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Freedom and the Rule of Law

August 22, 2009

Men are largely interdependent, and no man’s activity is so completely private as never to obstruct the lives of others in any way. ‘Freedom for the pike is death for the minnows’ ; the liberty of some must depend on the restraint of others.

Isaiah Berlin

In a genuinely free society there is a certain irony; the pikes must be restrained to safeguard the freedom of the minnows.