"The liberty the citizen enjoys is to be measured not by governmental machinery he lives under, whether representative or other, but by the paucity of restraints it imposes upon him."
by:
Herbert Spencer
(1820-1903) British author, economist, philosopher
Source:
Social Statics, 1850
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Fairly simple and straight forward. The amount of liberty lost is measurable by the restraints or otherwise compelled compliance imposed upon an individual.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- Anon      
    You got that right.
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    Spencer said governments should leave society alone and it would evolve and solve it's own problems. Our own government never listens.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
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     -- Wayne, Naples      
     
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