Sunday, November 20, 2011

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
"Religion is not God, and experiencing religion is not the same as experiencing God. Religion is a human social institution and its failings do not prove or disprove the existence of God. They just demonstrate shortcomings in mankind that pervade all human institutions, from government to sports to marriage."
Gary B. Meisner

“The real problem with the OWS movement is its political naiveté. The protestors imagine that by attacking free enterprise and the capitalist system they are upholding the rights of the common man. The exact opposite is true. The only real alternative to free enterprise is an economy owned and administered by society’s most ruthless and cruel elements, who always seems to gravitate toward statist means.”
Jeffrey Tucker

“The world to me is a strange place in which human beings inhabit worlds of their own perception. Trouble is they think their perceptions are truth. Trouble comes when they succeed in getting the power to impose those perceptions on everyone.”
Michael S. Rozeff

“The truth, indeed, is something that mankind, for some mysterious reason, instinctively dislikes. Every man who tries to tell it is unpopular, and even when, by the sheer strength of his case, he prevails, he is put down as a scoundrel.”
H.L. Mencken

“Being blind to the obvious is part of the human condition.”
Simon Black

“Humans continue to rebel against their governments, the scope of each getting smaller and smaller. As the scope gets smaller, the power gets smaller, and thus the people become stronger. Inch by inch we, as a species, are becoming more confident in our ability to achieve happiness and success without the protection of a ruler.”
Theo Zagtech

“So if the military doesn't exist to protect our rights and freedoms, why does it exist? The answer is simple. It exists to back our national will with force. Most of the time, that is a good thing, particularly when our national will is to not be attacked by jackasses who threaten us. But when the national will turns to taking your guns away, you will be the jackass who threatens "us." Then the military will execute that national will with cold, unthinking and bureaucratic efficiency. And wrap itself in the flag while doing so.”
Tom, of

“Cooperative creatures beget cooperative society. Government appears later, and besides acting as a parasite on the fruits of the good people’s labor, it inevitably ends up corrupting that society by redefining morality and ethics through its public ‘education’ institutions and its positive legislation.”

"Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live."
Oscar Wilde

“Freedom and government (save for self-government!) cannot co-exist. They are the pipers; we are the lemmings, being led to the edge of the cliff. If we were smarter than lemmings, we would simply stop marching to our own destruction.”
Paul Hein

“We often hear people say, with a tone of saintliness, ‘We're a nonprofit organization,’ as if that alone translates into decency, objectivity and selflessness. They want us to think they're in it for the good of society and not for those ‘evil’ profits. If we gave it just a little thought and asked what kind of organization throughout mankind's history has accounted for his greatest grief, the answer wouldn't be a free market, private, profit-making enterprise; it would be government, the largest nonprofit organization.”
Walter Williams

“The notion that foreign wars and entanglements are wrong still emanates from a sparsely populated philosophical quarter that has no majority presence in the academy or the government–media complex. It is a true voice in the wilderness. That voice has one signature message: you cannot thank a veteran for your freedom because they have actively done nothing more than endanger its very existence. In fact, American military power abroad (and increasingly, at home) has made civilians more unsafe than they have ever been. The threat not only emerges from aggrieved victims of American brutality abroad but a government desperate in bad times to ensure that not one dollar of military expenditures is reduced.

Veterans don’t need gratitude but a self-realization on their part that the machine they worked for was never an engine for liberty but a device whose single purpose was aggrandizement of American political power at home and abroad. And that political hammer always extinguishes liberty and never expands it.”
Bill Buppert
From the Darkness:
"I know that a lot of people refuse to accept the possibility of such things, and nothing will convince them that a monetary expansion can ever do real good. But they’re mistaking their own confusion for profound insight."
Paul Krugman, dissing Miseans

“We have more than 40,000 American troops that remain in the Gulf region. We're not going anywhere."
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta

“We are writing to urge you to put our country ahead of politics.

For the fiscal health of our nation and the well-being of our fellow citizens, we ask that you increase taxes on incomes over $1,000,000.

We make this request as loyal citizens who now or in the past earned an income of $1,000,000 per year or more.

Our country faces a choice – we can pay our debts and build for the future, or we can shirk our financial responsibilities and cripple our nation’s potential.

Our country has been good to us. It provided a foundation through which we could succeed. Now, we want to do our part to keep that foundation strong so that others can succeed as we have.

Please do the right thing for our country. Raise our taxes.
Thank you.”
A Letter written to Congress and the President by a group called “Patriotic Millionaires”

“I think that’s good for the world,. I actually think, over the long term, it’s [Australia’s draconian carbon tax] good for our economies, as well, because it’s my strong belief that industries, utilities, individual consumers — we’re all going to have to adapt how we use energy and how we think about carbon.”
B. Obama

“It is now the task of our generation to complete the economic and currency union in Europe and create, step by step, a political union."
Angela Merkel, Germany's Chancellor

"We face the threats from rising powers, China, India, others that we have to always be aware of, and try to make sure that we always have sufficient force protection out there in the Pacific to make sure they know we're never going anywhere,"
Leon Panetta, standing up for his gang

"While the political views of OccupyDallas vary greatly over the subject of current military deployments and actions in foreign countries, there is one message to Veterans that we all agree on: Thank You for your service. Today, we celebrate your bravery and stand up to show our appreciation.”
From the website,

“I’m not a believer in the Old Testament theory of business cycles. I think that if we can help people, we need to help people.”
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke ["Help" people by propping up zombie banks and businesses and lowering the value of individual's savings?  No thanks, we can do without your help, Benny.]

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