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THOUGHTS ON FREEDOM & MONEY
A TREATISE BY E.C. RIEGEL

Submitted by DON STACEY
Sep. 29, 2004

"To desire freedom is an instinct. To secure it requires intelligence. It must be comprehended and self-asserted. To petition for it is to stultify* oneself, for a petitioner is a confessed subject and lacks the spirit of a freeman. To rail and rant against tyranny is to manifest inferiority, for there is no tyranny but ignorance; to be conscious of one's powers is to lose consciousness of tyranny. Self government is not a remote aim. It is an intimate and inescapable fact. To govern oneself is a natural imperative, and all tyranny is the miscarriage of self government. The first requisite of freedom is to accept responsibility for the lack of it."

E.C. Riegel

A treatise by E.C. Riegel, written 1944
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How much worse the problems of the planet are 60 years later after this was written.

* Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary online

Main Entry: stul·ti·fy
Pronunciation: 'st&l-t&-"fI
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): -fied; -fy·ing
Etymology: Late Latin stultificare to make foolish, from Latin stultus foolish; akin to Latin stolidus stolid

  1. to allege or prove to be of unsound mind and hence not responsible
  2. to cause to appear or be stupid, foolish, or absurdly illogical
  3. to impair, invalidate, or make ineffective : NEGATE b : to have a dulling or inhibiting effect on.


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