Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Liberty, Part XLIII

“XX. As they were perpetually divided by contentions, the strongest oppressed the weakest; they possessed nothing with tranquility; they enjoyed no repose: and what we ought particularly to observe is, that all these evils were owing chiefly to that very independence which mankind were possessed of in regard to each other, and which deprived them of all security of the exercise of their liberty; insomuch that by being too free, they enjoyed no freedom at all; for freedom there can be none, when it is not subject to the direction of laws.” -Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui

This is true in that unbounded freedom (but not rightful freedom) tends to negate freedom, including rightful freedom.

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