Thoughts


From Neil Postman

There are two ways by which the spirit of a culture may be shriveled. In the first--the Orwellian--culture becomes a prison. In the second--the Huxleyan--culture becomes a burlesque. No one needs to be reminded that our world is now marred by many prison-cultureit makes little difference if our wardens are inspired by right- or left-wing ideologies. The gates of the prison are equally impenetrable, surveillance equally rigorous, icon-worship pervasiveā€¦. Big Brother does not watch us, by his choice. We watch him, by oursā€¦. When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience, and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; culture-death is a clear possibility.

2017-01-18 at 23:49:18

More From Frederic Bastiat

The State is and ought to be nothing whatever but community force organized, not to be an instrument of oppression and mutual plunder among citizens, but, on the contrary, to guarantee to each his own, and to cause justice and security to reign.

2017-01-18 at 15:07:34

From Hanford Henderson

There is but one defensible social ideal, and that is a world in which every individual is free to work out the inner impulses of the Spirit, without aggression on his part or interference on the part of others. A State which accomplished this simple, primal duty, the protection of all its citizens, would accomplish something greater than has yet been historically recorded, and something which no State, preoccupied with illegitimate and paternalistic activities, is ever likely to accomplish.

2017-01-17 at 15:19:37

More From Ayn Rand

Progress cannot be planned by government, and cannot be restricted or retarded; it can only be stopped.

2017-01-16 at 12:53:16

From Russell J. Cinchy

Let us determine that we shall not allow the state to be our master, but that we shall be the masters of the state. The long road of history is lined with the ruins of those states which bought the souls and the wills of their peoples by the lure of a granted security, and then led them to ruin by the same mirage. The world does not need one more such ruin. It needs a people who will be really secure and enduring, as far as mortal life is possible -- secure and enduring because each member or society is a person who accepts his and her responsibilities as duties, and asks only that the state act to keep the avenues of freedom open.


2017-01-15 at 12:04:46

From Rose Wilder Lane

Time is running out for the United States and other Western democracies. Freedom and equality cannot coexist. We have tried and, like others before us who attempted it, the results have been disastrous. It is time for you and me to decide how badly we want the free lunch. If we continue to pursue it, then we cannot expect to live in a free society.

2017-01-10 at 17:55:32

From Henry David Thoreau

The authority of government, even such as I am willing to submit to,-for I will cheerfully obey those who know and can do better than I, and in many things even those who neither know nor can do so well,- is still an impure one: to be strictly just, it must have the sanction and consent of the governed. It can have no pure right over my person and property but what I concede to it.

2017-01-06 at 15:16:57

From George Kennan

Above all, it behooves us Americans ... to repress, and to extinguish once and for all, our inveterate tendency to judge others by the extent to which they contrive to be like ourselves.

2017-01-04 at 21:25:28

From Voltaire

TO LEARN WHO RULES OVER YOU SIMPLY FIND OUT WHO YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO CRITICIZE.

2017-01-01 at 15:02:18

From Rumi

Lovers find secret places inside this violent world, where they make transactions with beauty.

2017-01-01 at 15:00:38

From John Milton

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license.

2016-12-24 at 13:05:43

From Joseph Goebbels

"The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and-or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State."

2016-12-20 at 19:31:19

From Samuel Eliot Morison

If the American Revolution had produced nothing but the Declaration of Independence, it would have been worth while. . . . The beauty and cogency of the preamble, reaching back to remotest antiquity and forward to an indefinite future, have lifted the hearts of millions of men and will continue to do so. . . . These words are more revolutionary than anything written by Robespierre, Marx, or Lenin, more explosive than the atom, a continual challenge to ourselves as well as an inspiration to the oppressed of all the world.


2016-12-20 at 19:11:53

From Charles Sumner

It is by compromise that human rights have been abandoned.

2016-12-20 at 19:10:37

More From Clarence B. Carson

A "United States" was only possible if men could agree to disagree about a great many things. What was expedient for them is, however, an essential of liberty. Theoretically, it might be desirable for all men to agree on everything, though I doubt it. Practically, such agreement would only be possible if all individual wills were crushed and subjected to a single will. The effort to do this is always in the direction of the well traveled road to despotism. The alternatives are agreement to disagree or despotism.

2016-12-16 at 14:18:45

As You Traverse This Life Please Try To Remember That There Are No Absolute Mistakes; There Are Only Errors In Your Perceived Judgement As To The Likely Outcomes Of Your Actions!!!