Quick Quote: Rose Wilder Lane on Liberty

Thanks to Cafe Hayek for posting this beautiful piece from Rose Wilder Lane’s The Discovery of Freedom:

The American who leaves Government to the politicians, permitting or urging the men of his party, when they are in office, to increase their power and use it upon other Americans for his benefit, and howling when men of the other party are in office increasing their power and squeezing him for the benefit of other Americans, is trying to evade his responsibility.

 

He will not evade it; he can not.  His natural liberty is responsibility.  He is born free; he controls his life and his affairs; he is responsible for them.  In trying to make any other person responsible for his welfare, he must try to transfer his control of himself to that other man, for control and responsibility can not be separated.

 

In demanding that men in Government be responsible for his welfare, a citizen is demanding control of his affairs by men whose only power is the use of force.

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