Freedom: Franklin, Gibbon, de Tocqueville, & Durden

“When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.”  Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

“In the end, more than freedom, they wanted security.  They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all—security, comfort, and freedom.  When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.”  Edward Gibbon

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

“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.  As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”  Benjamin Franklin

“There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and more frequently fall than that of defrauding the government.”  Benjamin Franklin

“The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.”  Alexis de Tocqueville

“This time the USDA delayed its release nine days past the semi-official deadline, far past the election, and until Friday night to report August food stamp data.  One glance at the numbers reveals why:  at 47.1 million, this was not only a new all time record, but the monthly increase of 420,947 from July was the biggest monthly increase in one year.”  Tyler Durden, Forecasting World Events, November 10, 2012

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