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  •  Thanks, {{NChrissiB}} (2+ / 0-)
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    Orinoco, NCrissieB

    For your hard work, insightful head space and thought-provoking ways.  Thank you also for handling this series with great sensitivity.

    It's been a week that hasn't allowed me to get here as quickly or often as I'd like, so I had to backtrack a bit to get as much out of this as I could.

    I just want to add that my absolutely favorite words in this diary are:

    Rather than Liberty Enlightens the World, perhaps she should be called Enlightenment Liberates the World.

    Brilliant.

    •  Thank you for the kind words. :) (2+ / 0-)
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      Gustogirl, Shuruq

      As for the sentence you quoted, it summarizes the difference between progressives and libertarians.  There was a time when it was reasonable to believe that liberty would bring enlightenment.  I think one key lesson of the past 223 years has been that enlightenment is a precondition for liberty.  When government can act in secret and keep us citizens in the dark about what they're doing ... our liberty is in great peril.

      Thank you again! ::hugggggggggggs::

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