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Quotation of the Day…

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… is from pages 250-251 of the 1978 collection, edited by Eric Mack, of Auberon Herbert’s essays, The Right and Wrong of Compulsion by the State [2]; specifically, it’s from Herbert’s May 1899 essay, “Lost in the Region of Phrases”:

It is a mere superstition to worship any institution, as an institution, and not to judge it by its effects upon the character and interests of men…. Does not every person, who pleads for an association, take pains to show that in some way, materially or morally, the individual will be profited by joining it; and in so speaking he bears evidence to the simple truth that the association – whatever it be, church, nation, or penny club – exists for the individual, and not the individual for the association.

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