Sunday, September 25, 2011

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
“Ask yourself this: ten years into the post-9/11 era, haven't we had enough of ourselves? If we have any respect for history or humanity or decency left, isn't it time to rip the Band-Aid off the wound, to remove 9/11 from our collective consciousness? No more invocations of those attacks to explain otherwise inexplicable wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and our oh-so-global war on terror. No more invocations of 9/11 to keep the Pentagon and the national security state flooded with money. No more invocations of 9/11 to justify every encroachment on liberty, every new step in the surveillance of Americans, every advance in pat-downs and wand-downs and strip downs that keeps fear high and the homeland security state afloat."
Tom Engelhardt

“And so it is that while the world is dominated by the human ape, the species is greatly hindered in its progress by stupid monkeys. Let anywhere near the levers of power, it is a certainty these stupid monkeys will start pulling madly, and keep pulling even as the machine begins to shudder and smoke.”
David Galland

“I am pro-peace, anti-government, pro-people, pro-freedom, pro-liberty, and pro-privacy. If this makes me a radical, then so be it. If it makes you uncomfortable, ask yourself why. I am anti-government because of the brutality, blood, and murder done on behalf of what is supposedly ‘us.’ I will not condone it no matter what you say.”
Shaun Lee

“Ending the federal government allows people more freely to live their lives. This includes more freely arranging their health, education, welfare, security, economy, and jobs as they see fit. That this freedom will improve most people’s lives is a proposition that has been known for centuries. It is a proposition that is still fairly widely known. It may even be known by a majority of persons, at least at some times and in some places. Remarkably, it is also one of the most ignored propositions when it comes to governing.”
Michael S. Rozeff

"If taxation without consent is robbery, the United States government has never had, has not now, and is never likely to have, a single honest dollar in its treasury.

If taxation without consent is not robbery, then any band of robbers have only to declare themselves a government, and all their robberies are legalized."
Lysander Spooner

“And although in truth the anti-authority proposition of the anarchist, put to the test, would shake the existing order (if we can really call it such) at its foundations, it wouldn’t be in the way most people likely expect. Authority is, in its essence and in the anarchist conception, the enemy and antithesis of liberty, an imposition against the natural autonomy of the individual, her judgments and her conscience.”
David D'Amato

“Every ‘political’ solution consists of coercion and aggression. Yet voters never ask their candidate of choice, ‘Why, exactly, should I want to let you forcibly control me?’”
Larken Rose

“This is the great weakness in any political system: 'government' is based on the idea that some individual or organization is awarded power than no human being should possess-- the power to kill, to declare war, to steal, to defraud, to counterfeit.
All of these powers are considered immoral by man, but perfectly acceptable for government... and no matter how much they dress it up as being good for the people, any political system makes full use of its authority in order to maintain the status quo and keep the ruling elite in power.
This is why advocating for political change, while virtuous and noble in deed, is ultimately a wasted effort. Power-hungry megalomaniacs and their sycophantic yes-men will always rise to the top, conning the masses along the way that 'change is coming'. It's all a big snow job.”
Simon Black

“The ‘right’ and the ‘left’ are both equally evil, differing only in the way that evil is put into motion. It all comes down to slavery vs. liberty, theft vs. honest possession, and truth vs. deception.”
Kent McManigal

“Government is significantly different from anything else in society. It is the only institution that can legally threaten and initiate violence; that is, under color of law its officers may use physical force, up to and including lethal force — not in defense of innocent life but against individuals who have neither threatened nor aggressed against anyone else.
Given this unique feature, then, why isn’t everyone wary of the State? Whether or not one thinks it’s necessary, it’s dangerous by its very nature, and we ought to assume it will remain so no matter how many paper checks and balances and bills of rights are thought to contain it.”
Sheldon Richman

“Once a population internalizes that authorities have the power to coerce, few will experience actual coercion because passive submission avoids it. Excessive government control ultimately leads to a psychological change in the people of a nation.”
F.A. Hayek’s

“America was a great idea. That idea died decades ago. What has slithered in, in its place, is the worst parts of all the worst forms of government.”
Jeff Berwick
From the Darkness:
“We saw [Egyptian] President [Hosni] Mubarak fall while President Obama sat on his hands. And we’ve also seen now the rise of radical elements all across the Middle East region.”
Michelle Bachmann, showing her love of brutal dictators

"This is not class warfare -- it's math."
B. Obama, on is proposed massive tax increase on the wealthy

"Modernizing our aging ... fighter force depends on the fifth generation capabilities of the Joint Strike Fighter. Simply put, there is no alternative to the F-35 program. It must succeed."
Air Force Secretary Michael Donley, defending the production of a useless jet

"I would hope that any tax-paid school will say the Pledge of Allegiance, and frankly I'd wonder whether taxpayers ought to subsidize it if it's not going to teach people how to be patriotic and how to be pro-American."
Newt Gingrich

“Now, obviously, [Tony] Bennett's comments about 9/11 — even though they're not very different than the things Ron Paul says all the time — are going to cause an uproar. But before everyone freaks out and storms Bennett's castle with pitchforks and torches, we'd like to point out that he's 85 years old, and therefore is pretty old, and old people are allowed to say whatever crazy shit they want.”
Dan Amira,, commenting on Bennett’s claim that USG created blowback led to 9/11

“We’ve had too many of our troops spending too much of their time painting schools and digging wells. They should be allowed to focus on killing Islamic extremists who want us all to die.”
Mike Huckabee

"What Greece needs at this particular point in time is a military junta that would not have to worry about its popularity and could use tanks to enforce some order among strikers and rioters."
Jussi Halla-aho, an MP for the populist True Finns party in Finland

"I encourage everyone I know to never travel to Georgia, never buy anything made in Georgia, to never do business in Georgia."
Michael Moore, urging collective punishment on people residing within the arbitrary boundaries claimed by the Georgia State Criminals who executed Troy Davis [Davis’ appeal was also rejected by a US District Judge. Using Moore’s reasoning, the entire US should then be boycotted.]

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