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CARLOS SANTANA – Day of Celebration (Freedom)
“And when I speak, I don’t speak as a Democrat. Or a Republican. Nor an American. I speak as a victim of America’s so-called democracy. You and I have never seen democracy – all we’ve seen is hypocrisy. When we open our eyes today and look around America, we see America not through the eyes of someone who has enjoyed the fruits of Americanism. We see America through the eyes of someone who has been the victim of Americanism. We don’t see any American dream. We’ve experienced only the American nightmare.”
― Malcolm X
“The great enemy of freedom is the alignment of political power with wealth. This alignment destroys the commonwealth – that is, the natural wealth of localities and the local economies of household, neighborhood and community – and so destroys democracy, of which the commonwealth is the foundation and practical means.”
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
― Nelson Mandela
“When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”
― Nelson Mandela
“Niemand ist mehr Sklave, als der sich für frei hält, ohne es zu sein.
“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”
“No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.” “The means of defense against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home.”
― James Madison
“The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over the government.”
“Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.”
― Bob Marley
“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free
that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”
“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”
“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.“
“We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.”
“The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them.”
“The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along paying heavy taxes
for which they get nothing in return.”
― Gore Vidal
“Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”
“Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.”
“It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.”
“Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else.”
“The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedoms.”
“We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.”
“Liberty has never come from Government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it.”
“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
“Freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience.
I don’t believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others.”
“You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.”
-Malcolm X (Speech, Prospects for Freedom)
“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”
“He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.”
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
― Benjamin Franklin, Memoirs of the life & writings of Benjamin Franklin
“Better to die on one’s feet than to live on one’s knees.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre
“If you can’t say “Fuck” you can’t say, “Fuck the government.”
― Lenny Bruce
“I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed, without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today – my own government.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
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