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Socialism is Bolshevism with a shave.

Socialism is Bolshevism with a shave.

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A democratic despotism is like a theocracy: it assumes its own correctness.

A democratic despotism is like a theocracy: it assumes its own correctness.

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Given that some social processes must convey inherent constraints, the choice is among various mixtures of persuasion, force, and cultural read more

Given that some social processes must convey inherent constraints, the choice is among various mixtures of persuasion, force, and cultural inducement. The less of one, the more of the others. The degree of freedom that is possible is therefore tied to the extent to which people respond to persuasion or inducement.

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My constituency is the desperate, the damned, the disinherited, the disrespected and the despised.

My constituency is the desperate, the damned, the disinherited, the disrespected and the despised.

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The right to be let alone is the underlying principle of the Constitution's Bill of Rights.

The right to be let alone is the underlying principle of the Constitution's Bill of Rights.

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Except in the sacred texts of democracy and in the incantations of orators, we hardly take the trouble to pretend read more

Except in the sacred texts of democracy and in the incantations of orators, we hardly take the trouble to pretend that the rule of the majority is not at bottom a rule of force. What other virtue can there be in fifty-one percent except the brute fact that fifty-one is more than forty-nine? The rule of fifty-one per cent is a convenience, it is for certain matters a satisfactory political device, it is for others the lesser of two evils, and for others it is acceptable because we do not know any less troublesome method of obtaining a political decision. But it may easily become an absurd tyranny if we regard it worshipfully, as though it were more than a political device. We have lost all sense of its true meaning when we imagine that the opinion of fifty-one per cent is in some high fashion the true opinion of the whole hundred per cent, or indulge in the sophistry that the rule of a majority is based upon the ultimate equality of man.

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Force is the antithesis of freedom, but force must be used, if only to defend against other force.

Force is the antithesis of freedom, but force must be used, if only to defend against other force.

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If school results were the key to power, girls would be running the world.

If school results were the key to power, girls would be running the world.

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I have a fantasy where Ted Turner is elected President but refuses because he doesn't want to give up power.

I have a fantasy where Ted Turner is elected President but refuses because he doesn't want to give up power.

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