2020 March 20
"Do we desire to be cradled, and then carried throughout life
to our graves by this partisan propelled bureaucratic monstrosity? ...
as individuals of sovereign dignity, are we now so terrified,
bewildered, and impotent that our main purpose is to seek asylum from
the potential hazards of freedom? Have we no faith in our natural
strengths and abilities?"
"The great masses of the people ...
will more easily fall victims
to a big lie than
to a small one."
"Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by one
who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel."
2020 March 19
"Times of tragedy and war naturally bring out strong emotions... Sometimes people are only too anxious to sacrifice their constitutional liberties during a crisis, hoping to gain some measure of security. Yet nothing would please terrorists more than if we willingly gave up our cherished liberties because of their actions."
"The people never give up their liberties, but under some delusion."
"19 terrorists in 6 weeks have been able to command 300 million North Americans to do away with the entirety of their civil liberties that took 700 years to advance from the Magna Carta onward. The terrorists have already won the political and ideological war with one terrorist act. It is mindboggling that we are that weak as a society."
2020 March 18
"Whatever the individual motives of the censors may be, censorship is a form of social control. It is a means of holding a society together, of arresting the flux which censors fear. And since the fear cannot be appeased, the demands for censorship mount in volume and intensity. And one form of censorship can easily lead to other forms."
"The governments of the great States have two instruments for keeping the people dependent, in fear and obedience: a coarser, the army; and a more refined, the school."
"The greatest of all infidelities is the fear that the truth will be bad."
2020 March 17
"Fear is the foundation of most governments;
but it is so sordid and brutal a passion,
and renders men in whose breasts it predominates
so stupid and miserable, that Americans will not be
likely to approve of any political institution which is founded on it."
"No passion so effectually robs the mind
of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear."
"Courage is the first of human qualities
because it is the quality
which guarantees all others."
2020 March 16
"Safety from external danger is the most powerful director of national conduct."
"The ultimate aim of government is not to rule, or restrain, by fear, nor to exact obedience, but contrariwise, to free every man from fear, that he may live in all possible security; in other words, to strengthen his natural right to exist and work without injury to himself or others. No, the object of government is not to change men from rational beings into beasts or puppets, but to enable them to develope their minds and bodies in security, and to employ their reason unshackled; neither showing hatred, anger, or deceit, nor watched with the eyes of jealousy and injustice. In fact, the true aim of government is liberty."
"Worse than war is the very fear of war."