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[Quote No.41682] Need Area: Friends > General
"Socialism only works in two places: Heaven where they don't need it, and hell where they already have it." - Ronald Reagan
US President
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[Quote No.41683] Need Area: Friends > General
"How do you tell a communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin." - Ronald Reagan
US President
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[Quote No.41684] Need Area: Friends > General
"At the end of a century that has seen the evils of communism, Nazism and other modern tyrannies, the impulse to centralize power remains amazingly persistent." - Joseph Sobran
(1946 – 2010), American journalist and writer.
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[Quote No.41686] Need Area: Friends > General
"The scientific approach uncovers, that Communism does not eliminate the inequality between men, the social injustice, exploitation of man by man and other evils of society – communism merely changes their form and gives birth to new evils, which become eternal fellow-travelers of communism." - Aleksandr Zinovyev
(1922 – 2006), prominent Russian logician and dissident writer of social critique.
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[Quote No.41687] Need Area: Friends > General
"Today the primary threat to the liberties of the American people comes not from communism, foreign tyrants or dictators. It comes from the tendency on our own shores to centralize power, to trust bureaucracies rather than people." - George H. Allen

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[Quote No.41688] Need Area: Friends > General
"[All that is required for evil to triumph is for good men and women to do nothing:] In Germany, [the Nazis] first came for the Communists, and I did not speak up, because I was not a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak up, because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak up, because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I did not speak up, because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me – and by that time no one was left to speak up." - Martin Niemoller

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[Quote No.41689] Need Area: Friends > General
"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery." - Winston Churchill
British Prime Minister during World War II.
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[Quote No.41690] Need Area: Friends > General
"I've always doubted that the socialists had a leg to stand on intellectually. They have improved their argument somehow, but once you begin to understand that prices are an instrument of communication and guidance which embody more information than we directly have, the whole idea that you can bring about the same order based on the division of labor by simple direction falls to the ground. Similarly, the idea [that] you can arrange for distributions of incomes which correspond to some conception of merit or need. If you need prices, including the prices of labor, to direct people to go where they are needed, you cannot have another distribution except the one from the market principle. I think that intellectually there is just nothing left of socialism." - F. A. Hayek
Famous economist. Quote from an interview by Thomas W. Hazlett, in May of 1977, as published in 'The Road to Serfdom, Forseeing the Fall', in 'Reason' magazine, July 1992.
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[Quote No.41691] Need Area: Friends > General
"The historical experience of socialist countries has sadly demonstrated that collectivism does not do away with alienation but rather increases it, adding to it a lack of basic necessities and economic inefficiency." - Pope John Paul II
'Centesimus Annus', 1991.
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[Quote No.41692] Need Area: Friends > General
"It is the common error of Socialists to overlook the natural indolence of mankind; their tendency to be passive, to be the slaves of habit, to persist indefinitely in a course once chosen. Let them once attain any state of existence which they consider tolerable, and the danger to be apprehended is that they will thenceforth stagnate; will not exert themselves to improve, and by letting their faculties rust, will lose even the energy required to preserve them from deterioration. Competition may not be the best conceivable stimulus, but it is at present a necessary one, and no one can foresee the time when it will not be indispensable to progress." - John Stuart Mill
Famous philosopher. Quote from his book, 'The Principles of Political Economy', Book IV, Chapter 7.
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[Quote No.41693] Need Area: Friends > General
"In the strictly Marxist sense, there is not even in Soviet Russia a state socialism but a state capitalism. According to Marx, the social condition "capitalism" does not consist in the existence of individual capitalists, but in the existence of the specific "capitalist mode of production", that is, in the production of exchange values instead of use values, in wage work of the masses and in the production of surplus value, which is appropriated by the state or the private owners, and not by the society of working people. In this strictly Marxist sense, the capitalistic system continues to exist in Russia. And it will continue to exist as long as the masses of people continue to lack responsibility and to crave authority." - Wilhelm Reich
Quote from his 'Introduction' to the third edition of 'The Mass Psychology of Fascism', 1945.
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[Quote No.41694] Need Area: Friends > General
"It is not the truth of Marxism [socialism-communism] that explains the willingness of intellectuals to believe it, but the power that it confers on intellectuals, in their attempts to control the world. And since, as Swift says, it is futile to reason someone out of a thing that he was not reasoned into, we can conclude that Marxism owes its remarkable power to survive every criticism to the fact that it is not a truth-directed but a power-directed system of thought." - Roger Scruton
Quote from 'Political Philosophy : Arguments for Conservatism', 2006.
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[Quote No.41695] Need Area: Friends > General
"As we know, socialism is calculational chaos. Rational appraisement and allocation are eternally elusive. It is a gigantic negative-sum game in which each player quickly grabs a piece of the pie, and all the while the pie shrinks before the players' eyes. The welfare/warfare state, the interventionist state, is no improvement. Each intervention begets yet another. Bureaucracy is the only 'industry' guaranteed to experience growth. Each new regulation taxes the private sector, relentlessly shifting resources out of the hands of the productive, and into the hands of the unproductive. Capitalism is the only positive-sum game in town." - Larry J. Sechrest
Quote from 'The Anti-Capitalists : Barbarians at the Gate', Ludwig von Mises Memorial Lecture at the Austrian Scholars Conference in Auburn, Alabama, 15 March 2008.
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[Quote No.41696] Need Area: Friends > General
"...socialism is a mindset that regards the individual — and his rights — as insignificant, compared to whatever the socialist believes the group needs, [so] terrible, terrible things happen when socialists acquire power." - L. Neil Smith
Quote from 'Cambodian Road Trip', 15 March 2009.
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[Quote No.41697] Need Area: Friends > General
"Socialists cry 'Power to the people', and raise the clenched fist as they say it. We all know what they really mean — power over people, power to the State." - Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister from 1979-90. Quote from a speech to the Conservative Central Council, 15 March, 1986.
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[Quote No.41698] Need Area: Friends > General
"As for me, I am deeply a democrat; this is why I am in no way a socialist. Democracy and socialism cannot go together. You can't have it both ways... socialism is a new form of slavery [where individuals are state slaves]." - Alexis de Tocqueville
Quote from 'Notes for a Speech on Socialism', 1848.
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[Quote No.41709] Need Area: Friends > General
"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty, than those attending too small a degree of it." - Thomas Jefferson
To Archibald Stuart, Philadelphia, 23 December 1791.
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[Quote No.41731] Need Area: Friends > General
"This I believe: That the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual." - John Steinbeck
(1902 - 1968), American novelist, writer and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature for 1962.
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[Quote No.41732] Need Area: Friends > General
"Even as religion binds people together it also often [unfortunately and regretably] alienates people. [Therefore the need to create an atmosphere of tolerance and religious freedom that allows each individual to make up their own mind without discrimination or prejudice.]" - Joe Barnhart

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[Quote No.41733] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Freedom of speech, press, political petition, assembly and religion is protected by the US Constitution's First Amendment:] The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution is part of the Bill of Rights. The amendment prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances." - wikipedia.com
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution ]
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[Quote No.41734] Need Area: Friends > General
"Freedom of religion is [also the equal right to not believe in any religion, or in other words] freedom from religion." - Bill Bias

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[Quote No.41735] Need Area: Friends > General
"I am for freedom of religion and against all maneuvers to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another." - Thomas Jefferson
(1762 - 1826), author of the US Declaration of Independence and the third US President (1801-09).
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[Quote No.41737] Need Area: Friends > General
"Freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of person under the protection of the habeas corpus; and trial by juries impartially selected, - these principles form the bright constellation which has gone before us." - Thomas Jefferson
(1762 - 1826), Author of the Declaration of Independence and the third US President (1801-09).
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[Quote No.41738] Need Area: Friends > General
"Without general elections, without unrestricted freedom of press and assembly, without a free struggle of opinion, life dies out in every public institution, becomes a mere semblance of life, in which only the bureaucracy remains as the active element. Public life gradually falls asleep, a few dozen party leaders of inexhaustible energy and boundless experience direct and rule. Such conditions must inevitably cause a brutalization of public life: attempted assassinations, shootings of hostages, etc." - Rosa Luxemburg

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[Quote No.41739] Need Area: Friends > General
"[While many have contributed to the development of freedom within societies, when others choose to use force, in the form of war, rather than persuasion, in the form of diplomacy and discussion, to change them, we are forced to remember the sad truth that 'Freedom is not free' and ultimately...] It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the agitator, who has given us the freedom to protest. It is the soldier who salutes the flag, serves beneath the flag, whose coffin is draped by the flag, who gives that protester the freedom to abuse and burn that flag." - Zell Miller

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[Quote No.41742] Need Area: Friends > General
"What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly - that is the first law of nature." - Voltaire

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[Quote No.41743] Need Area: Friends > General
"Freedom of religion is a principle that supports the freedom of an individual or community, in public or private, to manifest religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship, and observance; the concept is generally recognized also to include the freedom to change religion or not to follow any religion. The freedom to leave or discontinue membership in a religion or religious group — in religious terms called 'apostasy' — is also a fundamental part of religious freedom, covered by Article 18 of the 'Universal Declaration of Human Rights', and by the First Amendment to the 'Constitution of the United States'. Freedom of religion is considered by many people and nations to be a fundamental human right. In a country with a state religion, freedom of religion is generally considered to mean that the government permits religious practices of other sects besides the state religion, and does not persecute believers in other faiths." - wikiquote.org
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[Quote No.41744] Need Area: Friends > General
"Discrimination against the holder of one faith means retaliatory discrimination against men [and women] of other faiths. The inevitable result of entering upon such a practice would be an abandonment of our real freedom of conscience and a reversion to the dreadful conditions of religious dissension which in so many lands have proved fatal to true liberty, to true religion, and to all advance in civilization. " - Theodore Roosevelt
(1858 – 1919), 26th President of the United States of America (1901–1909). Quote from a letter to Mr. J.C. Martin concerning religion and politics, November 6, 1908.
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[Quote No.41745] Need Area: Friends > General
"[T]he effect of the religious freedom Amendment [I] to our [US] Constitution was to take every form of propagation of religion out of the realm of things which could directly or indirectly be made public business, and thereby be supported in whole or in part at taxpayers' expense. That is a difference which the Constitution sets up between religion and almost every other subject matter of legislation, a difference which goes to the very root of religious freedom... This freedom was first in the Bill of Rights because it was first in the forefathers' minds; it was set forth in absolute terms, and its strength is its rigidity. It was intended not only to keep the states' hands out of religion, but to keep religion's hands off the state, and, above all, to keep bitter religious controversy out of public life by denying to every denomination any advantage from getting control of public policy or the public purse." - Robert H. Jackson
Everson v. Board of Education of Ewing Township, 330 U.S. 1 (1947) (dissenting).
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[Quote No.41746] Need Area: Friends > General
"The day that this country [US] ceases to be free for irreligion it will cease to be free for religion - except for the sect that can win political power." - Robert H. Jackson
Zorach v. Clauson, 343 U.S. 306, 325 (1952) (dissenting).
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[Quote No.41747] Need Area: Friends > General
"A genuinely democratic society requires a secular ethos [including religious freedom and tolerance]: one that does not equate morality with religion, stigmatize atheists, defer to religious interests and aims over others or make religious belief an informal qualification for public office. Of course, secularism in the latter sense is not mandated by the First Amendment. It's a matter of sensibility, not law... it's as crucial to defend secular culture as to preserve secular law. And in fact the two projects are inseparable: When religion defines morality, the wall between church and state comes to be seen as immoral. " - Ellen Willis
'Freedom from Religion', in 'The Nation', February 19, 2001.
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[Quote No.41759] Need Area: Friends > General
"...recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world..." - United Nations
United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights - Preamble.
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[Quote No.41760] Need Area: Friends > General
"Individual [unalienable human] rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual)." - Ayn Rand
Philosopher. From her book, 'The Virtue of Selfishness: Individual Rights'. [http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/individual_rights.html ] Retrieved 2009-12-18.
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[Quote No.41761] Need Area: Friends > General
"Equality of opportunity is to be contrasted with equality of outcome. While advocacy of the latter has been traditionally associated with a left-wing political philosophy, the former has been championed by conservative political philosophy. Equality of outcome fails to hold individuals responsible for imprudent actions that may, absent redress, reduce the values of the outcomes they enjoy, or for wise actions that would raise the value of the outcomes above the levels of others’. Equality of opportunity, in contrast, ‘levels the playing field,’ so that all have the potential to achieve the same outcomes; whether or not, in the event, they do, depends upon individual choice." - John E. Roemer
Quote from 'Roemer on equality of opportunity', in the 'New Economist', December 14, 2005. [http://neweconomist.blogs.com/new_economist/2005/12/roemer_on_equal.html.] Retrieved 2009-12-21.
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[Quote No.41762] Need Area: Friends > General
"All [unalienable human] rights are essentially property rights [that is they are derived from each individual owning themselves]." - Hillel Steiner
Canadian political theorist and Emeritus Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Manchester. Quote from his 'An Essay on Rights', Oxford, Blackwell, published 1994.
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[Quote No.41765] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Human] Rights are themselves property, things we own!" - Joel Feinberg
(1926 - 2004), American political and social philosopher. He is known for his work in the fields of ethics, action theory, philosophy of law, and political philosophy as well as individual rights and the authority of the state. He helped shape the American legal landscape. Quote from his book, \'Social Philosophy\', Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, published 1973.
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[Quote No.41766] Need Area: Friends > General
"When we call anything a person's right, we mean that he has a valid claim on society to protect him in the possession of it, either by the force of law, or by that of education and opinion... To have a right, then, is, I conceive, to have something which society ought to defend me in the possession of." - John Stuart Mill
Famous philosopher. Quote from his book, 'Utilitarianism', first published 1861.
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"Critiques of [Human] Rights Doctrine: [The originator of socialism-communism, Karl] Marx attacked the substance of the revolutionary eighteenth century American and French political documents that proclaimed the fundamental [unalienable human] 'rights of man': liberty, equality, security, property, and the free exercise of religion. Marx objected that these alleged rights derive from a false conception of the human individual as unrelated to others, as having interests can be defined without reference to others, and as always potentially in conflict with others. The rights-bearing individual is an 'isolated monad... withdrawn behind his private interests and whims and separated from the community.' (Karl Marx, 'On the Jewish Question', 1844; p146 in the reprint in Waldron, J., (ed.), 'Nonsense Upon Stilts: Bentham, Burke, and Marx on the Rights of Man', London: Methuen, 1987, pp. 137–50.) The right of property, Marx asserted, exemplifies the isolating and anti-social character of these alleged rights of man. On the one hand, the right of property is the right to keep others at a distance: the legal equivalent of a barbed wire fence. On the other hand, the right of property allows an owner to transfer his resources at his own pleasure and for his own gain, without regard even for the desperate need for those resources elsewhere. Similarly, Marx held that the much-celebrated individual right to liberty reinforces selfishness. Those who are ascribed the right to do what they wish so long as they do not hurt others will perpetuate a culture of egoistic obsession. As for equality, the achievement of equal rights in a liberal state merely distracts people from noticing that their equality is purely formal: a society with formally equal rights will continue to be divided by huge inequalities in economic and political power. Finally, these so-called 'natural' rights are in fact not natural to humans at all. They are simply the defining elements of the rules of the modern mode of production, perfectly suited to fit each individual into the capitalist machine." - Stanford University
[http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/rights/ ] Retrieved 18th of May, 2012.
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"Natural rights versus legal rights: Natural rights are rights which are ‘natural’ in the sense of ‘not artificial, not man-made’, as in rights deriving from deontic logic, from human nature, or from the edicts of a god. They are universal; that is, they apply to all people, and do not derive from the laws of any specific society. They exist necessarily, inhere in every individual, and can't be taken away. For example, it has been argued that humans have a natural right to life. They're sometimes called moral rights or inalienable [unalienable] rights. Legal rights, in contrast, are based on a society's customs, laws, statutes or actions by legislatures. An example of a legal right is the right to vote of citizens. Citizenship, itself, is often considered as the basis for having legal rights, and has been defined as the ‘right to have rights’. Legal rights are sometimes called civil rights or statutory rights and are culturally and politically relative since they depend on a specific societal context to have meaning. Some thinkers see rights in only one sense while others accept that both senses have a measure of validity. There has been considerable philosophical debate about these senses throughout history. For example, Jeremy Bentham believed that legal rights were the essence of rights, and he denied the existence of natural rights; whereas Thomas Aquinas held that rights purported by positive law but not grounded in natural law were not properly rights at all, but only a facade or pretense of rights." - wikipedia.org
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rights ] Retrieved 18th May, 2012.
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[Quote No.41771] Need Area: Friends > General
"History of human rights... The specific enumeration of rights has differed greatly in different periods of history. In many cases, the system of rights promulgated by one group has come into sharp and bitter conflict with that of other groups. In the political sphere, a place in which rights have historically been an important issue, at present the question of who has what legal rights is sometimes addressed by the constitutions of the respective nations. Most historic notions of rights were authoritarian and hierarchical, with different people being granted different rights, and some having more rights than others. For instance, the right of a father to be respected by his son did not indicate a duty upon the father to return that respect, and the divine right of kings which permitted absolute power over subjects did not leave room for many rights to be granted to the subjects themselves. In contrast, modern conceptions of rights often emphasize liberty and equality as among the most important aspects of rights, though conceptions of liberty (e.g. positive or negative) and equality (e.g. of opportunity or of outcome) frequently differ. Important documents in the political history of rights include: --- ‘The Constitution of Medina’ (622 AD; Arabia) instituted a number of rights and responsibilities for the Muslim, Jewish and pagan communities of Medina, establishing freedom of worship for non-Muslims in return for extra taxes (the jizya), the security of women, a system for granting protection of individuals, and a judicial system. --- ‘The Magna Carta’ [or ‘Great Charter’] (1215; England) required the King of England to renounce certain rights and respect certain legal procedures, and to accept that the will of the king could be bound by law. [It was one of England's first documents containing commitments by a sovereign to his people to respect certain legal rights. It reduced the power of the monarch.] --- ‘The Henrician Articles’ (1573; Poland-Lithuania) or King Henry's Articles were a permanent contract that stated the fundamental principles of governance and constitutional law in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, including the rights of the nobility to elect the king, to meet in parliament whose approval was required to levy taxes and declare war or peace, to religious liberty and the right to rebel in case the king transgressed against the laws of the republic or the rights of the nobility. --- ‘The Bill of Rights’ (1689; England) declared that Englishmen, as embodied by Parliament, possess certain civil and political rights; the ‘Claim of Right’ (1689; Scotland) was similar but distinct. --- ‘The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen’ (1789; France) was one of the fundamental documents of the French Revolution, defining a set of individual rights and collective rights of the people. --- ‘The United States Bill of Rights’ (1789–1791; United States), the first ten amendments of the United States Constitution specified rights of individuals in which government could not interfere, including the rights of free assembly, freedom of religion, trial by jury, and so forth. --- ‘The Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ (1948) is an over-arching set of standards by which governments, organisations and individuals would measure their behaviour towards each other. The preamble declares that the ‘...recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world...’ --- ‘The European Convention on Human Rights’ (1950; Europe) was adopted under the auspices of the Council of Europe to protect human rights and fundamental freedoms. --- ‘The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights’ (1966) is a follow-up to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, concerning civil and political rights. --- ‘The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights’ (1966) is another follow-up to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, concerning economic, social and cultural rights. --- ‘The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms’ (1982; Canada) was created to protect the rights of Canadian citizens from actions and policies of all levels of government. --- ‘The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union’ (2000) is one of the most recent proposed legal instruments concerning human rights." - wikipedia.org
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[Quote No.41786] Need Area: Friends > General
"[All individuals have freedom of private thought:] Thou [whether individual, group or government] canst not touch [with any laws or powers] the freedom of my [or anyone else's] mind." - John Milton
Quote from 'Comus'.
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[Quote No.41790] Need Area: Friends > General
"If a believer [in a religion for example] demands that I, as a nonbeliever, observe his taboos in the public domain, he is not asking for my respect, but for my submission." - Flemming Rose

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"[Freedom:] Nothing is...more precious, than to be able to decide." - Napoleon Bonaparte

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"It is easy to take liberty [freedom] for granted, when you have never had it taken from you." - unknown
sometimes attributed to M. Grundler
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"In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved." - Franklin D. Roosevelt
US President
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"Freedom is the oxygen of the soul." - Moshe Dayan

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"Most people want security in this world, not liberty [not realising that that is one step closer to slavery for themselves and those they love. Freedom is necessary for security because true security only comes from knowing how to make the most of freedom, not by giving that responsibility to someone else, who doesn't care for you and those you love as much as you do]." - H.L. Mencken
'Minority Report', 1956.
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"We have enjoyed so much freedom for so long that we are perhaps in danger of forgetting how much blood it cost to establish the Bill of Rights." - Felix Frankfurter

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"No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck. [You cannot remove the freedom of another without removing your own.]" - Frederick Douglass
speech, Civil Rights Mass Meeting, Washington, D.C., 1883
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"I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power [politicians, etc] than by violent and sudden usurpations." - James Madison
speech, Virginia Convention, 1788
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