"No cause is left but the most ancient of all,
the one, in fact, that from the beginning of our history
has determined the very existence of politics,
the cause of freedom versus tyranny."
Hannah Arendt
(1906-1975) German-American political theorist, escaped Nazi Germany
The New Yorker, 12 September 1970
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 -- Joe, Rochester, MI      
In context, this probably gets 5 stars; as a stand alone quote - there are as many issues under omission as submission. None the less, the thieves, power mongers, immoral, and those who hold a disdain for true liberating freedom have firmly entrenched tyranny in this nation.
 -- MIke, Norwalk     
  • 6
    Liberty is a cause that will never die. It can be veiled by the darkness of lies and self-deception, but it will ever seek out the light of truth. When truth becomes more important than delusion, the cause of Freedom will reign again.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    She's right; freedom versus tyranny is always the cause, regardless of what our leaders or opinion makers may say. The problem is knowing which side your efforts are really supporting.
     -- A.WOODS, Gloucester     
  • 4
    I have missed y'all, I just returned from a week of political work in Florida where I turned the state around for Barak. I helped establish freedom in the tyrannically ruled Marion County, (aka Ocala). Was great to be with open minded people, not like in my home town. Open mindedness to me is the definition of freedom. Can't speak your mind in to many places it seems.
     -- Waffler, Smith, Arkansas     
  • 3
    The value or truth of a statement is not responsible for its source but in this case it couldn't have had a better one.
     -- dick, Fort Worth     
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     -- jim k, Austin      
    Interesting, Hannah Arendt did not use the term Liberty, but chose freedom from tyranny. Freedom to do what, though she apposed Nationalist Socialism, and also apposed the Zionist movement which helped to establish the State of Israel. 
     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
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