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Libertarian Quotes #19

I often warn people: “Somewhere along the way, someone is going to tell you, ‘There is no “I” in team.’ What you should tell them is, ‘Maybe not. But there is an “I” in independence, individuality and integrity.
Geoge Carlin1937–2008

That the said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms …
Samuel Adams1722–1803

Zora Neale Hurston 1891–1960

Races have never done anything. What seems race achievement is the work of individuals. The white race did not go into a laboratory and invent incandescent light. That was Edison. The Jews did not work out Relativity. That was Einstein. The Negros did not find out the inner secrets of peanuts and sweet potatoes, nor the secret of the development of the egg. That wad Carver and Just. If you are under the impression that every white man is Edison, just look around a bit. If you have the idea that every Negro is a Carver, you had better take off plenty of time to do your searching.
Zora Neale Hurston 1891–1960

Violence is an evil thing, but when the guns are all in the hands of the men without respect for human rights, then men are really in trouble.
Louis L’Amour 1908–1988

When once a social order is well established, no matter what injustice it involves, those who occupy a position of advantage are not long in coming to believe that it is the only possible and reasonable order.
Suzanne La Follette 1893–1963

Libertarianism has been so distorted. I mean I don’t know if I have to pull my name out of that ring. It’s been adopted by people who don’t seem to hold the responsibility side of it and don’t seem to hold the compassion side of it.

I can see arguments for not wearing seatbelts and I can see arguments for not wearing motorcycle helmets but I cannot see any argument for driving drunk. And that is what not wearing a mask is. It’s not risking yourself. It’s risking the people around you which I don’t see a way that that’s your right.
Penn Jillette 1955 —

Prohibition goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation and makes crimes out of things that are not crimes. A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.
Abraham Lincoln • 1809–1865

We live in a progressive age, or at least we flatter ourselves that we do. The worst reactionary thinks that he is a great libertarian, and that he stands for freedom, for progress, for advancement.
Dr. William J. Robinson 1867–1936

Bigotry does not consort easily with free trade.
Peter Akroyd • 1949—

The critical point is that thousands of people are swept into the criminal justice system every year pursuant to the drug war without much regard for their guilt or innocence. The police are allowed by the courts to conduct fishing expeditions for drugs on the streets and freeways based on nothing more than a hunch…and once inside the system, people are often denied attorneys or meaningful representation and pressured into plea bargains by the threat of unbelievably harsh sentences — sentences for minor drug crimes that are higher than many countries impose on convicted murderers. This is the way the roundup works, and it works this way in virtually every major city in the United States.
Michelle Alexander • 1967—

You can’t say civilization isn’t advancing: in every war they kill you in a new way.
Will Rogers 1879–1935

The due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment protects an area of personal liberty not yet wholly delimited. “While this Court has not attempted to define with exactness the liberty thus guaranteed, the term has received much consideration and some of the included things have been definitely stated. Without doubt, it denotes not merely freedom from bodily restraint, but also the right of the individual to contract, to engage in any of the common occupations of life, to acquire useful knowledge, to marry, establish a home and bring up children, to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience, and, generally, to enjoy those privileges long recognized at common law as essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men.
California Supreme Court, Perez v. Sharp, 1948.

The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.
H.L. Mencken • 1880–1953

The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.
Jim Morrison • 1943–1971

Capital punishment has always been a religious punishment. [A condemned man] is certainly deprived of his earthly life, yet his opportunity for reparation is preserved. The real judgment is not pronounced in this world, but in the next. Religious values, especially the belief in an eternal life, are thus the only ones on which the death penalty can be based, since according to their own logic they prevent that penalty from being final and irreparable.
Albert Camus • 1913–1960

In investigating nature you will do well to bear ever in mind that in every question there is the truth, whatever our notions may be. This seems, perhaps, a very simple consideration, yet it is strange how often it seems to be disregarded. I remember at an early period of my own life showing to a man of high reputation as a teacher some matters which I happened to have observed. And I was very much struck and grieved to find that, while all the facts lay equally clear before him, those only which squared with his previous theories seemed to affect his organs of vision.
Joseph Lister • 1827–1912

The only way we’ll get freedom for ourselves is to identify ourselves with every oppressed people in the world.
Malcolm X • 1925–1965

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James Peron

James Peron is the president of the Moorfield Storey Institute, was the founding editor of Esteem a LGBT publication in South Africa under apartheid.