Saturday, June 10, 2017

Quotes of the Week

Enlightened insights taken from the past week’s reading:

"The abolition of historical memory is one of the worst aspects of modernity: it is certainly the most depressing. For the modern man, it’s an effort to recall what happened last week, never mind the last century. The news cycle spins madly and ever-faster, and the result is that we are lost in the blur of Now: for all intents and purposes, we are a people without a history, who recall past events – if we remember them at all – as one would summon a vague and confusing dream."
Justin Raimondo

"The bad news is that terrorism is politically motivated violence to achieve political objectives against innocents and non-combatants.
The worst news is that absent terrorism and its concomitant policies in everyday life, no government could survive a single day."
Bill Buppert

"There is not social service one, not one, that has not in the past been the province of the community or some agency within the community (family, church, guild) and that has been taken on by the state only because it first destroyed that province. There is not one of them that could not be re-absorbed by a community in control of its own destiny and able to see what its natural humanitarian obligations, its human­itarian opportunities, would be. Indeed, there is not one public service, not one, that could not be better supplied at the local level, where the problem is understood best and quickest, the solutions are most accessible, the refinements and adjustments are easiest to make, the monitoring is most convenient."
Kirkpatrick Sale

"I really doubt that one person in a million knows that the term 'public policy' is synonymous with government purpose. All federal judges know that 'public policy' is a cover term for government policy. This is why the judges and the courts consistently rule in favor of 'public policy' (government), especially when it comes to defining down morality (baby murder, gay marriage, transgender “rights,” etc.).
When politicians and bureaucrats talk about democracy and public policy, they speak with a forked tongue. They want you to believe that these terms refer to personal liberty. They don’t. They refer to the end of personal liberty."
Bob Livingston

"I suppose we’ll need to send more troops into Iraq—again. That place is like doing the Hokey-Pokey: 'You put your armored division in, you take your armored division out…you put your armored division in, and you shake it all about…you do the Hokey 
Pokey and you turn your exit strategy around…that’s what it’s all about!'"
Jack Perry

"The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And even if he is not romantic personally he is very apt to spread discontent among those who are."
H.L. Mencken

"A civil war is a fight between two or more factions for the control of the government. The war that took place between 1861 and 1865 was nothing of the sort.
Instead, it was a war of national liberation. The Southern states seceded from the Union—a right announced in the founding document of the U.S., the Declaration of Independence.
Thereafter, they never sought any control or even influence over the remaining United States of America.
The government is always a way for the few to exploit the many. The southerners wanted no more than to be ripped off and bossed around by their own people."
Bill Bonner

"Mediocrity, then, is an unavoidable feature of the human condition; it becomes terrible only when, as is so often the case nowadays, it is allied to unbridled ambition and the urge to power. Mediocrity is no problem at all when it both knows itself and is content with the proper fate of mediocrity; it is harmful only when it wants to dominate." 
Theodore Dalrymple

"Against the combined interests of the state, the establishment- controlled media and academia, the corporate-owned military-industrial-security complex, banking interests, the medical profession, and power-based feminist ideologues, the comparative appraisal of interests that are served by the state, and those of children – be they born or unborn – leaves no doubt as to the identity of the interests that will be protected by the coercive machinery of the state! Any hope for children – and as a necessary consequence, the future of our species – will be found only in the place from which our problems originate and can be resolved: our individual minds and souls."
Butler Shaffer

"We’ve all heard Samuel Johnson’s famous adage about patriotism being the last refuge of a scoundrel, but I’ve always believed it’s racism that’s the last refuge of a scoundrel. Race is what you cling to when you have no meaningful achievements of your own to display. It’s a safe space for the unaccomplished. That’s why there’s been such an explosion of racism on the left, especially among some of its less successful demographic groups. When you have nothing to offer, or when you just don’t want to make the effort to be successful or productive, well…at least you have your skin. And the left has proved to be expert at making everything about skin. With so many layabouts, welfare cases, entitlement whores, and blame shifters among the masses, leftist intellectuals in politics, the media, and academia gain lots of traction by continually reassuring certain constituencies, 'Hey, man, your skin color makes you special! Your skin color makes you deserving!'"
David Cole

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