“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 uses 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.”

in F.A. Hayek, Liberty, Writers

-F.A. HayekThe Constitution of Liberty (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, Paperback edition, 1978), p.31.

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