quotes tagged with 'empire'

The fate of empires depends on the education of youth.

Author: Aristotle, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in education aristotle youth empire 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The most fundamental purpose of government is defense, not empire.

Author: Joseph Sobran, Source: 1995Saved by ImaWriterIII in defense government empire josephsobran 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

And so long as they were at war, their power was preserved, but when they had attained empire they fell, for of the arts of peace they knew nothing, and had never engaged in any employment higher than war.

Author: Aristotle, Source: PoliticsSaved by cboyack in politics war power peace empire 10 years ago[save this] [permalink]
[A] powerful national government may encroach considerably upon the liberty of individuals as well as of the different States, and assume the responsibility for it, without weakening the Empire Idea, if only every citizen recognizes such measures as means for making his nation greater.
Author: Adolf Hitler, Source: Mein Kampf, Ch. 10, vol. 2Saved by cboyack in politics liberty government sheep freedom tyranny patriotism empire nationalism 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
When gold was used, and the rules protected honest commerce, productive nations thrived. Whenever wealthy nations those with powerful armies and gold strived only for empire and easy fortunes to support welfare at home, those nations failed.
Author: Ron Paul, Source: http://www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul303.htmlSaved by cboyack in welfare nation foreignpolicy wealth economy gold commerce fortune currency empire 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

And now, friends and countrymen, if the wise and learned philosophers of the elder world, the first observers of nutation and aberration, the discoverers of maddening ether and invisible planets, the inventors of Congreve rockets and Shrapnel shells, should find their hearts disposed to enquire what has America done for the benefit of mankind? Let our answer be this: America, with the same voice which spoke herself into existence as a nation, proclaimed to mankind the inextinguishable rights of human nature, and the only lawful foundations of government. America, in the assembly of nations, since her admission among them, has invariably, though often fruitlessly, held forth to them the hand of honest friendship, of equal freedom, of generous reciprocity. She has uniformly spoken among them, though often to heedless and often to disdainful ears, the language of equal liberty, of equal justice, and of equal rights. She has, in the lapse of nearly half a century, without a single exception, respected the independence of other nations while asserting and maintaining her own. She has abstained from interference in the concerns of others, even when conflict has been for principles to which she clings, as to the last vital drop that visits the heart. She has seen that probably for centuries to come, all the contests of that Aceldama the European world, will be contests of inveterate power, and emerging right. Wherever the standard of freedom and Independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions and her prayers be. But she goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She will commend the general cause by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example. She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom. The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force.... She might become the dictatress of the world. She would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit.... [America's] glory is not dominion, but liberty. Her march is the march of the mind. She has a spear and a shield: but the motto upon her shield is, Freedom, Independence, Peace. This has been her Declaration: this has been, as far as her necessary intercourse with the rest of mankind would permit, her practice.

Author: John Quincy Adams, Source: Speech to the U.S. House of Representatives on July 4, 1821Saved by cboyack in liberty government freedom dictatorship foreignpolicy independence empire interventionism interference 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
When empires fall, their currencies fall first. Even clearer is the rising debt of empires in decline, because in most cases their physical expansion is financed with debt.
Author: Rolf Nef, Source: http://www.financialsense.com/fsu/editorials/2007/0112b.htmlSaved by cboyack in government economy debt currency empire 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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