Barry GoldwaterBarry Goldwater, (1909-1998) US Senator (R-Arizona)

Barry Goldwater Quote

“Now those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth, and let me remind you they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyranny.”

Barry GoldwaterBarry Goldwater
~ Barry Goldwater

Senator Goldwater's Acceptance Speech at the Republican National Convention, 1964

Ratings and Comments

David L. Rosenthal

While "absolute power" is undisputedly abused, moreso in the USA by the judiciary, law enforcement, and middle managers than by higher executives, the modern solution to many social issues is to let all do as they please, and so create their version of hell on earth. Now that's progress.

Mike, Norwalk

yep, absolutely. David, those that want liberty know the ills of anarchy (democracy at its ultimate, run amuck) and totalitarian tyranny (in any of its many forms). By way of example: Lysander Spooner, an individualist that supported such sentiment as Goldwater stated here, called himself a Christian Anarchist (which on its face is an oxymoron). Spooner's expressions were that no corporeal person, place or thing had more authority, power, right, or sovereignty than did he personally. AND, any such person or entity seeking power greater than his was creating a most hellish tyranny.

Joe, Rochester, MI

Power corrupts; but absolute power corrupts absolutely. Congress is corrupt and has absolutely stolen power from the people absolutely.

Ken, Allyn, WA

I miss Barry.

E Archer, NYC

Too true.

Me Again
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Me Again    11/20/06

A good contemporary quote.God Bless Barry.Hmmm...1964.It certainly was another world back then.

Jack, Green, OH

Barry also said; "as a Conservative I am for preserving two natural resources: gold and water."

Patrick Henry, Red Hill

They whose temperaments are being tempered by virtue do not aspire to possess power, or to exercise authority over their fellows.

The truly virtuous ones among us are entirely content to responsibly administer their own affairs, apart from their nurturing the illusive notion that they are, necessarily, ideally well equipped to rightly govern the affairs of others.

Mary, MI
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Mary, MI    1/13/21

This quote from Barry Goldwater is as great and wise now as when I read it in Liberty Tree back in 2016.

Denise, Durango

Although he is long gone his quote is a painful look at today. But even the Founders were keenly aware of this (read "Constitutionalism and the Rule of Law)...and there were a few "off thinkers" tho' who doggedly held the view that America should have once again been formed as another monarchy, yet a draconian monarchy was what they'd just escaped....obviously those few must have been the origins of the democrat party...


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