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Quote of the Day

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


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All that is necessary for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing.

— Edmund Burke

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The real freedom of any individual can always be measured by the amount of responsibility which he must assume for his own welfare and security.

— Robert Welch

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There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please.

And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences.

— P. J. O’Rourke

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Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished
from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to betray them.

— Joseph Story

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Government should allow persons to engage in whatever conduct they want to, no matter how deviant or abnormal it may be, so long as:

(a) they know what they are doing,
(b) they consent to it, and
(c) no one — at least no one other than the participants — is harmed by it.

— Hugo Adam Bedau

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The right to defy an unconstitutional statute is basic in our scheme. Even when an ordinance requires a permit to make a speech, to deliver a sermon, to picket, to parade, or to assemble, it need not be honored when it’s invalid on its face.

— Justice Potter Stewart

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Every man is, no doubt, by nature, first and principally recommended to his own care; and as he is fitter to take care of himself than of any other person, it is fit and right that it should be so.

— Adam Smith

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Did I say “republic?” By God, yes, I said “republic!”
Long live the glorious republic of the United States of America.
Damn democracy. It is a fraudulent term used,
often by ignorant persons but no less often by intellectual fakers,
to describe an infamous mixture of socialism, graft,
confiscation of property and denial of personal rights
to individuals whose virtuous principles make them offensive.

— Westbrook Pegler

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Government of the self was the original basis for republican government, reflecting the view that civil society was much more than politics. Society was made up of men and women who gave order to their lives by entering into associations on a voluntary basis, quite apart from government, for all the various reasons of fellowship, philanthrophy, faith and commerce. 

— Hans L. Eicholz