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As John Morley put it, “liberty, 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.”
John Morley (more quotes by John Morley or books by/about John Morley)
(1838-1923) British Liberal statesman, writer, newspaper editor
John Morley, ON COMPROMISE, London: Macmillan and Co., 1888, pp. 253-254.
Liberty, Coercion, Self-Determination