What would Emerson have accomplished on the web?

“The less government we have the less confided power. The antidote to this abuse of formal government is the influence of private character, the growth of the individual . . . Leave this hypocritical prating about the masses. Masses are rude, unmade, pernicious in their demands and influence. I wish not to concede anything to them, but to divide and break them up, and draw individuals out of them . . . The only progress ever known was of the individual . . . In all my lectures, I have taught one doctrine, namely, the infinitude of the private man . . . I cannot find language of sufficient energy to convey my sense of the sacredness of private integrity.”


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