Carl Schurz Quote

“If you want to be free, there is but one way; it is to guarantee an equally full measure of liberty to all your neighbors. There is no other.”

~ Carl Schurz


Ratings and Comments


Waffler, Smith, Arkansas

Yes and the mentality that snears at or looks down upon their neighbors who may freely join together in groups or "collectives:is not free himself nor does he wish freedom for them.

Daniel New, Hamilton County, Texas

Talk about a hypocrite!!! A Yankee general actually said that? Wow. Well, at least we see that he had what it took to become a Senator.

Anonymous, Reston, VA US

Little wonder that a man from Texas would fail to see that the slaves were denied there liberty and that is more important to correct than to protect the liberty of the slave holders to hold those slaves.

E Archer, NYC

Absolutely. Let it never be forgotten that a 'collective' has no more rights than an individual. Afterall, one's natural-born, inalienable rights may not ever be subject to vote. 5 stars for the truth in the quote, not the hypocrisy with which it was spoken.

Mike, Norwalk

The truly free individual celebrates his neighbors liberty: in their right and ability to join together in any selective group or collective he/she may choose, and when they do not have to suffer under governmentally enforced compelled compliance, license, larceny (including theft of the laborer's fruit, theft by deception through fiat systems, and otherwise), victimless crimes, religious intolerance (such as is now occurring in Texas or otherwise), torture for information, etc.

J Carlton, Calgary

"Collective Rights" is an oxymoron. If rights do not apply to all "Individuals" then they are not rights at all. In a society which is just and adheres to liberty for all we'd all have those rights. What happened to the (great) American experiment? I think I know... I think all those laws of control were passed while we were at the mall. Maybe it will come back when people become angry enough...

Logan, Memphis, TN

I second Archer's remarks...

Ronw13, Oregon

To seek equality is never Liberty, but democracy cries equality, at the expense of the individual sovereign, and has sense the siege began. Life is not fair, chance happens to all. I will seek success at Liberty, but never with the conformity of corruption. Carl Schurz, a double tongued Jesuit !

Joe, Glasgow

You conflate the terms 'fairness' and 'equality' Ronw13, either conveniently or misguidedly. Equality in the eyes of the law; fairness in its distribution.

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