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Theophil Paraian: “A true Christian life”

26 July 2016

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“A true Christian life must necessarily be a life of joy; without joy, it isn’t authentic…”

Elder Theophil Paraian

G. K. Chesterton: “My attitude toward progress”

25 July 2016

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“My attitude toward progress has passed from antagonism to boredom. I have long ceased to argue with people who prefer Thursday to Wednesday because it is Thursday.”

G. K. Chesterton

Alexander Hamilton: “the experience of ages has attested”

25 July 2016

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“For it is a truth, which the experience of ages has attested, that the people are always most in danger when the means of injuring their rights are in the possession of those of whom they entertain the least suspicion.”
– Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 25, December 21, 1787

Thomas Paine: “The balance of power is the scale of peace”

25 July 2016

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“The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms, like law, discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. The balance of power is the scale of peace. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside. And while a single nation refuses to lay them down, it is proper that all should keep them up. Horrid mischief would ensue were one-half the world deprived of the use of them; for while avarice and ambition have a place in the heart of man, the weak will become a prey to the strong. The history of every age and nation establishes these truths, and facts need but little arguments when they prove themselves.”

Thomas Paine, “Thoughts on Defensive War” in Pennsylvania Magazine, July 1775

G. K. Chesterton: “We have had no good comic operas of late”

23 July 2016

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“We have had no good comic operas of late, because the real world has been more comic than any possible opera.”

G. K. Chesterton

Robert P. George: “The counterfeit of freedom”

23 July 2016

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“The counterfeit of freedom consists in the idea of personal and communal liberation from morality, responsibility and truth. It is what our nation’s founders expressly distinguished from liberty and condemned as “license.” The so-called freedom celebrated today by so many of our opinion-shaping elites in education, entertainment and the media is simply the license to do whatever one pleases. This false conception of freedom – false because disordered, disordered because detached from moral truth and civic responsibility – shackles those in its grip no less powerfully than did the chattel slavery of old.”

Robert P. George

St. George Tucker: “the true palladium of liberty”

23 July 2016

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“This may be considered as the true palladium of liberty…. The right of self defense is the first law of nature: in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible. Wherever standing armies are kept up, and the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any color or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction.”
St. George Tucker, Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England, 1803

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