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The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return.

The government doesn't have to solve everyone's problem here.

The Government of the absolute majority instead of the Government of the people is but the Government of the strongest interests; and when not efficiently checked, it is the most tyrannical and oppressive that can be devised.

The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.

The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy.

The instant formal government is abolished, society begins to act. A general association takes place, and common interest produces common security.

The less government we have the better - the fewer laws and the less confided power. The antidote to this abuse of formal government is the influence of private character, the growth of the individual.

The less of government the better, if society be kept in peace and prosperity.

The mistakes made by Congress wouldn't be so bad if the next Congress didn't keep trying to correct them.

The only choice which Providence has graciously left to a vicious government is either to fall by the people if they become enlightened, or with them, if they are kept enslaved and ignorant.

The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them.

The principal foundation of all states is in good laws and good arms.

The proper function of a government is to make it easy for the people to do good and difficult for them to do evil.

The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government is to live under the government of worse men.

The safety of the State is the highest law.

The surest way of governing, both in a private family and a kingdom, is, for the husband and the prince sometimes to drop their prerogatives.

The true strength of rulers and empires lies not in armies or emotions, but in the belief of men that they are inflexibly open and truthful and legal. As soon as a government departs from that standard it ceases to be anything more than "the gang in possession," and its days are numbered.

The very idea of the power and right of the people to establish government presupposes the duty of every individual to obey the established government.

The way people in democracies think of the government as something different from themselves is a real handicap. And, of course, sometimes the government confirms their opinion.

The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.


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