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On Tyranny

 

1. War is just one more big government program.

-Joseph Sobran

 

2. War is the health of the State.

-Randolph Bourne (1917)

 

3. There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for you.

-Robert A. Heinlein

 

4. To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical.

-Thomas Jefferson

 

5. Good intentions will always be pleaded for any assumption of power. The Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.

-Daniel Webster

 

6. The evils of tyranny are rarely seen but by him who resists it.

-John Hay (1872)

 

7. When the government’s boot is on your throat, whether it is a left boot or a right boot is of no consequence.

-Gary Lloyd

 

8. The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.

-H.L. Mencken

 

9. Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber barons cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

-C. S. Lewis

 

10. When important issues affecting the life of an individual are decided by somebody else, it makes no difference to the individual whether that somebody else is a king, a dictator, or society at large.

-James Taggart

 

11. First they came for the Jews, but I did nothing because I am not a Jew. Then they came for the socialists, but I did nothing because I am not a socialist. Then they came for the Catholics, but I did nothing because I am not a Catholic. Finally, they came for me, but by then there was no one left to help me.

-Pastor Niemoller (1946)

 

12. Tyranny is always better organized than freedom.

-Charles Pe guy

 

13. The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence.

-John Adams

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