quotes tagged with 'despotism'

We live in a complex world with currents of conflict everywhere to be found. Political machinations ruin the stability of nations, despots grasp for power, and segments of society seem forever downtrodden, deprived of opportunity, and left with a feeling of failure.

Author: Thomas S. Monson, Source: http://www.lds.org/conference/talk/display/0,5232,23-1-851-23,...Saved by cboyack in politics government satan power society world despotism 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Actually, what is the political struggle that we witness? It is the instinctive struggle of all people toward liberty. And what is this liberty, whose very name makes the heart beat faster and shakes the world? Is it not the union of all liberties -- liberty of conscience, of education, of association, of the press, of travel, of labor, of trade? In short, is not liberty the freedom of every person to make full use of his faculties, so long as he does not harm other persons while doing so? Is not liberty the destruction of all despotism -- including, of course, legal despotism? Finally, is not liberty the restricting of the law only to its rational sphere of organizing the right of the individual to lawful self- defense; of punishing injustice?
Author: Frederic Bastiat, Source: The Law, p. 51Saved by cboyack in liberty fight freedom tyranny war despotism struggle justice injustice 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
(Dr. Franklin, what kind of government have you given to us?)

A Republic, if you can keep it.

(What do you mean, "if we can keep it"?)

This Republic, which we have given you with this constitution, will end in despotism, as other forms of government have done before it, when the people become so corrupt that they are incapable of any other form of government.
Author: Benjamin Franklin, Source: UnknownSaved by richardkmiller in constitution government despotism corruption republic 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.

Author: Thomas Jefferson, Source: http://books.google.com/books?id=W5MfcSfA_eUC&pg=PA147&dq=Timi...Saved by cboyack in patriotism dictatorship fear despotism 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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