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On Democracy



O liberty! O liberty! What crimes are committed in thy name!

-- Madame Jeanne-Marie Roland


Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like the evil spirits at the dawn of day.

-- Thomas Jefferson, letter to Pierre S. du Pont de Nemours, 24 April 1816


Fortunately, many people would prefer to live a simple life in a good society than a life of riches and power in a horrible society.

-- Randy Schutt, Inciting Democracy


Since when do you have to agree with people to defend them from injustice?

--Lillian Hellman  


For in a Republic, who is 'the country?' Is it the Government which is for the

moment in the saddle? Why, the Government is merely a servant -- merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn't. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them.

-- Mark Twain


It is never right to do wrong or to requite wrong with wrong, or when we suffer evil to defend ourselves by doing evil in return.

-- Socrates 469 - 399 BC


And reason...teaches all mankind who will but consult it, that being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or


--John Locke


Of all forms of tyranny the least attractive and the most vulgar is the tyranny of mere wealth, the tyranny of plutocracy.

-- J.P. Morgan


Posted  May 27, 2009

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