Editor’s note: R.C. Hoiles was founder of Freedom Communications, parent company of our newspaper. In conjunction with the company’s emergence Friday from bankruptcy and the changing ownership from the Hoiles family, we’re dedicating this week’s editorial page to remembering Hoiles’ philosophies.
“I do not believe,” said Hoiles in a scathing indictment of the tyranny of the majority, “that multiplying a wrong by any number makes it right.
“I believe,” Hoiles said, “this is what (Thomas) Jefferson meant when he said: ‘I know of but one code of morality, whether it be for men or for a nation; I believe in doing unto others as I would like to have them do unto me.’
More philosopies, in Hoiles’ own words:
• “There is nothing noble in being superior to some other man. True nobility consists in being superior to your previous self.”
• “The Yardsticks of Morality we have mentioned indicate several facts, uncontested by any Christian or Jew, of our acquaintance.
“1. That every man is born with certain inalienable rights. 2. That these rights are equally the birthright of all men, that they are the endowment of the Creator and not of any government.”
• “What we need above everything else, if we would change the course of socialism and collectivism, is more people devoting more time to seeing that the youth of the land is instilled with belief in the great moral laws and the Commandments and the Golden Rule and the Declaration of Independence.”
• “A good job for a person is one that permits him to get all he produces, no more, no less, as determined by a free market for his production and to advance and use all the talents that God gave him physically, mentally and morally as rapidly as possible.”
• “How can people correct their errors if they are not pointed out? And if a newspaper is afraid to let people point out their errors or will not point them out itself, it simply is worshipping the Golden Calf and is not worthy of the respect of American citizens.”
• “If there is anything a man of integrity should want to learn, it is whether what he is doing is in harmony and consistent with what he says he believes.”