Friday, December 05, 2014

Quote of the Day......

This is the gravest danger

that today threatens civilization:

State intervention, the absorption

of all spontaneous social effort by the State;

that is to say, of spontaneous historical action,

which in the long-run sustains, nourishes

and impels human destinies.

 -José Ortega y Gasset(1883-1955) Spanish philosopher
Source: Espana Invertebrada, 1922

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But to manipulate men, to propel them toward goals

which you -- the social reformers -- see, 

but they may not,

is to deny their human essence,

to treat them as objects without wills of their own,

and therefore to degrade them.

-- Isaiah Berlin (1909-1997)
Source: Two Concepts of Liberty, 1958