‘The danger of modern liberty is that, absorbed in the enjoyment of our private independence, and in the pursuit of our particular interests, we should surrender our right to share in political power too easily.
The holders of authority are only too anxious to encourage us to do so. They are so ready to spare us all sort of troubles, except those of obeying & paying! They will say to us: what in the end, is the aim of your efforts, the motive of your labours, the object of all your hopes? Is it not happiness? Well, leave this happiness to us and we shall give it to you.
No, Sirs, we must not leave it to them. No matter how touching such a tender commitment may be,let us ask the authorites to keep within their limits. Let them confine themselves to being just. We shall assume the responsibility for being happy for ourselves.’
Benjamin Constant 1820
Especially relevant today as Cameron goes to the Middle East to encourage more sales for UK arms companies, like the corrupt BAE. As Gaddafi massacres innocent citizens using weapons that until yesterday afternoon, were still licensed to be sold to Libya, Cameron sees fit to get more weapons to kill more people into the Middle East. Shame on him!