Saturday, February 25, 2017

Quotes of the Week

Enlightened insights taken from the past week’s reading:

"The State is like the cosmology of the primitive who scoffed at the explanation that the earth is in orbit around the sun.
'Everybody knows,' he explained, 'that the world rests on the back of a giant sea turtle.'
But when asked what that turtle stands upon, he answered, 'It is on the back of another turtle.'
When asked what the second turtle stands on, he answered, 'It’s quite simple. It’s turtles – turtles – turtles all the way down.'
In the State it’s lunatics – lunatics – lunatics all the way down."
Charles Goyette

"By waging endless wars abroad, by bringing the instruments of war home, by transforming police into extensions of the military, by turning a free society into a suspect society, by treating American citizens like enemy combatants, by discouraging and criminalizing a free exchange of ideas, by making violence its calling card through SWAT team raids and militarized police, by fomenting division and strife among the citizenry, by acclimating the citizenry to the sights and sounds of war, and by generally making peaceful revolution all but impossible, the government has engineered an environment in which domestic violence has become almost inevitable."
John W. Whitehead

"The surest defense against evil is extreme individualism, originality of thinking, whimsicality, even eccentricity. Evil is a sucker for solidarity. It always goes for big numbers, for confident granite, for ideological purity, for drilled armies and balance sheets."
Joseph Brodsky

"See, I don’t live in fear of other people. I might live in amusement watching them, granted, but I don’t live in fear of them. Therefore, the government selling me ideas based on fear isn’t going to impress me. I want to see what benefits me as far as keeping my own money, less government intrusion into my life, and not killing other people in my name across the planet. Be that as it may, I know the government is incapable of doing this because they’ve grown far too powerful politically, militarily, and economically. Thus, whatever the government says, I can always know that at some point, the real scam will be revealed given time."
Jack Perry

"Astoundingly, then, [Nancy] Pelosi and her fellow Progressives are correct: Trump’s [travel] ban is unconstitutional. But so is the entire regulatory and bureaucratic apparatus pertaining to immigration that the Feds — whether Dimocrats or Rethuglicans — have enshrined over the last 150 years."
Becky Akers

"High IQ doesn’t inoculate a person against ignorance, bias, wrong ideas, psychopathy or immoral behavior. IQ tests in part present people with puzzles to solve, and they can be tough mathematical or logical puzzles. Scoring high is no guarantee whatsoever that a person understands human behavior or understands his own problems and weaknesses or knows how to handle human situations or has a moral compass that’s suitable for being a leader or a person trusted with power."
Michael Rozeff

"But when it reaches the point that the spy state is essentially using its unconstitutional tools to engage in what amounts to 'opposition research' with the aim of election nullification, then the Imperial City has become a clear and present danger to American democracy and the liberties of the American people."
David Stockman

"Trump handily and fairly won a democratic election just three months ago. If he’s the devil, a wrecking ball that cannot be stopped by the other branches of government, then our entire constitutional system and its democratic mechanisms are defective. Why doesn’t the #neverTrump movement take its arguments to their logical conclusion, and insist an electorate that would install Donald Trump never be allowed to vote again or have any say in organizing society?
The reality is becoming clear, even as it remains uncomfortable for many: democracy is a sham that should be opposed by all liberty-loving people. Voting and elections confer no legitimacy whatsoever on any government, and to the extent a democratic political process replaces outright war it should be seen as only slightly less horrific."
Jeff Deist

"No dullness and clumsiness on the part of the masses can stop the pioneers of improvement. There is no need for them to win the approval of inert people beforehand. They are free to embark upon their projects even if everyone else laughs at them."
Ludwig Von Mises

"The reason [liberals] want to police humor is they can’t control it — because the one thing all authoritarians hate is the sound of laughter."
Milo Yiannopoulos

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