A fatherland without freedom and livelihood is a big word that signifies little!
Answer to the Question Prescribed by the Royal Academy of Sciences: What May Be the Cause of So Many People Annually Emigrating from This Country? And by What Measures May It Best Be Prevented? (1765) ,§ 18, p. 53. Translated by Peter C. Hogg.
Freedom comes first
Freedom with dry morsels is often more attractive to a person than an abundance of food under the domination of someone else. There is a cost attached to being independent, but who would not prefer that, with a meagre income, to being comfortable as the servant of another?
The important little word
I speak only in favour of the one small but blessed word Freedom.
One constraint always makes another inescapable.
Freedom – only a word?
There are few who speak up for civic liberty, though most of them bear the leaf of liberty in their mouths, and the few who proceed along that path and regard human rights as the property of humankind in general are regarded by most people as defenders of licentiousness and as political free-thinkers. Others do, indeed, talk much about liberty but understand by that the liberties of certain groups of people or individuals and forget the most humble, who have not been fortunate enough to find their way inside the others’ entrenchments but must naturally, the more those entrenchments are extended for the rest, become all the more crowded and pressed for space on our globe.