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[Quote No.47492] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Individualism is the opposite of socialism, communism and collectivism:] Comrades! We must abolish the cult of the individual decisively, once and for all." - Nikita Khrushchev
(1894-1971) Premier of the Soviet Union. Source: addressing the 20th Congress of the Soviet Communist Party, February 25th 1956.
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[Quote No.47493] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Individualism is the opposite of socialism, communism and collectivism:] The Nazis [National socialists] are well remembered for murdering well over 11 million people in the implementation of their slogan, 'The public good before the private good,' the Chinese Communists for murdering 62 million people in the implementation of theirs, 'Serve the people,' and the Soviet Communists for murdering more than 60 million people in the implementation of Karl Marx's slogan, 'from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.' Anyone who defends any of these, or any variation of them, on the grounds of their 'good intentions' is an immoral (NOT 'amoral') enabler of the ACTUAL (not just the proverbial) road to hell." - Rick Gaber
Libertarian writer
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[Quote No.47494] Need Area: Friends > General
"One byproduct of individualism is benevolence -- a general attitude of good will towards one's neighbors and fellow human beings. Benevolence is impossible in a society where people violate each others' rights." - Glenn Woiceshyn
Canadian writer. Source: Lessons from the Great Ice Storm: Individualism vs Collectivism, 1998.03.07, Capitalism Magazine.
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[Quote No.47495] Need Area: Friends > General
"Thus, individualism is not antithetical to community. Rather, it can involve free association and a belief in an over-arching harmony of interests. In a free socety, individuals join with others because of love and mutual benefit, not because they are programmed or coerced." - Prof. Clifford Thies
Professor, economist, specializing in statistics. Source: Communitarianism versus Individualism, August 21, 2010,
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[Quote No.47496] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Democracy and government limited by human rights:] We hold that what one man cannot morally do, a million men cannot morally do, and government, representing many millions of men, cannot do." - Auberon Herbert
(1838-1906) English author
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[Quote No.47497] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Democracy and government limited by human rights:] The people cannot delegate to government the power to do anything which would be unlawful for them to do themselves." - John Locke
(1632-1704) English philosopher and political theorist. Considered the ideological progenitor of the American Revolution and who, by far, was the most often non-biblical writer quoted by the Founding Fathers of the USA.
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[Quote No.47498] Need Area: Friends > General
"Freedom is an intellectual achievement which requires disavowal of collectivism and embrace of individualism." - Onkar Ghate
Senior fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute
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[Quote No.47499] Need Area: Friends > General
"Individualism regards man -- every man -- as an independent, sovereign entity who possesses an inalienable right to his own life, a right derived from his nature as a rational being. Individualism holds that a civilized society, or any form of association, cooperation or peaceful co-existence among men, can be achieved only on the basis of the recognition of individual rights -- and that a group, as such, has no rights other than the individual rights of its members." - Ayn Rand
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[Quote No.47500] Need Area: Friends > General
"Politically, true individualism means recognizing that one has a right to his own life and happiness. But it also means uniting with other citizens to preserve and defend the institutions that protect that right [for all]." - Shawn E. Klein
American professor of philosophy, author. Source: Community and American Individualism. A commentary from the Navigator Special: The Assault on Civilization, posted October 17, 2001. Published in the November 2001 Navigator.
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[Quote No.47501] Need Area: Friends > General
"The fact that most people think that being selfish means harming one's fellow man, that pursuing one's own self-interest equates to behaving brutally or irrationally, is, as Ms. Rand noted, a 'psychological confession' on their part. In fact it is against one's own long-term self-interest to behave irrationally or trample others. Such actions are the exact opposite of selfish -- they're self-destructive." - Wayne Dunn
American writer. Source: The Rational View.
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[Quote No.47502] Need Area: Friends > General
"Individualism is at once an ethical-psychological concept and an ethical-political one. As an ethical-psychological concept, individualism holds that a human being should think and judge independently, respecting nothing more than the sovereignty of his or her mind; thus, it is intimately connected with the concept of autonomy. As an ethical-political concept, individualism upholds the supremacy of individual rights ..." - Nathaniel Branden
(1930-) Canadian psychotherapist and writer. Source: Capitalism: The Libertarian Vision
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[Quote No.47504] Need Area: Friends > General
"Let us believe neither half of the good [flattery] people tell us of ourselves, nor half the evil [gossip] they say of others." - John Petit-Senn

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[Quote No.47505] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Equal human rights promotes Individualism without conflict:] You don't get [happy] harmony when everybody sings the same note. [That's soul-destroying conformity.]" - Doug Floyd

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[Quote No.47507] Need Area: Friends > General
"The government is best which makes itself unnecessary." - Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt

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[Quote No.47509] Need Area: Friends > General
"Almost all of our sorrows [along with many of our pleasures] spring out of our relations with other people." - Arthur Schopenhauer

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[Quote No.47527] Need Area: Friends > General
"...freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Letter from a Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963.
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[Quote No.47529] Need Area: Friends > General
"It is not true that the [government, politician and] legislator has an absolute power over our persons and our property since they pre-exist him, and his task is to surround them with guarantees. It is not true that the function of the law is to regulate our consciences, our ideas, our wills, our education, our opinions, our work, our trade, our talents, our recreation. Its function is to prevent the rights of one person from interfering with rights of another in any of these matters." - Frederic Bastiat
French lawyer and statesman. Quote from his book, 'The Law', 1850.
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[Quote No.47540] Need Area: Friends > General
"Men [and women] are not [just] punished for their sins, but by them." - Frank McKinney 'Kin' Hubbard

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[Quote No.47568] Need Area: Friends > General
"The foundation of individualism lies in one's moral right to pursue one's own happiness. This pursuit requires a large amount of independence, initiative, and self-responsibility. But true individualism entails cooperating with others through trade, which facilitates the pursuit of each party's happiness, and which is carried out not just on the level of goods but on the level of knowledge and friendship. Trade is essential for life; it provides one with many of the goods and values one needs. Creating an environment where trade flourishes is of great importance and great interest for the individualist." - Shawn E. Klein
American professor of philosophy, author. Source: 'Community and American Individualism'. A commentary from the Navigator Special: 'The Assault on Civilization', posted October 17, 2001. Published in the November 2001 'Navigator'.
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[Quote No.47569] Need Area: Friends > General
"It doesn't take a majority to make a rebellion; it takes only a few determined leaders and a sound cause." - H. L. Mencken
(1880-1956) American Journalist, Editor, Essayist, Linguist, Lexicographer, and Critic
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[Quote No.47575] Need Area: Friends > General
"It is fear that first brought gods into the world." - Petronius

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[Quote No.47579] Need Area: Friends > General
"Politicians are always looking for a new way to rob Peter to buy Paul's vote, especially around election time." - Unknown

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[Quote No.47595] Need Area: Friends > General
"Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason." - Mark Twain

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[Quote No.47599] Need Area: Friends > General
"Even if a person would receive no other reward besides the joy and pleasure he has from performing a good deed, it would be sufficient. " - Rabbi Yisrael Baal Shem Tov
(1698 Ė 1760), Rabbi Yisrael ben Eliezer, often called Baal Shem Tov or Besht, was a Jewish mystical rabbi. He is considered to be the founder of Hasidic Judaism.
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[Quote No.47611] Need Area: Friends > General
"...democracy is a way of transferring power without bullets..." - Max Borders
editor of 'The Freeman' magazine and director of content for The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). [http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/the-real-social-contract#ixzz2fXLRAuJ6 ]
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[Quote No.47619] Need Area: Friends > General
"Beware of false prophets, [leaders, politicians, etc.] which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves." - Jesus of Nazareth
Bible: Matthew 7:5
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[Quote No.47626] Need Area: Friends > General
"He's the type [of politician] who makes mountains out of molehills and then sells climbing equipment." - Ivern Ball

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[Quote No.47644] Need Area: Friends > General
"All family life is organized around the most damaged person in it." - Sigmund Freud

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[Quote No.47647] Need Area: Friends > General
"In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations!!" - Iroquois Nation Maxim

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[Quote No.47671] Need Area: Friends > General
"We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing that we know about living." - General Omar Bradley
(1893-1981) Five Star General of the US Army, headed the Veterans Administration, Chief of Staff of the United States Army, first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
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[Quote No.47672] Need Area: Friends > General
"In a free society, individuals have the right to do right or wrong, as long as they donít threaten or infringe upon the rights or property of others." - Mark Skousen
(1947-) American economist, investment analyst, newsletter editor, college professor and author. Source: 'Persuasion versus Force'.
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[Quote No.47673] Need Area: Friends > General
"I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery." - Thomas Jefferson
(1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President
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[Quote No.47683] Need Area: Friends > General
"What, then, do they want a government for? Not to regulate commerce; not to educate the people; not to teach religion, not to administer charity; not to make roads and railways; but simply to defend the natural rights of man -- to protect person and property -- to prevent the aggressions of the powerful upon the weak -- in a word, to administer justice. This is the natural, the original, office of a government. It was not intended to do less: it ought not to be allowed to do more." - Herbert Spencer
'The Proper Sphere of Government', 1843.
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[Quote No.47684] Need Area: Friends > General
"If you want to abolish war, you must eliminate its causes. What is needed is to restrict government activities to the preservation of life, health, and private property, and thereby to safeguard the working of the market. Sovereignty must not be used for inflicting harm on anyone, whether citizen or foreigner." - Ludwig von Mises
'Omnipotent Government', 1944.
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[Quote No.47685] Need Area: Friends > General
"Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh. " - W. H. Auden.
From his 1948 poem, 'The Age of Anxiety'.
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[Quote No.47690] Need Area: Friends > General
"I think one should forgive and remember." - Faith Baldwin

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[Quote No.47691] Need Area: Friends > General
"A strong nation, like a strong person, can afford to be gentle, firm, thoughtful, and restrained. It can afford to extend a helping hand to others. It is a weak nation, like a weak person, that must behave with bluster and boasting and rashness and other signs of insecurity." - Jimmy Carter
(1924 - ), 39th US President, Nobel laureate.
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[Quote No.47719] Need Area: Friends > General
"We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the [U.S.] Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution." - Abraham Lincoln
Lawyer and US President.
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[Quote No.47720] Need Area: Friends > General
"The only prize much cared for by the powerful is power." - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(1841-1935) US Supreme Court Justice, also known as 'The Great Dissenter'
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[Quote No.47721] Need Area: Friends > General
"The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments." - William E. Borah
(1865-1940) U. S. Senator
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[Quote No.47722] Need Area: Friends > General
"And remember, where you have a concentration of power in a few hands, all too frequently men with the mentality of gangsters get control. History has proven that. All power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely." - Lord Acton
(1834-1902), John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton - First Baron Acton of Aldenham
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[Quote No.47723] Need Area: Friends > General
"The career of a politician mainly consists in making one part of the nation do what it does not want to do, in order to please and satisfy the other part of the nation. It is the prolonged sacrifice of the rights of some persons at the bidding and for the satisfaction of other persons. The ruling idea of the politician - stated rather bluntly - is that those who are opposed to him exist for the purpose of being made to serve his ends, if he can get power enough in his hands to force these ends upon them." - Auberon Herbert
(1838-1906) English author
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[Quote No.47724] Need Area: Friends > General
"...there is no such entity as 'the public' - since the public is merely a number of individuals - the idea that 'the public interest' supersedes private interests and rights can have but one meaning: that the interests and rights of some individuals take precedence over the interests and rights of others." - Ayn Rand
(1905-1982) Author
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[Quote No.47725] Need Area: Friends > General
"The successful politician owes his power to the fact that he moves within the accepted framework of thought, that he thinks and talks conventionally. It would be almost a contradiction in terms for a politician to be a leader in the field of ideas. His task in a democracy is to find out what the opinions held by the largest number are, not to give currency to new opinions which may become the majority view in some distant future." - Friedrich August von Hayek
(1899-1992), Nobel Laureate of Economic Sciences 1974
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[Quote No.47726] Need Area: Friends > General
"Poltical campaigns are designedly made into emotional orgies which endeavor to distract attention from the real issues involved, and they actually paralyze what slight powers of cerebration [thinking] man can normally muster." - James Harvey Robinson
(1863-1936) American historian
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[Quote No.47727] Need Area: Friends > General
"No government knows any [real] limits to its power except the endurance of the people." - Lysander Spooner
(1808-1887) Political theorist, activist, abolitionist
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"[Just as it is useful to hear from both sides in a court case before trying to judge, it is also useful to hear from all sides politically and economically. Often an altogether different opinion is then presented for our consideration without the local media's 'propaganda' and self-interested spin, although the other side's 'spin' must also be taken into account, usually resulting in the truth then being found somewhere in the middle. This is now easier to do through the internet than ever before. The following article, from a mainstream Chinese newspaper about America, is an example.] 'Commentary: U.S. fiscal failure warrants a de-Americanized world' As U.S. politicians of both political parties are still shuffling back and forth between the White House and the Capitol Hill without striking a viable deal to bring normality to the body politic they brag about, it is perhaps a good time for the befuddled world to start considering building a de-Americanized world. Emerging from the bloodshed of the Second World War as the world's most powerful nation, the United States has since then been trying to build a global empire by imposing a postwar world order, fueling recovery in Europe, and encouraging regime-change in nations that it deems hardly Washington-friendly. With its seemingly unrivaled economic and military might, the United States has declared that it has vital national interests to protect in nearly every corner of the globe, and been habituated to meddling in the business of other countries and regions far away from its shores. Meanwhile, the U.S. government has gone to all lengths to appear before the world as the one that claims the moral high ground, yet covertly doing things that are as audacious as torturing prisoners of war, slaying civilians in drone attacks, and spying on world leaders. Under what is known as the Pax-Americana, we fail to see a world where the United States is helping to defuse violence and conflicts, reduce poor and displaced population, and bring about real, lasting peace. Moreover, instead of honoring its duties as a responsible leading power, a self-serving Washington has abused its superpower status and introduced even more chaos into the world by shifting financial risks overseas, instigating regional tensions amid territorial disputes, and fighting unwarranted wars under the cover of outright lies. As a result, the world is still crawling its way out of an economic disaster [The Great Recession of 2008-9] thanks to the voracious Wall Street elites, while bombings and killings have become virtually daily routines in Iraq years after Washington claimed it has liberated its people from tyrannical rule. Most recently, the cyclical stagnation in Washington for a viable bipartisan solution over a federal budget and an approval for raising debt ceiling has again left many nations' tremendous dollar assets in jeopardy and the international community highly agonized. Such alarming days when the destinies of others are in the hands of a hypocritical nation have to be terminated, and a new world order should be put in place, according to which all nations, big or small, poor or rich, can have their key interests respected and protected on an equal footing. To that end, several corner stones should be laid to underpin a de-Americanized world. For starters, all nations need to hew to the basic principles of the international law, including respect for sovereignty, and keeping hands off domestic affairs of others. Furthermore, the authority of the United Nations in handling global hotspot issues has to be recognized. That means no one has the right to wage any form of military action against others without a UN mandate. Apart from that, the world's financial system also has to embrace some substantial reforms. The developing and emerging market economies need to have more say in major international financial institutions including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, so that they could better reflect the transformations of the global economic and political landscape. What may also be included as a key part of an effective reform is the introduction of a new international reserve currency that is to be created to replace the dominant U.S. dollar, so that the international community could permanently stay away from the spillover of the intensifying domestic political turmoil in the United States. Of course, the purpose of promoting these changes is not to completely toss the United States aside, which is also impossible. Rather, it is to encourage Washington to play a much more constructive role in addressing global affairs. And among all options, it is suggested that the beltway politicians first begin with ending the pernicious impasse." - Liu Chang
Xinhua writer, published 13th October, 2013. [http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/indepth/2013-10/13/c_132794246.htm ]
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[Quote No.47736] Need Area: Friends > General
"When the government fears the people, that is liberty; when the people fear the government, that is tyranny." - Thomas Jefferson

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"Make peace with man and war with your sins." - Russian Proverb

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"One little person, giving all of her time to peace, makes news. Many people, giving some of their time, can make history." - Peace Pilgrim

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