Civilizations begin, flourish, decline, and disappear—or linger on as stagnant pools left by once life-giving streams. —Will Durant
Government is the natural enemy of freedom. That was the great American truth. Thomas Jefferson was its zealot. He was a radical republican before the word “democrat” was acceptable, keeping feud with the Federalists, who were for strong government; and yet this truth was never in dispute between them, really; the American Government in the republican form was a constitutional, representative, limited government, with the emphasis always on the limited.
If people cannot limit government they will not for long be free. There is in government a living impulse to extend itself indefinitely; and there is in freedom a necessity to resist that impulse. The natural tendency, as Jefferson said, is for government to prevail and freedom to give way.
==Insatiable Government (Garet Garrett)
The pyramid, with its top-down, command-and-control system of centralized authority, has been the dominant organizational model in Western society since at least the time of Plato. The assumption underlying this model is that social order can be achieved only if major decision-making is centralized within established institutions, most notably the state. This view provides the foundation for “collectivism,” defined by one source as “a doctrine or system that makes the group or the state responsible for the social and economic welfare of its members.
==Boundaries of Order (LvMI) (Butler Shaffer)
Looks without seeing, listens without hearing, touches without feeling, eats without tasting, moves without physical awareness, inhales without awareness of odour or fragrance, and talks without thinking.
==Leonardo da Vinci on the human mind
In an emotional speech on his final visit north of the border before polling day, the prime minister warned that a yes vote would end the UK “for good, for ever” and would deprive the Scottish people of a shared currency and pooled pension arrangements.
In a seeming attempt to reach out to voters who might be tempted to support independence to free Scotland from the Tories, Cameron said that he would not be prime minister forever – but a break with the rest of the UK would be permanent.