Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Privacy is the wellspring of liberty

"Freedom of speech in the public sphere springs from freedom of conscience, and freedom of conscience from the possibility of private discourse. Unless there is a sphere into which the power of the state or the disapproval of the community cannot reach to choke dissent before it starts, then there's no start to liberty. The source of liberty in privacy is scarcely noticed, because it has not [before] been under threat in modern times in the west." —Guy Herbert

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