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"If my family have freedom, and I have not given them one shilling, they would be rich. If they would not have freedom, and I have given them the whole world, they would be poor. "

Patrick Henry portrait    Patrick Henry


If it is believed that... elementary schools will be better managed by the governor and council, the commissioners of the literary fund or any other general authority of the government than by the parents within each ward, it is a belief against all experience. Try the principle one step further, and... commit to the governor and council the management of all our farms, our mills and merchants' stores... No, my friend, the way to have good and safe government is not to trust it all to one, but to divide it among the many, distributing to every one exactly the functions he is competent to. Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale


The Founding Fathers were correct in not assigning the federal government a role in education. It is impossible for a central planner to know what is the appropriate education for millions of individual children who are in school every day. Only parents can know what is appropriate for their child. To think that a federal bureaucracy in Washington D.C. can better determine even a portion of what is to be taught in schools from Miami, Florida, to Anchorage, Alaska is at best misguided and at worst a threat to our Liberty.  F.A Hayek, Nobel Laureate

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Plato Apology

How, you men of Athens, have been affected by my accusers, I do not know; but I, for my part, almost forgot my own identity, so persuasively did they talk; and yet there is hardly a word of truth in what they have said.

But I was most amazed by one of the many lies that they told--when they said that you must be on your guard not to be deceived by me, because I was a clever speaker. For I thought it the most shameless part of their conduct that they are not ashamed because they will immediately be convicted by me of falsehood by the evidence of fact, when I show myself to be not in the least a clever speaker, unless indeed they call him a clever speaker who speaks the truth; for if this is what they mean, I would agree that I am an orator--not after their fashion.

Now they, as I say, have said little or nothing true; but you shall hear from me nothing but the truth. Not, however, men of Athens, speeches finely tricked out with words and phrases, as theirs are, nor carefully arranged, but you will hear things said at random with the words that happen to occur to me. For I trust that what I say is just; and let none of you expect anything else.;loeb&browse=

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