"Liberty, without wisdom, is license."
Edmund Burke
(1729-1797) Irish-born British statesman, parliamentary orator, and political thinker
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 -- RBESRQ     
    As to wisdom, we could use some in the White House and the Congress. There's precious little there now.
     -- jim k, Austin,Tx     
    Clever man .....!
     -- Jamie, Nelson     
    Lawfully, a license is: "A right given by some competent authority to do an act, which without such authority would be illegal" (Bouvier's Law Dictionary) A government alleging competent authority with the inherent right of an organic deity, who's creation was finalized by Warren's Court, reduces 'We The People' to a rabble with no unalienable rights but rather, legal obligations and privileges only. Article: I Section IX clause VIII (national prohibition), and Article: I Section X clause I; "No State shall . . . grant any Title of Nobility"; A 'Title of Nobility' was/is: "To confer a title of nobility, is to nominate to an order of persons to whom privileges are granted . . . It is not necessarily hereditary, and the objection to it arises more from the privileges supposed to be attached, than to the otherwise empty title or order,"Horst v. Moses 48 Ala. 129, 142 (1872); Corpus Juris, 46, 598. (by way of example it is illegal to marry and do business without the supposed privilege of doing so) The wisdom of the men that formed the States united, definitively organized a formal expression of free individual sovereigns that knowingly, passionately and, lawfully excluded government license. It could be accurately said Liberty, without wisdom, is license
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    ya......... it's good, i wanted a thought like this& please send more thoughts like this
     -- neha gururaj, bangalore     
    Anything that you have to ask permission for is considered illegal until you get the license. Try to do without your marriage license, driver's license, SS number, though not labeled as a license it works the same way and is actually a permission to work license. Everybody gets their permission number before they can work unless they have the mark.
     -- Anon     
    Brilliant words from a brilliant thinker.
     -- Anonymous     
    Although today, the legal term LICENCE is a lawful permit to do something, there is another older meaning: "...intentional disregard of or a deviation from conventional rules to achieve a certain effect, i.e. Poetic Licence." I believe Edmund Burke meant the word in terms of a willful, uncontrolled, licentious way of life.
     -- GunnyCee, Durham     
    I think GunnyCee is probably correct in the usage of the word license in this case.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    GunnyCee, I think you're right. Your definition more accurately fits Burke's quote than mine. I also think your definition is the intellectual and otherwise deviant basis of a government permission (my above definition).
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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