The world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or encourage evil than from those who actually commit it.
Small is the number of them that see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.
The ultimate obscenity is not caring,
not doing something about what you feel,
We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people.
It is error alone which needs the support of government.
Truth can stand by itself.
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty
than those attending too small a degree of it.
The most successful tyranny
is not the one that uses force to assure uniformity
but the one that removes the awareness of other possibilities,
that makes it seem inconceivable that other ways are viable,
that removes the sense that there is an outside.
The only freedom which deserves the name
is that of pursuing our own good in our way,
so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs
or impede their efforts to obtain it.
John Stuart Mill
The truth is that the State is a conspiracy designed not only to exploit,
but above all to corrupt its citizens…
Henceforth, I shall never serve any government anywhere.
All government is authoritarian;
and the more democratic a government is the more authoritative it is;
for with the people behind it,
it can push authority further than any Tsar or foreign despot dare do.
George Bernard Shaw
So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons,
Caesars and Napoleons will duly rise and make them miserable.
Permanent crisis justifies permanent control of everybody and everything
by the agencies of central government.
We are powerfully imprisoned in these Dark Ages
simply by the terms in which we have been conditioned to think.
Either you’re going to go along with your mind and the truth,
or you’re going to yield to fear and custom and conditioned reflexes.
As for politics, I’m an anarchist.
I hate governments and rules and fetters.
Can’t stand caged animals. People must be free.
For in order to turn the individual into a function of the State,
his dependence on anything beside the State must be taken from him.
Human history is simply the history of the servitude
which makes men – oppressed and oppressors alike
– the plaything of the instruments of domination they themselves have manufactured,
and thus reduces living humanity to being the chattel of inanimate chattels.