The Influence of American Values

Liberty Quotation: Garry Kasparov on Liberty and Democracy

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garry_kasparov“Think of three fundamental documents that established in writing our definitions of modern civil society.  The English Bill of Rights, 1689.  The American Declaration of Independence, 1776.  The French Declaration of the Rights of Man, 1789.  So, how many times is the word “democracy” mentioned in them?  The answer is zero.  The method by which leaders were chosen was not yet a relevant issue.  The fundamental rights that defined the relationship between the government and the people, that is what mattered.”

Garry Kasparov, “The Influence of American Values,” Cato’s Letter (Summer 2014)

Liberty Quotation: Garry Kasparov on Capitalism and Inequality

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garry_kasparov“In recent years the attacks on capitalism have increased as inequality has increased. . . . But capitalism has not failed us; we have failed capitalism.

“I’m afraid my memory is not photographic as some of the legends about me say, but I am sure I would remember if the works of Adam Smith included the phrase, “too big to fail.”  When the state steps in, deciding which companies live or die, things have gone terribly wrong.  If a bankrupt small business in South Carolina can go belly up, so must General Motors, so must Goldman Sachs.”

Garry Kasparov, “The Influence of American Values,” Cato’s Letter (Summer 2014)