The absurdity of public-choice theory is captured by Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen in the following little scenario :
« Can you direct me to the railway station ? » asks the stranger.
« Certainly, » says the local, pointing in the opposite direction, towards the post office, « and you would you post this letter for me on your way ? »
« Certainly, » says the stranger, resolving to openit it to see if it contains anything worth stealing.