2021 January 15
"Do not hold the delusion that your advancement
is accomplished by crushing others."
"The liberty of the individual
is the greatest thing of all,
it is on this and this alone that
the true will of the people can develop."
"For the first time in history, the rational and the good are fully armed in the battle against evil. Here we finally find the answer to our paradox; now we can understand the nature of the social power held by evil. Ultimately, the evil, the irrational, truly has no power. The evil men’s control of morality is transient; it lives on borrowed time made possible only by the errors of the good. In time, as more honest men grasp the truth, evil’s stranglehold will be easily broken."
2021 January 14
"The power of authority is never more subtle and effective
than when it produces a psychological "atmosphere" or "climate"
favorable to the life of certain modes of belief, unfavorable,
and even fatal, to the life of others."
"Politics must be the battle of the principles...
the principle of liberty against the principle of force."
"It's never more important to move slowly and carefully before granting the state new powers than in the wake of tragedies."
2021 January 13
"Now those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do
what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce
their own version of heaven on earth, and let me remind you they are
the very ones who always create the most hellish tyranny."
"It is the growing custom to narrow control,
concentrate power, disregard and disfranchise the public;
and assuming that certain powers by divine right
of money-raising or by sheer assumption,
have the power to do as they think best
without consulting the wisdom of mankind."
"...above this race of men stands an immense and tutelary power, which takes upon itself alone to secure their gratifications, and to watch over their fate. That power is absolute, minute, regular, provident, and mild. It would be like the authority of a parent, if, like that authority, its object was to prepare them for manhood; but it seeks, on the contrary, to keep them in perpetual childhood..."
2021 January 12
"An unconditional right to say what one pleases about public affairs
is what I consider to be the minimum guarantee of the First Amendment."
"No matter how noble the original intentions,
the seductions of power can turn any movement
from one seeking equal rights
to one that would deny them to others."
"Since when have we Americans been expected to bow submissively
to authority and speak with awe and reverence to those who represent us?"
2021 January 11
"All forms of tampering with human beings, getting at them,
shaping them against their will to your own pattern,
all thought control and conditioning is, therefore,
a denial of that in men which makes them men and their values ultimate."
"The ultimate decision about
what is accepted as right and wrong
will be made not by individual human wisdom
but by the disappearance of the groups
that have adhered to the 'wrong' beliefs."
"Political tags -- such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth -- are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire."