On Liberty

Jul 5, 2007 at 2:43 PM
Yes, we did produce a near-perfect republic. But will they keep
it? Or will they, in the enjoyment of plenty, lose the memory of
freedom? Material abundance without character is the path of
destruction.



Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will
within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do
not add 'within the limits of the law,' because law is often but
the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of
the individual.




Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth
itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted
vehicle.




The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.


Thomas Jefferson

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