The Ploy of Libertine Liberty — Edmund Burke

Liberty Letters Quote of the Day, Edmund Burke

So heavy is the aristocratic yoke that the nobles have been obliged to enervate the spirit of their subjects by every sort of debauchery; they have denied them the liberty of reason, and they have made them amends by what a base soul will think a more valuable liberty, by not only allowing, but encouraging them to corrupt themselves in the most scandalous manner. They consider their subjects as the farmer does the hog he keeps to feast upon. He hold him fast in the his sty, but allows him to wallow as much as he pleases in his beloved filth and gluttony.

Edmund Burke, Vindication of Natural Society