"We must pity the poor wretched, timid soul who is too faint-hearted to resist his oppressors. He sings the song of the dammed: “I can’t fight back; I have too much to lose; I own too much property; I have worked too hard to get what I have; They will put me out of business if I resist; I might go to jail; I have my family to think about.” Such poor miserable creatures have misplaced values and are hiding their cowardice behind pretended family responsibility -- blindly refusing to see that the most glorious legacy that one can bequeath to posterity is liberty; and that the only true security is liberty."
Marvin Cooley
Arizona tax protester, author of the book, The Big Bluff, documenting the struggles of his fellow anti-tax protester, W. Vaughn Ellsworth. Cooley was jailed for tax evasion in 1973 and 1989
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Cooley is a very good man. He is about much more than the enslaving of the communist manifesto's second plank. This reminds me of: THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to TAX) but "to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER" and if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. Even the expression is impious; for so unlimited a power can belong only to God. (Thomas Paine, The Crisis, December 23, 1776)
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    He is correct, the greatest possession anyone can have or leave to their children is individual liberty.
     -- J Allen, Arlington, Va     
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    Samuel Adams: If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen....Says it all for me.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    A courageous man who has dared to take a stand for Liberty at great personal cost. Not enough stars to put on this quote!
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- Mary - MI      
    AMEN, my sentiments EXACTLY, to all the cowards out there, let me say this, COWARDS, selfish punks, idiots, you know not what you do. Living off MY and my brothers taxes we paid in blood for over 40 years, and worse. I'm past angry, I'm into the zone
     -- Kimo, USA     
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     -- DT      
    I knew this man personally and sacrificed along with him for all he stood for. He was a wonderful man, loving, patient and kind, and a very spiritual soul. He sacrificed everything...his home, his property, money, and family inheritance, All was eventually taken away.....all for what he believed in......all so his children, grandchildren and everyone else in this country would have a chance at living a life of Liberty and Freedom. He was my father.
     -- Cindy, Oro Valley     
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    5 stars is not enough stars for this man.
     -- Jim K, Austin     
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    The Responsibility to suffer for Liberty is a gift from God. Godliness with contentment is great gain. Semper FI

     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
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     -- jim k, austin      

    There are so many Marvin Cooley's listed in the papers, I can't guess which one this is. It would be good to know a little more about him: Birth, occupation, etc to show which he is in the list of people with the same name.

     -- Abby     
    Abby, we've updated the source.
     -- Editor, Liberty Quotes     
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