Freedom and Ignorance


Ben Franklin

Ben Franklin

“Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.” - Benjamin Franklin

"This will be the best security for maintaining our liberties. A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins." - Ben Franklin

“Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.” - Ben Franklin


Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” –Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey, 1816.

"When the government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny." -- Thomas Jefferson.

“Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms (of government) those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny” - Thomas Jefferson


James Madison

James Madison

“Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpation” - James Madison

“If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy” - James Madison

“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” - James Madison


Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler

“All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach.” - Adolf Hitler

“By the skillful and sustained use of propaganda, one can make a people see even heaven as hell or an extremely wretched life as paradise” - Adolf Hitler

“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it” - Adolf Hitler

Also see: How Hitler Became a Dictator http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/September2006/010906Hitler.htm


Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

“He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice.” - Albert Einstein

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe." - Albert Einstein

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” - Albert Einstein

Others

"We have met the enemy and they are ours!" --Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, 1813.

"Freedom isn't free." --Anonymous


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