Saturday, December 15, 2007

From The Books: Worth Remembering

"The most I can hope for is that someday a suggestion I've made is remembered: that our debate would shift to a different plane. Instead of asking which form of intervention and planning government should impose, perhaps someday Congress will debate intervention versus nonintervention, government versus voluntary planning. U.S. sovereignty versus internationalism--the pros and cons of true liberty. Today the debate is basically only that of deciding who will be the victims and who the beneficiaries. I hope the hours of debate over the mechanisms of the political system orchestrated by the special interests will give way to this more important debate on freedom." - Ron Paul in "A Foreign Policy of Freedom: Peace, Commerce and Honest Friendship"

"Again, Mr. Chairman, I believe that the American people are sick and tired of supplying, either deliberately or through accident, both sides of in the conflicts since World War II." - Ron Paul in "A Foreign Policy of Freedom: Peace, Commerce and Honest Friendship"

"Chesterton was an enormous man, weighing well over three hundred pounds and claiming to be suspicious of 'cold, thin people.' He loved nothing better than arguing, and Chesterton's public debates with a wide range of opponents were one of the great spectator sports of early-twentieth-century England. One of his opponents, a dramatist and (later) screenwriter with a delightful name of Cosmo Hamilton, was, like most people who knew him,, simply overwhelmed: 'To hear Chesterton's howl of see him double himself up in an agony of laughter at my personal insults, to watch the effect of his sportsmanship on a shocked audience who were won to mirth by his intense and pea-hen-like quarks of joy was a sight and a sound for the gods...It was monstrous, gigantic, amazing, deadly, delicious. Nothing like it has ever been done before or will ever be seen, heard, and felt like it again." - Alan Jacobs in "The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C.S. Lewis""


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