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PARAGRAPHS: 15, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: I am a fanatic lover of liberty, considering it
Last Line: An idea which leads inevitably to the reduction
Subject(s): Freedom; Liberty


"I am a fanatic lover of liberty, considering it
the unique condition in which intelligence, dignity,
and human happiness may develop and grow;
not the purely formal liberty
conceded, measured out, and regulated by the state,
an eternal lie which in reality represents
nothing more than the privilege
of some founded on the slavery
of the rest; not the individualistic, egotistic,
shabby and fictitious liberty
extolled by the school of J.J. Rousseau and the other
schools of bourgeois liberalism,
which gives us the would-be rights of all men
as embodied in a State that limits the rights of each --
an idea which leads inevitably to the reduction


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