— G.K. Chesterton, Government and the Rights of Man, Illustrated London News, July 30, 1921
It is a most extraordinary fact that all modern talk about self-determination is applied to everything except the self. It is applied to the State but it is not applied to the very thing to which its verbal formula professes to apply. I, for one, do believe in that mystical doctrine of democracy, which pre-supposes that England has a soul, or that France has a self. But surely it is much more obvious and ordinary fact that Jones has a self and Robinson has a self.
Sunday, August 20, 2006
Posted by MapMaster on Sunday, August 20, 2006