Saturday, March 31, 2012

On Liberty........

    "Liberty, next to religion, has been the motive of good deeds and the common pretext of crime, from the sowing of the seed at Athens, two thousand four hundred and sixty years ago, until the ripened harvest was gathered by men of our race.
    "In every age liberty's progress has been beset by its natural enemies, by ignorance and superstition, by lust of conquest and by love of ease, by the strong man's craving for power, and the poor man's craving for food.
     "The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by its minorities."
-Lord Acton, The History of Freedom and Other Essays

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