Category Archives: Words of Wisdom

Thomas Jefferson and Freedom of the Press

“No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions.” — Thomas Jefferson Continue reading

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Words of Wisdom: President Washington

“The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one, and thus to create whatever the form of government, a real despotism. A just estimate of that love of power, and proneness to abuse it, which predominates in the human heart is sufficient to satisfy us of the truth of this position.” — George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796 Continue reading

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Guns and Gaslighting

You’re being told that civilians have no need for an AR-15 or 30-round magazines, yet the people who seek to ban them are routinely protected by the same weapons with the same high-capacity magazines, along with their families. Continue reading

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Milton Friedman, Right to Work, and Free Riders

The NLRA imposes forced association on workers through “exclusive representation,” which is more appropriately called monopoly bargaining privileges for unions. Once a union is certified (by the National Labor Relations Board) as an exclusive bargaining agent for employees in a firm, all such employees must accept such representation whether they, as individuals, want it or not. Individuals are even forbidden to represent themselves. Continue reading

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Words of Wisdom: Noah Webster

“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are … Continue reading

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Words of Wisdom: Samuel Adams

“If men through fear, fraud or mistake, should in terms renounce and give up any essential natural right, the eternal law of reason and the great end of society, would absolutely vacate such renunciation; the right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, it is not in the power of Man to alienate this gift, and voluntarily become a slave.” — Samuel Adams Continue reading

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Words of Wisdom: Josiah Quincy, Jr.

“No free government was ever founded or ever preserved its liberty, without uniting the characters of the citizen and soldier in those destined for the defence of the state… Such are a well regulated militia, composed of the freeholders, citizen and husbandman, who take up arms to preserve their property, as individuals, and their rights as freemen.” — Josiah Quincy, Jr., Thoughts on Standing Armies, 1774 Continue reading

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Words of Wisdom: Tench Coxe

“As our president bears no resemblance to a king so we shall see the Senate has no similitude to nobles. First, not being hereditary, their collective knowledge, wisdom, and virtue are not precarious. For by these qualities alone are they … Continue reading

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Against the Ghetto Plantation

If, by magic, Douglass could meet the inhabitants of the ghettos, what might he say to them? He would remind them that Knowledge is Power, and much more importantly, Knowledge is Freedom. He would encourage them to take practical steps — to master reading and writing by every means possible; to ask for help from educated people; to listen to educated speakers. And he will suggest that something old should be new again; reprint Webster’s blue-back speller and The Columbian Orator. Continue reading

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Celebrating Washington: Historic Words for a Modern Struggle

“We have therefore to resolve to conquer or die: Our won Country’s Honor, all call upon us for vigorous and manly exertion, and if we now shamefully fail, we shall become infamous to the whole world. Let us therefore rely … Continue reading

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The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions: Guideposts of Limited Government

For true change to take place, Americans must once again conceive of their history as a struggle to create and maintain real freedom. Part of that reconceptualization would entail making a place for the Kentucky and Virginia resolutions in the pantheon of American charters. The resolutions articulate the fundamental principles of our government in an eloquent yet logical manner; in their import, they rank second only to the Constitution. For Americans who would recreate a limited federal government of enumerated powers — the government created by the Founders ­— the resolutions can serve as an enduring inspiration. Continue reading

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Judge Napolitano: A Nation of Sheep

Judge Andrew P. Napolitano on Reason TV, October 27, 2007, Washington, D.C. Continue reading

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2013: A Resolution Towards Solutions

Additionally for 2013, EoV will share with you some targeted initiatives, binding petitions and legislation driven by the People and their States. We will show you how to properly wield our guaranteed tools of political dissent. We will teach you how to fight the Tyrants on the terms that they have chosen. We will help you effectively take that fight to our neighborhoods. Continue reading

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The Crisis by Thomas Paine

THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man … Continue reading

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Ignorance + Depravity → Slavery + Ruin

“But still the people themselves must be the chief support of liberty. While the great body of the freeholders are acquainted with the duties which they owe to their God, to themselves, and to men, they will remain free. But if ignorance and depravity should prevail, they will inevitably lead to slavery and ruin.” — Oliver Ellsworth (at the Connecticut ratifying convention, 1788) Continue reading

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FDR, Lincoln — and a Disturbing Supposition Regarding Barack Obama

Here’s a new dominant social theme: US presidents are good and they ought to be in movies. Of course, it helps if you are a socialist leader and make maximum use of the awesome power of Leviathan. The two presidents currently being lionized – surprise, surprise – are Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Continue reading

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Reflections on the Loss of Liberty

The Louis E. Carabini Distinguished Lecture with Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, presented at the 2012 Mises Institute Supporters Summit: “The Truth About War: A Revisionist Approach”. Recorded at Callaway Gardens, Georgia, on 26 October 2012. Includes an introduction by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. Music by Kevin MacLeod. Continue reading

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Words of Wisdom: Thomas Jefferson

“When all government, domestic and foreign, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another, and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated.” Continue reading

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Fare Thee Well, Patriot

I have come to one firm conviction after these many years of trying to figure out “the plain truth of things.” The best chance for achieving peace and prosperity, for the maximum number of people worldwide, is to pursue the cause of LIBERTY. Continue reading

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Words of Wisdom: Joseph Story

“The state governments have a full superintendence and control over the immense mass of local interests of their respective states, which connect themselves with the feelings, the affections, the municipal institutions, and the internal arrangements of the whole population. They possess, too, the immediate administration of justice in all cases, civil and criminal, which concern the property, personal rights, and peaceful pursuits of their own citizens.” Continue reading

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