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Posted By Don Boudreaux On September 3, 2013 @ 7:56 am In Nanny State | Comments Disabled

… is from page 387 of Lord Acton’s essay “The Influence of America [1],” which is reprinted in Essays in the Liberal Interpretation of History [2] (William H. McNeill, ed., 1967); this essay – a lecture given by Acton at Cambridge University in the 1890s – was originally published posthumously in 1910 in Acton’s Lectures on the French Revolution [3]:

The great inlet by which a colour for oppression has entered into the world is by one man’s pretending to determine concerning the happiness of another.

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