[W]hen we ask where liberty is, they refer us to the ballots in our hands; over the vast machine which keeps us in subjection we have this one right: we, the ten- or twenty-or thirty- millionth of the sovereign, lost in the vast crowd of our fellows, can on occasion take a hand in setting the machine in motion. And that, they tell us, is our liberty. We lose it whenever an individual will takes sole possession of the machine: that is autocracy. We regain it when the right of giving the machine a periodical mass-impulsion is restored to us: that is democracy.
This is all either misdealing or cheating. Liberty is something quite different. Its essence lies in our will not being subject to other human wills: in our will ruling alone over our actions, only being checked when it injures the basic, indispensable requirements of life in society.
— Bertrand de Jouvenel, On Power 
- A Symposium on Bertrand de Jouvenel
by Daniel J. Mahoney
- The Economics of Bertrand de Jouvenel
by William R. Luckey
- The Problem of Power
by Mark C. Henrie
- Book Review: The Ethics of Redistribution
by Richard M. Ebeling
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- Book Review: Economics and the Good Life
by David Gordon
Ludwig von Mises Institute
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