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The southern critique of wage slavery catalyzed in Lincoln a protection of free society. Most northerners, he insisted, have been “neither hirers nor hired,” however labored “for themselves.” ~ Eric Foner

The bourgeoisie … lets him have the looks of appearing from a free selection, of constructing a contract with free, unconstrained consent, as a accountable agent who has attained his majority. Fine freedom, the place the proletarian has no different selection than that of both accepting the circumstances which the bourgeoisie affords him, or of ravenous, of freezing to loss of life, of sleeping bare among the many beasts of the forests! ~ Friedrich Engels

The contract by which he bought his labour-energy to the capitalist proved in black and white, so to talk, that he was free to get rid of himself. But when the transaction was concluded, it was found that he was no ‘free agent’, that the time frame for which he’s free to promote his labour-energy is the time frame for which he compelled to promote it. ~ Karl Marx

In a free society all people act voluntarily, having the liberty to acquire the ability and sources to meet their very own potential.

CONTENT : A – F , G – L , M – R , S – Z , See additionally , External hyperlinks
Arranged alphabetically by creator.

A – F[edit]

  • My personal conviction is that philosophical schooling is required, ethical schooling is required, psychological schooling is required, and that no free society can final with out an acceptable philosophy and supporting tradition. A free society requires and entails an entire set of values, an entire means of taking a look at folks—at human relationships, on the relationship of the person to the state—about which there needs to be some first rate degree of consensus.
  • Free societies are hopeful societies. And free societies might be allies towards these hateful few who haven’t any conscience, who kill on the whim of a hat.
  • The freedom to have a non-public dialog – free from the concern {that a} hostile authorities, a rogue authorities agent or a competitor or a legal are listening – is central to a free society.
    • Cindy Cohn, as quoted in “With the latest WikiLeaks revelations about the CIA – is privacy really dead?”, Olivia Solon, The Guardian, March 9, 2017
  • A free society cherishes nonconformity. It is aware of that from the non-conformist, from the eccentric, have come most of the nice concepts of freedom. Free society should fertilize the soil wherein non-conformity and dissent and individualism can develop.
  • The bourgeoisie has gained a monopoly of all technique of existence within the broadest sense of the phrase. What the proletarian wants, he can get hold of solely from this bourgeoisie, which is protected in its monopoly by the ability of the state. The proletarian is, subsequently, in legislation and actually, the slave of the bourgeoisie, which may decree his life or loss of life. … The bourgeoisie … lets him have the looks of appearing from a free selection, of constructing a contract with free, unconstrained consent, as a accountable agent who has attained his majority. Fine freedom, the place the proletarian has no different selection than that of both accepting the circumstances which the bourgeoisie affords him, or of ravenous, of freezing to loss of life, of sleeping bare among the many beasts of the forests!
  • Read the historical past of the English Poor legal guidelines, and you’ll find that the laboring class of England have, each day because the emancipation of the villeins, been in a worse situation, morally and bodily, than any slaves ever have been. … How comes it that your distinguished neighbor, Gerrit Smith, proposes to make land as free for the enjoyment of all as air and water? Confessedly, as a result of the despotism of capital over labor is insupportable. … Do not the late writers on society in Western Europe, and in our free States, typically admit that these evils are insupportable, and that Free Society requires whole subversion and reorganization? Should you not, subsequently, abolish your type of society and undertake ours, till Mr. Greely or Brigham Young, or Mr. Andrews, or Mr. Goodell, or another socialist of Europe or America, invents and places into profitable follow, a social group higher than both?
    • George Fitzhugh, Letter to A. Hogeboom, January 14, 1856, in Cannibals All!: Or, Slaves Without Masters (1857), pp. 151-153
  • Lincoln was fascinated and disturbed by the writings of proslavery ideologues like George Fitzhugh. The southern critique of wage slavery catalyzed in Lincoln a protection of free society. Most northerners, he insisted, have been “neither hirers nor hired,” however labored “for themselves, on their farms, in their houses, and in their shops, taking the whole product to themselves, and asking no favors of capital on the one hand, nor hirelings or slaves on the other.” Wage earners have been typically younger “beginners,” employed “by their own consent”; opposite to southern expenses, they weren’t “fatally fixed in that condition for life.” Yet even Lincoln’s eloquent exposition couldn’t escape free labor’s inherent ambiguities. Was wage labor a standard, acceptable a part of the northern social order or a short lived standing, related to the dearth of real freedom?
    • Eric Foner, The Story of American Freedom (1998), p. 68
  • In a free society a big diploma of human exercise is not one of the authorities’s enterprise. We ought to make legal what is going on to harm different folks and apart from that we must always go away it to folks to make their very own selections.
    • Barney Frank, commenting on laws to take away federal legal penalties for possession of small quantities of marijuana for private use, CNN Newsroom: Rep. Barney Frank’s Marijuana Bill (30 July 2008)
  • The course of choice on this Court has to date jealously enforced the precept of a free society secured by the prohibition of unreasonable searches and seizures. Its safeguards are to not be worn away by a strategy of devitalizing interpretation.
  • Without a free press there may be no free society. That is axiomatic. However, ‘freedom of the press is not an end in itself but a means to the end of a free society’. The scope and nature of the constitutional assure of the liberty of the press are to be considered and utilized in that mild.
  • I need folks to take thought of their situation and to acknowledge that the upkeep of a free society is a really tough and complex factor and it requires a self-denying ordinance of probably the most excessive sort. It requires a willingness to place up with non permanent evils on the idea of the delicate and complex understanding that when you step in to do one thing about them you not solely could make them worse, you’ll unfold your tentacles and get dangerous outcomes elsewhere.
  • Because we dwell in a largely free society, we are likely to neglect how restricted is the span of time and the a part of the globe for which there has ever been something like political freedom: the everyday state of mankind is tyranny, servitude, and distress.
  • The widespread use of the market reduces the pressure on the social material by rendering conformity pointless with respect to any actions it encompasses. The wider the vary of actions lined by the market, the less are the problems on which explicitly political selections are required and therefore on which it’s obligatory to attain settlement. In flip, the less the problems on which settlement is critical, the larger is the chance of getting settlement whereas sustaining a free society.

G – L[edit]

  • The programs advocated by professed upholders of laissez-faire are in actuality permeated with coercive restrictions of particular person freedom. … What is the federal government doing when it “protects a property right”? Passively, it’s abstaining from interference with the proprietor when he offers with the factor owned; actively, it’s forcing the non-proprietor to desist from dealing with it, except the proprietor consents. Yet Mr. Carver would have it that the federal government is merely stopping the non-proprietor from utilizing drive towards the proprietor. This clarification is clearly at variance with the details—for the non-proprietor is forbidden to deal with the proprietor’s property even the place his dealing with of it includes no violence or drive no matter. … In defending property the federal government is doing one thing fairly aside from merely retaining the peace. It is exerting coercion wherever that’s obligatory to guard every proprietor, not merely from violence, but in addition from peaceable infringement of his sole proper to benefit from the factor owned.
    • Robert Lee Hale, “Coercion and Distribution in a Supposedly Non-Coercive State,” Political Science Quarterly, Vol. 38, No. 3 (Sep., 1923), pp. 470-494
  • A free society means toleration, which in flip comes from openness of thoughts. But freedom additionally presupposes conviction; a free selection—except it’s wholly arbitrary (after which it might not be free)—comes from perception and in the end from precept. A free society, then, cherishes each toleration and conviction.
    • Harvard Committee, Report, General Education in a Free Society, Harvard University Press, 1950, p. 77
  • If we want to protect a free society, it’s important that we acknowledge that the desirability of a selected object will not be enough justification for using coercion.
    • Friedrich Hayek, The Constitution of Liberty, Chap. 6: “Equality, Value and Merit,” Routledge (1960) p. 77, first printed 1960
  • But it is usually true that in a free society a person might be esteemed in accordance with the style wherein he makes use of his freedom.
    • Friedrich Hayek, The Constitution of Liberty, Chap. 5: “Responsibility and Freedom,” Routledge (1960) p. 70, first printed 1960
  • There is all of the distinction on the planet between treating folks equally and trying to make them equal. While the primary is the situation of a free society, the second means as De Tocqueville describes it, ‘a brand new type of servitude.’
    • Friedrich Hayek, “Individualism: True and False” essay (1945); later printed in Individualism and Economic Order, University of Chicago Press (1948) p. 16
  • We should make the constructing of a free society as soon as extra an mental journey, a deed of braveness.
  • Unless we are able to make the philosophic foundations of a free society as soon as extra a dwelling mental concern, and its implementation a activity which challenges the ingenuity and creativeness of our liveliest minds, the prospects of freedom are certainly darkish. But if we are able to regain that perception in energy of concepts which was the mark of liberalism at its greatest, the battle will not be misplaced.
  • In this fixed battle which we name dwelling, we attempt to set a code of conduct in accordance with the society wherein we’re introduced up, whether or not it’s a Communist society or a so-referred to as free society; we settle for a typical of behaviour as a part of our custom as Hindus or Muslims or Christians or no matter we occur to be. We look to somebody to inform us what is true or flawed behaviour, what is true or flawed thought, and in following this sample our conduct and our pondering turn out to be mechanical, our responses computerized. We can observe this very simply in ourselves.
  • The rules of a free society describe not a hierarchy of superior and subordinate authorities however an archipelago of competing and overlapping jurisdictions. A free society is sustained to the extent that legal guidelines honour these rules and authorities function inside the legal guidelines.
    • Chandran Kukathas, The Liberal Archipelago: A Theory of Diversity and Freedom, Oxford University Press, 2003, p. 4
  • A free society is an open society and, subsequently the rules which describe its nature should be rules which admit the variability of human preparations quite than repair or set up or uphold a determinate set of establishments inside a closed order… the basic precept describing a free society is the precept of freedom of affiliation. A primary corollary of that is the precept of freedom of affiliation. A second corollary is the precept of mutual toleration of associations.
    • Chandran Kukathas, The Liberal Archipelago: A Theory of Diversity and Freedom, Oxford University Press, 2003, p. 4
  • If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what by no means was and by no means might be. The functionaries of each authorities have propensities to command at will the freedom and property of their constituents. There is not any protected deposit for these however with the folks themselves; nor can they be protected with them with out data. Where the press is free, and each man in a position to learn, all is protected.
  • In a free society the state doesn’t administer the affairs of males. It administers justice amongst males who conduct their very own affairs.
    • Walter Lippmann The Good Society, Transaction Publishers (2009) p. 267, first printed 1937

M – R[edit]

  • I’ve cherished the best of a democratic and free society wherein all individuals will dwell collectively in concord and with equal alternatives. It is a perfect which I hope to dwell for. But, my lord, if wants be, it is a perfect for which I’m ready to die.
  • During the very first storms of the revolution, the French bourgeoisie dared to remove from the employees the proper of affiliation however simply acquired. By a decree of June 14, 1791, they declared all coalition of the employees as “an attempt against liberty and the declaration of the rights of man,” punishable by a high quality of 500 livres, along with deprivation of the rights of an lively citizen for one 12 months. This legislation which, by way of State compulsion, confined the battle between capital and labour inside limits comfy for capital, has outlived revolutions and adjustments of dynasties. Even the Reign of Terror left it untouched. It was however fairly lately struck out of the Penal Code.
  • It should be acknowledged that our employee emerges from the method of manufacturing wanting totally different from when he entered it. In the market, as proprietor of the commodity ‘labour-energy’, he stood nose to nose with different house owners of commodities, one proprietor towards one other proprietor. The contract by which he bought his labour-energy to the capitalist proved in black and white, so to talk, that he was free to get rid of himself. But when the transaction was concluded, it was found that he was no ‘free agent’, that the time frame for which he’s free to promote his labour-energy is the time frame for which he compelled to promote it, that actually the vampire won’t let go ‘whereas there stays a single muscle, sinew or drop of blood to be exploited’.
  • The strategy of gradual abolition in New England really inscribed the practices of slavery itself in what was fairly arbitrarily outlined because the “free society” to which it gave delivery. The incontrovertible fact that New Englanders started extolling their “free society” the minute the ink was dry on the gradual emancipation statutes doesn’t imply that the statutes inaugurated a state of being that differed materially from the one which existed earlier than the statutes have been handed.
    • Joanne Pope Melish, Disowning Slavery: Gradual Emancipation and “Race” in New England, 1780–1860 (1998)
  • Yet we are able to preserve a free society provided that we acknowledge that in a free society nobody can win on a regular basis. No one can have his personal means on a regular basis, and nobody is true on a regular basis.
    • Richard Nixon, Alfred M. Landon lecture, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, September 16, 1970. Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Richard Nixon, 1970, p. 758
  • Regulating speech is a harmful notion and, not appropriate with the rules of a free society. The Founders acknowledged this, and thus explicitly prohibited Congress from making any legal guidelines that may abridge freedom of speech or of the press.
    • Ron Paul, “An Indecent Attack on the First Amendment,” earlier than the US House of Representatives, (March 10, 2004)
  • The most essential ingredient of a free society, the place particular person rights are held within the highest esteem, is the rejection of the initiation of violence. All initiation of drive is a violation of another person’s rights, whether or not initiated by and particular person or the state,…
    • Ron Paul, Freedom Under Siege: The U.S. Constitution After 200 Years, Ludwig von Mises Institute, (2007) p. 38
  • Socialism is, primarily, the tendency inherent in an industrial civilization to transcend the self-regulating market by consciously subordinating it to a democratic society. It is the answer pure to the economic staff who see no cause why manufacturing shouldn’t be regulated instantly and why markets needs to be greater than a helpful however subordinate trait in a free society. From the standpoint of the neighborhood as an entire, socialism is merely the continuation of that endeavor to make society a distinctively human relationship of individuals which in Western Europe was all the time related to Christian traditions.
  • The hazard to a free society will not be the weapons owned by the residents however an unconstrained authorities, particularly one that’s higher armed than the general public. An armed society is a self-governing society, simply as a disarmed individuals are susceptible to arbitrary energy of each sort.
    • Lew Rockwell, “Guns and Liberty”, Mises Daily, (June 3, 1999)
  • Electoral politics has by no means succeeded in attaining a free society.
    • John Pugsley, as quoted in I Must Speak Out: The Best of The Voluntaryist 1982-1999, Carl Watner, San Francisco: CA, Fox & Wilkes (1999) p. 118
  • The American undertaking of bringing a free society to Iraq couldn’t presumably have labored. Why not? Because a free society requires a free market, and the American regime of conquest was based on socialist planning by the state.
    • Lew Rockwell, Against the State: An Anarcho-Capitalist Manifesto, Auburn: AL, Rockwell Communications LLC (2014) p. 38

S – Z[edit]

  • My definition of a free society is a society the place it’s protected to be unpopular.
  • The first precept of a free society is an untrammeled stream of phrases in an open discussion board.

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