18th/19th Franco-Swiss author


Benjamin Constant - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Henri-Benjamin Constant de Rebecque (October 25, 1767 - December 8, 1830) was a Swiss-born thinker, writer and French politician. ..."


25 Oct 1767, in Lausanne, Switzerland


8 Dec 1830, in Paris, France


Individual Liberty and Civil Society, by Richard M. Ebeling, Feb 1993
Reflects on Benjamin Constant's lecture on what liberty meant to the ancient Greeks vs. the 19th century Europeans and Americans and the 20th century reversion to statism
"In 1819, the French classical liberal, Benjamin Constant, delivered a lecture in Paris entitled, 'The Liberty of the Ancients Compared with that of the Modems.' ... while a concern for the preservation of political liberty was essential to the preservation of individual liberty, Constant believed that politics was a distraction from the proper affairs of free men, and these proper affairs were the peaceful pursuit and cultivation of their personal, family, commercial and voluntary societal relationships."
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