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No one likes to be blamed or punished, or feel that he has acted unwisely or wickedly and be tortured by his own conscience. In every age and in every society, people have generated and society has legitimized certain excuses for evading responsibility, by attributing it to causes or agents outside the self.

-Thomas Szasz, The Meaning of Mind: Language, Morality, and Neuroscience

Before we can speak intelligently about morality and virtue, it is necessary to speak about liberty and volition. The simple reason for this is that nothing can be said to be good, other than in a merely functionist sense, unless it is chosen. A morality that is not chosen is no morality. The moral status of those from whom Robin Hood robbed could not be said to have been elevated by the fact that their money went to help the poor for the simple reason that they did not freely choose to share their wealth.

-Robert A. Sirico, the Morality of Freedom

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