Wednesday, December 24, 2008
The two notions — one to regulate things by a committee of control, and the other to let things regulate themselves by the conflict of interests between free men — are diametrically opposed; and the former is corrupting to free institutions, because men who are taught to expect Government inspectors to come and take care of them lose all true education in liberty.
— William Graham Sumner, What Social Classes Owe to Each Other Wednesday, December 10, 2008 (from the Future of Freedom Foundation)
Monday, December 15, 2008
If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no recourse left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government, and which against the usurpations of the national rulers may be exerted with infinitely better prospect of success than against those of the rulers of an individual State. In a single State, if the persons entrusted with supreme power become usurpers, the different parcels, subdivisions, or districts of which it consists, having no distinct government in each, can take no regular measures for defense. The citizens must rush tumultuously to arms, without concert, without system, without resource; except in their courage and despair.
— Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 29 [January 9. 1788] (from the Future of Freedom Foundation)
Monday, December 20, 2008
The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.
-- George Washington (from Freedom Watch)
Friday, December 26, 2008
Some great quotes
Some great quotes: