I love quoting myself (it means I have to write less new stuff), so here is something I wrote in these pages about five years ago (okay, it’s slightly modified from then):
The defense of agency is what individual human rights are meant for. James Griffin
Last week we examined the introduction into American law of so-called “group rights” and the failure of that collective agency movement to improve the lives of African-Americans – America’s most disadvantaged group.
In my discussion of the extraordinarily high individual human agency in America I have deliberately omitted – until now – an important caveat: not everyone in the US has historically been, or is today, vouchsafed the same degree of agency.
Going to America! Arkady Svidrigailov’s dying words as he commits suicide in Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment
America, you are better off than our continent, the old. Goethe
In the beginning all the world was America. John Locke
Valour begets tranquility, tranquility ease, ease disorder, and disorder ruin. Sallust
From the beginning of Deng Xiaoping’s economic reforms in the early 1980s right up through the first decade of the twenty-first century, China’s socialist-capitalist hybrid society worked remarkably well.
Deng Xiaoping knew what he did not know! Deng Xiaoping