"Most of the major ills of the world have been caused by well-meaning people who ignored the principle of individual freedom, except as applied to themselves, and who were obsessed with fanatical zeal to improve the lot of mankind-in-the-mass through some pet formula of their own. The harm done by ordinary criminals, murderers, gangsters, and thieves is negligible in comparison with the agony inflicted upon human beings by the professional do-gooders, who attempt to set themselves up as gods on earth and who would ruthlessly force their views on all others - with the abiding assurance that the end justifies the means."
Henry Grady Weaver
(1889-1949) American author, General Motors marketing executive who made the cover of Time in 1938
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ABSOLUTELY ! ! ! The fanatical zeal has almost always been a self gratification or religious ('A'theism to 'Z'en) mandate.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Sounds hauntingly like the person currently residing in the White House.
     -- Ken, Spokane     
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    America today! !!
     -- George, Illinois     
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    Absolutely true....and that pet formula nearly always involves appropriating the fruits of someone else's labors.
     -- Robin, Spokane     
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    Alot of men back in the day use to understand the sinful nature of man. In fact, it was Benjamin Franklin who made the recommendation, during the Constitutional Debates, that everyone under the Executive Branch receive not compensation or benefits. His reason was that, "no matter how little or how much you give to a person, they will be satisfied with what little compensation they receive." This is so true of anyone that you give any type of power to. Nick
     -- Nicolas, Los Lunas     
    Do-gooders mostly pests who want to control you. You know, like the folks at the E.P.A.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    "I'm from the government, and I am here to help." RUN!
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- Ronw13, ID      
    This doesn't mean anything, no example at all. We need the intelligent in the popular media instead of the usual mentally ill. We need the reasonable in the media.

     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     

    You do have the reasonable on the  Internet Liberty Tree media channel and Quora media outlet. But we need him on the major television networks, magazines, major newspapers.

     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
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