Saturday, April 15, 2017

Quotes of the Week

Enlightened insights taken from the past week’s reading:

"From the Mises’s perspective, then, the solution to the immigration problem is not to legislate some vague, ad hoc right to the 'freedom of movement' between existing fixed-boundary states. Rather, it is to complete the laissez-faire liberal revolution and secure private property rights by providing for the continual redrawing of state boundaries in accordance with the right of self-determination and the nationality principle. Then — and only then — can the continual and wealth-creating reallocation of labor throughout the world required by a dynamic capitalist economy be peacefully accommodated without precipitating political conflict."
Joseph T. Salerno

"History has shown that democratic elections don't guarantee an uncorrupt, functional government. Rather, democracy has become the public-relations stamp of approval for corrupt governance that runs roughshod over individual liberty while centralizing the power to enforce consent, silence critics and maintain the status quo."
Charles Hugh Smith

"Once we unmask the morality of criminal politics, we see a sophisticated process of using words and phrases to force upon us a social and moral ethic of conformity. In fact, our standard of mental health is nothing more than our complete submission to conformity. If we translate further, conformity means yielding to the morality of government authority without question. The 'national interest' is a monopoly of demagogues and powercrats."
Bob Livingston

"Leftist ideology depends upon thought control and manipulation in order to remain relevant. Because their values are not based in logic or self examination, they don’t have the ability to win people over through compelling arguments; all they have are lies and force. When in power, they use the force of government. When out of power, they use the threat of the mob. If tribalism and the non-aggression principle were to thrive, the leftists in their current form would present a failed group and fade away."
Brandon Smith

"Complexity – which reflects the architecture of life itself – has an inner volatility that makes uncertainty a constant, and the institutional order cannot abide question marks. Change occurs because life fluctuates and is not static; it achieves equilibrium only in death."
Butler Shaffer

"Government buying things isn’t 'demand' anymore than one is a 'customer' of the IRS. Whatever 'demand' is created, is artificial – dependent on wealth transfer, on the coercive power of the government. It is the same sort of 'demand' that built the Volga canal in Stalin’s Soviet Union."
Eric Peters

"Open borders are supported by vaguely warm-hearted appeals to those who think with their glands. There are probably 500 million Indians, as many Chinese, hundreds of millions of Africans, more Muslims, and several hundred million Latin Americans who would like to emigrate to the United States. The question for Social Justice Warriors is how many of these should be admitted–none, all, or a specific.
Anyone who makes noises in favor of immigration should answer this question as otherwise, he will be engaging in mere moral posing. But to choose one number is to exclude another number. Not inclusive, that."
Fred Reed

"Excuse me, but are people 'more' dead if they’re killed by chemical weapons, as opposed to incinerated by napalm or disemboweled by shrapnel? It’s almost like as long as a government kills people with the proper weapons, it’s all good. But use the wrong one, and here comes the world saying how unfair it is. Again, excuse me, but has anyone happened across the common denominator in the use of military weapons, be they conventional or NBC? That would be: Government. See, only a government or someone aspiring to be one has those kinds of weapons."
Jack Perry

"While the State is a pernicious and coercive collectivist concept, the 'nation' may be and generally is voluntary. The nation properly refers, not to the State, but to the entire web of culture, values, traditions, religion, and language in which the individuals of a society are raised. It is almost embarrassingly banal to emphasize that point, but apparently many libertarians aggressively overlook the obvious."
Murray Rothbard

"Such is its majesty… that a lowly judge can snap his fingers at the president of the United States… and tell him he can’t deny a Syrian’s request to visit Des Moines…
And the President obeys him.
But that same president can make war on Syria itself — without anyone’s permission at all!"
Brian Maher

"The more common the culture the less demand for 'government.' Why do you think western governments work so hard to destroy culture?"
Bionic Mosquito

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