Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Freedom for Thought

Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment be men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.
~Louis D. Brandeis

Many politicians of our time are in the habit of laying it down as a self-evident proposition, that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story, who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim. If men are to wait for liberty till they become wise and good in slavery, they may indeed wait forever.
~Thomas Babington Macaulay

1 comment:

  1. I saw a quote a few weeks ago that was along these lines, but can recall where I read it or who said it, but the gist was that oppression by a man with evil intent is easier to bear than oppression for one's own good.

    An evil man may tire or provide momentary relief when during times when he is pricked by his conscience, however, the benificent oppressor is compelled by conscience to continually deprive his subjects of their liberty.