Sunday, March 4, 2012

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
“Virtually every adult person contravenes the ubiquitous regulations of democratic government at many times in their life. And regardless of their actions, everyone living under unlimited democracy is treated as the property of the government, with rights that are disposable at the whims of the mob. Under democracy, everyone is subject to the rule of any group that can acquire large numbers and become adept at capturing political power.”
Ben O’Neill

“So called empirical knowledge supposedly based on scientific or academic fact is so much hooey. You can’t trust any of it. Oh, there’s truths in there, that’s not the point. It’s the abuse of truth that so permeates the supposed facts projected by the Powers That Be that’s the problem.”
Zen Gardner

“Class after class of American youth have been taught that Americans may kill other peoples to achieve American political aims and that this is good, for other peoples are children or savages or inept or ignorant or inferior, while the American ways are superior. Americans have in the past imagined themselves the reluctant killers and victors, without the aims of conquest of past civilizations. They have imagined themselves as the kind, generous, and beneficent empire while not counting those whom they have murdered. For America is good. It has a big heart. It may make mistakes, but its intent is noble. It has a good heart. These have been the myths cultivated in the breeding grounds of those who man the machinery of empire.”
Michael S. Rozeff

“Alas, surprising numbers of Constitutionalists who cry ‘Foul!’ at imperialism, the PATRIOT Act, the NDAA of 2012 and other violations actually urge the Feds to eviscerate the highest law of the land when it comes to immigration. Nothing in the Constitution empowers the central government to patrol the country’s borders – and let those who dispute that cite the article and clause supporting their position.
We who love liberty never echo the eugenicists and justify a man’s exercise of his freedom based on how valuable he is to society; gracious, were that our criteria, we’d immediately deport all politicians and bureaucrats! Liberty is the highest end, in and of itself; we need not earn it, regardless of where we were born, what language we speak, or what culture we embrace: the simple fact of our humanity entitles every one of us to it.”
Becky Akers

“The Christian should use peaceful means to persuade others to live as he does. The non-Christian should use peaceful means to persuade others to live as he does. However, the democratic State precludes such peaceful means. Instead of peacefully persuading others to live as he wishes while accepting the fact that many will not live as he wishes, the statist Christian aims to persuade enough people to pass a law which will compel everyone to live as the Christian wishes. And it never occurs to the statist Christian that forcing people against their will to live a Christian life is itself unChristian.”

“Our continued participation in this circus performance we call politics continues to feed the illusion of its legitimacy. By withdrawing our consent and participation in politics we may be freeing up considerable resources to apply toward the creation of a better world, while simultaneously helping to snuff out this energetic vampire that feeds heartily on our collective good will and positive energy.”
Dylan Charles

“The main difference between the feudal system of five hundred years ago and the feudal system that is developing in the First World today is that the packaging is more sophisticated. Instead of having identifiable kings whom we may all hate, we have the distraction of two political teams that we may "choose" between. While we praise the good guys (our preferred political party) and hope that they will vanquish the bad guys (the opposing political party), they are in fact one and the same, and they both work for the kings.”
Jeff Thomas

“Networks and other free associations run circles around authoritarian hierarchies. They’re more agile and react to situations more quickly. Because they are not divided among themselves by mutually exclusive interests, because they can trust each other, their local nodes and individual members are free to react to emergent situations on their own initiative and take up promising innovations from other nodes without having to follow endless bureaucratic rules and standard operating procedures in order to get permission to act.”
Kevin Carson

“The mortal enemies of the superclass are those people who have a seven-word offer: ‘I can sell it to you cheaper.’”
Gary North

“Countries whose politicians have been able to squander ever larger amounts of a nation's resources have not only failed to make the world more fair, the concentration of more resources and power in these politicians' hands has led to results that were often counterproductive at best, and bloodily catastrophic at worst.”
Thomas Sowell

“Human beings have not, can not, and never will live in harmony with nature. Our prosperity and health depend on technology driven by energy. We exercise our intelligence to command nature, and were admonished by Francis Bacon to exercise our dominion with ‘sound reason and true religion.’ When we are told that our primary energy source, oil, is ‘making us sick,’ or that we are ‘addicted’ to oil, these are only the latest examples of otherwise rational persons descending into gibberish after swooning to the lure of the Noble Savage. This ignorant exultation of the primitive can only lead us back to the Stone Age.”
David Deming
From the Darkness:
“If and when American power declines, the institutions and norms that American power has supported will decline, too. Or more likely, if history is a guide, they may collapse altogether as we make a transition to another kind of world order, or to disorder. We may discover then that the U.S. was essential to keeping the present world order together and that the alternative to American power was not peace and harmony but chaos and catastrophe – which is what the world looked like right before the American order came into being.”
Robert Kagan, justifying American genocide and imperialism

"Our brave servicemembers have done all that we could have asked them for and more in Afghanistan.”
Elizabeth Warren, candidate for Sena-Gangster from Massachusetts [That's the problem.]

“I did always feel in my heart that God had big plans for Rick. Eventually it was there, tugging at my heart. When Obamacare passed, that was it. That put the fire in my belly.”
Karen Santorum, wife of the Dictator wannabe

“I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute. The idea that the church can have no influence or no involvement in the operation of the state is absolutely antithetical to the objectives and vision of our country.”
Rick Santorum historical ignoramus and candidate for US Dictator

"Too many states are making cuts that I think are too big. Budgets are by choice, so today I'm calling on all of you: invest more in education, invest more in our children." B. Obama [Government budgets are by “choice.” I choose zero. How soon will that take effect?]
“We're not going to let the events of the past week [in Afghanistan], which are regrettable and unfortunate and tragic, influence the long-horizon view that we're taking.”
Pentagon press secretary George Little, staying the course in the wake of violence over the burning of Qurans by the US mililtary [Typical state response- Why should still more failure change our course of action?]

“Abortion is largely accepted even for reasons that do not have anything to do with the fetus' health. By showing that (1) both fetuses and newborns do not have the same moral status as actual persons, (2) the fact that both are potential persons is morally irrelevant and (3) adoption is not always in the best interest of actual people, the authors argue that what we call ‘after-birth abortion’ (killing a newborn) should be permissible in all the cases where abortion is, including cases where the newborn is not disabled.”
The abstract from a paper entitled, “After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?” by Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva

“People [banks] won’t settle with us if they have to admit wrongdoing because it opens them to liability in civil damages lawsuits.”
Mary Shapiro, SEC Chairwoman [Duh.]

"Based on definitions of war criminal and crimes against humanity, there would be an argument to be [Assad of Syria] made that he would fit into that category."
Queen Hillary

"I would not agree with the premise that the drug war is a failure. It is a continuing effort to keep our peoples from becoming addicted to dangerous drugs."
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano [Stay the course to still more failure!]

"Suffocating sanctions could lead to a grave economic situation in Iran and to a shortage of food. This would force the regime to consider whether the nuclear adventure is worthwhile, while the Persian people have nothing to eat and may rise up as was the case in Syria, Tunisia and other Arab states The Western world led by the United States must implement stifling sanctions at this time already, rather than wait or hesitate. In order to suffocate Iran economically and diplomatically and lead the regime there to a hopeless situation, this must be done now, without delay."
From an unnamed source in the Israeli government [If you can't kill them all with bombs, you can always starve them to death.]

“It is past time to acknowledge the immense injustice toward other species represented by climate change and other human assaults on the biosphere and to reform our environmental ethics and behavior accordingly.
Ending human population growth is almost certainly a necessary (but not sufficient) condition for preventing catastrophic global climate change. Indeed, significantly reducing current human numbers (emphasis added) may be necessary in order to do so.”
Philip Cafaro, Colorado state university professor, calling for still more human genocide

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