Thursday, 1 November 2018

QotD: "People should have *freedom* before they are 'ready' for it. That is the only way they will ever learn to use it and explore it, and to grow to the stature of free men."


"But here, as in everything else, we find the day-to-day choice between libertarian and authoritarian solutions. Either we believe in seeking libertarian solutions, or we accept authoritarian ones because it is easier than trying out ways of making authority superfluous. 
     "I believe in the continual enlargement of the area of human freedom and responsibility. I believe like Kropotkin that the only cure for the abuse of freedom is more freedom. Whether it is a matter of painting council houses [in colours the 'authorities' don't like] or dismembering the colonial empire, people should have freedom before they are 'ready' for it. That is the only way they will ever learn to use it and explore it, and to grow to the stature of free men." 
        ~ British writer Colin Ward, from his 1976 book Housing: An Anarchist Approach 
. 

No comments:

Post a Comment

1. Commenters are welcome and invited.
2. All comments are moderated. Off-topic grandstanding, spam, and gibberish will be ignored. Tu quoque will be moderated. Links to bogus news sites (and worse) will be deleted.
3. Read the post before you comment. Challenge facts, but don't simply ignore them.
4. Use a name. If it's important enough to say it, it's important enough to put a name to it.
5. Above all: Act with honour. Say what you mean, and mean what you say.