Wednesday, November 16, 2005

LRC blog pick
British liberty vs Lincolnite Yankee tyranny
From the founders of Canada in the 1860s
I think that every true reformer, every friend of real liberty, will agree with me in saying that if we must erect safeguards, they should be rather for the security of the individual than of the mass, and that our chiefest care must be to train the majority to respect the rights of the minority, to prevent the claims of the few from being trampled under foot by the caprice or passion of the many. For myself, sir, I own frankly I prefer British liberty to American equality. I had rather uphold the majesty of the law than the majesty of Judge Lynch. I had rather be the subject of an hereditary monarch, who dare not enter the hut of the poorest peasant without leave ... than be the free and sovereign elector of an autocratic president, whose very minister can boast the power of imprisoning one man in New York and another in St. Louis by the touching of a bell-wire!
- Richard Cartwright

From Katolik Shinja
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
- H.L. Mencken

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