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Lord Acton

To quote Lord Acton over and over and ...

Submitted by Roanman on Fri, 11/04/2011 - 06:27


“Official truth is not actual truth.”

 “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

“Progress, the religion of those who have none.”

 “Political atheism: End justifies the means. This is still the most widespread of all the opinions inimical to liberty.”

“Divided, or rather multiplied, authorities are the foundation of good government.”

 “Bureaucracy is undoubtedly the weapon and sign of a despotic government, inasmuch as it gives whatever government it serves, despotic power.”

“Bureaucracy tries to establish so many administrative maxims that the minister is as narrowly controlled and guided as the judge.”

“It is bad to be oppressed by a minority, but it is worse to be oppressed by a majority.”

 “There should be a law to the People besides its own will.”

 “Democracy generally monopolizes and concentrates power.”

“Americans dreaded democracy and contrived their constitution against it.”

“For it is a most striking thing that the views of pure democracy...were almost entirely unrepresented in [the American] convention.”

 “The true natural check on absolute democracy is the federal system, which limits the central government by the powers reserved, and the state governments by the powers they have ceded.”

 “Limitation is essential to authority. A government is legitimate only if it is effectively limited.”

“Authority that does not exist for Liberty is not authority but force.”

“The will of the people cannot make just that which is unjust.”

 “A convinced man differs from a prejudiced man as an honest man from a liar.”

“By liberty I mean the assurance that every man shall be protected in doing what he believes is his duty against the influence of authority and majorities, custom and opinion.”

“It is easier to find people fit to govern themselves than people fit to govern others.”

 “The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern.”


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