Liberty vs. Leviathan

Chronicling Liberty's battle against Leviathan

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I have long been convinced that institutions purely democratic must, sooner or later, destroy liberty, or civilization, or both. In Europe, where the population is dense, the effect of such institutions would be almost instantaneous….Either the poor would plunder the rich, and civilization would perish; or order and prosperity would be saved by a strong military government, and liberty would perish.

Thomas Babington Macaulay to H. S. Randall, May 23, 1857 in A Letter from Lord Macaulay as quoted by Russell Kirk in The Conservative Mind

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