"When government disappears, it's not as if paradise will take its place. When governments are gone, other interests will take their place."
"A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circlue of our felicities."Lawrence Lessig on Thomas Jefferson
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."Lawrence Lessig on Winston Churchill
"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country."Lawrence Lessig on Thomas Jefferson
"Government is not reason it is not eloquent it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."Lawrence Lessig on George Washington
"Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil in its worst state, an intolerable one."Lawrence Lessig on Thomas Paine
"The real harm of term extension comes not from these famous works. The real harm is to the works that are not famous, not commercially exploited, and no longer available as a result."
"A culture without property, or in which creators can't get paid, is anarchy, not freedom."
"Of all the creative work produced by humans anywhere, a tiny fraction has continuing commercial value. For that tiny fraction, the copyright is a crucially important legal device."