Sunday, March 21, 2010

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
“Statists say that people can’t be trusted to interact with each other without someone lording over them. They view the state as a solution for inevitable problems of human relations. In reality people often work with each other, without rulers, to solve the problems created by rulers and statists.”
Darian Worden

“You’ll succeed by working hard and playing by the rules about as fast as an Egyptian slave would have got to be Pharaoh by working hard building a pyramid.”
Kevin Carson

“It seems we notice our freedom most when that precious freedom feels most keenly threatened. But what is it that brings out the central planner in men, that moves one to force his will on others, and more importantly that allows us to acquiesce to the planning of the minutia of our lives by fiat? Is it the veil of political freedom? If we believe we are free, will we consent to anything? If we simply feel free, will we consent to even more?”
Allan Stevo

“Most people just don't get what money really is - and what it isn't. They take it as a given, as part of the cosmic firmament. But it's not.”
Doug Casey

“There are inane responses to questions regarding state interventions. But the "I have nothing to hide" response is the most inane of them all. You have something to hide. We all do. And what we hide is our own business – it is personal.”
Jim Fedako

“The government doesn’t work. It is broken. It can’t be fixed. It can’t be fixed because only those within it could, and their interest lies in not fixing it.”
Fred Reed

“Democracy, a system ideally designed to challenge the status quo, has been corrupted and tamed to slavishly serve the status quo.”
Chris Hedges

“Freedom is not only as moral as governmental slavery is immoral, it is as practical as government is impractical. It is foolish to suppose that men would not organize to defend themselves, and do so very effectively, if they were not forced to. Men are not so blind that they can't grasp the value of freedom, nor so indifferent to life that they will not defend their values. Nor are they so stupid that they need politicians, bureaucrats, and Pentagon generals to tell them how to organize and what to do. The freer people are, the more efficiently they will perform.”
Morris and Linda Tannehill

“When politicians speak of listening to “the people,” they are being quite honest; but for almost all of them, “the people” to whom they listen do not include you.”
Butler Shaffer
From the Darkness:
“Progress occurs in the Middle East when everyone knows there is simply no space between the United States and Israel.”
Joe Biden

“We have an absolute commitment to Israel's security. We have a close, unshakable bond between the United States and Israel."
Queen Hillary

“Public health initiatives aimed at modifying food purchasing by manipulating prices may be an important addition to clinical interventions to prevent or treat obesity.”
Prof. Epstein of University of Buffalo

“If I’m the bad guy to the average citizen … and their taxes have to go up to cover my raise, I’m very sorry about that, but I have to look out for myself and my membership. As the president of the `local,' I will not accept `zeroes' [no increase in salaries or benefits]. If that means ... ticking off some taxpayers, then so be it."
Chris Mesley, president of the Albany, New York Police Officer's Union

"I really am serious about sending the signal that this institute will be based on principle, not politics. I want our actions to be transformative."
GW Bush, babbling about his GWB Institute

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