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Quote from Leonard E. Read,

"It is incorrect to think of liberty as synonymous with unrestrained action. Liberty does not and cannot include any action, regardless of sponsorship, which lessens the liberty of a single human being. To argue contrarily is to claim that liberty can be composed of liberty negations, patently absurd. Unrestraint carried to the point of impairing the liberty of others is the exercise of license, not liberty. To minimize the exercise of license is to maximize the area of liberty. Ideally, government would restrain license, not indulge in it; make it difficult, not easy; disgraceful, not popular. A government that does otherwise is licentious, not liberal."


Leonard E. Read (more quotes by Leonard E. Read or books by/about Leonard E. Read)

(1898-1983) founder of the Foundation for Economic Education


Leonard E. Read, in The Freeman


Government, Liberty, Responsibility, Restraint, License


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