Freedom has no guarantees. You might be free but you're not secure. If you want security then you'll have to give up some of your freedom. How secure do you want to be? Partial security will cost a little freedom. Total security requires you to relinquish all your freedom. To be risk-free means not being free at all. Big brother can cover you, front and back, but he'll have to move in―24/7―and he has his own agenda. And Oh yes, he'll also need complete access to all your files and accounts. But think about how much easier you'll sleep, knowing he's got you and the whole world in his hands! Esau sold his birthright for a mess of pottage!
- "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."
- "Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters."
- "History has well substantiated the fact that, under the right conditions, fallen and foolish man has always given up independence and freedom, for even the illusion of peace and security. If society's great international architects can manufacture the precise conditions, as in their adventures in Europe, all vestiges of freedom will fall in America."
—Samuel L. Webster, 1935