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Having been born a servant, I love freedom more than you. Indeed, having learned slavery, I love freedom better than you. Having been born without a fatherland, I long for it with a burning passion you will never know. And because the world of my birth was no larger than the ghetto [Judengasse,] beyond whose sealed gates was to be found my great abroad, the city no longer suffices as my fatherland, nor the countryside, nor the province; only the whole great fatherland bounded by its language – that I will call home.
–Ludwig Börne, Briefe aus Paris: 74. Brief (1833) in: Sämtliche Schriften vol. 3, p. 511 (S.H. transl.)
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
Acreage of a Christian nudist colony under development in Florida:
Florida’s wildlife officials decided to remove the manatee, which has a mild taste that readily adapts to recipes for beef, from the state’s endangered-species list.
A 64-year-old mother and her 44-year-old son were arrested for running a gang that stole more than $100,000 worth of toothbrushes from Publix, Walmart, Walgreens, and CVS stores in Florida.
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