Sunday, August 14, 2011

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
“Yet although the connection should be obvious – an institution that instills into people the capacity to see other people as subhuman enemies to be killed is going to breed people with problems handling their violent impulses – it is never asked outright if the military, and especially its wars, encourage acts of violence. But as long as we are at perpetual war, living with a permanent warfare state, there will be more Abdos, Nissans, and McVeighs.”
Anthony Gregory

“No taxpayer alive today had anything to say about repaying any money the government borrowed to keep it’s promises. We did not have any choice in the matter. We did not choose to accept this obligation. It has been forced on us. It was manufactured for us by a government that spends the peoples’ money not on the people,. but on wars of conquest, gifts to Israel, and endless bailouts for Wall Street and European bankers.”
Michael Rivero

“As a ‘stealth tax,’ inflation requires no legislation to impose, no agency to collect, and diverts responsibility for damages onto politicians’ favorite whipping boys. It gives government the ability to buy almost anything for nothing, while creating endless problems that serve as a pretext for intervention. Inflation is the foundation of arrogant government and a prescription for our own demise."
George F. Smith

“The State is not MY enemy, I am The State's enemy. The State is the enemy of Liberty and all those who understand it. I did not go looking for a fight; The State brought the fight to me when it declared me and all the things that I value to be its enemy. The State started the fight and declares that any who defend themselves from its attacks are ‘terrorists.’”
Kent McManigal

“The primary concern of every government is to ensure its continuance in power, irrespective of the men who form it. If they are bad, they want to remain in power in order to enrich themselves and to satisfy their lust for authority; and if they are honest and sincere they believe that it is their duty to remain in power for the people. ... The anarchists ... could never, even if they were strong enough, form a government without contradicting themselves and repudiating their entire doctrine; and, should they do so, it would be no different from any other government; perhaps it would even be worse.”
Errico Malatesta

“The right to withhold your identify, like the right to remain silent, is not the sign of a thug or child predator. It is the sign of a free human being.”
Wendy McElroy

“Time and time again we see that the people who make decisions to send troops to war are the very people who profit financially from such wars. Today's troops can see this. It is part of the public record, yet they still do not question their missions. They join the military with a promise never to question orders. Taking history into account, I see no pride in this kind of service.”
Jesse Richard

“To issue a paper currency not redeemable in specie is a fraud. Issuing paper dollars with no underlying value steals the very value of the nation’s money. For this action alone, each Governor, officer and employee of the Federal Reserve Bank, Treasury officer and employee, each officer and employee of the US Mint, and each member of Congress should be deemed guilty and put to death. Otherwise, there is no justice in America.”
Russell D. Longcore

“The use of the State, with its compulsory monopoly powers of aggression, has enabled the people to realize their infantile, primitive drives without regard to the lives, liberty or property of others. Statism is the sickness that has made criminals out of decent people. And statism is the sickness with which society has afflicted itself to ruin itself.
Statism is a pathology of human thought and behavior that causes people to passively and obediently lie on the ground while the rulers and their obedient servants walk all over the people, and enslave their labor and torture them with impunity.”
Scott Lazarowitz

“To be a citizen is to rationalize irrational aggression. Coercion, theft, and murder are elevated to virtues. This inverted state of ethical affairs should be troubling to a society full of good people, and yet it seems not to be.”

“It is not enough to appeal to those who start and live by wars to make them stop. We must identify the real source of all war: Not a particular nation or even a particular kind of weapon, but the institution of the state itself, with no real mechanism to hold it accountable, that enables some people to rain death and unimaginable misery upon others with impunity.”
Bretigne Shaffer
From the Darkness:
"The United States can pay any debt it has because we can always print money to do that. So there is zero probability of default."
Alan Greenspan

“When you go and talk to any audience about climate, you hear them washing back at you the same crap over and over and over again. There’s no longer a shared reality on an issue like climate even though the very existence of our civilization is threatened. People have no idea! … It’s no longer acceptable in mixed company, meaning bipartisan company, to use the goddamn word climate. It is not acceptable. They have polluted it to the point where we cannot possibly come to an agreement on it.
It may be volcanoes.’ Bullshit! ‘It may be sun spots.’ Bullshit! ‘It’s not getting warmer.’ Bullshit!”
Al Gore [The Climate Toad is finally starting to lose it and admit defeat. And it’s so fun to watch!]

"John [McCain] and I feel as if we have lost members of our families."
John Kerry, commenting on the downing of a US helicopter by the Afghan resistance [Yea, right.]

“These men and women [lost in a helicopter crash in Afghanstan] put their lives on the line for the values that bind us together as a nation,” the president said. “And some of them, like the 30 Americans who were lost this weekend, give their lives for their country.”
B. Obama, reminding us of the evils of collectivism

“This [helicopter crash killing 30 US soldier boys] is a reminder, a reminder to the American people that we remain a nation still at war.”
Leon Panetta, reminding us of the evils of collectivism ["…….and 'we' remain at war whether you like it or not.”]
“I believe this is, without question, the tea party downgrade.”
Sen. John Kerry, shifting the blame for Standard and Poor’s downgrade of the USG’s credit rating

“Ron Paul continues his effort to crash the world economy. The only change in recent days is proof positive that major players in both parties are acting as silly and irresponsibly as Dr. Paul. If anyone were foolish enough to follow Paul's advice and destroy any attempt to reach a bipartisan agreement through a committee, every rating agency would downgrade the U.S. The American and world economies and global markets would crash.”
Brent Budowsky, The Hill

"We would welcome any kind of explanation that China would like to give for needing this kind of equipment [an aircraft carrier]. This is part of our larger concern that China is not as transparent as other countries. It's not as transparent as the United States about its military acquisitions, about its military budget. And we'd like to have the kind of open, transparent relationship in military-to-military affairs. In our military-to-military relations with many countries around the world, we have the kind of bilateral dialogue where we can get quite specific about the equipment that we have and its intended purposes and its intended movements."
US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland

“If we have learned anything from the history of the presidency, it is this: experience matters. Judgment matters. Achievement matters. Integrity matters. The wisdom to see the truth, the clarity to state it and the courage to fight for it matter above all in the presidency. Voters would know, before [Al] Gore even announces his candidacy, that he already qualifies for a lifetime achievement award that would help informed Americans make the wisest decision about who should lead the nation.
Let’s begin a draft movement to make Al Gore president in 2016. While times are tough today, let’s stop selling short our aspirations and start planning for the next New Frontier.”
Brent Budowsky [As far as I know, Mr. Budowsky does not write for The Onion.]

“Free flow of information can be used for good. But it can also be used for ill. Everyone watching these horrific actions [street rioting] will be struck by how they were organized via social media. We are working with the police, the intelligence services and industry to look at whether it would be right to stop people communicating via these websites and services when we know they are plotting violence, disorder and criminality.”
British Prime Minister David Cameron

“I don’t understand why it is even controversial to talk about dismantling industrial civilization when it has shown itself for 6,000 years to be destroying the planet and to be systemically committing genocide.”
Lierre Keith, environmental wacko

“If it were up to me, all the people associated with the Gulf oil spill, which is murdering the Gulf, would be executed. That would be part of the function of a state.”
Derrick Jensen, environmental radical [How can that be when the “state,” being involved in oil extraction, was part of the cause?]

“Representative Ron Paul ridiculously claimed that the United States is bankrupt.”
From NY Times editorial reviewing the recent GOP presidential debate [“Ridiculous” only to those who live in a fantasy world.]

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