Thursday Open Thread

Harding Ice Field at Kenai Fjords, Alaska • photo courtesy Joanna D’Ancona

 

.”The right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave… These may be best understood by reading and carefully studying the institutes of the great Law Giver and Head of the Christian Church, which are to be found clearly written and promulgated in the New Testament.”

– Samuel Adams, Rights of the Colonists, November 20, 1772

 

“The truth is, all might be free if they valued freedom, and defended it as they ought.”

– Samuel Adams, Essay in the Boston Gazette, October 14, 1771

 

“Among the natural rights of the Colonists 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. These are evident branches of, rather than deductions from, the duty of self-preservation, commonly called the first law of nature.”

– Samuel Adams, The Rights of the Colonists, November 20, 1772

 

“No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and Virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders.”

– Samuel Adams, Letter to James Warren, November 4, 1775



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