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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 208 of Richard Pipes’s marvelous 1999 book, Property and Freedom:

Russia’s experience indicates that freedom cannot be legislated; it has to grow gradually, in close association with property and law.  For while acquisitiveness is natural, respect for the property – and the liberty – of others is not.  It has to be inculcated until it sinks such deep roots in the people’s consciousness that it is able to withstand all efforts to crush it.