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Lucky
June 16, 2007, 03:18 PM
There was a quote by someone about how it's the criminal's who's rights you have to protect, because they're representative of everyone and what happens to them happens to all. Anyone know it, or who by?

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geekWithA.45
June 16, 2007, 06:44 PM
I think it was Soljenetzin (sp?) who said that you can tell a lot about a society by how they treat their prisoners.

sm
June 16, 2007, 06:59 PM
But, sir, the people themselves have it in their power effectually to resist usurpation, without being driven to an appeal of arms. An act of usurpation is not obligatory; it is not law; and any man may be justified in his resistance. Let him be considered as a criminal by the general government, yet only his fellow-citizens can convict him; they are his jury, and if they pronounce him innocent, not all the powers of Congress can hurt him; and innocent they certainly will pronounce him, if the supposed law he resisted was an act of usurpation. - Theophilus Parsons

sm
June 16, 2007, 07:16 PM
There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted and you create a nation of law-breakers. - Ayn Rand

sm
June 16, 2007, 07:18 PM
When the policeman becomes the criminal, the criminal must become the policemen . Ayn Rand

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