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People crushed by law have no hope but from power. If laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to laws; and those who have much to hope and nothing to lose will always be dangerous... (Quote by - Edmund Burke)

During the last dozen years the tales of suppression of free assemblage, free press, and free speech, by local authorities or the State operating under martial law have been so numerous as to have become an old story. They are attacked at the instigation of an economically and socially powerful class, itself enjoying to the full the advantages of free communications, but bent on denying them to the class it holds within its power. (Quote by - Edward Alsworth Ross)

If the political-correctness fascists get their way, we can safely assume it will be correct-thinking, “political cleansing” squads deciding what we can or cannot say on the Intenet. These people fear public debate and demand homogenization of “acceptable” attitudes compatible with their emotional, utopian idealism. (Quote by - Charles W. Moore)

They were protesting police brutality, oppression and other social ills that were hurting the black community. ... I don't say that justifies it. But people understood what they really meant by it. (Quote by - Bill Hampton)

Never underestimate internalized racism. People can be oppressed, yet continue to express their oppression in their own choices. (Quote by - Susan Morris)

Half a world away nations that once lived under oppression and tyranny are now budding democracies due in large part to America 's leadership and the sacrifices of our military. (Quote by - Bob Riley)

It is bad to be oppressed by a minority, but it is worse to be oppressed by a majority. (Quote by - Lord Acton)

The horror of class stratification, racism, and prejudice is that some people begin to believe that the security of their families and communities depends on the oppression of others, that for some to have good lives there must be others whose lives are truncated and brutal. (Quote by - Dorothy Allison)

Wherever the real power in a Government lies, there is the danger of oppression. In our Governments the real power lies in the majority of the community, and the invasion of private rights is chiefly to be apprehended, not from acts of Government contrary to the sense of its constituents, but from acts in which the Government is the mere instrument of the major number of the Constituents. (Quote by - James Madison)

Justice in the hands of the powerful is merely a governing system like any other. Why call it justice? Let us rather call it injustice, but of a sly effective order, based entirely on cruel knowledge of the resistance of the weak, their capacity for pain, humiliation and misery. (Quote by - Georges Bernanos)

The number of laws is constantly growing in all countries and, owing to this, what is called crime is very often not a crime at all, for it contains no element of violence or harm. (Quote by - P. D. Ouspensky)

Rap's conscious response to the poverty and oppression of U.S. blacks is like some hideous parody of sixties black pride. (Quote by - David Foster Wallace)

Here I close my opinion. I could not say less in view of questions of such gravity that go down to the very foundations of the government. If the provisions of the Constitution can be set aside by an Act of Congress, where is the course of usurpation to end? The present assault upon capital is but the beginning. It will be but the stepping-stone to others, larger and more sweeping, till our political contests will become a war of the poor against the rich; a war growing in intensity and bitterness. (Quote by - Justice Stephen J. Field)

The mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of God. (Quote by - Thomas Jefferson)

Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another. (Quote by - Nelson Mandela)

Persecution produced its natural effect on them. It found them a sect; it made them a faction. (Quote by - Thomas Babington Macaulay)

First we kill all the subversives; then, their collaborators; later, those who sympathize with them; afterward, those who remain indifferent; and finally, the undecided. (Quote by - General Iberico Saint Jean)

Loss of freedom seldom happens overnight. Oppression doesn't stand on the doorstep with toothbrush moustache and swastika armband -- it creeps up insidiously... step by step, and all of a sudden the unfortunate citizen realizes that it is gone. (Quote by - Baron Lane)

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way. (Quote by - Viktor Frankl)

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death! (Quote by - Patrick Henry)

In 1950, the average family of four paid 2% of its earnings to federal taxes. Today it pays 24%. (Quote by - William R. Mattox, Jr.)

It is the theory of all modern civilized governments that they protect and foster the liberty of the citizen; it is the practice of all of them to limit its exercise, and sometimes very narrowly. (Quote by - H. L. Mencken)

Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison ... the only house in a slave State in which a free man can abide with honor. (Quote by - Henry David Thoreau)

In Germany, the Nazis first came for the communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, but I didn't speak up because I was a protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak for me. (Quote by - Reverend Martin Niemoeller)

An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens. (Quote by - Thomas Jefferson)


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