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what does "liberty had become license" mean? On Washington's Massachusetts Avenue Hubert Humphrey, listening to the radio of his parked car, was swept by alternate waves of anger and pity. The targets of his anger were the "refined Nazis" of Dallas, as he thought of them, and his pity was for the rest of the city, which needed so much "sympathy and understanding." Liberty, he wrote in a memorandum to himself the following day, had become license. Freedom of pression had been "perverted and abused"; it had been converted into "vehicle for vicious propaganda and hatred that inspired people to o such things as happened in Dallas to our President."
May 28, 2013 2:38 AM
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Some people think that freed om gives them license to do whatever they want. The term "license to do something" is somewhat negative, and it usually refers to people taking advantage of the system to harm others. license: Doctors require a license to practice. You require a license to drive a vehicle. James Bond has a license to kill.
May 28, 2013
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