2008-07-30

Liberty does not mean all services provided


"The free man is the man who is not in irons, nor imprisoned in a gaol, nor terrorized like a slave by the fear of punishment ... it is not lack of freedom not to fly like an eagle or swim like a whale."

Claude Helvetius
French Philosopher (1715-1771)

In other words, abuses of liberty are imposed by a person, not by natural causes or incapacity. When we talk about "rights", they are rights to be protected from others, not to be provided for our every need. Helping others provide for themselves the basics of life is a moral necessity, but should never be a legal obligation.

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