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On Justice, Power and Individual
Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the
comprehension of the weak; and that it is doing God's service when it is
violating all his laws.
preservation of government depends on the faithful discharge of this Duty; if
the citizens neglect their Duty and place unprincipled men in office, the
government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made, not for the public good
so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be
appointed to execute the Laws; the public revenues will be squandered on
unworthy men; and the rights of the citizen will be violated or
If you are neutral in situations
of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.
Bishop Desmond Tutu
Yes, we did produce a near-perfect Republic. But will they keep it? Or will
they, in the enjoyment of plenty, lose the memory of freedom? Material
abundance without character is the path of destruction.
Thomas Jefferson (from correspondence to Samuel Adams)
The enjoyment of power inevitably corrupts the judgment of reason...
I do not hesitate one second to state clearly and
unmistakably: I belong to the American resistance movement which fights
against American imperialism, just as the resistance movement fought against
The civilized have created the wretched, quite coldly and deliberately, and
do not intend to change the status quo; are responsible for their slaughter
and enslavement; rain down bombs on defenseless children whenever and wherever
they decide that their 'vital interests' are menaced, and think nothing of
torturing a man to death: these people are not to be taken seriously when they
speak of the 'sanctity' of human life, or the 'conscience' of the civilized
James Baldwin ( The Devil Finds Work, Ch. 1, 1976
Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from
the subjects of government. The history of liberty is the history of
resistance. The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of
governmental power, not the increase of it.
up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die
ability and inclination to use physical strength is no indication of bravery
or tenacity to life. The greatest cowards are often the greatest bullies.
Nothing is cheaper and more common than physical bravery.
A free press is not a privilege but an organic necessity in a great
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