March 17, 2011


History is indeed the history of freedom—not of an essence “Freedom,” but of free human acts and their unforeseeable consequences.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 474


  1. The original Spanish is:

    La historia sí es historia de la libertad, pero no de una esencia “Libertad,” sino de los actos humanos libres y de sus imprevisibles consecuencias.

  2. Gómez Dávila is taking aim in this aphorism at the Whig notion of history as the story of ever-increasing freedom, political and moral Enlightenment, and material progress.