Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Pre-9/11 thinking

Discovered last night while looking for something else:

Usurpers always choose troubled times to enact, in the atmosphere of general panic, laws which the public would never adopt when passions were cool. One of the surest ways of distinguishing the work of a law giver from that of a tyrant is to note the moment he chooses to give a people its constitution.

Jean Jacqu Rousseau, The Social Contract (1762)

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