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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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