Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Monday, April 15, 2013 5:57 pm

Quote of the day, James Madison just-because edition

This isn’t, as they say on Twitter, a subtweet. It’s not intended for anyone in particular. It’s not related directly to anything in the news (although it could relate to almost everything). I just read it at Charlie Pierce’s place — he concludes each day with a Madison quote, which is a nice and thoughtful way to conclude a day, and this one is from Friday — and I liked it and thought you’d like it, too:

In the latter sense, a man has a property in his opinions and the free communication of them. He has a property of peculiar value in his religious opinions, and in the profession and practice dictated by them. He has a property very dear to him in the safety and liberty of his person. He has an equal property in the free use of his faculties and free choice of the objects on which to employ them. In a word, as a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights.

— James Madison, Papers, March 29, 1792.

1 Comment

  1. Yes–this is a very useful construct–wrote a paper earlier this year for school on understanding “whiteness” as property you can own rather than as an identity you are. Conceptualizing things like whiteness and liberty as possessions that you can gain, lose, display, protect, extend to others, etc. sheds light on our behavior, our feelings, and our interactions with other people and institutions vis-a-vis those abstract, yet experientialy and legally ownable and losable, possessions.

    Comment by sjlovett — Monday, April 15, 2013 11:29 pm @ 11:29 pm

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