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(Most recent additions are near the top, except for the originals, which are below the double bar.)

  • There's a reason you separate military and the police. One fights the enemies of the state, the other serves and protects the people. When the military becomes both, then the enemies of the state tend to become the people.
-- Commander Bill Adama (portrayed by Edward James Olmos), in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica

  • A newspaper press is a machine for spitting out cheap and smeary newsprint at speed: if you try to make it output fine art lithos, you'll get junk. If you try to make it output newspapers, you'll get the basis for a free society.
-- Cory Doctorow. This comes from a longer, excellent piece on why digital-rights management is bad for everyone, including the businesses pushing it. But I liked this little bit.

  • "I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and
    causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. ... corporations have
    been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and
    the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by
    working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated
    in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed."
-- Abraham Lincoln, Nov. 21, 1864

  • "To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."
-- Theodore Roosevelt, 1918

  • "The beginning of empire is the end of commonwealth."
-- Leon Fuerth, national security adviser to former vice president Al Gore

  • "It not infrequently happens that, transported by the indignation arising from any attempt to destroy a free government, its friends, by the measures they take to defend and support it, sap those principles on which it is founded."
-- Representative James Hughes of Kentucky. Was he speaking regarding the reactions to the events of Sep 11, which have been justified by the extraordinary nature of those attacks? No, he was speaking in 1807, regarding a bill in the Senate to suspend habeaus corpus (sound familiar?) after the Burr conspiracy was unearthed. As quoted in What Kind of Nation by James F. Simon (Chapter 10, p. 226). Once again those unlearned in history seemed doomed to relive it.

  • "The government of the United States has been emphatically termed a government of laws and not of men. It will certainly cease to deserve this high appellation, if the laws furnish no remedy for the violation of a vested right."
-- Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall, speaking in 1803, as quoted in What Kind of Nation by James F. Simon (Chapter 8,. 185).

  • "In heart and sentiment, as well as by birth and interest, I am an American, attached to the genuine principles of the Constitution, as sanctioned by the will of the people, for their general liberty, prosperity, and happiness."
-- John Marshall, future Supreme Court Chief Justice, as quoted in What Kind of Nation? by James F. Simon (p. 70)

  • "But there is also something radically democratic about firearms in particular that explains their singularly explosive growth in the West. Guns destroy the hierarchy of the battlefield, marginalizing the wealthy mailed knight and rendering even the carefully trained bowman ultimately irrelevant."
-- Victor Davis Hanson in "WHY THE WEST HAS WON (and will): Freedom is the Ultimate Weapon", American Spectator (2002 Feb 24)

  • "Indigenous armies in Vietnam and Central America have had success against Europeans-but largely to the degree that they were supplied with automatic weapons, high explosives and ammunition produced to Western specifications."
-- Victor Davis Hanson in "WHY THE WEST HAS WON (and will): Freedom is the Ultimate Weapon", American Spectator (2002 Feb 24)

  • "The fact that content at any particular time is free tells us nothing about whether using that content is 'theft.' Similarly, an argument for increasing control by content owners needs more than 'they didn’t pay for this use' to back up the argument."
-- Lawrence Lessig in "Control & Creativity: The future of ideas is in the balance", American Spectator (2002 Feb 24)

  • "Something very dangerous is going on here. Private property, including intellectual property, is essential to our way of life. It provides an incentive for investment and innovation; it stimulates the flourishing of our culture; it protects the moral entitlements of people to the fruits of their labors. But reducing too much to private property can be bad medicine."
-- Judge Alex Kozinski, as quoted by Lawrence Lessig in "Control & Creativity: The future of ideas is in the balance", American Spectator (2002 Feb 24)

  • "Distinctions between citizens solely because of their ancestry are by their very nature odious to a free people whose institutions are based upon a doctrine of equality."
-- Harlan Stone, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, in the majority decision of the Hirabayashi decision on the relocation and internment of American citizens solely on the basis of their Japanese ancestry. OK, so somehow Stone was arguing in support of the policy. But the sentiment expressed is still a good one. As quoted in All the Laws but One, by Chief Justice Rehnquist.

  • "As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country."
-- Abraham Lincoln, as quoted by William Safire in his  New York Times column (2000 Feb 20)  It sounds like old Abe understood the 21st century, too.

  • "As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy."
-- Abraham Lincoln

  • "You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today."
-- Abraham Lincoln

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