“Nothing can be conceived more destructive of human happiness; more infallibly contrived to transform Men and Women into Brutes, Yahoos, or Dæmons than a [Plato’s] Community of Wives and Property. Yet, in what, are the Writings of Rousseau and Helvetius wiser than those of Plato? “The Man who first fenced a Tobacco yard, and Said this is mine ought instantly to have been put to death” Says Rousseau. “The Man who first pronounced the barbarous Word ‘Dieu,’ ought to have been immediately destroyed,” Says Diderot.
In Short Philosophers antient and modern appear to me as mad as Hindoos, Mahomitans and [cabballistical] Christians. No doubt they would all think me mad, and for any thing I know this globe may be, the bedlam, Le Bicatre of the Universe.
After all; as long as Property exists, it will accumulate in Individuals and Families, As long as Marriage exists, Knowledge, Property and Influence will accumulate in Families. … So sure as the Idea and the existence of Property is admitted and established in society, Accumulations of it will be made, the Snow ball will grow as it rolls.”
John Adams, Letter to Thomas Jefferson (via philosophicalconservatism)
“The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody had decided not to see.”
– Ayn Rand (via craiganthonywells)
“It is a general popular error to imagine the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.”
– Edmund Burke (1729 – 1797) Irish statesman and political thinker (via philosophicalconservatism)
“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies. ~ Groucho Marx”
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“True, it is evil that a single man should crush the herd,
but see not there the worse form of slavery,
which is when the herd crushes out the man.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The tyranny of the majority is not simply as bad but worse than the tyranny of a single king, dictator or autocrat. An autocrat can be unseated if a sufficient amount of public sentiment can be rallied to challenge his power. But when public sentiment itself establishes a tyranny it can not be challenged though direct action. In truth the only secure tyranny is one that is bolstered by the majority.
“if a slave can have a country in this world, it must be any other in preference to that in which he is born to live and labour for another: in which he must lock up the faculties of his nature, contribute as far as depends on his individual endeavours to the evanishment of the human race, or entail his own miserable condition on the endless generations proceeding from him. With the morals of the people, their industry also is destroyed. For in a warm climate, no man will labour for himself who can make another labour for him. This is so true, that of the proprietors of slaves a very small proportion indeed are ever seen to labour. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever: that considering numbers, nature and natural means only, a revolution of the wheel of fortune, an exchange of situation, is among possible events: that it may become probable by supernatural interference! The Almighty has no attribute which can take side with us in such a contest.”
– Thomas Jefferson, Notes about slavery on the State of Virginia, 1781
“The academically trained generation of 1968 realized that they could not mobilize the masses, least of all the “proletariat,” so they set out to “march through the institutions.” And this actually brought them into eventual positions of power in politics, media, the universities, and the judiciary.”
– Gabriele Kuby (via madamescherzo)
“Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.”
– Henry David Thoreau, Walden (via bookporn)
“When we say, that all men are equal; we mean not to apply this equality to their virtues, their talents, their dispositions, or their acquirement. In all these respects, there is, and it is fit for the great purposes of society that there should be, great inequality among men.”
– James Wilson (1742–1798) Founding Father, legal theorist and one of Washington’s first appointees to the Supreme Court. (via philosophicalconservatism)
“He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates his duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.”
– Thomas Paine (1737/ 1736 – 1809) English American revolutionist and pamphleteer (via philosophicalconservatism)
“Nationalism is not to be confused with patriotism. Both words are normally used in so vague a way that any definition is liable to be challenged, but one must draw a distinction between them, since two different and even opposing ideas are involved. By ‘patriotism’ I mean devotion to a particular place and a particular way of life, which one believes to be the best in the world but has no wish to force on other people. Patriotism is of its nature defensive, both militarily and culturally. Nationalism, on the other hand, is inseparable from the desire for power. The abiding purpose of every nationalist is to secure more power and more prestige, not for himself but for the nation or other unit in which he has chosen to sink his own individuality.”
– George Orwell: Notes on Nationalism
“Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you.”
– Walt Whitman (via madamescherzo)
In the immortal words of Adventure Time, “Sucking at something is the first step to being sorta good at something.”
You’re not going to wake up one day & be the talented screenwriter you’ve always wanted to be unless you’ve put in the hard work and sucked at it first. Learn from your bad scripts, your good and your great scripts.