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LIBERTY

From the May 1923 issue of The Christian Science Journal


Familiar to all of us by many repetitions are the words of Madame Roland: "O liberty! how many crimes are committed in thy name!" Since it is so evident that a man must ascend into liberty, which is self-government, by his highest nature, it is manifest that criminality is in no wise connected with liberty. Whence, then, such a sentiment as above quoted, unless the fact be that men of rapacious and criminal minds use the name of liberty as a cloak for their wrongdoing? By such use the word is defamed, for evil conduct is the expression of license, not liberty.