May 28, 2017

Rose Wilder Lane: "Is personal freedom worth the effort?"

The question is whether personal freedom is worth the terrible effort, the never-lifted burden, and the risks, the unavoidable risks, of self-reliance.


For each of us, the answer to that question is a personal one.  But the final answer cannot be personal, for individual freedom of choice and of action cannot long exist except among multitudes of individuals who choose it and who are willing to to pay for it.

Multitudes of human beings will not do this unless their freedom is worth more than it costs, not only in value to their own souls but also in terms of the general welfare and the future of their country, which means the welfare and the future of their children.

~ Rose Wilder Lane, "Give Me Liberty," 1944 (first published in 1936)

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