Everything secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity.
more Lord Acton quotes
Nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people. When the people give way, their deceivers, betrayers, and destroyers press upon them so fast, that there is no resisting afterwards. The nature of the encroachment upon the American constitution is such, as to grow every day more and more encroaching. Like a cancer, it eats faster and faster every hour. The revenue creates pensioners, and the pensioners urge for more revenue. The people grow less steady, spirited, and virtuous, the seekers more numerous and more corrupt, and every day increases the circles of their dependents and expectants, until virtue, integrity, public spirit, simplicity, and frugality, become the objects of ridicule and scorn, and vanity, luxury, foppery, selfishness, meanness, and downright venality swallow up the whole society.
more John Adams quotes
How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!
more Samuel Adams quotes
Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
more Aesop quotes
Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
more Aesop quotes
Self-conceit may lead to self-destruction.
more Aesop quotes
Appearances often are deceiving.
more Aesop quotes
By the time the (16th) Amendment had been approved by the states, the Rockefeller Foundation was in full operation...about the same time that Judge Kenesaw Landis was ordering the breakup of the Standard Oil monopoly...John D...not only avoided taxes by creating four great tax-exempt foundations; he used them as repositories for his 'divested' interests...made his assets non-taxable so that they might be passed down through generations without...estate and gift taxes...Each year the Rockefellers can dump up to half their incomes into their pet foundations and deduct the "donations" from their income tax.
more Gary Allen quotes
We trained hard, but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams, we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization.
more Gaius Petronius Arbiter quotes
The moment we no longer have a free press, anything can happen. What makes it possible for a totalitarian or any other dictatorship to rule is that people are not informed; how can you have an opinion if you are not informed? If everybody always lies to you, the consequence is not that you believe the lies, but rather that nobody believes anything any longer. This is because lies, by their very nature, have to be changed, and a lying government has constantly to rewrite its own history. On the receiving end you get not only one lie -- a lie which you could go on for the rest of your days -- but you get a great number of lies, depending on how the political wind blows. And a people that no longer can believe anything cannot make up its mind. It is deprived not only of its capacity to act but also of its capacity to think and to judge. And with such a people you can then do what you please.
more Hannah Arendt quotes
A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious.
more Aristotle quotes
Believe me, it is not failing to speak out with promptitude and energy that is the matter with you; it is having nothing consistent or valuable to say.
more Matthew Arnold quotes
It is a part of the function of “law” to give recognition to ideas representing the exact opposite of established conduct. Most of the complications arise from the necessity of pretending to do one thing, while actually doing another.
more Thurman Arnold quotes
The man who fears no truths has nothing to fear from lies.
more Sir Francis Bacon quotes
Character assassination is at once easier and surer than physical assault; and it involves far less risk for the assassin. It leaves him free to commit the same deed over and over again, and may, indeed, win him the honors of a hero in the country of his victims.
more Alan Barth quotes
The devil’s best trick is to persuade you that he doesn’t exist!
more Charles Baudelaire quotes
In a recent conversation with an official at the Internal Revenue Service, I was amazed when he told me that 'If the taxpayers of this country ever discover that the IRS operates on 90% bluff the entire system will collapse' .
more Henry Bellmon quotes
Perhaps the most obvious political effect of controlled news is the advantage it gives powerful people in getting their issues on the political agenda and defining those issues in ways likely to influence their resolution.
more W. Lance Bennett quotes
Justice in the hands of the powerful is merely a governing system like any other. Why call it justice? Let us rather call it injustice, but of a sly effective order, based entirely on cruel knowledge of the resistance of the weak, their capacity for pain, humiliation and misery.
more Georges Bernanos quotes
The first sign of corruption in a society that is still alive is that the end justifies the means.
more Georges Bernanos quotes
The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.
more Edward Bernays quotes
No Gulag, evidently, can deter the advocates of state power from believing in their own virtue and in the morality of the power they exercise. We are all Hobbesians now. Virtue is presumed to reside in the state. Its reliance on compulsion is seen as fulfilling, not undermining, morality. Our communicators, oddly employed in the private sector, work tirelessly to ensure that state control is maintained, our taxes stay high, the official message is promoted. The people know, and can only know, a tiny fraction of what Leviathan does, and what they know is what these partisans tell them.
more Tom Bethel quotes
Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so.
more Albert J. Beveridge quotes
An election is nothing more than the advanced auction of stolen goods.
more Ambrose Bierce quotes
Diplomacy: The patriotic art of lying for one's country.
more Ambrose Bierce quotes
The hardest tumble a man can make is to fall over his own bluff.
more Ambrose Bierce quotes
What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS.
more Ed Biersmith quotes
The Press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of the government and inform the people. Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government. And paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people.
more Justice Hugo L. Black quotes
More! More! is the cry of a mistaken soul.
more William Blake quotes
Among those who dislike oppression are many who like to oppress.
more Napoleon Bonaparte quotes
A functioning police state needs no police.
more William Borroughs quotes
A world of unseen dictatorship is conceivable, still using the forms of democratic government.
more Kenneth Boulding quotes
For those looking for security, be forewarned that there's nothing more insecure than a political promise.
more Harry Browne quotes
It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people.
more Giordano Bruno quotes
No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.
more Edmund Burke quotes
The great inlet by which a colour for oppression has entered into the world is by one man's pretending to determine concerning the happiness of another.
more Edmund Burke quotes
We've had no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved with the September 11th.
more George W. Bush quotes
War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses.
more Major General Smedley Darlington Butler quotes
I wouldn't go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the bankers. There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket.
more Major General Smedley Darlington Butler quotes
I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else. If a nation comes over here to fight, then we'll fight. The trouble with America is that when the dollar only earns 6 percent over here, then it gets restless and goes overseas to get 100 percent. Then the flag follows the dollar and the soldiers follow the flag.
more Major General Smedley Darlington Butler quotes
An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought.
more Simon Cameron quotes
Weak eyes are fondest of glittering objects.
more Thomas Carlyle quotes
Considering that senior officials at the Internal Revenue Service are fully aware of the fact that there is no law currently in existence making a U.S. citizen liable for or required to pay either the income tax or the social security employment tax, only a truly generous citizen would, upon discovering this, continue to voluntarily donate these taxes to the government by allowing them to be withheld from his paycheck on a 100% voluntary W-4 withholding agreement. But, then again, the IRS would be dead in the water without the "voluntary (and docile) compliance" of employers and employees and has said so all along.
more William Cash quotes
The worst tyrants are those which establish themselves in our own breasts.
more William Ellery Channing quotes
The legal tender quality [of money] is only valuable for the purposes of dishonesty.
more Justice Salmon Chase quotes
Arbitrary power has seldom... been introduced in any country at once. It must be introduced by slow degrees, and as it were step by step.
more Lord Chesterfield quotes
Correctitude implies nowadays a formal or fastidious use of words; and what is wanted is not so much the correct as the living use of words. It is the memory of the meaning of a word which is the life of the word.
more Gilbert Keith Chesterton quotes
The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.
more Noam Chomsky quotes
In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.
more Sir Winston Churchill quotes
In finance, everything that is agreeable is unsound.
more Winston Churchill quotes
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