Friday, September 16, 2016

Quotes of the Week

Enlightened insights taken from the past week’s reading:

“Americans have redefined ‘steal.’ It now means, ‘Acquiring property from another person yourself rather than waiting for government to acquire it on your behalf.’ So long as the recipient doesn’t wind up in jail, he will eagerly accept anything politicians ‘redistribute’ to him from his family and friends.”
Becky Akers

“Realize you are very much okay with murdering nonviolent neighbors every time you vote for politicians that use armed agents with the option of deadly force to prevent nonviolent behaviors.”
David Gornoski

“Ruling elites have three basic ways to keep the subject population under their thumb: threaten, bribe, and bamboozle. Everything they do is a variant of one of these basic actions. So, if the lush, misleading overgrowth were cut away, all government activities could be undertaken by only three departments: the Department of Cops and Soldiers; the Department of Santa Claus; and the Department of Delusion.”
Robert Higgs

“Throughout the western world, ‘tolerance’ has become remarkably ‘intolerant,’ and ‘diversity’ demands ruthless conformity.”
Mark Steyn

“Why would an intelligent person in any country want to stand for and sing a ‘national anthem?’ How would such an act contribute to the well-being of someone who engaged in it?  Let me state, at the outset, that in all matters relating to my conduct, I am a firm agnostic when it comes to evaluating the conduct others expect me to follow. Consensus-based definitions of reality or propriety do not impress me. My mind will always insist upon  asking my favorite word in the English language – the word that children ask of the adults in their lives until they are forced to abandon its use – ‘why?’  If you would like me to follow a prescribed course of behavior, please inform me how my doing so would benefit me.”
Butler Shaffer

“The truth is we have more in common with people of different ethnicities and religions than we can possibly know in a totalitarian system drenched in the divisive propaganda of identity politics.”
Charles Hugh Smith

"Whenever you have a rebellion focused on the inherent ideals of freedom, totalitarian institutions struggle to intervene. The issue is, freedom is not only moral, but practical. Wherever true freedom exists, people are not only happier, but more productive and prosperous. It’s hard for a tyrant to fight a rebellion based on freedom because the idea is more powerful than any weapon or any form of treachery. No matter how advanced the tyranny is, and no matter how many rebels they imprison or kill, the idea of freedom endures.”
Brandon Smith

“The United States government cannot give what does not belong to it in the first place. Freedom is not the property of the United States government to give. And the only way they can take it away is through force and violence. I ask you, can a country call itself free if its government uses violence to deny freedom? Therefore, if anyone thinks that freedom comes from the United States government, he is mistaken.”
Jack Perry

“The whole military response to 9/11 has been an utter disaster. The costs have been astronomical. They are orders of magnitude in excess of all the lives lost on 9/11. For whom a disaster? For Iraqis. For those of us who treasure peace, justice, human life and rational behavior, George W. Bush chose an utterly senseless course of action. For those who like war, slaughter, creating misery, making war profits and getting military promotions and pensions, Bush did the right thing. And for people who like to lash out in revenge against anyone, even those who had nothing to do with a crime, Bush did the right thing. The lives lost on 9/11 could never be restored by attacking Iraq. Future terrorism acts could not be averted or prevented by attacking Iraq. In fact, in one way or another the consequence has been their augmentation.”
Michael Rozeff

“Privacy is the right to the self. Privacy is what gives you the ability to share with the world who you are, on your own terms. For them to understand what you’re trying to be. And to protect for yourself the parts of you you’re not sure about, that you’re still experimenting with. If we don’t have privacy, what we’re losing is the ability to make mistakes. We’re losing the ability to be ourselves.”
Edward Snowden

“It is in the free market that self-interest finds its finest expression; that is a cardinal point in individualism. If the market is regularly raided, by robbers or the government, and the safety of property is impaired, the individual loses interest in production, and the abundance of things men live by shrinks. Hence, it is for the good of society that self-interest in the economic sphere be allowed to operate without hindrance.”
Frank Chodorov

“The Constitution and Bill of Rights have no role in ‘creating’ rights. The Constitution itself is useful only insofar as it lays out the guidelines, structure, and organization of the government. It has no place dealing with anything else. 
Rights are extremely simple and bills of rights, constitutions, civics classes, etc. only serve to muddy the waters. They lead people into the confused belief that individuals or representatives or majorities can create rights by writing them down on a magical piece of paper.”
Ryan Miller

“When you hear the words ‘failed state,’ you may have noticed that the phrase is never applied to a capitalist society. There are good reasons for this.”
Gary North

“I grew up assuming the Soviet Union was simply part of the status quo. All of us grew up assuming the United Kingdom was part of the furniture. Why do we think the United States of America is etched in stone?”
Sanford Levinson

“My guess is she’s through. She ought to be through. Let her go into a sanitarium and stop killing people.”
Lew Rockwell, on the sickly Queen Killary

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