John Milton on the Moral Limits of Democracy

by Don Boudreaux on October 16, 2005

in Law

I love this line in John Milton’s essay "The Readie and Easie Way to Establish a Free Commonwealth," which is in Milton’s celebrated Areopagitica:

More just it is, doubtless, if it come to force, that a less number compel a greater to retain their liberty, than a greater number, for the pleasure of their own baseness, compel a less most injuriously to be their fellow slaves.  [John Milton, Areopagitica [Liberty Fund edition, 1999; page 438.  I modernized the spelling.]


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