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JAMA 100 Years Ago
June 6, 2007

PROTECTING THE FOOL FROM HIS FOLLY.

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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2007;297(21):2417. doi:10.1001/jama.297.21.2417-a

The believers in the laissez-faire principle in economics hold that the government exceeds its rightful functions when it makes laws for the protection of the individual against himself. The modern tendencies in some quarters toward paternalism in government have caused a reaction which expresses itself in the “let alone” principle of the French physiocrats. Abuses should be remedied, such economists hold, by a campaign of education through which the wrong will automatically right itself.

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