"Only an armed people can be the real bulwark of popular liberty."
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
[Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov] (1870-1924) First Leader of the Soviet Union
"The Beginning of the Revolution in Russia", Selected Works, Vol. I, International Publishers, New York, 1967
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Now, define your style of liberty, please. Mine can be found in a de jure representative republic (where the individual sovereign is represented, not some democratic oligarchy.)
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    This sounds like a Republican Congressman and member of the NRA rather than a communist!
     -- Rob Bell, Cottingham, UK     
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    A crazed mob mentaility... time to set aside your toys and grow up.
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US     
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    See, the socialists know what they are doing -- and why! They do not value liberty, only control (in their favor).
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Reston, how dare you disagree with your hero, mentor and spirit guide??!
     -- helorat, Milton     
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    "This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer [for Hitler], our police more efficient [for Hitler], and the world will follow our lead into the future [follow Hitler]!" - Adolph Hitler [1935] The Weapons Act of Nazi Germany...............Crazed mob indeed. Both Lenin and Hitler knew what an armed people meant-liberty. That's why totalitarians everywhere want to disarm loyal, law-abiding citizens.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
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    This is so not true... what about Gandhi, and his fellow Indians?
     -- Anonymous     
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    Sounds like a Tea Bagger.
     -- Slinky     
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    " Popular Liberty " coined by the Roman revolt of the slaves. No wonder Lenin would use that term, seeing it was so close, to his homeland.
     -- Ronw13, USA     
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    "Popular Liberty?" No doubt Lenin meant by that comment the popular liberty of group thought and control through Mob Rule .. and not by any means the basic necessary liberty and sanctity of the Unalienable Rights of the Individual.
     -- Mary - MI     
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    Remember that  Lenin also said that liberty had to be rationed.
     -- Y A Stepanov, Pleasanton     
    The "A" from Reston  hahaha / lololol, all while shaking my lowered head. Even Lenin knew, only in a society of liberty is where you will find supporting well armed sovereign individuals. That is why Russians were denied guns, so they could be slaughtered by the millions and have any semblance of liberty denied to the enslaved people. The crazed mob mentality took defensive "toys" so that millions never had the chance to grow up.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     

    The weapon carrying fools only defend violence and delusion.

    Only the educated can be the true defenders of liberty. The educated informed formulas will lead to practical and realistic solutions.

     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
    Sillik, I have to agree with your first sentence as far as you went. The new Woke socialists infesting this land have perpetrated a sick, violent, delusional society of fools (such as all the mass shooting perpetrators of recent year). As to educated, who are the lying dog faced pony soldier's 17 Nobel Laureate economists that have brought about practical and realistic solutions to anything? OR ! ! ! why is Amerika getting less educated in/from the ecclesiastical seminaries (government schools) with IQ's dropping while emphasizing theocratic socialism's dogmas.

    Again, liberty is: “The power of acting as one thinks fit, without any restraint or control, except from the laws of nature.” (Bouvier’s Law Dictionary) Liberty is the “exemption from extraneous control.  The power of the will, in its moral freedom, to follow the dictates of its unrestricted choice, and to direct the external acts of the individual without restraint, coercion, or control from other persons.  Liberty is the right which nature gives to all mankind of disposing of their persons and property after the manner they judge most consistent with their happiness, on condition of their acting within the limits of the law of nature, and so as not to interfere with an equal exercise of the same rights by other men.” (Black’s Law Dictionary 1st ed.). Clarifying original fact, natural law intent, and de jure jurisprudence: “Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law,' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.” (Thomas Jefferson) “The Natural Liberty of Man is to be free from any Superior Power on Earth, and not to be under the Will or Legislative Authority of Man, but to have only the Law of Nature for his Rule.” (John Locke - second most quoted source for creation of the Constitution) “Personal liberty, or the Right to enjoyment of life and liberty, is one of the fundamental or natural Rights, which has been protected by its inclusion as a guarantee in the various constitutions, which is not derived from, or dependent on, the U.S. Constitution, which may not be submitted to a vote and may not depend on the outcome of an election. It is one of the most sacred and valuable Rights, as sacred as the Right to private property ⋯ and is regarded as inalienable.” (16 C.J.S., Constitutional Law, Sect.202, p.987). Liberty, under “the laws of nature and of nature’s God” (Declaration of Independence) – natural law, is the state of exercising all inalienable rights. “All men are created equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights, of which they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; among which are the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing the obtaining of happiness and safety.” (George Mason)

    From among academia's educated  who do you say are defending liberty? Did Lenin, one of your educated socialist gods defend liberty? 
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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