Justice Louis Brandies

Perhaps the biggest single problem in our world today is wrapper up in our perception of who is the enemy and where to look for the source of attacks on our love of freedom.

I came upon this quote in Milton & Rose Friedman’s book “Free To Choose.” Louis Dembitz Brandeis was an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States from 1916 to 1939. The quote is from his widely cited dissenting opinion in Olmstead v. United States (1928).

“Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purposes are beneficial. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil minded rulers. The greater dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning, but without understanding.”

It is time to increase our vigilance in watching those closely who ‘have our best interests at heart.’ I want to live in a country where I am the only one who determines exactly what my best interests are. How about you? Are you tired of being steamrolled yet?

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