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The Individual as the Higher Power <– Thoreau


I heartily accept the motto, "That government is best which governs least"; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically.

Is a democracy, such as we know it, the last improvement possible in government? Is it not possible to take a step further towards recognizing and organizing the rights of man?

There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly.

Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience (1849)

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2011 in Philosophy, Politics

 

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Politicians SHOULD Be Afraid <- Barnhill


There is a recent push to censor political speech like the above picture, ban guns, et cetera, to "protect politicians"...but crazed maniacs aside, their fear is healthy for liberty

Where the people fear the government you have tyranny.

Where the government fears the people you have liberty.

— John Basil Barnhill, Indictment of Socialism (#3), transcript of Barnhill-Tichenor Debate on Socialism (1914)

JEFFERSON NEVER SAID THIS. That’s right. We’re eventually going to come out with a list of false attributions we’ve discovered while trying to source them for our own use.
 
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Posted by on January 20, 2011 in Politics, Quotations

 

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Be Ashamed of Achievement <- Nietzsche


Arrogance on the part of the meritorious is even more offensive to us than the arrogance of those without merit: for merit itself is offensive.

— Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All too Human

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2010 in Humor, Philosophy, sentience

 

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Free Will and Responsibility <- P.J. O'Rourke


P.J. O'Rourke, replete with cigar and obnoxiously confident grinOne of the annoying things about believing in free will and individual responsibility is the difficulty of finding somebody to blame your problems on.

And when you do find somebody, it’s remarkable how often his picture turns up on your driver’s license.

P. J. O’Rourke, Rolling Stone Magazine, November 1989

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2009 in Humor, Politics, sentience

 

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Character is the Cure to Government


Ralph Waldo Emerson camioHence the less government we have the better–the fewer laws and the less confided power.

The antidote to this abuse of formal government is the influence of private character, the growth of the Individual; the appearance of the principal to supersede the proxy; the appearance of the wise man; of whom the existing government is, it must be owned, but a shabby imitation.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Politics (1844)

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2009 in Politics

 

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Capitalism is Unanimity


friedmanThe political principle that underlies the market mechanism is unanimity. In an ideal free market resting on private property, no individual can coerce any other, all cooperation is voluntary, all parties to such cooperation benefit or they need not participate.

— Milton Friedman, The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase its Profits, The New York Times Magazine

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The Tyranny of the Majority, vs the Unanimity of Liberty

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2009 in Politics

 

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Minority Rights <- Ayn Rand


ayn_randThe smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.

– Ayn Rand, Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal


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Posted by on August 20, 2009 in Politics

 

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