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FREEDOM FROM TYRANNY
"Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who
want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning.
They want the ocean without the awful roar of its waters. This struggle may be a moral
one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a
struggle! Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will. Find
out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice
and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted
with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the
endurance of those whom they oppress."
--Frederick Douglass, August 4, 1857.
"If men, through fear, fraud, or mistake, should in terms renounce or give up any natural right, the eternal law of reason and the grand end of society would absolutely vacate such renounciation. The right to freedom being the gift of God, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave." - Samuel Adams
TEACHING THE PRINCIPLES OF LIBERTY
"Honour, justice and humanity call upon us to hold, and to transmit to our posterity, that liberty, which we received from our ancestors. It is not our duty to leave wealth to our children: but it is our duty, to leave liberty to them. No infamy, iniquity, or cruelty can exceed our own, if we, born and educated in a country of freedom, entitled to its blessings, and knowing their value, pusillanimously deserting the post assigned to us by Divine Providence, surrender succeeding generations to a condition of wretchedness, from which no human efforts, in all probability, will be sufficient to extricate them; the experience of all states mournfully demonstrating to us, that when arbitrary power has been established over them, even the wisest and bravest nations, that ever flourished, have, in a few years, degenerated into abject and wretched vassals." (from the Resolutions of Committee for the Province of Pennsylvania - 1774)
What is history but the story of how politicians have squandered the blood and treasure of the human race. - Thomas Sowell
Implicit in the activist conception of government is the assumption that you can take the good things in a complex system for granted, and just improve the things that are not so good. What is lacking in this conception is any sense that a society, an institution, or even a single human being, is an intricate system of fragile inter-relationships, whose complexities are little understood and easily destabilized. - Thomas Sowell
The biggest mischief in the past century has been perpetrated by Rousseau with his doctrine of the goodness of human nature. The mob and the intellectuals derived from it the vision of a Golden Age which would arrive without fail once the noble human race could act according to its whims. - Jakob Burckhardt
The modern definition of 'racist' is someone who is winning an argument with a liberal. - Peter Brimelow
Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it. - Thomas Sowell