“Freedom has cost too much blood and agony to be relinquished at the cheap price of rhetoric” Thomas Sowell
The author of more than 40 books on history, economics and sociology, Thomas Sowell is one of America’s most formidable public intellectuals. This quote comes from Sowell’s classic book ‘A Conflict of Visions’ which explores the differences in values and assumptions between progressives and conservatives.
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” Ronald Reagan
Arguably the most iconic freedom loving American President in recent history, Ronald Reagan helped bring and end to the Cold War and liberate millions of people from communist rule.
“Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.” Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela was South Africa’s first post apartheid President and fought tirelessly to end his country’s regime of state imposed racial segregation. Having spent more than five decades in prison, Mandela knew better than most how important that freedom is to unlocking human potential.
“A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.” -Milton Friedman
Often credited as the most influential economist of the 20th century, Milton Friedman is remembered as one of the most convincing critics of using a state run economy to make society more equal.
“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” George Washington
As one of America’s founding fathers, George Washington understood the importance of free speech to holding government to account and preventing abuses of power.
“If the natural tendencies of mankind are so bad that it is not safe to permit people to be free, how is it that the tendencies of these organizers are always good? Do not the legislators and their appointed agents also belong to the human race? Or do they believe that they themselves are made of a finer clay than the rest of mankind?”
― Frédéric Bastiat, The Law
Federick Bastiat was one of the early pioneers of the classical liberalism and is renowned for developing the key economic concept of opportunity cost and the parable of the broken window. Bastiat’s work laid the intellectual foundations for the Austrian school of economics, a major influence over modern libertarianism.
If a Tory does not believe that private property is one of the main bulwarks of individual freedom, then he had better become a socialist and have done with it.”Margaret Thatcher
Consistently ranked as Britain’s most significant Prime Minister since Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher reinvigorated Britain’s ailing economy by cutting taxes, privatising state entities and embracing free trade.