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Eric Hoffer, Auguste Comte, Council On Foreign Relations


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"Unless a man has talents to make something of himself, freedom is an irksome burden.

Of what avail is freedom to choose if the self be ineffectual?

We join a mass movement to escape individual responsibility, or,

in the words of the ardent young Nazi, 'to be free from freedom.'"

-- Eric Hoffer

(1902-1983) American author, philosopher, awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom




"Social positivism only accepts duties, for all and towards all. Itsconstant social viewpoint cannot include any notion of rights, for suchnotion always rests on individuality. We are born under a load ofobligations of every kind, to our predecessors, to our successors, toour contemporaries. These obligations then increase or accumulate, forit is some time before we can return any service. ... Any human rightis therefore as absurd as immoral. Since there are no divine rightsanymore, this concept must therefore disappear completely as relatedonly to the preliminary regime and totally inconsistent with the finalstate where there are only duties based on functions."

-- Auguste Comte

[isidore Marie Auguste François Xavier Comte] (1798-1857) French philosopher, was the founder of Positivism and Sociology

Source: Le catéchisme positiviste (1852), reproduit in Alain Laurent,L'Individu et ses ennemis (Paris: Hachette, 1987), pp. 255-256.




"The sovereignty fetish is still so strong in the public mind,

that there would appear to be little chance of winning popular assent to

American membership in anything approaching a super-state organization.

Much will depend on the kind of approach which is used in further

popular education."

-- Council on Foreign Relations

Source: "American Public Opinion and Postwar Security Commitments", 1944


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