To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.
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Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time.
Monarchies, aristocracies, and religions are all based upon that large defect in your race – the individual’s distrust of his neighbor, and his desire, for safety’s or comfort’s sake, to stand well in his neighbor’s eye. These institutions will always remain, and always flourish, and always oppress you, affront you, and degrade you, because you will always be and remain slaves of minorities. There was never a country where the majority of the people were in their secret hearts loyal to any of these institutions.
Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to the country and to mankind is to bring up a family.
Civilisation will not last, freedom will not survive, peace will not be kept, unless a very large majority of mankind unite together to defend them and show themselves possessed of a constabulary power before which barbaric and atavistic forces will stand in awe.
When a man laughs at his troubles he loses a great many friends. They never forgive the loss of their prerogative.
Whenever, therefore, people are deceived and form opinions wide of the truth, it is clear that the error has slid into their minds through the medium of certain resemblances to that truth.
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.