Sunday, January 16, 2011

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
"The state and the playground bully operate from the same modus operandi: the capacity to enforce obedience to its inconstant temperaments through violence. Regardless of the venue, the state continues to escalate its indecencies to ordinary men, women, and children in order to forcefully remind us of our subservience to its arbitrariness; to refresh our memory that the state is entitled to do to us anything that it chooses."
Butler Shaffer

“Next time you see a tiny, encircled ‘c’ or a patent number, reflect on how these things actually operate. Are ideas something that — even if we could — we would want to say that some people own? In practice, conveniently for the state’s ruling class, the ownership of ideas means the ownership of people and their personal effects, an Information Age slavery that’s hard to justify within the terms of ‘free enterprise.’”
David D'Amato

“Economic liberty is the utopia that they keep promising to bring us, pending the higher priority of blowing up foreign peoples, jailing political dissidents, crushing the left wing on campus, and routing the Democrats. Once all of this is done, they say, then they will get to the instituting of a free-market economic system. Of course, that day never arrives, and it is not supposed to. Capitalism serves the Republicans the way Communism served Stalin: a symbolic distraction to keep you hoping, voting, and coughing up money.”
Lew Rockwell

“What WikiLeaks is really exposing is the extent to which the western democratic system has been hollowed out. … And when, finally, the veil of secrecy is lifted, their reflex reaction is to kill the messenger."
British columnist John Naughton

“The reality to which increasing numbers of people are becoming aware, is that politics is a violent and corrupt racket that functions on generating fears among those to be ruled. Politicians and other government officials are attracted to political careers not because they want to serve others, but because they have their own visions of what would be ‘good’ for such others, and desire the power to enforce by violence – which is the essence of every government – their expectations. Such people easily find – usually within business organizations and labor unions – people who, unable to prosper in a free market grounded in voluntary transactions, are eager to resort to state violence. ‘Invisible hands’ must be replaced by the ‘iron fist.'”
Butler Shaffer

“With all the sober talk about year-end reviews in Afghanistan, about planning and ‘progress’ (a word used nine times in the relatively brief, vetted ‘overview’ of that review recently released by the White House), about future dates for drawdowns and present tactics, it’s easy to forget that war is a drug. When you’re high on it, your decisions undoubtedly look as rational, even practical, as the public language you tend to use to describe them. But don’t believe it for a second.”
Tom Engelhardt

“Don't assume that just because the government has the legal authority to do something that it will actually succeed. So be careful what you ask for.”
Harry Browne

“A gang is a group of men under the command of a leader, bound by a compact of association, in which the plunder is divided according to an agreed convention. If this villainy wins so many recruits from the ranks of the demoralized that it acquires territory, establishes a base, captures cities and subdues peoples, it then openly arrogates to itself the title of kingdom, which is conferred on it in the eyes of the world, not by the renunciation of aggression, but by the attainment of impunity.”
St. Augustine

“There is nothing moral or peaceful about using government as a vehicle by which to shape the world in your image at the expense of someone else’s liberty. To suggest otherwise is a pathetic sham, and flagrant dishonesty – to say nothing of intellectual bankruptcy.”
Alex R. Knight III

“Note that China has that perfect government, an intelligent dictatorship concerned with advancing the country. The American government consists of self-interested lobbies and Wall Street looters. China is run by engineers, America by lawyers.”
Fred Reed

“The violence of government is all around us, 24/7. From taxation to regulations to military adventurism, the federal government has become a role model for individuals prone to violence. If the government can use violence to achieve its goals, then violence becomes acceptable in the minds of the unstable. If the government can perpetuate Ponzi schemes, then some in the financial community will try to create their own fraudulent investment programs to enrich themselves at the expense of their fellow citizens.
The role model for violence is not heated political rhetoric, but the actions of government officials who assert they are doing ‘good’ by taxing, spending, regulating, borrowing, debasing the currency and invading other nations.”
Murray Sabrin

“The confusion between politics and economics has never been greater. We are no longer citizens but shareholders. This is precisely how American politics works for some time. Instead of buying shares, politicians buy votes. Money and efficiency now define a system never intended to deal with such things."
Cristian Gherasim

“When people are creating wealth they have little reason to get mad at one another. Sure, someone takes a shot at a Congressman from time to time, but it tends to be a personal matter. And the politico probably has it coming.”
Bill Bonner
“I love the smell of gunpowder [from fireworks] on Christmas; it's the smell of a free country.”
Doug Casey
From the Darkness:
“When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government. The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on this country is getting to be outrageous and unfortunately Arizona has become sort of the capital. We have become the Mecca for prejudice and bigotry.”
Pima County, Arizona Sheriff Clarence Dupnik

“The United States, if the Afghan people want it, are prepared and we are not leaving in 2014. Hopefully, we will have totally turned over to the Afghan security forces the ability to maintain the security of the country, but we are not leaving if you don’t want us to leave.”
Joe Biden [Translated: If you want us to stay, we will stay.  If you want us to go, we will stay.]

“What I’d like to see is if we could all get together on both sides of the aisle, Democrats and Republicans, and really talk about what we can do to cool down the country. Part of that has to be what they’re hearing over the airwaves.”
Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.)

"You have to ratchet up the pressure and ... I don't think that this pressure will be sufficient to have this [Iran] regime change course without a credible military option that is put before them by the international community led by the United States."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, still encouraging war on Iran

"We face a common threat posed by the terrorists and al Qa'eda, but our partnership goes beyond counterterrorism. We are focused not just on short-term threats but long-term challenges. We support an inclusive political process that will in turn support a unified, prosperous, stable, democratic Yemen."
Queen Hillary

"We all have to take responsibility for our remarks. I do, the Tea Party does, every elected official, every talk show person. These words have consequences and they especially have consequences on unstable people, like apparently this shooter was."
Rep. Bob Filner (D-Calif.), despite offering NO proof that the Tuscon shooter had any connection to the Tea Party or listened to any talk radio.

"At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized — at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do — it's important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wound.”
B. Obama [This from a man that is responsible for the deaths of thousands and claims the power to assassinate those who disagree with or disobey his policies.]

“To foster its imperialistic goals, China for the past two decades has funded an unprecedented military expansion program.”
Retired Navy Admiral James A. Lyons [So? You clowns have been doing this for over six decades.]

"I'm fighting the criminalization of politics.”
Former House Republican leader Tom DeLay, after being sentenced to three years in prison for conspiracy and 10 years probation for money laundering. [Hey, goofball.  Politics is criminal.]

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