Sunday, April 10, 2011

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
“Batting zero on the battlefield, the mad political scientists have stepped up to the plate again. Despite nothing but failure, President Obama has decided, unilaterally, to squander still more American men and money in a war on Libya, promising that this time he won’t strike out.”
Gerald Celente

“The Obama administration demonstrates that while presidents come and go, the permanent regime rumbles on. Woe to anyone who gets in its way.”
Sheldon Richman

“Americans should identify not with the American government, but with those similarly oppressed by it, wherever they reside.”
David D'Amato

“Given the routine misery and oppression the governments of the world inflict on their subjects as a matter of course, the opportunity for fresh interventions by the Forces of Goodness & Light is effectively unlimited. In cheerleading Obama’s Libyan adventure, the President’s supporters are signing on to a future of perpetual warfare.”
Justin Raimondo

“Because the state is an entity that enjoys a monopoly on the use of violence, it can never make a fundamental error needful of being corrected. Who is to do the correction? Whoever, or whatever, is to be the remedial force would become, by definition, the new monopolist. Would its decisions likewise be subject to review by an even higher violence monopolist, ad infinitum?”
Butler Shaffer

“I will make few friends with the following statement, but let me say clearly that in my opinion, the United States government, and those in the U.S. military who willingly do the bidding of the government by prosecuting immoral and aggressive wars and acts of hostility, and those who are partners in these crimes, are the worst terrorists in the world today!

Aggressive war is the epitome of terrorism, and the U.S. is the king of aggressive war!”
Gary D. Barnett

“While public opinion has to be gauged in either case, the only real difference between a democracy and a dictatorship on making war is that in the former more propaganda must be beamed at one's subjects to engineer their approval. Intensive propaganda is necessary in any case – as we can see by the zealous opinion-molding behavior of all modern warring states.”
Murray Rothbard

“The worst effect of the state is intellectual. It puts our brains in a prison, simply by defining the terms in which we are permitted to think and speak. The one nonnegotiable point becomes the state itself. You are permitted to argue about what the state's priorities ought to be (bombs or butter), but not to question the fundamental model of a state-dominated society.”
Lew Rockwell

“The test of a free society is not the extent to which a regime exercises dictatorial powers against its own people. The test of a free society is whether a regime has dictatorial powers at its disposal that it is able to exercise against its own people.
A kind, benevolent dictatorship — one that is mostly nice to its citizenry but which has dictatorial powers at its disposal — is a dictatorship nonetheless. People living under such a regime are not living in a free society, no matter how convinced they might be that they are doing so.”
Jacob Hornberger

“Regulation hurts the poor, and it hurts them the worst. 'Progressivism,' since it is premised upon the initiation of coercion, is a death-oriented ideology that hurts the poor, and it hurts them the worst.”
B.R. Merrick

“Please don't miss the obvious: Our current tyranny was caused by minarchy in the same way a vast forest fire is caused by a smoldering ember left behind in a campfire (or by some other small but intense heat source). Minarchy creates a coercive power center; that power center attracts people who want coercive power over others for whatever reason (their motives don’t matter in the least) and all too soon the liberty party is over and the wailing and gnashing of teeth begin. The cruelty of State coercion grows like a cancer; find an exception in world history, if you can. There isn't one – if there were, we'd all be moving there.”
Glen Allport

“Diversity is an elitist term used to give respectability to acts and policy that would otherwise be deemed as racism.”
Walter Williams

“State budgets and federal budgets are not records of facts. They are projections based on assumptions. Just by manipulating a few assumptions, politicians can create a scenario that bears no resemblance to reality.”
Thomas Sowell

“If we use Obama’s criterion that violence against one’s people is a sign of government illegitimacy, then how many world governments are themselves legitimate? They all use violence and the threat of violence to maintain themselves. The fact that the threats of violence are effective and prevent outright blood on the streets doesn’t remove the presence of violence as the government’s means of controlling its citizens. Once we look under the hood at the motor of government, we find violence. At what point does such violence mean that the government’s leaders or the government itself – its very form – have lost legitimacy?”
Michael S. Rozeff

“Democracy is essentially one big organized act of bullying whereby a larger group bullies a smaller group in order to plunder it with taxes.”
Thomas J. DiLorenzo
From the Darkness:
“I wish we could find a way to hold people accountable. Free speech is a great idea, but we’re in a war.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham, referring to the burning of the Koran by a Florida pastor and the deadly riots in Afghanistan that followed

"He's playing on a core idea of the radical right, that evil bankers in the Federal Reserve are ripping you off by controlling the money supply. He very much exists in the world of the anti-government patriot movement, whatever he may say. That's who his customers are."
Mark Potok, spokesman for the Southern Poverty Law Center, on the conviction of Bernard von NotHaus on conspiracy and counterfeiting charges for making and selling “Liberty Dollars”

“Although discussion is good, we can no longer delay implementing tough action that will make a difference, while quibbling over minor uncertainties in climate modeling. Unlike most recent natural disasters, this one is entirely predictable. Doctors, often seen as authoritative, trusted, and independent by their communities, must make their voices heard in calling for such action.”
From an editorial in the British Medical Journal urging medical doctors to help promote the AGW scam

"We have to monitor inflation and inflation expectations extremely closely because if my assumptions prove not to be correct, then we would certainly have to respond to that and ensure that we maintain price stability.”
Ben Bernanke, whose assumptions have always been incorrect

"The fact is, why should we play doctor? I'm too humble to repeal science."
Sen. Barbara Boxer, objecting to a Republican effort to ban the Environmental Protection Agency from controlling the gases blamed for global warming [“Science?” Is that what you call it?]

''As a historian it always occurred to me that the smart thing for government was always to pay the guys with guns first.''
Robert Gates, on the possibility of troops not getting paid during a government shutdown[Of course, we all know that the state's claim to legitimacy is backed by superior firepower.]

“The amazing thing is a lot of these folks [involved in Middle East uprisings] would be happy if they could get to where Iraq is today. It isn’t perfect, but it’s new. And it is a democracy, and people do have rights.”
Robert Gates, believer in unicorns

“We had to kill innocent people to end World War II.”
John Stossel, supposed libertarian

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