"[L]iberty, or the absence of coercion, or the leaving people to think, speak, and act as they please, is in itself a good thing. It is the object of a favourable presumption. The burden of proving it inexpedient always lies, and wholly lies, on those who wish to abridge it by coercion, whether direct or indirect."
by:
John Morley
(1838-1923) British Liberal statesman, writer, newspaper editor
Source:
John Morley, ON COMPROMISE, London: Macmillan and Co., 1888, pp. 253-254.
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In context, said well.

 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    "The burden of proving that the absence of coercion is inexpedient always lies completely on those who wish to abridge the Liberty of others by coercion." 

    Pretty much!
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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