Principium Volume II, Book 10, Quote 1007, 1008, and 1009

1007. (11-30-2010) We shall never get the benefits of freedom, never obtain those unforeseeable new developments for which it provides the opportunity, if it is not also granted where the use made of it by some do not seem desirable. It is therefore no argument against individual freedom that it is frequently abused. Freedom necessarily means that many things will be done which we do not like. Our faith in freedom does not rest on the foreseeable results in particular circumstances but on the belief that it will, on balance, release more forces for the good than for the bad.

- Friedrich A. Hayek – The Constitution of Liberty, 1978

1008. (11-30-2010) The freedom that will be used by only one man in a million may be more important to society and more beneficial to the majority than any freedom that we all use.

- Friedrich A. Hayek – The Constitution of Liberty, 1978

1009. (11-30-2010) If there is to be freedom for the few who will take advantage of it, freedom must be offered to the many. If any lesson is clear from history, it is this.

- Bennett E. Kline and N.H. Martin – Freedom, Authority, and Decentralization, 1958

(This is precisely due to the fact that we do not know who will take advantage of freedom and bring about the most good until we allow them, or leave them free to do it.)ATJ

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