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First Principles: The Right To Freedom Being the Gift of God Almighty, It Is Not the Power of Man To Alienate This Gift

“If men through fear, fraud or mistake, should in terms renounce and give up any essential natural right, the eternal law of reason and the great end of society, would absolutely vacate such renunciation; the right to freedom being the … Continue reading

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First Principles: So Great Is the Wickedness of Some Men, and the Stupid Servility of Others, That One Would Be Almost Inclined To Conclude That Communities Cannot Be Free

“So great is the wickedness of some men, and the stupid servility of others, that one would be almost inclined to conclude that communities cannot be free.” – Samuel Adams (1787)

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First Principles: Among the Natural Rights (of the People) Are There: First, A Right To Life, Secondly, To Liberty; Thirdly to Property

“Among the natural rights [of the people] are these: first, a right to life; secondly, to liberty; thirdly to property; together with the right to support and defend them in the best manner they can.” – Samuel Adams (1772)

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First Principles: In the Supposed State of Nature, All Men Are Equally Bound By the Laws of Nature, Or To Speak More Properly, the Laws of the Creator

“In the supposed state of nature, all men are equally bound by the laws of nature, or to speak more properly, the laws of the Creator.” – Samuel Adams

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First Principles: If the Public Are Bound To Yield Obedience To Laws To Which They Cannot Give Their Approbation, They Are Slaves To Those Who Make Such Laws and Enforce Them

“[I]f the public are bound to yield obedience to laws to which they cannot give their approbation, they are slaves to those who make such laws and enforce them.” – Candidus (1772)

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First Principles: How Strangely Will the Tools of A Tyrant Pervert the Plain Meaning of Words

“How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!” — Samuel Adams, 1776

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First Principles: If Virtue and Knowledge Are Diffused Among the People, They Will Never Be Enslaved. This Will Be Their Great Security

“If Virtue & Knowledge are diffused among the People, they will never be enslav’d. This will be their great Security.” – Samuel Adams (1779)

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First Principles: If Virtue and Knowledge Are Diffused Among the People, The Will Never Be Enslaved. This Will Be Their Great Security

“If Virtue & Knowledge are diffused among the People, they will never be enslav’d. This will be their great Security.” – Samuel Adams (1779)

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First Principles: Nil Desperandium – Never Despair…Where There Is A Spark of Patriotic Fire, We Will Rekindle It

“Nil desperandum, — Never Despair. That is a motto for you and me. All are not dead; and where there is a spark of patriotic fire, we will rekindle it.” – Samuel Adams

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First Principles: In the Supposed State of Nature, All Men Are Equally Bound By the Laws of Nature, Or To Speak More Properly, the Laws of the Creator

“In the supposed state of nature, all men are equally bound by the laws of nature, or to speak more properly, the laws of the Creator.” – Samuel Adams

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