They ought to be designated as laws not preventive but fearful of crimes, produced by the tumultuous impression of a few isolated facts, and not by thoughtful consideration of the inconveniences and advantages of a universal decree." --Cesare Beccaria, An Essay on Crimes and Punishments, 87-8 (1764) "The worse thing in this world, next to anarchy, is government.", Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit, 1887 "Law represents the effort of man to organize society; governments, the efforts of selfishness to overthrow liberty." "Complete equality isn't compatible with democracy, but it is agreeable to tolitarianism.
After all the only way to ensure the equality of the slothful, the inept and the immoral is to suppress everyone else." --Iain Benson "No more fatuous chimera has ever infested the brain than that you can control opinions by law or direct belief by statute, and no more pernicious sentiment ever tormented the heart than the barbarous desire to do so.
The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature.
They disarm those only who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.
If you don't keep it stirred up, you get a lot of scum on top." "Freedom begins between the ears." "A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government." "The purpose and function of government is not to preside over change but to prevent change. These procedures are known as the Rule of Law." "It is easier to find people fit to govern themselves than people to govern others. The most innocent and irreproachable life cannot guard a lawyer against the hatred of his fellow citizens." --John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) "If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. (Which for some reason always reminds me of this quote.) "What a man has honestly acquired is absolutely his own, which may be freely given, but cannot be taken from him without his consent." -- Massachusetts circular letter, 1768 "If ever time should come when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent it's ruin." "After each war there is a little less democracy to save.", "Once Around the Sun" 1951 "People everywhere enjoy believing things that they know are not true.
By political methods when unavoidable, by violence when convenient." "The true, unacknowledged purpose of capital punishment is to inspire fear and awe - fear and awe of the State." "Anarchism is not a romantic fable but the hardheaded realization, based on five thousand years of experience, that we cannot entrust the management of our lives to kings, priests, politicians, generals, and county commissioners." "Recorded history is largely an account of the crimes and disasters committed by banal little men at the levers of imperial machines." "Nothing can excel a few days in jail to give a young man or woman a quick education in the basis of industrial society." "Filling out the form: Race? Every man is the best, the most responsible, judge of his own advantage." "Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It spares them the ordeal of thinking for themselves and taking responsibility for what they know." "After dissecting the numerous arguments of constitutionalists, I have concluded they reduce to these; that the Constitution would have worked, if only it had worked; but what kept it from working was that it failed to work; and the way to make it work, is to have it work.
But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.
For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men.
It is itself the highest political end." "Remember, democracy never lasts long. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." --John Adams "The moment the idea is admitted into �society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not �a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence." : The mere title of lawyer is sufficient to deprive a man of the public confidence. Couched against the fine rhetoric of the Federalist Papers, these arguments seem entirely plausible, but for one thing: The Anti-Federalists said the Constitution wouldn't work, and those gentlemen seem to have been as well versed in classical history as their Federalist counterparts.
Unfortunately, they lost, so I guess their arguments don't remain as compelling after two hundred years, as those by the people who were wrong, but won.