06 January 2010

The State as Guarantor of Rights, Not Supplier

As the nanny state is poised to grow ever larger Bishop Sheen had these comments on freedom,

The State must guarantee the social security of its citizens, but it must not supply that security. Freedom from want must not be purchased by freedom from freedom, in which a Bureaucratic State becomes the world's caterer. from Seven Pillars of Peace

"Freedom is the right to do whatever I please." This is the liberal doctrine of freedom, which reduces freedom to a physical, rather than a moral, power. from World's First Love

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