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February 26, 2009


We are meeting in the midst of a nation brought to the verge of moral, political and material ruin . . . . From the prolific womb of injustice we breed the two great classes - - tramps and millionaires. -- Populist Party platform, 1892


Anonymous Justice said...

"If, while there is yet time, we turn to Justice and obey her, if we trust Liberty and follow her, the dangers that now threaten must disappear, the forces that now menace will turn to agencies of elevation. Think of the powers now wasted; of the infinite fields of knowledge yet to be explored; of the possibilities of which the wondrous inventions of this century give us but a hint. With want destroyed, with greed changed to noble passions, with the fraternity that is born of equality taking the place of the jealousy and fear that now array men against each other, with mental power loosened by conditions which give to the humblest comfort and leisure; who shall measure the heights to which our civilisation may soar?"

"The rise of wages, the opening of opportunities for all to make an easy and comfortable living, would at once lessen and would soon eliminate from society the thieves, swindlers, and other classes of criminals who spring from the unequal distribution of wealth..."

"Industrial changes imply social changes and necessitate political changes."

"Progressive societies outgrow institutions as children outgrow clothes."

"For every social wrong there must be a remedy. But the remedy can be nothing less than the abolition of the wrong."
-Henry George 1839 - 1897

"Trade is a social act. Whoever undertakes to sell any description of any goods to the public, does what affects the interest of other persons, and of society in general; and thus his conduct, in principal, comes within the jurisdiction of society."
-John Stuart Mill 1806 - 1873

"How far, O rich, do you extend your senseless avarice? Do you intend to be the sole inhabitants of the earth? Why do you drive out the fellow sharers of nature, and claim it all for yourselves? The earth was made for all, rich and poor, in common. Why do you rich claim it as your exclusive right?"
-St. Ambrose 340? - 397

"Iniquity, committed in this world, produces not fruit immediately, but, like the earth, in due season, and advancing by little and little, it eradicates the man who committed it. ...Justice, being destroyed, will destroy; being preserved, will preserve; it must never therefore be violated."
-Manu 1200 bc

March 1, 2009 10:09 AM  

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