No man has received from nature the right to give orders to others. Freedom is a gift from heaven, and every individual of the same species has the right to enjoy it as soon as he is in enjoyment of his reason.

Denis Diderot (1713-1784) French editor, philosopher
L’Encyclopédie, Vol. 1, “Political Authority” (article) (1751)
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