The authoritarian sets up some book, or man, or tradition to establish the truth. The freethinker sets up reason and private judgment to discover the truth … It takes the highest courage to utter unpopular truths.
The greatest of all infidelities is the fear that the truth will be bad.
If men use their liberty in such a way as to surrender their liberty, are they thereafter any the less slaves? If people by a plebiscite elect a man despot over them, do they remain free because the despotism was of their own making?
All socialism involves slavery … That which fundamentally distinguishes the slave is that he labors under coercion to satisfy another’s desires. The relation admits of many gradations. Oppressive taxation is a form of slavery of the individual to the community as a whole. The essential question is — How much is he compelled to labor for other benefit than his own, and how much can he labor for his own benefit?
A man’s liberties are none the less aggressed upon because those who coerce him do so in the belief that he will be benefited.
We do not commonly see in a tax a diminution of freedom, and yet it clearly is one.
The Republican form of government is the highest form of government: but because of this it requires the highest type of human nature, a type nowhere at present existing.
Civilization is a progress from an indefinite, incoherent homogeneity toward a definite, coherent heterogeneity.
The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.