Texas Tech University


Publication Date: 1907

Lord Acton (1834-1902) is chiefly remembered today through a single quotation: `All power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.' But he was one of the most deeply learned men of his time, and recognized as few have ever done the true nature and value of liberty. It is, he declared, `not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end.' His lifelong object was to write a great `History of Liberty,' but he immersed himself so deeply in reading and research that he never lived to complete it. Only two essays resulted from all this laborious preparation: `The History of Freedom in Antiquity' and `The History of Freedom in Christianity.'… In the opinion of F.A. Hayek, the tradition of true individualism is most perfectly represented in the nineteenth century in the work of Alexis de Tocqueville in France and Lord Acton in England”.” # 0012





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