Guiding Ideas

“We can have democracy in this country or we can have great concentrated wealth in the hands of a few, but we cannot have both.”

Louis Brandeis, Supreme Court Justice, 1941

“All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will
of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be
reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must
protect, and to violate would be oppression”. Thomas Jefferson

“Virtue can only flourish among equals” – Mary Wollstonecraft

“Without freedom of the press, there can be no representative government”. Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

“Without a struggle there can be no progress.” Frederick Douglass

“Truth is the only safe ground to stand upon.” Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny.”
Bertrand Russell

“A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.”
Thomas Jefferson

“He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.”  Thomas Paine

“Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice and moderation in the pursuit of justice or tolerance in the face of tyranny is no virtue!”  Cicero

“The prolonged slavery of women is the darkest page in human history.”
Elizabeth Cady Stanton 

“If a problem can’t be solved as it is, enlarge it.”  ~ Dwight Eisenhower

“All of our structures of power have embraced a radical evil” – Immanuel Kant

“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”   Voltaire

“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to
remain silent.”  Thomas Jefferson

“It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union.” Susan B. Anthony

“Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst
state, an intolerable one.”  Thomas Paine

“Do what is right, though the world may perish” – Immanuel Kant

“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.” Frederick Douglass

“When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.  When the government fears the people, there is liberty.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Too many terms corrupts politicians so they only want to be reelected.”
Alice Paul

“He who is the author of a war lets loose the whole contagion of hell and
opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death.”  Thomas Paine

“Conquest is not in our principles. It is inconsistent with our government.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.”  George Washington

“The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.”  Jane Addams

“Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.”  George Washington

“Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.   Thomas  Jefferson

“As a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights.”  James Madison

“If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.” Emma Goldman

“What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?”  Mahatma Gandhi

“The most powerful weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.”  Steven Biko

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”  Benjamin Franklin

“Having babies is a blessing, not a duty” – Betty Ford

“Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate.”
Bertrand Russell

“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.” Benjamin Franklin

“I have an almost complete disregard of precedent, and a faith in the possibility of something better. It irritates me to be told how things have always been done.  I defy the tyranny of precedent.  I go for anything new that might improve the past.”  Clara Barton

“As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master.  This expresses my idea of democracy.”  Abraham Lincoln

“Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.”  George Washington

“When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.” Sinclair Lewis

“The Bible and the Church have been the greatest stumbling blocks in the way of women’s emancipation.” Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be
led, like sheep to the slaughter.”  George Washington

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”  Mahatma Gandhi

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

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