Is this condition of depravity and inability of self-initiative due to “race traits and tendencies?”
All liberty, all self-government, all self-initiative have been crushed in the iron vise of dictated policy.
It is also called Seed because it is the mystery of the power of growth and development; it is self-initiative.
1793, "that which begins," also "power of initiating," from French initiative (1560s), from Latin initiatus (see initiation). First attested in English in writings of William Godwin. Phrase take the initiative recorded by 1844.