At first, freedom seems like a good trading chip. First it’s traded for food, then for things not getting worse (stability), then for safety–and only much later does it turn out that you have no food, safety, stability, or freedom.
No star is ever lost we once have seen,
We always may be what we might have been.
-Adelaide Anne Procter, The Ghost in the Picture Room, 1859.
If you look at the drug war from a purely economic point of view, the role of the government is to protect the drug cartel. That’s literally true.
-Milton Friedman, America’s Drug Forum Interview, 1991
And I tell you this: you do not lead by hitting people over the head. Any damn fool can do that, but it’s usually called “assault”–not
–Dwight Eisenhower, quoted in The Ordeal of Power: a political memoir of the Eisenhower years, Emmet John Hughes, 1963, p.124.
This quote is frequently attributed to Brigham Young, of all people, but there doesn’t seem to be any evidence that he said or wrote this.
“Every time Richard Nixon, when he was running in 1972, would say, ‘Law and order,’ the Democratic match or response was, ‘Law and order with justice’ — whatever that meant. And I would say, ‘Lock the S.O.B.s up.’”
–Joe Biden, Senate Floor Speech, 1994