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The Mainspring of Human Progress

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Published: 1947
Language: English
Wordcount: 63,249 / 195 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 64
LoC Category: JC
Downloads: 1,015
Added to site: 2010.08.10 28684
License: ©
Genres: Politics, Post-1930

Freedom is the primary catalyst for progression and achievement. This book provide an overview of accomplishments throughout history which demonstrate the importance and value of freedom.

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ny other energy, operates according to certain natural laws. For one thing, it works only under its own natural control. Your decision to turn the page released the energy to turn it. It was your will which controlled the use of that energy. Nothing else can control it.

It is true, of course, that many of your actions are prompted by suggestions and requests or orders and commands from others; but that doesn't change the fact that the decision to act and the action itself are always under your own control.

Freedom and Responsibility

Let's take an extreme case. A robber breaks into your house and threatens you at the point of a gun. Discretion being the better part of valor, you give in and tell him where your valuables are hidden. But you make the decision, and you do the telling.

If, instead of a robber, it were a kidnaper after your child, it would be a different story. But in either case, your thoughts and acts are under your own control. Thousands of



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