"A truly free society is based on a vision of respect for people and what they value. In a truly free society, any business that disrespects its customers will fail, and deserves to do so. The same should be true of any government that disrespects its citizens. The central belief and fatal conceit of the current administration is that you are incapable of running your own life, but those in power are capable of running it for you. This is the essence of big government and collectivism."
Charles Koch
(1935-) American businessman and philanthropist
Koch, Charles (April 3, 2014). 'Instead of welcoming free debate, collectivists engage in character assassination.' "Charles Koch: I'm Fighting to Restore a Free Society". The Wall Street Journal.
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An ad hominem might be his neo-con views might differ on specific issues from my libertarian values but, the here statement is accurate enough.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- Henry L. Cole, Corry, PA      
     -- jim k, Austin      
    Absolutely!! Well said. And it is SO true that character assassination is the preferred political strategy of the collectivists -- misdirection and mass psychology, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain... Let's remember that American liberty was inspired by Common Sense and Self-Determination.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- Ronw13, Oregon      
    This statement is the definition of the U S Democratic Party's philosophy, and the velvet handcuff's it would eventually bring. Unfortunaeitly for our country, the Republican Party uses the "Golden Rule" " Those who have the gold make the rules - to their own benefit "
     -- Terence Marion, Wyoming Michigan     
    The left-right paradigm is not complete without the top-bottom paradigm. The current 'top' is the 'establishment' power-brokers, and the 'bottom' are the liberty-defenders. The bottom are the producers and the top are the collectors. Neo-cons are among the top, on both the right and the left. Libertarians are on the right and the left but anti-establishment, anti-statist.

    From this perspective, the battle is between statists and libertarians. What good is a two party system if they are both statist? THAT is how to take-over a nation, by pitting the people against each other and then coming in to save them 'from themselves.' I believe the REAL war is about authoritarianism -- it does not matter the party. But collectivist power must be kept in check by law, not become a tool for theft by law...
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Actual "freedom" is NOT! a societal thing, a vision thing, a belief thing, a conceit thing, a respect thing or a disrespect thing. Freedom is a law thing that is inalienable to each and every, any and all.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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