Monday, December 18, 2017

Liberty as fuel.........................

     Madison believed the consequences of these barriers to religious liberty were substantial.  He suggested to Bradford that in Pennsylvania, immigration, motivated by religious liberty, had encouraged industry and virtue.  Liberty had fueled a quest for "fame and knowledge" that, in turn, drove "continual exertions of genius" among the populace.  Religious freedom was, in short, an engine of creativity.  By contrast, "religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise, every expanded prospect."  That was the case in Virginia.

-Noah Feldman,  The Three Lives Of James Madison:  Genius, Partisan, President

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