Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Liberty, Part XXIX

Fortescue (as translated by A. Amos, 1825), Chapter 42:

"Again, that must needs be judged to be an hard and unjust law, which tends to increase the servitude, and to lessen the liberty of mankind. For 'human nature is evermore an advocate for liberty.'  God Almighty has declared himself the God of liberty: this being the gift of God to man in his creation, the other is introduced into the world by means of his own sin and folly; whence it is, that every thing in nature is so desirous of liberty, as being a sort of restitution to its primitive state. So that to go about to lessen this, is to touch men in the tenderest point: it is upon such considerations as these, that the Laws of England, in all cases, declare in favour of liberty."

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