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Samizdata quote of the day


The words are mainstream anarcho-lefty stuff, but the name being quoted is a bit of a departure for the place where I spotted this. I took this photo in March, in Leake Street, which is a tunnel under Waterloo Station where graffiti artists do their best and their worst, with results that constantly change. Thank my Photoshop clone for how clear those words are. I went through the Leake Street tunnel again today and wondered if this sign had survived, but of course there was no sign of it. Here is how Leake Street mostly looks.

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9 comments to Samizdata quote of the day

  • Jaded Libertarian

    That’s rather timely since I was just reading an article on the very Orwellian sounding “hate crimes” we have in this country.

    Of course no crime of hostility is born out of love for the victim. But if the hate is of a prescribed sort, the punishment is increased. So the sentence is affected by what has been going on inside the privacy of your own mind – scary no?

  • veryretired

    My sentiments exactly. Happy 4th to all free men and women wherever you live.

  • RW

    Checking, I find that this piece of graffiti put up in Oxford in the 60s is still there, regenerated over the years by successive generations of students. The message is still relevant it seems…

  • Yes, VR, and everyone else, happy Independence Day. May the next one truly live up to its name.

  • shwn r

    the correct quote
    I have sworn on the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.
    but the sentiment is correct

  • Nuke Gray

    Yeah, Tom could spin a nice line, but don’t we have any from people who weren’t slaveowners? Any quotes from John Adams? (Or did he have slaves?)

  • For the left, the discovery that not a single one of the American founders were late-20th-century politically correct Marxists, negates the entire lesson of the exercise.

    All those guys with hair in ponytails, and somehow not a leftist among the lot. Unbelievable.

  • Paul Marks

    Both versions of the quote are good – but I can see why the left might not like the original version.

    Many thanks to shwn r for drawing attention to the original words.