JC Denton: "You said 'outside influences.' What does China fear?"
Isaac: "China is the last sovereign country in the world. Authoritarian, but willing—unlike U.N.-governed countries—to give its people the freedom to do what they want."
JC Denton: "As long as they don’t break the law."
Isaac: "Listen to me. This is real freedom: freedom to own property, make a profit, make your life. The West, so afraid of strong government, now has no government. Only financial power."
JC Denton: "Our governments have limited power by design."
Isaac: "Rhetoric—and you believe it! Don’t you know where those slogans come from?"
JC Denton: "I give up."
Isaac: "Well-paid researchers—how do you say it?—'think tanks,' funded by big businesses. What is that? A 'think tank?'"
JC Denton: "Hardly as sinister as a dictator, like China’s Premier."
Isaac: "It’s privately-funded propaganda. The Trilateral Commission in the United States, for instance."
JC Denton: "The separation of powers acknowledges the petty ambitions of individuals. That’s its strength."
Isaac: "A system organized around the weakest qualities of individuals will produce these same qualities in its leaders."
JC Denton: "Perhaps certain qualities are an inseparable part of human nature."
Isaac: "The mark of the educated man is the suppression of these qualities in favor of better ones. The same is true of civilization."