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October 12

This is the conclusion I must draw:  Since the need for liberty and the idea of liberty are not produced in those who are not subject to hindrances and constraints, the less we are aware of restrictions, the less the term and reflex liberty will exist.  A person who is scarcely aware . . . of the constraints which are imposed on him by public powers . . . will react hardly at all against these constraints.  He will have no impulse of rebellion, no reflex, no revolt against the authority which imposes such restrictions upon him.  On the contrary, as often as not he will find himself relieved of a vague responsibility.

- Paul Valery

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