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Dostoevsky Among The Looters


“The world has proclaimed the
reign of freedom, especially of late, but what do we see in this freedom of
theirs? Nothing but slavery and self-destruction! For the world says: “You
have desires and so satisfy them, for you have the same rights as the most
rich and powerful. Don’t be afraid of satisfying them and even multiply your
desires.” That is the modern doctrine of the world. In that they see
freedom. And what follows from this right of multiplication of desires? In
the rich, isolation and spiritual suicide; in the poor, envy and murder; for
they have been given rights, but have not been shown the means of satisfying
their wants.” — from “The Brothers Karamazov”


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