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Democracy is Not Freedom


Democracy is not freedom.

Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to eat for lunch.

Freedom comes from the recognition of certain rights which may not be taken, not even by a 99% vote.

— James Bovard,  “Individual Rights“, Sacramento Bee (1994)

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2010 in Humor, Philosophy, Politics

 

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Free to Err <- J.S. Mill


On-LibertyThat principle is, that the sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number, is self-protection. That the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant.

He cannot rightfully be compelled to do or forbear because it will be better for him to do so, because it will make him happier, because, in the opinions of others, to do so would be wise, or even right. These are good reasons for remonstrating with him, or reasoning with him, or persuading him, or entreating him, but not for compelling him, or visiting him with any evil, in case he do otherwise.

John Stewart Mill, On Liberty ch. 1 (1859)

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2009 in Politics, society

 

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Majority Delusions


tiananmenThought that is silenced is always rebellious. Majorities, of course, are often mistaken. This is why the silencing of minorities is necessarily dangerous. Criticism and dissent are the indispensable antidote to major delusions.

Alan Barth, The Loyalty of Free Men (1951)

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2009 in Politics

 

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Majority Rule <- P.J. O'Rourke


1sausage_pepperoni_med_cczoomImagine if all of life were determined by majority rule.

  • Every meal would be a pizza.
  • Every pair of pants, even those in a Brooks Brothers suit, would be stone-washed denim.
  • Celebrity diet and exercise books would be the only thing on the shelves at the library.
  • And – since women are a majority of the population- we’d all be married to Mel Gibson.

P.J.O’Rourke, Parliament of Whores (1991)

But Now You Know

The Tyranny of the Majority, vs the Unanimity of Liberty

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2009 in Humor, Politics

 

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