Saturday, March 25, 2017

Quotes of the Week

Enlightened insights taken from the past week’s reading:

"Defenders of tariffs basically do not understand economics. They really are economic ignoramuses. They do not understand economic cause and effect. They do not understand the fact that consumers are being hurt by the tariffs. They call for these discriminatory taxes, and they do it in the name of liberty. They do it in the name of fairness. Yet discriminatory taxation is inherently unfair."
Gary North

"Loyalty to a country can make some sense, on at least a primitive atavistic level, as long as the inhabitants of the 'country' share a common language, religion, ethnicity, and customs. But it makes no sense when they have little in common. So it’s natural, and salubrious, for the various religious, ethnic, racial, cultural or economic groups within a country that’s become too big, too 'diverse', and too 'inclusive', to want to get out. Everyone recognizes—even if they don’t say it—that a national government is just a vehicle for theft, benefitting the group that controls it."
Doug Casey

"Democracy by all definitions is mob rule or groupism. It is anathema to individual liberty. Democracy does not equal human liberty. Democracy precisely means the manipulated mob. Mobs are never spontaneous."
Bob Livingston

"Progressivism is a not a rational or logical system of thought but a form of self-help therapy that makes the progressive feel better by providing a magical solution to all of the life’s problems: state action.  The problem is that it doesn’t work and makes matters worse.  However, since progressivism wasn’t conceived as a rational ideology in the first place, its failure doesn’t faze the progressive. Instead, they cling to its therapeutic value by inventing scapegoats for the problems caused by state action.  They also construe any problem as an instance where not enough state action was used."
James Ostrowski

"When the topic of freedom vs. tyranny comes up, people inevitably want a solution to the problem. People want a formula to unshackle themselves from the chains of the overarching state. Some want to affect a certain brand of politics and vote it away. Some want to use legal semantics, capitalization of certain words and technicalities to remove themselves from federal jurisdiction. Some want a shooting war. I’m of the opinion that a final liberty solution doesn’t exist in practical terms and that mans eternal struggle is between freedom and slavery. Our only option may indeed be is to forever seek methods and ways to carve out niches of freedom and use various means of dissolution of the mechanisms of slavery."
Bill Buppert

"Why do open-borders libertarians insist on conflating goods, capital, and people when speaking on this subject?  Nothing dictates that the movement of people will be as free as the movement of goods or capital.  As it is today, in a libertarian world trade and investment will likely extend much farther than will the people who produce the goods traded."
Bionic Mosquito

"The concept of the State is the greatest criminal conspiracy ever perpetuated upon humanity. All States originate in conquest and exploitation, and as elite oligarchies, continue to exercise this monopoly of crime over their subject peoples through war, taxation, conscription, and indoctrination.
To persons studying ancient history these documented facts are obvious and unchallenged. There is an unquestioned acceptance of the brutal and exploitative nature of imperial kingdoms of the past. These were regimes of criminal bands of warriors, slave traders, pirates and plunderers, who over the course of time, grew into dynastic ruling families and elite oligarchies, sanctified by ritual trappings and tradition."
Charles Burris

"Can the man say, Fiat lux, Let there be light; and out of chaos make a world? Precisely as there is light in himself, will he accomplish this."
Thomas Carlyle

"Most socialist doctrines and movements are literally saturated with the mood of death, catastrophe and destruction . . . One could regard the death of mankind as the final result to which the development of socialism leads."
Igor Shafarevich

"I am a proponent of freedom because freedom is life. I am a proponent of freedom because without a deep and abiding respect for freedom there's no sense in being a proponent for anything else."
T.K. Coleman

"Is it not evident to thoughtful minds that all political systems depend on conflicts among those who comprise a society? For the same reason that orthodontists need overbites, churches need sinners, and lawyers need disputes, the state must have an endless supply of 'fundamental differences' among diverse groups if it is to act to harmonize such differences. Conflicts have thus been concocted among groups based upon racial, religious, gender, nationality, lifestyle, economic, and other categories; divisions that have been eagerly insisted upon by persons who foresaw advantages – whether in the form of money, power, or status – in advancing hostilities with others."
Butler Shaffer

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