Friday, January 13, 2012

Liberty Quotes

"[T]here are, at bottom, basically two ways to order social affairs, Coercively, through the mechanisms of the state -- what we can call political society. And voluntarily, through the private interaction of individuals and associations -- what we can call civil society. ... In a civil society, you make the decision. In a political society, someone else does. ... Civil society is based on reason, eloquence, and persuasion, which is to say voluntarism. Political society, on the other hand, is based on force." -- Edward H. Crane Founder and president of the Cato Institute

"Resolve to serve no more, and you are at once freed." -- Étienne de la Boétie (1530-1563) French judge, writer, political philosopherÉétie.Quote.FDEA

"The only purpose for which power can rightfully be exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. ... Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign." -- John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) English philosopher and economist Source: On Liberty (1859)

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