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…to hold that government may be founded upon community is to hold that there may be a black swan or a castle in the air.

At the time, no European had ever seen a black swan and all assumed that there were none. However, black swans were later found in Australia. However, at the time, the metaphor was a good one.

James Harrington, 1611-1677, English Writer, A System of Politics

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