Sunday, December 25, 2011

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
“I would rather roam and idle about in a muddy ditch, at my own amusement, than to be put under the restraints that the ruler would impose. I would never take any official service, and thereby I will [be free] to satisfy my own purposes.
There has been such thing as letting mankind alone; there has never been such a thing as governing mankind [with success].” The world “does simply not need governing; in fact, it should not be governed.”
Chuang Tzu (369-286 B.C.)

“Fascism has no new ideas, no big projects, and not even its partisans really believe it can accomplish what it sets out to do. The world created by the private sector is so much more useful and beautiful than anything the State has done that the fascists have themselves become demoralized and aware that their agenda has no real intellectual foundation.”
Lew Rockwell

"In the long run even the most despotic governments with all their brutality and cruelty are no match for ideas. Eventually the ideology that has won the support of the majority will prevail and cut the ground from under the tyrant's feet. Then the oppressed many will rise in rebellion and overthrow their masters."
Ludwig von Mises

“A democratic, or republican, or constitutional state is basically a combined mass of individual powerless people, lacking in any natural or God-given or humane right to oppress anyone, who become powerful in the embrace of the state or as the state and then claim rights to do almost anything. In this embrace, the value of each person, which should be paramount and which necessarily includes that person's freedom, is suppressed and replaced by the value of the state. State education hasn't been abolished yet because most people value the state above the person. They'd rather have the state be paramount, even if individual persons are thwarted and crushed.”
Michael S. Rozeff

“Too bad order means accountability to the law. Too bad the State is accountable only to itself. Too bad an entity accountable only to itself is an inherently unaccountable entity. Too bad unaccountable means rogue and criminal. Too bad none of the minarchist strategies – ballot boxes, Bills of Rights, separation of powers – designed to make the State accountable have made it accountable to anybody but itself.”
Tony Pivetta

“The oligarchs think that the people are both dangerous and stupid. Their point is moot. But we do know that the oligarchs are a good deal more dangerous to the polity than the people at large."
Gore Vidal

“The decentralization of decision-making that is implicit in a system of privately-owned property provides another instance of the unity that inheres in apparent opposites. By distributing authority widely rather than narrowly, private property provides a greater flexibility allowing individuals to voluntarily join with others in concentrated communities in which they can choose to associate with others in pursuit of shared interests.”
Butler Shaffer

“Education is the process of a rational mind coming to healthy maturity, during which the individual adopts accurate conceptions of the world and its various functions. It is a process of self-empowerment, where each new piece of knowledge can be independently verified and remain logically consistent with all other information obtained earlier. It is a voluntary process, fueled only by the individual learner's inclination toward intrigue and choice to pursue understanding of the unfamiliar.
Indoctrination is a process of externally enforced self-degradation. Subjects are commanded exactly what to think. They are never taught how to rationally differentiate truth from illusion. Each new piece of information obtained is potentially a major danger to the subject, for the student is at the mercy of whoever happens to be the information enforcer for the day.”
Vahram G. Diehl.

“I have often thought that to be a Communist at the beginning of the twentieth century was possibly an intellectually defensible position looking at the scant history of the movement in power and practice yet one hundred years later this extreme form of collectivism should be universally reviled and is intellectually and morally indefensible; and here in 2009, not only are the same miserable failures and barbaric practices heralded but endorsed by no less than the President of this decaying country known as America.”
Bill Buppert

“The genius of modern democracy is that it makes the citizen a party to his own enslavement. Rather than give up 10% of his output to his feudal lord and master, he gives up 30% to 50% to his democratically-elected bosses. They tell him what to do. And he believes he is giving the orders!
And then, he believes he has discovered the best form of government in the world. It is so good he can’t wait to force others to be democrats too.”
Bill Bonner

“If you only like the term democracy because you want to enforce your will on others fewer in number or just less empowered, you’ll continually find yourself cutting deals with entrenched powers over whose numbers matter. If you want real democracy — power vested in the people — you should be interested in anarchism.”
Darian Worden

“The free market, and the free society in general, cannot be understood without also understanding their indispensable political, legal, and moral conditions. Freedom from government whim is one of those conditions, despite its inconvenience for those who lust after power.”
Sheldon Richman

“I look at the U.S. Postal Service and see the future of the Federal government. I have seen the future, and it is mostly junk mail.”
Gary North
From the Darkness:
“To those American citizens thinking about helping Al Qaeda, please know what will come your way: death, detention, prosecution. If you are thinking about plotting with the enemy inside our country to do the rest of us harm, please understand what is coming your way: the full force of the law.
The law I am talking about is the law of armed conflict. You subject yourself to being held as an enemy of the people of the United States, interrogated about what you know and why you did what you did or planned to do, and you subject yourself to imprisonment and death. The reason you subject yourself to that regime is because your decision to turn on the rest of us and help a group of people who would destroy our way of life is not something we idly accept. It is not a common, everyday crime. It is a decision by you to commit an act of aggression against the rest of us.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham

“Please know what will come your way: Death, detentions and prosecution. And when they say, ‘I want my lawyer,’ you tell them, shut up, you don’t get a lawyer.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, describing what life will be like after passage of the NDAA

“There is a fear that if we the [BATFE] get too big, it will infringe on gun rights, which is the furthest thing from the truth. Having strong firearms policies and laws is the best way to preserve gun rights.”
Dewey Webb, retiring head of the Houston division for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

“Well, the Ron Paul people are not going to like my saying this but to a certain degree it will discredit the Iowa caucuses because rightly or wrongly, I think most of the Republican establishment thinks he is not going to end up as the nominee, so therefore Iowa won't count."
Fox News Pundit Chris Wallace, discrediting in advance any Ron Paul electoral victories

“…We still are facing the problem of building such a world order. We have crises: we are facing problems of the environment, of backwardness and poverty, of food shortages. All of these problems are because we do not have a system of global governance. We are living in a global world. The political prerequisites for a global world do exist, they have been created. But we were not ready and we still have to learn to live in a global world. This is the No. 1 problem, and a lot depends on how countries like the United States will act, how Europe will behave, how Russia will behave.”
Mikhail Gorbachev, still a Bolshevik at age 80 [Don’t most people outgrow that ideology at about age 24?]

“People are going to look at who comes in second and who comes in third,. If [Mitt] Romney comes in a strong second, it definitely helps him going into New Hampshire and the other states.”
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, advising what people should do if Ron Paul wins the upcoming Iowa caucus.

“The most recent changes give the president additional discretion in determining how the law will be implemented, consistent with our values and the rule of law, which are at the heart of our country’s strength.”
Jay Carney, White House press secretary, on passage of the NDAA

"I have called on the Governor to bring in the National Guard. We are at war and when you’re at war, you have to bring in soldiers.”
Austin Badon Jr., Louisiana state lawmaker, reacting to soaring crime levels

“I am a law-enforcement officer. I want to put people in jail.”
ICE Special Agent William Ross

"The president went in based on intelligence that they [Iraq, in 2003] had weapons of mass destruction. Had he known that that was not the case, the U.N. would not have put forth resolutions authorizing this type of action, the president would not have been pursuing that course. But we did not know that."
Mitt Romney [Don't Mormons consider lying a sin?]

“That’s why I’m a cop, I can do whatever I want to do.”
Police officer Dayle Long, just before shooting and executing a man in a bar in Murrieta, CA while off duty.

“One of the things that we've learned from Vietnam is to separate the warriors from the war. You can be opposed to the war — you can disagree with the tactics and the political decision involved — but the individuals on the battle field are there protecting us."
Paul Spera, past commander in chief of the VFW [If the war is wrong, how can soldier boys be protecting us? If a war is wrong, how can I not blame those who are executing it? ]

"And let's say a [holiday] prayer for all our troops standing post all over the world, especially our brave men and women in Afghanistan who are serving, even as we speak, in harm's way to protect the freedoms and security we hold dear."
B. Obama, offering a blessing for his murdering assassins

"I have advised the Congress that I will not construe these provisions as preventing me from fulfilling my constitutional responsibility to recommend to the Congress's consideration such measures as I shall judge necessary and expedient."
B. Obama, in a signing statement after signing the 2012 omnibus funding bill, declaring he will pick and choose what provisions of the bill he will obey

“Even as we challenge it to be better, fairer and more honest, we still have to believe that democratic governance by the people, through their institutions, can and should exist. Like Santa Claus, democracy requires us to believe that collective faith can be greater than our individual doubts.”
Melissa Harris-Perry, MSNBC [Have faith, folks, that mob rule and collectivism will create a utopia.]

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