Saturday, March 05, 2005

Rights and Duties: A Quiz

Try to guess who wrote the following passage and when. A Dos Equis and a shot of Jose Cuervo 1800 to whomever gets both right without Googling. (I rather doubt that Googling will help in any case.) A shot of cheap Tequila to anyone who can date this passage within a ten year period.

. . . the people who have more rights than duties have gained a notable and distinguished ethical position in our modern world. The selfish we had always with us. But the divine right to be selfish was never more ingeniously defended, in the name of the loftiest spiritual dignity, than it is sometimes defended and illustrated today.

Answer to be posted in a day or two in the Comments section.