Friday, July 8, 2016

Quotes of the Week

Enlightened insights taken from the past week’s reading:

“Enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-incurred immaturity. For enlightenment of this kind, all that is needed is freedom. And the freedom in questions is the most innocuous form of all: freedom to make public use of one’s reason in all matters.
Immanuel Kant

“There is another and greater distinction for which no truly natural or religious reason can be assigned, and that is, the distinction of men into KINGS and SUBJECTS.”
Thomas Paine

“Those who claim to be a better master of life not theirs forfeit a part of their own lives, along with a portion of the lives of those who, wittingly or unwittingly, accept such claims as true. He who believes in a master over his life- be it king, queen, prophet, or statesman- has already forfeited part of the value of living that life. Often, those who accept a master demand that others accept the same master. The value of being a libertarian is that liberty cannot fall prey to those who claim superiority and authority over your life.”
Louis E. Carabini

“The highest manifestation of life consists of this: that a being governs its own actions. A thing which is always subject to the direction of another is somewhat of a dead thing.”
Saint Thomas Aquinas

“Like so many bad ideas, people have come to assume [the state] is part of the cosmic firmament, when it’s really just a monstrous scam. It’s a fraud, like your belief that you have a right to free speech because of the First Amendment, or a right to be armed because of the Second Amendment. No, you don’t. The U.S. Constitution is just an arbitrary piece of paper…entirely apart from the fact the whole thing is now just a dead letter. You have a right to free speech and to be armed because they’re necessary parts of being a free person, not because of what a political document says.”
Doug Casey

"The right to secede is thus a necessary condition of all worthwhile human bonds, whether professional or personal, be they between individuals or groups. Smaller units maximize the opportunity for and potential impact of this kind of secession. For freedom to prevail, governments must remain both small and close to those whom they govern, accountable and responsive rather than distant and opaque. Decisions that affect the citizen ought to be made in close proximity to the citizen—within reach, as it were.”
David S. D’Amato

“You will never become a creative force or an agent of change if you buy into the idea that politicians and political events have complete control over your fate and potential.”
T.K. Coleman

“Uniformity is stressed in all leftist utopias, paradises in which everybody is the same, envy is dead, and the enemy is either dead, lives outside the gates, or is utterly humiliated. Leftism loathes differences, deviations, stratifications…. The word ‘one’ is its symbol: one language, one race, one class, one ideology, one ritual, one type of school, one law for everybody, one flag, one coat of arms, one centralized world state.”
Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn

“The principles of peaceful secession (or threats thereof) and nullification are the essence of self -determination.  They are the ultimate expressions of ‘the consent of the governed’ from which all just powers of government are derived, as Jefferson eloquently stated in the Declaration of Independence.  The original American union was a voluntary union, not a coerced union held together by threats of mass murder and the destruction of entire cities.  That was the Soviet Union.  That was Nazi Germany.  It was also the British empire from which the American colonists seceded.”
Thomas, DiLorenzo

“Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.”
Ernest Hemingway

Resistance is Mandatory
No rulers

No masters


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