Robert Nisbet Quote

“Very commonly in ages when civil rights of one kind are in evidence – those pertaining to freedom of speech and thought in, say, theater, press, and forum, with obscenity and libel laws correspondingly loosened – very real constrictions of individual liberty take place in other, more vital areas: political organization, voluntary association, property, and the right to hold jobs, for example.”

~ Robert Nisbet

Twilight of Authority, 1975

Ratings and Comments

cal, lewisville, tx

So many good intentions seem to end up being the taking from Peter to Pay Paul.

jim k, austin

Robbing Peter to pay Paul may annoy Peter, but It will be fine and dandy with Paul.

s petersen, springfield, mo

Great quote. Describes just what has been and is happening to us now.

Mike, Norwalk

I'm not quite sure how to rate this (accurate from the perspective given  a misdirection otherwise).The quote is an accurate enough observation  couched hard core into an ANTI-natural law philosophy (legal positivism  verging on neoconservatism).


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