Justice Louis D. BrandeisJustice Louis D. Brandeis, (1856-1941) US Supreme Court Justice

Justice Louis D. Brandeis Quote

“Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a law breaker, it breeds contempt for the law.”

Justice Louis D. BrandeisJustice Louis D. Brandeis
~ Justice Louis D. Brandeis

Olmstead v. U.S., 277 US 438, 1928

Ratings and Comments

gj, Berwick PA

Just look around....!

Joe, Rochester, MI

...look at Tom Delay! Here's an example of how our government gets around the laws they have created.

cal, lewisville, tx

Warning! Don't do at home what they do in Washington DC. You could go to jail.

Mike, Norwalk

When the government authorizes larceny (calling it tax, federal reserve, etc.) with impunity, it breeds contempt for true law, integrity, compassion for one's fellow man, and creates an atmosphere of cheaters (look at the Obamunist's picks) When the peace officers become law enforcement thugs and revenuers, the whole of society becomes violent. When violation of natural law becomes the norm, people rationalize their actions against their fellow man as justifiable. Etc. Etc. Etc. The destruction of any society begins with its government.

J Carlton, Calgary

The government rules, not only by making rules that turn law abiding citizens into criminals, but with the ultimate threat of violence. Now you tell me...who are the real criminals?

jim k, austin

J Carlton and Mike summed it up well.

Waffler, Smith

Is this apropos to breaking international law and treaties concerning torture, or what? I don't know where Mike, J and Jim live but I am glad I don't live there.My government is composed of my friends, neighbors and relatives, I plan on keeping it that way. Granted there are on occasion some bad apples, Delay et al.

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    RBESRQ    5/27/09

    Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Lord Acton

    J Carlton, Calgary

    Then you can probably count yourself among criminals Waffler.

    Ken, Allyn, WA

    The mystery is solved: now I know why I hold government in such contempt. Very good, Carlton. Very good. Criminals always have a reason to justify their criminality and to them the crime is in the victim resisting their robbery.

    Mike, Norwalk

    Waffler, your friends, neighbors and relatives are criminals also - you live within an enclave of felonious reprobates (what do all your buds down at the IRS think?)

    jim k, Austin

    Waffler, I live in Texas, not Lala land where you live.

    E Archer, NYC

    The contagion is so massive, that every elected official is dependent upon a system of debt and subservience to the national credit line in order to survive. Responsibility and production be damned -- get elected on promises of giving money to the robbed and enslaved, bound and regulated by rules that keep the racket(s) going.


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