1029. (12-3-2010) If today some nations can in a few decades acquire a level of material comfort that took the West hundreds or thousands of years to achieve, is it not evident that their path has been made easier by the fact that the West was not forced to share its material achievements with the rest – and to the same degree. But, though an egalitarian society could advance in this sense, its progress would be essentially parasitical, borrowed from those who have paid the cost.
- Friedrich A. Hayek – The Constitution of Liberty, 1978
1030. (12-6-2010) Contact with the West, either directly or secondhand, has reached the outermost nomad, the deepest jungle village. More than a billion people have learned that we live happier lives, perform more interesting work, and enjoy greater physical comforts than they do. Their own cultures have not given them these things, and they are determined to possess them. Most Asians desire all of our advantages with as little change as possible in their own customs.
- John Clark – Hunza: Lost Kingdom of the Himalayas, 1956
1031. (12-6-2010) Nothing is more fertile in prodigies than the art of being free; but there is nothing more arduous than the apprenticeship of liberty….Liberty is generally established with difficulty in the midst of storms; it is perfected by civil discords; and its benefit cannot be appreciated until it is already old.
- Alexis de Toqueville – Democracy Vol. 1, 1835