The principles of liberty are not culturally bound.
“They greatly diminished the number of petty fiefs, petty domains, and petty proprietors; they concentrated property and power in a smaller number of hands.”
“Modern Europe, indeed, is born of this struggle between the different classes of society.”
“What remains of Socialism, then, when we come to close quarters with it? And what are the future prospects of this policy of spoliation and of tyranny?”
Hildreth attacks the set of social and behavioral double-standards set for men and women, concluding that more just societies respect women’s rights more fully.
“The object of all their aims…is to increase the powers of the State and to entrust it with the care of the national economic life.”
“Karl Marx is nothing but an inventor and manufacturer of myths with which he abuses the credulity of his followers.”
“Karl Marx and Engels want to convert socialism into a German monopoly, and when Marx says ‘Proletariat of all nations, unite,’ what he means is ‘Pan-Germanise.’”
Proudhon “proclaims the end of the ‘government of man by man’ and of the ‘exploitation of man by man.’ Does he desire that man should be governed by apes?”
Yves Guyot surveys the long history of utopian socialism, from Plato’s lofty speculations to the Jesuits’ brutal exploitation of Paraguay.
Godwin believed that most human beings are brute and imitative, making those precious few liberated individual minds all the more important.
“The hour is approaching when the laboring classes…will recognize that they have a common cause, a common humanity, and a common enemy.”
“The worst thing about Trump is likely to be how moderate he turns out to be. And that American statism, imperialism, will continue to march right along.”
“The white men and women of the South should get down from the delectable mountain of delusive superiority which they have climbed.”
“The color of their skin must cease to be an index to their political creed…The black men and white men of the South have a common destiny.”
“The fate of the lamb has been left to the mercy of the lion and the tiger.”
“Practically, there is no [American] law which [protects] the black man and his rights. He is, like the Irishman in Ireland, an alien in his native land.”
“It was not because the people of the nation hated slavery and oppression that they rushed upon the field of battle.”