(in no particular order)
A quotation at the right moment is like bread to the
- A government which robs Peter to pay Paul, can always count on the support
of Paul. George Bernard Shaw
- America needs fewer laws, not more prisons. James Bovard
- War is just one more big government program. Joseph Sobran
- Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and
murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.
John Adams (1814)
- They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin
- One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in
this world are to be cured by legislation. Thomas B. Reed (1886)
- If you are not free to choose wrongly and irresponsibly, you are not free
at all. Jacob Hornberger (1995)
- Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys
to teenage boys. P.J. O'Rourke
- The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates. Tacitus
- Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force. Like fire, it
is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. George Washington
- No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in
session. Mark Twain (1866)
- There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not
want merely because you think it would be good for him. Robert
- The true danger is when Liberty is nibbled away, for expedients.
Edmund Burke (1899)
- Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling
alliances with none. Thomas Jefferson
- The triumph of persuasion over force is the sign of a civilized society.
- 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. Thomas
- The evils of tyranny are rarely seen but by him who resists it.
John Hay (1872)
- Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on
what to have for dinner. James Bovard (1994)
- The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to
gain ground. Thomas Jefferson
- Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty.
- None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are
- When the government's boot is on your throat, whether it is a left boot or
a right boot is of no consequence. Gary Lloyd
- Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.
- The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to
rule. H.L. Mencken
- It is not the business of government to make men virtuous or religious, or
to preserve the fool from the consequences of his own folly. Government should
be repressive no further than is necessary to secure liberty by protecting the
equal rights of each from aggression on the part of others, and the moment
governmental prohibitions extend beyond this line they are in danger of
defeating the very ends they are intended to serve. Henry George
- Where morality is present, laws are unnecessary. Without morality, laws
are unenforceable. Anonymous
- Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit
of justice is no virtue. Barry Goldwater (1964)
- Liberty is not a means to a political end. It is itself the highest
political end. Lord Acton
- The power to tax is the power to destroy. John Marshall
- [On ancient Athens]: In the end, more than freedom, they wanted security.
They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all security, comfort,
and freedom. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for
society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from
responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.
- Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be
the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under
omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep,
his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our
own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their
own conscience. C. S. Lewis
- Vices are simply the errors which a man makes in his search after his own
happiness. Unlike crimes, they imply no malice toward others, and no
interference with their persons or property. Lysander Spooner
- In order to get power and retain it, it is necessary to love power; but
love of power is not connected with goodness but with qualities that are the
opposite of goodness, such as pride, cunning, and cruelty. Leo
- There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is
the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals,
one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes
impossible to live without breaking laws. Ayn Rand
- If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude
greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We
seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds
you. May your chains set lightly upon you; and may posterity forget that ye
were our countrymen. Samuel Adams
- If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom;
and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it
will lose that, too. Somerset Maugham
- A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only
exist until a majority of voters discover that they can vote themselves largess
out of the public treasury. Alexander Tytler
- A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt
he proposes to pay off with your money. G. Gordon Liddy
- The United States is a nation of laws, badly written and randomly
enforced. Frank Zappa
- Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women. When it dies there, no
constitution, no law, no court can save it. Justice Learned Hand
- It is sobering to reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a
reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very
phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence.
Charles A. Beard
- A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves. Edward R.
- The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are
injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are
twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.
Thomas Jefferson (1781)
- The desire to rule is the mother of heresies. St. John
- Can our form of government, our system of justice, survive if one can be
denied a freedom because he might abuse it? Harlon Carter
- It is not the responsibility of the government or the legal system to
protect a citizen from himself. Justice Casey Percell
- No one can read our Constitution without concluding that the people who
wrote it wanted their government severely limited; the words "no" and "not"
employed in restraint of government power occur 24 times in the first seven
articles of the Constitution and 22 more times in the Bill of Rights.
Edmund A. Opitz
- The government was set to protect man from criminals and the
Constitution was written to protect man from the government. Ayn
- The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the
taxidermist leaves the skin. Mark Twain
- What this country needs are more unemployed politicians. Edward
- I believe that every individual is naturally entitled to do as he pleases
with himself and the fruits of his labor, so far as it in no way interferes
with any other men's rights. Abraham Lincoln
- Those who expect to reap the benefits of freedom, must, like men, undergo
the fatigue of supporting it. Thomas Paine
- Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have.
Harry Emerson Fosdick
- The state in which the rulers are the most reluctant to govern is always
the best and most quietly governed; and the state in which they are the most
eager, the worst. Anonymous
- It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.
- To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of
opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical.
- It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.
- The war for freedom will never really be won because the price of our
freedom is constant vigilance over ourselves and over our Government.
- Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt.
- Give me liberty or give me death! Patrick Henry
- First they came for the Jews, but I did nothing because I'm not a Jew.
Then they came for the socialists, but I did nothing because I'm not a
socialist. Then they came for the Catholics, but I did nothing because I'm not
a Catholic. Finally, they came for me, but by then there was no one left to
help me. Pastor Father Niemoller (1946)
- Government at its best is a necessary evil, and at its worst, an
intolerant one. Thomas Paine
- There's never been a good government. Emma Goldman
- We must have government, but we must watch them like a hawk.
Millicent Fenwick (1983)
- Useless laws weaken the necessary laws. Montesquieu
- A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a
fool trusts either of them. P. J. O'Rourke
- Government never furthered any enterprise but by the alacrity with which
it got out of its way. Henry David Thoreau
- There is no distinctly native American criminal class save Congress.
- Talk is cheap except when Congress does it. Cullen
- You cannot adopt politics as a profession and remain honest.
Ambrose Gwinett Bierce
- [Political] offices are as acceptable here as elsewhere, and whenever a
man cast a longing eye on them, a rottenness begins in his conduct.
Thomas Jefferson (1799)
- The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence,
because it's so rare. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1976)
- The most fundamental purpose of government is defense, not empire.
Joseph Sobran (1995)
- Governments harangue about deficits to get more revenue so they can spend
more. Allan H. Meltzer (1993)
- When important issues affecting the life of an individual are decided by
somebody else, it makes no difference to the individual whether that somebody
else is a king, a dictator, or society at large. James Taggart
- No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If
we're looking for the sources of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for
drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed, and love of power.
P. J. O'Rourke (1992)
- Here's your enemy for this week, the government says. And some gullible
Americans click their heels and salute often without knowing who or even
where the enemy of the week is. Charley Reese (1998)
- The great virtue of a free market system is that it does not care what
color people are; it does not care what their religion is; it only cares
whether they can produce something you want to buy. It is the most effective
system we have discovered to enable people who hate one another to deal with
one another and help one another. Milton Friedman
- The best government is the one that charges you the least blackmail for
leaving you alone. Thomas Rudmose-Brown (1996)
- If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it
costs when it's free. P.J. O'Rourke (1993)
- The Government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at
one end and no responsibility at the other. Ronald Reagan
- Americans have the right and advantage of being armed unlike the
citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people
with arms. James Madison
- The whole of the Bill [of Rights] is a declaration of the right of the
people at large or considered as individuals
It establishes some rights
of the individual as unalienable and which consequently, no majority has a
right to deprive them of. Albert Gallatin (1789)
- The Constitution shall never be construed
to prevent the people of
the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.
- I should have loved freedom, I believe, at all times, but in the time in
which we live I am ready to worship it. Alexis De Toqueville
- I have sworn upon the altar of god, eternal hostility against every form
of tyranny over the mind of man. Thomas Jefferson (1800)
- I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and
democracy but that could change. Al Gore
- If you have ten thousand regulations, you destroy all respect for the law.
- Tyranny is always better organized than freedom. Charles
- The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the
Republican model of government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as
finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American
people. George Washington
- A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer's hand.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca, c. 4BC - 65AD.
- He that hath no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one. the
Bible, Luke 22:36.
- Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look
upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest.
Mahatma Gandhi, in Gandhi, An Autobiography, p. 446
- Whenever is found what is called a paternal government, there is found
state education. It has been discovered that the best way to ensure implicit
obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery. Benjamin Disraeli,
- These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the
purposes and principles of the United Nations. UN Universal
Declaration of Human Rights, Article 29(3).
- The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings.
The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.
- There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well
please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the
consequences. P.J. O'Rourke (1993)
- Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short
phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops
moving, subsidize it. Ronald Reagan (1986)
- I was guilty of judging capitalism by its operations and socialism by its
hopes and aspirations; capitalism by its works and socialism by its literature.
- War is the health of the State. Randolph Bourne (1917)
- Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer from poor people in rich
countries to rich people in poor countries. Douglas Casey (1992)
- If you want government to intervene domestically, you're a liberal. If you
want government to intervene overseas, you're a conservative. If you want
government to intervene everywhere, you're a moderate. If you don't want
government to intervene anywhere, you're an extremist. Joseph Sobran
- In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as
possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.
- Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the
argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. William Pitt
- When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to
be bought and sold are legislators. P.J. O'Rourke
- A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to
take it all away. Barry Goldwater (1964)
- I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
- Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.
- The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed
and hence clamorous to be led to safety by menacing it with an endless
series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. H.L. Mencken
- There are just two rules of governance in a free society: Mind your own
business. Keep your hands to yourself. P.J. O'Rourke (1993)
- The human race divides politically into those who want people to be
controlled and those who have no such desire. Robert A. Heinlein
- Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics
won't take an interest in you. Pericles (430 BC)
- There is no virtue in compulsory government charity, and there is no
virtue in advocating it. A politician who portrays himself as "caring" and
"sensitive" because he wants to expand the government's charitable programs is
merely saying that he's willing to try to do good with other people's money.
Well, who isn't? And a voter who takes pride in supporting such programs is
telling us that he'll do good with his own money if a gun is held to his
head. P.J. O'Rourke
- The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill
the world with fools. Herbert Spencer (1891)
- More laws, less justice. Marcus Tullius Ciceroca (42 BC)
- The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to bear arms is,
as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
- Liberty is the only thing you cannot have unless you are willing to give
it to others. William Allen White
- I have ever deemed it fundamental for the United States never to take
active part in the quarrels of Europe. Their political interests are entirely
distinct from ours. Their mutual jealousies, their balance of power, their
complicated alliances, their forms and principles of government, are all
foreign to us. They are nations of eternal war. Thomas Jefferson
- America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the
well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She well knows that by
enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of
foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication
in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy and
ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standards of freedom.
John Quincy Adams (1821)
- An Avidity to punish is always dangerous to liberty. It leads men to
stretch, to misinterpret, and to misapply even the best of laws. He that would
make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if
he violates this duty he a establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.
Thomas Paine (1795)
- Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live
at the expense of everybody else. Frederic Bastiat
- Ask not what you can do for your country; ask what your government is
doing to you. Joseph Sobran (1990)
- God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to
guard and defend it. Daniel Webster (1834)
- The saddest epitaph which can be carved in memory of a vanished liberty is
that it was lost because its possessors failed to stretch forth a saving hand
while yet there was time. Justice George Sutherland (1938)
- The era of resisting big government is never over. Paul Gigot
- Not a place upon earth might be so happy as America. Her situation is
remote from all the wrangling world, and she has nothing to do but to trade
with them. Thomas Paine (1776)
- Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies. Honore de
- Whoever prefers life to death, happiness to suffering, well-being to
misery must defend without compromise private ownership in the means of
production. Ludwig von Mises (1920)
- If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on
government would be necessary. In framing a government that is to be
administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first
enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it
to control itself. James Madison
- Let the people think they govern and they will be governed.
William Penn (1693)
- In 1940, teachers were asked what they regarded as the three major
problems in American schools. They identified the three major problems as:
Littering, noise, and chewing gum. Teachers last year were asked what the three
major problems in American schools were, and they defined them as: Rape,
assault, and suicide. William Bennett (1993)
- The threat posed by humans to the natural environment is nothing compared
to the threat to humans posed by global environmental policy. Fred
L. Smith (1992)
- The spirit of truth and the spirit of freedom they are the pillars
of society. Henrik Ibsen (1877)
- Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man. There has never
been a really good one, and even those that are most tolerable are arbitrary,
cruel, grasping, and unintelligent. H. L. Mencken
- Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of
himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others?
Thomas Jefferson (1801)
- This country is a one-party country. Half of it is called Republican and
half is called Democrat. It doesn't make any difference. All the really good
ideas belong to the Libertarians. Hugh Downs (1997)
- Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Lord Acton (1887)
- Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun. Mao Zedong
- The difference between libertarianism and socialism is that libertarians
will tolerate the existence of a socialist community, but socialists can't
tolerate a libertarian community. David D. Boaz (1997)
- We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like
a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.
Winston Churchill (1903)
- If you have been voting for politicians who promise to give you goodies at
someone else's expense, then you have no right to complain when they take your
money and give it to someone else, including themselves. Thomas
- War has all the characteristics of socialism most conservatives hate:
Centralized power, state planning, false rationalism, restricted liberties,
foolish optimism about intended results, and blindness to unintended secondary
results. Joseph Sobran (1991)
- There never was a good war or a bad peace. Benjamin Franklin
- Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority.
It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the
people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who
mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters,
but they mean to be masters. Daniel Webster (1782-1852)
- Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual
who can labor in freedom. Albert Einstein
- Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
George Bernard Shaw
- In matters of Power, let no more be heard of confidence in men, but bind
him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution. Thomas
- The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the
people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government
lest it come to dominate our lives and interests. Patrick Henry
- The strength of the Constitution, lies in the will of the people to defend
it. Thomas Edison
- The Constitution is a written instrument. As such, its meaning does not
alter. That which it meant when it was adopted, it means now. South
Carolina v. United States, 199 U.S. 437, 448 (1905)
- It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker,
that we expect our dinner, but from regard to their own interest. We address
ourselves, not to their humanity but to their self-love, and never talk to them
of our own necessities but of their advantages. Nobody but a beggar chooses to
depend chiefly upon the benevolence of his fellow citizens. Adam
Smith, "The Wealth of Nations"
- Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual
ignorance. H.L. Mencken
- Collectivism doesn't work because it's based on a faulty economic premise.
There is no such thing as a person's "fair share" of wealth. The gross
national product is not a pizza that must be carefully divided because if I get
too many slices, you have to eat the box. The economy is expandable and, in any
practical sense, limitless. P. J. O'Rourke, "How to Explain
- Government cannot make man richer, but it can make him poorer.
Ludwig von Mises
- The national budget must be balanced. The public debt must be reduced; the
arrogance of the authorities must be moderated and controlled. Payments to
foreign governments must be reduced. If the nation doesn't want to go bankrupt,
people must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.
Marcus Tullius Cicero, 55 BC
- Liberals want the government to be your Mommy. Conservatives want
government to be your Daddy. Libertarians want it to treat you like an adult.
- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he
hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however
measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau, Walden (1854)
- Liberty consists in doing what one desires. John Stuart Mill, On
- The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any
member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to
others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant.
John Stuart Mill, On Liberty (1859)
- Left-wing politicians take away your liberty in the name of children and of
fighting poverty, while right-wing politicians do it in the name of family
values and fighting drugs. Either way, government gets bigger and you become
less free. Harry Browne
- If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we
don't believe in it at all. Noam Chomsky
- I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can
be sure of changing is oneself. Aldous Huxley
- The care of every man's soul belongs to himself. But what if he neglect the
care of it? Well what if he neglect the care of his health or his estate, which
would more nearly relate to the state. Will the magistrate make a law that he
not be poor or sick? Laws provide against injury from others; but not from
ourselves. God himself will not save men against their wills. Thomas
- America's abundance was not created by public sacrifices to the common
good, but by the productive genius of free men who pursued their own personal
interests and the making of their own private fortunes. Ayn Rand
- There's always someone telling you not to do something. The main thing is
just to ignore them. Tim Robbins
- Everyone thinks about changing the world, but no one thinks about changing
himself. Leo Tolstoy
- One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you
end up being governed by your inferiors. Plato
- Every individual necessarily labors to render the annual revenue of society
as great as he can. He generally neither intends to promote the public
interest, nor knows how much he is promoting it. He intends only his own gain,
and he is, in this, as in many other cases, led by an invisible hand to promote
an end which was not part of his intention. Adam Smith, Wealth of
- The conclusion is thus inescapable that the history, concept, and wording
of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, as well as
its interpretation by every major commentator and court in the first
half-century after its ratification, indicates that what is protected is an
individual right of a private citizen to own and carry firearms in a peaceful
manner. Report of the Subcommittee on the Constitution of the
Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, 97th Congress, Second Session
- When you subsidize poverty and failure, you get more of both.
James Dale Davidson, National Taxpayers Union
- If we have to kill 12 people to save 1 human life it will have been worth
- Virtually all reasonable laws are obeyed, not because they are the law, but
because reasonable people would do that anyway. If you obey a law simply
because it is the law, that's a pretty likely sign that it shouldn't be a law.
- The U.S. Constitution may be flawed, but it's a whole lot better than what
we have now. Unknown
- The welfare state reduces a citizen to a client, subordinates them to a
bureaucrat, and subjects them to rules that are anti-work, anti-family,
anti-opportunity and anti-property
Humans forced to suffer under such
anti-human rules naturally develop pathologies. The evening news is the natural
result of the welfare state. Unknown
- I do not believe that the government should have its long nose poked into
the private consensual relationships between people. John Anderson,
Independent presidential candidate, 1980
- When goods don't cross borders, soldiers will. Fredric Bastiat,
early French economist
- Manufacturing and commercial monopolies owe their origin not to a tendency
imminent in a capitalist economy but to governmental interventionist policy
directed against free trade and laissez faire. Ludwig Mises,
- Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when
the government's purposes are beneficial
the greatest dangers to
liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without
understanding. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, 1928
- Tariffs, quotas and other import restrictions protect the business of the
rich at the expense of high cost of living for the poor. Their intent is to
deprive you of the right to choose, and to force you to buy the high-priced
inferior products of politically favored companies. Alan Burris, "A
- Perhaps the removal of trade restrictions throughout the world would do
more for the cause of universal peace than can any political union of peoples
separated by trade barriers. Frank Chodorov
- The legacy of Democrats and Republicans approaches: Libertarianism by
bankruptcy. Nick Nuessle, 1992
- Truth and news are not the same thing. Katharine Graham, owner of
The Washington Post
- The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a bit longer.
- We have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified dramatic statements,
and make little mention of any doubts we may have. Each of us has to decide
what the right balance is between being effective and being honest.
Stephen Schneider, environmental activist, in "Discover", Oct. '89
- I think the terror most people are concerned with is the IRS.
Malcolm Forbes, when asked if he was afraid of terrorism
- Let the people decide through the marketplace mechanism what they wish to
see and hear. Why is there this national obsession to tamper with this box of
transistors and tubes when we don't do the same for Time magazine?
Mark Fowler, FCC Chairman
- The usual road to slavery is that first they take away your guns, then they
take away your property, then last of all they tell you to shut up and say you
are enjoying it. James A. Donald
- Every friend of freedom must be as revolted as I am by the prospect of
turning the United States into an armed camp, by the vision of jails filled
with casual drug users and of an army of enforcers empowered to invade the
liberty of citizens on slight evidence. Milton Friedman, Nobel
- The high rate of unemployment among teenagers, and especially black
teenagers, is both a scandal and a serious source of social unrest. Yet it is
largely a result of minimum wage laws. We regard the minimum wage law as one of
the most, if not the most, anti-black laws on the statute books.
Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize-winning economist
- Nothing can destroy a government more quickly than its failure to observe
its own laws, or worse, its disregard of the charter of its own existence
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Tom C. Clark - Mapp vs. Ohio
- If we were directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we would
soon want for bread. Thomas Jefferson
- Our forefathers made one mistake. What they should have fought for was
representation without taxation. Fletcher Knebel, historian
- Those who do not learn from the mistakes of history are doomed to repeat
them. George Santayana
- Every man has a property in his own person. This nobody has any right to
but himself. The labor of his body and the work of his hands are properly his.
John Locke, 1690
- There are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by
the gradual and silent encroachment of those in power, than by violent and
sudden usurpation. James Madison
- Taxation of earnings from labor is on a par with forced labor. Seizing the
results of someone's labor is equivalent to seizing hours from him and
directing him to carry on various activities. Robert Nozick, Harvard
- Alcohol didn't cause the high crime rates of the '20s and '30s, Prohibition
did. And drugs do not cause today's alarming crime rates, but drug prohibition
does. US District Judge James C. Paine, addressing the Federal Bar
Association in Miami, November, 1991
- The moral and constitutional obligations of our representatives in
Washington are to protect our liberty, not coddle the world, precipitating
no-win wars, while bringing bankruptcy and economic turmoil to our people.
Congressman Ron Paul, 1987
- The man who produces while others dispose of his product is a slave.
- I am interested in politics so that one day I will not have to be
interested in politics. Ayn Rand
- They have gun control in Cuba. They have universal health care in Cuba. So
why do they want to come here? Paul Harvey 8/31/94
- Even the most Bush-happy, flag suckling jack-arse knows deep-down inside
that something is wrong. America is over and everyone knows it. The New World
Order has a dying empire odor and changing the channel ain't going to make this
go away. Jello Biafra
- If the jury feels the law is unjust, we recognize the undisputed power of
the jury to acquit, even if its verdict is contrary to the law as given by a
judge, and contrary to the evidence
and the courts must abide by that
decision. US v Moylan, 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, 1969, 417 F.2d
- Love your country but fear its government. N.E. folk wisdom
- Where is it written in the Constitution, in what section or clause is it
contained, that you may take children from their parents and parents from their
children, and compel them to fight the battle in any war in which the folly or
the wickedness of government may engage it? Daniel Webster
- There are many farm handouts; but let's call them what they really are: a
form of legalized theft. Essentially, a congressman tells his farm
constituency, "Vote for me. I'll use my office to take another American's money
and give it to you." Walter Williams, economist and syndicated
- National Health Insurance means combining the efficiency of the Postal
Service with the compassion of the I.R.S.
and the cost accounting of
the Pentagon. Louis Sullivan/Connie Horner quoted by Novak in
- Germans who wish to use firearms should join the SS or the SA
ordinary citizens don't need guns, as their having guns doesn't serve the
State. Heinrich Himmler
- The Ten Commandments contain 297 words. The Bill of Rights is stated in 463
words. Lincoln's Gettysburg Address contains 266 words. A recent federal
directive to regulate the price of cabbage contains 26,911 words. The
- Government does not grow by seizing our freedoms, but by assuming our
responsibilities. Michael Cloud
- The government is good at one thing. It knows how to break your legs, and
then hand you a crutch and say, "See if it weren't for the government, you
wouldn't be able to walk". Harry Browne
- Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. Ronald
- The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedom.
Justice William O. Douglas
- Why doesn't everybody just leave everybody else the hell alone?
- This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation
has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more
efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future! Adolph
Hitler  The Weapons Act of Nazi Germany.
- After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the
people who didn't do it. I sure as hell wouldn't want to live in a society
where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military.
William S. Burroughs
- To tax the larger incomes at a higher percentage than the smaller, is to
lay a tax on industry and economy; to impose a penalty on people for having
worked harder and saved more than their neighbors. John Stuart
- When taxes are too high, people go hungry. Lao Tsu
- Show me a movement that doesn't hate somebody and I will join it at once.
Robert Anton Wilson
- What's *just* has been debated for centuries but let me offer you my
definition of social justice: I keep what I earn and you keep what you earn. Do
you disagree? Well then tell me how much of what I earn *belongs* to you
and why? Walter Williams
- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be
slaves. Henry David Thoreau
- No matter how disastrously some policy has turned out, anyone who
criticizes it can expect to hear: "But what would you replace it with?" When
you put out a fire, what do you replace it with? Thomas Sowell
- A society that robs an individual of the product of his effort
not strictly speaking a society, but a mob held together by institutionalized
gang violence. Ayn Rand
- Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best
state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
- One of the annoying things about believing in free will and individual
responsibility is the difficulty of finding somebody to blame your problems on.
And when you do find somebody, it's remarkable how often his picture turns up
on your driver's license. P.J. O'Rourke
- You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and
should do for themselves. Abraham Lincoln
- The more laws and restrictions there are, the poorer the people become.
- When all government, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to
Washington as the Center of all power, it will render powerless the checks
provided of one government on another and will become as venal and oppressive
as the government from which we separated. Thomas Jefferson
- In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place.
- Force always attracts men of low morality. Albert Einstein
- A little government involvement is just as dangerous as a lot
because the first leads inevitably to the second. Harry Browne
- It is not charity if it's at the point of a gun. Unknown
- The only proper purpose of a government is to protect man's rights, which
means: to protect him from physical violence. Ayn Rand
- When they kept you out it was because you were black; when they let you in,
it is because you are black. That's progress? Marilyn French
- No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs,
once launched, never disappear. Ronald Reagan
- There is no more country everyone go home. Bracken
- I'm not going to pontificate and tell you to execute your government at
dawn, but it wouldn't be a bad idea. John Lydon
- Society exists for the benefit of its members not the members for
the benefit of society. Herbert Spencer
- When the same man, or set of men, holds the sword and the purse, there is
an end of liberty. George Mason
- What is a Communist? One who has yearnings for equal division of
unequal earnings. Ebenezer Elliot
- Bureaucracy, the rule of no one, has become the modern form of despotism.
- Equality of opportunity is freedom, but equality of outcome is repression.
- There are people who think that plunder loses all its immorality as soon as
it becomes legal. Personally, I cannot imagine a more alarming situation.
- The New Deal began, like the Salvation Army, by promising to save humanity.
It ended, again like the Salvation Army, by running flop-houses and disturbing
the peace. H. L. Mencken
- A man should be upright, not be kept upright. Marcus Aurelius
- Can any of you seriously say the Bill of Rights could get through Congress
today? It wouldn't even get out of committee. F. Lee Bailey
- Socialists make the mistake of confusing individual worth with success.
They believe you cannot allow people to succeed in case those who fail feel
worthless. Kenneth Baker
- Freedom, morality, and the human dignity of the individual consists
precisely in this; that he does good not because he is forced to do so, but
because he freely conceives it, wants it, and loves it. Mikhail
- Everyone wants to live at the expense of the State. They forget that the
State lives at the expense of everyone. Fr&eactue;déric Bastiat
- People fear witches, and burn women. Justice Louis Brandeis
- The American heritage was one of individual liberty, personal
responsibility and freedom from government
heritage has been lost. Americans no longer have the freedom to direct their
Today, it is the government that is free free to do
whatever it wants. There is no subject, no issue, no matter
that is not
subject to legislation. Harry Browne
- Communism is like one big phone company. Lenny Bruce
- The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.
- If we have learned anything in the past quarter century, it is that we
cannot Federalize Virtue. George Bush
- It must never be unpatriotic to support your country against your
government. It must always be unpatriotic to support your government against
your country. Stephen T. Byington
- Penalties against possession of a drug should not be more damaging than the
drug itself. Jimmy Carter
- The office of the government is not to confer happiness, but to give men
the opportunity to work out happiness for themselves. William Ellery
- If you ruin your life, you will pay the price of rehabilitating yourself
We are not punished for our sins, but by them. Liberty means
responsibility. Michael Cloud
- We are living in a sick society filled with people who would not directly
steal from their neighbor but who are willing to demand that the government do
it for them. William L. Comer
- America was born of revolt, flourished on dissent, became great through
experimentation. Henry Steele Commager
- Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration has
been minding my own business. Calvin Coolidge
- You can only be free if I am free. Clarence Darrow
- Drug misuse is not a disease, it is a decision, like the decision to step
out in front of a moving car. You would call that not a disease but an error of
judgment. Philip K. Dick
- When a legislature undertakes to proscribe the exercise of a citizen's
constitutional rights it acts lawlessly and the citizen can take matters into
his own hands and proceed on the basis that such a law is no law at all.
Justice William O. Douglas
- A tyranny based on
deception and maintained by terror must
inevitably perish from the poison it generates within itself. Albert
- Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would
protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is
good and fruitful in our national heritage. Dwight D. Eisenhower
- That which we call sin in others is experiment for us. Ralph
- So long as we need to control other people, however benign our motives, we
are captive to that need. In giving them freedom, we free ourselves.
- Fundamentally, there are only two ways of coordinating the economic
activities of millions. One is central direction involving the use of coercion
the technique of the army and of the modern totalitarian state. The
other is voluntary cooperation of individuals the technique of the
marketplace. Milton Friedman
- Civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty when the State becomes lawless or,
which is the same thing, corrupt. Mohandas Gandhi
- The right of revolution is an inherent one. When people are oppressed by
their government, it is a natural right they enjoy to relieve themselves of
oppression, if they are strong enough, whether by withdrawal from it, or by
overthrowing it and substituting a government more acceptable.
Ulysses S. Grant
- The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be
properly armed. Alexander Hamilton
- Don't do drugs because if you do drugs you'll go to prison, and drugs are
really expensive in prison. John Hardwick
- Past studies by and large confirm the prediction that higher minimum wages
reduce employment opportunities and raise unemployment, particularly among
teenagers, minorities and other low-skilled workers. Masanori
- We find many things to which the prohibition of them constitutes the only
temptation. William Hazlitt
- Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of
chains and slavery! Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may
take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! Patrick
- The broad masses of a population are more amenable to the appeal of
rhetoric than to any other force. Adolf Hitler
- I never hurt nobody but myself and that's nobody's business but my own.
- Historically, much of the motivation for public schooling has been to
stifle variety and institute social control. Jack Hugh
- When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free.
Charles Evans Hughes
- I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government
from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of
them. Thomas Jefferson
- It's no accident that capitalism has brought with it progress, not merely
in production but also in knowledge. Egoism and competition are, alas, stronger
forces than public spirit and sense of duty. Albert Einstein
- On every question of construction, let us carry ourselves back to the time
when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the
debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or
invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed.
- According to George Hitchings, co-winner of the 1988 Nobel Prize in
medicine, FDA's five-year delay in approving the antibacterial drug Septra cost
80,000 lives. Sam Kazman
- He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to
perpetuate it. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- I let go of all desire for the common good, and the good becomes as common
as the grass. Lao Tsu
- If men are good, you don't need government; if men are evil or ambivalent,
you don't dare have one. Robert LeFevre
- Low-income workers as a group are the major victims of minimum wage
legislation. Keith B. Leffler
- Prohibition goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control
a man's appetite by legislation and makes crimes out of things that are not
crimes. A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our
government was founded. Abraham Lincoln
- Public educators, like Soviet farmers, lack any incentive to produce
results, innovate, to be efficient, to make the kinds of difficult changes that
private firms operating in a competitive market must make to survive.
- Those who attack the rationale of the game, and not the players, are its
most formidable adversaries. James J. Martin
- Truth resides in every human heart, and one has to search for it there, and
to be guided by truth as one sees it. But no one has a right to coerce others
to act according to his own view of truth. Mohandas Gandhi
- If you can cut the people off from their history, then they can be easily
persuaded. Karl Marx
- In 1950, the average family of four paid 2% of its earnings to federal
taxes. Today it pays 24% William R. Mattox, Jr. (sometime before
- Depressions and mass unemployment are not caused by the free market but by
government interference in the economy. Ludwig von Mises
- When they took the 4th Amendment, I was quiet because I didn't deal drugs.
When they took the 6th Amendment, I was quiet because I am innocent.
When they took the 2nd Amendment, I was quiet because I don't own a gun.
Now they have taken the 1st Amendment, and I can only be quiet. Lyle
- In Germany, they first came for the communists, and I didn't speak up
because I wasn't a communist. Then, they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak
up because I wasn't a Jew
Then they came for the Catholics. I didn't
speak up then because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and there was
no one left to speak up. Reverend Martin Niemoller, German Lutheran
pastor arrested by the Gestapo in 1937.
- It is a popular delusion that the government wastes vast amounts of money
through inefficiency and sloth. Enormous effort and elaborate planning are
required to waste this much money. P.J. O'Rourke
- Petty laws breed great crimes. Ouida
- The essential psychological requirement of a free society is the
willingness on the part of the individual to accept responsibility for his
life. Edith Packer
- When the government fears the people, it is liberty. When the people fear
the government, it is tyranny. Thomas Paine
- The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases.
- The most important element of a free society, where individual rights are
held in the highest esteem, is the rejection of the initiation of violence. All
initiation of force is a violation of someone else's rights, whether initiated
by an individual or the state, for the benefit of an individual or group of
individuals, even if it's supposed to be for the benefit of another individual
or group of individuals. Legitimate use of violence can only be that which is
required in self-defense. Congressman Ron Paul, (R) Texas
- As you increase the cost of the license to practice medicine, you increase
the price at which the medical service must be sold and you correspondingly
decrease the number of people who can afford to buy the service.
William Pusey, then president of the American Medical Association
- The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual
rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. Ayn Rand
- The American Dream was not about government's taking huge sums of money
(under the label of "taxation") from citizens by force. The American Dream was
about individualism and the opportunity to achieve success without interference
from others. Robert Ringer
- Things in our country run in spite of government, not by aid of it.
- I am convinced that we can do to guns what we've done to drugs: create a
multi-billion dollar underground market over which we have absolutely no
control. George L. Roman
- The old parties are husks, with no real soul within either, divided on
artificial lines, boss-ridden and privilege-controlled, each a jumble of
incongruous elements, and neither daring to speak out wisely and fearlessly on
what should be said on the vital issues of the day. Theodore
- Laws do not persuade just because they threaten. Seneca
- Armed people are free. No state can control those who have the machinery
and the will to resist, no mob can take their liberty and property. And no
220-pound thug can threaten the well-being or dignity of a 110-pound woman who
has two pounds of iron to even things out
People who object to weapons
aren't abolishing violence, they're begging for rule by brute force, when the
biggest, strongest animals among men were always automatically "right." Guns
ended that, and a social democracy is a hollow farce without an armed populace
to make it work. L. Neil Smith (from The Probability Broach)
- Let him who would move the world, first move himself. Socrates
- What is ominous is the ease with which some people go from saying that they
don't like something to saying that the government should forbid it. When you
go down that road, don't expect freedom to survive very long. Thomas
- The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.
- However insignificant the minority, and however trifling the proposed
trespass against their rights, no such trespass is permissible.
Herbert Spencer (from "The Right To Ignore The State")
- The highwayman takes solely upon himself the responsibility, danger, and
crime of his own act. He does not pretend that he has any rightful claim to
your money, or that he intends to use it for your own benefit
Furthermore, having taken your money, he leaves you, as you wish him to do
He does not keep "protecting" you by commanding you to bow down and
serve him; by requiring you to do this, and forbidding you to do that.
- If I were a Brazilian without land or money or the means to feed my
children, I would be burning the rain forest too. Sting
- I favor free trade in drugs for the same reason the Founding Fathers
favored free trade in ideas: in a free society it is none of the government's
business what ideas a man puts into his mind; likewise, it should be none of
its business what drugs he puts into his body. Thomas Szasz
- That government is best which governs least. Henry David
- In the beginning of a change, the Patriot is a scarce man and brave, hated
and scorned. When his cause succeeds however, the timid join him, for then it
costs nothing to be a Patriot. Mark Twain
- I love my country far too much to be a nationalist. Unknown
- I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your
right to say it. Voltaire
- If even one new drug of the stature of penicillin or digitalis has been
unjustifiably banished to a company's back shelf because of exceedingly
stringent regulatory requirements, that event will have harmed more people than
all the toxicity that has occurred in the history of modern drug development.
- It rankles me when somebody tries to force somebody to do something.
- Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are
in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce
unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of people are armed, and
constitute a force superior to any body of regular troops that can be, on any
pretense, raised in the United States. Noah Webster
- Only in a police state is the job of a policeman easy. Orson
- Liberals believe government should take people's earnings to give to poor
people. Conservatives disagree. They think government should confiscate
people's earnings and give them to farmers and insolvent banks. The compelling
issue to both conservatives and liberals is not whether it is legitimate for
government to confiscate one's property to give to another, the debate is over
the disposition of the pillage. Walter Williams
- Taking somebody's money without permission is stealing, unless you work for
the IRS; then it's taxation. Killing people en masse is homicidal mania, unless
you work for the Army; then it's National Defense. Spying on your neighbors is
invasion of privacy, unless you work for the FBI; then it's National Security.
Running a whorehouse makes you a pimp and poisoning people makes you a
murderer, unless you work for the CIA; then it's counter-intelligence.
Robert Anton Wilson
- Government, in its last analysis, is organized force. Woodrow
- Any fool can make a rule, and every fool will mind it. Cousin
- The proper direction of man's thought is not toward the creation of new
laws for government, but toward the acceptance of every person's moral dignity.
- The higher entry standards imposed by licensing laws reduce the supply of
The poor are the net losers, because the
availability of low-cost service has been reduced. In essence, the poor
subsidize the information research costs of the rich. S. David
- The pages of history shine on instances of the jury's exercise of its
prerogative to disregard instructions of the judge. U.S. vs.
- The people of the various provinces are strictly forbidden to have in their
possession any swords, bows, spears, firearms or other types of arms. The
possession of these elements makes difficult the collection of taxes and dues,
and tends to permit uprising. Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Japanese Shogun,
August 29, 1558
- We ask that the government undertake the obligation above all of providing
citizens with adequate opportunity for employment and earning a living. The
activities of the individual must not be allowed to clash with the interests of
the community, but must take place within its confines and be for the good of
all. Therefore, we demand:
an end to the power of the financial
interests. We demand profit sharing in big business. We demand a broad
extension of care for the aged. We demand
the greatest possible
consideration of small business in the purchases of national, state, and
municipal governments. In order to make possible to every capable and
industrious [citizen] the attainment of higher education and thus the
achievement of a post of leadership, the government must provide an all-around
enlargement of our entire system of public education
We demand the
education at government expense of gifted children of poor parents
government must undertake the improvement of public health by protecting
mother and child, by prohibiting child labor
by the greatest possible
support for all clubs concerned with the physical education of youth. We combat
materialistic spirit within and without us, and are convinced that
a permanent recovery of our people can only proceed from within on the
foundation of the common good before the individual good. From the
political program of the Nazi Party, adopted in Munich, February 24, 1920
- I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for a few
public officials. George Mason.
- The proverb warns that "You should not bite the hand that feeds you." But
maybe you should if it prevents you from feeding yourself. Thomas
- When freedom is outlawed
Only outlaws will be free! Anon
- I have always thanked all my enemies profusely for expanding my horizons.
- Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain. The Wizard of
- People who create things nowadays can expect to be prosecuted by highly
moralistic people who are incapable of creating anything. There is no way to
measure the chilling effect on innovation that results from the threats of
taxation, regulation and prosecution against anything that succeeds. We'll
never know how many ideas our government has aborted in the name protecting us.
Joseph Sobran May 13, 1998 (commenting on US vs Microsoft)
- I believe the states can best govern our home concerns and the federal
government our foreign ones. Thomas Jefferson
- It took about 150 years, starting with a Bill of Rights that reserved to
the states and the people all powers not explicitly delegated to the federal
government, to produce a Supreme Court willing to rule that growing corn to
feed to your own hogs is interstate commerce and can therefore be regulated by
Congress. David Friedman, The Machinery of Freedom
- I regret to say that we of the FBI are powerless to act in cases of
oral-genital intimacy, unless it has in some way obstructed interstate
commerce. J. Edgar Hoover
- First, God created idiots. That was just for practice. Then He created
school boards. Mark Twain
- The politician attempts to remedy the evil by increasing the very thing
that caused the evil in the first place: legal plunder. Frédéric
- The police can't stop an intruder, mugger, or stalker from hurting you.
They can pursue him only after he has hurt or killed you. Protecting yourself
from harm is your responsibility, and you are far less likely to be hurt in a
neighborhood of gun-owners than in one of disarmed citizens even if you
don't own a gun yourself. Harry Browne
- The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.
- Patriotism means loving our country, not the government. Michael
- Conservatives and liberals are kindred spirits as far as government
spending is concerned. First, let's make sure we understand what government
spending is. Since government has no resources of its own, and since there's no
Tooth Fairy handing Congress the funds for the programs it enacts, we are
forced to recognize that government spending is no less than the confiscation
of one person's property to give it to another to whom it does not belong
in effect, legalized theft. Walter Williams
- The Constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off
the backs of people. Justice William O. Douglas
- The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the
Prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government
and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an
open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely
connected with this. Albert Einstein
- I'm in favor of legalizing drugs. According to my value system, if people
want to kill themselves, they have every right to do so. Most of the harm that
comes from drugs is because they are illegal. Milton Friedman
- One who uses coercion is guilty of deliberate violence. Coercion is
inhuman. Mohandas Gandhi
- The policy of the American government is to leave their citizens free,
neither restraining nor aiding them in their pursuits. Thomas
- There comes a time when a moral man can't obey a law which his conscience
tells him is unjust. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- The greater the number of laws and enactments, the more thieves and robbers
there will be. Lao Tsu
- You know, if government were a product, selling it would be illegal.
Government is a health hazard. Governments have killed many more people than
cigarettes or unbuckled seat belts ever have. P.J. O'Rourke
- A body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be
trusted by anybody. Thomas Paine
- Wealth comes from successful individual efforts to please one's fellow man
that's what competition is all about: "outpleasing" your competitors to
win over the consumers. Walter Williams
- To me, it doesn't matter if your scapegoats are the Jews, the homosexuals,
the male sex, the Masons, the Jesuits, the Welfare Parasites, the Power Elite,
the female sex, the vegetarians, or the Communist Party. To the extent that you
need a scapegoat, you simply have not got your brain programmed to work as an
efficient problem-solving machine. Robert Anton Wilson
- A strong body makes a strong mind. As to the species of exercise I advise
the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body it gives boldness,
enterprise and independence to the mind. Let your gun, therefore, be the
constant companion of your walks. Thomas Jefferson
- The World's Smallest Political Quiz is the single best outreach tool we
libertarians have. George Getz, Libertarian Party press secretary
- Gun control? It's the best thing you can do for crooks and gangsters. I
want you to have nothing. If I'm a bad guy, I'm always gonna have a gun. Safety
locks? You will pull the trigger with a lock on, and I'll pull the trigger.
We'll see who wins. Sammy "The Bull" Gravano, whose testimony
convicted John Gotti
- Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide
everything. Josef V. Stalin
- In our desire to have government become our benefactor and sustainer, we
have allowed it to become our taskmaster and overlord. As a result, we have
become little more than well-fed, well-entertained slaves to the state.
Freedom, as envisioned by our forefathers, is gone. Chuck Baldwin
- To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people
always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use
them. Richard Henry Lee (who drafted the Second Amendment as well as
the rest of the Bill of Rights) 1788
- Faced with the pain of freedom, man begs for his shackles. Gerry
- I say that the Second Amendment doesn't allow for exceptions or
else it would have read that the right "to keep and bear arms shall not be
infringed, unless Congress chooses otherwise." And because there are no
exceptions, I disagree with my fellow panelists who say the existing gun laws
should be enforced. Those laws are unconstitutional [and] wrong because
they put you at a disadvantage to armed criminals, to whom the laws are no
inconvenience. Harry Browne, meetings with NRA's EVP, Wayne LaPierre
and other panelists at a gun rights rally in Hot Springs, AR, 8/8/2000
- The angels and the devils are definitely within us, not within the
machines we use. Michael Dertouzos
- The limitation of tyrants is the endurance of those they oppose.
- Gradualism in theory is perpetuity in practice. William Lloyd
- The only thing that saves us from bureaucracy is its inefficiency.
- The jury has the right to judge both the law as well as the fact in
controversy. John Jay, Joint-author of the Federalist Papers and
first U. S. Supreme Court Chief Justice
- There ain't no rules around here! We're trying to accomplish something.
- The ideal Government of all reflective men, from Aristotle onward, is one
which lets the individual alone one which barely escapes being no
government at all. H. L. Mencken
- Most economic fallacies derive
from the tendency to assume that
there is a fixed pie, that one party can gain only at the expense of another.
Milton Friedman, Economic Freedom and Representative Government; 1973
- Freedom is essentially a condition of inequality, not equality. It
recognizes as a fact of nature the structural differences inherent in man
in temperament, character, and capacity and it respects those
differences. We are not alike and no law can make us so. Frank
- When government accepts responsibility for people, then people no longer
take responsibility for themselves. George Pataki
- Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from
extinction. Ronald Reagan
- The cure for evil and disorder is more liberty, not suppression.
- Live and let live. Friedrich von Schiller
- The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think
things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and
taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he
lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable
- It is better to die on your feet than live on your knees.
Emiliano Zapta, Mexican revolutionary
- The times call for courage. The times call for hard work. But if the
demands are high, it is because the stakes are even higher. They are nothing
less than the future of human liberty, which means the future of civilization.
- Blacks were not enslaved because they were black but because they were
available. Slavery has existed in the world for thousands of years. Whites
enslaved other whites in Europe for centuries before the first black was
brought to the Western hemisphere. Asians enslaved Europeans. Asians enslaved
other Asians. Africans enslaved other Africans, and indeed even today in North
Africa, blacks continue to enslave blacks. Thomas Sowell, a black
sociologist, author and columnist
- To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.
- These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the
sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country;
but he that stands it now deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Heaven
knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed
if so celestial an article as Freedom should not be highly rated.
- We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that
among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The
Declaration of Independence
- Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it may be equally outraged by
silence. Henri Frederic Amiel
- Liberty is always unfinished business. Anonymous
- And now that the legislators and do gooders have futilely inflicted so
many systems upon society, may they finally end where they should have begun:
May they reject all systems. And try liberty
- Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders; no one is relieved of
his share of responsibility by others. And no one can find a safe way out for
himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore, everyone, in
his own interests, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle.
None can stand aside with unconcern; the interests of everyone hangs on the
results. Whether he chooses or not, every man is drawn into the greatest
historical struggle, the decisive battle into which our epoch has plunged us.
Ludwig von Mises
- If our country is to survive and prosper, we must summon the courage to
condemn and reject the liberal agenda, and we had better do it soon.
Walter E. Williams, "The Gathering Racial Tragedy"
- I think we need to find out why the citizens of the world's wealthiest,
most envied, most powerful country are so cynical, so distressed, so angry, so
ticked of about so many things. William J. Bennett, former Secretary
- If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human
face forever. George Orwell, 1984
- Not only can no one predict the future, we don't understand the present
and there isn't even any certainty about the past. Harry
- A man who walks down the centre line of a road risks getting hit from both
sides. Alexander Ziatanovic
- It ain't so much what a man doesn't know that causes him so many problems,
but what he knows that ain't so. Will Rogers
- To take what there is, and use it, without waiting forever in vain for the
preconceived to dig deep into the actual and get something out of it
this doubtless is the right way to live. Henry James
- The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose. Shakespeare
- Men are most apt to believe what they least understand.
- When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses
over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a
raving lunatic. Dresden James
- I have thought that a man of tolerable abilities may work great changes if
he first forms a good plan and makes the execution of that same plan his whole
study and business. Benjamin Franklin
- For all the sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, "It might
have been!" John Greenleaf Whittier
- It takes time to ruin a world, but time is all it takes. Bernard
- People never believe in volcanoes until the lava actually overtakes them.
- After you've heard two eyewitness accounts of an auto accident, it makes
you wonder about history. Bits & Pieces
- A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday does not know where
it is today. Robert E. Lee
- Ever since its founding in 1913, the Fed has described itself as an
"independent" agency operated by selfless public servants striving to
"fine-tune" the economy through monetary policy. In reality, however, a
non-political governmental institution is as likely as a barking cat.
Thomas J. DiLorenzo
- I do not deny the allegation, I deny the allegator. Jesse
- Those who take the most from the table, teach contentment. Those for whom
the taxes are destined, demand sacrifice. Those who eat their fill, speak to
the hungry, of wonderful times to come. Those who lead the country into the
abyss, call ruling difficult, for ordinary folk. Bertolt Brecht
- The worst forms of tyranny, or certainly the most successful ones, are not
those we rail against but those that so insinuate themselves into the imagery
of our consciousness, and the fabric of our lives, as not to be perceived as
tyranny. Michael Parenti
- Any story sounds true until someone tells the other side and sets the
record straight. Proverbs 18:17
- War is peace; freedom is slavery; ignorance is strength. George
- The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect.
George Orwell, 1984
- For the totalitarian mind, adherence to state propaganda does not suffice:
one must display proper enthusiasm while marching in the parade. Noam
- Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all
subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us
all. Justice William O. Douglas
- An editor is one who separates the wheat from the chaff and prints the
chaff. Adlai Stevenson
- The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads
nothing but the newspapers. Thomas Jefferson
- When the mass media in some foreign countries serve as megaphones for the
rhetoric of their government, the result is ludicrous propaganda. When the mass
media in our country serve as megaphones for the rhetoric of the U.S.
government, the result is responsible journalism. Norman Solomon
- A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,
the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
Second Amendment to the Constitution
- An armed society is a polite society. Robert A. Heinlein
- The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all, it is
simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to
breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality.
H L. Mencken
- We must remember that government, no matter how hard it tries, cannot
protect an individual from themselves. This legislation is simply one more
attempt by big government to tell us that they know what is best for us. It is
not the first time and it will not be the last. Peter Calcagno
- Washington is not America. It has become an alien city-state that rules
America, and much of the rest of the world, in the way that Rome ruled the
Roman Empire. Richard Maybury
- How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think.
- Now that I look back, I realize that a life predicated on being obedient
is a very comfortable life indeed. Living in such a way reduces to a minimum
one's own need to think. Adolf Eichmann, Memoirs written after his
1960 capture by Israel.
- A man's home may be his castle, but that does not keep the government from
taking it. United States v. Hendler, 952 F2d 1364 (Fed Cir 1991)
- Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused
to licentiousness. George Washington
- A State which dwarfs its men, in order that they may be more docile
instruments in its hands even for beneficial purposes will find that
with small men no great thing can really be accomplished. John Stuart
- The more power a government has the more it can act arbitrarily according
to the whims and desires of the elite, and the more it will make war on others
and murder its foreign and domestic subjects. The more constrained the power of
governments, the more power is diffused, checked, and balanced, the less it
will aggress on others and commit democide. R. J. Rummel, Death by
- A nation that expects the government to prevent churches from burning, to
control the price of bread or gasoline, to secure every job, and to find some
villain for every dramatic accident risks an even larger loss of life and
liberty. William A. Niskanen, For a Less Responsive Government, Cato
- The state calls its own violence law, but that of the individual crime.
- The pattern is as old as human life. The new rulers use more and more
force, more police, more soldiers, trying to enforce more efficient control,
trying to make the planned economy work by piling regulations on regulations,
decree on decree. The people are hungry and hungrier. And how does a man on
this earth get butter? Doesn't the government give butter? But government does
not produce food from the earth; Government is guns. It is one common
distinction of all civilized peoples, that they give their guns to the
Government. Men in Government monopolize the necessary use of force; they are
not using their energies productively; they are not milking cows. To get
butter, they must use guns; they have nothing else to use. Rose
- The state is a force incarnate. Worse, it is the silly parading of force.
It never seeks to prevail by persuasion. Whenever it thrusts its finger into
anything it does so in the most unfriendly way. Its essence is command and
compulsion. Michael Bakunin
- In every State, the government is nothing but a permanent conspiracy on
the part of the minority against the majority, which it enslaves and fleeces.
- We are going to tax and tax, spend and spend, elect and elect.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
thou shall not steal, even by majority vote
- In levying taxes and in shearing sheep, it is well to stop when you get
down to the skin. Austin O'Malley
- Public works are not accomplished by the miraculous power of a magic wand.
They are paid for by funds taken away from the citizens. Ludwig von
- A [tax loophole is] something that benefits the other guy. If it benefits
you, it is tax reform. Russell B. Long
- [S]tatism is but socialized dishonesty; it is feathering the nests of some
with feathers coercively plucked from others on the grand scale. There
is no moral difference between the act of a pickpocket and the progressive
income tax or any other social program. Leonard Read
- There's another major hurdle to a new year of prosperity: our tax code. No
human being understands it. The current code, which runs over 8,000 pages and
countless thousands more pages of IRS rulings and interpretations, is beyond
redemption. ..Incalculable amounts of the nation's intellectual brainpower are
devoted to the dead-end task of coping with the current tax code. Over one-half
million people in the U.S. make their living off it, whether in lobbying,
lawyering, tax preparing, or accounting.
Americans spend five and
one-half billion hours a year filling out tax forms
and spend between
$100 billion and $300 billion to comply with the current code.
Malcolm S. Forbes,
- In increasing numbers, Americans believe that it is the responsibility
nay, the duty of the federal government to take the earnings of
some Americans and redistribute them to other Americans for various and sundry
"good" reasons including "fairness." Citizens who know it is wrong to use force
to take money from a neighbor have rationalized that it is OK for the
government to do it for them. Linda Bowles, nationally syndicated
- The average family pays more in taxes than it spends on food, clothing,
and shelter combined. Congressman Dick Armey, Why a Flat Tax? Durell
Journal of Money and Banking, Spring 1995
- The control of the production of wealth is the control of human life
itself. Hilaire Belloc
- How ever sugarcoated and ambiguous, every form of authoritarianism must
start with a belief in some group's greater right to power, whether that right
is justified by sex, race, religion or all four. Gloria Steinem,
- Opium and morphine are certainly dangerous, habit-forming drugs. But once
the principle is admitted that it is the duty of the government to protect the
individual against his own foolishness, no serious objections can be advanced
against further encroachments
Is not the harm a man can inflict on his
mind and soul even more disastrous than any bodily evils.? Why not prevent him
from reading bad books and bad plays, from looking at bad paintings and statues
and from hearing bad music? The mischief done by bad ideologies, surely, is
much more pernicious both for the individual and for the whole society, than
that done by narcotic drugs. Von Mises, Human Action
- The present struggle seems less about abolishing big government than about
who gets to use it. William Greider, One World Ready or Not
- Man is born free, yet he is everywhere in chains. Jean Jacques
Rosseau. The Social Contract, 1762
- Pugsley's First Law of Government: All government programs accomplish the
opposite of what they are designed to achieve. John Pugsley
- Everything government touches turns to crap. Ringo Starr
- One of the things the government can't do is run anything. The only things
our government runs are the post office and the railroads, and both of them are
bankrupt. Lee Iacocca
- With all that IMF money, the Thailand's and Mexico's are spared the
consequences of their fiscal incompetence, and Wall Street's heavy hitters are
spared the consequences of their stupid investments. The global economy is a
rigged game, rigged so Third World politicians, rich investors and global
corporations win and U.S. taxpayers lose. Patrick J. Buchanan
- Every actual State is corrupt. Good men must not obey the laws too well.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
- A union of government and religion tends to destroy government and degrade
religion. Hugo Black
- If you're going to sin, sin against God, not the bureaucracy. God will
forgive you but the bureaucracy won't. Hyman G. Rickover
- If we do not halt this steady process of building commissions and
regulatory bodies and the special legislation like huge inverted pyramids over
every one of the simple constitutional provisions, we shall soon be spending
many billions of dollars more. Franklin D. Roosevelt
- The proper and limited use of government is to invoke a common justice and
keep the peace and that is all. Leonard Read
- I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.
- The bureaucrat's first objective, of course, is preservation of his job
provided by the big-government system, at the taxpayers expense.
Whether real world problems get solved or not is of secondary importance. It
doesn't take much cynicism, in fact, to see that the bureaucrats have a vested
interest in not having problems solved. If the problems did not exist (or had
been invented), there would be no reason for the bureaucrat to have a job"
William Simon, former U.S Treasury Secretary
- What is so bad about big government? My indictment of big government is
that it is bad because it attacks liberty, prosperity, progress, harmony, and
morality. Thanks to big government, we have significantly less of all of those
good things than we would if we had been able to keep government right-sized.
Big government is cancerous. Like a cancer, it hurts the body and tends to
spread, doing more and more harm as it grows. It is time for some radical
surgery. George C. Leef, director of FEE's Freeman Society Discussion
- Bureaucrats write memoranda both because they appear to be busy when they
are writing and because the memos, once written, immediately become proof that
they were busy. Charles Peters, How Washington Really Works
- We have the power to do any damn fool thing we want to do, and we seem to
do it about every 10 minutes. J. William Fulbright
- The era of big government is over. Bill Clinton, State of the
Union Address, January 23, 1996
- A tiny and closed fraternity of privileged men, elected by no one, and
enjoying a monopoly sanctioned and licensed by government. Spiro T.
- A bureaucrat is the most despicable of men, though he is needed as
vultures are needed, but one hardly admires vultures whom bureaucrats so
strangely resemble. I have yet to meet a bureaucrat who was not petty, dull,
almost witless, crafty or stupid, an oppressor or a thief, a holder of little
authority in which he delights, as a boy delights in possessing a vicious dog.
Who can trust such creatures? Cicero
- You can't give the government the power to do good without also giving it
the power to do bad in fact, to do anything it wants. Harry
- Once upon a time, government budgets were balanced, our money was sound,
the streets were safe, and taxes imposed by all levels of government took less
than 10% of our income. Harry Browne
- Through an unwieldy combination of big government, big military, big
business, big labor and big cities, we have created an unworkable mega-nation
which defies central management and control. Not only is the United States too
big, but it has also become too authoritarian and too undemocratic, and its
states assume too little responsibility for the solution of their own social,
economic, and political problems. Dr. Thomas Naylor, professor
emeritus of economics at Duke University
- The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse. Edmund
- Those who have been once intoxicated with power, and have derived any kind
of emolument from it, even though but for one year, can never willingly abandon
it. Edmund Burke
- The power which a multiple millionaire, who may be my neighbor and perhaps
my employer, has over me is very much less than that which the smallest
"functionaire" possesses who wields the coercive power of the state, and on
whose desecration it depends whether and how I am allowed to live or to work.
Frederich von Hayek, The Road to Serfdom
- Of all 36 ways to get out of trouble, the best way is leave.
- Few of us can easily surrender our belief that society must somehow make
sense. The thought that the State has lost its mind and is punishing so many
innocent people is intolerable. And so the evidence has to be internally
denied. Arthur Miller
- Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from
mistaken conviction. Blaise Pascal
- Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny. Edmund Burke
- A government is not legitimate merely because it exists. Jeane
- Resistance to tyranny is service to God. James Madison
- We do many things at the federal level that would be considered dishonest
and illegal if done in the private sector. Donald T. Regan
- [During the 20th century]
170 million men, women, and children
have been shot, beaten, tortured, knifed, burned, starved, frozen, crushed, or
worked to death; buried alive, drowned, hung, bombed, or killed in any other of
the myriad ways governments have inflicted death on unarmed, helpless citizens
and foreigners. R. J. Rummel, Death by Government
- Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a day.
But a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued
unalterably through every change of ministers, too plainly proves a deliberate
systematic plan of reducing us to slavery. Thomas Jefferson
- This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first
appears he is a protector. Plato circa 400 B.C.
- The ideal tyranny is that which is ignorantly self-administered by its
victims. The most perfect slaves are, therefore, those which blissfully and
unawaredly enslave themselves. Dresden James
- I am unable to accept the idea that I should be an obedient subject of a
gang of corrupt, unprincipled thugs who pontificate about freedom while
enslaving the population. John Pugsley, JPJ Nov 96
- By the year 2012, projected outlays for entitlements and interest on the
national debt will consume all tax revenues collected by the federal government
There will not be one cent left over for education, children's
programs, highways, national defense, or any other discretionary program.
Bipartisan U.S. Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform
- Christmas is a time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for
it. Deficits are when adults tell the government what they want and their kids
pay for it. Richard Lamm, former Gov of Colorado
- A government debt is a government claim against personal income and
private property an unpaid tax bill. Hans F. Sennholz, Debts
- There is no art which government sooner learns of another than that of
draining money from the pockets of the people. Adam Smith, Wealth of
- The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of
funding, is but a swindling futurity on a large scale. Thomas
- I fear for our nation. Nearly half of our people receive some kind of
government subsidy. We have grown weak from too much affluence and too little
adversity. I fear that soon we will not be able to defend our country from our
sure and certain enemies. We have debased our currency to the point that even
the most loyal citizen no longer trusts it. A Roman Senator in A.D.
- The Social Security system did not begin as an attempt to sabotage
people's ability to plan for retirement, but it has worked out that way. The
politicians who originally planned the system probably had no idea how it would
turn out. But today's politicians know the system is rotted, and yet they
refuse to make the changes necessary to free the American people from it.
Instead, they make it worse. Ed Clark 1980 LP presidential candidate,
A New Beginning
- While the feds
leave Social Security off their books, the
government's obligation to make benefit payments to current and near-term
Social Security recipients is certainly no less real than its obligation to pay
interest on its Treasury bonds. Laurence K. Kotlikoff, Harvard
Business Review, "From Deficit Delusion to Generational Accounting", May-June,
- The one with the primary responsibility to the individual's future is that
individual. Dorcas Hardy, Director, Social Security System
- We should distinguish at this point between "government" and "state"
A government is the consensual organization by which we adjudicate
disputes, defend our rights, and provide for certain common needs
state on the other hand, is a coercive organization asserting or enjoying a
monopoly over the use of physical force in some geographic area and exercising
power over its subjects. David Boaz
- Little else is requisite to carry a state to the highest degree of
opulence from the lowest barbarism, but peace, easy taxes and a tolerable
administration of justice. Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations
- The thing that differentiates people from animals is money.
- If the rich could hire other people to die for them, the poor could make a
wonderful living. Yiddish proverb
- Money, not morality, is the principle of commercial nations.
- It is a socialist idea that making profits is a vice; I consider the real
vice is making losses. Winston Churchill
- Anyone taken as an individual is tolerably sensible and reasonable
as a member of a crowd, he at once becomes a blockhead. Friedrich von
- The real issue is control. The Internet is too widespread to be easily
dominated by any single government. By creating a seamless global economic
zone, anti-sovereign and unregulatable, the Internet calls into question the
very idea of a nation-state. John Perry Barlow
- Capitalism without failure is like religion without sin. Bankruptcies and
losses concentrate the mind on prudent behavior. Allan H. Meltzer
- You doubt that
your great country
is on the wane? I say
only this look around you. Saint Griseus
- In the United States we have, in effect, two governments
the duly constituted Government
Then we have an independent,
uncontrolled and uncoordinated government in the Federal Reserve System,
operating the money powers which are reserved to Congress by the Constitution.
Congressman Wright Patman
- It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking
and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution
before tomorrow morning. Henry Ford
- Law! What do I care about the law? Ain't I got the power?
- Does America really need 70 percent of the world's lawyers?
healthy for our economy to have 18 million lawsuits coursing through our system
annually? Dan Quayle August 13, 1991
- Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.
Martin Luther King Jr.
- If one really wishes to know how justice is administered in a country, one
does not question the policemen, the lawyers, the judges, or the protected
members of the middle class. One goes to the unprotected those,
precisely, who need the law's protection most! and listens to their
testimony. James Baldwin, African-American Author, "No Name in the
the next revolution
will be when those who work refuse to
support those who don't. Walter Hickel
- The standard of living of the common man is higher in those countries
which have the greatest number of wealthy entrepreneurs. Ludwig von
- There are two kinds of people those who do the work and those who
take the credit. Try to be in the first group, there is less competition there.
- Political elections do not choose leaders of society. Rather, they are an
exercise in which groups of people choose individuals who will assist them in
looting other groups of individuals, those folks who were unfortunate enough
not to be able to elect their own political strongman. The process can be
downright blatant, as is the case in African and Asian countries, or it can be
relatively subtle as it is in the United States, where the trappings of
"constitutionality" and "rule of law" hide many of the more nefarious goings
on. William Anderson, Are Politicians Leaders? 10/19/2000
- Our two-party system is a fraud, a sham, a delusion. On foreign policy,
trade, immigration, Big Government, we have one-party government, one party
press; and conservatives are being played for suckers. Patrick J
- Political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the
Nobel Peace Prize. Tom Lehrer
- Powerful government tends to draw into it people with bloated egos, people
who think they know more than everyone else and have little hesitance in
coercing their fellow man. Or as Nobel Laureate Friedrich Hayek said, "in
government, the scum rises to the top". Walter E. Williams
- Being elected to Congress is regarded as being sent on a looting raid for
one's friends. George F. Will, Newsweek
- Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere,
diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies. Groucho
- Men rise from one ambition to another first they seek to secure
themselves from attack, and then they attack others. Machiavelli
- This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as we
do when the baby gets hold of a hammer. Will Rogers
- Wherever politics intrudes upon economic life, political success is
readily attained by saying what people like to hear rather than what is
demonstrably true. Instead of safeguarding truth and honesty, the state then
tends to become a major source of insincerity and mendacity. Hans F.
- Those who make peaceful change impossible will make violent revolution
inevitable. John F. Kennedy
- 80 percent were hypocrites, 80 percent liars, 80 percent serious sinners
except of Sundays. There is always boozing and floozing
have enough time to tell you everybody's name. William Miller,
- Politicians are always interested in people. Not that this is always a
virtue. Fleas are interested in dogs. P.J. O'Rourke
- A concern for states rights, local self government and regional identity
used to be taken for granted everywhere in America. But the United States is no
longer, as it once was, a federal union of diverse states and regions. National
uniformity is being imposed by the political class that runs Washington, the
economic class that owns Wall Street and the cultural class in charge of
Hollywood and the Ivy League. Michael Hill, professor of British
History, University of Alabama
- Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory. John
- Since a politician never believes what he says, he is surprised when
others believe him. Charles DeGaulle
- Politics I supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to
realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first. Ronald
- Men who have greatness within them don't go in for politics.
- It may be true
that "you can't fool all the people all the time",
but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country. Will &
- Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I
repeat myself. Mark Twain
- Politicians can't give us anything without depriving us of something else.
Government is not a god. Every dime they spend must first be taken from someone
else. Gary Asmus
- Laws are like sausages. You sleep far better the less you know about how
they are made. Otto Von Bismark
- Our democracy is but a name. We vote? What does that mean? It means that
we choose between two bodies of real, though not avowed, autocrats. We choose
between Tweedledum and Tweedledee. Helen Keller
- Democracies have been found incompatible with personal security or the
rights of property; and in general have been as short in their lives as they
have been violent in their death. James Madison
- Citizen participation [is] a device whereby public officials induce
nonpublic individuals to act in a way the officials desire. Daniel P.
- If I deny the authority of the State when it presents my tax bill, it will
soon take and waste all my property, and so harass me and my children without
end. This is hard, this makes it impossible for a man to live honestly, and at
the same time comfortably, in outward respects. Henry David Thoreau
- Voters who live off taxpayers are the Democrats' ace in the hole. The
Democrats created big programs and never let the recipients forget it. This
gives them an initial advantage of tens of millions of votes in any
presidential election. Joseph Sobran
- The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are
willing to work and give to those who would not. Thomas Jefferson
- Multiple political parties are a fact of life throughout Europe and most
of the West. Today the only countries without strong multiparty political
systems are the United States and a number of third world military
dictatorships. Thomas H. Naylor
- Vote for the man who promises least; he'll be the least disappointing.
- It is indeed a singular thing that people wish to pass laws to nullify the
disagreeable consequences that the law of responsibility entails. Will they
never realize that they do not eliminate these consequences but merely pass
them along to other people? The result is one injustice the more and one moral
the less. Frederic Bastiat
- Students now arrive at the university ignorant and cynical about our
political heritage, lacking the wherewithal to be either inspired by it or
seriously critical of it. Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American
- The voice of the majority is no proof of justice. Johann von
- It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of
their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so
incoherent that they cannot be understood, if they be repealed or revised
before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who
knows what the law is today, can guess what it will be like tomorrow.
James Madison, Federalist Paper #62
- A great many laws in a country, like many physicians, is a sign of malady.
- An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and
who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the
conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the
highest respect for the law. Martin Luther King Jr.
- Unnecessary laws are not good laws, but traps for money. Thomas
Hobbes, Leviathan, 1651
- The rule of law can be wiped out in one misguided, however
well-intentioned, generation. William T. Gossett, President ABA
- Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that
promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain,
except death and taxes. Benjamin Franklin
- The government's only proper job is to protect individual rights against
violence by force or fraud
to protect men from foreign invaders
to settle disputes among men according to objective laws
of the Founding Fathers was how well they understood this issue and how close
some of them came to understanding it perfectly. Ayn Rand
- The Constitution is not hearsay. It is not a bunch of legal myths passed
along by word of mouth. It is not a depository for judicial delusions and
ideological pipe dreams. It is not a figment of some justice's Marxian
imagination. It is a written document a legally binding contract whose
words, spirit and intent are clear. Linda Bowles, nationally
- The ultimate touchstone of constitutionality is the Constitution itself
and not what we have said about it. Felix Frankfurter, Graves vs. New
- We the people are the rightful master of both congress and the courts
not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert
the Constitution. Abraham Lincoln
- Terrorism is a direct response to the crimes our government has committed
against foreigners (besides which, the actual terrorists are within our own
government) Gore Vidal
- If [drugs] didn't exist, our government would have to invent them, the
better to enact laws aimed at keeping the citizens "sinless and obedient."
- Going to war accelerated the move from indirect to direct rule. Almost
any state that makes war finds that it cannot pay for the effort from its
accumulated reserves and current revenues. Almost all war-making states borrow
extensively, raise taxes, and seize the means of combat including men
from reluctant citizens who have other uses for their resources.
- When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty, and
there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or
other, in order that the people may require a leader. Plato, 347 B.C.
- Governments need armies to protect them from their enslaved and oppressed
- I say one evil empire down
one to go. Michael Moore, The
- The laws of economics tell us that the expansion of the central state
can't go on forever. Its limit is reached when the looted turn on the looters.
And that's beginning to happen. More than six decades of hard work for American
liberty beginning with the Old Right opposition to the Roosevelt Revolution and
continuing with the Mises Institute, is beginning to bear fruit.
Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. 11-27-96
- The leviathan state, that monster devouring civilization in this century,
is in the throes of death. This is not a wish or a prediction, but a conclusion
drawn from a broad look at the trends of the last decade and a half, which, if
we take the right steps, can continue on into the next century. What has
happened around the world nations states collapsing, markets outwitting
planners, citizens rising up against government masters can and is
happening here at home. Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
- In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.
Charles de Gaulle
- No state, upon its own mere motion, can lawfully get out of the Union.
Plainly, the central idea of secession, is the essence of anarchy. [!]
- We protest solemnly in the face of mankind, that we desire peace at any
sacrifice, save that of honor. In independence we seek no conquest, no
aggrandizement, no concession of any kind from the states with which we have
lately been confederated. All we ask is to be let alone that those who
never held power over us shall not now attempt our subjugation by arms. This we
will, we must resist to the direst extremity. The moment that this pretension
is abandoned, the sword will drop from our grasp, and we shall be ready to
enter into treaties of amnesty and commerce that cannot but be mutually
beneficial. So long as this pretension is maintained, with a firm reliance on
that Divine Power which covers with its protection the just cause, we must
continue to struggle for our inherent right to freedom, independence, and self
government. President Jefferson Davis' first address to the
- In our government-controlled schools we are taught that Lincoln was our
greatest president because his war ended slavery and saved the Union. As usual,
the other side of the story the side that reflects poorly on the
government somehow gets lost. Richard J. Maybury, The Abe
- So the case stands, and under all the passion of the parties and the cries
of battle lie the two chief moving causes of the struggle. Union means so many
millions a year lost to the South; secession means the loss of the same
millions to the North. The love of money is the root of this as of many many
the quarrel between North and South is, as it stands,
solely a fiscal quarrel. Charles Dickens, as editor of All the Year
Round, a British periodical in 1862
- Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right
to rise up and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits
them better. This is a most valuable, a most sacred right a right which
we hope and believe is to liberate the world. Nor is this right confined to
cases in which the whole people of an existing government may choose to
exercise it. Any portion of such people, that can, may revolutionize, and make
their own of so much of the territory as they inhabit. Abraham
Lincoln [!], January 12, 1848 speech in Congress
- Federalism is not when the central government graciously allows the states
to do this or that. That is just another form of administration. True
federalism is when the people of the states set limits to the central
government. Fundamentally, federalism means states rights. The cause of states
rights is the cause of liberty. They rise or fall together. Clyde C.
- For 134 years the American people have been led to believe that the right
of secession had been overturned by a "verdict of arms," but that isn't true
It is true the shot fired at Fort Sumter was a mistake since it
provided the pretext for the Southland to be invaded by foreign troops, but the
right of secession realized through the ballot box remains an essential part of
our constitutional order. George Kalas, Chairman Emeritus, The
- The American people, North and South, went into the [Civil] war as
citizens of their respective states, they came out as subjects
they thus lost they have never got back. H.L. Mencken
- The future inhabitants of [both] the Atlantic and Mississippi states will
be our sons. We think we see their happiness in their union, and we wish it.
Events may prove otherwise; and if they see their interest in separating why
should we take sides? God bless them both, and keep them in union if it be for
their good, but separate them if it be better. Thomas Jefferson
- I expect to see trade wars, foreign policy disasters, a few race riots, a
decrease in personal liberty, higher taxes, higher inflation and probably,
economic collapse. The silver lining is, secession will probably become more
feasible. Charley Reese, What the next four years has in store for us
column Nov. 8.1996 in Orlando Sentinal
- Up until the late unpleasantness of the Civil war, then, the right of
secession was more or less taken for granted in many quarters, and there has
never been any amendment or even a Supreme Court decision saying it's improper.
Samual Francis, Secession May Be Legal But Not Expedient,
- If there be any among us who wish to dissolve the Union or to change its
republican form, let them stand undisturbed, as monuments of the safety with
which error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.
Thomas Jefferson's First Inaugural Address
- The Union was formed by the voluntary agreement of the States; and these,
in uniting together, have not forfeited their Nationality, nor have they been
reduced to the condition of one and the same people. If one of the States chose
to withdraw its name from the contract, it would be difficult to disprove its
right of doing so
Alex de Tocqueville, Democracy In America
- If [the Declaration of Independence] justifies the secession from the
British empire of 3,000,000 of colonists in 1776, we do not see why it would
not justify the secession of 5,000,000 of Southrons from the Federal Union in
1861. New York Tribune, December 17, 1860
- The United States has become too big, too authoritarian, and too
undemocratic. Its states assume too little responsibility for the solution of
their own social, economic, and political problems. So starved for revenue are
our states that they are all too willing to abdicate to the federal government
their responsibilities for public education, criminal justice, employment, and
environmental protection. Fine tuning or patch our badly crippled political
system will do little to turn the situation around. There is only one solution
to the problems of America peaceful dissolution, not piecemeal
devolution. Thomas H. Naylor & William H. Willimon, Downsizing
- The error is in the assumption that the General Government is a party to
the constitutional compact. The States
formed the compact, acting as
sovereign and independent communities. John C. Calhoun
- The procedure of secession was to have an election for delegates to a
state convention, to meet in convention, and to adopt ordinances of secession.
This was done in accord with the Southern understanding of what would be in
keeping with the United States Constitution. It had, after all, been ratified
by the states acting through conventions. Could they not "un-ratify"it
secede from the Union in the same fashion? Clarence Carson, A
Basic History Of The United States
- Our government is an agency of delegated and strictly limited powers. Its
founders did not look to its preservation by force; but the chain they wove to
bind these States together was one of love and mutual good offices
- If you would not confront your neighbor and demand his money at the point
of a gun to solve every new problem that may appear in your life, you should
not allow the government to do it for you. William E. Simon
- A democracy is a place where numerous elections are held, at great cost,
without issues, and with interchangeable candidates. Gore Vidal
- Taxation with representation ain't so hot either. Gerald
- Fifty-one percent of a nation can establish a totalitarian regime, suppress
minorities and still remain democratic. Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn
- A few pithy slogans on guns:
- An armed person is a citizen. An
unarmed person is a subject.
- A gun in the hand is better than a cop on
- Six-shooter: The original point and click interface.
control is not about guns; it's about control.
- If guns are outlawed, can
we use swords?
- If guns cause crime, then pencils cause misspelled words.
- If guns cause crime, then matches cause arson.
- Free men do not ask
permission to bear arms.
- If you don't know your rights, you don't have
- Those who trade liberty for security have neither.
- The United
States Constitution (c) 1791. All Rights Reserved.
- What part of "shall
not be infringed" don't you understand?
- The Second Amendment is in place
in case they ignore the others.
- 64,999,987 firearm owners killed no one
- Guns only have two enemies: Rust and Politicians.
guns, Know peace and safety. No guns, no peace nor safety.
- You don't
shoot to kill; you shoot to stay alive.
- 911 government sponsored
- Assault is a behavior, not a device.
- Criminals love
gun control it makes their jobs safer.
- Only a government that is
afraid of its citizens tries to control them.
- You only have the rights
you are willing to fight for.
- We don't enforce unconstitutional laws; we
- When you remove the people's right to bear arms, you create
- The American Revolution would never have happened with "gun
- The difference between death and taxes is, death doesn't get worse every
time Congress meets. Will Rogers
- The Constitution is a limitation on the government, not on private
individuals. It does not prescribe the conduct of private individuals, only the
conduct of the government. It is not a charter for government power, but a
charter of the citizens' protection against the government. Ayn
- Government should stay the hell out of people's business. Senator
- Greedy capitalists get money by trade. Good liberals steal it.
- "A well-crafted pepperoni pizza, being necessary to the preservation of a
diverse menu, the right of the people to keep and cook tomatoes, shall not be
I would ask you to try to argue that this statement says that
only pepperoni pizzas can keep and cook tomatoes, and only well-crafted ones at
that. This is basically what the so-called states rights people argue with
respect to the well-regulated militia, vs. the right to keep and bear arms.
- The New Deal Court essentially told Congress: It doesn't matter what the
Constitution says or what limits on government it establishes, you are
empowered to spend money on whatever you please. And so Congress does, even
though its profligacy has placed the nation in great economic peril.
Stephen Moore, Director of Fiscal Policy Studies at the Cato Institute, March,
- "I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the
United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic...."
Congressional Oath of Office
- The word politics is derived from the words "poly" meaning many and "ticks"
meaning blood sucking parasites. Anonymous
- I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty
than to those attending too small a degree of it. Thomas Jefferson,
to Archibald Stuart, 1791. ME 8:276
- We have rights, as individuals, to give as much of our own money as we
please to charity; but as members of Congress we have no right so to
appropriate a dollar of public money. David Crockett, Congressman
- I never consider a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in
philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend. Thomas
- Experience [has] shown that, even under the best forms [of government],
those entrusted with power have, in time and by slow operations, perverted it
into tyranny. Thomas Jefferson 1779
- We Americans have no commission from God to police the world
- The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue
happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin
- Switzerland is a land where crime is virtually unknown, yet most Swiss
males are required by law to keep in their homes what amounts to a portable,
personal machine gun. Tom Clancy
- To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.
- You can't get rid of poverty by giving people money. P.J.
- Government is not the solution, but rather the cause of our
problems. Ronald Reagan
- If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5
years there'd be a shortage of sand. Milton Friedman
- Fire, water, and government know nothing of mercy. Albanian
- When words lose their meaning, people lose their liberty.
- An election is coming. Universal peace is declared, and the foxes have a
sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry. George
- Politics is the art of obtaining money from the rich and votes from the
poor on the pretext of protecting each from the other. Anonymous
- There is only one way to kill capitalism by taxes, taxes, and more
taxes. Karl Marx
- If there is no wind, row. Chinese Proverb
- [We] should not blame a gun itself for any crime or any acts of violence,
any more than we can blame a pen for misspelling a word. Senator
Wallace F. Bennett (R-UT), Congressional Record, 5/16/68
- Politicians never accuse you of "greed" for wanting other people's money
only for wanting to keep your own money. Joseph Sobran
- When politicians say "I'm in politics," it may or may not be possible to
trust them, but when they say, "I'm in public service," you know you should
flee. Albert Jay Nock
- Man is not free unless government is limited. There's a clear cause and
effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government
expands, liberty contracts. Ronald Reagan, farewell address,
- All socialism involves slavery. Herbert Spencer
- Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit
there. Will Rogers
- Don't think there are no crocodiles because the water is calm.
- Mankind will in time discover that unbridled majorities are as tyrannical
and cruel as unlimited despots. John Adams 1793
- Private property was the original source of freedom. It still is its main
bulwark. Walter Lippmann 1937
- Education is a weapon, whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands
and at whom it is aimed. Joseph Stalin
- It's wrong for someone to confiscate your money, give it to someone else,
and call that "compassion." Harry Browne
- Whatever the issue, let freedom offer us a hundred choices, instead of
having government force one answer on everyone. Harry Browne
- I want a government small enough to fit inside the Constitution.
- Immigrants used to come to America seeking freedom of speech, freedom of
religion, and freedom from government. Now they come looking for free health
care, free education, and a free lunch. Harry Browne
- The free market punishes irresponsibility. Government rewards it.
- Republicans campaign like Libertarians and govern like Democrats.
- Government seems to operate on the principle that if even one individual
is incapable of using his freedom competently, no one can be allowed to be
free. Harry Browne
- The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of
tyrants, and it provides the further advantage of giving the servants of
tyranny a good conscience. Albert Camus
- A society that puts equality
ahead of freedom will end up with
neither equality nor freedom. Milton Friedman
- Government is about coercion. Limiting government is the single most
important instrument for guaranteeing liberty. We're working on a third
generation which has little in the way of education about what our Constitution
means and why it was written. Thus, we've fallen easy prey to charlatens,
quacks, and hustlers. Dr. Walter Williams
- Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master.
- It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making
decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no
price for being wrong. Thomas Sowell
- Gun bans don't disarm criminals, gun bans attract them. Walter
- A society based on the freedom to choose is better than a society based on
the principles of socialism, communism and coercion. Milton
- Political leaders in capitalist countries who cheer the collapse of
socialism in other countries continue to favor socialist solutions in their
own. They know the words, but they have not learned the tune. Milton
- We can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary
Americans ... Bill Clinton (USA TODAY, 11 March 1993, page 2A)
- Americans are so enamoured of equality they would rather be equal in
slavery than unequal in freedom. Alexis de Tocqueville
- The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are
threatened. John F. Kennedy
- In a republican nation whose citizens are to be led by reason and
persuasion and not by force, the art of reasoning becomes of first importance.
Thomas Jefferson, 1824
- Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad
people will find a way around the laws. Plato (427-347 B.C.)
- Give a good man great powers and crooks grab his job. Rick Gaber
- Politicians, like bombers, seldom see their victims. Donald
Boudreaux, Chairman, George Mason University Department of Economics
- For those looking for security, be forewarned that there's nothing more
insecure than a political promise. Harry Browne
- Patrick Henry did not say, "Give me absolute safety or give me
death." John Stossel, ABC News journalist
- The Declaration, after all, catalogued the assaults on our freedoms
committed by Britain's King George III. What has been built up over the last
two and a quarter centuries is a structure that dwarfs George III's regime.
K.E. Grubbs, Jr., Investor's Business Daily, 7/3/01
- Our country's founders cherished liberty, not democracy.
US House Congressional Resolution 48 "A Republic; not a Democracy", sponsored
by Ron Paul, 3/6/01.
- There's no greater service to this country than the defense of its freedom.
Senator Barry Goldwater, 1964 (1909-1998)
- A people incapable of protecting themselves will lose their rights as a
free people, becoming either servile dependents of the state or of the criminal
predators who are their de facto masters. Robert Cottrol, George
Washington University law professor
- The most basic question is not what is best, but who shall decide
what is best. Thomas Sowell
- The illegal drug trade is the financial engine that fuels many terrorist
organizations around the world, including Osama bin Laden. Dennis
Hastert, House Speaker
- It is the fundamental theory of all the more recent American law
that the average citizen is half-witted, and hence not to be trusted to either
his own devices or his own thoughts. H. L. Mencken
- Most people want security in this world, not liberty. H.L.
- For the average American, freedom of speech is simply the freedom to
repeat what everyone else is saying and no more. Gore Vidal
- Contrary to popular opinion, the Constitution was not and is not
a grant of rights to the citizenry. Instead, the Constitution is a
"barbed-wire entanglement" designed to interfere with, restrict, and impede
government officials in the exercise of political power. Jacob Hornberger, 11/01
- When freedom prevails, the ingenuity and inventiveness of people creates
incredible wealth. This is the source of the natural improvement of the human
condition. Brian S. Wesbury
- To make laws that man cannot, and will not obey, serves to bring all law
into contempt. Elizabeth Cady Stanton
- To be governed
is to be watched, inspected, directed,
indoctrinated, numbered, estimated, regulated, commanded, controlled,
law-driven, preached at, spied upon, censured, checked, valued, enrolled
by creatures who have neither the right, nor the wisdom, nor the virtue to do
so. Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
- There seems to be an attitude that government ownership of land is good as
long as you call it "open space"
All it is is socialism.
Douglas Bruce, Colorado tax-reduction activist
- Statism survives by looting; a free country survives by production.
- The "private sector" of the economy is, in fact, the voluntary
sector; and...the "public sector" is, in fact, the coercive sector.
- Americans have the mistaken viewpoint that Lady Liberty is only a
peacetime luxury who is ill-equipped to fight the nasties. Therefore, they
reason, we need an equally nasty Big Brother. Americans have forgotten that
Lady Liberty is one ferocious mother when protecting her children.
- Try to halt violence by restricting gun ownership and you won't halt
violence. But you will create entire classes of new criminals people who
make paperwork errors, violate technical specification of the law, or rebel
against the new restrictions. And you'll create new bureaus, new enforcement
arms, new prisons to punish them. You'll make hordes of lawyers and bureaucrats
very happy. Organized criminals will be grateful to the naive moral crusaders
("useful idiots") as they profit by selling an illegal product. And ordinary
street criminals will bless fools, legislators, and "leaders" for making their
job so much safer. JPFO's "Bill
of RIghts Sentinel", Fall 2001.
- What is the basic, the essential, the crucial principle that
differentiates freedom from slavery? It is the principle of voluntary action
versus physical coercion or compulsion. Ayn Rand
- For libertarians, freedom entails the right of people to live their lives
any way they choose, so long as their conduct is peaceful. For conservatives,
freedom entails the right of government to do just about anything it wants,
even if its conduct is violent. Jacob Hornberger
- A caged canary is safe but not free. Walter Williams
- The prospect of a government that treats all its citizens as criminal
suspects is more terrifying than any terrorist. And even more frightening is a
citizenry that can accept the surrender of its freedoms as the price of
"freedom". Joe Sobran
- There is nothing so bad that politics cannot make it worse.
- Politicians, like diapers, have to be changed frequently and for
the very same reason. Anonymous
- The reason welfare is bad is not because it costs too much, nor because it
"undermines the work ethic," but because it is intrinsically at odds with the
way human beings come to live satisfying lives. Charles Murray
- Public Schools too often fail because they are shielded from the very
force that improves performance and sparks innovation in nearly every other
human enterprise competition. Robert Lutz/Clark Durant
- He who regulates everything by laws, is more likely to arouse vices than
reform them. Spinoza
- The welfare state is the oldest con game in the world. First you take
people's money away quietly, and then you give some of it back to them
flamboyantly. Thomas Sowell
- If politicians were serious about day care for children, instead of just
sloganizing about it, nothing they could do would improve the quality of child
care more than by lifting the heavy burden of taxation that forces so many
families to have both parents working. Thomas Sowell
- The natural effort of every individual to better his own condition is so
powerful that it is alone, and without any assistance, capable not only of
carrying on the society to wealth and prosperity, but of surmounting 100
impertinent obstructions with which the folly of human laws too often encumbers
its operations. Adam Smith
- Education compulsory schooling, compulsory learning is a
tyranny and a crime against the human mind and spirit. Let all those escape it
who can, any way they can. John Holt
- The economic miracle that has been the United States was not produced by
socialized enterprises, by government-unon-industry cartels or by centralized
economic planning. It was produced by private enterprises in a profit-and-loss
system. And losses were at least as important in weeding out failures, as
profits in fostering successes. Let government succor failures, and we shall
be headed for stagnation and decline. Milton Friedman
- The public school system: "Usually a twelve year sentence of mind control.
Crushing creativity, smashing individualism, encouraging collectivism and
compromise, destroying the exercise of intellectual inquiry, twisting it
instead into meek subservience to authority." Walter Karp, Editor
- The ground of liberty is to be gained by inches, and we must be contented
to secure what we can get from time to time and eternally press forward for
what is yet to get. It takes time to persuade men to do even what is for their
own good. Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826 3rd US President & Founding
- "Democracy A government of the masses. Authority derived through
mass meeting or any form of direct expression. Results in mobocracy. Attitude
toward property is communistic negating property rights. Attitude
toward law is that the will of the majority shall regulate, whether it is based
upon deliberation or governed by passion, prejudice, and impulse, without
restraint or regard for consequences. Results in demagogism, license,
agitation, discontent, anarchy." 1928 U.S. Army Training Manual
so long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those
who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will
devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise,
to put shackles upon sleeping men. Voltairine de Cleyre
- Arms are the only true badge of liberty. The possession of arms is the
distinction of a free man from a slave. Andrew Fletcher 1698
- Economic freedom is an essential requisite for political freedom. By
enabling people to cooperate with one another without coercion or central
direction, it reduces the area over which political power is exercised.
- Whenever we depart from voluntary cooperation and try to do good by using
force, the bad moral value of force triumphs over good intentions.
- The elementary truth is that the Great Depression was produced by
government mismanagement [of money]. It was not produced by the failure of
private enterprise. Milton Friedman
- The essential notion of a capitalist society
cooperation, voluntary exchange. The essential notion of a socialist society is
force. Milton Friedman
- Consider Social Security. The young have always contributed to the support
of the old. Earlier, the young helped their own parents out of a sense of love
and duty. They now contribute to the support of someone else's parents out of
compulsion and fear. The voluntary transfers strengthened the bonds of the
family; the compulsory transfers weaken those bonds. Milton Friedman
- The American people are becoming more and more afraid of, and are running
away from, their own revolution. Leonard E. Read
- The only freedom which deserves the name, is that of pursuing our own good
in our way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede
their efforts to obtain it. John Stuart Mill
- I shall exert every faculty I possess in aiding to prevent the
Constitution from being nullified, destroyed, or impaired; and even though I
should see it fail, I will still, with a voice feeble, perhaps, but earnest as
ever issued from human lips, and with extinguish, call on the people to come to
its rescue. Daniel Webster
- The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution, are
worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all
It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present
generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from
us by violence without a struggle, or be cheated out of them by the artifices
of false and designing men. Samuel Adams
- The fact throughout history is that whenever government dominates the
economic affairs of its citizenry, a free society is eroded, then destroyed,
and a minority government ensues. Personal liberty without economic liberty is
an absolute contradiction; the one cannot exist without the other.
William E. Simon
- Freedom is not a luxury for a few wealthy nations; as many of our liberal
pundits try to tell us, but a necessity for the poor and hungry.
Edward P. Coleson
- Were it necessary to bring a majority into a comprehension of the
libertarian philosophy, the cause of liberty would be utterly hopeless. Every
significant movement in history has been led by one or just a few individuals
with a small minority of energetic supporters. Leonard E. Read
- Man must have the right of choice, even to choose wrong, if he shall ever
learn to choose right. Josiah C. Wedgwood
- Central planning will eventually destroy individual liberty by
concentrating all political power in one person or in a committee; furthermore,
it will eventually end our prosperity by laying the dead hand of state control
on the economy. Robert M. Thornton
- The greatest threat to the future of our nation to our freedom
is not foreign military aggression
but the growing dependence of
the people on a paternalistic government. A nation is no stronger than its
people and the best measure of their strength is how they accept
responsibility. There will never be a great society unless the materialism of
the welfare state is replaced by individual initiative and responsibility.
Charles B. Shuman
- The king has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent Swarms of
Officers to harass our People and eat out their substance. U.S.
Declaration of Independence
- Few of us seem to want to keep government out of our personal affairs and
responsibilities. Many of us seem to favor various types of government
guaranteed and compulsory "security." We say that we want personal freedom, but
we demand government housing, government price controls, government-guaranteed
jobs and wages. We boast that we are responsible persons, but we vote for
candidates who promise us special privileges, government pensions, government
subsidies, and government electricity. Dean Russell
- The beneficial effect of state intervention, especially in the form of
legislation, is direct, immediate, and so to speak, visible, while its evil
effects are gradual and indirect and lay out of sight
majority of mankind must almost of necessity look with undue favor upon
governmental intervention. A. V. Dicey
- The right most valued by all civilized men is the right to be left alone.
Justice Louis Brandeis
- It must be obvious that liberty necessarily means freedom to choose
foolishly as well as wisely; freedom to choose evil as well as good; freedom to
enjoy the rewards of good judgment, and freedom to suffer the penalties of bad
judgment. If this is not true, the word "freedom" has no meaning. Ben
- There is nothing new in state interventionism. It is as old and
reactionary as societal organization itself. Always, when it permeates the body
politic, it kills the nation. Spruille Braden
- Throughout forty centuries of human experience, price controls at their
best have always been a miserable failure. At their worst, they have led to
famine and bloodshed to defeat and to disaster. Irving S. Olds
- Somehow, the fact that more poor people are on welfare, receiving more
generous payments, does not seem to have made this country a nice place to live
not even for the poor on welfare, whose condition seems not noticeably
better than when they were poor and off welfare. Something appears to have
gone wrong; a liberal and compassionate social policy has bred all sorts of
unanticipated and perverse consequences. Irving Kristol
- Given man's nature, freedom will always be in jeopardy, and the only
question that need concern each of us is if and how well we took our stand in
its defense during the short period of time when we were potentially a part of
the struggle. Benjamin Rogge
- It seems that wherever the Welfare State is involved, the moral precept,
"Thou shalt not steal," becomes altered to say: "Thou shalt not steal, except
for what thou deemest to be a worthy cause, where thou thinkest that thou canst
use the loot for a better purpose than wouldst the victim of the theft."
F. A. Harper
- We must remember that the principal instrument of government is coercion
and that our government officials are no more moral, omnipotent, nor omniscient
than are any of the rest of us. Once we understand the basic principles which
must be observed if freedom is to be safeguarded against government, we may
become more hesitant in turning our personal problems and responsibilities over
to that agency of coercion, with its insatiable appetite for power.
W. C. Mullendore
- Of all the enemies to public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be
dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the
parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, debts, and
taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of
No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual
warfare. James Madison
- Property is the fruit of labor. Property is desirable, is a positive good
in the world. That some should be rich shows that others may become rich and
hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is
houseless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently to build
one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from
violence. Abraham Lincoln
- The essential quality of a free economy is that it cannot be planned. It
leaves the solution of problems to the inspiration of the individuals in the
untrammeled population. When something approaching a free economy has existed,
it has always worked better than the schemes of any planners. Thomas
- See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it
to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one
citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do
without committing a crime. Then abolish this law without delay, for it is not
only an evil itself, but also it is a fertile source for further evils because
it invites reprisals. Frédéric Bastiat
- The proliferation of bureaucrats and its invariable accompaniment, much
heavier tax levies on the productive part of the population, are the
recognizable signs, not of a great, but of a decaying society. Historians know
that both phenomena were especially marked in the declining eras of the Roman
Empire in the West and of its successor state, the Eastern or Byzantine Empire.
William Henry Chamberlin
- Government-to-government foreign aid promotes statism, centralized
planning, socialism, dependence, pauperization, inefficiency, and waste. It
prolongs the poverty it is designed to cure. Voluntary private investment in
private enterprise, on the other hand, promotes capitalism, production,
independence, and self-reliance. Henry Hazlit
- Do not consider Collectivists as "sincere but deluded idealists". The
proposal to enslave some men for the sake of others is not an ideal; brutality
is not "idealistic," no matter what its purpose. Do not ever say that the
desire to "do good" by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor
stupidity are good motives. Ayn Rand
- Government ought to be as much open to improvement as anything which
appertains to man, instead of which it has been monopolized from age to age, by
the most ignorant and vicious of the human race. Need we any other proof of
their wretched management, than the excess of debts and taxes with which every
nation groans, and the quarrels into which they have precipitated the world?"
- Painful as it may be to hear it, there's nothing special about the people
of this country that sets them apart from the other people of the world. It is
the Bill of Rights, and only the Bill of Rights, that keeps us from becoming
the world's biggest banana republic. The moment we forget that, the American
Dream is over. Alexander Hope, "Looking Forward"
- Most of the major ills of the world have been caused by well-meaning
people who ignored the principle of individual freedom, except as applied to
themselves, and who were obsessed with fanatical zeal to improve the lot of
mankind-in-the-mass through some pet formula of their own. Henry
Grady Weaver, author of a classic book on freedom, The Mainspring of Human
- The greatest productive force is human selfishness. Robert
- I do not challenge the dedication and sincerity of those who disagree with
the freedom philosophy and confidently promote government solutions for all our
ills. I am just absolutely convinced that the best formula for giving us peace
and preserving the American way of life is freedom, limited government, and
minding our own business overseas. Ron
- If an exchange between two parties is voluntary, it will not take place
unless both believe they will benefit from it. Most economic fallacies derive
from the neglect of this simple insight, from the tendency to assume that there
is a fixed pie, that one party can gain only at the expense of another.
- If you don't risk anything, you risk even more. Erica Jong
- The harm done by ordinary criminals, murderers, gangsters, and thieves is
negligible in comparison with the agony inflicted upon human beings by the
professional do-gooders, who attempt to set themselves up as gods on earth and
who would ruthlessly force their views on all others with the abiding
assurance that the end justifies the means. Henry Grady Weaver,
author of a classic book on freedom, The Mainspring of Human Progress
- Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you
nothing. It was here first. Mark Twain
- There is no limit to the ingenuity of man if it is properly and vigorously
applied under conditions of peace and justice. Winston Churchill
- Self-sacrifice enables us to sacrifice other people without blushing.
George Bernard Shaw
- Don't ask the barber whether you need a haircut. Daniel
- You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help
the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot help the poor by
destroying the rich. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what
they could and should do for themselves. John Henry Boetker
- There is only one success - To be able to spend your life in your own way.
- If the only motive was to help people who could not afford education,
advocates of government involvement would have simply proposed tuition
subsidies. Milton Friedman - Economist. Awarded 1976 Nobel Prize in
- They told me if I voted for Goldwater, he would get us into a war in
Vietnam. Well, I voted for Goldwater and that's what happened.
William F. Buckley, Jr. (founder of National Review)
- A traffic jam is a collision between free enterprise and socialism. Free
enterprise produces automobiles faster than socialism can build roads and road
capacity. Andrew Galambos
- "Let me tell you how it will be. There's one for you, nineteen for me.
'Cause I'm the taxman." George Harrison, (From song "Taxman" on The
Beatles album Revolver 1966)
- The whole gospel of Karl Marx can be summed up in a single sentence: Hate
the man who is better off than you are. Never under any circumstances admit
that his success may be due to his own efforts, to the productive contribution
he has made to the whole community. Always attribute his success to the
exploitation, the cheating, the more or less open robbery of others. Never
under any circumstances admit that your own failure may be owing to your own
weakness, or that the failure of anyone else may be due to his own defects
his laziness, incompetence, improvidence, or stupidity. Henry
- Libertarians believe the answer to America's political problems is the
same commitment to freedom that earned America its greatness: a free-market
economy and the abundance and prosperity it brings; a dedication to civil
liberties and personal freedom that marks this country above all others; and a
foreign policy of non-intervention, peace, and free trade as prescribed by
America's founders. The Libertarian Party: A Short History, 2000
- We're told cars are wasteful. Wasteful of what? Oil did a lot of good
sitting in the ground for millions of years. We're told cars should be replaced
with mass transportation. But it's hard to reach the drive through window at
McDonald's from a speeding train. And we're told cars cause pollution. A
hundred years ago city streets were ankle deep in horse excrement. What kind of
pollution do you want? Would you rather die of cancer at eighty or typhoid
fever at nine? P.J. O'Rourke
- When politics are used to allocate resources, the resources all end up
being allocated to politics." P.J. O'Rourke
- This country was founded by religious nuts with guns. P.J.
- When one gets in bed with government, one must expect the diseases it
spreads. Ron Paul, M.D., Republican congressman from Texas and
Libertarian Party candidate for President in 1988
- Have you ever noticed how statists are constantly "reforming" their own
handiwork? Education reform. Health-care reform. Welfare reform. Tax reform.
The very fact that they're always busy "reforming" is an implicit admission
that they didn't get it right the first 50 times. Lawrence W. Reed,
economist, in The Freeman
- Those (who) seek to establish systems of Government based on the
regimentation of all Human Beings by a handful of individual rulers...call this
a new order. It is not new and it is not order." Franklin D.
Roosevelt, President of The United States
- Liberals love to say things like, "We're just asking everyone to pay their
fair share." But government is not about asking. It is about telling. The
difference is fundamental. It is the difference between making love and being
raped, between working for a living and being a slave. The Internal Revenue
service is not asking anybody to do anything. It confiscates your assets and
puts you behind bars if you don't pay. Thomas Sowell, Forbes, July
- Man, no doubt, owes many other moral duties to his fellow men; such as to
feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, care for the sick,
protect the defenseless, assist the weak, and enlighten the ignorant. But these
are simply moral duties, of which each man must be his own judge, in each
particular case, as to whether, and how, and how far, he can, or will perform
them. Lysander Spooner
- The worst evils which mankind has ever had to endure were inflicted by bad
governments. The state can be and has often been in the course of history the
main source of mischief and disaster. Ludwig von Mises
- Economic history is a long record of government policies that failed
because they were designed with a bold disregard for the laws of economics.
Ludwig von Mises
- Who the hell is FICA and who said he could have any of my paycheck!
From the movie Ferris Buehler's Day Off
- Dependence leads to subservience. Thomas Jefferson
- Libertarians have quietly become America's best organized and most
significant third party. Unlike flash-in-the-pan parties organized around cults
of personality like Ross Perot's and Ralph Nader's, Libertarians have organized
at the grass roots for the long haul. They are fast approaching the point where
they may force the major parties to reckon with Libertarian ideas.
Bob Ewegen, The Denver Post, 11/24/01
- When democratic governments create economic calamity, free markets get the
- When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, a hundred.
- I can think of few plainer, more direct abridgments of the freedoms of the
First Amendment than to compel persons to support candidates, parties,
ideologies or causes that they are against. Justice Black Lathrop v.
Donohue, 367 U.S. 820, 873 (1961) (Black, J. dissenting).
- The worst crime against working people is a company which fails to operate
at a profit. Samuel Gompers
- Concentrated political power is the most dangerous thing on earth.
- When liberty is taken away by force it can be restored by force. When it
is relinquished voluntarily by default it can never be recovered.
Dorothy Thompson, newspaper columnist
- What pays under capitalism is satisfying the common man, the customer. The
more people you satisfy, the better for you. Ludwig von Mises
- According to the Tax Foundation, taxes now consume more than 38% of the
average family's budget. That is more than is spent on food, clothing, housing,
and transportation combined. Compare this to the plight of medieval serfs. They
only had to give the lord of the manor one-third of their output -- and they
were considered slaves. So what does that make us? Daniel Mitchell,
The Washington Times, 3/9/99
- The same government that brought you urban renewal is likely to make an
even worse mess of suburban renewal. Steven Hayward, The National
- Our government, taxes, and ideas of freedom are already duplicates of the
Old World. Our politicians determine how we should live our lives and
our individual liberties are sacrificed for the benefit of the Fatherland.
- He who disdains the fall in infant mortality and the gradual disappearance
of famines and plagues may cast the first stone upon the materialism of the
economists. Ludwig von Mises
- Freedom is the emancipation from the arbitrary rule of other men.
Mortimer Adler (1902-2001)
- Freedom suppressed and again regained bites with keener fangs than freedom
never endangered. Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.)
- The cry has been that when war is declared, all opposition should
therefore be hushed. A sentiment more unworthy of a free country could hardly
be propagated. If the doctrine be admitted, rulers have only to declare war and
they are screened at once from scrutiny. William Ellery Channing
(1780-1842), Life, 1848
- A right is not what someone gives you; it's what no one can take from you.
Ramsey Clark, U.S. Attorney General, New York Times, 10/02/77
- The Bill of Rights is a born rebel. It reeks with sedition. In every
clause it shakes its fist in the face of constituted authority
the one guarantee of human freedom to the American people. Frank I.
Cobb (1869-1923), LaFollette's Magazine, 01/20
- Men in authority will always think that criticism of their policies is
dangerous. They will always equate their policies with patriotism, and find
criticism subversive. Henry Steele Commager (1902-1998), Freedom and
- Freedom is not a luxury that we can indulge in when at last we have
security and prosperity and enlightenment; it is, rather, antecedent to all of
these, for without it we can have neither security nor prosperity nor
enlightenment. Henry Steele Commager (1902-1998), Freedom, Loyalty
and Dissent, 1954
- It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his
natural liberty upon a supposition that he may abuse it. Oliver
Cromwell (1599-1658), Address, First Protectorate Parliament, 1654
- Foolish liberals who are trying to read the Second Amendment out of the
constitution by claiming it's not an individual right or that it's too much of
a safety hazard don't see the danger of the big picture. They're courting
disaster by encouraging others to use this same means to eliminate portions of
the Constitution they don't like. Alan Dershowitz, in The Conceptual
Foundations of Anglo-American Jurisprudence in Religion and Reason, 82 Mich L.
Rev., 204 (Dan Gifford), 1995
- The privacy and dignity of our citizens [are] being whittled away by
sometimes imperceptible steps. Taken individually, each step may be of little
consequence. But when viewed as a whole, there begins to emerge a society quite
unlike any we have seen a society in which government may intrude into
the secret regions of a [person's] life. William O. Douglas
(1898-1980), U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Osborne v. United States
- It is better, so the Fourth Amendment teaches us, that the guilty
sometimes go free than the citizens be subject to easy arrest.
William O. Douglas (1898-1980), Henry v. United States, 1959
- Of all the tyrannies on human kind
the worst is that which persecutes
John Dryden (1631-1700), The Hind and the Panther,
- Abuse of power isn't limited to bad guys in other nations. It happens in
our own country if we're not vigilant. Clint Eastwood, Parade
- Any time we deny any citizen the full exercise of his constitutional
rights, we are weakening our own claim to them. Dwight David
Eisenhower (1890-1969), U.S. President, Reader's Digest, 12/63
- Here in America we are descended in spirit from revolutionaries and rebels
men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine.
Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969), U.S. President, Speech, Columbia University,
- Man exists for his own sake and not to add a laborer to the State.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), Journal, 1839
- He is free who lives as he wishes to live; who is neither subject to
compulsion nor to hindrance, nor to force; whose movements to action are not
impeded, whose desires attain their purpose, and who does not fall into that
which he would avoid. Epictetus (ca 55-135 A.D.), Discourses, ca 100
- Complete and accurate surveillance as a means of control is probably a
practical impossibility. What is much more likely is a loss of privacy and
constant inconvenience as the wrong people gain access to information, as one
wastes time convincing the inquisitors that one is in fact innocent, or as one
struggles to untangle the errors of the errant machine. Victor
Ferkiss, Technological Man: The Myth and the Reality, 1969
- We are willing enough to praise freedom when it is safely tucked away in
the past and cannot be a nuisance. In the present, amidst dangers whose outcome
we cannot foresee, we get nervous about her, and admit censorship.
E. M. Forster (1879-1970), Two Cheers for Democracy, 1951
- "For your own good" is a persuasive argument that will eventually make a
man agree to his own destruction. Janet Frame, Faces In The Water,
- Being tolerant does not mean that I share another one's belief. But it
does mean that I acknowledge another one's right to believe, and obey, his own
conscience. Victor Frankl (1905-1997), The Will To Meaning
- The more laws the more offenders. Thomas Fuller (1608-1661),
- The individual is the true reality of life. A cosmos in himself, he does
not exist for the State, nor for that abstraction called "society" or the
"nation," which is only a collection of individuals. Emma Goldman
(1869-1940), The Place of the Individual in Society
- There is no greater fallacy than the belief that aims and purposes are one
thing, while methods and tactics are another
All human experience
teaches that methods and means cannot be separated from the ultimate aim.
Emma Goldman (1869-1940), My Disillusionment in Russia, 1923
- The freedom of speech and the freedom of the press have not been granted
to the people in order that they may say things which please, and which are
based upon accepted thought, but the right to say the things which displease,
the right to say the things which convey the new and yet unexpected thoughts,
the right to say things, even though they do a wrong. Samuel Gompers
(1850-1924), Seventy Years of Life and Labor, 1925
- I know of no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so
effective as their stringent execution. Ulysses S. Grant
(1882-1885), U.S. President, Inaugural Address, 4 March 1869
- Heresy is only another word for freedom of thought. Graham
- The doctrine of blind obedience and unqualified submission to any human
power, whether civil or ecclesiastical, is the doctrine of despotism, and ought
to have no place among Republicans and Christians. Angelica Grimke
(1805-1879), Anti-Slavery Examiner, September 1836
- Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail. In the
long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only
sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. The source of better ideas is
wisdom. A. Whitney Griswold (1909-1963), New York Times, 24 February
- Whenever they burn books they will also, in the end, burn human beings.
Heinrich Heine (1797-1856), Almansor: A Tragedy, 1823
- To limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit reading of certain
books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or knaves.
- What seems fair enough against a squalid huckster of bad liquor may take
on a different face, if used by a government determined to suppress political
opposition under the guise of sedition. Learned Hand (1872-1961),
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, United States v. Kirschenblatt, 1926
- I cannot assent to the view, if it be meant that the legislature may
impair or abridge the rights of a free press and of free speech whenever it
thinks that the public welfare requires that it be done. The public welfare
cannot override constitutional privilege. John Marshall Harlan
(1833-1911), U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Patterson v. Chicago
- In view of the Constitution, in the eye of the law, there is in this
country no superior, dominant, ruling class of citizens. There is no caste
here. Our Constitution is colorblind, and neither knows nor tolerates classes
among citizens. John Marshall Harlan (1833-1911), U.S. Supreme Court
Justice, Plessy v. Ferguson, 1896
- The liberty of the individual is the greatest thing of all, it is on this
and this alone that the true will of the people can develop.
Alexander Ivanovich Herzen (1812-1870), From the Other Shore, 1849
- A censor is a man who knows more than he thinks you ought to.
Granville Hicks (1901-1982)
- Where men cannot freely convey their thoughts to one another, no other
liberty is secure. William E. Hocking (1873-1966), Freedom of the
- There can be no freedom without freedom to fail. Eric Hoffer
(1902-1983), The Ordeal of Change, 1964
- If there is any principle of the constitution that more imperatively calls
for attachment than any other it is the principle of free thought not
free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we
hate. Oliver Wendall Holmes, Jr. (1841-1935), U.S. Supreme Court
Justice, United States v. Schwimmer, 1929
- Liberty is often a heavy burden on a man. It involves the necessity for
perpetual choice which is the kind of labor men have always dreaded.
Oliver Wendall Holmes, Sr. (1809-1884), Elsie Venner, 1861
- Truth, in its struggles for recognition, passes through four distinct
stages. First, we say it is damnable, dangerous, disorderly, and will surely
disrupt society. Second, we declare it is heretical, infidelic and contrary to
the Bible. Third, we say it is really a matter of no importance either one way
or the other. Fourth, we aver that we have always upheld it and believed it.
Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915), Roycroft Dictionary and Book of
- Emergency does not increase granted power or remove or diminish the
restrictions imposed upon power granted or reserved. The Constitution was
adopted in a period of grave emergency. Its grants of power to the federal
government and its limitations of the power of the States were determined in
the light of emergency, and they are not altered by emergency.
Charles Evans Hughes (1862-1948), Chief Justice, U.S. Supreme Court, Home
Building & Loan Assn v. Blairsdell, 1934
- The liberty of the press is not confined to newspapers and periodicals. It
necessarily embraces pamphlets and leaflets. These indeed have been historic
weapons in the defense of liberty, as the pamphlets of Thomas Paine and others
in our history abundantly attest. Charles Evans Hughes (1862-1948),
U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Lovell v. City of Griffin, 1938
- I believe the State exists for the development of individual lives, not
individuals for the development of the state. Julian Huxley
- Free speech is meaningless unless it tolerates the speech that we hate.
Henry J. Hyde, U.S. Congressman, Speech, 5/3/91
- It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling
into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from
falling into error. Robert H. Jackson (1892-1954), U.S. Supreme
Court Justice, American Communications Assn v. Douds, 1950
- The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from
the vicissitudes of political controversy. One's right to life, liberty and
property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly may not
be submitted to vote; they depend on no elections. Robert H. Jackson
(1892-1954), U.S. Supreme Court Justice, West Virginia Board of Education vs.
- It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand
by itself. Thomas Jefferson (1743-1846), U.S. President, Notes on
the State of Virginia, 1782
- The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain
occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised
when wrong but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little
rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere. Thomas
Jefferson (1743-1846), U.S. President, Letter to Abigail Adams, 22 February
- We are reluctant to admit that we owe our liberties to men of a type that
today we hate and fear unruly men, disturbers of the peace, men who
resent and denounce what Whitman called "the insolence of elected persons"
in word, free men
Gerald W. Johnson (1890-1980),
American Freedom and the Press, 1958
- Every man should know that his conversations, his correspondence, and his
personal life are private. Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973), Remarks,
- A shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living
that suits all cases. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961), Modern Man in
Search of a Soul, 1933
- The wave of the future is not the conquest of the world by a single
dogmatic creed but the liberation of the diverse energies of free nations and
free men. John F. Kennedy (1917-1963), U.S. President, Speech,
University of California, 3/23/63
- At the heart of western freedom and democracy is the belief that the
is the touchstone of value, and all society, groups, the
state, exist for his benefit. Therefore the enlargement of liberty for
individual human beings must be the supreme goal and abiding practice of any
western society. Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968), U.S. Senator,
Speech, University of Capetown, 6/6/66
- Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought
up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grand-children are once
more slaves. D. H. Lawrence (1885-1938), 1915
- If by the mere force of numbers a majority should deprive a minority of
any clearly written constitutional right, it might, in a moral point of view,
justify revolution. Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), First Inaugural
Address, 4 March 1861
- In a free society the state does not administer the affairs of men. It
administers justice among men who conduct their own affairs. Walter
Lippmann (1889-1974), An Inquiry into the Principles of the Good Society, 1937
- To argue against any breach of liberty from the ill use that may be made
of it, is to argue against liberty itself, since all is capable of being
abused. Lord George Lyttleton (1709-1773)
- What is freedom? Freedom is the right to choose; the right to create for
yourself the alternative of choice. Without the responsibility and exercise of
choice a man is not a man but a member, an instrument, a thing.
Archibald Macleish (1882-1982), 12/04/37
- If the First Amendment means anything, it means that a state has no
business telling a man, sitting alone in his own house, what books he may read
or what films he may watch. Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993), U.S.
Supreme Court Justice, 1969
- To change masters is not to be free. Jose Marti y Perez
- Tolerance is a better guarantee of freedom than brotherly love; for a man
may love his brother so much that he feels himself thereby appointed his
brother's keeper. Everett Dean Martin (1880-1941), Liberty, 1930
- No man is great enough or wise enough for any of us to surrender our
destiny to. The only way in which anyone can lead us is to restore our belief
in our own guidance. Henry Miller (1891-1980), The Wisdom of the
- I see men ordinarily more eager to discover a reason for things than to
find out whether things are so. Michel de Montaigne (1532-1592),
- There is no crueler tyranny that that which is perpetrated under the
shield of law and in the name of justice. Charles-Louis de Secondat,
Baron de Montesquieu (1689-1755), The Spirit of the Laws, 1748
- You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.
John Morley (1838-1923), Critical Miscellanies
- In any free society, the conflict between social conformity and individual
liberty is permanent, unresolvable, and necessary. Kathleen Norris
- The number of laws is constantly growing in all countries and, owing to
this, what is called crime is very often not a crime at all, for it contains no
element of violence or harm. P. D. Ouspensky (1878-1947), A New
Model of the Universe, 1931
- A good end cannot sanctify evil means; nor must we ever do evil, that good
may come of it. William Penn (1644-1718), Some Fruits of Solitude in
Reflections and Maxims
- No free people can lose their liberties while they are jealous of liberty.
But the liberties of the freest people are in danger when they set up symbols
of liberty as fetishes, worshipping the symbol instead of the principle it
represents. Wendell Phillips (1811-1884), in Liberty and the Great
Libertarians (C. Spradling)
- A lawyer with a briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns.
Mario Puzo, The Godfather
- If the fires of freedom and civil liberties burn low in other lands, they
must be made brighter in our own. If in other lands the press and books and
literature of all kinds are censored, we must redouble our efforts here to keep
them free. If in other lands the eternal truths of the past are threatened by
intolerance, we must provide a safe place for their perception.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), U.S. President, Speech, 6/30/38
- One evening, when I was yet in my nurse's arms, I wanted to touch the tea
urn, which was boiling merrily
My nurse would have taken me away from
the urn, but my mother said "Let him touch it." So I touched it and that
was my first lesson in the meaning of liberty. John Ruskin
(1819-1900), The Story of Arachne, 1870
- There is nothing new in the realization that the Constitution sometimes
insulates the criminality of a few in order to protect the privacy of us all.
Antonin Scalia, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Arizona v. Hicks, 3/3/87
- There is no "slippery slope" toward loss of liberty, only a long staircase
where each step down must first be tolerated by the American people and their
leaders. Alan K. Simpson, U.S. Senator, New York Times, 9/26/82
- The liberty the citizen enjoys is to be measured not by governmental
machinery he lives under, whether representative or other, but by the paucity
of restraints it imposes upon him. Herbert Spencer (1820-1903),
Social Statics, 1850
- A man's liberties are none the less aggressed upon because those who
coerce him do so in the belief that he will be benefited. Herbert
Spencer (1820-1903), Social Statics, 1850
- The right to defy an unconstitutional statute is basic in our scheme. Even
when an ordinance requires a permit to make a speech, to deliver a sermon, to
picket, to parade, or to assemble, it need not be honored when it's invalid on
its face. Potter Stewart (1915-1985), U.S. Supreme Court Justice,
Walker v. Birmingham, 1967
- Laws are like cobwebs which may catch small flies, but let wasps and
hornets break through. Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), Gullivers
- Men love liberty because it protects them from control and humiliation by
others, thus affording them the possibility of dignity; they loathe liberty
because it throws them back on their own abilities and resources, thus
confronting them with the possibility of insignificance. Thomas
Szasz, The Untamed Tongue, 1990
- Constitutions are checks upon the hasty action of the majority. They are
the self-imposed restraints of a whole people upon a majority of them to secure
sober action and a respect for the rights of the minority. William
Howard Taft (1857-1930), U.S. President, Veto Message, Arizona Enabling Act,
- No doctrine involving more pernicious consequences was ever invented by
the wit of man than any [constitutional] provisions can be suspended during any
of the great exigencies of government. Roger B. Taney (1777-1864),
U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Ex parte Milligan, 1866
- Government cannot make us equal; it can only recognize, respect, and
protect us as equal before the law. Clarence Thomas, U.S. Supreme
- I don't believe in quotas. America was founded on a philosophy of
individual rights, not group rights. Clarence Thomas, U.S. Supreme
- There is no more fundamental axiom of American freedom than the familiar
statement: In a free country we punish men for the crimes they commit but never
for the opinions they have. Harry S. Truman (1884-1972), U.S.
President, Message, Veto of the McCarran Act, 9/22/50
- Whenever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship.
Harry S. Truman (1884-1972), U.S. President, Speech, Columbia University,
- From the utopian viewpoint, the United States constitution is a singularly
hard-bitten and cautious document, for it breathes the spirit of skepticism
about human altruism and incorporates a complex system of checks, balances and
restrictions, so that everybody is holding the reins on everybody else.
Chad Walsh, From Utopia to Nightmare, 1962
- But when no risk is taken there is no freedom. It is thus that, in an
industrial society, the plethora of laws made for our personal safety convert
the land into a nursery, and policemen hired to protect us become selfserving
busybodies. Alan Watts (1915-1973), Tao: The Watercourse Way, 1975
- Live free or die. New Hampshire State Motto
- Tax reform means, "Don't tax you, don't tax me. Tax that fellow behind the
tree." Russell Long
- The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.
- Ninety eight percent of the adults in this country are decent,
hardworking, honest Americans. It's the other lousy two percent that get all
the publicity. But then, we elected them. Lily Tomlin
- The object and practice of liberty lies in the limitation of governmental
power. General Douglas MacArthur
- The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit
to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments. U.S.
Senator William Borah
- When a self-governing people confer upon their government the power to
take from some and give to others, the process will not stop until the last
bone of the last taxpayer is picked bare. Howard Kershner
- To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with
perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or
profusion and servitude. . .I place economy among the first and most important
of republican virtues, and public debt as the greatest of the dangers to be
feared. President Thomas Jefferson
- The history of liberty is the history of limitations on the power of
government, not the increase of it. When we resist, therefore, the
concentration of power, we are resisting the processes of death, because
concentration of power is what always precedes the destruction of human
liberties. President Woodrow Wilson
- The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.
Albert Einstein, scientist
- When more of the people's sustenance is exacted through the form of
taxation than is necessary to meet the just obligations of government and
expenses of its economical administration, such exaction becomes ruthless
extortion and a violation of the fundamental principles of a free government.
President Grover Cleveland
- It would be thought a hard government that should tax its people one tenth
part. Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father
- Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery.
President Calvin Coolidge
- Concentrated power is not rendered harmless by the good intentions of
those who create it. Milton Friedman, Nobel prize-winning economist
- "Need" now means wanting someone else's money. "Greed" means wanting to
keep your own. "Compassion" is when a politician arranges the transfer.
Joseph Sobran, columnist.
- Form 1040 was chosen by the IRS because for every $50 you earn, you get 10
and they get 40. Jay Leno
- The War on Drugs is a price support system for terrorists and drug
pushers. It turns ordinary, cheap plants like marijuana and poppies into
fantastically lucrative black market products. Without the War on Drugs, the
financial engine that fuels terrorist organizations would sputter to a halt.
Ron Crickenberger, Libertarian Party Political Director 2/4/02
- Whenever there is some trouble in any area of the economy, the simplest
solution to many people is "Let the government fix it." Yet
the government uses its money or its power to favor this group or that
the net result is such a web of supports, subsidies, interventions and controls
that it is almost impossible for a nation to find its way back into a dynamic
system of really free enterprise. Lawrence Fertig
- More worrisome is the notion that our civil liberties are subject to
cancellation in times of crisis. Our Constitution seeks to protect rights the
Framers deemed inalienable. It faces its gravest tests in times of crisis.
Clint Bolick Reason Magazine, 12/02
- I personally call the type of government which can be removed without
violence "democracy," and the other, "tyranny." Karl Popper
- The politicians don't just want your money. They want your soul. They
want you to be worn down by taxes until you are dependent and helpless.
James Dale Davidson, National Taxpayers Union
- The Constitution of the United States is a law for rulers and people,
equally in war and in peace, and covers with the shield of its protection all
classes of men, at all times, and under all circumstances. No doctrine,
involving more pernicious consequences, was ever invented by the wit of man
than that any of its provisions can be suspended during any of the great
exigencies of government. Such a doctrine leads directly to anarchy or
U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Davis, Ex Parte
- Libertarianism is the philosophy which says that you can run your life
better than the government can, and you have the right to be left alone in
order to do it. Anonymous
- There once was a man from Nantucket,
Who wanted to sell me a bucket,
But he could not, because,
There were too many laws,
So he threw
up his hands and said, "Vote Libertarian!" Anonymous
- Asking liberals where wages and prices come from is like asking
six-year-olds where babies come from. Thomas Sowell
- During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a
revolutionary act. George Orwell
- Gun registration is a gateway drug. Mark Gilmore
- Those who beat their swords into plough shares shall plough for those who
- Letting lawyers make laws is like letting doctors make diseases.
- Legalize Freedom: Vote Libertarian. Anonymous
- The Constitution is the Contract with America.
- There may be two libertarians in the world who agree on absolutely
everything, but I am not one of them. Anonymous
- My freedom is more important than your great idea. Anonymous
- If 50 million people say a stupid thing, it's still a stupid
thing. David Severn
- As the growing emphasis on feelings crowds out reason, facts will
play a smaller role in public discourse. Paul Craig Roberts
- Democrats can never get any sleep because they are afraid somebody
somewhere is making too much money. Republicans can never get any sleep because
they are afraid somebody somewhere is having too much fun.
- In a democracy, two wolves and a sheep take a majority vote on
what's for supper. In a constitutional republic, the wolves are
forbidden on voting on what's for supper, and the sheep are well armed.
the American Colonists under King George III had it pretty good
compared to us. They would wonder why we haven't taken up arms and seceded yet.
- The Constitution poses no threat to our current form of government.
- Anything called a "program" is unconstitutional. Joseph
- How about a chip for everyone, either in their right hand or in their
forehead, to make sure no one gets away with anything? Problem is
"they" are keeping track of us, who will be keeping track of "them"?
- Control's real name is bondage. The logical conclusion would be, if giving
up some rights produces a better society, then by giving up all our rights we
could produce a perfect society. Citizens' Rule Book
- The poorest man may, in his cottage, bid defiance to all the forces of the
Crown. It may be frail, its roof may shake; the wind may blow though it; the
storm may enter; the rain may enter; but the King of England may not enter; all
his force dares not cross the threshold of the ruined tenement.
- The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism, but under the
name of liberalism, they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program
until one day America will be a socialist nation without ever knowing how it
happened. Norman Thomas
- The Ten "Cannots" of Political Economy:
You cannot bring about
prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot strengthen the weak by
weakening the strong.
You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
You cannot help the wage-earner by tearing down the wage-payer.
cannot further the brotherhood of mankind by encouraging class hatred.
cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot establish sound
security on borrowed money.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending
more than you earn.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away
You cannot help man permanently by doing for them what
they could do and should do for themselves.
attributed to Abraham Lincoln, he did not say this. The exact origin of this
quote is unknown.
- Our Constitution is not a body of law to govern the people; it was
formulated to govern the government, to make government the servant and not the
master of the people. William F. Jasper
- Six Miracles of Socialism:
There is no unemployment, but no one works.
No one works, but everyone gets paid.
Everyone gets paid, but there
is nothing to buy with the money.
No one can buy anything, but everyone
Everyone owns everything, but no one is satisfied.
No one is satisfied, but 99 percent of the people vote for the system.
- Why Common Thieves Are Better Than Socialists:
Thieves have the guts
to do the job themselves.
Thieves don't steal in the name of "justice".
Thieves don't masquerade as "liberals".
Thieves don't comprise a
unified political mob of millions.
Thieves don't loath freedom and
Thieves don't undermine the Constitution.
don't promote mind control via "political correctness" and "hate" crimes.
Thieves don't own/control the "establishment" media.
indoctrinate our children to be unquestioning drones of the state.
can be arrested.
- Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the
distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we
object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we
object to its being done at all. Frederic Bastiat
- The Five Iron Laws of Big Government:
- Big Government doesn't
- Big Government makes things worse, often hurting the very people it
is intended to help.
- Big Government creates new problems.
Government is costly and wasteful.
- Big Government diverts money and
energy from positive, productive uses.
That's why we must make
government small! Small Government
Act to End the Income Tax in Massachusetts 02/06/02
- Always behave like a duck keep calm and unruffled on the surface
but paddle like the devil underneath. Jacob Braude
- In order to prevent democracy from becoming a tyranny over minorities,
individual rights must supersede all democratic voting and all regulations.
Rights must come first. Laws should come second, and only to protect those
rights; nothing more. Stuart K.
- Not in government or force, not in slavery or war, but in the creative,
and thereby spiritual, power of freedom, shall our inspiration be found.
F.A. Harper, founder Institute for Humane
- Giving a politician access to your wallet is like giving a dog access to
your refrigerator. Tim Barber
- Everyone wants to save the planet but no one wants to help Mom clean the
dishes." P.J. O'Rourke, in All the Trouble in the World
- State-mandated compassion produces, not love for ones fellow man, but
hatred and resentment. Lizard
- It is a besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion for
law. This is the usual form in which masses of men exhibit their tyranny.
James Fenimore Cooper, The American Democrat, 1838
- Choose loss rather than shameful gains. Greek proverb
- A vote is "wasted" when someone fails to vote their conscience.
- I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent and of human
knowledge that has ever been gathered together at the White House with
the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone. John
Kennedy, 1962 dinner honoring Nobel Prize winners
- Each and every time someone says "there ought to be a law" they are saying
that men with guns should enforce their will on innocent others.
- No nation was ever ruined by trade. Benjamin Franklin
- Nationalized health is synonymous with delays, waiting lists, rationing,
and high taxes. Dr. Christopher Lyon
- Political correctness is tyranny with manners. Charlton Heston,
speaking before the Arizona State Legislature
- The whole of economics can be reduced to a single lesson, and that lesson
can be reduced to a single sentence. The art of economics consists in looking
not merely at the immediate but the longer effects of any act or policy; it
consists in tracing the consequences of that policy not merely for one group
but for all groups. Henry Hazlitt in Economics in One Lesson
- The Second Amendment is the Equal Rights Amendment.
- My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from
too much government. Thomas Jefferson.
- The average American family head will be forced to do twenty years' labor
to pay taxes in his or her lifetime. James Bovard, Lost Rights
- There's nothing that does so much harm as good intentions. Dr.
Milton Friedman, as interviewed in "Is America No. 1?" by John Stossel.
- It's illegal to say to a voter "Here's $100, vote for me." So what do the
politicians do? They offer the $100 in the form of Health Care, Social
Security, Unemployment Insurance, Food Stamps, tobacco subsidies, grain
payments, NEA payments, and jobs programs. Don Farrar - average guy,
- Every movement that seeks to enslave a country, every dictatorship or
potential dictatorship, needs some minority group as a scapegoat which it can
blame for the nation's troubles and use as a justification of its own demand
for dictatorial powers. In Soviet Russia, the scapegoat was the bourgeoisie; in
Nazi Germany, it was the Jewish people; in America, it is the businessmen.
- If workers struggle for higher wages, this is hailed as "social gains", if
businessmen struggle for higher profits, this is damned as "selfish greed".
- Capitalism has created the highest standard of living ever known on earth.
The evidence is incontrovertible. The contrast between West and East Berlin is
the latest demonstration, like a laboratory experiment for all to see. Yet
those who are loudest in proclaiming their desire to eliminate poverty are
loudest in denouncing capitalism. Man's well-being is not their goal.
Ayn Rand, Theory and Practice
- It is a free market that makes monopolies impossible. Ayn Rand
- Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign
funds from the rich by promising to protect each from the other.
- Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better. Albert Camus
- The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the
average voter. Winston Churchill
- Jury: Twelve people who determine which client has the better lawyer.
- Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you
do it. Mahatma Gandhi
- If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated
to do so. Thomas Jefferson
- The public interest is best served by the free exchange of ideas.
- Politics is the means by which the will of the few becomes the will of the
many. Howard Koch
- Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions -- it only guarantees
equality of opportunity. Irving Kristol
- In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations, and
epochs it is the rule. Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil
- Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any
Indian. Robert Orben
- Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present
controls the past. George Orwell 1984
- Every nation ridicules other nations -- and all are right.
- Every government is run by liars and nothing they say should be believed.
I. F. Stone
- It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.
- My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I am right.
- A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is statistics.
- The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is
generally employed only by small children and large nations. David
- You should never wear your best trousers when you go out to fight for
freedom and liberty. Henrik Ibsen
- Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
- When the rich make war it's the poor that die. Jean-Paul Sartre
- Remember, to them it is us who are the enemy. N. F. Simpson
- Draft beer, not people. Anonymous
- It seems like the less a statesman amounts to, the more he loves the flag.
- Why bother building any more nuclear warheads until we've used the ones we
- Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared
to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic
purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and
sacrifice for that freedom. John F. Kennedy
- You [should] not examine legislation in the light of the benefits it will
convey if properly administered, but in the light of the wrongs it would do and
the harm it would cause if improperly administered Lyndon Johnson,
former President of the U.S.
- The people cannot delegate to government the power to do anything which
would be unlawful for them to do themselves. John Locke, "A Treatise
Concerning Civil Government"
- Don't ever think you know what's right for the other person. He might
start thinking he knows what's right for you. Paul Williams, "Das
- America is at that awkward stage. It's too late to work within the system,
but too early to shoot the bastards. Claire Wolfe
- Since there is no such entity as "the public," since the public is merely
a number of individuals, the idea that "the public interest" supersedes private
interests and rights can have but one meaning: that the interests and rights of
some individuals take precedence over the interests and rights of others.
- In the end they will lay their freedom at our feet and say to us, "Make us
your slaves, but feed us." Dosteovsky's Grand Inquisitor
- Since outright slavery has been discredited, "democracy" is the only
remaining rationale for state compulsion that most people will accept.
Joseph Sobran in The Myth of
- Democracy has proved only that the best way to gain power over people is
to assure the people that they are ruling themselves. Once they believe that,
they make wonderfully submissive slaves. Joseph Sobran in The Myth of
- To entrust the government with the power of determining the education
which our children receive is entrusting our servant with the power to be our
master. David Nasaw
- Enjoy yourself. It's later than you think. Chinese proverb
- The common denominator in all government activity is the use of force:
Government either forces you to do things, forces you not to do things, or
forces you to pay for things. Doug Newman
- Our current philosophy of government may be summarized six words: If it
sounds good, do it. Doug Newman
- All the fiery rhetoric of the Founders was directed at a "tyrant" who
taxed his subjects at a rate of about three percent. Today, we in "the land of
the free" are taxed at about 50 percent when you add federal, state, and local
taxes. What kind of government would do this? A dictatorship would.
- Electing even a few Libertarians to a governing board, is akin to having a
designated driver in a roomful of drunks. Doug Klippel, LP County
Chair, Jacksonville, FL
- If the government can't keep drugs away from inmates who are locked in
steel cages, surrounded by barbed wire, watched by armed guards, drug-tested,
strip-searched, X-rayed, and videotaped how can it possibly stop the
flow of drugs to an entire nation? Ron Crickenberger
- In this sense, the theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single
sentence: Abolition of private property. Manifesto of the Communist
Party - Karl Marx and Frederick Engels
- If we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find that
we have lost the future. Winston Churchill
- The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.
- Mystical references to "society" and its programs to "help" may warm the
hearts of the gullible, but what it really means is putting more power in the
hands of bureaucrats. Thomas Sowell
- We don't have a budget crisis. We have a spending crisis.
Jonathan Hill, Citizens for a Sound Economy
- Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come.
- There is a word sweeter than mother, home or heaven. That word is liberty.
Epitaph of Matilda Joslyn Gage, suffragist and abolitionist
- We are here on earth to do good for others. What the others are here for,
I don't know. W. H. Auden
- Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. Samuel Johnson
- The right to do something does not mean that doing it is right.
- Truth is not determined by majority vote. Doug Gwyn
- If you can't answer a man's argument, all is not lost; you can still call
him vile names. Elbert Hubbard
- If you live in a country run by committee, be on the committee.
- Before you criticize people, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That
way, when you criticize them, you've got a mile-long head start. And you have
their shoes. The Lion
- When facing a difficult task, act as though it is impossible to fail. If
you're going after Moby Dick, take along the tartar sauce. Life's
Little Instruction Book
- Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at
work worth doing. Theodore Roosevelt
- Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there
is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.
- If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the
shoulders of giants. Isaac Newton
- Avoid suspicion: when you're walking through your neighbor's melon patch,
don't tie your shoe. Chinese Proverb
- You should emulate your heroes, but don't carry it too far. Especially if
they're dead. Anonymous
- After each war there is a little less democracy to save. Brooks
- Individuality is the aim of political liberty. By leaving the citizen as
much freedom of action and of being as comports with order and the rights of
others, the institutions render him truly a freeman. He is left to pursue his
means of happiness in his own manner. James Fenimore Cooper,
American author, 1789-1851
- War is not an independent phenomenon, but the continuation of politics by
different means. Carl von Clausewitz
- There is no difference between communism and socialism, except in the
means of achieving the same ultimate end: communism proposes to enslave men by
force, socialism -- by vote. It is merely the difference between murder and
suicide. Ayn Rand, LA Times, 9/2/62
- Laws that forbid the carrying of arms, disarm only those who are neither
inclined, nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the
assaulted and better for the assailants. They serve rather to encourage than to
prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence
than an armed man. Thomas Jefferson, 1764
- If you have ever seen a four-year-old trying to lord it over a
two-year-old, then you know what the basic problem of human nature is
and why government keeps growing larger and ever more intrusive.
- There are many paths to libertarianism. Many reasons for becoming a
libertarian. Ethical: Embracing the "Non-Aggression Principle".
Opposition to the use of force. Pragmatic: Freedom works. Freedom is
practical and effective and efficient. Utilitarian: Freedom provides the
greatest good for the greatest number. Egoistic: Freedom benefits you.
Freedom is in your self-interest. Altruistic: Freedom benefits others.
Freedom is in their interest. Outcome: Freedom produces results that
you want. It maximizes individual choice. Freedom promotes and rewards personal
responsibility. Freedom creates prosperity. Michael Cloud
- We suffer most when the White House busts with ideas. H.L.
- Property rights are not the rights of property; they are the rights of
humans with regard to property. They are a particular kind of human right.
- The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.
James Madison (1751-1836)
- It is better to correct your own faults than those of another.
- In most instances, all an argument proves is that two people are present.
- [Statists] believe that government should make decisions for individuals.
Since individuals usually prefer to make their own decisions, coercion and
compulsion become necessary correctives. Theodore Forstmann
(From remarks delivered during the 1997 Shavano Institute for National
- Answer fools with silence. Iranian Proverb
- Democracy says it is acceptable to take money or property from a
nonconsenting individual because he is outnumbered. Unknown
- Isn't it about time we found Congress in contempt of The People?
- What is history but the story of how politicians have squandered the blood
and treasure of the human race. Thomas Sowell
- BATF=Bad Attitude Towards Freedom Anonymous
- If you have two religions in your land, the two will cut each other's
throats; but if you have thirty religions, they will dwell in peace.
- Writing to Washington won't help; he's dead! Anonymous
- A Bill of Rights that means what the majority wants it to mean is
worthless. Justice Atonin Scalia
- Orwell is starting to look like an optimist! Anonymous
- What men value in this world is not rights but privileges. H.L.
- FBI=Freedom Bashers, Inc. Anonymous
- Every coercive monopoly was created by government intervention into the
economy: by special privileges, such as franchises or subsidies, which closed
the entry of competitors into a given field, by legislative action.
- Defend America against the government. Anonymous
- A libertarian is a person who believes that no one has the right, under
any circumstances, to initiate force against another human being, or to
advocate or delegate its initiation. Those who act consistently with this
principle are libertarians, whether they realize it or not. Those who fail to
act consistently with it are not libertarians, regardless of what they
may claim. L Neil Smith
- When only the police have guns, it's called a police state.
- The government is not your daddy. The government is not your mommy.
- Work harder, millions on welfare on depending upon you.
- Criminals obey "gun control" laws in the same manner politicians follow
their oaths of office. Anonymous
- To permit is to control. Unknown
- This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the
home of the brave. Unknown
- If there's anything a public servant hates to do it's something for the
- If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines
they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of
those who live under tyranny. Thomas Jefferson
- An elective despotism was not the government we fought for.
- Republicans don't want anyone having more fun than they do, and the
Democrats don't want anyone making more money than they do. Libertarians want
you to make money and have fun. Andre Marrou, LP Presidential
- I don't want my children fed or clothed by the state, but I would prefer
that to their being educated by the state. Max Victor Belz, Grain
dealer, Grundy County, Iowa
- The early American knew that freedom was nothing more than the absence of
external restraint on behavior; the government could not give you freedom, it
could only take it away. Frank Chodorov, Time for
- The American experiment has come and gone. Whatever freedoms the people
still might have as their own, are monitored and registered and taxed at
virtually every turn. Jeff Baxter
- Perhaps the fact that we have seen millions voting themselves into
complete dependence on a tyrant has made our generation understand that to
choose one's government is not necessarily to secure freedom. F.A.
- The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize they can
bribe the people with their own money. Alexis de Tocqueville
- Many people today think that the government's job is to take care of
us. But I agree with the Delcaration of Independence, which says that the
government's job is to secure our rights (our inalienable rights, among
which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness). Tom Parker
- An inherent weakness of a pure democracy is that half the voters are below
average intelligence. Unknown
- Liberty has never come from government. Liberty has always come from the
subjects of government. The history of liberty is the history of resistance.
- The Bill of Rights does not come from the people and is not subject to
change by majorities. It comes from the nature of things. It declares the
inalienable rights of man not only against all government but also against the
people collectively. Walter Lippmann
- Martyrdom has always been a proof of the intensity, never of the
correctness of a belief. Arthur Schnitzler
- I cannot undertake to lay my finger upon an article of the Constitution
which granted a right to Congress of expending, on the objects of benevolence,
the money of their constituents. James Madison
- It's not an endlessly expanding list of rights the "right" to
education, the "right" to health care, the "right" to food and housing. That's
not freedom, that's dependency. Those aren't rights, those are the rations of
slavery hay and a barn for human cattle. Alexis De
- In a society obsessed with arranging every detail of existance, the
unintended is ominous. Unknown
- The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd.
- Government is, at every level, a means to gather in the labor and wealth
of the people, and then instruct the people about new restrictions or
monitoring of their lives. Jeff Baxter
- In all history there is no war which was not hatched by the governments,
the governments alone, independent of the interests of the people, to whom war
is always pernicious even when successful. Leo Tolstoy
- Nobody can be trusted with unlimited power. The more power a regime has,
the more likely people will be killed. This is a major reason for promoting
freedom. Rudolph Rummel
- Don't be afraid to take a big step when one is indicated. You can't cross
a chasm in two small steps. David Lloyd George
- If a donkey bray at you, don't bray at him. George Herbert
- The bureaucracy is expanding to meet the needs of an expanding
- The only good bureaucrat is one with a pistol at his head. Put it in his
hand and it's good-by to the Bill of Rights. H.L. Mencken
- If taxation without consent is not robbery, then any band of robbers have
only to declare themselves a government, and all their robberies are legalized.
- The compelling issue to both conservatives and liberals is not whether it
is legitimate for government to confiscate one's property to give to another,
the debate is over the disposition of the pillage. Walter Williams
- Blind belief can be comforting, but it can easily cripple reason and
productivity, and stop intellectual progress. Dr. James Randi
- Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within
limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add "within the
law," because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it
violates the rights of the individual. Thomas Jefferson
- The plans differ; the planners are all alike
- We want our rulers to be quarterbacks rather than merely referees.
- "Solve" and "Problems" are not in the constitution. Doug
- There are three things which I do not want the government choosing for me:
my doctor, my school, and my God. Doug Newman
- Do not suppose that abuses are eliminated by destroying the object which
is abused. Men can go wrong with wine and women. Shall we then prohibit and
abolish women? Martin Luther
- If you feel driven to feed the poor, get your checkbook out and keep your
tyrannical mouth shut about it. Lew Goldberg
- Politics is a clash of interests masquerading as a clash of principles.
- Can't feed'em? Then don't breed'em. Anonymous
- A personal note to the Founding Fathers: We're sorry. We blew it. You
made it possible for us to live free and we blew it. We've given up nearly
every personal liberty in the name of a false sense of security sold to the
masses by the same type of maniacal government about which you warned us and
against which you fought so bravely. We now have to ask permission to take a
leak on an airline flight. We never deserved you. Phil Murphy
- Democracy is indispensable to Socialism. V.I. Lenin
- Democracy is the road to Socialism. Karl Marx
- Simple, clear purpose and principles give rise to complex, intelligent
behavior. Complex rules and regulations give rise to simple, stupid behavior.
Dee Hock, Founder and CEO Emeritus of Visa Corp
- There cannot be a good tax nor a just one; every tax rests its case on
compulsion. Frank Chodorov (1887-1966), American Essayist and
- The arts of power and its minions are the same in all countries and in all
ages. It marks its victim; denounces it; and excites the public odium and the
public hatred, to conceal its own abuses and encroachments. Henry
Clay (1777-1852), US Senator
- I feel obliged to withhold my approval of the plan to indulge in
benevolent and charitable sentiment through the appropriation of public funds
I find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution.
Grover Cleveland, 22nd and 24th US President
- The purpose of government is to rein in the rights of the people.
Bill Clinton, 42nd US President
- You can't say you love your country and hate your government.
Bill Clinton, 42nd US President
- If the personal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution inhibit the
government's ability to govern the people, we should look to limit those
guarantees. Bill Clinton, 42nd US President
- I can spend your money better than you can. Bill Clinton, 42nd
- Any president that lies to the American people should have to resign.
Bill Clinton, 42nd US President
- Look not to the politicians; look to yourselves. Richard Cobden
(1804-1865), Member of Parliament
- Liberty is not collective, it is personal. All liberty is individual
liberty. Calvin Coolidge, 30th US President
- If you kill one person you are a murderer. If you kill ten people you are
a monster. If you kill ten thousand you are a national hero. Vassilis
Epaminondou, Greek Social Reformer
- The gentle government that promises to hold your hand as you cross the
street refuses to let go on the other side. Theodore J. Forstmann,
American Business Executive and Philanthropist
- Make yourself sheep and the wolves will eat you. Benjamin
- Adam Smith's key insight was that both parties to an exchange can benefit
and that, so long as cooperation is strictly voluntary, no exchange can take
place unless both parties do benefit. Milton Friedman
- Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in
freedom itself. Milton Friedman
- We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes non-work.
- What kind of a society isn't structured on greed? The problem of social
organization is how to set up an arrangement under which greed will do the
least harm. Milton Friedman
- Self-interest is not myopic selfishness. It is whatever it is that
interests the participants, whatever they value, whatever goals they pursue.
The scientist seeking to advance the frontiers of his discipline, the
missionary seeking to convert infidels to the true faith, the philanthropist
seeking to bring comfort to the needy all are pursuing their interests,
as they see them, as they judge them by their own values. Milton
- History suggests that capitalism is a necessary condition for political
freedom. Milton Friedman
- When a man spends his own money to buy something for himself, he is very
careful about how much he spends and how he spends it. When a man spends his
own money to buy something for someone else, he is still very careful about how
much he spends, but somewhat less what he spends it on. When a man spends
someone else's money to buy something for himself, he is very careful about
what he buys, but doesn't care at all how much he spends. And when a man spends
someone else's money on someone else, he does't care how much he spends or what
he spends it on. And that's government for you. Milton Friedman
- Taxes are not levied for the benefit of the taxed. Robert A.
- Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal
for the citizenry. Thomas Jefferson
- The most esteemed journalists are precisely the most servile. For it is by
making themselves useful to the powerful that they gain access to the "best"
sources. Walter Karp (1934-1989), American Journalist and Political
- Every time that we try to lift a problem from our own shoulders, and shift
that problem to the hands of the government, to the same extent we are
sacrificing the liberties of our people. JFK
- There is all the difference in the world between treating people equally
and attempting to make them equal. F.A. Hayek
- The supply of government exceeds the demand. Lewis H. Lapham
II, Editor, Harper's Magazine, and Author
- War has become a spectator sport for Americans. Rear Admiral
Gene R. LaRocque, Co-founder, Center for Defense Information
- To say that a bad government must be established for fear of anarchy is
really saying that we should kill ourselves for fear of dying.
Richard Henry Lee (1732-1794), Member of Continental Congress, Signer of the
Declaration of Independence, U.S. Senator
- Government is a disease masquerading as its own cure. Robert
LeFevre (1911-1986), Political Theorist, Educator, Journalist and Author
- Give peace a chance. John Lennon
- Democracy: The state of affairs in which you consent to having your pocket
picked, and elect the best man to do it. Benjamin Lichtenberg
politicians are insecure and intimidated men. They
advance politically only as they placate, appease, bribe, seduce, bamboozle or
otherwise manage to manipulate the demanding and threatening elements in their
constituencies. Walter Lippmann (1889-1974), American Journalist and
- Whenever the legislators endeavor to take away and destroy the property of
the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put
themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from
any further obedience
John Locke (1632-1704), English
- The end of the law is, not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and
enlarge freedom. John Locke (1632-1704), English Political
- Politicians say they're beefing up our economy. Most don't know beef from
pork. Harold Lowman
- Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear kept us in
a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor with the cry of grave national
emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous
foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind
it. General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964), Supreme Allied Commander,
General of the U.S. Army
- No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in
its preservation. General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964), Supreme
Allied Commander, General of the U.S. Army
- It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected.
The best men do not want to govern their fellowmen. George E.
MacDonald (1824-1905), Scottish Novelist
- It is no more the function of government to impose a moral code than to
impose a religious code. And for the same reason.  Robert M.
MacIver (1882-1970), Scottish Sociologist
The power to declare war, including the power of judging the
causes of war, is fully and exclusively vested in the legislature
executive has no right, in any case, to decide the question, whether there is
or is not cause for declaring war. James Madison (1751-1836), 4th U.S.
- If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of
fighting a foreign enemy. James Madison (1751-1836), 4th U.S. President
- Between a balanced republic and a democracy, the difference is like that
between order and chaos. John Marshall (1755-1835), Chief Justice,
U.S. Supreme Court
- The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a
Republican Form of Government
US Constitution, Article 4,
- The word "Democracy" cannot be found in the American Declaration of
Independence, or the Constitution, or in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag,
or the Constitutions of any of the States. Unknown
- Our whole constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving
government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshall
(1908-1993), U.S. Supreme Court
- Unless a good deed is voluntary, it has no moral significance.
Everett Dean Martin (1880-1941), Political Philosopher
- Patriotism is a kind of religion; it is the egg from which wars are
hatched. Guy de Maupassant (1850-1892), French Author
- I believe in only one thing: liberty; but I do not believe in liberty
enough to want to force it upon anyone. H.L. Mencken
- The average man doesn't want to be free. He simply wants to be safe.
- Whatever crushes individuality is despotism, no matter what name it is
called. John Stuart Mill (1806-1873), Economist and Philosopher
- The true remedy for most evils is none other than liberty, unlimited and
complete liberty, liberty in every field of human endeavor. Gustave
de Molinari (1819-1912), Belgian Economist and Philosopher
- A right without an attendant responsibility is as unreal as a sheet of
paper which has only one side. Felix Morley (1894-1981), American
Journalist, Educator and Author
- It is a reality attested by all history that if a republic assumes
imperial functions it will not remain a republic. Felix Morley
(1894-1981), American Journalist, Educator and Author
- It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government.
Thomas Paine (1737-1809), American Revolutionary and Author
- A tax-supported, compulsory educational system is the complete model of
the totalitarian state. Isabel Paterson (1886-1961), American
- The degree of a country's freedom is the degree of its prosperity.
Ayn Rand (1905-1982), Novelist and Philosopher
- As government expands, liberty contracts. Ronald W. Reagan, 40th
- It is not the business of the law to make anyone good or reverent or moral
or clean or upright. Murray N. Rothbard (1926-1995), American
Economist, Historian, Political Theorist, and Author
- It is easy to be conspicuously "compassionate" if others are being forced
to pay the cost. Murray N. Rothbard (1926-1995), American Economist,
Historian, Political Theorist, and Author
- The great non sequitur committed by defenders of the State, is to leap
from the necessity of society to the necessity of the State. Murray
N. Rothbard (1926-1995), American Economist, Historian, Political Theorist, and
- War does not determine who is rightonly who is left.
Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), English Philosopher, Author, 1950 Nobel
Prize-Winner in Literature
- Patriots always talk of dying for their country and never of killing for
their country Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), English Philosopher,
Author, 1950 Nobel Prize-Winner in Literature
- The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage.
Thucydides (460-400 B.C.), Greek Historian
- The man who asks of freedom anything other than itself is born to be a
slave. Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859), French Philosopher and
- The program of [classical] liberalism, condensed into a single word, would
have to read: property. Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973), Austrian
Economist and Author
- This, then, is freedom in the external life of manthat he is
independent of the arbitrary power of his fellows. Ludwig von Mises
(1881-1973), Austrian Economist and Author
- The main political problem is how to prevent the police power from
becoming tyrannical. This is the meaning of all the struggles for liberty.
Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973), Austrian Economist and Author
- The state is essentially an apparatus of compulsion and coercion. The
characteristic feature of its activities is to compel people through the
application or the threat of force to behave otherwise than they would like to
behave. Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973), Austrian Economist and
- The rights of the individual should be the primary object of all
governments. Mercy Otis Warren (1728-1814), American Playwright,
- The constitution vests the power of declaring war in Congress; therefore
no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they shall
have deliberated upon the subject and authorized such a measure.
- When the fox administers justice, the chickens will always be found
guilty. Cat Farmer
- The main point of a constitution is to put limits on what aspects of life
are subject to majority rule. Ronald Bailey
- If none were to have Liberty but those who understand what it is, there
would not be many freed Men in the world. Lord Halifax
- When the people have no tyrant, their own public opinion becomes one.
- It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged
to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad.
- The desire of businessmen for profits is what drives prices down
unless forcibly prevented from engaging in price competition, usually by
governmental activity. Thomas Sowell
- It stands to reason that where there's sacrifice, there's someone
collecting sacrificial offerings. Where there's service, there's someone being
served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice, speaks of slaves and masters.
And intends to be the master. Ayn Rand
- The kind of man who wants the government to adopt and enforce his ideas is
always the kind of man whose ideas are idiotic. H.L. Mencken
- Where Liberty dwells, there is my country. Benjamin Franklin
- Sin lies only in hurting others unnecessarily. All other "sins" are
invented nonsense. Robert Heinlein
- All the Congress, all the accountants and tax lawyers, all the judges, and
a convention of wizards all cannot tell for sure what the income tax law says.
Walter B. Wriston
- It's easier to scare someone than to persuade him. Edwin
Feulner, president of The Heritage Foundation
- 8 words summarize the American philosophy of life: Live and let live;
Let's make a deal. 8 words summarize American foreign policy: We're better than
you; Do it our way. Gary
- lib·er·tar·i·an: One who advocates maximizing individual rights and
minimizing the role of the state. American Heritage® Dictionary
of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- The Senate voted 97-0 for an anti-spam bill to stop those annoying things
you get on your computer. The senators made it very clear that when you start
misleading the American people and start taking their money over false
promises, that's our turf, buddy! Jay Leno
- As you may have heard, the U.S. is putting together a constitution for
Iraq. Why don't we just give them ours? Think about it it was written by
very smart people, it's served us well for over two hundred years, and besides,
we're not using it anymore. Jay Leno
- Word for today: Eleutherophobia. e·leuth·er·o·pho·bi·a n. 1. The
fear of freedom. From
- In the history of the world, no one has ever washed a rented car.
- A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against its
government. Edward Abbey, naturalist and author (1927-1989)
- Suppose the Second amendment said "A well-educated electorate being
necessary for self-governance in a free state, the right of the people to keep
and read books shall not be infringed." Is there anyone who would suggest that
means only registered voters have a right to read? Robert Levy,
Georgetown University professor
- The government's War on Poverty has transformed poverty from a short-term
misfortune into a career choice. Harry Browne
- An inevitable consequence of socialism is the division of society into two
groups: those who are consuming government "services" and those who are paying
for them. Lee
- Private enterprise creates; government destroys. That is the great
economic lesson of our times and all times. Llewellyn H.
- Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
- It is much cheaper and enormously more profitable for the special
interests to purchase the regulatory favors of Washington's political harlots
than to compete in a fair, unsubsidized markeplace. Lee Robinson
- Government control gives rise to fraud, suppression of Truth,
intensification of the black market and artificial scarcity. Above all, it
unmans the people and deprives them of initiative, it undoes the teaching of
- ... an increase in the power of the State ... does the greatest harm to
mankind by destroying individuality which lies at the heart of all progress...
- The intent of the Second Amendment is to arm the people to frighten
government and to keep it in check. Ted Lang
- Our legislators are not sufficiently apprized of the rightful limits of
their power; that their true office is to declare and enforce only our natural
rights and duties, and to take none of them from us. Thomas
Jefferson, Letter to F. W. Gilmer, 1816
- Whensoever the General Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are
unauthoritative, void, and of no force. Thomas Jefferson
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- All laws which are repugnant to the Constitution are null and void.
Marbury vs Madison
- Can you think of a single area of government in which George Bush hasn't
already made things worse than Bill Clinton did? Harry Browne in Bill Clinton
on Steroids (1/22/04)
- Everyone is entitled to his own opnion, 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 80% of success is showing up. Woody Allen
- F x S=k. The product of freedom and security is a constant.
- Four Boxes of Freedom: Soap, Ballot, Jury, Cartridge.
- 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.
- Old MacDonald had an agricultural real estate tax abatement.
- Rather suffer an injustice than commit one. 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
- Taxpayers don't have to take a civil service exam to work for the
- The chief purpose of government is to perpetuate the government.
- The politicians' three R's: this is Ours, that is Ours, everything is
- The power to tax, once conceded, has no limits. Anonymous
- Time cuts down all, Both great and small. Anonymous
- Things happen the day you decide you're going to make them happen.
- Under capitalism man exploits man; under socialism the reverse is true.
- Why does a slight tax increase cost you two hundred dollars and a
substantial tax cut save you thirty cents? Anonymous
- A soft answer turneth away wrath. Anonymous
- A threefold cord is not quickly broken. Anonymous
- Be happy while you're living, for you're a long time dead.
- By forcing an individual to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, it violates
the ideals of justice and liberty that the flag is meant to represent.
- 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
- Any system that takes responsibility away from people, dehumanizes them.
- Ask more questions than you answer.
- Bad law is more likely to be supplemented than repealed.
- Being right is seldom enough. Even the best ideas must be packaged and
- Better to be 10% effective doing something worthwhile than 100% in
- Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes, work never begun.
- Change your thoughts and you change your world.
Norman Vincent Peale
- small government is beautiful Carla Howell
- All generalizations are false. There are absolutely no absolutes. You can
be sure that nothing is certain. It's really bad, even evil, to make or
pronounce moral judgments. FreedomKeys.com
- 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.
- Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but
only those specifically enumerated. Thomas Jefferson
- 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.
- The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy
of government in the next. Abraham Lincoln
- I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate him.
Booker T. Washington
- Write a wise saying and your name will live forever. Unknown
- The reverse side also has a reverse side. Unknown
- You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.
- 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
- 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?
- The problem with political jokes is they get elected. Henry Cate
- When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself public
property. Thomas Jefferson
- It matters not whether you win or lose; what matters is whether I win or
lose." Darrin Weinberg
- 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
- A problem well stated is a problem half solved. C.F. Kettering
- I hear and I forget. I see and I believe. I do and I understand.
Confucius (B.C. 551-479)
- I don't have any solution, but I certainly admire the problem.
- 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."
- 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
- If voting made a difference, they would make it illegal. Donal
Scannell, at the Conference on World Affairs, Boulder CO, 4/6/04
- The greatest danger is from legal drugs. Terry McNally, at
the Conference on World Affairs, Boulder CO, 4/6/04
- Poverty is the greatest cause of terrorism. Azmat Hassan,
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
- From the fact that people are very different it follows that, if we treat
them equally, the result must be inequality in their actual position, and the
only way to place them in an equal position would be to treat them differently.
Equality before the law and material equality are therefore not only different
but are in conflict with each other; and we can achieve either the one or the
other, but not both at the same time. Friedrich von Hayek
- That measures of this nature [the draft] should be debated at all in the
councils of a free government is cause of dismay. The question is nothing less
than whether the most essential rights of personal liberty shall be surrendered
and despotism embraced in its worst form. Daniel Webster
- The Constitution: it's not just a good idea, it's the law.
Michael Badnarik, 2004 LP Presidential candidate
- 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
- A constitution is the law governing government. Wesley F.
Deitchler, LP News 5/04
- 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.
- Those are my principles. If you don’t like them, I have others.
- 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
- Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain
always cool and unruffled under all circumstances. Thomas
- 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
- How many libertarians does it take to screw in a light bulb?
The free market will handle it. :-)
- 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,
- 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,
- When a majority rules, a minority is ruled. Robert Klassen,
- The price of a "free" public education is freedom. Capitalism.org
- All wars are fought over one premise; my god is better than yours.
- It is commonly believed that the rights of the American people come from
the Constitution. Nothing could be further from the truth. Jacob G.
Hornberger [Our rights are inalieanable; they exist independently of
government, not because of government.]
- Borrow, spend, tax and ... promise, promise, promise is the formula for a
long and successful political career.
- 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.
- The government says: You are free to do anything we want.
- 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
- We've been thoroughly trained in government institutions where every day
for twelve of our most impressionable years we took a loyalty oath before
starting our work. Hal
- To protect us from terrorists our government treats us like terrorists.
- Government failure is always used as an excuse for government expansion.
Government thrives on crisis and incompetence. Jim Babka of DownsizeDC.org
- Politics is a strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.
- If we all stop voting, will they just go away? Bumper Sticker
- The price of empire is terrorism.
- 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,
- The chances of your being harmed by terrorists are mathematically minute.
The chance of your being robbed by your own government? That’s easy: 100
Joseph Sobran, 1/1/04
- 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
- 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.
- The seeds of today's runaway government were planted when it was decided
that government should help those who can't help themselves. From that modest,
compassionate beginning to today's out-of-control mega-state, there's a
straight, unbroken line. Once the door was open, once it was settled that the
government should help some people at the expense of others, there was no
stopping it. Harry Browne
- When you think of the good old days, think one word: dentistry.
P. J. O'Rourke
- Vows made in a storm are forgotten in calms. Old English
- 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
- The problem is big government. If whoever controls government can impose
his way upon you, you have to fight constantly to prevent the control from
being harmful. With small, limited government, it doesn’t much matter who
controls it, because it can’t do you much harm. Harry Browne
- It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.
Baseball legend Yogi Berra
- A country that goes out of its way to imprison the innocent has no
business preaching democracy to the world. Paul Craig
- 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
- 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".
- All of political history history can be summed up as a struggle to throw
the bad guys out and put the good guys in. 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
- Voting is the opiate of the masses. Steven
- 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 2/28/05.
- 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 (PDF)
- 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.
- 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
- 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
Stephen H. Foerster
- An anarchist is anyone who believes in less government than you do.
- 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
- Democracy is not rule by the people. Democracy is rule by the majority.
This stinks when you are in the minority and the majority hates you. This is
why libertarians prefer markets over democracy. Carl Milsted
- Stop throwing the Constitution in my face. It's just a goddamned piece of
W Bush (11/05)
- Government is about stealing and nothing else. That's all it's ever
been about. That's all it'll ever be about.
- Trying to have the government protect your rights, is like trying to have
the fox guard the henhouse.
- Democracy is not freedom, it is just enslavement to the morals of the
- Voting is the measure by which the people's belief in government, and
its inevitability and necessity, is gauged.
- The United States has become the opposite of what was intended by our
Founding Fathers. It is now not free, but rather sunk in dictatorial morass.
- [George W Bush has] done more to dismantle the Bill of Rights, and our
constitutionally mandated checks and balances, than anyone in history.
- There is no "I" in Democracy
- The whole theory of democratic voting is that the majority prevails and the
losers submit. This is the very antithesis of freedom (in which, thanks to the
market, everybody wins). Jim
- The Constitution has either authorized such a government as we have had,
or has been powerless to prevent it. Lysander Spooner
- In the US, 49% of the vote = 0.
- As coercive monopolies that spend other people's money taken by force,
governments are uniquely unqualified to solve problems. They are riddled by
ignorance, perverse incentives, incompetence and self-serving.
John Stossel, 11/14/07
- If I had to use a single word to describe what is fundamentally wrong with
government today, I would use the word fraud. Robert
Higgs in Against Leviathan, pg xv.
- Government is essentially the negation of liberty. Ludwig von
- The problem with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other
people's money. Margaret Thatcher
- In today's world the government intrudes into the free market with taxes,
tariffs, fees, rules, regulations, subsidies, licensing, directives, mandates,
and insider favoritism until everything is so thoroughly politicized that
nothing works and then declares, "The free market has failed. What's needed is
Gary Reed, 10/11/09
- The road to freedom is not paved with politics.
Kent McManigal, 10/20/09
- Politics is aggression.
- History teaches that nations do not learn from history. Bruce
Fein, American Empire Before the Fall, 8/10
- The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. Tell them
they are being attacked, and denounce the peace-makers for lack of patriotism
and for exposing the country to danger. Herman Goering, Nazi
- Politics is a Suggestion Box for slaves. Stefan Molyneux
- Opposition to tyranny, when one's sole purpose is to usurp the tyrant and
retake the throne, is NOT "working for liberty". Steve Trinward,
- Fascism is [...] arbitrary rule by a charismatic head of state. Tibor
R. Machan, 11/29/10
- The first lesson of economics is that we live in a world of scarcity.
There is never enough of anything to satisfy all those who want it. The first
lesson of politics is to ignore the first lesson of economics. Thomas
- The ability to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful
and then only for a short while. Albert Einstein
- Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty. Ronald
- People are upset. They know something is wrong. But they don't know what.
The real explanation is too complicated. They won't sit still for it. So, they
look for scapegoats - the rich...the banks...the Chinese. Bill
Bonner in The
Natural Course of the US Empire, 10/20/11.
- [T]he US is headed for ruin and revolution. The revolution will almost
certainly be put down, violently. But the ruin cannot be stopped.
Bill Bonner in
The Natural Course of the US Empire, 10/20/11.
- We can't wait for Congress to do its job. So where they won't act, I will.
Speech to students at U of Colorado, 10/26/11
- We kill them to make them free, butcher their families because they must
be democratic. Fred Reed, War and the Free Will of
Pool Balls, 10/29/11
- Americans have no idea why they have been at war in the Middle East, Asia
and Africa for a decade. They don't realize that their liberties have been
supplanted by a Gestapo Police State. Few understand that hard economic times
are here to stay. Paul Craig Roberts,
Living in a Delusional World, 10/30/11
- The federal government views the Constitution as its enemy.
Judge Andrew P. Napolitano,
- The greatest danger facing our nation isn't terrorism, global warming or
the energy crisis. It is out-of-control, unbridled government spending.
R. Lee Wrights, The
Fair Tax Isn't Fair; It's a Farce, 01/08/12
- Free people are not equal, and equal people are not free.
Lawrence W. Reed (President of the
Foundation for Economic Education),
Seven Principles of Sound Public Policy
- Politics is the entertainment division of the military industrial complex.
- Democracy does not mean freedom. It is just as much a form of dictatorship - the
dictatorship of the majority and the State. Beckman and
Karsten in their book
- Democracy is also a form of worship. It is the worship of Jackals by
Jackasses. H.L. Mencken
- Democracy is a "religion" in every sense of the word: It deals with an
unseen, mystical force (the popular will); it has a priestly class that
discerns the popular will (politicians and the media); it has martyrs
(soldiers), rituals (voting) and dogmas ("every vote counts"); it aims to
fulfill the spiritual need of human beings to be a part of something larger
than themselves; and it treats non-believers (non-voters) as heretics to be
shamed and ostracized. Ellen Finnigan
- No matter how much the government controls the economic system, any
problem will be blamed on whatever small zone of freedom that remains.
Richman's Law, 9/28/12
- The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a
democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don't
have to waste your time voting. Charles Bukowski
- [T]he Constitution is itself unconstitutional, i.e., incompatible with the
very doctrine of natural human rights that inspired the American Revolution.
Hans-Hermann Hoppe, "On the Impossibility of
Limited Government and the Prospects for a Second American Revolution",
- When you "vote the bums out", you just get new bums.
10th Amendment Center 01/01/15
- The Constitution is not just an imperfect document; it is a flawed
document. Although it is often viewed as written to limit the power of the
federal government, just the opposite is true. Laurence M. Vance in
The Worst Part of the Constitution
- The Pessimist complains about the wind. The Optimist expects it to change.
The Realist adjusts the sails. William A Ward
- Political systems are invariably grounded in the ambitions of elitist men
and women who regard their interests as superior to "ordinary" people.
Butler Shaffer in
The Democracy Illusion 7/8/13
- We can see after 200+ years that the American model failed. It is not
limited. It is totalitarian. And getting worse.
- The real story of Detroit [...] can be summed up in seven words. Private
enterprise built it, government destroyed it. Peter Schiff in
Detroit Broke City 8/2/13
- Drug prohibition is the golden goose of terrorism. Judge Jim
Gray in the video The
Six Groups That Benefit From Drug Prohibition 3/10/10
- You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something,
build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. Buckminster Fuller,
late American inventor and futurist
- When a politician says the debate is over, you can be sure of two things;
the debate is raging; and he's losing it. George Will
- Those who do not move, do not notice their chains. Rosa
- To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing. Aristotle
- If you want government to intervene domestically, you're a liberal. If you
want government to intervene overseas, you're a conservative. If you want
government to intervene everywhere, you're a moderate. If you don't want
government to intervene anywhere, you're an extremist. Joseph Sobran
- I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is
largely a waste of time. H.L. Mencken
- Fear is the foundation of most governments. John Adams
- Limit all politicians to two terms: One in office. One in prison.
- Politics is the ability to fortell what is going to happen tomorrow, next
week, next month and next year, and to have the ability afterwards to explain
why it didn't happen. Winston Churchill
- It is the measure of the state's success that the word 'anarchy' frightens
people and the word 'state' does not. Joseph Sobran
- Libertarianism is a radical ideology and therefore doesn't enjoy popular
support. Politics is a popularity contest. If your candidate doesn't support
the views of the majority of voters then they're not going to get elected.
Christopher Burg in
You Can't Vote Your Way To Libertarianism, 11/20/15
- The people of a nation whose government engages in imperialism and
interventionism will experience terrorist retaliation at the hands of people
who are victimized by imperialism and interventionism. They will also end up
losing their own freedom at the hands of their own government, which will adopt
totalitarian measures to protect the people for terrorist retaliation.
Jacob G Hornberger in
Terrorism Comes with Imperialism and Interventionism,
- History shows that every president will be worse than the one before.
Kent McManigal in
Hold on to your butts..., 12/22/15
- All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological
personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the
corruptible. Frank Herbert, in Dune
- And those who govern ought not to be lovers of the task. For, if they are,
there will be rival lovers, and they will fight. Socrates
- That's the way the ruling class operates in any society. They keep the
lower and the middle classes fighting with each other... Anything
different - that's what they're gonna talk about - race, religion, ethnic and
national background, jobs, income, education, social status, sexuality,
anything they can do to keep us fighting with each other, so that they can keep
going to the bank! George Carlin, Comedian
- Government as we know it is coercive, corrupt, wasteful, bullying,
incompetent, divisive, invasive, and destructive. It is a monopoly funded by
theft and debt. It is ruled by unelected bureaucrats. It is ruled by rigged
elections. And it is an arrogant liar, telling us we can't live without it.
George F. Smith, in
Outside the Voting Booth 4/04/16
- Corruption is government's nature. And no reform on earth will ever
prevent it, any more than we can reform the wetness from water. Becky
Another Day, Another Leak. Oh, What Fun! 4/04/16
- The difference between a Libertarian and an anarchist is one election
- Insider trading laws are a direct assault on free markets, free
enterprise, private property and all the rest of it. Murray
at the 1989 Michigan LP Convention
- Everything the State says is a lie, and everything it has it has stolen.
- If you don't read the newspaper, you are uninformed. If you do read the
newspaper, you are misinformed. Mark Twain, American author and
- Demonize your enemies and then anything you do is justified.
- In the many centuries since the Chinese invented paper, there have been
some 3,400 fiat paper currencies. All of them became worthless. There are no
exceptions. The record is perfect failure: 100 per cent. The dollar will
eventually become totally worthless, too. It may be a tossup whether the euro
will get there first. Edmund Contoski, in
Fast Approaching Crisis 9/13/16
- Government officials need you to be afraid. They depend on your fear of
crime, including terrorism (and, apparently clowns) to make you believe you
need them. This fear causes you to give away your liberty and dignity for the
illusion of security they promise. Kent McManigal in
Government feeds on your fears 10/11/16
- [V]iolent interference in other people's lives is immoral whether it's
done by a thief in a dark alley, or by a majority vote on election day. Any
system which permits peoples to vote to coerce upon others is immoral and so
is participation in such a system. David L Veksler in 5
Reasons Why I'm Boycotting the Vote 10/12/16
- To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to
- For too long now, the American people have allowed themselves to be
persuaded that the government's job is to take care of us: to feed us, clothe
us, house us, educate us, raise our children, heal our infirmities, manage our
finances, protect us from our enemies, guard us against all dangers (real and
imaginary), and provide for our every need. Where Americans go wrong is in
failing to recognize that there's always a catch to such devil's bargains
purportedly carried out for the good of all society. John W.
Has the American Dream Become the American Nightmare? 1/26/17
- [L]egislators cannot increase the economic well-being of people by
enacting [minimum wage] laws. If they could, then there would be no more
poverty in the world. All that governments would have to do is enact laws
mandating employers to pay employees $1,000 an hour and voila! no one would
be poor and everyone would be rich. Jacob G. Hornberger in
Growing Opposition to Minimum Wage Hikes 3/1/17
- Instead of "Thank you for your service", it should be "Thank you for your
- The core beliefs in socialism are that the government should take care of
people and that people cannot be trusted with freedom. Both liberals and
conservatives embrace these core socialist beliefs, even if they can't bring
themselves to acknowledge that they are, in fact, socialists. Jacob
G. Hornberger in
Call it Socialism 7/11/17
- The decline from democracy to tyranny is both a natural and inevitable
one. Jeff Thomas in
The Sandcastle 9/13/17
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