Sunday, January 29, 2012

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
"People who want to have the freedom to 'do their own thing' should not tolerate legal prohibitions on their chosen lifestyles (so long as these lifestyles do not involve violence against others). But they must also bear in mind that true freedom includes the freedom of others to refuse to deal with them, to make adverse judgments of their actions or ideas, to discriminate against them, and even to dislike or despise them. Unless and until this kind of freedom is widely accepted, no one will genuinely be free to do his own thing."
Ben O'Neill

"You can pick any singular political issue and ask any statist member of the general public why they support a State solution to the given political issue and you will always find the emotional states of fear or greed driving their decision to advocate the use of violence against their neighbor. Typically what you’ll find are people who project their own fear or greed onto others, which results in their calls for violence."
Michael Suede

"Like all governments, the new American government was just a legal fiction with believers, although it did allow the 'terrorists,' 'insurrectionists,' or 'rebels' to see themselves as a separate nation. If you make your own laws, I suppose you become, by that fact, legitimate. A change in perception by people with weapons can result in changed reality."
Doug Casey

"The death of the state is no more scary or dangerous than the death of the idea that the earth is flat."
David S. D'Amato

“Freedom is not only as moral as governmental slavery is immoral, it is as practical as government is impractical.”
Morris and Linda Tannehill

“Freedom had been hunted round the globe; reason was considered as rebellion; and the slavery of fear had made men afraid to think. But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.”
Thomas Paine

“The government is barbarism and not civilization. Much like the moral amnesia that allowed slavery to thrive for five millenia, mankind has been hoodwinked, cajoled and coerced into thinking the state is the only way to organize society and any other notion makes you an outlaw. How many times have you ever questioned the veracity of a law in polite conversation only to hear that must be the way of the world and there is no other method?
There is no greater moral government and there is no greater injustice than denying a man his self-ownership.”
Bill Buppert

“We should adhere to the age old practice of common courtesies . . . but never blindly obey the orders of those who do not obey the precepts of moral justice.”
Philip A Farruggio

“How many wars go on in the minds of these people? A harmless plant, marijuana, somehow in their world evolves into a brutal War on Drugs that kills hundreds of thousands per year. An emotion… terror… somehow turns into a War on Terror that has killed over a million people and resulted in a massive loss of freedom and liberty in the US, including the cancellation of the Bill of Rights. And now, the internet… the thing you are on right now… peacefully, without problem, they consider to be an ongoing Cyberwar and try to proclaim the GOVERNMENT needs to protect us from it!”
Jeff Berwick

“As humans, our drive and our caring come form our emotions. If we never allow ourselves the virtue of upset and discomfort at the present state of existence then we will never care enough to work as hard as is required to change it. The greatest men and women who have ever graced our history have been those who not only possessed minds capable of formulating rational plans of actions, but who also hurt so deeply and cared so hard that their emotional receptivity drove them to actions of extreme greatness. Their emotions were the engine that propelled them forward, but their intellect is what steered them in the right direction. Either without the other is at best useless, and at worst destructive.”
Vahram G. Diehl

“Citizens concern themselves with the outcome of elections, investing heavy emotional and financial support for ‘their guy’. Companies just wait it out and buy off whichever candidates win.”
Simon Black

“The world isn't complicated except when people like politicians, bureaucrats, lawyers and self-aggrandizing government certified professionals in all endeavors of human activity consciously, purposely, cynically craft a complicated world.
They do this because forcing, bullying and defrauding others gives them an advantage over those others.”
Garry Reed

“The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naive and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair.”
H.L. Mencken

“Upholders of pure despotism may fitly believe state-control to be unlimited and unconditional. They who assert that men are made for governments and not governments for men may consistently hold that no one can remove himself beyond the pale of political organization. But they who maintain that the people are the only legitimate source of power - that legislative authority is not original, but deputed - cannot deny the right to ignore the state without entangling themselves in an absurdity.
For, if legislative authority is deputed, it follows that those from whom it proceeds are the masters of those on whom it is conferred; it follows further that as masters they confer the said authority voluntarily; and this implies that they may give or withhold it as they please. To call that deputed which is wrenched from men, whether they will or not, is nonsense. But what is here true of all collectively is equally true of each separately. As a government can rightly act for the people only when empowered by them, so also can it rightly act for the individual only when empowered by him.”
Herbert Spencer
From the Darkness:
"Libertarians hold that individual liberty should never be sacrificed in the pursuit of other values or causes. Compassion, justice, civic responsibility, honesty, decency, humility, respect, and even survival of the poor, weak, and vulnerable — all are to take a back seat."
Jeffrey D. Sachs, economist

“The biggest mistake that libertarians make is the way they view government and private sectors. Government is the root of all evil, and the private sector is the source of all good. Libertarians have never figured out that people are the same whether in the government or in the private sector. They will abuse their power regardless of where they perch. That is why government needs to be tied down by the Constitution and the private sector by regulation.”
Paul Craig Roberts [Sorry, Dr. Roberts, but your cherished Piece of Paper and regulation by corrupt politi-gangsters has been an abysmal failure.]

“I’ll be at the space coast in Florida this week giving a speech — a visionary speech — on the United States going back into space in the John F. Kennedy tradition.”
Newt Gingrich, candidate for US Dictator [Cool! You mean we’ll borrow more billions to go the moon and collect rocks?]

“I hope really once a day to do something very positive and clear about positive ways of moving forward as a country to get back on the right track.”
Newt Gingrich, candidate for US Dictator, leaving us breathless with anticipation

"I think it is absolutely essential that we take necessary actions to ensure that air travel is safe."
Jay Carney, White House press secretary, commenting on the detainment of Sen. Rand Paul by the TSA

“Google already has a list of search queries that send most traffic to sites that trade in pseudoscience and conspiracy theories; why not treat them differently than normal queries? Thus, whenever users are presented with search results that are likely to send them to sites run by pseudoscientists or conspiracy theorists, Google may simply display a huge red banner asking users to exercise caution and check a previously generated list of authoritative resources before making up their minds.”
Evgeny Morozov, calling on Google and other search engines to become thought crime enforcers, by providing warnings about websites that contain “conspiracy theories”

"Now you can call this [proposal for a minimum tax on millionaires] class warfare all you want. But asking a billionaire to pay at least as much as his secretary in taxes? Most Americans would call that common sense."
B. Obama, US Dictator [No, most Americans, in both cases, would call it theft.]

"It's time to apply the same rules from top to bottom: No bailouts, no handouts and no copouts. An America built to last insists on responsibility from everybody."
B. Obama, recent dispenser of bailouts and handouts

"You've got an opponent who has the capacity to reach millions of people with a click of a mouse and there's no fact-checker. They can say whatever they want."
Chris Dodd, head of the Motion Picture Assn. of America, whining about the defeat of the SOPA/PIPA bills

"Unrestrained competition can drive people into actions that they would otherwise regret."
George Soros, confirmed hater of any competition

“We should not allow the Syrian regime to stand as a judge of other countries’ human rights record.”
US Ambassador David Killion, on the Obama Regime’s push to remove Syria from the “Committee on Conventions and Recommendations,” a human rights panel for UNESCO. [This from a regime whose human rights record is less than stellar.]

“I’ve disagreed right from the beginning of this blanket blame of all banks. I don’t like that. I think that’s just a form of discrimination that should be stopped.”
Jaime Damon, head bankster at JP Morgan Chase [Poor Jamie- people are so ruthless discriminating against thieves, con men, and fraudsters.]

"He [U.S. ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey] is constantly ... reaching out, meeting with, cajoling, pushing the players, starting with [Iraqi] Prime Minister Maliki, not to blow this opportunity. This is an opportunity to have a unified Iraq and the only way to do that is by compromising."
Queen Hillary [There already was a “unified” Iraq” under Saddam and you kind blew it apart, Queeny. If a country can only be “unified” through force and violence then it’s not much of a country. Let separation occur.]

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