Ayn Rand on dictatorship
What the rule of brute force does to men and how it destroys the best, will be the same in 1925, in 1955 or in 1975 - whether the secret police is called G.P.U. or N.K.V.D., whether men eat millet or bread, whether they live in hovels or in housing projects, whether the rulers wear red shirts or brown ones.
Volumes can be and have been written about the issue of freedom versus dictatorship, but, in essence, it comes down to a single question: do you consider it moral to treat men as sacrificial animals and to rule them by physical force?
From Ayn Rand's October 1958 foreward to We The Living (60th anniversary edition).
Quotes of note
"Free speech is the absolute fundamental of democracy. Where freedom of speech is silenced, we find only tyranny and oppression."
- Lennart Pettersson
"No-one escapes when freedom fails,
The best, they rot in filthy jails,
And those who cried appease, appease,
Are hanged by those they tried to please"
"The true fight against fascism is the fight against the false anti-fascists."
- Jaques Comptere
"A right is not what someone gives you; it's what no one can take from you."
- Ramsey Clark