2021 April 21
"How should it happen that the individual should be without rights,
but the combination of individuals should possess unlimited rights?"
"Collectivism holds that the individual has no rights, that his life and work belong to the group (to "society," to the tribe, the state, the nation) and that the group may sacrifice him at its own whim to its own interests. The only way to implement a doctrine of that kind is by means of brute force -- and statism has always been the political corollary of collectivism."
"Many of the greatest things man has achieved are not the result of consciously directed thought, and still less the product of a deliberately coordinated effort of many individuals, but of a process in which the individual plays a part which he can never fully understand."
2021 April 20
"You can only protect your liberties in this world
by protecting the other man's freedom.
You can only be free if I am free."
"Tolerance is the positive and cordial effort
to understand another's beliefs, practices, and habits
without necessarily sharing or accepting them."
"Every man, as long as he does not violate the laws of justice, is left
perfectly free to pursue his own interest his own way, and to bring both
his industry and capital into competition with those of any other man
or order of men."
2021 April 19
"Individuality is the aim of political liberty.
By leaving to the citizen as much freedom of action
and of being as comports with order and the rights of others,
the institutions render him truly a free man.
He is left to pursue his means of happiness in his own manner."
"The only freedom deserving the name,
is that of pursuing our own good in our own way,
so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs,
or impede their efforts to obtain it.
Each is the proper guardian of his own health,
whether bodily, or mental and spiritual.
Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other
to live as seems good to themselves,
than by compelling each to live as seems good to the rest."
"There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly."