"The preservation of freedom is the protective reason for limiting and
decentralizing governmental power. But there is also a constructive reason. The
great advances of civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science
or in literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized
-- Milton Friedman
(1912-2006) Nobel Prize-winning economist, economic advisor to President Ronald Reagan, "ultimate guru of the free-market system"
Source: "Capitalism and Freedom"