“Just as stock investors often confuse a bull market with genius, religionists often confuse happy accidents of history with the fruits of righteousness.”
“It is ironic, but the US government’s endless promotion of 'democracy' overseas actually distorts and undermines democracy in targeted nations. The involvement of a foreign power often undermines true self-determination.”
"‘Live and let live’ works only when it is not ‘live and let live at my expense.’ Faith in the politics of plunder has steadily replaced men's confidence in both versions of the invisible hand. It has therefore displaced the older outlook. The messianic state has become the do-gooder state, or the nanny state, or the caretaker state.”
“Political activism is, at its core, a prisoner helping to build his own cage.”
“Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice.”
“That the United States, the world’s most militaristic, murderous and savage death-dealer, continues to invoke the menace posed by an Iran with nuclear weapons is among the most striking and illustrative examples of statist madness. Anyone who is actually frightened more of Iran than the United States would do well to take a casual look around the Middle East and consider which of the two is spilling more blood.”
“My view is that the essence of the human being while on this earth is the free human personality. Our being is tied up with freedom at its very root. Every sacrifice of freedom that arises from the pressures, domination, and coercions of family, friends, business, church, society, and state, or from our own personal sacrifice and enslavement by ourselves, destroys a portion of that being or suppresses it, thereby causing a degree of non-being. As I understand the human condition, God created us as free persons. We are free to choose good or evil. Non-being is evil. Being, which presumes freedom and actualizes freedom, is good. The free human personality, as God’s creation, is good. It is a value that is above family, friends, society, organizations, and states. Its worth is above any of these.”
Michael S. Rozeff
“The US government considers you — whoever you are, wherever you may live, and to whatever extent you aren’t its active agent — its enemy and intends to treat you as such. Your freedom, perhaps even your very survival, depend on you recognizing this fact and acting accordingly.”
Thomas L. Knapp
“Calling those who are wealthy ‘greedy,’ solely because of their wealth, or to suggest that the human drive for a better life is the same as greed, muddles our thinking. Muddled thinking is dangerous because it can lead to policies that punish both virtue and vice, that interfere with our inalienable right to pursue happiness, and lead to more, not less, poverty.
This distinction between greed and enterprise is consistent with the powerful negative implications associated with greed. Greed is a charge that implies sinfulness, a morally corrupt character, a crime against society at large. It should not be used to demonize the desire or drive for wealth, per se. Rather, it should be reserved for those who use coercion or deception to gain their wealth by reducing the wealth of the community at large.”
“For a real [economic] recovery to exist there first has to be real political reform because it's unethical politics that have screwed up the country. No country is going to get out of a mess like this unless they abandon the idea that stealing is acceptable. It is not. Once again, it all comes down to ethics. People have been mislead and taught that stealing is OK. Simply put, as long as people are willing to accept the notion of legalized theft in the form of visible and hidden taxes, there can be no lasting solution to the mess we are in.”
“Today’s ‘enemy’ can be anyone useful to the political establishment to so label, it being the role of government officials, the mainstream media, and so-called ‘think tanks,’ to so designate. Boobus need not be convinced of any factual or rational basis for the choice of a new adversary: it is enough that he be told to adjust his thinking, and to shout ‘hurrah!’ upon command.”
“When it comes to history, there is only one story, always repeated: the attempt of the State to expand its power until it absorbs everything--and the people who have captured the State mostly do it because of their lust for money, but always operate under the guise of humanitarianism. This expansion invariably means people suffering and being humiliated in public. Then, always, comes revenge.
In other words, the expansion of government always results in the expansion of obscenity--shaming, humiliating, abusing and exploiting people, both abroad and at home. Unfortunately, the 'modern' minds of many do not understand common-sense concepts noticed thousands of years ago, in more cultures than one.”
“You can’t just up and change the system. But what you can do is subvert it. If enough people subvert things long enough, the system changes de facto. In order to do this, you have to stop buying into the idea that the system as such is legitimate, that it has a claim on your behavior. Subversion, sedition and sabotage. Direct action in pursuit of your goals. Not only does it get results, but it allows you to live like a human being again. You will be, if not entirely free, liberated from the wasteful trap of throwing your life away trying to convince the ruling class to go against their own interests.”
Anna O. Morgenstern
From the Darkness:
“Some islands affected by climate change have been hit. Has not the time come to demonstrate on solidarity — not least solidarity in combating and adapting to climate change and global warming? Mother Nature has again given us a sign that that is what we need to do.”Staffan Nilsson, president of the European Economic and Social Committee, blaming the Japan earthquake on global warming.
"The human toll here [in Japan] looks to be much worse than the economic toll and we can be grateful for that."
Larry Kudlow, TV idiot
“We can't see the connections here. I'm not saying God is causing earthquakes - well I'm not not saying that either! What God does is God's business. But I'll tell you this...there's a message being sent. And that is, ‘Hey you know that stuff we're doing? Not really working out real well. Maybe we should stop doing some of it.’ I'm just saying.”
Glenn Beck, another TV idiot
"The US view is that we need to be prepared to contemplate steps that include, but perhaps go beyond a no-fly zone, at this point, as the situation on the ground has evolved and as a no-fly zone has inherent limitations in terms of protection of civilians at immediate risk."
US ambassador Susan Rice, suggesting all out war may be necessary in Libya
"I am concerned that levels of funding for our State Department and USAID partners will not sufficiently enable them to build on the hard-fought security achievements of our men and women in uniform.”
General David Petraeus, whining about proposed budget cuts for State Department, USAID and other corrupt programs
"In the most volatile regions of Afghanistan, USAID works side-by-side with the military, playing a critical role in stabilizing districts, building responsive local governance, improving the lives of ordinary Afghans, and -- ultimately -- helping to pave the way for American troops to return home."
USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, defending his organization which is under investigation for massive fraud [And they’ve done such a fine job, haven’t they? Afghanistan is certainly the most stable, well governed country I can think of.]
“There’s room for us to have reasonable [gun] laws that uphold liberty, ensure citizen safety and are fully compatible with a robust Second Amendment.”
"We need a plan for economic development, for jobs. The Tunisian people deserve that."
Queen Hillary, welcoming Tunisia as the US’s newest colony
"Texans don't realize the extent to which the federal government created modern Texas in the 30s, 40s and early 1950s. The federal government took us from a rural, agrarian, poor society with two-thirds of the national income, to an urban industrial society. It really did change the structure of the Texas economy."
Cal Jillson, professor of political science at SMU, perpetuating the myth that the state creates prosperity
"We [the US Marines] are here [in Afghanistan] to rebuild, but sometimes that takes destruction."
Capt. Matthew Peterson
“Attempts to undermine the legitimate currency of this country are simply a unique form of domestic terrorism. While these forms of anti-government activities do not involve violence, they are every bit as insidious and represent a clear and present danger to the economic stability of this country.”
U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins, after successfully convicting Bernard von NotHaus, creator of the Liberty dollar, for "counterfeiting."