quotes tagged with 'tyranny', page 6

If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that, too.

Author: Somerset Maugham, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in liberty freedom tyranny values somersetmaugham 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.

Author: Barry Goldwater, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in liberty tyranny virtue justice BarryGoldwater 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

It is not the business of government to make men virtuous or religious, or to preserve the fool from the consequences of his own folly. Government should be repressive no further than is necessary to secure liberty by protecting the equal rights of each from aggression on the part of others, and the moment governmental prohibitions extend beyond this line they are in danger of defeating the very ends they are intended to serve.

Author: Henry George, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in liberty government tyranny unalienablerights politicalpower henrygeorge 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The American experiment has come and gone. Whatever freedoms the people still might have as their own, are monitored and registered and taxed at virtually every turn.

Author: Jeff Baxter, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in liberty government freedom america tyranny taxes politicalpower jeffbaxter 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation.

Author: Thomas B. Reed, Source: 1886Saved by ImaWriterIII in liberty government freedom tyranny legislation politicalpower thomasbreed 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men.

Author: Voltaire, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in liberty freedom tyranny politicalpower tyrants voltaire shackles 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

A power of a man's subsistence amounts to a power over his will.

Author: Alexander Hamilton, Source: Federalist PapersSaved by ImaWriterIII in liberty government freedom tyranny AlexanderHamilton politicalpower 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Yet new international commodity controls are constantly being proposed.  This time, we are told, they are going to avoid all the old errors.  This time prices are going to be fixed that are "fair" not only for producers but for consumers.  Producing and consuming nations are going to agree on just what these fair prices are, because no one will be unreasonable.  Fixed prices will necessarily involve "just" allotments and allocations for production and consumption as among nations, but only cynics will anticipate any unseemly international disputes regarding these.  Finally, by the greatest miracle of all, this world of superinternational controls and coercions is also going to be a world of "free" international trade!


Just what the government planners mean by free trade in this connection I am not sure, but we can be sure of some of the things they do not mean.  They do not mean the freedom of ordinary people to buy and sell, lend and borrow, at whatever prices or rates they like and wherever they find it most profitable to do so.  They do not mean the freedom of the plain citizen to raise as much of a given crop as he wishes, to come and go at will, to settle where he pleases, to take his capital and other belongings with him.  They mean, I suspect, the freedom of bureaucrats to settle these matters for him.  And they tell him that if he docilely obeys the bureaucrats he will be rewarded by a rise in his living standards.  But if the planners succeed in tying up the idea of international cooperation with the idea of increased State domination and control over economic life, the international controls of the future seem only too likely to follow the pattern of the past, in which case the plain man's living standards will decline with his liberties.

Author: Henry Hazlitt, Source: Economics in One Lesson, (c) Henry Hazlitt 1962, page 116, Three Rivers PressSaved by ImaWriterIII in liberty government freedom tyranny economics politicalpower henryhazlitt pricecontrols bureaucrats 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

I believe in the United States of America as a Government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseperable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.

I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it; to support its Constitution; to obey its laws; to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.

Author: William Tyler Page, Source: The American's CreedSaved by ImaWriterIII in constitution liberty government freedom america tyranny defend justice country states flag creed williamtylerpage 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The danger inherent in reform is that the cure may be worse than the disease…reformers are not on guard against unpredictable side effects which may divert the course of reform toward unwanted results. Moreover, quite often the social doctors become part of the disease.

Author: Eric Hoffer, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in liberty freedom tyranny problem solution power politicalpower erichoffer 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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