"The crucial distinction between systems...was no longer ideological.  The main political difference was between those who did, and those who did not, believe that the citizen could -- or should -- be the property of the state."
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Christopher Hitchens
(1949-2011) British-American author, journalist
Source:
Adam Michnik in Letters to a Young Contrarian by Christopher Hitchens
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Wow, a very accurate observation ! The nanny state has bought its parishioner property with a mess of pottage.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Humankind has been struggling for its freedom since recorded time. The belief that I am beholden to the state or the church is the glue that holds servitude together. Once that is gone, nothing can enslave a people. Liberation occurs in the hearts and minds of the people.
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