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Iraq and Ukraine furnish recent examples

July 21st, 2018 · No Comments

“If there is a sin superior to every other, it is that of wilful and offensive war. Most other sins are circumscribed within narrow limits, that is, the power of one man cannot give them a very great extension, and many kinds of sins have only a mental existence from which no infection arises; but […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Thomas Paine

One would think

July 20th, 2018 · No Comments

“When we take a survey of mankind, we cannot help cursing the wretch, who, to the unavoidable misfortunes of nature, shall wilfully add the calamities of war. One would think there were evils enough in the world without studying to increase them, and that life is sufficiently short without shaking the sand that measures it.” […]

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Well, most do

July 19th, 2018 · No Comments

“Mankind are not universally agreed in their determination of right and wrong; but there are certain actions which the consent of all nations and individuals hath branded with the unchangeable name of meanness. In the list of human vices we find some of such a refined constitution, they cannot be carried into practice without seducing […]

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Hammer them into shape

July 18th, 2018 · No Comments

“A substantial good drawn from a real evil, is of the same benefit to society, as if drawn from a virtue; and where men have not public spirit to render themselves serviceable, it ought to be the study of government to draw the best use possible from their vices. When the governing passion of any […]

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Intertwined

July 17th, 2018 · No Comments

“Suspicion and persecution are weeds of the same dunghill, and flourish together.” – Thomas Paine, “The American Crisis”

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Best round ’em up

July 16th, 2018 · No Comments

“When one villain is suffered to escape, it encourages another to proceed, either from a hope of escaping likewise, or an apprehension that we dare not punish.” – Thomas Paine, “The American Crisis”

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Give them an inch

July 15th, 2018 · No Comments

“There is a bastard kind of generosity, which being extended to all men, is as fatal to society, on one hand, as the want of true generosity is on the other. A lax manner of administering justice, falsely termed moderation, has a tendency both to dispirit public virtue, and promote the growth of public evils.” […]

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From each, according to ability

July 14th, 2018 · No Comments

“Nature, in the arrangement of mankind, has fitted some for every service in life: were all soldiers, all would starve and go naked, and were none soldiers, all would be slaves.” – Thomas Paine, “The American Crisis”

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Good luck with that

July 13th, 2018 · No Comments

“It is a much pleasanter task to prevent vice than to punish it, and, however our tempers may be gratified by resentment, or our national expenses eased by forfeited estates, harmony and friendship is, nevertheless, the happiest condition a country can be blest with.” – Thomas Paine, “The American Crisis”

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The map of memory

July 12th, 2018 · No Comments

“Were a man to be totally deprived of memory, he would be incapable of forming any just opinion; every thing about him would seem a chaos: he would have even his own history to ask from every one; and by not knowing how the world went in his absence, he would be at a loss […]

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Famous last words

July 11th, 2018 · No Comments

“An optimist is not the first to shout ‘hurray,’ but the last to shout ‘we’re finished.’ ” – Andrey Stavnitser (quoted by Tim Judah, In Wartime)

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Men are so sensitive and fragile

July 10th, 2018 · No Comments

“She [Olena Maksymenko] was angry. She trained to fight, but she told me that only women with the right connections were being allowed to do so. ‘If there is a choice between a woman with training and a man without, they will choose the man.’ Women like her, she complained, were being shunted into HQ […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · Tim Judah

Give it a try

July 9th, 2018 · No Comments

“I believe most men have more courage than they know of, and that a little at first is enough to begin with.” – Thomas Paine, “The American Crisis”

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The propagandist

July 8th, 2018 · No Comments

“A continual circulation of lies among those who are not much in the way of hearing them contradicted, will in time pass for truth; and the crime lies not in the believer but the inventor.” – Thomas Paine, “The American Crisis”

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We’ve got it made

July 7th, 2018 · No Comments

“Universal empire is the prerogative of a writer. His concerns are with all mankind, and though he cannot command their obedience, he can assign them their duty.” – Thomas Paine, “The American Crisis”

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Let’s hope they’re worthy

July 6th, 2018 · No Comments

“I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.” – Thomas Paine, “The American Crisis”

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I will drink from this cup

July 5th, 2018 · No Comments

“If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” – Thomas Paine, “The American Crisis”

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In other minds, not so much

July 4th, 2018 · No Comments

“There is a natural firmness in some minds which cannot be unlocked by trifles, but which, when unlocked, discovers a cabinet of fortitude.” – Thomas Paine, “The American Crisis”

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Another day at the office

July 3rd, 2018 · No Comments

“To live beneath the authority of those whom we cannot love, is misery, slavery, or what name you please. In that case, there will never be peace. Security will be a thing unknown, because a treacherous friend in power is the most dangerous of enemies.” – Thomas Paine, “The Forester’s Letters”

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No alternatives

July 2nd, 2018 · No Comments

“Let our opinions be what they will, truth as to facts should be strictly adhered to.” – Thomas Paine, “The Forester’s Letters”

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Speak your mind

July 1st, 2018 · No Comments

“He who dares not offend cannot be honest.” – Thomas Paine, “The Forester’s Letters”

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Follow the money

June 30th, 2018 · No Comments

“The political characters, political dependencies, and political connections of men, being of a public nature, differ exceedingly from the circumstances of private life; and are in many instances so nearly related to the measures they propose, that to prevent our being deceived by the last, we must be acquainted with the first. A total ignorance […]

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They’re like that

June 29th, 2018 · No Comments

“In a small village everyone has long memories of other people’s history.” – Tim Judah, In Wartime

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What a fool believes

June 28th, 2018 · No Comments

“What is odd is how much rubbish people believe, disregarding what they must know from their own experiences or those of their families.” – Tim Judah, In Wartime

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Control freaks

June 27th, 2018 · No Comments

“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” – George Orwell, 1984

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Get it right

June 26th, 2018 · No Comments

“The honesty of the press is as great an object to society as the freedom of it.” – Thomas Paine, “The Forester’s Letters” (emphases in original)

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution · Thomas Paine

Shunning the shaming

June 25th, 2018 · No Comments

“As the domestic tranquillity of a nation depends greatly on the chastity of what might properly be called NATIONAL MANNERS, it is often better to pass some things over in silent disdain, than to make use of such new methods of dislike as might introduce the least innovation on that guardian of our peace and […]

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For instance, kidnapping children and holding them hostage

June 24th, 2018 · No Comments

“Immediate necessity makes many things convenient, which if continued would grow into oppressions. Expedience and right are different things.” – Thomas Paine, “Common Sense”

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Long live the king

June 23rd, 2018 · No Comments

“In free countries the law ought to be king; and there ought to be no other.” – Thomas Paine, “Common Sense”

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution · Thomas Paine

So there

June 22nd, 2018 · No Comments

“A government which cannot preserve the peace is no government at all.” – Thomas Paine, “Common Sense”

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