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Even more significant of the inherent weakness of the collectivist theories is the extraordinary paradox that from the assertion that read more

Even more significant of the inherent weakness of the collectivist theories is the extraordinary paradox that from the assertion that society is in some sense more than merely the aggregate of all individuals their adherents regularly pass by a sort of intellectual somersault to the thesis that in order that the coherence of this larger entity be safeguarded it must be subjected to conscious control, that is, to the control of what in the last resort must be an individual mind. It thus comes about that in practice it is regularly the theoretical collectivist who extols individual reason and demands that all forces of society be made subject to the direction of a single mastermind, while it is the individualist who recognizes the limitations of the powers of individual reason and consequently advocates freedom as a means for the fullest development of the powers of the interindividual process.

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Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.

Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.

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I've been to war, and it's not easy to kill. It's bloody and messy and totally horrifying, and the consequences read more

I've been to war, and it's not easy to kill. It's bloody and messy and totally horrifying, and the consequences are serious.

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If the French were really intelligent, they'd speak English.

If the French were really intelligent, they'd speak English.

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Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

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The tendency of democracies is, in all things, to mediocrity, since the tastes, knowledge, and principles of the majority form read more

The tendency of democracies is, in all things, to mediocrity, since the tastes, knowledge, and principles of the majority form the tribunal of appeal.

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What a free society offers to the individual is much more than what he would be able to do if read more

What a free society offers to the individual is much more than what he would be able to do if only he were free.

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It is seldom that any liberty is lost all at once.

It is seldom that any liberty is lost all at once.

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The part of our social order which can or ought to be made a conscious product of human reason is read more

The part of our social order which can or ought to be made a conscious product of human reason is only a small part of all the forces of society.

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