Quote of the Day

Via Roderick Long comes this quote of former SDS president Charles Oglesby from his 1967 book Containment and Change (emphasis mine):

The one and only basic question which Americans now have to ask themselves is whether or not they want to be politically free. … The superstate … may give of its bounty to those who will ritually humble themselves before it. But the state cannot give political freedom. It is neither in the nature of the state that it can give political freedom nor in the nature of political freedom that it can be given. Political freedom is not a license to be purchased or petitioned from a higher power. …

Excellently said. Libertarians would do well to remember this.

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Written on Monday, April 23, 2007