Sunday, October 31, 2010

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
“For the sake of living honestly, peacefully, and in a condition of liberty, let us turn our minds inwardly, like a mirror, so that we may reflect upon the creative capacities that lie within us, through which we inwardly construct our images of the world. Let us acknowledge the complementary nature of our minds: that we can subjectively comprehend and act upon the universe without, at the same time, having our understanding precisely correlate with the world in which we live. Let us have the humility to recognize that we are generally able to function well in a complicated universe in spite of never having complete and certain knowledge. Let us recognize that one who believes in a flat-earth, geocentric world can still farm a good field of wheat; and that a man who rejects your moral philosophy may still be a good neighbor.”
Butler Shaffer

“The whole green, planned economy is one giant racket to propagandize you about your social responsibilities and take control of your lifestyle and tell you how you must live by making you feel guilty for living, breathing, and existing, and therefore zapping the precious earth of its resources to sustain your miserable life. Meanwhile, the green planners all live an exalted and affluent lifestyle while individuals continue to sacrifice for the benefit of their masters.”
Karen DeCoster

“The ruling élite has an absurd, unfounded faith in its own abilities but none at all in those of ordinary people acting in our own self-interest.”
Jim Davies

“We know from history and literature that the state not only brings out the worst in human beings, it carefully cultivates and promotes it. Accordingly, we have a representative government in a so-called peaceful republic that churns ever-increasing destruction around the global chessboard with the compulsion of a level five hoarder – and there’s not a thing any American can do about it.”Karen Kwiatkowski

"Every [political] candidate is one of two things, a profoundly ignorant fool, or a knowledgeable sociopath."
David Calderwood

“If the government perceives you as a threat to the class interests and the system of power it upholds, you don’t need to be ‘doing anything wrong.’ It will make something up.”
Kevin Carson

"Secular religions are in fact dependent on major motifs of the Judeo-Christian traditions. They all involve the notion of Creation, the fall into sinfulness, a prospect for redemption or salvation. And they all view their own movement as a company of those who are going to be the agents of redemption."
Max L. Stackhouse

“There is no real way to separate ‘social issues’ from ‘economic issues‘. It is only about liberty. Liberty is completely entangled and inseparable. It is a tapestry that is damaged by trying to pull out any one thread as an exception. Violations of your ‘social rights’ are also violations of your ‘economic rights‘, and vice versa. To pretend there is a dichotomy is dishonest and is only of benefit to those who wish to rule and enslave others. Don't fall for it. Don't vote.”
Kent McManigal

“There is some warrant for the belief that a better social order would ensue when the individual is responsible for it and, therefore, responsive to its needs. He no longer has the law or the lawmakers to cover his sins of omission; need of the neighbors' good opinion will be sufficient compulsion for jury duty and no loopholes in a draft law, no recourse to 'political pull' will be possible when danger to his community calls him to arms. In his private affairs, the now-sovereign individual will have to meet the dictum of the marketplace: produce or you do not eat; no law will help you. In his public behavior he must be decent or suffer the sentence of social ostracism, with no recourse to legal exoneration. From a law-abiding citizen he will be transmuted into a self-respecting man.”
Frank Chodorov

“By voting and campaigning you are legitimizing the state. You are essentially saying that it is the job of the state to solve the problem of the state.”
Mike P.

“It is ideas that group men into fighting factions, that press the weapons into their hands, and that determine against whom and for whom the weapons shall be used. It is they alone, and not arms, that, in the last analysis, turn the scales.”
Ludwig von Mises

“Think ‘China.’ Think ‘Russia.’ Then think back to Mao and Stalin. If those two concentration camps could collapse without armed resistance or a lost war, don't tell me about the inevitability of tyranny.”
Gary North
From the Darkness:
"It has been a driving force for us, a guiding principle for us over the last seven years of this conflict to do everything in our power - perhaps more than any other military in the history of the world has ever done - to minimize civilian casualties."
Geoff Morrell, Pentagon press secretary

"These [high-tech body scanners] machines represent an important way to stay ahead of the ever-evolving threat that faces the aviation industry.
Those who read the images are not actually physically at the gate, so they cannot associate an image with an individual person at all. And the machines are set so that no image is retained.”
Lying Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who refused to go through the machines herself

“We hear it day in and day out: the government sucks, federal employees are lazy and their positions are redundant. It’s time to turn the tables and remind the world that government employees just happen to be people — people that don’t suck. Government workers are a lot of cool cats who work hard, listen to good music and watch [Jon] Stewart’s `The Daily Show,’ but that’s all after they’ve spent a whole day keeping the country running.”
Steve Ressler, founder of GovLoop (a social networking Web site for public servants) and organizer of a “We Don’t Suck” rally and march in Washington

“The federal government is probably less intrusive now than it was 30 years ago.”
B. Obama

"Give the new U.S. Cyber-Command a chance to prove its worth by ordering it to electronically assault WikiLeaks and any telecommunications company offering its services to this organization."
Christian Whiton, Faux News

"Tolerance does not require that you give up your hatred. It just tells you how to act when you hate. Not good enough.  It is time that we teach people how not to hate."
Dr. Scott Hampton, Director of an organization called "Ending The Violence"

"If that continues [questioning the validity of global warming], business as usual as our leaders in Washington say is OK for us to do, we will have extincted 70% of the species on the planet by the end of the century. There are people who in my view criminally doubt some of the science I agree, criminally, I agree with that.
People, we need to evolve mentally and philosophically to something that has never existed before. We need to become techno-indigenous people of an entire Earth, not of a nation, not of a state, but of a planet."
James Cameron, movie director

"All those times that I'd carried a gun as a teenager had been for shit, My friends at the time and I were prepared to shoot and get shot at over girls, cars, money, or something as stupid as the way somebody looked at us.... But my Marine buddies and I carried weapons to defend our nation against its enemies. We, like millions who came before us, used the awesome might of America's military power for liberation, not conquest.... Terrorists knowingly and intentionally target civilians, people who never signed up for battle or chose to enter a military conflict. But every Ninja-pajama-wearing motherfucker who ambushed us that day had entered the battlefield with the full and complete knowledge of the consequences."
Marco Martinez, Iraq war veteran and USG terrorist, from his memoir, "Hard Corps"
“The economy, weighed down by the debt that households ran up during the Bush-era bubble, is in dire straits; deflation, not inflation, is the clear and present danger. And it’s not at all clear that the Fed has the tools to head off this danger. Right now we very much need active policies on the part of the federal government to get us out of our economic trap.
But we won’t get those policies if Republicans control the House. In fact, if they get their way, we’ll get the worst of both worlds: They’ll refuse to do anything to boost the economy now, claiming to be worried about the deficit, while simultaneously increasing long-run deficits with irresponsible tax cuts — cuts they have already announced won’t have to be offset with spending cuts.
So if the elections go as expected next week, here’s my advice: Be afraid. Be very afraid.”
Paul Krugman, NY Times fear monger.

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