There is one thing no head of a country can know, and that is: how good is his intelligence system? He finds out only by having it fail him. Robert A. Heinlein, The Puppet Masters (1951), Chapter 1 (p. 7, Signet (#W7339)).
The many Hundreds of Thousands, that are now in Slavery, were they at Liberty, as we are, had the same Education, Learning, Conversation, Books, sweet Communion in our Religious Assemblies; I believe many of them would exceed many of their Tyrant Masters in Piety, Virtue and Godliness; and their bright
I also think there are prices too high to pay to save the United States. Conscription is one of them. Conscription is slavery, and I don’t think that any people or nation has a right to save itself at the price of slavery for anyone, no matter what name it
Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate; now what’s going to happen to us with both a Senate and a House?
I foresaw political correctness 43 years ago. . . . whereas back then I wrote about the tyranny of the majority, today I’d combine that with the tyranny of the minorities. These days, you have to be careful of both. They both want to control you. . . . I say to both bunches, Whether
I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and incur my own abhorrence. From my earliest recollection, I date the entertainment of a deep conviction that slavery would not always be able to hold me within
The capacity of the human mind for swallowing nonsense and spewing it forth in violent and repressive action has never yet been plumbed. Robert A. Heinlein, Revolt in 2100 (1953), postscript.
Bigger the population, the more minorities. Don’t step on the toes of the dog lovers, the cat lovers, doctors, lawyers, merchants, chiefs, Mormons, Baptists, Unitarians, second-generation Chinese, Swedes, Italians, Germans, Texans, Brooklynites, Irishmen, people from Oregon or Mexico. The people in this book, this play, this TV serial are not
“We can group socialists and protectionists under the name of restrictionists, whilst those who want to base the distribution of wealth solely on free competition can be called liberationists… “Thus restrictionists are divided into two types: socialists, who through the intervention of the state, wish to change the distribution of
It is incumbent upon us to take action if we do not wish to become the subjects of a new Inca empire.
The determining factor in the value of a good, then, is neither the quantity of labor or other goods necessary for its production nor the quantity necessary for its reproduction, but rather the magnitude of importance of those satisfactions with respect to which we are conscious of being dependent on
No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks. Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Men (1790).