November 08, 2003
Macaulay On Freedom

From the essay on Milton (1843):

Many politicians of our time are in the habit of laying it down as a self-evident proposition, that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story, who resolved not to go into the water till he had learnt to swim. If men are to wait for liberty till they become wise and good in slavery, they may indeed wait for ever.

Posted by Dr. Weevil at November 08, 2003 11:56 PM

That's a great quote!

Posted by: John Weidner on November 10, 2003 08:50 PM

It is a great quote and it coincidendally relates to today's post by Steven Den Beste. He comments extensively on the overly cautious nature of some (Old Europe) and their tendency to avoid action until all risk is eliminated

Posted by: Doug Purdie on November 21, 2003 12:00 PM