"No, Freedom has a thousand charms to show
That slaves, howe'er contented, never know."
William Cowper
(1731-1800) English poet, hymnodist
Table Talk (l. 260)
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The sole function of Lincoln's legal tender acts was/is to take labor and property without payment. Lincoln's contemporary, Horace Greeley said Lincoln's money system was "no less cruel that the old system of chatel slavery." In spite of endless reports of government spending money, no one wrill accept my offer of 100 pounds of money for just describing the money that our misleaders spend. WHY should they spend money when all of us will risk our lives and even die for mere strips of paper that have not even promised payment since 1963?
 -- Dave Wilber, St. Louis     
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    And the most ignorant are the slaves that are happy and contented with a false belief that their master(s) will save them from the further distress that is coming, never even crossing their minds that their master(s) are the actual cause of their distress.
     -- Anon     
    This describes today's "progressives" very well. Both the Republican and Democrat kind seem to believe that the answer to all problems lies in more government. So rooted in "Stockholm syndrome" are they that they can't see the simple view that government is and always was the root of all the problems they claim to solve. Limited government is the answer. Time to put them back on a very short leash.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    The happiest slaves are those that have redefined their chains as comfortable robes (compelled compliance = necessity; license = order; victimless crimes / punishment of the innocent = required circus entertainment; larceny with impunity = debt / notes implanted for money; allodial = out of masters control; personal responsibility = horror; the master's bonded chattel = taxes, etc.) . "None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free." (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    This is so apropos of today's masses who are slave to the media and corporate America. Their Freedom is held on their shirt sleeves and excuses for war.
     -- RBESRQ     
     -- Waffler, Smith      
    Indeed. Tell that to the collectivists who think that the individual (self) cannot be trusted with liberty -- that freedom, somehow, is 'selfish' and 'tyrannical' while mob rule's base desires should prevail. Great quote.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    This is exactly right.
     -- Elisabeth, Astoria, NY     
    I believe a wise latina woman could come to a better conclusion than a white male.
     -- S. Sotomayor, Washington     
     -- Wayne, Naples      
    Is history still taught in school?
     -- aa, hb     
     -- Ronw13, ID      
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