“The state and its laws are the problem, to which corruption is an unsavory and unaesthetic – but necessary – solution. Laws create corruption, and corruption engenders laws.”
“If the State wishes to keep its monopoly as originator of law, it cannot tolerate men of integrity who wish to bind the State's power. Moreover, such men also threaten the State's fundamental purpose which is crime. Thus, its agents will create a set of internal rules that ensure the promotion of the worst men to the top of State power. The degree of evil will increase over time in a democratic State because democracies corrupt the masses generation after generation, thus lowering the bar of morality. Moreover, this means that the people who enter into the State apparatus, especially those who enter into democratic politics and the armed Praetorian Guard, will eventually be worse than the people who are currently in charge.”
“People (not all, but most) can be persuaded to leave us alone, or will do it in some respects without any persuasion, even if they are still statists. Maybe they don’t like us smoking pot, but their dislike does not rise to the level of violence. Maybe they just don’t care about it if we are in the next town rather than in their town. Maybe they are afraid to stop us smoking because we will physically attack them. There are all sorts of reasons for them not messing with us. Turning them into enemies only eliminates any possibility of reasoning with them or dealing peacefully with them, leaving us only avoidance, submission or war.”
“It is vital – indeed, it is literally a life-and-death matter – that Americans be able to look as coolly and clear-sightedly, as free from myth, at their government's record in foreign affairs as they increasingly are able to do in domestic politics. For war and a phony "external threat" have long been the chief means by which the state wins back the loyalty of its subjects. War and militarism were the gravediggers of classical liberalism; we must not allow the state to get away with this ruse ever again.”
“Anarchy refers to a society without a central political authority. But it is also used to refer to disorder or chaos. This constitutes a textbook example of Orwellian newspeak in which assigning the same name to two different concepts effectively narrows the range of thought. For if lack of government is identified with the lack of order, no one will ask whether lack of government actually results in a lack of order. And this uninquisitive mental attitude is absolutely essential to the case for the state. For if people were ever to seriously question whether government actions are really productive of order, popular support for government would almost instantly collapse.”
"Is it possible that democracy is just the flavor of the month...an evolutionary development, like all the forms of government that came before it? Is it possible that it succeeded in the 20th century because it was much better adapted to leeching out the wealth and complicity of the average man? It gave him a stake in the system – like getting some prisoners to guard each other, or bribing taxpayers to rat out their neighbors to the IRS? Isn't it possible that by giving the masses a 'voice,' the elites who really control government are better able to take his money...and, if necessary, his life?”
“If the people can find and proclaims the truth, they can become free again. If they live in craven fear of the murderous secret police armies and refuse to find and cry out the truth about all of that, they will become permanent slaves.”
“Born in sin, the bastard offspring of declining autocracy and bureaucracy run amok, the state is a giant wielded by pygmies. Considered as individuals, bureaucrats, even the highest-positioned among them, may be mild, harmless, and somewhat self-effacing people, but collectively they have created a monster whose power far outstrips that of the mightiest empires of old.”
Martin Van Creveld
“The tax-devouring thugs who have converged on the state capitol in Madison are trying to wrap themselves in the mantle of the hungry, desperate people who defied Mubarak's torturers, and the imponderably courageous people in Bahrain who walked, unarmed and unflinching, into gunfire. Ditching work and pitching a tantrum to demand the preservation of ‘collective bargaining rights’ for over-paid, tax-subsidized functionaries simply isn't the same thing as facing down the pitiless cadres of a quasi-totalitarian police state.”
“Possession of a ‘right’ has never protected men from the aggression of others, particularly the aggression of those who style themselves ‘governments.’ What has actually done the job but never received the credit is the moral choice of civilized people not to initiate the use of force against one another, and to defend themselves (and each other) from the human predators among us. When the idea of individual responsibility for the defense of life, liberty and property falls into disfavor, your society will not be free much longer. The men who step forward to ‘protect your rights’ for you will soon become your masters. And so it has come to pass, time and again.
‘Rights’ do not exist. The power of choice does. Men are free to act with respect for the individual liberties of others, or to act without respect. There is no such force as a natural right that will reward virtuous action, or punish evil. There is only one force in human affairs. That is the force of individual will. Freedom is a choice, not a right.”
“I would like to see Ron Paul elected President, but not because I see him as a political messiah. I would like to see him elected because, in order to get elected, he would have to represent a majority of Americans. He does not represent a majority of Americans. He will not be elected. The voters want more of the same. They will get it.”
From the Darkness:
“Look what they have done in Egypt, those highly-placed managers of Google, what manipulations of the energy of the people took place there.”Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin, blaming Google Inc for stirring up trouble in the revolution that ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak
“Seventy-five percent of the kids who are recruit-age for the military cannot pass the physical, because they’re obese by Army standards. We better hope we don’t have a war with anybody because we’re not going to have anybody who can pass the physical to wear the uniform.”
“The United States stands firmly and proudly on the side of liberty. And we will use all means of our national power — including foreign aid and military assistance — to ensure the survival and success of liberty worldwide.”
“This week, upon learning that Julian Assange had recently been invited to address the same summit [YPO Global Leadership Summit in Denver], President [GW] Bush decided to cancel his appearance. The former president has no desire to share a forum with a man who has willfully and repeatedly done great harm to the interests of the United States.”
Bush spokesman David Sherzer [See: War Criminal Afraid of Truth Teller]
“The international community may be forced to make a choice: does it sit back and prevaricate while people are massacred, as it has so often in the past. Or does it refuse to be scarred by the foolishness of the Iraq invasion and show that it can act when there is unacceptable barbarism.”
Ian Birrell, The Guardian, pushing for international intervention in Libya’s civil war
"We cannot afford to leave our intelligence officials without … the tools they need to keep America safe."
Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, after Congress gave final approval to a temporary extension of parts of the Patriot Act [Just who is “we?”]
"We will stand steadfastly with the Libyan people in their demand for universal rights, and a government that is responsive to their aspirations. Their human dignity cannot be denied."
B. Obama [It’s curious that The Emperor doesn’t share the same concern for “responsive” government and “human dignity” among those who don’t stand upon a shit load of oil.]
“I must concur with all the concerns and apprehensions expressed to me that the presence of concealed weapons, on balance, will make campus a less safe environment.”
Francisco Cigarroa, University of Texas System Chancellor, warning Gov. Rick Perry against a measure to allow guns on college campuses [Apparently, this highly educated individual never learned that being able to defend yourself is what makes you safe.]
"We are the United States of America. This talk of nullifying is pretty toxic talk. That led to the Civil War."
Brian Schweitzer, Montana Governor and history ignoramus
"I say to you: 'This is America: Love it or leave it.'"
Rep. William McChesney, during the sovereignty declaration debate in the Montana legislature