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For the sake of domestic peace, liberalism aims at democratic government. Democracy is therefore not a revolutionary institution. On the contrary it is the very means of preventing revolution and civil wars. It provides a method for the peaceful adjustment of government to the will of the majority.

Ludwig von Mises Quotes

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The essence of democracy is not that everyone makes and administers laws but that lawgivers and rulers should be dependent on the people's will in such a way that they may be peaceably changed if conflict occurs.

Ludwig von Mises Quotes

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If the small minority of enlightened citizens who are able to conceive sound principles of political management do not succeed in winning the support of their fellow citizens and converting them to the endorsement of policies that bring and preserve prosperity, the cause of mankind and civilization is hopeless. There is no other means to safeguard a propitious development of human affairs than to make the masses of inferior people adopt the ideas of the elite. This has to be achieved by convincing them. It cannot be accomplished by a despotic regime that instead of enlightening the masses beats them into submission. In the long run the ideas of the majority, however detrimental they may be, will carry on. The future of mankind depends on the ability of the elite to influence public opinion in the right direction.

Ludwig von Mises Quotes

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I personally call the type of government which can be removed without violence 'democracy,' and the other, 'tyranny.'.

Karl Popper Quotes

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To include freedom in the very definition of democracy is to define a process not by its actual characteristics as a process but by its hoped for results. This is not only intellectually invalid, it is, in practical terms, blinding oneself in advance to some of the unwanted consequences of the process.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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To complain of lack of leadership is, in the field of political affairs, the characteristic attitude of all harbingers of dictatorship.

Ludwig von Mises Quotes

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I wonder how many of the people who profess to believe in the leveling ideas of collectivism and egalitarianism really just believe that they themselves are good for nothing. I mean, how many leftists are animated by a quite reasonable self-loathing? In their hearts they know that they are not going to become scholars or inventors or industrialists or even ordinary good kind people. So they need a way to achieve that smugness for which the left is so justifiably famous. They need a way to achieve self-esteem without merit. Well, there is politics. In an egalitarian world everything will be controlled by politics, and politics requires no merit.

P.J. O'Rourke Quotes

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The college idealists who fill the ranks of the environmental movement seem willing to do absolutely anything to save the biosphere, except take science courses and learn something about it.

P.J. O'Rourke Quotes

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Given that some social processes must convey inherent constraints, the choice is among various mixtures of persuasion, force, and cultural inducement. The less of one, the more of the others. The degree of freedom that is possible is therefore tied to the extent to which people respond to persuasion or inducement.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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The celebration of unbounded individualism means, beyond some point, the acceptance of force- either private (crime, riot, vigilanteism) or public (authoritarianism).

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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Freedom...refer[s] to a social relationship among people- namely, the absence of force as a prospective instrument of decision making. Freedom is reduced whenever a decision is made under threat of force, whether or not force actually materializes or is evident in retrospect.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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Force is the antithesis of freedom, but force must be used, if only to defend against other force.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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Habit is the denial of creativity and the negation of freedom; a self-imposed straitjacket of which the wearer is unaware.

Arthur Koestler Quotes

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...regrettable as it may seem to the idealist, the experience of history provides little warrant for the belief that real progress, and the freedom that makes progress possible, lies in unification. For where unification has been able to establish unity of ideas it has usually ended in uniformity, paralysing the growth of new ideas. And where the unification has merely brought about an artificial or imposed unity, its irksomeness has led through discord to disruption.Vitality springs from diversity- which makes for real progress so long as there is mutual toleration, based on the recognition that worse may come from an attempt to suppress differences than from acceptance of them. For this reason, the kind of peace that makes progress possible is best assured by the mutual checks created by a balance of forces- alike in the sphere of internal politics and of international relations.

B.h. Liddell Hart Quotes

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Against nature and within nature there is no freedom.

Ludwig von Mises Quotes

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The first thing a genius needs is to breath free air.

Ludwig von Mises Quotes

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Rousseau had it backwards. We are NOT born free. We are born in the chains of the random and the reflexive, and are ignorant and unreasonable by simple nature. We must learn to be free, to organize the random and detect the reflexive, to acquire the knowledge of particulars and the powers of reason. The examined life is impossible if we cannot examine, order, classify, define, distinguish, always in minute particulars.

Richard Mitchell Quotes

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Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.

Dwight D Eisenhower Quotes

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The right to be heard does not autmatically include the right to be taken seriously.

Hubert Humphrey Quotes

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I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."N. B.: This quote is commonly attributed to Voltaire, but it is not found in his writing. - The Friends of Voltaire.

S. G. Tallentyre Quotes

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Tourists are terrorists with cameras. Terrorists are tourists with guns.

Anonymous Quotes

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For target shooting, that's okay. Get a license and go to the range. For defense of the home, that's why we have police departments.

James Brady Quotes

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Expecting a carjacker or rapist or drug pusher to care that his possession or use of a gun is unlawful is like expecting a terrorist to care that his car bomb is taking up two parking spaces. - "Usenet posting in talk.politics.guns".

Joseph T. Chew Quotes

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An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. - Beyond the Horizon, 1942.

Robert A. Heinlein Quotes

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I realize that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone. - Last words, October 12, 1915.

Edith Cavell Quotes

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