Sunday, October 24, 2010

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
“Why do we persist in this system where the victim pays the room and board for the criminal, diminishing himself on top of the diminishment from the original crime?”
Thomas Luongo

“On all topics there is an agenda. Base your understanding of situations on your relationship with people. Use the media to try to challenge yourself and to seek out differing perspectives. Never let your own experience be overshadowed by the words you read from some unknown journalist.”
Allan Stevo

“[The State] breaks the natural order and harms individuals. It is chaos of the worst kind masquerading as order.
Statists lie and pretend that they are fighting entropy, but instead they are accelerating it. Instead of letting human interactions naturally crystallize into the best, most stable, and mutually beneficial forms, The State prevents that spontaneous order and uses 'laws' to make a mess of everything; to divorce actions from justified consequences. Then supporters of The State claim that the only alternative is chaos and death. They lie.”
Kent McManigal

"If our established media is governed by any overarching principle, it's this: when the U.S. military speaks, its pronouncements -- especially in the beginning -- are to be respected, believed and repeated without question or challenge no matter how many times that deference proves to be unwarranted."
Glen Greenwald

“Woman’s demand for equal suffrage is based largely on the contention that woman must have the equal right in all affairs of society. No one could, possibly, refute that, if suffrage were a right. Alas, for the ignorance of the human mind, which can see a right in an imposition. Or is it not the most brutal imposition for one set of people to make laws that another set is coerced by force to obey? Yet woman clamors for that 'golden opportunity' that has wrought so much misery in the world, and robbed man of his integrity and self-reliance; an imposition which has thoroughly corrupted the people, and made them absolute prey in the hands of unscrupulous politicians.”
Emma Goldman

“People who vote for free lunches – knowing full well that someone needs to pay for them, and they are fine with that as long as the someone is someone besides themselves – deserve to become tax slaves for those who view them as milk cows. If economically ignorant, greedy, and shortsighted people vote for bad government, they should start by looking in the mirror when they wonder what went wrong. But few people are that introspective. Further, most people apparently lack a real center, an ego in the good sense. That's why they create these false gods to worship; by becoming part of a group, they think they gain worth. Pity the poor fools…”
Doug Casey

“The setting may be Fairbanks, Fargo, Frankfort, or Fallujah; it makes no difference. When the State's armed enforcers are trained to act as an army of occupation, geography is inconsequential.”
Will Grigg

“The larger the group, the more toxic, the more of your beauty as an individual you have to surrender for the sake of group thought. And when you suspend your individual beauty you also give up a lot of your humanity. You will do things in the name of a group that you would never do on your own. Injuring, hurting, killing, drinking are all part of it, because you’ve lost your identity, because you now owe your allegiance to this thing that’s bigger than you are and that controls you.”
George Carlin

“Voluntaryism is thus based upon a firm foundation of objective ethics, and rejects ethical relativity. The Voluntaryist merely wishes to be consistent in applying objective ethics across all the strata of society. If ethics is objective, then no one is exempt from ethical law. This consistency is the bugbear of government and its assumption that ethics are relative and are dictated by the government itself through positive law.
Objective ethics is thus seen, quite correctly, to be the mortal enemy of government, in that if this idea is ever widely accepted, government necessarily disappears.”

“Politics is the Ten Commandments written by Satan and turned inside out.
I don't see how we can get rid of politics (oh, if only we could!), but at least the wise understand the true nature of it: citizens are mostly Sheep, to do the bidding of the Foxes and Lions. The Sheep are never murdered by the Foxes and Lions; they are merely bad ideas, obstacles to be removed, if they threaten the interests of the rulers.”
Bob Wallace
From the Darkness:
“We will vigorously enforce the CSA [Controlled Substances Act] against those individuals and organizations that possess, manufacture or distribute marijuana for recreational use, even if such activities are permitted under state law.”
Attorney General Eric Holder

“Current discourse about macroeconomics in the press and among policymakers suffers from a poor understanding of more nuanced Keynesian theory and the evidence that supports it. To address this gap, the project will include the development of a new, internet-based resource designed as a reference for non-specialists who want to improve their understanding of Keynesian principles."
From the Institute for New Economic Thinking, funded by George Soros.

"Ultimately, this has to be an Iraq decision, as part of its own political process. And we have every indication that Iraq's leaders are working to try to form a government. We just want to see that government be as inclusive as possible. Our concerns about Iran and its meddling in Iraq's affairs are long-standing. But that said, we would expect the Iraqi government to work on behalf of its own citizens and not on behalf of another country."
The State Department's P.J. Crowley

"News organizations should be cautioned not to facilitate the leaking of classified documents with this disreputable organization known as WikiLeaks.
The concern is that WikiLeaks as an organization should not be made more credible by having credible news organizations facilitate what they're doing."
Pentagon spokesman Colonel David Lapan

"Mr. Assange [of WikiLeaks] can say whatever he likes about the greater good he thinks he and his source are doing, but the truth is they might already have on their hands the blood of some young soldier or that of an Afghan family."
Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff

"The battlefield consequences of the release [by WikiLeaks] of these documents are potentially severe and dangerous for our troops, our allies and Afghan partners, and may well damage our relationships and reputation in that key part of the world. Intelligence sources and methods, as well as military tactics, techniques and procedures will become known to our adversaries."
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates [For the sake of humanity, let’s hope so.]

“Julian Assanage -- you know, molesting charges aside -- is a criminal. He broke the law.He is, you know, a murderer of American and Afghani people. His carelessness has killed people.”
Conn Carroll, The Heritage Foundation

“Certainly I have not been elected by you, but I have been elected by this parliament. I have been elected in a secret vote by this parliament, and you belong to this parliament."
European Commission President, José Barroso, responding to the charge by a British EU Parliament member of using illegitimate powers to implement a direct tax on all EU citizens. [A “secret vote!” What a great way for tyrants to claim power!]

"There would appear—all else being equal—to be a case for further action."
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, making a case for the central bank to take new steps to boost economic growth. [NOT good news.]

“A healthy, self-confident conservative movement … allows for and even encourages genuine debate and creative thinking, the probing of ideas and holding them up to scrutiny, self-examination, and self-reflection.”
Peter Wehner, formerly of Bush 43’s White House staff. [Try to read that twice without laughing.]

“Radical libertarians are equivalent to leftist Saul Alinskyites. Both despise government and the Constitution, seeking to destroy America. Alinksy wanted a community government; radical libertarians want Rothbardian uprisings to destroy government and wealth altogether for communal equality. To accomplish this, radical libertarians demand anarchy.”
Lisa Richards, NewsRealBlog

"We are extraordinarily disappointed that [WikiLeaks is] making the same mistake twice, that they are leaking classified information - in fact that they induce people to break the law to leak classified information and then share that information with the world, including our enemies."
Geoff Morrell, Pentagon press secretary

“But for me, we’d be in a worldwide depression.”
Harry Reid

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