Sunday, February 20, 2011

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
"The great, fundamental difficulty for anarchists is, and always has been, answering the question of how to literally reform society into a just, free and peaceful one without appealing to the 'proper channels' of statism. Whatever the answer is, we have all of history to show that it isn’t the counterfeit reform of the political process."
David D'Amato

"Why do people think only of maintaining the State in one form or another? Why is it that after such a poor experience with their State, they don’t assign it to the trash heap of history? What is holding back the concept that people can live without the State and live better without it?"
Michael S. Rozeff

“The State will do its best to stay in power, but its days are numbered. My hope is that when the masses realize this, that they not lay hands upon the tyrants who are ruining their lives. Violence will only ensure that the State-mindset will remain. If the the current crop of criminals are ousted, then another crop of criminals will appear to take their place. As long as the masses still have the mindset that a State is necessary, there will always be a void that can be filled by criminals willing to act as the State.”

“This revolution [in Egypt] will have to do until the real thing comes along.”
Sheldon Richman

“'Government Charity' is a root of scandalous evil, depriving the taxpayer of the means by which he can exercise voluntary charity while demeaning the recipient and preventing him from being able to thank the donor, even to pray for him by name. The taxpayer with an IRS gun at his head is tempted to hate, not love; the recipient is tempted to scorn and fraud, rather than love."
Christopher Manion

“America is an empire in decline, getting old and tired. What makes this particularly dangerous is that it's not only becoming corrupt, like Eastern Europe, Latin America, Africa, the Orient, the Mideast – almost all of the world – but, worse, it's got this huge and fairly efficient enforcement mechanism few of the other countries have. The Nazis would have loved the situation in the U.S. It's become the worst of both worlds: Nordic efficiency and American neo-puritanism. A deadly combination. Only an increasing measure of corruption can keep things going until the whole mess collapses on top of itself.”
Doug Casey

“Governments are like organized crime families, operating as 'executive committees' of their domestic ruling classes, and enforcing the privileges and artificial property rights by which their members extract rents from the domestic population. These crime families deal with each other, establishing constantly shifting alliances of convenience and redividing the world between themselves, as their relative strength shifts.”
Kevin Carson

“Anyone who has experience with public-sector bureaucracies knows that they cannot do anything as well as markets, and however imperfect free markets are, they are vastly more efficient and humane than the public sector in the long run. That is because free markets trust the idea of freedom generally, whereas other systems imagine that the men in charge are as omniscient as gods.”
Cristian Gherasim

“….Government is always against freedom, and does everything in its power to squelch the voice of the individual, and to squash the natural rights of man. Government literally lives and thrives on the blood and sweat of others, a literal vampire in disguise living off its gullible host. That host of course, is the very people who put the government in power in the first place. This is an irony that is almost impossible to bear."
Gary Barnett

"It's unsurprising that political leaders would want to convince people that the true criminals are those who expose acts of high-level political corruption and criminality, (WikiLeaks) rather than those who perpetrate them. Every political leader would love for that self-serving piety to take hold. But what's startling is how many citizens and, especially, 'journalists' now vehemently believe that as well."
Glenn Greenwald

“By forming an economy where neither price nor levels of production are tied to real, market needs, the state has created a needless struggle just to subsist. The way out is repudiation of the state’s arbitrary power to allow monopolists to divvy up our sustenance. Freed markets return that power to communities of individuals dealing with each other within voluntary agreements, the only legitimate way to allocate scarce resources.”
David D'Amato

“The dangers that admittedly loom in Egypt stem from the moderate nature of the Egyptian people’s aims. They seek merely to change the structure and personnel of the government. The essence of the State – the apparatus of organized violence – would remain intact. As long as the State exists, there is a danger it will be seized by a military strongman, by theocrats, or by some other brand of oppressor.
In other words, the only true revolution is one aimed at abolishing the State – an anarchist revolution. That’s the best hope for avoiding a revolution gone wrong.”
Sheldon Richman

“Boobus Americanus happily hugs his chains so long as his masters feign that he’s in charge.”
Becky Akers
From the Darkness:
"The threat of terrorism isn't going away so we must provide our agents with the tools they need to get the job done. Given that terrorist threats, including those from self-radicalized individuals, continue to evolve, we must ensure that our law enforcement agents are not burdened with new restrictions on existing authorities."
Sen. Charles Grassley on a Senate measure that would permanently extend three key measures of the Patriot Act.

"There is a reason why a lot of diplomacy is conducted in secret. There are good reasons for there to be confidentiality in some of those communications. And I think President Mubarak needs to be treated as he deserved over the years, because he has been a good friend."
Dick Cheney

“He's [Mubarak] a man who has led his country for 30 years, and he's done a great many things, terrific things for the country and for us. We don't want to just see him discredited and all of his past accomplishments thrown down the drain such as sustaining the peace of Israel. So he needs to go out with honor. And if we can help him with that, that's what we should be doing."
Edward Walker, former U.S. ambassador to Egypt

"My own personal opinion is the Mubarak era is over. And the question is how to have a process that really works properly, that allows these various voices to come together and not disagree on some of the tactical aspects."
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright [The “process” and "tactical aspects” are always important for the state to control its livestock.]

"I want to be clear: even as we make America the best place on earth to do business, businesses also have a responsibility to America. As we work with you to make America a better place to do business, ask yourselves what you can do for America. Ask yourselves what you can do to hire American workers, to support the American economy, and to invest in this nation."
B. Obama, sounding more and more like Mussolini every day

“According to AFMC’s legal office, Air Force members — military or civilian — may not legally access WikiLeaks at home on their personal, non-governmental computers, either. To do so would not only violate the SECAF [Secretary of the Air Force] guidance on this issue,… it would also subject the violator to prosecution for violation of espionage under the Espionage Act.”
From a statement issued from the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

“It’s a sad day in American history when a one-time conservative/libertarian stalwart has fallen more out of touch with America’s needs for national security then our current socialist presidential regime. Rep. [Ron] Paul is clearly off his meds and must be purged from public office. YAF is starting the process by removing him from our national advisory board. Good riddance and he won’t be missed.”
Jordan Marks, national director, Young Americans for Freedom

“And nobody yet has, nobody yet has explained to the American public what they know, and surely they know more than the rest of us know who it is who will be taking the place of Mubarak and no, not, not real enthused about what it is that that’s being done on a national level and from DC in regards to understanding all the situation there in Egypt. And, in these areas that are so volatile right now, because obviously it’s not just Egypt but the other countries too where we are seeing uprisings, we know that now more than ever, we need strength and sound mind there in the White House. We need to know what it is that America stands for so we know who it is that America will stand with. And, we do not have all that information yet.”
Sarah Palin, confused babbler

“The bottom line here is that the God of the Bible clearly honors those who show valor and gallantry in waging aggressive war in a just cause against the enemies of freedom, even while inflicting massive casualties in the process. What I’m saying is that it’s time we started imitating God’s example again."
Bryan Fischer, the American Family Association

"It’s government’s job to redistribute [income]. The question is how much are we going to redistribute.”
Howard Dean

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