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Samizdata quote of the day

Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government’s purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal well meaning but without understanding.

– Louis D Brandeis

5 comments to Samizdata quote of the day

  • Winzeler

    This is probably the most significant notion I’ve seen on Samizdata. I hope the apparent lack of interest in it thus far is not due to the fact that most people of a libertarian mindset are also at least moderate conspiracy theorists. I can be at times, but for the most part I really believe freedom is destroyed by well-meaning people trying to inflict their convictions on the rest of the world.

    A classic example of this is the religious establishment here in the United States trying to have the federal government define marriage as between a man and a woman. Personally, I believe homosexuality is wrong, but I am absolutely, positively AGAINST permitting the federal government to dictate anything about marriage, let alone right and wrong.

  • Paul Dubuc

    Reagan had a line like this about the scariest words in the English language being, “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”

  • MTFO

    For years I have often said that I have no tolerance for zealots of any stripe, but several days ago I heard a statement that made me rethink that position.

    “Extremism in support of Liberty is no vice.”

    I heard it from radio talk show host Michael Savage but I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t get it from one of America’s Founding Fathers.

  • MTFO

    Oops…That last line ought to read “I wouldn’t be surprised if he got it from…”

  • Mark Pole

    “Extremism in support of Liberty is no vice,” is a quote by Barry Goldwater, said during his acceptance speech at the 1964 Republican convention.