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Dinesh D’Souza on Freedom & Virtue

“Conservatives defend freedom not because they believe in the right to do as you please, but because freedom is the precondition for virtue. It is only when people choose freely that they can choose the good. Without freedom there is no virtue: A coerced virtue is no virtue at all.”

— Dinesh D’Souza, Letters to a Young Conservative, “The Libertarian Temptation”


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February 22, 2009 · 7:31 pm

William Pitt on the Loss of Freedom

“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom; it is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.”

— William Pitt in the House of Commons, 18 November 1783

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February 14, 2009 · 6:43 pm

Milton Friedman on Equality

“A society that puts equality — in the sense of equality of outcome — ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom.”

— Milton Friedman, Free to Choose

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February 14, 2009 · 10:15 am

Barry Goldwater on Extremism

“I would remind you that extremism in the defence of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!”

— Barry Goldwater, speech accepting the presidential nomination, 16 July 1964

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February 14, 2009 · 10:10 am

John Adams on Government

“There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.”

— John Adams, Notes for an Oration at Braintree (1772)

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February 14, 2009 · 10:04 am

John Jay on Government

“Nothing is more certain than the indispensable necessity of government; and it is equally undeniable that whenever and however it is instituted, the people must cede to it some of their natural rights, in order to vest it with requisite powers.”

— John Jay, The Federalist, No. 2

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June 28, 2007 · 1:53 am

Donald Miller on Happiness

“…the times in my life when I have been most happy haven’t been the times when I’ve had the most money or the most freedom or the most anything, but rather when I’ve been in love or in community or right with people.”

— Donald Miller, Searching for God Knows What, chapter 1

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June 27, 2007 · 7:13 pm