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Lord Acton, Milton Friedman, Thomas Jefferson


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"The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern."

-- Lord Acton

[John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton] (1834-1902), First Baron Acton of Aldenham

http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/Acton.Quote.A21C

 

 

"The preservation of freedom is the protective reason for limiting and decentralizing governmental power. But there is also a constructive reason. The great advances of civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science or in literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government."

-- Milton Friedman

(1912-2006) Nobel Prize-winning economist, economic advisor to President Ronald Reagan, "ultimate guru of the free-market system"

Source: "Capitalism and Freedom"

http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/M...dman.Quote.A224

 

 

"Government can do something for the people

only in proportion as it can do something to the people. "

-- Thomas Jefferson

(1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President

http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/T...rson.Quote.A21E

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What does it mean to you?

I'll take a stab at it.

 

To the extent that government provides, government can control.

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"Government can do something for the people

only in proportion as it can do something to the people. "

-- Thomas Jefferson

(1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President

http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/T...rson.Quote.A21E[/b]

 

This one is interesting, nivek. What does it mean to you?

 

Phanta

 

 

Phanta,

 

Reading on and around this quote from the LibertyTree folks, I am considering that Jefferson was warning once again about the ability of whatever gov dot org is empowered to bring "ruin" on the People.

 

He was strident about allowing social contracts taking place of actually making decisions and in turn participating in governing by The People. Thinking this is one more thought about lazy people ought not be given ability to elect their sheep dogs..

 

kL

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