Saturday, March 11, 2017

Quotes of the Week

Enlightened insights taken from the past week’s reading:

"Bureaucratic tyranny, a ruling oligarchy and Deep State power are as nefarious in the United States as in any so-called communist country. It is just more sophisticated and the media plus the public school system has sold the U.S. brand of communism as democracy."
Bob Livingston

"War is a racket, but it’s also an ingrained American habit. War is embedded in the American economy and politics. It’s embedded in the American psyche and way of life. War is accepted, nay, welcomed in some dark corner of the hearts that deny it and affirm love of peace. If it isn’t one war, it’s another. War is virtually the poisonous breath of American life. If it isn’t a military war, then it’s some other war or crusade. War is regarded as something that will conquer fear."
Michael Rozeff

"Communism is tyranny in the name of destroying the strong in order to make room for the weak. Fascism is tyranny in the name of destroying the weak to make room for the strong.
It is these two political extremes that the elites have used over the past century to dominate geopolitical outcomes." 
Brandon Smith

"There should be no doubt that the life of the state depends on the death of kinship and traditional culture; this is why the state works so hard to destroy it.
There will be something that holds society together beyond respect for property.  Libertarians who avoid this avoid fundamental human nature; we have no choice on this matter.  The only question that remains: what shall be that something?
I suggest kinship and culture.  Legislation from afar and by strangers (if not enemies) has proven neither stable nor favorable toward peace."
Bionic Mosquito

"These are death cults, both fascism and socialism, and kissing cousins when it comes to degrees of government supremacism in human affairs. These tend to strongman personality cults where masses of otherwise sentient beings forego building their own lives to letting psychopaths inform their every life decision."
Bill Buppert

"It’s time to face facts and abandon partial solutions. The federal monster, created by the states, is loose, wrecking all in its path. If [Texas] go at Washington with the 10th amendment, they won’t be impressed, and will do their best to make life miserable for Texans. The only way to deal with this monster is to unmake it, at least as far as Texas is concerned. And why not? At this point, Texas needs Washington like an oak needs termites. If we assert our right to leave the union for interfering with our sovereignty, a right remanded to the states in COTUS and claimed in the Texas Constitution, then we can build our own nation free from interference from the Potomac, making our own decisions on how to govern. Forgive the 80’s film reference, but the only way to win at the federal power game is not to play."
Daniel Miller

"What we have now is a self-serving virtue-signaling' technocrat class that works for a self-serving political/financial elite that avoids the imperial burdens of military service and taxes while imposing what amounts to an economic military conscription on the working class. This Imperial elite sends these military conscripts around the globe to defend their Imperial interests.Virtue-signaling doesn't signal virtue--it signals decline and collapse. Just as in 5th century Rome--an empire careening toward collapse--those reaping the gains are complacently confident in their moral superiority while their hubris-soaked intellectual sclerosis blinds them to the systemic banquet of consequences that will soon choke their precious self-serving status quo."
Charles Hugh Smith

"Once the champion of the working class, the left now champions Identity Politics. Trump’s goal of jobs for the working class leaves the leftwing cold. The left wants to destroy the 'Trump deplorables,' which the left describes as 'racist, misogynist, homophobic, gun nuts.' In Identity Politics, every identity is a victim except the oppressor identity—white heterosexual males."
Paul Craig Roberts

"Because government action, with its one-size-fits-all 'solutions,' typically crowds out private actions, government failing to act clears the field for a multitude of private persons, each spending their own money, to act. With lots of private citizens experimenting with ways to address problems, the chances of creatively and successfully addressing those problems will be far greater than if only government is 'doing' something."
Donald J.Boudreaux

"The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design."
F. A. Hayek

"Democracy hasn't turned politicians into decent human beings; it's only gilded their age-old power lust with altruistic hypocrisy."
Bryan Caplan

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