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Quote of the Day

The Nazis are well remembered for murdering well over 11 million people in the implementation of their slogan, ‘The public good before the private good,’the Chinese Communists for murdering 62 million people in the implementation of theirs, ‘Serve the people,’ and the Soviet Communists for murdering more than 60 million people in the implementation of Karl Marx’s slogan, ‘from each according to his ability, to each according to his need.’  Anyone who defends any of these, or any variation of them, on the grounds of their ‘good intentions’ is an immoral (NOT ‘amoral’) enabler of the ACTUAL (not just the proverbial) road to hell.


— Rick Gaber

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Force, governmental coercion, is the instrument by which the ethics of altruism — the belief that the individual exists to serve others — is translated into political reality.

— Nathaniel Branden

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Books won’t stay banned.
They won’t burn.
Ideas won’t go to jail.
In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost.
The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas.
The source of better ideas is wisdom.

— A. Whitney Griswold

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Education is not to reform students or amuse them or to make them expert technicians. It is to unsettle their minds, widen their horizons, inflame their intellects, teach them to think straight, if possible.

— Robert M. Hutchins

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Of all the animosities which have existed among mankind, those which are caused by difference of sentiments in religion appear to be the most inveterate and distressing, and ought most to be deprecated.

— George Washington

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Those who created this country chose freedom. With all of its dangers. And do
you know the riskiest part of that choice they made? They actually believed
that we could be trusted to make up our own minds in the whirl of differing
ideas. That we could be trusted to remain free, even when there were very, very
seductive voices – taking advantage of our freedom of speech – who were trying
to turn this country into the kind of place where the government could tell you
what you can and cannot do.

— Nat Hentoff

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Contemporary “liberals” increasingly think and talk like a class of self-satisfied commissars enforcing a comprehensive, uniformly secular vision of the human good. The idea that someone, somewhere might devote her life to an alternative vision of the good — one that clashes in some respects with “liberalism’s” moral creed — is increasingly intolerable. That is a betrayal of what’s best in the liberal tradition.

— Damon Linker

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Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise.
Seek what they sought.

— Matsuo Basho

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…So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so;
for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men.

— Voltaire

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One of the sad signs of our times is that
we have demonized those who produce,
subsidized those who refuse to produce,
and canonized those who complain.

— Thomas Sowell