Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Hamilton on people being contrarians.

Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike. But if they have been consulted and have happened to disapprove, opposition then becomes in their estimation an indispensable duty of self love. They seem to think themselves bound in honor, and by all the motives of personal infallibility to defeat the success of what has been resolved upon, contrary to their sentiments.

Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist No. 70, March 15, 1788

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