Saturday, July 30, 2016

Quotes of the Week

Enlightened insights taken from the past week’s reading:

“A freer society is only possible through the efforts of those who try to do new things even if that comes with the risk of failing and being wrong. The act of trying to innovate around systems of oppression is always a better alternative to doing nothing other than complaining about corrupt politicians."
T.K. Coleman

“In practice, if we favor free choice, free movement, and the opportunity to escape from overbearing regimes, the answer lies in the creation of more borders and more states. While borders can often work to inhibit the movement of goods and human beings, they can also offer opportunities for greater freedom by limiting the power and reach of existing states.” [Secession, anyone?]
Ryan McMaken

“If all people who claim the ‘libertarian’ label insist on dogmatically clinging to their own familiar definitions of words they'll just keep talking past rather than to each other. While individualist and collectivist oriented people may continue to deeply dislike and distrust one another the acceptance of the voluntaryism inherent in the non-aggression principle should bring them together in the common cause of rejecting statism.”
Garry Reed

“Terrorists don’t obey laws or conform to regulations. If they did, they wouldn’t be terrorists. Making those laws and regulations more restrictive fails as a counter to – in fact it actively incentivizes – terrorism. The goal of terrorists is to terrorize. Mass acceptance of repressive legal responses says they’re succeeding.”
Thomas Knapp

“There is no place in our nation for the kind of armed revolution our forefathers mounted against a tyrannical Great Britain. Such an act would be futile and tragic. We are no longer dealing with a distant, imperial king but with a tyrant of our own making: a militarized, technologized, heavily-financed bureaucratic machine that operates beyond the reach of the law.”
John Whitehead

“If people en masse really and truly want to secede, legal arguments would be irrelevant. If Texans or Pacificans or Vermonters or New Englanders, if enough of them wake up one morning saying, ‘This system is not conducive to their happiness, we want to get out,’ all the lawyers in the world saying you can’t do that will be irrelevant. The first great secessionist movement in American history was what we call the American Revolution.”
Sanford Levinson

“Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life to carry out a concrete assignment which demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus, everyone's task is as unique as is his specific opportunity to implement it.”
Viktor Frankl

“Calling things by their true names is important. In fact, if we persist well enough and long enough in this, the world will change as a result. The coercive systems of our time couldn’t survive with light shining clearly upon them. Their continued operation requires a confused populace.”
Paul Rosenberg

“It is a poor mind that will think with the multitude because it is a multitude: truth is not altered by the opinions of the vulgar or the confirmation of the many. It is more blessed to be wise in truth in face of opinion than to be wise in opinion in face of truth.”
Giordano Bruno

“Liberty is a state of mind that does not require the indulgence of others.”
Louis E. Carabini

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