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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Alexis de Tocqueville says, "Live Free Or Move!"

Unlimited power is in itself a bad and dangerous thing. Human beings are not competent to exercise it with discretion. God alone can be omnipotent, because his wisdom and his justice are always equal to his power. There is no power on earth so worthy of honor in itself, or clothed with rights so sacred, that I would admit its uncontrolled and all-predominant authority. When I see that the right and the means of absolute command are conferred on any power whatever, be it called a people or a king, an aristocracy or a republic, I say there is the germ of tyranny, and I seek to live elsewhere, under other laws.

-- from "Democracy in America" (1835) by Alexis de Tocqueville (HT: FFF Email Update at http://www.fff.org/whatsNew/2009-05-14.htm)


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