“The essence of all things political is force. The state has no power but that which it has taken from the people through brute force or deceit. In entrusting the protection of one's person to bureaucrats, one must first surrender the responsibility that one has to protect himself from harm. The instinct of self preservation is quite common in the animal kingdom, but to modern man, it has become an inconvenience to be shrugged off and handed over to the nanny state. In my humble opinion, anyone with so little self respect deserves whatever misery they invite upon themselves.”
“Al Qaeda didn’t hijack those planes because Osama bin Laden got an undercooked hamburger at a fast food joint, or because some big box chain store sold him a defective lawn chair.
They hijacked those planes by way of attempting to blackmail powerful politicians into doing things they don’t want to do by scaring their constituents into demanding it. Take the power away from the politicians and the tactic goes away with it.”
Thomas L. Knapp
“Instead of regarding torture as aberrant within the statist social configuration, a deviation from an otherwise open society of laws, we ought to acknowledge it as the inevitable denouement of a system that, across the board, takes violence as its means. For every problem faced by human beings, without exception, coercion is the state’s proposed solution; individuals are treated as disposable.”
“History’s most important lesson is that it has not been possible to make coercion compatible with truth.”
Yale law professor John H. Langbein
“Scratch a ‘progressive’ and you find a neocon with sandals. The attacks on the Judge [Andrew Napolitano] tell you all you need to know: they prefer the neocons to a consistent advocate of liberty. They attack the neocons now and again, to be sure, but not in the career-destroying mode they reserve for actual dissidents."
“…..Those of us who care about civilization must not become what we seek to oppose. We must not dismiss their humanity as they have been dismissing ours.”
“American liberty is measured inversely to the credit rating of the United States government.”
“Thanksgiving wasn’t made a national holiday until 1863. Then, it celebrated not the success of the American experiment, but the end of it.”
“Soldiers have difficulty with the notion of people, of citizens, of populations, who are mere impediments to the proper management of a swell war. The military longs for mechanized battle in which men in machines destroy other men in other machines, tank against tank, fighter plane against fighter plane, in a spirit of simple-minded adolescentt romanticism. You know, battle-scarred tanks growling across the Algerian desert, against a flaming red sunset burning out to night, desert wind blowing scarves of heroic etc. People don’t figure in this dream, which is why the results are so regularly dismal.”
“Yet, the fact remains that Government is a human organization, consisting of men who are exactly like the men they serve. That is, they too seek to satisfy their desires with the minimum of exertion, and they too are insatiable in their appetites. In addition to the run-of-the-mill desires that possess all men, Government personnel acquire one peculiar to their occupation: the adulation showered on them because they alone exercise coercion. They are people apart.
The honorifics that stem from the exercise of power arouse a passion for power, particularly with men whose capacities would go quite unnoticed in the marketplace, and the temptation is strong to expand the area of power; the negative function of protection is too confining for men of ambition. The tendency then in the world of officialdom is to assume a capacity for positive functions, to invade the marketplace, to undertake to regulate, control, manage, and manipulate its techniques.”
“To a consistently authoritarian mindset, a neighborhood is a mere administrative unit, not a community where individuals enrich each others’ lives through free association. Municipal authorities must keep everything under control.
State control is not a necessary precondition for social life, but is actually an intrusion into social life that actively cripples the development of free association and autonomy. The goal of safety through submission begins with ceding responsibility to agencies with little accountability, corrodes community in favor of conformity with the posted rules, and ends with life and liberty subjected to the mercy of the powerful.”
“Terrorism is the war of the poor, and war is the terrorism of the rich.”
“Leaking secrets only hurts lying, cheating, sneaking, backstabbing, double-dealing, two-timing hypocrites.
In other words, politicians.”
From the Darkness:
“Anytime anyone says anything libertarian, spit on them. Libertarians are by definition enemies of the state…. Like Communists before them, they are actively subverting the Constitution and the American Dream.”Mark Ames, The Nation
"As long as many of our sons and daughters and husbands and wives are at war, we've got to support their mission and honor their service."
B. Obama, promoting his hired assassins.
"We've got to do it as one people. And in the coming weeks and months, I hope that we can work together, Democrats and Republicans and independents alike, to make progress on these and other issues."
B. Obama, prmoting mob rule as as solution to the country’s economic problems.
“A lot of people fear artificial intelligence. I will stand by my artificial intelligence against your human any day of the week and tell you that my A.I. will pay more attention to the rules of engagement and create fewer ethical lapses than a human force.”
John Arquilla, executive director of the Information Operations Center at the Naval Postgraduate School, promoting the use of military combat robots.
“What is getting in the way of deeper cooperation with the U.S. military is that the Mexican military, political and intellectual leaders, abetted by U.S. intellectuals, still have their heads in the Mexican and American wars for the 19th century and the Cold War of the 20th. They talk of imperialism and hegemony — which are irrelevant today.”
Edward Schumacher-Matos,Washington Post columnist
“To be clear -- such [WikiLeaks] disclosures put at risk our diplomats, intelligence professionals, and people around the world who come to the United States for assistance in promoting democracy and open government."
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs [It looks like the government became much more “open” thanks to WikiLeaks.]
“The latest controversy over Transportation Security Administration body scans and enhanced body pat-downs leaves no doubt: America truly is a nation of whiners.
Yes, I've been through body scans. Yes, I've been patted down, not just at airports, but also covering political events. Yes, I've had to contend with the rare overbearing TSA worker who let the power go to his head. Are these searches intrusive? Sure, but they beat crossing the country in a covered wagon.”
Debra J. Saunders, San Francisco Chronicle
“I don’t know what the [WikiLeaks released] cables may say, but we’re at war. The world is getting dangerous by the day. People who do this are low on the food chain as far as I’m concerned. If you can prosecute them, let’s try.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham
“I do not believe for one second that Iran's nuclear activities are peaceful. Iran is still very much on a path to be able to develop nuclear weapons. We've actually been thinking about military options for a significant period of time. And I've spoken with many others, that we've had options on the table… And we will continue to do that in the future.”
US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen
“This is worse even than a physical attack on Americans, it’s worse than a military attack”
Rep. Peter King, on the latest WikiLeaks release
“The Second World War and the concept of rationing is something we need to seriously consider if we are to address the scale of the [climate change] problem we face.”
Kevin Anderson, Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
"This [WikiLeaks] disclosure is not just an attack on America’s foreign policy interests. It is an attack on the international community.”
"Pentagon spending comes first. Everything else comes second."
U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Dallas, showing his true allegience
"Whoever in our government leaked that [WikiLeaks released] information is guilty of treason, and I think anything less than execution is too kind a penalty.”
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee