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If you could pick one quote that everyone in the country had to memorize, what would it be? There’s no shortage of good ones, but what is the one concept that you wish every American understood better than they do today, and what quote gets that point across like no other? Here’s my current choice:
C. S. Lewis: “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”
This has always been one of my favorites, but for obvious reasons (looking at you, “Karen”) it’s especially relevant right now.
A few other suggestions:
P. J. O’Rourke: “A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them.”
Benjamin Franklin: “The best way to save face is to keep the lower half shut.” (Poor Richard’s Almanack)
C. S. Lewis: “A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.”
George Orwell: “We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.”
There could be a whole post of good Freidrich Hayek quotes.
“‘Emergencies’ have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded.”
“The reasons why the adoption of a system of central planning necessarily produces a totalitarian system are fairly simple. Whoever controls the means must decide which ends they are to serve. … Totalitarianism is nothing but consistent collectivism, the ruthless execution of the principle that ‘the whole comes before the individual’ and the direction of all members of society by a single will supposed to represent the ‘whole’.”
“The more the state ‘plans’ the more difficult planning becomes for the individual.”
“Since the value of freedom rests on the opportunities it provides for unforeseen and unpredictable actions, we will rarely know what we lose through a particular restriction of freedom.”
“A limited democracy might indeed be the best protector of individual liberty and be better than any other form of limited government, but an unlimited democracy is probably worse than any other form of unlimited government, because its government loses the power even to do what it thinks right if any group on which its majority depends thinks otherwise.”
“It is no exaggeration to say that the central aim of socialism is to discredit those traditional morals which keep us alive.”
“The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.”
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