Idling With Dr. Johnson: Capriciousness

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By:Aaron D. Wolf | June 20, 2014

Thinking of Obamacare, the Iraq war authorization, Chinese Walmart slaves, the myth of the "invisible hand," and the "jobs Americans won't do," I stumbled upon this, from The Idler:

Forms of government are seldom the result of much deliberation; they are framed by chance in popular assemblies, or in conquered countries by despotic authority.  Laws are often occasional, often capricious, made always by a few, and sometimes by a single voice.  Nations have changed their characters; slavery is now nowhere more patiently endured, than in countries once inhabited by the zealots of liberty.

—from Samuel Johnson's The Idler, No. 11, June 24, 1758



robert m. peters
6/22/2014 03:43 AM

  Quite proper contemplations and ruminations for a summer's day. Samuel Johnson's timeless insights as I enjoy a glass of iced tea at the close of the day.

6/23/2014 06:57 PM

  Aaron, I quite enjoyed this little blurb from the Idler. It reminded me of an old essay, 'Intellectual Freedom', by Lord Northbourne that I had not read in years. Thank you very much for the musings and please, from time to time, provide more.


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