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Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom by Ron Paul
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“Ideas are very important to the shaping of society. In fact, they are more powerful than bombings or armies or guns. And this is because ideas are capable of spreading without limit. They are behind all the choices we make. They can transform the world in a way that governments and armies cannot. Fighting for liberty with ideas makes more sense to me than fighting with guns or politics or political power. With ideas, we can make real change that lasts.”
Ron Paul, Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom
“Today’s events are reminiscent of the Old Testament story of how the Israelites demanded a king over God’s objection. They believed that a king would give them peace and security. The results proved otherwise.”
Ron Paul, Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom
“And yet even among the friends of liberty, many people are deceived into believing that government can make them safe from all harm, provide fairly distributed economic security, and improve individual moral behavior. If the government is granted a monopoly on the use of force to achieve these goals, history shows that power is always abused. Every single time.”
Ron Paul, Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom
“If two parties with two sets of bad ideas cooperate, the result is not good policy, but policy that is extremely bad. What we really need are correct economic and politcal ideas, regardless of the party that pushes them.”
Ron Paul, Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom
“It’s amazing that people don’t understand that the more the market is involved and the smaller the government, the lower the price, the better the distribution, and the higher the quality.”
Ron Paul, Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom
“A citizen walking through the airport today is bombarded with 1984-style propaganda messages that are designed to make us fear some amorphous threat and also be suspicious of others. The government designs these messages to make us feel dependent and heavily lorded over in every aspect of our lives. These messages are becoming ever more pervasive, hitting us even in grocery stores when we are shopping.”
Ron Paul, Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom
“When the goal of political action is no longer the defense of liberty, no word other than demagoguery can describe the despicable nature of politics.”
Ron Paul, Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom
“Patriotism never demands obedience to the state but rather obedience to the principles of liberty.”
Ron Paul, Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom
“People tolerate taxes for a while because they have previously accumulated wealth. As the tax burden grows and productivity falls, tax revenue falls and the only answer seems to be higher taxes. If the people can no longer tolerate higher taxes, government merely borrows and creates new money, and then the inflation tax is paid with higher prices. The whole process destabilizes the political system and eventually becomes a threat to civilized progress.”
Ron Paul, Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom
“Years ago, a member of Congress slipped a laminated quote into my hand that he must have thought I would find meaningful. I paid little attention at first and unfortunately I don’t recall just who gave me the quote. I placed it next to my voting card and have carried it ever since. The quote came from Elie Wiesel’s book One Generation After. The quote was entitled “Why I Protest.”

Author Elie Wiesel tells the story of the one righteous man of Sodom, who walked the streets protesting against the injustice of this city. People made fun of him, derided him. Finally, a young person asked: “Why do you continue your protest against evil; can’t you see no one is paying attention to you?” He answered, “I’ll tell you why I continue. In the beginning, I thought I would change people. Today, I know I cannot. Yet, if I continue my protest, at least I will prevent others from changing me.”

I’m not that pessimistic that we can’t change people’s beliefs or that people will not respond to the message of liberty and peace. But we must always be on guard not to let others change us once we gain the confidence that we are on the right track in the search for truth.”
Ron Paul, Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom
“H. L. Mencken said, “The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.”
Ron Paul, Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom
“Liberty built civilization. It can rebuild civilization. And when the tides turn and the culture again celebrates what it means to be free, our battle will be won. It could happen in our time. It might happen after we are gone from this earth. But it will happen. Our job in this generation is to prepare the way.”
Ron Paul, Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom
“only liberty can truly ward off tyranny, the great and eternal foe of mankind.”
Ron Paul, Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom
“In the end, there is no substitute for clear thinking, logic, and common sense.... A better path to enlightenment involves reading and thinking for yourself.”
Ron Paul, Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom
“Ideas are very important for the shaping of society. In fact, they are far more powerful than bombs or armies or guns. And this is because ideas are capable of spreading without limit. They are behind all the choices we make. They can transform the world in a way that governments and armies cannot. Fighting for liberty with ideas makes much more sense to me than fighting with guns or politics or political power. With ideas, we can make real change that lasts”
Ron Paul, Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom
“Ideas are very important for the shaping of society. In fact, they are far more powerful than bombs or armies or guns. And this is because ideas are capable of spreading without limit. They are behind all the choices we make. They can transform the world in a way that governments and armies cannot. Fighting for liberty with ideas makes much more sense to me than fighting with guns or politics or political power. With ideas, we can make real change that lasts.”
Ron Paul, Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom
“Ideas are very important to the shaping of society. In fact, they are far more powerful than bombs or armies or guns. And this is because ideas are capable of spreading without limit. They are behind all the choices we make. They can transform the world in a way that governments and armies cannot. Fighting for liberty with ideas makes much more sense to me than fighting with guns or politics or political power. With ideas, we can make real change that lasts.”
Ron Paul, Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom
“There is one argument against evolution that deserves consideration. If man is evolving and progressing, why is man’s involvement in mass killings of one another getting worse and the struggle for peace more difficult? Government wars and exterminations in the twentieth century reached 262 million people killed by their own governments and 44 million people killed in wars. I fear that doesn’t say much for the evolutionary process.”
Ron Paul, Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom
“Moderates are somehow convinced that they are the saviors of the country, rescuing us all from the effects of philosophical differences. In fact, philosophical differences are healthy because they lead to the clarification of principles. Genuine progress is going to require more confrontation, partisanship, and serious and honest discussion of the truth about government, the economy, and every sector of American life.”
Ron Paul, Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom