Friday, May 8, 2009


We finally got our hands on a copy of Liberty and Tyranny by Mark Levin. My littlest one has started reading it already ;)And since certain people have been quoting or relating to Abraham Lincoln a lot over the past several months, here is a quote from Abe himself, which appears on the back of Levin's book:

"We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others, the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men's labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name - liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatible names - liberty and tyranny."
Abraham Lincoln, 1864


My note: To me, those words show the difference between Freedom/Liberty and the generalized words of Karl Marx in the Communist Manifesto: "From each according to his means, To each according to his needs". I have heard countless people lately say they AGREE with that statement, and then in the same breath say they do not support socialism or communism.

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