Saturday, July 17, 2010

The Individual

What role did authority or government play in human endeavor for betterment, in invention and discovery?  None whatever, or at least none that was helpful. It has always been the individual that has accomplished every miracle in that sphere, usually in spite of the prohibition, persecution and interference by authority, human and divine. Similarly, in the political sphere, the road of progress lay in getting away more and more from the authority of the tribal chief or of the clan, of prince and king, of government, of the State.
Emma Goldman (1940, The Individual, Society, & the State)

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