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Calvin Coolidge – Men speak of natural rights

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Men speak of natural rights, but I challenge any one to show where in nature any rights existed or were recognized until there was established for their declaration and protection a duly promulgated body of corresponding laws.

Calvin Coolidge  

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Ron Paul – Element of a free society

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Ron PaulThe most important element of a free society, where individual rights are held in the highest esteem, is the rejection of the initiation of violence.

Ron Paul   (1935-)

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Samuel Johnson – The right to utter truth

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Samuel JohnsonEvery man has a right to utter what he thinks truth, and every other man has a right to knock him down for it. Martyrdom is the test.

Samuel Johnson   (1709-1784)

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Edmund Burke – Compromise and barter

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Edmund BurkeAll government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter. We balance inconveniences; we give and take; we remit some rights, that we may enjoy others; and we choose rather to be happy citizens than subtle disputants.

Edmund Burke   (1729-1797)

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Thomas Sowell – Arguing without an argument

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Thomas SowellOne of the most remarkable — and popular — ways of seeming to argue without actually producing any arguments is to say that some individual or group has a ‘right’ to something that you want them to have.

Thomas Sowell   (1930-)

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Christopher Hitchens – Those who campaign for animal liberation

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Christopher HitchensThose who campaign for animal liberation have confused the issue unnecessarily by borrowing human terminology. While the proletarian condition can be abolished and women can cease to be chattels and whole races can throw off slavery, there is no means of freeing animals from the condition of being beasts. For all I know, that is just as well.

Christopher Hitchens  

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Louis Brandeis – New rights and common law

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Louis BrandeisPolitical, social, and economic changes entail the recognition of new rights, and the common law, in its eternal youth, grows to meet the demands of society . . .Now the right to life has come to mean the right to enjoy life, — the right to be let alone; the right to liberty secures the exercise of extensive civil privileges; and the term ‘‘property” has grown to comprise every form of possession — intangible, as well as tangible.

Louis Brandeis   (1856-1941)
The Right to Privacy

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John Adams – The most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge

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John AdamsLiberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right. . .and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean of the characters and conduct of their rulers.

John Adams   (1735-1826)
A Dissertation on the Canon and Federal Law

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Milton Friedman – Economic and political freedom

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Milton FriedmanFreedom in economic arrangements is itself a component of freedom broadly understood, so economic freedom is an end in itself. . .Economic freedom is also an indispensable means toward the achievement of political freedom.

Milton Friedman   (1912-2006)
Capitalism and Freedom

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Friedrich Nietzsche – No one talks more passionately about rights. . .

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Friedrich NietzscheNo one talks more passionately about his rights than he who in the depths of his soul doubts whether he has any. By enlisting passion on his side he wants to stifle his reason and its doubts: thus he will acquire a good conscience and with it success among his fellow men.

Friedrich Nietzsche   (Oct 15, 1844-Aug 25, 1900)

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