.
Before we feared an imaginary god,
Now we give law our total submission.
Law and policy may have their place,
But they are no pillars of society.
The only pillar is human conviction,
All else are shallow mockery.
One who needs law is yet to be civilized.
Be accountable and all will be humanized.”
Abhijit Naskar, Solo Standing on Guard: Life Before Law

“When you blame Politicians, Civil servants or anybody.

Check yourself too before we wreck ourselves because this is how Nigeria got into her present state.

It's not about pointing fingers and blaming some set of people.

The insecurity in the Country today is caused by the GREED in us. “Why” because we shouldn’t deceive ourselves by expecting angels from the land of EVIL PEOPLE of which you’re one.

Nigeria can be great, Nigeria can do better if we restructure ourselves to restructure NIGERIA.”
Saminu Kanti

Abhijit Naskar
“A police officer oblivious to their errors and shortcomings is no different from the Gestapo.”
Abhijit Naskar, Generation Corazon: Nationalism is Terrorism

“The four major testing companies—Pearson Education, Educational Testing Service, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and McGraw Hill—make $2 billion a year in revenue while spending $20 million a year lobbying for more mandated student assessments. Prisons bring in $70 billion a year in revenue, and its industry spends $45 million a year lobbying to keep people incarcerated and for longer sentences.”
Bettina L. Love, We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom

Abhijit Naskar
“Today we enforce accountability, so that our future generation can act accountable out of their own free will without the support from superficial regulatory institutions.”
Abhijit Naskar, Hometown Human: To Live for Soil and Society

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