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Question everything. Any problem can be solved if you learn to ask the right questions
Socrates
I have stood by the laws and beneited from the laws my entre life. i will not abandon them now
socrates
An ideal society would be governed by "philosopher kings" who are trained in the art of reason and who have no private property, emotional or sexual relationships to distract or corrupt them
Plato
Every person in society should excel at something
Plato
According to the laws of nature, some people are born to rule and others are born to be ruled
Aristotle
One who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command
Machiavelli
When it comes to ruling a people, the end justifies the means
Machiavelli
It is better to be feared than to be loved
Machiavelli
Avoid direct confrontation. Stab your rivals in the back while pretending to be their friend
Machiavelli
Politics have no relation to morals. One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be decieved
Machiavelli
The best form of government is one in which the legislative, executive and judicial powers are separate; checking and balancing each other.
Montesquieu
Man is born free, and is everywhere in chains
Rousseau
Direct democracy is the only way democracy will work
Rousseau
Savages in a sate of nature live happily, free, equal and peaceful.. it is only when we claim ownership of property that murder, inequality and war occur
Rousseau
The will of the people can not be decided by elected representatives
Rousseau
All political power must reside within the people. there can be NO separation of powers
Rousseau
I may disagree with everything you say, but i will fight to the death your right to say it
Voltaire
In a state of nature everyone suffers from continuous fear and danger of violent death; the life of man is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short
Hobbes
Humans are, by nature, prone to chaos and self-destruction and only a powerful king can enforce civilized behavior and prevent the strong from destroying the weak.
Hobbes
The king holds absolute power and this is more important than natural rights
Hobbes
Natural rights of the people trump a king's powers
Locke
Natural rights such as life, liberty and property exist in a state on nature and can never be taken away
Locke
Government has the right to govern only with the consent of the people
Locke
If a government violates the rights of the people, breaking the social contract, the people have the right to revolt and establish a new government.
Locke
If men were angels, no government would be necessary
Madison
The most common causes of factions and political conflict are the unequal distribution of wealth an dproperty, religion, ideology and attachment to various leaders.
Madison
The best way to prevent one faction from gaining control of the government (majority rule) is through a ssytem of separation of powers, checks and balances, and placing as much of the government as possible beyond the direct control of the majority
Madison
Men love welath and power. the government should play a key role in containing the natural self-interest of people
Hamilton
The United States should have a strong government with an elected king
Hamilton
The principle objection of government is to protect property
Gouvernor Morris
No property, no vote
Goubernor Morris
The constitution is an enemy of freedom. it is a class-based document,intended to insure that a particular economic elite controls the national government. it contains no protection of fundamental liberties (bill of rights)
Jefferson
In the past, the danger to individual liberty has been that monarchs held power at the expense of the common people. that struggle was one of gaining liberty by limiting the power of the government. since the power has passed to the hands of the peopole. the danger now is "the tyranny of the majority"
John Stuart Mill