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To Speak Freely
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Every man is a proprietor in government, and considers it a necessary part of his business to understand. It concerns his interest, because it affects his property. He examines the cost, and compares it with the advantages; and above all, he does not adopt the slavish custom of following what in other governments are called LEADERS. It can only be by blinding the understanding of man, and making him believe that government is some wonderful mysterious thing, that excessive revenues are obtained. It is the popery of government; a thing kept up to amuse the ignorant, and quiet them into taxes. The government of a free country, properly speaking, is not in the persons, but in the laws. The enacting of those requires no great expense; and when they are administered, the whole of civil government is performed--the rest is all court contrivance.
- Thomas Paine, Rights of Man (part two)
Chaplin said it best
"Men are not valued in this country, or in any country,
for what they are; they are valued for what they can do.
It is vain that we talk about being men, if we do not do the work of men."
- Frederick Douglass
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