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First Principles: Nothing Is Certain But Death and Taxes

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” – Benjamin Franklin (1789)      

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First Principles: There Has Never Been A Democracy That Did Not Commit Suicide

“Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” – John Adams (and that’s why we’re a republic and not a democracy says every right thinking … Continue reading

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First Principles: It Is the Responsibility of Every Citizen To Question Authority

“It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.” – Benjamin Franklin      

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First Principles: Patience Brings Us Our Goals

“He that can have patience can have what he will.” – Benjamin Franklin    

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First Principles: Those Happily Employed At Good Work Are the Most Content

“When Men are employ’d they are best contented. For on the Days they work’d they were good-natur’d and chearful; and with the consciousness of having done a good Days work they spent the Evenings jollily.” – Benjamin Franklin (1771)   … Continue reading

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First Principles: American Colonies Had Long Been Stopped From Abolishing Slavery Or Even Limiting It By Great Britain

“…. (A) disposition to abolish slavery prevails in North America, that many of Pennsylvanians have set their slaves at liberty, and that even the Virginia Assembly have petitioned the King for permission to make a law for preventing the importation … Continue reading

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First Principles: Without Freedom of Thought There Can Be No Wisdom

“Without freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty, without freedom of speech.” – Benjamin Franklin (1722)    

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First Principles: Man’s Wickedness Will Only Increase Without Religion

“If men are so wicked with religion, what would they be if without it?” – Benjamin Franklin    

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First Principles: Wrong None Through Injury Or Omission of Duty

“Wrong none, by doing injuries or omitting the benefits that are your duty.” – Benjamin Franklin    

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First Principles: Live In Moderation and Avoid Extremes

“Avoid extremes. Forebear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.”  -Benjamin Franklin      

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