The Revolution… was the result of a mature and reflecting preference for freedom, and not of a vague or ill-defined craving for independence.
Alexis de Tocqueville
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To lay down… limits to the action of the government; to confer certain rights on private persons, and to secure to them the undisputed enjoyment of those rights… [are] the main objects.
I hold it to be… a detestable maxim that, politically speaking, the people have a right to do anything.
Popularity may be united with hostility to the rights of the people, and the secret slave of tyranny may be the professed lover of freedom.
It profits me but little, after all, that a vigilant authority… averts all dangers from my path… if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life.
Defending rights against the encroachments of the government saves the common liberties of the country.
True friends of liberty… ought constantly to be on the alert to prevent the power of government from lightly sacrificing the private rights of individuals to the general execution of its designs. At such times no citizen is so obscure that it is not very dangerous to allow him to be oppressed; no private rights are so unimportant that they can be surrendered with impunity to the caprices of a government… [because] men accustom themselves to sacrifice private interest without scruple and to trample on the rights of individuals in order more speedily to accomplish any public purpose.
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With the first link, a chain is forged. The first speech censured, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably.
I always touch people, because I know that there’s a level of anxiety, people are teary or they’re nervous, and I just try to physically hold them and bring them down and say: We’re here. I’m just Michelle.’
I would not give half a guinea to live under one form of government other than another. It is of no moment to the happiness of an individual.
I cannot forgive him [Nelson Mandela] for accepting the Nobel Peace Prize with his jailer De Klerk. Hand in hand they went. Do you think De Klerk released him from the goodness of his heart? He had to. The times dictated it, the world had changed.
How people themselves perceive what they are doing is not a question that interests me. I mean, there are very few people who are going to look into the mirror and say, ‘That person I see is a savage monster’; instead, they make up some construction that justifies what they do. If you ask the CEO of some major corporation what he does he will say, in all honesty, that he is slaving 20 hours a day to provide his customers with the best goods or services he can and creating the best possible working conditions for his employees. But then you take a look at what the corporation does, the effect of its legal structure, the vast inequalities in pay and conditions, and you see the reality is something far different.
The general population doesn’t know what’s happening, and it doesn’t even know that it doesn’t know.
We’re going to be campaigning on issues of social justice and poverty, you will be seeing a lot of me.
It was in the townships where we shed so much blood. Nothing could have been achieved without the sacrifice of the people. Black people.
This is not a battle between the United States of America and terrorism, but between the free and democratic world and terrorism.