„We are to a large extent an imitative society.“

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„In a free society a large degree of human activity is none of the government's business. We should make criminal what's going to hurt other people and other than that we should leave it to people to make their own choices.“

—  Barney Frank American politician, former member of the House of Representatives for Massachusetts 1940
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„Because we live in a largely free society, we tend to forget how limited is the span of time and the part of the globe for which there has ever been anything like : the typical state of mankind is tyranny, servitude, and misery.“

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„Life doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television.“

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