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The Inconvenience of Too Much Liberty <— Jefferson


"We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed"

“We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed”

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty, than those attending too small a degree of it.

Then it is important to strengthen the state governments: and as this cannot be done by any change in the federal constitution…it must be done by the states themselves, erecting such barriers at the constitutional line as cannot be surmounted either by themselves or by the general
government.

Thomas Jefferson, letter to Archibald Stuart, on the need to defend States’ Rights against the Federal government

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Posted by on December 7, 2012 in Politics

 

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Freedom vs the Chains of Security <– Ron Paul


"We need a strong president, strong enough to resist the temptation of taking power the President shouldn’t have."

Freedom is not defined by safety. Freedom is defined by the ability of citizens to live without government interference.

Government cannot create a world without risks, nor would we really wish to live in such a fictional place. Only a totalitarian society would even claim absolute safety as a worthy ideal, because it would require total state control over its citizens’ lives.

Liberty has meaning only if we still believe in it when terrible things happen and a false government security blanket beckons.

Ron Paul, Security and Liberty (2007)

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2012 in Philosophy, Politics

 

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Don’t Sell Liberty for Safety <– Ben Franklin


"Sell not virtue to purchase wealth, nor Liberty to purchase power." -- they trot out the terror bogeyman simply to increase their power over you, through fear

   

Those who would give up Essential Liberty

to purchase a little Temporary Safety,

deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

— Benjamin Franklin, motto for An Historical Review of the Constitution and Government of Pennsylvania

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2011 in Liberty, Politics

 

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Liberty is Safer


Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have.
Harry Emerson Fosdick,  The Home Book of Quotations, Classical and Modern (1937)

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2010 in Politics

 

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Censorship for Babes <- Heinlein


illegal-steakThe whole principle is wrong. It’s like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can’t have steak.
Robert Heinlein, The Man Who Sold the Moon (1949), on censorship

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2009 in education, Politics

 

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Coddling Stupidity


william-godwinWhenever government assumes to deliver us from the trouble of thinking for ourselves, the only consequences it produces are those of torpor and imbecility.

— William GodwinAn Inquiry Concerning Political Justice, 1783

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2009 in Politics

 

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