Sunday, July 17, 2011

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
“While members of both groups would likely be loath to admit it, Constitutionalists and communists are united by a shared delusion: the belief that their preferred system would work wonderfully if only ‘the right people’ were in charge.

The problem is that within the confines of any system of domination and exploitation, 'the right people' simply do not exist.”
R.K. Blacksher

“….In regard to the so-called social contract, I have often had occasion to protest that I haven’t even seen the contract, much less been asked to consent to it. A valid contract requires voluntary offer, acceptance, and consideration. I’ve never received an offer from my rulers, so I certainly have not accepted one; and rather than consideration, I have received nothing but contempt from the rulers, who, notwithstanding the absence of any agreement, have indubitably threatened me with grave harm in the event that I fail to comply with their edicts. What monumental effrontery these people exhibit! What gives them the right to rob me and push me around? It certainly is not my desire to be a sheep for them to shear or slaughter as they deem expedient for the attainment of their own ends.”
Robert Higgs

“To be GOVERNED is to be kept in sight, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right, nor the wisdom, nor the virtue to do so. To be GOVERNED is to be at every operation, at every transaction, noted, registered, enrolled, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be placed under contribution, trained, ransomed, exploited, monopolized, extorted, squeezed, mystified, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, despised, harassed, tracked, abused, clubbed, disarmed, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and, to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, outraged, dishonored. That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality.”
Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

“Today's democracy is nothing more that pseudo-authoritarian rule by an elite few, executed by legions of self-deluding freeloaders who have convinced themselves that their current bureaucratic roles are both necessary and honorable... as well as a stepping stone into the next job which will be even more necessary and honorable. 
With each successive position up the bureaucratic ladder comes more power, more privilege... until they actually expect to be called ‘The Honorable…’ so and so, or ‘His Excellency’ so and so, etc.
Simon Black

“What apologists for U.S. wars and the military really believe is that American soldiers and security forces are exceptions with a license to kill. Foreign killers are evil unless they do our bidding. It is only Americans who are heroes for obeying orders and killing on command.”
Laurence Vance

“In the end, ALL governments seek to maim and kill the non-compliant because obedience is the signal contribution of ANY citizen in a tax jurisdiction yesterday, today and tomorrow.”
Bill Buppert

“When you think of the long and gloomy history of man, you will find more hideous crimes have been committed in the name of obedience than have ever been committed in the name of rebellion.”
C.P. Snow

“A people incapable of leaving their neighbors alone cannot be expected to leave the world alone.”
Eric Peters
From the Darkness:
"We're within reach of strategically defeating al-Qaida."
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta

"The reason you guys [US military] are here [in Iraq] is because of 9/11. The US got attacked and 3,000 human beings got killed because of Al-Qaeda. We've been fighting as a result of that." 
 Leon Panetta, speaking to about 150 soldiers at the Camp Victory US base

"The IRS has a job to do, so I'm not going to hold it against them.”
Christian Lopez, referring to his future tax bill for accepting free season tickets from the NY Yankees

“The climate crisis knows no political boundaries. Ferocious storms and deadly heat waves are occurring with alarming frequency all over the world. We are living with the reality of the climate crisis every day. The only question is, how soon can we act?”
Al Gore, The Climate Toad, keeping his scam alive.

“It’s going to be–it’s going to feel very hard, harder than anything they’ve experienced in their lifetime now, for some time to come. And that–but that is because that is the tragic effects of a crisis this deep and this bad caused by a long period of lost opportunities to do things to make the country stronger."
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner speaking about the coming Greater Depression

Ben Bernanke, when asked by Ron Paul if gold is money

“If you want to believe that the public debt is immoral and that taxation is theft, go right ahead and believe those things. But acting on them in a world that does not agree with you is a different matter. I can believe that driving on the left side of the road is a superior method of locomotion, but if I try it on the way in to work in the United States, I’ll be a public menace, endangering myself and my fellow citizens.”
Michael Tomasky, The Daily Beast

"We are extremely careful and cautious in identifying legitimate military targets and avoiding civilian casualties [in Libya]. And actually we have no confirmed information about NATO being responsible for civilian casualties."
NATO's Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen

“It is an infringement and an abuse of our freedom of religion. And I don't agree with what's happening, because this isn't an innocent mosque. It is another example of why I believe in American laws and American courts. This is just another way to try to gradually sneak Shariah law into our laws, and I absolutely object to that."
Herman Cain, commenting on plans for an Islamic center in Murfreesboro, TN

“I am announcing today that, until an interim authority is in place, the United States will recognize the TNC [Transitional National Council (i.e., Al Qaeda)] as the legitimate governing authority for Libya.’’
Queen Hillary

"The Beckhams, and others like London mayor Boris Johnson, are very bad role models with their large families. There's no point in people trying to reduce their carbon emissions and then increasing them 100% by having another child."
Simon Ross, chief executive of the Optimum Population Trust

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