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What assurance have we that our masters will or can keep the promise which induced us to sell ourselves? Let us not be deceived by phrases about 'Man taking charge of his own destiny'. All that can really happen is that some men will take charge of the destiny of the others. They will be simply men; none perfect; some greedy, cruel and dishonest. The more completely we are planned the more powerful they will be. Have we discovered some new reason why, this time, power should not corrupt as it has done before?

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Willing Slaves of the Welfare State, first published in The Observer on July 20, 1958 1958

Submitted by Normando on July 26, 2020

C. S. Lewis

English critic and novelist; author of theological works and of books for children (1898-1963)

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