Sunday, September 26, 2010

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
“The conversion of personality differences into psychiatric disorders, and the forced medication of children, is a dangerous trend. It is but a short step to extend these laws to adults who have a pattern of ‘negativistic, defiant, disobedient and hostile behavior toward authority figures'.”
Mark Nestmann

"The risible idea that public servants share the burden of government when public servants are the burden of government is yet another ideological scale that the libertarian must remove from the eyes of the masses so that they can see the truth. The truth as classic libertarian class analysis demonstrates is that the State divides the people into two classes: tax payers and tax consumers. Tax payers are those who produce and exchange in the market. Tax consumers are those who live off of the production of those who exchange in the market. And without a clear delineation between who is a tax payer and who is a tax consumer, the tax payers will never see that they are the exploited class. They will never realize that the tax consumers live off of their production and that the tax consumers composing the ruling class uses tax payers own resources to crush their freedoms. Instead the tax payers will continue to think that their rulers are actually on equal standing with them."

“If you believe in democracy, or a collective will, then you must believe that you are personally responsible every time there is an instance of police brutality, dead civilians in Afghanistan, or innocent deaths due to botched drug raids. If you do not believe you are responsible, then you must accept the logical correlate that there is no such thing as a ‘collective will,’ and that democracy is merely a meaningless tool used by the majority to trample on the rights of the minority.”
Jenn Chou

“The only real answer to the economic malaise is to stop asking the government to create jobs in the first place. Real jobs can only be created by individuals agreeing to exchange their labor and capital by mutual, voluntary consent. The use of force cannot create a job any more than it can create freedom, either here or anywhere else in the world.”
Tom Mullen

“Out of power, the Republican Party preaches Ron Paul-style libertarianism. In power, the party practices Martin Feldstein-style military Keynesianism and military socialism — and Hank Paulson-style financial sector Keynesianism and socialism.”
Michael Lind, Salon

“If the ‘pubic schools’ are the reproductive organs of The State, then ‘law enforcement’ is the reptilian brain. It is the primitive aggressive reactionary part. The non-thinking bestial mind. And it is always over-stimulated with an excess of testosterone and adrenaline. It sees the normal people as ‘the enemy‘. Guilt to be determined later. Without this ‘organ’ the cruel and twisted desires of the Rulers would go nowhere.”
Kent McManigal

“Ethical ideas and actions that are associated with freedom are the very antithesis of a coercive system. The valuators of ideas and actions in a government-run society are the government officials, those that Aristophanes referred to as men of brass, and by necessity they must undervalue freedom in order to drive it out of circulation. Coercion is the coin of the government's idea and action realm. It does its best to polish up this base metal token into something respectable looking, but whatever thin, shiny veneer is applied, the core remains coercive violence.”

“Americans have to learn that the government isn't "us." It's an entity that has its own interests, its own life, its own agenda. It views citizens as milk cows – or perhaps even beef cows – strictly as a means to its ends.”
Doug Casey

“If you begin with a skeptical attitude toward the government, watching and thinking can lead to a radicalization and ultimate embrace of a consistent opposition to government involvement. This is why election season always ends up creating a huge flood of new libertarians who buy books, feel the inspiration to get active (perhaps for the first time), and dedicate themselves to reducing the power of the state in whatever way they can.”
Lew Rockwell

“An American Police State was inevitable once Americans let 'their' government get away with 9/11. Americans are too gullible, too uneducated, and too jingoistic to remain a free people.”
Paul Craig Roberts

“The notion that men and women died to defend our freedoms can only be correct if one considers those very few who have died fighting against our own federal government’s encroachment against liberty. ……Those who fight in wars are defending and serving the government, and therefore are harming freedom, not protecting it.”
Gary Barnett

“It is important to remember that government interference always means either violent action or the threat of such action. ……The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning. Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.”
Ludwig Von Mises

“Profit is vital to human well-being. Profit is the payment to entrepreneurs just as wages are payments to labor, interest to capital and rent to land. In order to earn profits in free markets, entrepreneurs must identify and satisfy human wants and do so in a way that economizes on society's scarce resources.”
Walter Williams

“So now we have both the establishment left and right working in concert to stifle the steadfast American tradition of dissent. The right will be cordial, the left will laugh and the criminals in our government will have nice quiet streets to travel down as they take this country straight to Hell.”
Keith Johnson
From the Darkness:
“Libertarian rule would make litigation a growth industry, because without regulations to keep businesses in check, citizens will be suing each other left and right over tainted eggs, sticky gas pedals and a very slippery Gulf of Mexico.”
Mark Dalton, [“Libertarian rule” is one of the better oxymorons I’ve heard in some time.]

"Any dictatorship would be better than modern democracy. There cannot be so incompetent dictator, that he would show more stupidity than a majority of the people. Best dictatorship would be one where lots of heads would roll and government would prevent any economical growth."
Pentti Linkola, Finnish environmentalist

"The next step could be to use (real-time) information as the basis for centralizing the calculation and deduction of tax."
From a proposal by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs in the UK proposing that employers hand over employee salaries to the government first.

“I’d do some things that would be worse than the death penalty. Because it wouldn’t happen in a second. I would slowly torture them.’’
Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, reacting to brutal a killing earlier this month of a pizza deliveryman. [The state doesn't like competition when it comes to dishing out pain, torture, and death.]

"Whether it’s climate change, whether it’s population growth, whether it’s all these factors that impact the health of our world, raising that awareness early among young people is only going to promote the agenda. It’s going to raise that awareness of climate change that, in turn, I think, can make them stewards, stakeholders in policy changes we have to make to try to address climate change going forward and so, another wonderful result that you can yield if you do this environmental education.”
Rep. John Sarbanes, calling for schools and centers of education to "promote the agenda" of climate change and the idea that unfettered population growth is killing the planet.

"We're starting to see some signs of progress. With the right strategy and the right resources and the right leadership, you know, we're starting to move forward."
Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, admitting the last nine years of killing Afghans has accomplished nothing.

“Sentiment [towards the Obama regime] has turned very sour in the last three or four or five months. I hope we get over it pretty soon, because it’s not productive. We will come back regardless of how people feel about Washington, but it is not helpful to have people as unhappy as they are about what’s going on in Washington.”
Warren Buffet, statist boob.

“A new strain of populism is metastasizing before our eyes, nourished by the same libertarian impulses that have unsettled American society for half a century now. Anarchistic like the Sixties, selfish like the Eighties, contradicting neither, it is estranged, aimless, and as juvenile as our new century. It appeals to petulant individuals convinced that they can do everything themselves if they are only left alone, and that others are conspiring to keep them from doing just that.”
Mark Lilla, bigoted eltitist, writing for the New York Review of Books.

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