Monday, July 25, 2016

Great Libertarian/Minarchist Quotes

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# If you are not outraged you are not paying attention – Unknown

# Socialists like to tout their confiscation and redistribution schemes as noble and caring, but we should ask if theft is ever noble or caring. – Robert Hawes

# The greatest gift of freedom is that it allows us to govern ourselves, and the greatest burden of freedom is that it requires us to govern ourselves. – Robert Hawes

# A great danger that we face in our modern world is to get so caught up in the pursuit of the blessings that freedom has given us that we come to take freedom itself for granted, and thus fail to see to its maintenance. – Robert Hawes

# Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts. – Daniel Patrick Moynihan

# The Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. – Daniel Webster

# Profit is a signal that valuable services are being rendered to people on a voluntary basis. – Lew Rockwell

# Subsidies create more of whatever is being subsidized. – Lew Rockwell

# 98% of Americans support the use of mass transit by others. – The Onion (satire newspaper)

# You don’t need a degree in political science to know what freedom is. – Andrew Wiegand

# Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. – Thomas Jefferson

# As our rights fade out, we accept perpetual war for perpetual peace, the two parties fuse into one, and the government becomes more powerful than at any time in our history. – Kevin Maley

# Even the lion has to defend himself against flies. – Anonymous

# The fact is that the average man’s love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth. Liberty is not a thing for the great masses of men. It is the exclusive possession of a small and disreputable minority, like knowledge, courage and honor. It takes a special sort of man to understand and enjoy liberty – and he is usually an outlaw in democratic societies. – H.L. Mencken, Baltimore Evening Sun, Feb. 12, 1923

# Expecting the government to fight the deficit is like expecting the Mafia to fight crime. – Anonymous

# Freedom is still the most radical idea of all. – Anonymous

# At the day of judgment we shall not be asked what we have read but what we have done. – Thomas A Kempis

# Have no fear. The next President will promise not to raise taxes. – Anonymous

# Old MacDonald had an agricultural real estate tax abatement. – Anonymous

# Space has no beginning or end and goes on to infinity with no limits! Like taxes, but on a much smaller scale. – Anonymous

# Syntax? Why not, they tax everything else. – Anonymous

# Taxes are not for the benefit of the taxed. – Anonymous

# Taxpayers don’t have to take a civil service exam to work for the government. – Anonymous

# The chief purpose of government it to perpetuate the government. – Anonymous

# The politicians’ three R’s: this is Ours, that is Ours, everything is Ours. – Anonymous

# Things happen the day you decide you’re going to make them happen. – Pam Lontos

# Under capitalism man exploits man; under socialism the reverse is true. – Anonymous

# Why does a slight tax increase cost you two hundred dollars and a substantial tax cut save you thirty cents? – Anonymous

# Publics schools are institutions of coercion. Students are coerced to attend them. Parents are coerced to pay for them. – Gary Reed

# A proliferation of new laws creates a proliferation of new loopholes.

# A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it. – Oscar Wilde

# Any system that takes responsibility away from people, dehumanizes them.

# Bad law is more likely to be supplemented than repealed.

# Being right is seldom enough. Even the best ideas must be packaged and sold.

# What the government is good at is collecting taxes, taking away your freedoms and killing people. It’s not good at much else. – Tom Clancy on Kudlow and Cramer 9/2/03

# The majority of Americans get their news and information about what is going on with their government from entities that are licensed by and subject to punishment at the hands of that very government. – Neal Boortz

# What the government gives, it must first take away. – John S. Coleman

# With respect to the words “general welfare,” I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators. – James Madison

# You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake. – Jeannette Rankin

# I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. – Bill Cosby

# Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction. – E. F. Schumacher

# We can’t all be heroes because somebody has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by. – Will Rogers

# The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts. – Bertrand Russell

# Well, if crime fighters fight crime and fire fighters fight fire, what do freedom fighters fight? They never mention that part to us, do they? – George Carlin

# The problem with political jokes is they get elected. – Henry Cate VII

# Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse. – Adlai E. Stevenson

# No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible. – Stanislaw J. Lec

# A problem well stated is a problem half solved. – C.F. Kettering

# I don’t have any solution, but I certainly admire the problem. – Ashleigh Brilliant

# The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite.” – Thomas Jefferson

# The system of private property is the most important guaranty of freedom, not only for those who own property, but scarcely less for those who do not. – Friedrich A. Hayek, in “The Road to Serfdom”

# The fatal flaw in socialism is twofold: first, the conceit inherent in the desire to plan the lives of others; second, the force necessary to impose that plan on unwilling subjects. This is not a formula for freedom but for tyranny. – Jim Peron in The Ideals of Tyranny

# Remember that the key words in the sentence “I want to help you” is “I want”. – G James

# Liberty is born of self-interest. It effects goodwill to all through its practice, and it generates goodwill in everyone as a consequence. – Richard Rieben

# If voting made a difference, they would make it illegal. – Donal Scannell, at the Conference on World Affairs, Boulder CO, 4/6/04

# In almost all matters, the real question should be: why are we letting government handle this? – Harry Browne

# The root source of wealth is human ingenuity. This has no known bounds, so the amount of wealth in existence can always be increased. That’s why capitalism is called “making money”. – Marc Geddes

# I’d rather live free with some peril than be a protected slave of government. – Dave Duffy

# Democracy is not a system of liberty, but a form of tyranny: the tyranny of the majority. – Robert Garmong

# A hallmark of democracy is pressure-group warfare, as each group seeks to claim the status of a majority and exploit all the rest. – Robert Garmong

# It makes no difference, in principle, if this “collective will” is divined by the edicts of a dictator or by majority vote – so long as the rights of the individual may still be sacrificed. – Robert Garmong

# Individualists unite! – Treveor Sutherland, Hamilton County TN LP Chairman

# The government that we gave limited power to – to protect our rights – has grown into a hideous behemoth that continually increases its power and now enslaves the people, and causes strife throughout the world. – Tom Parker

# Those are my principles. If you don’t like them, I have others. – Groucho Marx

# Many say that since all the signers of the Constitution were Christian, this is a Christian country. However, they were all white males as well. Are we a White Male Country? – “bostnfound”, in a Free State Project forum, 7/04

# Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances. – Thomas Jefferson

# Most people … aren’t just ignorant or stupid: they genuinely prefer government control of their own and their neighbors’ lives. We can hand out flyers for the rest of our lives, publish as many books as we like, make speeches until we’re blue in the face, and most of them aren’t going to change their minds. While they disagree among themselves about the details, authoritarians of one sort or another constitute an overwhelming majority. – Max Orhai, Liberty Magazine, 6/04, page 23

# Benevolence comes from within as a reflection of our personal, individual sense of well-being. To force it, externally – through moral intimidation (altruism), social intimidation (duty), or at the point of a gun (legislation) – debilitates our personal sense of well-being and negates the source of benevolence. – Richard Rieben (4/7/04)

# It is our true policy to steer clear of entangling alliances with any portion of the foreign world. The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is, in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible. – George Washington

# I can now comprehend the fact that there is no possibility of freedom in this Country. It’s too late. Call me a bad American, but I am ashamed and hang my head low when I think of what America has become. … The experiment is over, freedom lost, tyranny won. – Mike Wasdin, 9/7/04

# Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government. – James Madison

# Unlike the world of free-markets, in political government when some individuals win, other individuals lose. – Robert Klassen, 10/3/02

# When a majority rules, a minority is ruled. – Robert Klassen, 10/3/02

# The price of a “free” public education is freedom. –

# All wars are fought over one premise; my god is better than yours. – Mike Wasdin

# Borrow, spend, tax and … promise, promise, promise is the formula for a long and successful political career. – Hal O’Boyle

# We get to go to the polls every couple of years and choose between two flavors of the same gruel. The inmates get to elect the guards. Then, having exercised our rights as free citizens of a great social democracy, we go back to obeying orders. – Hal O’Boyle

# The government says: You are free to do anything we want. – Anonymous

# The political ballot box stands for – willingness to be ruled by somebody other than yourself. – Alvin Lowi, Jr.

# If voting could change things, it would be illegal. – Unknown

# Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a refund from the IRS, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with. – Unknown

# The next time some academics tell you how important “diversity” is, ask how many Republicans there are in their sociology department. – Thomas Sowell

# To protect us from terrorists our government treats us like terrorists. Hal O’Boyle

# Government failure is always used as an excuse for government expansion. Government thrives on crisis and incompetence. – Jim Babka of

# Politics is a strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. – Ambrose Bierce

# If we all stop voting, will they just go away? – Bumper Sticker

# The price of empire is terrorism. – Greenbacks

# We have been living amidst one of the great revolutions of human history, and we hardly know it: the penetration of the State into every aspect of human life and society. Some people regard this as good and “progressive,” others regard it as tyrannical; but either way, it’s a fact, a transformation as great as, say, the Industrial Revolution. Absolutely nothing is now beyond the scope of State power. – Joseph Sobran

# A limited government is a contradiction in terms. – Robert LeFevre, The Fundamentals of Liberty

# The most destructive thing governments do is divide people against each other, all in competition over the reins of the state. – Anthony Gregory

# The war on “terror” will never be over, it will just change locations. Like the war on drugs, prostitution, pornography, and the many others that will follow, it is a war on humanity. These wars will never be won; the State will just keep creating new boogiemen to frighten us with. The sheep will anxiously anticipate the next fall guy the State offers up as a sacrifice for the war on whatever happens to be next. Be careful, the next pawn could be me or you. – Mike Wasdin

# Vows made in a storm are forgotten in calms. – Old English saying

# If the Tenth Amendment were still taken seriously, most of the federal government’s present activities would not exist. That’s why no one in Washington ever mentions it. – Thomas E. Woods, Jr. in The Policitally Incorrect Guide to American History

# A country that goes out of its way to imprison the innocent has no business preaching democracy to the world. – Paul Craig Roberts

# The problem is that democracy is not freedom. Democracy is simply majoritarianism, which is inherently incompatible with real freedom. Our founding fathers clearly understood this. – Rep. Ron Paul in Democracy Is Not Freedom

# Popular suffrage is in itself no guarantee of freedom. People can vote themselves into slavery. – Frank Chodorov

# There’s small choice in rotten apples. – William Shakespeare

# How to obtain freedom has been, and is, mankind’s most important quest. – John A Pugsley, intro to “None of the Above”.

# A democracy is rule by the majority; a republic is the rule of law. This is a very critical distinction. – Steven LaTulippe

# Voting is the opiate of the masses. – Steven LaTulippe

# As the state grows, one’s sense of self-ownership is destroyed, liberty is traded for “security,” the human spirit diminishes, and the citizenry increasingly thinks and behaves like dependent children. – Eric Englund in Income Taxes, Obesity, and Other Maladies of Nanny Statism

# To shackle future generations, with such monstrous debt and liabilities [$50 trillion+ of unfunded federal liabilities], is tantamount to selling them into tax slavery. – Eric Englund in Income Taxes, Obesity, and Other Maladies of Nanny Statism 2/28/05.

# We cannot restore traditional American freedom unless we limit the government’s power to tax. No tinkering with this, that, or the other law will stop the trend toward socialism. We must repeal the Sixteenth Amendment. – Frank Chodorov in The Income Tax: Root of all Evil

# Government is force, and politics is the process of deciding who gets to use it on whom. This is not the best way to solve problems. – Richard Grant, The Incredible Bread Machine, 1999

# The good governor should have a broken leg and keep at home. – Cervantes

# A man is none the less a slave because he is allowed to choose a new master once in a term of years. – Lysander Spooner

# People do not walk barefoot because there are no government shoe factories. – Anonymous

# What difference is it to me if a decision is forced upon me by a dictator or by half of my neighbors? Either way my right to free, peaceful action has been nullified. – Stephen H. Foerster

# An anarchist is anyone who believes in less government than you do. – Robert LeFevre

# You don’t need a treaty to have free trade. – Murray Rothbard

# Public schools are government-established, politician- and bureaucrat-controlled, fully politicized, taxpayer-supported, authoritarian socialist institutions. In fact, the public-school system is one of the purest examples of socialism existing in America. – Thomas L. Johnson

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