Quotes from James Bovard, Frederic Bastiat, and Alexandr Solzhenitsyn on Resisting Tyranny

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Correspondence
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September/October 2000
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5
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5

As we learned from the Clinton administration and much of the media, a machine gun in the hands of a federal agent is now a symbol of benevolence and concern for a child's well-being.

James Bovard
Author, Lost Rights

 

Each of us has a natural right --- from God ---to defend his person, his liberty, and his property...the preservation of any one of them is completely dependent upon the preservation of the other two...If every person has the right to defend - even by force --- his person, his liberty, and his property, then it follows that a group of men have the right to organize and support a common force to protect these rights constantly. Thus the principle of collective right --- its reason for existing, its lawfulness --- is based on individual right...Thus, since an individual cannot lawfully use force against the person, liberty, or property of another individual, then the common force --- for the same reason --- cannot lawfully be used to destroy the person, liberty, or property of individuals or groups.

Frederic Bastiat
The Law (1850)


And how we burned in the camps latter, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, polkers, or whatever else was at hand? After all, you knew ahead of time that those bluecaps were out at night for no good purpose. And you could be sure ahead of time that you'd be cracking the skull of a cutthroat. Or what about the Black Maria sitting out there on the street with one lonely chauffeur --- what if it had been driven off or its tires spiked. The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt!

If...if...We didn't love freedom enough. And even more --- we had no awareness of the real situation. We spent ourselves in one unrestrained outburst in 1917, and then we hurried to submit. We submitted with pleasure! ....We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.

Alexandr I. Solzhenitsyn
The Gulag Archipelago (1970)


Correspondence originally published in the Medical Sentinel 2000;5(5);149-151. Copyright©2000 Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).

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