Monday, December 21, 2009

The humble citizen’s right to get ahead

Migrant Mother / picture taken by Dorothea Lange in 1936

Lincoln … believed that … the guiding principle for all of it, the whole reason for the nation’s being, was that “equal chance” – the humble citizen’s right to get ahead. Lincoln understood that economic freedom was the bedrock of political liberty. One is not possible without the other.

From David Von Drehle’s article on the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial [What would Lincoln do?, Time, February 16, 2009]

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