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  • What horticulture does for the plant is to give it greater liberty. This it does by protecting the fruit-type against hostile encroachment,--encroachment of rival plants, encroachment of its own wood and fibre on the pomal virtues. And this is what civilization, what government does for man; it secures the higher human type against the encroachments of animal nature.

    --John Stuart Mill, "The Best Government", The Christian Examiner, May 1862, p. 318

    March 22, 2008