Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Quote of the Day

Government authority and the law represent at any given time not the progressive ideals of liberty of which the people are capable, but the amount of liberty the forerunners of the people have been able to wrest from earlier and equally unwilling governments.--- Teresa Billington-Greig, "The Militant Policy of Women Suffragists" (1906; written in Holloway prison)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hmm... parallel-ish (reversed?) reading. My quote of the day's texts was:

"The expectation of self-determination that self-naming arouses is paradoxically contested by the historicity of the name itself..."

-Judith Butler, "Critically Queer"