The Power-holding Class Versus the Public: Imaginary Dialogue of McKinley and Hanna : Prosperity, Trust, and Imperialism

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Brotherhood of Liberty, 1900 - Imaginary conversations - 301 pages
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Page 215 - That all men are by nature equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot by any compact deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.
Page 292 - All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter. We balance inconveniences; we give and take; we remit some rights that we may enjoy others; and we choose rather to be happy citizens than subtle disputants.
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