Butler Shaffer (in 2014) - "If you identify your sense of being with an institution (e.g., the nation-state) then its glorious accomplishments as well as its evil consequences become quite personal. Those who adorn their houses with American flags, or dress up in red-white-and-blue "America: Love It or Leave It" T-shirts are doing more than simply participating in limited cultural celebrations such as Halloween trick-or-treating, or dancing around a May-pole. They are making a metaphysical statement about their sense of who they are; that they correlate their sense of being with an institution that defines itself in terms of enjoying a monopoly on the use of violence; and whose modus operandi is to coerce, steal, threaten, torture, terrorize, and kill whomever it deems suitable to the accomplishment of its purposes."
Butler Shaffer (in 2014) - "The principal indictment of the modern nation-state is that, in its varied practices and manifestations, it no longer serves any life-sustaining purpose whatsoever."
Michael Cannon (in 2013) - "The law is a reciprocal pact between the government and the governed. Public order requires government to remain faithful to the law as much as it requires the citizenry to do so. If the actions of government officials lead citizens to conclude that those officials are no longer meaningfully bound by the law, then citizens will rightly conclude that neither are they.."
Paul Rosenberg (in 2014) - "At the end of every political process are armed men, violently enforcing it."
John W. Whitehead (in 2014) - "America is a pressure cooker with no steam valve, and things are about to blow. This is what happens when a parasitical government muzzles the citizenry, fences them in, herds them, brands them, whips them into submission, forces them to ante up the sweat of their brows while giving them little in return, and then provides them with little to no outlet for voicing their discontent."
Doug Casey (in 2012) - "There are two ways people can relate to each other: voluntarily or coercively. The government is pure coercion, and sociopaths are drawn to its power and force."
Doug Casey (in 2012) - "A certain class of people--sociopaths--are now fully in control of major American institutions. Their beliefs and attitudes are insinuated throughout the economic, political, intellectual and psychological/spiritual fabric of the US."
Doug Casey (in 2012) - "As I see it, 80% of people are basically decent; their basic instincts are to live by the Boy Scout virtues. 20% of people, however, are what you might call potential trouble sources, inclined toward doing the wrong thing when the opportunity presents itself. They might now be shoe clerks, mailmen or waitresses--they seem perfectly benign in normal times. They play baseball on weekends and pet the family dog. However, given the chance, they will sign up for the Gestapo, the Stasi, the KGB, the TSA, Homeland Security or whatever. Many are well intentioned but likely to favor force as the solution to any problem.
But it doesn't end there, because 20% of that 20% are really bad actors. They are drawn to government and other positions where they can work their will on other people and, because they're enthusiastic about government, they rise to leadership positions. They remake the culture of the organizations they run in their own image. Gradually, non-sociopaths can no longer stand being there. They leave. Soon the whole barrel is full of bad apples. That's what's happening today in the US."
Joseph Schumpeter (1883-1950) - "Capitalism stands its trial before judges who have the sentence of death in their pockets. They are going to pass it, whatever the defense they may hear; the only success victorious defense can possibly produce is a change in the indictment."
Michael Rozeff (in 2007) - "The state's power is inseparable from the robberies it commits. The state's robberies are inseparable from corruption. Systematic corruption necessarily accompanies government. It is the stuff of every history of every government."
Michael Rozeff (in 2007) - "The politician has a racket that is akin to that of a Mafia boss of bosses. He is paid a salary by all the taxpayer-victims. The underbosses then pay him to enable their robbery of the victims. This he does in the least invasive way. The underbosses also pay him to convince the victims that they are not being robbed, which he also accomplishes. The underbosses make enough out of these exchanges that they are gainers, net of all their costs which include their small share of salaries and their donations."
Robert Higgs (in 2014) - "If the government acts as my agent, it does so entirely by accident, because no agent that acts without my knowledge, approval, or accountability to me can make a plausible claim to agency. Our rulers may or may not be accurately described as dictators, but in no event may they be accurately described as my agents or as acting with my consent."
Egon von Greyerz (in 2014) - "What most holders of dollars don't realize is that their currency is being totally debased in real terms by falling 97% against gold in the last 43 years, and 80% against the Swiss franc. It is totally amazing that anyone outside the US wants to hold dollars. And even the Americans would be much better off to dump their own currency."
Doug Casey (in 2014) - "No matter what country you live in, your government sees you as a milk cow. If things really get tough for them, they'll treat you like a beef cow."
David Stockman (in 2013) - "Free markets and prosperity are deeply imperiled because the state and its central banking branch have failed miserably due to overreaching, overloading, and outside capture."
David Stockman (in 2013) - "At the heart of the Great Deformation is a rogue central bank that has abandoned every vestige of sound money."
David Stockman (in 2013) - "[Politicial and banking thieves]....assume the state can revive a failing economy when, in reality, it is a failing state that is crushing what remains of Main Street prosperity."
Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850) - "It is not true that the function of law is to regulate our consciences, our ideas, our wills, our education, our opinions, our work, our trade, our talents, or our pleasures. The function of law is to protect the free exercise of these rights, and to prevent any person from interfering with the free exercise of these same rights by any other person."
Hans-Hermann Hoppe (in 2006) - "Every detail of private life, property, trade, and contract is regulated by ever-higher mountains of paper laws. Yet the only task that government was ever supposed to assume--of protecting our life and property--it does not perform. To the contrary, the higher the expenditures on social, public, and national security have risen, the more our private property rights have been eroded, the more our property has been expropriated, confiscated, destroyed, and depreciated. The more paper laws have been produced, the more legal uncertainty and moral hazard has been created, and lawlessness has displaced law and order. Instead of protecting us from domestic crime and foreign aggression, our government, equipped with enormous stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction, aggresses against ever new Hitlers and suspected Hitlerite sympathizers anywhere and everywhere outside of its "own" territory. In short, while we have become ever more helpless, impoverished, threatened, and insecure, our state rulers have become increasingly more corrupt, arrogant, and dangerously armed."
Jim Marrs (2013) - "If the federal government of the United States was an individual, we wouldn't have anything to do with him. Because he's a confirmed liar."
Barry M. Goldwater (1909-1998) - "The Trilateral Commission is international and is intended to be the vehicle for multinational consolidation of the commercial and banking interests by seizing control of the political government of the United States. The Trilateral Commission represents a skillful, coordinated effort to seize control and consolidate the four centers of power--political, monetary, intellectual and ecclesiastical."
Patrick M. Wood (in 2013) - "Every bit of 35 years of research indincates that there is a relatively small yet diverse group of global players [Trilateral Commission] who have been the planners and instigators behind globalization for many decades. The primary driving force that moves this "clique" is greed; the secondary force is the lust for power. In the case of the academics who are key to globalism, a third force is professional recognition and acceptance--a subtle form of egoism and power."
Zbigniew Brzezinski Trilateral Commission Co-Founder (in 1970) - "The technetronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditioinal values. Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-date complete files containing even the most personal information about the citizen. These files will be subject to instantaneous retrieval by the authorities."
Murray Rothbard (1926-1995) - "Indeed, we can confidently say that the United States has now entered a permanent crisis situation, and we can even pinpoint the years of origin of that crisis: 1973-1975. Happily for the cause of liberty, not only has a crisis of statism arrived in the United States, but it has fortuitously [by chance] struck across the board of society, in many different spheres of life at about the same time."
Lowell Ponte (in 2013) - "The Government has effectively, through inflation--through this cheap money printing, stolen approximately 220 trillion dollars from the American people since that fateful year of 1913."
Norm Franz (in 2001) - "Gold is the money of kings; silver is the money of gentlemen; barter is the money of peasants; but debt is the money of slaves."
Lew Rockwell (in 2013) - "The advances that constitute civilization, libertarians argue, have resulted not from the orders of hangmen and other executioners, or the social planning of bureaucrats and academics, but from human beings cooperating voluntarily in ways that will amaze and astonish anyone who opens his eyes to see them."
Eric Peters (in 2013) - "For Libertarians, on the other hand, there is only one law - non-aggression: Do no harm to others or their property - but otherwise, do as you wish. Jefferson styled this the pursuit of happiness."
David Stockman (in 2013) - "The system is incoherent; it produces just random thievery, day in and day out, from the financial system and the wards of the Fed who are out buying the stock and passing out dividends, to all the larceny that occurs day in and day out through the fiscal agencies of Capital Hill and the Internal Revenue Code."
Rob Arnott (in 2013) - "The role of government is to find out what people are up to, and to then put a stop to it."
Thomas J DiLorenzo (in 2013) - "The purpose of government is for those who run it to plunder those who do not."
Eric Peters (in 2013) - "It is not about guns. Obama, Bloomberg, Feinstein--all of them--love guns. Their guns. It is about control. Control of us."
Publius Cornelius Tacitus (56-117 AD) - "The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws."
George Washington (1732-1799) - "Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence.....from the hour the Pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurances and tendencies prove that to ensure peace security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable....the very atmosphere of firearms anywhere restrains evil interference--they deserve a place of honor with all that's good."
Jose Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955) - "This is the gravest danger that today threatens civilization: State intervention, the absorption of all spontaneous social effort by the State; that is to say, of spontaneous historical action, which in the long-run sustains, nourishes and impels human destinies."
Herbert Spencer (1820-1903) - "Be it or be it not true that Man is shapen in iniquity and conceived in sin, it is unquestionably true
that Government is begotten of aggression, and by aggression."
H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) - "It [the State] has taken on a vast mass of new duties and responsibilities; it has spread out its powers until they penetrate to every act of the citizen, however secret; it has begun to throw around its operations the high dignity and impeccability of a State religion; its agents become a separate and superior caste, with authority to bind and loose, and their thumbs in every pot. But it still remains, as it was in the beginning, the common enemy of all well-disposed, industrious and decent men."
Albert Jay Nock (1870-1947) - "The State's criminality is nothing new and nothing to be wondered at. It began when the first predatory group of men clustered together and formed the State, and it will continue as long as the State exists in the world, because the State is fundamentally an anti-social institution, fundamentally criminal. The idea that the State originated to serve any kind of social purpose is completely unhistorical. It originated in conquest and confiscation--that is to say, in crime. It originated for the purpose of maintaining the division of society into an owning-and-exploiting class and a propertyless dependent class--that is, for a criminal purpose."
Hans-Hermann Hoppe (in 2012) - "There is an interim solution. It's called secession and political decentralization. Small states must be libertarian, otherwise the productive people will desert them. Desirable therefore is a world made up of thousands of Liechtensteins, Singapores and Hong Kongs. In contrast, a European central government--and even more so a world government--with a 'harmonized' tax and regulation policy, is the gravest threat to freedom."
Hans-Hermann Hoppe (in 2012) - "The Western 'welfare state model', 'socialism light,' will collapse just like 'classical' socialism--of course, I can't say whether in five, ten or 15 years. The key words are: state bankruptcy, hyperinflation, currency reform and violent distribution battles. Then it will either come to a call for a 'strong man' or--hopefully--a massive secession movement."
Gary Barnett (in 2011) - "The current trend is to disarm the citizenry, and that trend should be reversed. The citizenry should fully disarm the government and all its agents of force. If real freedom is the desired end, then gun control of the entire government is the obvious answer."
Scott Lazarowitz (in 2012) - "War is an artificial concept used by collectivists and statists to rationalize the commission of criminal acts of aggression against others and get away with it."
Murray Rothbard (1926-1995) - "The people and the economy can only wax fat and prosperous when their government is starved and puny."
Butler Shaffer (in 2012) - "I have long been of the view that civilizations are created by individuals, and are destroyed by collectives."
Joseph Salerno (in 2012) - "Governments are nonproductive organizations and can only subsist by extracting goods and services from the productive class in their territorial domain."
Joseph Salerno (in 2012) - "War has a number of advantages for the ruling class. First and foremost, war against a foreign enemy obscures the class conflict that is going on domestically in which the minority ruling class coercively siphons off the resources and lowers the living standards of the majority of the population, who produce and pay taxes. "
Simon Black (in 2012) - "The law is selectively enforced, selectively applied, and completely set aside whenever it pleases the state. As such, even the most harmless of activities (operating a lemonade stand, collecting rainwater, etc.) can be cast as illegal---while the direct theft of people's wealth through taxes and manipulation of the currency is considered legal."
Bill Bonner (in 2012) - "Even the wings of an angel state, brushing against an ideal market economy, are bound to cause distortions. Every act of central planning is an interference with individuals' plans. Every state-level policy decision interrupts thousands or millions of private ones. There is no way around it."
Dr. Barbara Bellar talking about Obamacare (in 2012) - "We're going to be gifted with a health care plan we are forced to purchase, and fined if we don't, which reportedly covers at least 10 million more people, without adding a single new doctor, but provides for 16,000 new IRS Agents, written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn't understand it, passed by a Congress that didn't read it, but exempted themselves from it, and signed by a President who smokes, with funding administered by a Treasury chief who didn't pay his taxes, for which we will be taxed for 4 years before any benefits take affect, by the government which has already bankrupted Social Security and Medicare, all to be overseen by a Surgeon General who is obese, and financed by a country that's broke."
Thomas J DiLorenzo (in 2012) - "As for the role of government, history proves that it has always been the mortal enemy of free voluntary exchange and the generation of prosperity through the free market."
Ann Barnhardt (in 2011) - "We are now living in a lawless, Marxist, Communist, usurped, what used to be a representative republic but is no more. This is no longer a nation of laws. This has now transformed into a nation of men. It doesn't matter what crime you commit. "
Wes Alexander (in 2012) - "Civil society is being consumed by the socialist state; and we have a front row seat. The only question in my mind is how do good honest people stop theft and domination without violence. "
Joel Bowman (in 2012) - "Some confused people contend that, were we to ignore the iron-fisted directives of The State, we would promptly descend into a Mad Max-style dystopia, in which a collection of unchecked territorial monopolies would roam the planet, stealing and damaging property at whim and torturing, imprisoning and killing whomever they so wished.
Strange then that these same people would "remedy" this apocalyptic nightmare by supporting The State...a collection of unchecked territorial monopolies that roam the planet, stealing and damaging property at whim and torturing, imprisoning and killing whomever they so wish."
Butler Shaffer (in 2012) - "Uniformity and standardization do not characterize the nature of life."
Butler Shaffer (in 2012) - "At both a conscious and unconscious level, tens of millions of people throughout the world are sharing in the spontaneous eruption of opposition to the dehumanizing, oppressive, violent, and destructive nature of the corporate-state systems that exploit human beings for institutional ends. Peace, liberty, private property ownership, and respect for the inviolability of the individual, are qualities insisted upon by growing numbers of persons, not only in America, but elsewhere in the world."
James Grant (in 2012) - "The private bankers manipulate rates on the quiet when they think they can get away with it surreptitiously, opportunistically, rarely. Central bankers do it for a living. It seems to me the London Interbank Offered Rate [LIBOR] scandal is infinitely insignificant compared to the prevailing problem of manipulation of markets systemically, openly, and on principle by our central bankers."
Lysander Spooner (1808-1887) - "But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain -- that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist."
Gary North (in 2012) - "Our kids are not going to take the brunt of this. We are. What the FED has created, in conjunction with fractional reserve banking and the FDIC, is a system of moral hazard and crony capitalism on a scale never before seen. Add to this witches brew the European Central Bank, the Bank of Japan, and the People's Bank of China. Don't cry for the kids. Our problems are more immediate."
Gary North (in 2012) - "I am in favor of closing down government welfare programs that subsidize personal irresponsibility. This should begin with crony capitalism. Some single mother in Detroit is not the primary source of moral hazard in America. Let's start with the FDIC, the Import-Export Bank, farm price supports, Social Security, Medicare, and the Federal Reserve System."
Walter Block (in 2010) - "Were the school of thought of Menger, Bšhm-Bawerk, Mises and Rothbard more widely known, and public policy more heavily based upon it, we would not be suffering from the economic quandary that now envelopes us."
Butler Shaffer (in 2012) - "The voices of the lockstep media do understand that Ron Paul's campaign is underlain by a fundamental questioning of the assumptions and policies that have long defined politics. But these same voices understand that they dare not allow such questions to be raised on their watch. For them to do otherwise would be to risk the well paid jobs they have hawking the corporate state interests, forcing them into a marketplace that might not provide them equivalent incomes or perks."
Butler Shaffer (in 2012) - "The arising generation is learning that spontaneous, autonomous self organization pervades the universe, including human society; that order can only be discovered and never imposed."
Terry Pratchett (in 1994) - "Chaos is found in greatest abundance wherever order is being sought. It always defeats order because it is better organized."
Butler Shaffer (in 2012) - "Only the dullest of minds can believe that SWAT teams, militarized police forces, torture, assassinations, endless detentions, hyper-inflationary systems of looting, an insistence on maintaining state secrets while denying individual privacy, wars against the entire world, and other forms of ruthless violence, will be able to restore the pyramidal structures in our world."
Butler Shaffer (in 2012) - "Members of the institutional order continue to prattle on about 'terrorism,' but it is they who threaten the rest of us with terror in order to force our compliance with their interests and obedience to their authority. It is the corporate-state establishment that experiences the stark terror associated with the demise of its racket!"
Joe Sobran (1946-2010) - "If you want government to intervene domestically, you're a liberal. If you want government to intervene overseas, you're a conservative. If you want government to intervene everywhere, you're a moderate. If you don't want government to intervene anywhere, you're an extremist."
Murray Rothbard (1926-1995) - "In the purely free-market society, a would-be criminal police or judiciary would find it very difficult to take power, since there would be no organized State apparatus to seize and use as the instrumentality of command."
Ron Paul (in 2011) - "The euro was built on an unstable foundation. Its creators attempted to establish a dollar--like currency for Europe, while forgetting that it took nearly two centuries for the dollar to devolve from a defined unit of silver to a completely unbacked fiat currency note. The euro had no such history and from the outset was a purely fiat system, thus it is not surprising to followers of Austrian economics that it barely survived a decade and is now completely collapsing. Europe's economic depression is the result of the euro's very structure, a fiat money system that allowed member governments to spend themselves into oblivion and expect that someone else would pick up the tab."
Tony Pivetta (in 2011) - "Trading liberty for safety doesn't just mean deserving neither liberty nor safety; it means getting neither liberty nor safety. Centralized chaos--beating, killing and imprisoning--does not order make."
Tony Pivetta (in 2011) - "These are the people protecting you? The ones with a license to steal, defraud, counterfeit, kidnap, incarcerate, spy, bludgeon, extort and kill?"
Jeffery Tucker (in 2011) - "The revolt against the state is growing."
Jeffery Tucker (in 2011) - "Other writers go so far as to say that given how we conduct our lives day to day, relying on the productivity of private institutions and associations, we never really leave anarchy."
Joel Bowman (in 2011) - "Don't be fooled. Don't be taken in by the fanciful treatises and bombastic declarations. Don't fall for the pomp and ceremony, the debates on television, the speeches from bully pulpits and rally cries in the halls of Congress. Government, as it is witnessed today, is little more than a codified process of rape and pillage. It's a means by which the insiders may loot the outsiders. Nothing more. Nothing less."
Brandon Smith (in 2011) - "To put it simply, there is no power over us but that which we give away, and no freedom lost, that cannot be regained.
Until this reality is understood, consecutive generations of human beings will be left to wonder astonished at the endless atrocities of governments they thought they could trust. The truth is, no government, no matter how seemingly noble, deserves our full faith. All governments must be treated like storehouses of aging dynamite; with extreme vigilance, care, and suspicion, because, it is in the very nature of centralized power to sink towards destabilization and disaster."
Brandon Smith (in 2011) - "Let us finally be honest with ourselves and say it out loud; our government is not Constitutional! It has become a mutation. A monstrosity. A malformed creature given birth by the oozing genetic material of mad social scientists hell bent on dominating the building blocks of our political life. It is a thing to be abhorred, not admired, and certainly not to be trusted."
Brandon Smith (in 2011) - "At what point did we as a nation decide that the government's opinion of the domestic ideal should become the precedent? At what point did we decide that a faceless bureaucracy knows better than we do what is best for us? When did our lives become an open book to be read at the government's leisure?"
Brandon Smith (in 2011) - "The American people did not ask to be targeted. Though we certainly have not done enough to fend off the numerous attacks upon our general liberties, the root of the problem still lay within the core of our government, the puppet leaders who abuse it, and the corporate elitists who use it as a staging ground for personal agendas. We have become two separate groups that cannot and will not be reconciled. The government is openly admitting this through legislation like the National Defense Authorization Act. Its time we did the same."
Claire Wolfe (in 2011) - "The most remarkable thing about civil unrest is that there hasn't been more of it. Politicians are making a hash of this country--and much of the rest of the civilized world. We know it. They know it."
Craig Harris (2011) - "We have short term interest rates held effectively at zero and we have a benchmark Inflation rate that is a contrived figure published by the Government to keep their costs down and artificially inflate the GDP. The officially stated rate of inflation, an important number that is used for all sorts of government payouts, does not correspond at all with the real increase in cost of living for ordinary Americans. Everyone who pays bills and lives in the real world knows this, and yet FED shill after FED shill are trotted out by the corporate media to take that number as fact without question. This is called fraud."
Anthony Wile (in 2011) - "All the elements of global governance are in place: the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the United Nations, the International Criminal Court, the World Health Organization, the Bank for International Settlements. And NATO, of course--global government's military arm. We're supposed to be believe that all of this happened by accident, that this entire infrastructure evolved naturally. But it didn't. Over and over when one looks into how this happened, one finds the same names, the same organizations, the same strategies employed."
Marion Mueller (in 2011) - "You have to ask for a new financial system. That would be the revolution."
Detlev Schlichter (in 2011) - "The longer the crisis goes on and the longer the spotlight remains on money and banking, the more it dawns on the public just how much the present financial architecture is evidently defined not by the 'invisible hand' of the market but the controlling hand of the state."
Detlev Schlichter (in 2011) - "'Undercapitalized banks' is code for banks that lent too much. How can banks have lent too much, and obviously have done so for years, decades even, and have done so the world over in the most enduring and persistent credit binge in history, when they are all under the control of the state central bank, which in a paper money system has the monopoly of printing unlimited bank reserves and administratively setting short-term interest rates, and thus controlling lending conditions? Is this not properly called state failure, rather than market failure?"
Detlev Schlichter (in 2011) - "The switch from apolitical, inflexible, and hard commodity money to limitless paper money under state control was a political decision, not the result of market forces."
Detlev Schlichter (in 2011) - "In this brave new system of fully elastic fiat money we put our financial affairs not in the hands of the unfettered market but in the hands of the state, of politicians and central bankers. This system is properly called a socialist one, not a capitalist one. And this system has failed."
Stefan Molyneux (in 2011) - "If the state is the solution, and the state has more power than its ever had before in its life, then why are things getting worse?"
Anthony Wile (in 2011) - "To think that a political philosophy has become so adopted by the masses that they are willing to endorse the murder of millions of people around the world who stand in the way of international money power's desire to implement it in their countries is nothing short of awful. And it is ironic that the leading enforcer on the front line of this 'spread' is the one country whose Founding Fathers stood tall against centralized rule and warned of the disastrous effects for societies that neglect the natural rights of the individual."
Jim Willie (in 2011) - "The US Federal Reserve is a failure, its franchise system a failure, its monetary policy a failure, its balance sheet a failure, its analysis chronically incorrect, its initiatives in backfire, its toolbag empty. Perhaps it is time for the USFed to resign its contract with the USCongress. The crowning blow should have been the $16 trillion in unauthorized loans to global banks, given cloud cover by the TARP Fund and its confusion."
David Galland (in 2011) - "I actually think we may see......video footage of politicians fleeing across borders to avoid the wrath of the mobs. I think it is important for one to retain a sense of optimism in these challenging times. "
Scott Lazarowitz (in 2011) - "America's sickness is statism: the anti-liberty, anti-property, immoral philosophy in which people may act aggressively against and enslave their neighbors and covet wealth and property with impunity."
Eric Margolis (in 2011) - "One cannot avoid the sharp irony that during the Cold War in the 1980's, the US spent the Soviet Union into the ground. Now, it appears that the financially strained United States may go the way of the USSR by military competition with China and waging modern-day crusades in the Muslim world."
Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805) - "The greater part of men are much too exhausted and enervated by their struggle with want to be able to engage in a new and severe contest with error. Satisfied if they themselves can escape from the hard labor of thought, they willingly abandon to others the guardianship of their thoughts."
Eric Fry (in 2011) - "Gold is like a prostitute that becomes a brain surgeon. No matter how accomplished a surgeon she may become, most folks will still consider her a hooker, not a doctor. That's unfortunate, especially if you happen to need brain surgery. Right now, the entire world needs a kind of monetary brain surgery. Gold can handle the job. So don't let her skin-tight spandex shorts and her stiletto pumps fool you; this gal can do things with investment capital and personal savings that paper currencies can only dream about."
Lawrence Parks (in 1999) - "Imagine that somehow you were able to create legal tender money (dollars) out of nothing and with no work. Can you conceive of how much power that would give you? For openers, you would have the ability to buy off politicians with unlimited campaign contributions, thereby corrupting the political process. You could then enlist the coercive powers of government to consolidate your advantage over ordinary people and otherwise further your ends. Think of how you would be able to enhance your own life and those of your friends and colleagues by, in effect, redistributing the real wealth of society from those who earned it to favored parties."
Pierre-Joseph Prouduhon (1809-1865) - "To be GOVERNED is to be kept in sight, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right, nor the wisdom, nor the virtue to do so. "
Robert Higgs (in 2011) - "For the record, I can state in complete candor that I do not approve of the manner in which I am being treated by the liars, thieves, and murderers who style themselves the Government of the United States of America or by those who constitute the tyrannical pyramid of state, local, and hybrid governments with which this country is massively infested. My sincere wish is that all of these individuals would, for once in their despicable lives, do the honorable thing. In this regard, I suggest that they give serious consideration to seppuku. Whether they employ a sharp sword or a dull one, I care not, so long as they carry the act to a successful completion."
Eric Fry (in 2011) - "By now, all employees of the Congressional Budget Office know they need only red pens to do their jobs successfully.
Eric Fry (in 2011) - "The greater the amount of central planning, the smaller the economic output.
Eric Fry (in 2011) - "When the Soviet Union ultimately collapsed, the wealthy nations of the West gloated about the superiority of capitalism. But the days of gloating about the Soviet's flawed economic model may be drawing to a close. With each passing day and each passing legislation, the mature economies of the West are enhancing their Soviet look and feel. The weight of regulation, taxation and an entitlement culture is crushing the dynamism that produces economic growth.
Edwin Vieira Jr (in 2010) - "The international political and financial crime families know full well that the Federal Reserve System--indeed, the whole complex, corrupt apparatus that couples private banks and public institutions through the Treasury of the United States--is inherently unstable and needs to be replaced, because it can no longer be propped up, let alone reformed in any fundamental sense. Aware that the Federal Reserve System's days are numbered, they intend to translate the paper currency scam to the next level, just as they have done, step by step, in crisis after crisis, throughout American history."
Walter E. Spahr (1891-1970) - "It should not be surprising that apparently all who would socialize our economy are opposed to the restoration of a redeemable currency in the United States. Either because they understand the relationship between an irredeemable currency and the process of socialization or because they simply note that Socialist, Communist, and Fascist governments employ irredeemable currencies as a means of controlling and managing the people, advocates of government dictatorship seem invariably to defend irredeemable currencies with the utmost vigor. The evidence seems overwhelming that a defender of irredeemable currency is, wittingly or unwittingly, an advocate of socialism or of government dictatorship in some form."
Daily Bell (in 2011) - "Obama is the third Internet president, and with each cycle, the disaffected electorate--understanding the dysfunction of the larger political--cycle has grown more impatient with business as usual. The Tea Party movement should be seen in this context. It is a post-Internet development, born out of people's anger at the failure of the system and their ability, finally, to perceive just how dysfunctional it really is."
Peter Schiff (in 2011) - "Over the past 50 years, the US debt ceiling has been raised over 70 times. In other words, there is no ceiling at all. It is as fictitious as the idea that central planning works, or that the US has anything resembling a free market."
James Grant (in 2011) - "The Federal Reserve has exchanged the gold standard for the PhD standard."
Robert LeFevre (1911-1986) - "If ordinary people, endowed with neither rights nor powers over our fellows, began to behave on a daily basis the way the people in government behave, then the world would be in flames. We would have a reign of terror in which ordinary people went from house to house, took what they wanted, and proclaimed that their--need--justified their performance."
Daily Bell (in 2011) - "Without the ability to print money from nothing, the elites would not be able to start the wars they have prosecuted so promiscuously in the past decade, would not be able to control governments, manipulate universities and their scientists, purchase wholesale the political process, etc. In other words, the ability of Western elites to pursue and impose one world government would be much constrained. Money Power is the gift that keeps on giving."
Robert LeFevre (1911-1986) - "If a band of armed men with the latest devices for mass murder raid an opposing country, we wait to learn who sent them. If they are the minions of some state, we applaud their bravery. If they are acting independently of government, we call them terrorists."
Eric Fry (in 2011) - "For nearly 100 years, the Fed has presided over the debasement of the US dollar. Despite all the meetings, pronouncements, Congressional testimonies and Ivy League theories, the Fed has achieved only one verifiable result: It has converted a 5-cent Coca-cola into a $1 Coca-cola. In other words, the dollar has forfeited about 95% of its value since the Fed came into existence in 1913.
Robert LeFevre (1911-1986) - "There are only four possible outcomes of every dispute. You win; you lose; you compromise; or, you keep disputing. There are no other possibilities. It does not require a black robe or a high bench to discern the reality of disputes or their settlement. Disputes will have to be adjudicated. Government is not needed--people are. A judgment is as good as the wisdom within it. The black robe cloaks the lack of wisdom."
Doug Casey (in 2011) - "When I look around me today, I see corruption everywhere."
Edwin Vieira Jr (in 2011) - "If the whole of the 20th century and most of the 21st century so far has taught any lesson; it is that central economic planning--particularly in the field of money and banking, and specifically in the form of the Federal Reserve system--does not work, and cannot be made to work, except to impoverish average Americans for the benefit of bankers and their clients and partisans. "
Daily Bell (in 2011) - "The ability to print money from nothing is the singular achievement of modern elites and the single most ruinous practice of the modern state. It is responsible for most if not all of the abuses of modern history, from torture, to war, to genocide. Money-printing (not money) is at the root of all evil."
Edwin Vieira Jr (in 2011) - "Federal Reserve notes have suffered this near total loss in real value as measured against gold; not because of the existence of private coinage of gold and silver, but through the incompetence or the nefarious operations of The Federal Reserve system and the Department of the Treasury."
Albert Jay Nock (1870-1947) - "If you do not want the State to act like a criminal, you must disarm it as you would a criminal; you must keep it weak. "
Edwin Vieira Jr (in 2011) - "If any mass destruction has occurred in the monetary field since World War II, it has been the nearly complete demolition throughout the markets of the whole world of the purchasing power of federal reserve notes in comparison to gold and silver; a demolition which has resulted not from accident, but from the intentional calculated and systematic monetary and fiscal policies of The Federal Reserve and the Treasury. So if anyone should be accused of a unique form of domestic terrorism in the monetary field, it should be those rogue public officials who are responsible for this result; not the individual Americans who merely attempt to protect themselves economically by turning from federal reserves notes to gold and silver as their medium of exchange, especially through the use of contracts that Congress has declared to be legal."
Albert Jay Nock (1870-1947) - "The idea that the procedure of the 'democratic' State is any less criminal than that of the State under any other fancy name, is rubbish. "
Bob Hoye (in 2011) - "Financial markets are in an immense ending action that will shut the door on the Fed. Natural forces of credit contraction are working to end a hundred years of experimental depreciation."
Bob Hoye (in 2011) - "The opposition to big government is real, and pending default by most levels of government is the catalyst for the people to get control of government affairs and expenditures. Great Reformations have been happening since the Pharaohs. We have seen the past, and it works."
Doug Casey (in 2011) - "What needs to be done--a large-scale firing of government employees, the abolition of most agencies, reinstitution of a sound currency, default on many or most government obligations, radical cuts in spending, and disbanding of the military industrial complex--would itself bring on chaos at this point. A controlled demolition of today's totally corrupt system is the best thing that could happen. Instead we'll get an uncontrolled collapse later."
Bill Bonner (in 2011) - "Why did God bother to create gold, anyway? Is it just for ornamental purposes? Historically, gold has had one other very important use. And, while most of the time it is useless, occasionally it is indispensable. Most of the time, gold is as dumb and lifeless as a joint session of Congress. Most of the time, it's as useless as a seat belt. But there are times when a common lifeboat has greater utility than a luxury sailboat. Could this be one of those times?"
Darryl Schoon (in 201) - "Only the complete collapse of the Federal Reserve System and central banking can now free America from eternal debt enslavement; and while it's been a long time since 1776, there are more ways than one to overthrow the few who tyrannically rule the many by credit and debt."
Butler Shaffer (in 2011) - "If the defenders of state assassinations believe they have found a defensible tactic for resolving disputes--or just promoting their own preferences--should it become more widely available for all of us to employ?"
Butler Shaffer (in 2011) - "Do we not understand that the problem of urban street-gangs is but politics on a different scale; that Obama's drive-by shooting in a house in Abbottabad differs from such a killing in south-central Los Angeles more in terms of geography than substance? "
Eric Fry (in 2011) - "Bernanke's dollar-printing is no miracle. It is a fraud, wrapped in a PhD thesis."
Bill Bonner (in 2011) - "Once they get a taste for it, few economies can resist spending money they didn't earn. First, they borrow from the future. Then, they steal from it, by simply printing money. Finally, you get deju vu, as yesterday's greatest financial disasters happen, once again."
Butler Shaffer (in 2011) - "Institutionalized violence is the essence of every political system, and is in the process of destroying Western Civilization. "
Daily Bell (in 2011) - "In front of millions--billions--of people, central banks began to shovel trillions of dollars into the marketplace to provide 'liquidity.' Gradually it dawned on the average person struggling with debts and trying to make ends meet that the 'system' itself was giving very wealthy people lots of money--and basically for free. These people and institutions had no more right to free money than anyone else, but they were getting it and others were not. This is the fundamental unfairness that central banks--and the Fed--have to grapple with. The trouble is that it is hard to counteract a perception of unfairness because central banking IS unfair. It is based on a fundamentally illiterate financial presumption and providing more 'openness' about the process is only going to remind people that the process is an illegitimate and fraudulent one based on 'legalized' counterfeiting."
Daily Bell (in 2011) - "Exposed by the Internet, the mystique of central banking no longer holds sway. People are not upset about central banking's secrecy. They are upset that central bankers have given away trillions to their already rich cronies and then attempted to justify it by maintaining that the current system would collapse had they not done so."
Doug Casey (in 2011) - "U.S. soldiers aren't heroes by virtue of wearing a uniform. They're basically just government employees, a heavily armed version of the post office."
Ron Paul (in 2011) - [RE federal budget battles] "Until Democrats agree to rein in entitlement spending, and Republicans back off the blank checks to the military industrial complex, it all amounts to political gamesmanship."
Joel Bowman (in 2011) - "What was once seen as the freest, bravest nation in the world is fast succumbing to a toxic cocktail of prison-state policies at home and military strongmen attitudes abroad. In the end, such aggressive domestic and foreign policies are as expensive as they are futile and, ultimately, fatal."
David Galland (in 2011) - "Every major challenge humanity is now facing traces its roots back to overreaching government. "
Eric Fry (in 2011) - "98 years of history demonstrates conclusively that a blind monkey could have preserved the dollar's purchasing power better than a Federal Reserve Chairman. Unfortunately, it's tough to find a blind monkey who will take the job."
Allen Thornton (1987) - "No one wants to picture himself as a victim of violence. Since all government action originates in violence, governments lie. States always prevaricate and coin new words to conceal their use of force. Taxes, laws, conscription, tariffs, regulations: A thousand words have been invented to distract your attention from the guns and prisons that uphold the government."
Murray Rothbard (1926-1995) - "If the state is able to gain unquestioned control over the unit of all accounts [money], the state will then be in a position to dominate the entire economic system, and the whole society. It will also be able to add quietly and effectively to its own wealth and to the wealth of its favorite groups, and without incurring the wrath that taxes often invoke. "
Anthony Wile (in 2011) - "We live in a world that is just starting to come out of the Dark Ages of elite control. Central banking has devoured the wealth and productivity of America, leaving a nation of debtors with no ability to service their obligations. The fiat-dollar and its fractional reserve (fraudulent) banking system has done its job well, when you understand the greater agenda."
Richard Maybury (in 2011) - "you have to first understand the two fundamental laws that make civilization possible. The first being 'You should do all you have agreed to do,' which is the basis of contract law. The other is 'Do not encroach on other persons or their property,' which is the basis of tort law and some criminal law."
James Turk (in 2011) - "We need to recognize one salient fact: national currencies are being destroyed and their purchasing power eroded by misdirected government policy. Consequently, gold and silver are safe havens and the best way to protect your wealth."
Anthony Wile (in 2011) - "Once the Iraqs, Irans and Venezuelans of the world start to back away from the dollar reserve they are attacked as being anti-democratic and a litany of supporting evidence is trotted out of the elite's meme factories, UN, CFR, Trilateral commission, etc. And like a precision Swiss watch, the mainstream Western media and bought-and-paid-for government officials trumpet their coordinated propaganda right on cue."
Charles Oliver (in 2011) - "All the fundamentals--excessive government debt, high budget deficits, runaway healthcare costs, growing Social Security payments, demographic trends--lead to one conclusion: Governments are bankrupt and are going to debase their currencies via money printing, quantitative easing, off-balance-sheet transactions, and whatever other tricks they can pull off."
Gary North (in 2011) - "The free market links personal responsibility with ownership. This is the key to prosperity."
Davos Sherman (in 2010) - "Too Big To Fail is living proof that capitalism is dead. These TBTF institutions that blew up the economy in 2008 with their stupidity crisis, at the very least deserved to fail. They blew it. That is the definition of capitalism. You do well you are rewarded, you screw up you close shop. You commit fraud and you do time."
Allen Thornton (in 1987) - "When you advocate any government action, you must first believe that violence is the best answer to the question at hand."
Winston Churchill (1874-1965) - "Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened."
Herbert Spencer (1820-1903) - "The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools."
Scott Lazarowitz (in 2011) - "We actually can return to the prosperity of the past, by replacing debt and austerity with freedom and independence."
Will Grigg (in 2011) - "The grim but statistically inescapable fact is that the average American is much more likely to be killed by a cop than by a terrorist."
James Madison (1751-1836) - "Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it; no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it."
David Galland (in 2011) - "I guess when you get right down to it, this crisis had it seeds in the madness and popular delusion of crowds. But it's going to end up on the rocks of the reality that money doesn't come from nothing, and that there's no such thing as a free lunch. Sooner or later the tab comes due."
Mark Crovelli (in 2010) - "May God protect us all from this group of people whose allegiance is to secrecy, immoral war, and lying politicians, instead of defending the people of the United States."
Mark McHugh (in 2010) - "The silver vigilantes just want you to re-learn what the phrases, "cold, hard cash," and "payment in full" are supposed to mean."
Robert P. Murphy (in 2010) - "Society would prosper in the absence of taxation and war, not collapse. If the libertarian is right in this view, then it easily follows that the standard moral objections to theft and killing don't magically disappear just because a group of professional liars reclassifies them as 'taxation' and 'national defense.'"
Butler Shaffer (in 2010) - "The state and the playground bully operate from the same modus operandi: the capacity to enforce obedience to its inconstant temperaments through violence."
Abel P. Upshur (1790-1844) - "Is there, or is there not, any principle in the Constitution of the United States, by which the States may resist usurpations of the Federal Government; or are such usurpations to be resisted only by revolution?"
Edwin Vieira Jr (in 2010) - "....although History may never repeat itself exactly, bad principles will bring about similar perverse consequences whenever and wherever they are put into operation."
Edwin Vieira Jr (in 2010) - "The central economic problem plaguing this country since 1913 has been the presence of the Federal Reserve System. Without the Federal Reserve System's debt-currency scheme having effectively supplanted the constitutional monetary system based upon silver and gold, it would have been impossible--not simply improbable, or difficult, but impossible--for politicians in the public sector and speculators in the private sector to have amassed the staggering level of unpayable, unconstitutional, and unconscionable debt that now bears down upon this country."
Edwin Vieira Jr (in 2010) - "...nothing is being done by the political and economic leadership classes to lift the crushing burden of debt--much of it unconstitutionally incurred in the first place--from the American people's shoulders. Instead, more and more debt is being shoveled into the national account--eventually to be billed to common people through taxation and inflation--precisely in order to 'bail out' the very institutions and individuals responsible for the present financial mess."
Edwin Vieira Jr (in 2010) - "Now, as many as 200,000,000 to 300,000,000 firearms and an immense store of ammunition are estimated to be held in private hands throughout this country. Can anyone believe that, in the midst of what promises to become the most severe economic crisis of modern times, perhaps of all time, this profusion of armaments--in the hands of people who have been rudely stripped of their financial security, disabused of their political illusions, and driven to the edge of desperation by homelessness, hunger, and loss of hope--will not come into play in the most direct manner possible?"
Edwin Vieira Jr (in 2010) - "Can anyone believe that these people's natural and justified antagonisms against public officials, politicians, and special-interest groups will not turn to rancor--rancor to hatred--hatred to an urge for revenge--and an urge for revenge into actual violent retaliation in more than a few isolated instances and in only a short period of time?"
Edwin Vieira Jr (in 2010) - "People who find themselves in dire economic straits throughout America tomorrow may also be expected to turn to the red--curtained drama of mass violence in order to 'send a message' across the footlights. This message, however, will not be sent from a very small part of the country to the rest of it, but from the entire country to the very small part that constitutes the failed economic and political leadership classes. So the level of violence will be far greater, and its focus far narrower and much sharper."
Phil Maymin (in 2010) - "Unwinnable wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, enormous expansion of federal health regulations, indefinite detention, targeted killing of American citizens, bungled government responses to environmental disasters, warrantless surveillance and bailouts galore. Are we sure George W. Bush is no longer president?"
Butler Shaffer (in 2010) - "As the institutional order continues its decentralizing collapse into alternative social systems and practices, its domination of humanity continues to weaken. The struggle confronting mankind comes down to the question of whether human beings are to be the masters of their own lives, or whether they are to remain as resources to be exploited for institutional ends."
Friedrich. A. Hayek (1899-1992) - "I am more convinced than ever that if we ever again are going to have a decent money, it will not come from government: it will be issued by private enterprise, because providing the public with good money which it can trust and use can not only be an extremely profitable business; it imposes on the issuer a discipline to which the government has never been and cannot be subject. It is a business which competing enterprise can maintain only if it gives the public as good a money as anybody else."
Thomas Woods (in 2009) - "The Austrian approach to understanding what has happened to the economy holds far greater explanatory power than does any competing school of thought."
Friedrich. A. Hayek (1899-1992) - "There is no justification in history for the existing position of a government monopoly of issuing money. It has never been proposed on the ground that government will give us better money than anybody else could. It has always, since the privilege of issuing money was first explicitly represented as a Royal prerogative, been advocated because the power to issue money was essential for the finance of the government-not in order to give us good money, but in order to give to government access to the tap where it can draw the money it needs by manufacturing it. "
Butler Shaffer (in 2010) - "The question before us is whether life is to belong to the living, or to long-revered systems that insist upon their authority to control and destroy life for organizational interests."
Thomas Woods (in 2009) - "It is the monetary system itself....that is breaking down, and it is the federal government's intervention...that threatens our economic well-being...."
Butler Shaffer (in 2010) - "Those who pay attention to what is implicit in events are quickly discovering that, regardless of the forms under which they operate, every state system is grounded in the exercise of arbitrary force. The enjoyment of its monopoly on the use of violence cannot exist alongside any principle that would limit its arbitrariness. This is why police brutalities, international war crimes, and other political atrocities will continue unabated. "
David Galland (in 2010) - "...the machinations of the political class [are] the single largest threat to the wealth and well-being of the population of these United States, and the world as a whole."
Hans-Herman Hoppe (in 2010) - "You cannot first establish a territorial monopoly of law and order and then expect that this monopolist will not make use of this awesome privilege of legislating in its own favor. Likewise: You cannot establish a territorial monopoly of paper money production and expect the monopolist not to use its power of printing up ever more money."
Hans-Herman Hoppe (in 2010) - "....it is impossible to have a lasting intellectual association with people who are either unwilling or incapable of grasping the principles of economics. Economics--the logic of action--is the queen of the social sciences."
Hans-Herman Hoppe (in 2010) - "....the State is: an institution run by gangs of murderers, plunderers and thieves, surrounded by willing executioners, propagandists, sycophants, crooks, liars, clowns, charlatans, dupes and useful idiots--an institution that dirties and taints everything it touches."
Antal E. Fekete (in 2010) - "....jurisprudence cannot tolerate a double standard of justice. The government, its departments and agencies ought to be subject to the same contract law as are citizens. There are no valid grounds to allow the Treasury and the Central Bank to issue obligations which they have neither the means nor the intention to honor--while everybody else doing it will be dealt with according to the Criminal Code. To say that the gold standard is not practicable is the same as saying that the government should be exempted from the provisions of the Criminal Code in its dealings with its subjects."
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) - "...whensoever the general government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force..."
Butler Shaffer (in 2010) - "The world is becoming increasingly decentralized; the horizontal is replacing the vertical. Such changes are not being occasioned by ideological thinking, but by the pragmatic necessities of sustaining life. Just as a tree does not grow from the top down, the lives of individuals and of societies cannot be directed by external authorities, no matter how long they have been revered. It is becoming more evident to more people that there is nothing that anyone in power can do to resolve the problems created by political thinking. More and more of us are discovering just how weak is any system that must rely on threats and violence to achieve its ends."
Jim Willie (in 2010) - "This is World War in Finance with the AngloSphere under great pressure of losing its hegemony in the control of global financial structures. Entire national economies are at high risk. These are historic times."
Doug Casey (in 2010) - "Legal authority is not moral authority."
Doug Casey (in 2010) - "After you cut through the rhetoric, doublethink, and smoke-screening altruism that surrounds the subject, you find the essence of the state in pure force, the kind that comes out of the barrel of a gun. There's no voluntarism whatsoever about obeying laws. Only sociopaths think force is a good thing; decent people know it's something to avoid. "
Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (1809-1865) - "To be GOVERNED is to be kept in sight, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right, nor the wisdom, nor the virtue to do so.
To be GOVERNED is to be at every operation, at every transaction, noted, registered, enrolled, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be placed under contribution, trained, ransomed, exploited, monopolized, extorted, squeezed, mystified, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, despised, harassed, tracked, abused, clubbed, disarmed, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and, to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, outraged, dishonored. That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality. "
Ty Andros (in 2010) - "Citizens of the developed world have been betrayed by their leaders, and their governments will not SAVE them; they can't, they are the engineers and beneficiaries of the crisis."
Butler Shaffer (in 2010) - "What with the American government conjuring up wars based upon lies, forged documents, and other acts of deceit; with the economic system in a state-created turbulence; with the shoveling of hundreds of billions of dollars into the coffers of corporations friendly to the state; with major corporations (e.g., General Electric, Bank of America) paying no federal income tax this year; and with Washington endeavoring to create a situation to justify an unprovoked, 'preemptive' attack on Iran with nuclear weapons, it is the height of elitist arrogance to charge tens of millions of Americans as 'extremists' for objecting to such moral and intellectual corruption."
Butler Shaffer (in 2010) - "ALL political systems - are grounded in the unprincipled use of violence. Their machinations - while outwardly cloaked in the language of 'public interest' - very quickly erupt into the self-serving violence dramatized so effectively in the Godfather films. When their special interests are threatened, such as by most members of the public no longer buying into their racket, they have the legalized force - and the willingness to exert it - to resort to whatever desperate measures they deem necessary."
Robert Higgs (in 2010) - "Data don't bleed."
Thomas J DiLorenzo (in 2010) - "The income tax effectively declares that all earned income is the property of the state, and that the state will inform us from time to time how much of our own income we may keep to live on by setting the income tax rates. "
Thomas J DiLorenzo (in 2010) - "The government in Washington, D.C. has not been a government by consent since 1865. In response to the declaration by American citizens residing in the Southern states in 1860-1861 that they no longer consented to being governed by Washington, D.C., the U.S. government waged war on the entire civilian population of the South, killing some 350,000 fellow American citizens, which is more Americans than died in all other wars combined."
Thomas J DiLorenzo (in 2010) - "Americans - especially conservatives - delude themselves when they express the view that it might be possible to restore constitutional government. How would this happen? Who would enforce the Constitution? Why would the federal government ever give up its monopoly of constitutional interpretation and return to the pre-1865 world where all three branches of government were often given equal weight in constitutional interpretation, as well as the citizens of the free, independent and sovereign states? The central state murdered hundreds of thousands of its own citizens in order to achieve this monopoly status, and it will never just give it up."
Anthony Gregory (in 2010) - "Indeed, the most dangerous right wing extremist in my lifetime was George W. Bush. Obama is following in his footsteps. That so many Americans are more frightened of right wingers out of power than in power - more bothered by conservatives who hate Washington than those who control or want to control it - and more offended by anti-government rhetoric than the Democratic president continuing the policies they claimed to hate under Republican rule - shows how little they have learned from Waco and all that has happened since."
Catherine Austin Fitts (in 2010) - "Who are these guys and why are they doing what they're doing? What we're dealing with is not an economic problem. We don't have an economic problem on this planet. We have a political problem, and the faster we can face our political problem the faster we can start to practice successful predator evasion and do it in a way that will hopefully start to shift things."
William Grigg (in 2010) - "While providing for common defense is supposedly the purpose of government, it is government that most consistently threatens individual rights and property. Interposition could be considered a form of 'citizen's arrest' - that is, an action taken to arrest criminal aggression by government. The most basic form of interposition is defensive physical action, whether through peaceful non-cooperation or lawful exercise of defensive violence."
Darryl Schoon (in 2010) - "Politicians seek power and bankers seek profit and their collusion is responsible for the present crisis. Do not be surprised at the current state of affairs, the motives of the participants are clear and so are the consequences. These are exceptional times and while we are helpless to prevent what is about to happen, so, too, are bankers and politicians. They have brought this state of affairs upon themselves and for this we should be grateful; for without their demise we would be enslaved forever."
Gary North (in 2010) - "Millions of voters are beginning to figure out that the government and the FED are the problem, not the solution."
Murray Rothbard (1926-1995) - "The consumption tax, on the other hand, can only be regarded as a payment for permission-to-live. It implies that a man will not be allowed to advance or even sustain his own life, unless he pays, off the top, a fee to the State for permission to do so. The consumption tax does not strike me, in its philosophical implications, as one whit more noble, or less presumptuous, than the income tax."
Murray Rothbard (1926-1995) - "There can be no such thing as 'fairness in taxation.' Taxation is nothing but organized theft, and the concept of a 'fair tax' is therefore every bit as absurd as that of 'fair theft.'"
Lew Rockwell (in 2010) - "Ideas know no borders. They are not inhibited by considerations of space. They can eat through the limits of time. They grow and spread by individual decisions and actions that no one can control. In the end, governments cannot manage ideas, and are even rendered powerless by them."
David Galland (in 2010) - "When at the gym, you may want to start focusing more on your arm muscles. That's because the bigger the crowd, the harder it is to deliver your stone all the way to the target. And it is the height of poor protest manners to have your rock fall short, into the backsides of your fellow protesters."
H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) - "The typical lawmaker of today is a man wholly devoid of principle...a mere counter in a grotesque and knavish game. If the right pressure could be applied to him he would be cheerfully in favor of polygamy, astrology or cannibalism."
Doug Casey (in 2008) - "The Greater Depression is almost entirely due to the intervention of government into the economy. This intervention takes three forms -- taxation, regulation, and currency inflation -- all of which are disastrous."
Butler Shaffer (in 2010) - "That congressmen would instinctively call upon the police and FBI for protection is a clear admission of who such agencies are designed 'to serve and protect.' Media voices...intent on keeping their jobs...warble in unison the refrain 'violence, and threats of violence are unacceptable' in society. What this means, of course, is that 'violence' and 'threats' that have not been sanctioned by the state are 'unacceptable.'"
H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) - "A professional politician is a professionally dishonorable man. In order to get anywhere near high office he has to make so many compromises and submit to so many humiliations that he becomes indistinguishable from a streetwalker."
Butler Shaffer (in 2010) - "The marketplace rewards those who make decisions that benefit others, be they customers, employees, or suppliers. The incentive to be creative and productive of the values others voluntarily choose to patronize becomes a source of profit."
Official Monopoly Rules (in 1934) - "The Bank collects all taxes, fines, loans and interest, and the price of all properties, which it sells and auctions. The Bank never goes broke. If the Bank runs out of money, the Banker may issue as much as needed by writing on any ordinary paper."
Ron Paul (in 2010) - "The Constitution gives Congress the authority to oversee the integrity of the monetary unit. We have unwisely and unconstitutionally delegated this authority to the Federal Reserve, which has in turn devalued our dollar by 95 percent and counting. When the Federal Reserve engages in harmful policies, Congress is still ultimately responsible."
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) - "All men recognize the right of revolution; that is, the right to refuse allegiance to, and to resist, the government, when its tyranny or its inefficiency are great and unendurable. "
Butler Shaffer (in 2010) - "We live in the terminal days of Western civilization, and the institutional interests that have wormed their ways into the fabric of society and which have long fed upon the resources and energies of individuals now desperately work to reinforce their collapsing structures."
Butler Shaffer (in 2010) - "Constitutional principles do not govern the American state any more than the Soviet Constitution based on the American model restrained the Stalinist regime. Free-market concepts and practices have been supplanted by government largess as the source of economic success and discipline."
Ezra Pound (1885-1972) - "A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him."
Butler Shaffer (in 2010) - "As long as we revere the interests of organizations more highly than we do our own; as long as we continue to invest the lives of our children and grandchildren as resources for institutional consumption, this crisis will continue unto the disintegration of civilization itself."
James Turk (in 2009) - "The ideological bankruptcy of socialism will be laid bare by government insolvency."
Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850) - "The state is the great fiction by which everybody tries to live at the expense of everybody else."
Margaret Thatcher (in 1976) - "Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They [socialists] always run out of other people's money. It's quite a characteristic of them."
James Ostrowski (in 2004) - "The mere existence of monopoly judicial power does not imply that it will be used justly. Whenever that monopoly power becomes unhinged from true justice, that monopoly judicial power thereby becomes a great evil. "
Hans-Herman Hoppe (in 2001) - "There is near-universal agreement that democracy represents an advance over monarchy and is the cause of economic and moral progress. This interpretation is curious in light of the fact that democracy has been the fountainhead of every form of socialism."
James Ostrowski (in 2004) - "While the state in all its forms, even dictatorship, provides a means to resolve disputes, its capacity to resolve them justly is subject to serious dispute. Why should we think the state, even a democratic state, will resolve disputes justly?"
Hans-Hermann Hoppe (in 2002) - "Socialism is not a higher mode of production but rather economic chaos and regression to primitivism."
F. A. Hayek (1899-1992) - "As soon as the state takes upon itself the task of planning the whole economic life, the problem of the due station [rank] of the different individuals and groups must indeed inevitably become the central political problem. As the coercive power of the state will alone decide who is to have what, the only power worth having will be a share in the exercise of this directing power. There will be no economic or social questions that would not be political questions in the sense the their solution will depend exclusively on who wields the coercive power, or whose are the views that will prevail on all occasions. "
W. H. Chamberlin (1897-1969) - "Socialism is certain to prove the road NOT to freedom, but to dictatorship and counter-dictatorships, to civil war of the fiercest kind. Socialism achieved and maintained by democratic means seems definitely to belong to the world of utopias."
James Ostrowski (in 2004) - "Once you deny that individuals own themselves and their property, no rational or moral stopping point to government action can be conjured. The whim of the legislator and judge controls."
Fredric Bastiat (1801-1850) - "Each of us has a natural right to defend his person, his liberty, and his property. If every person has the right to defend--even by force--his person, his liberty, and his property, then it follows that a group of men have the right to organize and support a common force to protect these rights constantly. Thus, since an individual cannot lawfully use force against the person, liberty, or property
of another individual, then the common force--for the same reason--cannot lawfully be used to destroy the person, liberty, or property of individuals or groups."
Wes Alexander (in 2005) - "Politicians at every level talk about freedom, liberty, and justice. They also act. Unfortunately, the speechifying seldom matches the action. I submit that ownership is a function of control and exercising control is an act of ownership. Please tell me why the state at every level feels compelled to control my body, my land, my business, my children, my health, my income, my pets, my personal defense, and my choice to set or reject any price on any product. Please tell me how the state can justify the use of force, or the threat of force, to control every aspect of private property. Please help me understand why it would be unjust for an individual to resist such immoral force. "
John Browne (in 2009) - "America is at a crossroads. It is important in these times to have leaders we can trust to make the right decisions, even if they are unpopular. Obama, Bernanke, Reid, Dodd, Pelosi, Frank… These are not names that are trusted to make wise choices over expedient ones. The markets know it; the voters know it; and, judging by the price of gold, the rest of the world knows it too."
Butler Shaffer (in 2009) - "The rationale for the political domination of the more numerous by the few has morphed from 'divine right of kings' to 'democracy,' each serving, during its time, to convince people of the propriety of their subservience to power."
John Meyer (in 2009) - "The Declaration of Independence was the culmination of the Enlightenment and Classical Liberalism. The individual and the concept of property rights were elevated to be supreme. The individual was set free from the collective, king or god to pursue his own rational self interests. This noble experiment propelled the United States to a level of achievement, which has never been equaled. Productivity is the essential requirement of life. In fact, life demands it. It is metaphysical. That is, it is biocentric. Life is a constant process of self-sustaining and self generated action. The individual is the creator and to deny or impinge, in any way, on the products of his efforts leads society down the road to slavery. The right to life and by extension his property is the source of all rights."
Darryl Schoon (in 2009) - "The removal of gold from the global monetary system was not by accident. It allowed governments to do what they could not otherwise do. Gold cannot be printed. Paper money can. Therein lays the cause and consequence of what is happening today."
Ringo Starr (in 1964) - "Everything government touches turns to crap."
Glen Allport (in 2009) - "American healthcare should be cheap and getting cheaper, easy to access, effective yet rapidly improving, and with nearly endless options for treatment, pricing, and method of delivery. The cheaper-faster-better dynamic we enjoy in high-tech areas that are not blighted by government regulation and control could and would apply to the medical and pharmaceutical industries if only we let it. "
Michael Gaddy (in 2009) - "A great majority of Americans refuse to accept the fact both parties are controlled by the same power cabal. Instead, they embrace the concept of party politics over those of individual freedom and liberty. The paradigm of supporting your party or candidate of choice, even when they are involved in unconstitutional and/or criminal activities. Party first, regardless of the crimes committed, has relegated this country to being led by criminals and the loss of individual liberty."
Sean Malone (in 2009) - "Money supply from 1946-2009 has been increased 5,938% to $8,235,900,000,000. In that time, the U.S. has seen 10 recessions, constant military action, massive expansion of government power, an explosion of the welfare state and the complete annihilation of the buying power of the U.S. dollar. Now try to imagine what your life might be like if every dollar you had--bought you 20 times as much stuff. This is the cost of inflation."
John Browne (in 2009) - "It is clear to even a casual observer that Congress has abused its power to tax and spend. It has taxed success to subsidize failure. It has purchased votes by enacting an unending stream of entitlement programs, financed by taxation, foreign debt and a progressive degradation of the U.S. paper dollar."
Robert P. Murphy (in 2008) - "Commodity money such as gold and silver arose spontaneously on the market without prodding from kings or sultans, and if used today it would serve as a much better unit of account and store of value than rapidly depreciating pieces of paper with presidential portraits."
Stewart Dougherty (in 2009) - "Washington is about the addiction to power; Wall Street is about the addiction to money. Those two centers of addiction are now galvanizing each other. By finding artificial means to temporarily keep the government's sinking financial ship afloat, Wall Street supports Washington's power addiction. By funneling trillions of public dollars to Wall Street, Washington supports the bankers' money addiction. "
Stewart Dougherty (in 2009) - "There is accumulating evidence that the Washington - Wall Street moral hazard experiment has gone disastrously wrong, and that just like any other accidental discharge of a deadly virus, the moral hazard virus is now loose and swiftly propagating throughout society. By so blatantly colluding with Wall Street, Washington has lost all moral authority, and the people now have only one place to turn: themselves. An ethic of, 'If they can do it, so can I,' is spreading, as people realize that fabric of American society has been shredded and replaced by a free-for-all mentality whereby everyone must fend for oneself in order to survive. "
John Sampson (in 2009) - "Rarely are we exposed to the proposition that government by its very nature is an illegitimate institution, that governments arise by conquest and confiscation and no other way, and that they represent the institutionalized form of violence and coercion."
John Sampson (in 2009) - "Our addictive attraction to the power of government to improve our lives is the very thing that has got us into our current predicament, and that government, far from securing our lives, liberty, and property, is the only real threat to them. It actually fosters chaos, and retards the process of mutually beneficial exchange that is the very basis of civilization. Government is the mortal enemy of mankind and civilization."
Gary North (in 2009) - "As an historian by training, I can think of no cartelization of any industry that has been more successfully concealed by academia. This is by far the largest, richest, and most successful cartel in American history. Yet there is almost no criticism of the system and its enforcement tool, the Federal Reserve System. Whatever mild technical quibbles the academic community has had with the FED, the central issue of central banking is never even mentioned, let alone refuted. What is the central issue? That all central banking is a government-licensed enforcement arrangement of a well-organized, well-funded cartel. As with all cartels, it operates at the expense of competitors who would otherwise offer better opportunities to the public."
D. G. White (in 2009) - "Properly speaking, money and law are natural outgrowths of human society, evolving over time via the voluntary cooperation that lies at the heart of the social enterprise. And as gold and the golden rule have for millennia formed the basis, respectively, of society's money and law, they accordingly constitute the 'twin pillars of civilization,' governing the social enterprise such that, in Mises's words, 'the human species has multiplied far beyond the margin of subsistence.' It stands to reason, then, that if money and law are corrupted, the social enterprise will be corrupted as well. And as this is precisely what the state has done, essentially toppling the twin pillars of civilization, it is necessary to understand what the state is, where it came from, and how it has systematically gone about corrupting money and law, and thus the social enterprise as a whole. For only then can money and law be returned to their rightful owners, and only then can the state be put in its proper place. Which is no place so far as the proper functioning of civil society is concerned."
Ron Paul (in 2009) - "The Federal Reserve in collaboration with the giant banks has created the greatest financial crisis the world has ever seen. The foolish notion that unlimited amounts of money and credit created out of thin air can provide sustained economic growth has delivered this crisis to us. Instead of economic growth and stable prices, it has given us a system of government and finance that now threatens the world's financial and political institutions. Real unemployment is now 20 percent and there has not been any economic growth since the onset of the crisis in the year 2000 according to non-government statistics. Pyramiding debt and credit expansion over the past 38 years has come to an abrupt end as predicted by free market economists. Pursuing the same policy of excessive spending, debt expansion and monetary inflation can only compound the problems and prevent the required corrections. Doubling the money supply didn't work; quadrupling it won't work either."
David Galland (in 2009) - "The U.S. government is now sending teams of energy conservation specialists to accompany soldiers fighting in Afghanistan. It is the crab fishermen operating off the coast of Alaska who are reputed to have the world's most dangerous job. That may soon change, replaced by those individuals who, clipboard in hand, will be charged with telling heavily armed Marines, exhausted from humping it through the deadly Afghan highlands, to turn down their air conditioner."
FOFOA (in 2009) - "We will have hyperDEflation in everything measured against real money, GOLD, and we will have hyperINflation in everything measured against paper dollars."
Michael Nystrom (in 2009) - "Since the Fed stands at the ready to bail out our financial system, banks and brokers are free to take excessive risks, secure in the knowledge that the responsibility of their poor decisions will be borne not by them, but by the Fed itself, and ultimately by the taxpayers. The bankers feel no moral responsibility for their investment decisions. "
Michael Nystrom (in 2009) - "The Fed is essentially the largest, most revered, officially sanctioned counterfeiter in the world. It creates money from nothing, which is distributed via Congress to the politically most well-connected individuals and institutions."
Gary North (in 2009) - "If you find something evil that wobbles, push it."
William Grigg (in 2009) - "Government is an exercise in pure, wasteful consumption. The only things that government can actually 'make' are criminals out of innocent people, and corpses out of living human beings."
Butler Shaffer (in 2009) - "When the promised results of economic planning are not forthcoming, the troops - with their tanks, armored personnel carriers, attack helicopters, and machine guns - will be sent in to enforce the state's will. At that point, Boobus may begin to learn what the German and Russian people learned, namely, that the alleged distinction between 'law enforcement' and 'national defense' has been but another deception employed to protect the establishment from its own people. "
Doug Casey (in 2009) - "It's not just the Supreme Court but the entire U.S. government that no longer serves any useful purpose. "
Doug Casey (in 2009) - "Anything that needs doing in a free society will be done by entrepreneurs, for a profit. If nobody can make a profit doing something, it's proof the good or service isn't wanted or needed. "
Philip Giraldi (in 2009) - "The United States, ironically, appears to be engaging in the concept of permanent revolution, a Marxist idea, but it is now doing so twitter style. "
Albert Jay Nock (1870-1947) - "If we look beneath the surface of our public affairs, we can discern one fundamental fact, namely: a great redistribution of power between society and the State. This is the fact that interests the student of civilization. He has only a secondary or derived interest in matters like price-fixing, wage-fixing, inflation, political banking, 'agricultural adjustment,' and similar items of State policy that fill the pages of newspapers and the mouths of publicists and politicians. All these can be run up under one head. They have an immediate and temporary importance, and for this reason they monopolize public attention, but they all come to the same thing; which is, an increase of State power and a corresponding decrease of social power. "
Thomas J DiLorenzo (in 2009) - "The purpose of government is for those who run it to plunder those who do not. Throughout history, governments have used violence, intimidation, coercion, and mass murder to enforce this system. But governments' first line of 'defense' is always a blizzard of lies about its own alleged benevolence, altruism, heroism, and greatness, along with equally big lies about the 'evils' of the civil society, especially the free market."
George F. Smith (in 2009) - "A bill to audit the Fed could by force of logic become a state audit, much like the investigations of the 1972 Watergate burglary exposed the grinning skull behind the government's public persona. During a Fed audit, for example, would it not be reasonable to ask why the people's elected representatives continue to support a banking system that secretly steals wealth from their countrymen and other dollar holders? Or are we to take the naive position that most elected officials really are clueless about the Fed's policy of currency debasement and the effects such policies have had in history?"
Thomas Paine (1736-1809) - "My country is wherever liberty lives."
Antal E. Fekete (in 2009) - "Make no mistake about it: in this credit collapse we are witnessing the death throes of irredeemable currency. In vain have governments and their client banks tried, for hundreds of years, to graft this repulsive and degenerate bastard on the living organism of society."
Sir Joshua Stamp governor of the Bank of England (1880-1941) - "Banking was conceived in iniquity and born in sin. The Bankers own the earth. Take it away from them, but leave them the power to create deposits, and with the flick of the pen they will create enough deposits to buy it back again. However, take away that power, and all the great fortunes like mine will disappear — as they ought to in order to make this a happier and better world to live in. But, if you wish to remain the slaves of Bankers and pay the cost of your own slavery, then let them continue to create deposits."
Matt Taibbi (in 2009) - "This isn't really commerce, but much more like organized crime: it was a gigantic fraud perpetrated on the economy that wouldn't have been possible without accomplices in the ratings agencies and regulators willing to turn a blind eye. Imagine a meat company that bred ten billion rats, fattened them on trash and sewage, ground their bodies into chuck, and then sold it all as grade-A ground beef to McDonald’s and Burger King, right under the noses of the USDA: this is exactly the same thing, only with debt instead of food. We're eating it, they're counting the money."
Antal E. Fekete (in 2009) - "The ideal of limited government is
meaningless unless reinforced by a gold standard denying to the government the power of
issuing unlimited amounts of currency."
Peter Schiff (in 2009) - "By throwing money at the problem, all the government is creating is inflation. Although this can often look like growth, it is no more capable of creating wealth than a hall of mirrors is capable of creating people."
Doug Casey (in 2009) - "Governments are capable of absolutely anything because they consider their citizens a national resource available for exploitation, almost like cattle."
Antal E. Fekete (in 2009) - "Once the government makes the currency irredeemable, it puts itself in the position to curtail the rights and freedoms of the people as it sees fit. Constitutional government is effectively overthrown. Once the government usurps the public purse, its power becomes uncontrollable. Budget debate in Parliament or in Congress becomes an annual farce. Nothing stands in the way of unscrupulous politicians to undermine constitutional government. The purchasing power of the currency is constantly undermined year in, year out. The banks are freed from constraints on them exercised by the people under the gold standard. Pandora's box of corruption is opened and its contents contaminate the nation's economic, political, and social
Mogambo Guru (in 2009) - "Whatever the reason, in total, the Federal Reserve has issued (since the inception of the Federal Reserve when it was tragically born alive in 1913, spewing as it did out of the very cesspool of hell), $2.165 trillion in credit to the banks, of which (and I warn you to sit down and hold onto something before proceeding), a whopping $1.293 trillion appeared in the last 12 months! Gaaahhh! Twelve Freaking Months (TFM)! We are so doomed by the idiots in charge! Hahaha!"
Butler Shaffer (in 2009) - "Every political system is nothing more than a mechanism that allows some to benefit at the expense of the many through violent takings of property.... Politics is unthinkable without property trespasses and takings."
Doug Casey (in 2009) - "I believe in completely free banking, with no licensing or regulation. In a free market, they would have to compete on the basis of their soundness. Central banks serve no useful purpose. They should be abolished. Banks are basically no different from any other kind of commercial enterprise, whether it be a car company, or a furniture sales company, or a restaurant. Historically you have two kinds of bank deposits: demand deposits and time deposits. With demand deposits, better known as checking accounts, you pay the banks for the privilege of transferring your money and storing it safely. With time deposits, the bank pays you interest, perhaps 3% historically, and may lend out your money for 6%. You can't get your money back until the bank gets it back from the borrower. There is no room for fractional reserve banking. Fractional reserve banking is intrinsically fraudulent and inevitably leads to the kind of abuses that we have seen. "
Jefferson Davis (1808-1889) - "A question settled by violence, or in disregard of law, must remain unsettled forever."
Antal E. Fekete (in 2009) - "A government can take total control of the people either by the use of military force, or by the use of irredeemable currency. The former is readily understood, while the latter is a subtle national drug that is not generally recognized as such. Rather, it is readily embraced by its victims. For these and similar reasons irredeemable currency is the favorite device of modern governments that want to bring people under total control. Indeed, it enables the government to succeed in controlling the masses while, at the same time, earning their approval and even their
enthusiastic support. Irredeemable currency must be seen as the habit-forming drug that the
government uses to intoxicate people. Under this intoxication people will want more and more
national spending, more and more government control, and more and more debt."
Doug Casey (in 2009) - "The institution of the state itself is a bad thing. It's not a question of getting the right people into the government; the institution itself is hopelessly flawed and necessarily corrupts the people that compose it, as well as the people it rules."
Lysander Spooner (1808-1887) - "If a government is to 'do equal and exact justice to all men,' it must do simply that, and nothing more. If it does more than that to any, --- that is, if it gives monopolies, privileges, exemptions, bounties, or favors to any, --- it can do so only by doing injustice to more or less others. It can give to one only what it takes from others; for it has nothing of its own to give to any one. The best that it can do for all, and the only honest thing it can do for any, is simply to secure to each and every one his own rights, --- the rights that nature gave him, --- his rights of person, and his rights of property; leaving him, then, to pursue his own interests, and secure his own welfare, by the free and full exercise of his own powers of body and mind; so long as he trespasses upon the equal rights of no other person."
Bill Bonner (in 2009) - "Pontiac is going out of business after 82 years. And General Motors is being taken over by the government. We are delighted. It's like being alive when extra-terrestrials finally come calling. Or when the Pope becomes a Mormon. We're getting to see things we never thought we'd see...amazing things."
Antal E. Fekete (in 2009) - "This is the secret of deflation, and the answer to the much-debated question whether you can have hyperinflation and deflation all at the same time. The answer is that you can, because hyperinflation refers to electronic money that people reject, and deflation refers to federal reserve notes that people hoard."
Doug Casey (in 2009) - "A rioter is typically an angry person looking for vengeance because he blames someone else for his problem. So far, rioters seem to be directing their attention at governments. Correct target, of course, but they don't have the rationale quite right. They're not angry because governments inflated the currency, promoted fractional reserve banking, and nurtured all the cockamamie socialist programs that caused this crisis. Not at all; they rather liked all that. They're angry only because their governments haven't adequately protected them from the consequences of what they did. So as conditions worsen, we can expect governments worldwide to pull out absolutely all the stops to show they're 'doing something.' And round up scapegoats to satisfy the mob and divert anger from themselves."
Martin Luther King Jr (1929-1968) - "Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice. "
William Grigg (in 2009) - "Through inflation – the deliberate, malevolent debasement of the currency – Government (the term in this instance includes the quasi-governmental entity called the Federal Reserve System) has made itself the only entity capable of stealing from us while we sleep without physically taking possession of a single thing. Inflation is immaculate pilferage, the defining crime of a system of official monetary fraud that was conceived in hell, gestated in the womb of the banker's cartel, and born as the squalid twin of the income tax system."
Michael Rozeff (in 2009) - "Justice, truth, and right cannot be extinguished, no matter how severely they are suppressed."
William Grigg (in 2009) - "Supporters of the unitary state that rules us insist that the act of revoking one's consent to be ruled by that state is 'aggression,' and the use of force to prevent an act of peaceful withdrawal by a state would be 'defensive' in nature."
Niall Ferguson (in 2009) - "You can’t really have a bubble if you don't have a monetary authority that has been excessively generous."
John D. Meyer (in 2009) - "Life is a constant process of self-sustaining and self generated action. The individual is the creator and to deny or impinge, in any way, on the products of his efforts leads society down the road to slavery. The right to life and by extension his property is the source of all rights."
James West (in 2009) - "We are progressing solidly toward a situation where lawlessness emanates from the top down, and leadership by example is the most to blame. The U.S. government is being implicated more and more in duplicitous acts that appear to provide cover and escape for high net worth bankers who have supported the election of governments with billions in ill-gotten gains for the last twenty years."
James West (in 2009) - "A time will come when you will look back and marvel at the sheer audacity of the criminal banking and government cartel, and also at our own collective naïveté in swallowing the perception management diatribe and taking the integrity of our society’s elite for granted. Those days should be over once and for all."
Lew Rockwell (in 2009) - "The state is always and everywhere a threat to liberty, and liberty is the basic building block of prosperity and civilization."
Jeffrey Snyder (in 1993) - "To own firearms is to affirm that freedom and liberty are not gifts from the state. It is to reserve final judgment about whether the state is encroaching on freedom and liberty, to stand ready to defend that freedom with more than mere words, and to stand outside the state's totalitarian reach.... Laws disarming honest citizens proclaim that the government is the master, not the servant, of the people."
William Grigg (in 2009) - "Stalin's infamous dictum about one death being a tragedy and a million deaths a statistic captures just the most horrifying variation on a key political principle: If a crime is big enough, it becomes official policy. Steal $10,000 from the local bank, and you're a felon; steal $8 trillion on behalf of the banks, and you're a federal policy-maker."
William Grigg (in 2009) - "Let's be unambiguously clear about one thing: To the extent that 'sovereign citizens,' or anybody else, defraud innocent people out of any amount of money or property, they're committing a crime. When people circulate phony cashier's checks in exchange for cash or goods, they're stealing. It's that simple, and simply wrong. And the morality of the matter is not affected in any way by the fact that generating and circulating phony money and other financial instruments is one of the major activities of the government ruling us. "
Lila Rajiva (in 2009) - "An empire that has to keep its white, black and brown citizens, its Christians, Jews and Muslims, its men and women, its poor, middling and rich, constantly focused on the most divisive things about them, in order to keep them from focusing on what might actually bring them together – the task at hand. "
David Walker (in 2007) - "The US government is on a 'burning platform' of unsustainable policies and practices with fiscal deficits, chronic healthcare underfunding, immigration and overseas military commitments threatening a crisis if action is not taken soon."
Pastor Adrian Rogers (1931-2005) - "You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
James Quinn (in 2009) - "In the time it takes to say Audacity of Hope, we’ve added $25,000 to the National Debt."
Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969) - "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hope of its children."
Jonathan Turley pointing to the U.S. Capitol (in 2009) - "That building is where principles go to die."
Butler Shaffer (in 2009) - "As I watched politicians, members of the mainstream media, and selected academicians discuss the self-styled "stimulus" plan designed to confer trillions of dollars to the establishment’s favored institutions, I found myself recalling those early days following the Bush administration’s bombing of Baghdad, with thieves engaged in the wholesale looting of artifacts from the National Museum of Iraq. How fitting that Americans, with their insistence upon procedural due process, should content themselves with watching Congress carry out such pillaging on C-SPAN, with the regularities of Roberts Rules of Order being faithfully observed."
Butler Shaffer (in 2009) - "A productive, free, and peaceful society cannot be held together by violence, surveillance, torture, SWAT teams, lies, and prisons. Neither can it countenance governmental policies of plundering the fruits of the labors of an entire population, and redistributing it to the institutional friends of those in power. "
Bill Bonner (in 2009) - "Using the collapsing economy as an excuse to waste money, the pol[itician]s are having the time of their lives. "
Lew Rockwell (in 2008) - "What is the state? It is the group within society that claims for itself the exclusive right to rule everyone under a special set of laws that permit it to do to others what everyone else is rightly prohibited from doing, namely aggressing against person and property."
James Howard Kunstler (in 2008) - "What seems to spook people now is the possibility that everybody in charge of everything is a fraud or a crook. Legitimacy has left the system. "
Jim Fedako (in 2008) - "To argue that the state is providing security through harassment is to beg the question. Is harassment a proxy for security? If the bully harasses me on the street, is he providing me security? Consider this: How many times has someone accosted you, hand on gun, who was not an agent of the state?"
Rob Kirby (in 2008) - "When we stop to consider that the Federal Reserve is no more 'federal' than Federal Express and they have no 'reserves'--owing to the fact that they create money ‘out of thin air’--the name 'Federal Reserve' itself is a misnomer and purposely given this moniker as a deceptive means; to make its creation more palatable to lawmakers since the framers of the U.S. Constitution were dead-set against the institution of Central Banking. "
James Paul Warburg (1896-1969) - "We shall have World Government, whether or not we like it. The only question is whether World Government will be achieved by conquest or consent."
Walter Williams (in 2008) - "The justifications for Federal Reserve Act of 1913 was to prevent bank failure and maintain price stability. Simple before-and-after analysis demonstrates that the Federal Reserve Bank has been a failure. In the century before the Federal Reserve Act, wholesale prices fell by 6 percent; in the century after they rose by 1,300 percent. Maximum bank failures in one year before 1913 were 496 and afterward, 4,400."
Lew Rockwell (in 2008) - "Most of us like to believe that we wouldn't have been tricked by Madoff [$50 billion Ponzi fraud]. But are you being tricked by the elites who claim that they can conjure up a trillion dollars to stabilize our economy by clicking a few buttons on a computer screen? Most people are. Certainly the press seems to have bought it. Many people were outwitted by Madoff. Many more people are today being outwitted by the government and its central bank. And it will all end in disgrace and disaster, only on a far, far grander scale."
Bill Bonner (in 2008) - "America’s SEC had 3,371 employees playing the piano in 2006. If you can believe it, not a single one of them noticed what was going on in the back room. Even after rummaging through Bernard Madoff’s back office twice in the last three years, they still didn’t know. They must have been like pets watching an orgy...with no idea what to make of it, but wagging their tails and vaguely wanting to get in on the action. "
Peter Schiff (in 2008) - "Washington can only offer funds that it has borrowed from abroad or printed. Unfortunately, the nation is in the grips of a delusion that money derived from these sources has the power to heal. But history has clearly shown that borrowed or printed money only has the power to destroy."
Butler Shaffer (in 2008) - "Is there a case to be made for voting? Indeed there is, if one believes that social order is a quality that can be instilled, by violence and other coercive means, by political authorities."
Sam Mathid (in 2008) - "Government is the problem, not the solution. Until we can see and understand that one simple truth, and make the decision that we will no longer put up with that situation, then humanity will continue to suffer the cyclical existence that ranges from impoverished serfdom to intermittent prosperity and back to poverty again."
Butler Shaffer (in 2008) - "For state power to exist, a significant number of men and women must sanction the idea of being ruled by others, a sanction that depends, ultimately, upon the credibility of those who exercise such power. When we vote in an election, we are declaring, by our actions, our support for the process of some people ruling others by coercive means. "
Aesop (620-560 BC) - "We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office."
Bill Bonner (in 2008) - "A successful central banker, in the age of compliant paper money, is one who is able to control the rate of ruin so that the rubes don't catch on. A little bit of inflation, they believe, is actually healthy. Haven’t the economists told them so? Issuing a little bit more money each year makes people feel richer…so they spend more; they hire more people; they build more houses. Everybody is happy. Everyone feels richer. What an elegant fraud! It's almost a perfect crime, because no one objects as long as it is done right."
Richard Greene (in 2006) - "The average American has not yet come to grips with one important fact....the government lies to us constantly and often. Since the Fed, a private bank, was unconstitutionally handed the monetary reins of the United States in 1913 it has instituted a totally fiat currency in phases that has increasingly served special interest groups at the expense of the American people and now the people of the entire planet. "
Jim Willie (in 2008) - "Congress has become a den of irrelevant men and women owing more to lobbyists than to the people. Their chief function is to apply rubber stamps to directives crafted by others, usually from an array of bankers themselves."
Michael S. Rozeff (in 2008) - "The government's actions indict government itself. We are seeing the failures within our system of government showing up as failures in the banking and financial system. These are not failures of free markets or free enterprise or free banking. We do not have free markets or free enterprise or free banking, and we haven't had them for a very long time."
John Rubino (in 2008) - "America's options have finally dwindled to just two: Accept a 1930s-style deflationary crash or embark on a Weimar Republic-style hyperinflation. There was never much doubt about which course our leaders would choose, but today they made it official. Treasury will assume essentially dictatorial powers to buy up pretty much the entire U.S. financial system, and the Fed will print the required trillions."
Jim Willie (in 2008) - "We are in historically unprecedented times. The foundation is being laid for a default of USTreasurys in the wake of the greatest regulatory failure in modern history, and the collapse of the US financial system."
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (in 2008) - "The world no longer has the capacity to absorb fake U.S. dollars."
Mike Shedlock (in 2008) - "It's NEVER 'practical' for the Fed, the SEC, Banks, CEOs in general, the FDIC, Congress, the Treasury Department, or the President to tell the truth. This is what it all boils down to: Somehow it's never 'practical' to stop a drunken credit-financed orgy, yet when the party ends, it's never 'practical' to discuss the consequences. In this case, the credit orgy lasted so long, and there were so many players, that the most important truth right now that needs open, honest discussion is that the entire US Banking System Is Insolvent. "
James Turk (in 2008) - "The time-bomb is ticking. The federal government is liquid because as its consolidated accounts state, it has “the power to print additional currency.” And print it will for one simple reason. The federal government is insolvent. Its debt obligations far exceed its financial capacity to repay those debts without debasing the dollar. "
James Madison (1751-1836) - "If tyranny and oppression come to this land it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy."
Darryl Schoon (in 2008) - "Free will, like the idea of free markets, has an unmistakable appeal. Nonetheless, even its most committed advocates did not choose or will their birth, their gender, their proclivities, their talents or their foibles; and whether we wish to be here or not, all of us are now gathered together on the very precipice of extreme change."
Charles A. Burris (in 2008) - "It is time for each of us to be in the vanguard of this worldwide renascence of human liberty in the first decade of the 21th-century, joining in solidarity with our brothers and sisters abroad in declaring war upon the State, all governments, as destroyers of rights and plunderers of the common heritage of humanity."
Butler Shaffer (in 2008) - "Lest anyone fail to get the message that the well-being of the state depends upon the most arbitrary exercise of its violent capacities, the performance of its 'national defense' agencies in foreign lands should awaken them. If the homes of Iraqis can be bombed and forcibly entered with blazing guns; if critics of such practices can be rounded up and shipped off to various foreign lands to be tortured and held without trial; if small children can be blown apart by soldiers employed by political leaders who like to pretend that they are 'pro-life;' what message is left for those of us to consume in the safety of our living rooms?"
Georgia Congressman James Jackson (1757-1806) - "Though our present debt be but a few millions, in the course of a single century it may be multiplied to an extent we dare not think of."
George Orwell (1903-1950) - "Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind."
Charles A. Burris (in 2008) - "Events do not happen outside of a historical context. What is happening in the financial sector is not accidental; it is deliberate, calculated policy on the part of our governing elites. The Fed is the great enabler of the welfare-warfare State and its empire abroad."
King Orry (in 2008) - "Currency is a credit instrument, a promise to pay you nothing note, when things go wrong as they are doing. A house is a depreciating asset if you don't have a mortgage, if you have a mortgage; it is nothing more than a collateralized debt, shared between you and the bank. The bank owns the collateral, you get to own the debt. "
Darryl Schoon (in 2008) - "It is now clear that central banks are using national treasuries to indemnify losses incurred by private banks. This should come as no surprise. Once private bankers and public government colluded to debase the currencies of their nations in order to enrich themselves, the joining of the two was inevitable and it is happening as we watch. "
Darryl Schoon (in 2008) - "The consequence of the public bailout of private banks will be the collapse of fiat currencies, currencies which have been the very basis of government and bankers' power - power which will be swept away when fiat currencies collapse. "
Gustav Stolper (1888-1947) - "Hardly ever do the advocates of free capitalism realize how utterly their ideal was frustrated at the moment the state assumed control of the monetary system. A 'free' capitalism with government responsibility for money and credit has lost its innocence. From that point on it is no longer a matter of principle but one of expediency how far one wishes or permits governmental interference to go. Money control is the supreme and most comprehensive of all government controls short of expropriation."
Lew Rockwell (in 2008) - "The State must hide not only its wars but all of its activities. It hides its inflation. It hides the effects of its taxation and its protectionism. It fears anyone who draws the cause-and-effect connection between its activities and their deleterious consequences for the rest of us. It is the most destructive force in our world. Because that truth is so momentous, the State does everything possible to hide the smallest drop of blood. "
William Grigg (in 2008) - "With the Senate's passage of the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac bailout last Saturday (July 26,2008), the United States of America has now become the world's first full-service kleptocracy, a form of government described earlier in this space as a government of, by, and for the robbers. "
Butler Shaffer (in 2008) - "It is an insistence upon epistemological certainty – wrapped in the arrogance of self-righteousness – that makes people-pushers of all persuasions an annoying and dangerous crowd. From evangelicals to secular religionists such as environmentalists, global-warmingists, drug-warriors, dietary dictators, egalitarians, and the censors who come at us from different directions with their politically-correct speech codes, we find ourselves beset by those trying to overcome their internal insecurities by insisting that their sordid opinions constitute 'objective' truth. "
Bill Bonner (in 2008) - "We're happy to see the federal government taking some dramatic action. It reaffirms our faith in our fellow man - he's an idiot; as we knew all along. And it confirms our opinion of the political class - they're grifters, chiselers and opportunists."
Bill Bonner (in 2008) - "How do the feds get any real money? They can only take it away from real people. The net effect to the economy is zero. The only way they can add to the total supply of money is to…well…add to the supply of money. They have to create it - out of thin air. Otherwise, they are just taking money from people who didn't make mistakes in order to keep people who did make mistakes from being forced to own up to them. "
William Grigg (in 2008) - "They [young people] should be instructed to despise the State and oppose all of its works and pomps -- its fraudulent currency, its fictional reserve banking system, its wars both domestic and foreign. They should be raised to see the State for what it is: The grand impediment to all genuine social progress and the greatest source of needless death and misery in human history. "
Michael S. Rozeff (in 2008) - "But we have already come far enough that our mode of government should now be termed fascism. Our government is not democracy or democratic republicanism. It is fascist. We live in a fascist country, and increasingly so.
According to dictionary.com, a fascist State has such features as a dictator with great powers, the suppression of criticism and opposition, regimentation of business, etc., and aggressive nationalism. I give us a high grade, almost an A."
Martin Hutchinson (in 2008) - "The combination of inflation and un-indexed income and capital gains taxes rapidly raises the tax rate on capital returns to an extremely high level, depressing still further the incentive to save. In the long run, a society with 5% or higher inflation becomes starved of domestic capital, and long term investment falls below its optimal level. More important perhaps, those such as the pensioners and bondholders who entered into long term arrangements believing in the soundness of money have effectively been swindled by borrowers - particularly, in most cases, by the government."
James Grant (in 2008) - "It wasn't the nation's small savers who brought down Bear Stearns, or tried to fob off subprime mortgages as 'triple-A.' Yet it's the savers who took a pay cut -- and the savers who, today, in the heat of a presidential election year, are holding their tongues."
William Grigg (in 2008) - "Taxes are not 'owed' to the federal government; they are seized by the federal government. One 'owes' money to another party from whom he has received goods or services pursuant to a legitimate contract."
William Grigg (in 2008) - "Those of us who pay taxes do so not because a legitimate contract exists between us and the Regime that extracts our wealth; we do so because of a desire to stay out of prison, or to avoid violent death at the hands of the State's hired killers."
William Grigg (in 2008) - "The 'lesser' evil isn't; when it is chosen it is always the greater evil, because it's the one that is actually done, rather than serving as a convenient rhetorical device."
William Grigg (in 2008) - "Where a government exercises the power to tax through inflation, no other taxes are 'necessary,' including the income tax. Furthermore, where governments tax through inflation, no tax evasion is possible, as long as people conduct business in that adulterated currency."
Bill Bonner (in 2008) - "Want to know who’s responsible for bringing down Fannie and Freddie? Follow the money. Before 1971, in the Bretton Woods monetary era, major economies used the dollar as a reference of value. The greenback was a North Star – helping businessmen and investors find their way. The U.S. dollar was reliable because it was tied to gold, which the U.S. Treasury promised to deliver to any country at a rate fixed at $42 an ounce. Then, on August 15, 1971, the U.S. Treasury reneged. Egged on by modern economists, the last link with gold was cut. Governments, investors and businessmen could still look to the dollar as a point of reference, but good luck to them. This disgraceful mischief caused even the stars to wobble."
Darryl Robert Schoon (in 2008) - "Parasitoidism is the relationship between a host and parasite where the host is ultimately killed by the parasite. This is what is happening to the US. Once the most powerful and productive economy in the world, the US, indebted by bankers and government spending beyond its ability to repay, is headed towards sovereign bankruptcy."
Ron Paul (in 2008) - "There are reasons to believe this coming crisis is different and bigger than any the world has ever experienced. Instead of using globalism in a positive fashion, it's been used to globalize all of the mistakes of the politicians, bureaucrats and central bankers."
Bill Bonner (in 2008) - "As if the pretensions and conceits of the financial industry weren't comic enough…we're now going to see a hilarious farce. The same people who set up a government sponsored enterprise to jack up the mortgage market…and created the biggest housing bubble the world has ever seen…now come to the rescue when the bubble pops."
Lew Rockwell (in 2008) - "Government has never done anything to bring about recovery and it never will. The best course for the political establishment is to recognize that recessions represent their own failure and then conclude that getting the state out of the way is the best course of action."
Thomas Woods (in 2008) - "The United States government today is restrained not by the Constitution but simply by a sense of what it can get away with."
Karen Kwiatkowski (in 2008) - "The antifederalists opposed any form of central government bank that could print money to get out from under this chronic underfunding situation. It is no coincidence that the 20th century was an era of state murder, setting fantastic global records of human slaughter by governments, and it was also the century of national and state banks, whereby government could fund wars without actually asking the people if they wanted these wars."
Doug Casey (in 2008) - "Government intervention in the economy through taxes, regulation and, most importantly, currency inflation causes distortions and misallocations of capital that must eventually be unwound. The distortions degrade the general standard of living, and the economy goes into a recession (call that an incomplete cleansing). Or it goes into a depression wherein the entire sickly structure comes unglued."
Gary North (in 2008) - " Non-Austrian economists believe that a gun, when held by a salaried government official and pointed at a citizen to extract his wealth, can sometimes produce economic growth, whereas a gun held by a thief and pointed at a citizen to extract his wealth always produces economic loss. The first produces something for nothing, whereas the second produces nothing for something. What is the difference? This: the person holding the gun."
William Grigg (in 2008) - "Bush can find no legal refuge in the fact that Congress 'authorized' and funded the war..."
Vincent Bugliosi (in 2008) - "...consent is not a defense to the crime of murder. Further, even if it were, it is [well-established] law that fraud vitiates consent. So the consent that Congress gave Bush is nullified by the deliberate misrepresentations he made to Congress in inducing it to give him its consent."
Lysander Spooner (1808-1887) - "A man's natural rights are his own, against the whole world; and any infringement of them is equally a crime, whether committed by one man, or by millions; whether committed by one man, calling himself a robber, (or by any other name indicating his true character,) or by millions, calling themselves a government."
Lysander Spooner (1808-1887) - "Majorities and minorities cannot rightfully be taken at all into account in deciding questions of justice. And all talk about them, in matters of government, is mere absurdity. Men are dunces for uniting to sustain any government, or any laws, except those in which they are all agreed. And nothing but force and fraud compel men to sustain any other. To say that majorities, as such, have a right to rule minorities, is equivalent to saying that minorities have, and ought to have, no rights, except such as majorities please to allow them."
Lysander Spooner (1808-1887) - "The principle that the majority have a right to rule the minority, practically resolves all government into a mere contest between two bodies of men, as to which of them shall be masters, and which of them slaves; a contest, that --- however bloody --- can, in the nature of things, never be finally closed, so long as man refuses to be a slave."
Gary North (in 2008) - "I have found that the economists who defend central banking do not explain why a cartel in banking is in the public interest but cartels in every other area of the economy are not in the public interest."
Lew Rockwell (in 2008) - "It is long past time for us to take note that the cause of the real trouble here is not the manufacturers or even the war as such but the agency that has been granted a legal right to counterfeit at will and lower the value of the currency while fueling every manner of statist scheme, whether welfare or warfare. We need to look at the Fed and say: this is the enemy."
Lysander Spooner (1808-1887) - "There is no difference, in principle --- but only in degree --- between political and chattel slavery. The former, no less than the latter, denies a man's ownership of himself and the products of his labor; and asserts that other men may own him, and dispose of him and his property, for their uses, and at their pleasure."
Johnny Kramer (2008) - "Americans spend more money per year on taxes than they do on food, clothing and shelter combined- and receive virtually nothing of value in return. Even worse, governments use citizens' own money against them to further erode their standard of living and persecute them for peaceful, voluntary behavior."
Lysander Spooner (1808-1887) - "Whoever desires liberty, should understand these vital facts, viz.:
1. That every man who puts money into the hands of a 'government' (so called), puts into its hands a sword which will be used against him, to extort more money from him, and also to keep him in subjection to its arbitrary will.
2. That those who will take his money, without his consent, in the first place, will use it for his further robbery and enslavement, if he presumes to resist their demands in the future."
Roberts Higgs (2008) - "The powers that be like to pretend that they have solved all the problems that brought down previous empires, but we may rest assured that they have not actually done so. As the U.S. government taxes, spends, borrows, regulates, mismanages, and wastes resources on a scale never before witnessed in the history of mankind, it is digging its own grave."
Edwin Vieira Jr (in 2008) - "Although the Federal Reserve System is fatally flawed, the wealth and power of elitists in high finance, big business, and the political class depend on maintaining it -- or replacing it in a timely fashion with something of equal serviceability for their ends."
Michael S. Rozeff (in 2008) - "The government has no bank account. It has no money of its own. The government is a gang with a collection agency and enforcers. It cannot and does not provide a real safety net on its own. It cannot and does not save those [banks] that are too big to fail."
Darryl Schoon (in 2008) - "My study of the causes of the Great Depression have led me to believe that America has now gone too far to go back, that Americans because of their foolishness, the duplicity of their leaders, or a combination thereof are today incapable or unwilling to understand what is now about to occur. The lack of understanding, however, will not prevent its occurrence."
Edwin Vieira Jr (in 2008) - "Silver and gold are not merely valuable commodities, investments, and media of exchange. More importantly, they are key 'checks and balances' in America's legal and political institutions."
Michael S. Rozeff (in 2008) - "Bank regulation is actually in the interests of the banks, not the public. The banks are running an operation in which they print fiat money and lend it out. Their goal is to run that system as long as possible so as to make as much profit as possible for themselves. The goal of regulation is the survival of this arrangement and the sustenance of the banks’ ability to print fiat money and lend it out at interest indefinitely."
Sean Corrigan (in 2008) - "If the basic tenets of free-market "capitalism" include the full recognition of property rights, the sanctity of voluntary contract, and the relegation of government to a minimalist role as arbiter – and, reluctantly, as enforcer – of last resort, it can hardly be argued that we have ever actually lived under such a regime. Indeed, the roots of today’s woes – as of those suffered innumerable times in the past – lie not in whether this or that regulation was sufficiently well-crafted or implemented, but rather go deeper into the issue of whether banking as currently instituted is – in any way, shape, or form – an activity consonant with such principles."
Gary North (in 2008) - " All of the posturing by politicians about the exploited borrowers who lost their homes – liars – and the need for new laws to be passed by Congress to prevent unscrupulous mortgage brokers – liars – from ever exploiting the poor again, and also preventing them from endangering the solvency of the nation's financial institutions – liars – is nothing but election-year politicking by the biggest liars of all: politicians."
Catherine Austin Fitts (in 2008) - "The reason why it is difficult for sophisticated financial people to discern that a slow burn [boiling frogs slowly] is taking place is because we have not yet collectively mastered the operational detail of how it is implemented. One of the most important aspects of the Paulson Plan to re-engineer US financial regulation is the assertion of complete control of payment systems by the Federal Reserve and gaining access to the data of essentially any financial institution. Combined with 1) the ability to print money and 2) digital communication payment and surveillance technology (satellite), this will consolidate greater power into fewer hands than at any time in recorded history."
Fred Sheehan (in 2008) - "Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson has proposed the Federal Reserve be given broad powers to regulate the financial industry. He could not have nominated a more incompetent body. The Coast Guard would do a better job."
Ron Paul (in 2002) - "To condemn free-market capitalism because of anything going on today makes no sense. There is no evidence that capitalism exists today. We are deeply involved in an interventionist-planned economy that allows major benefits to accrue to the politically connected of both political parties. One may condemn the fraud and the current system, but it must be called by its proper names — Keynesian inflationism, interventionism, and corporatism."
Michael S. Rozeff (in 2008) - "Central banking must be destroyed before it totally destroys us."
Catherine Austin Fitts (in 2008) - "The future is something to be created, rather than feared. Allocating our time, networks, and resources to deal with a variety of high-risk scenarios frees us to become proactive and to build positive futures instead of negative ones. I like to understand what these scenarios mean in terms of managing risk and to know how we can succeed within all possible futures."
Butler Shaffer (in 2008) - "If you were to ask others to identify the purposes for which governments were created, you would likely get the response: 'to protect our lives, liberty, and property from both domestic and foreign threats.' This is an article of faith into which most of us are indoctrinated since childhood, and to suggest any other explanation is looked upon as a blasphemous social proposition. 'But what,' I ask, 'are among the first things governments do when they get established? Do they not insist upon the power to take your liberty (by regulating what you can/cannot do), and your property (through taxation, eminent domain, and regulations), and your life (by conscripting you into their service, and killing you should you continue to resist their demands)?'"
Butler Shaffer (in 2008) - "Political systems thrive on [contradictions] them. If the police system fails to curb crime, or the government schools continue to crank out ill-educated children, most of us are disposed to giving such agencies additional monies. The motivations for state officials become quite clear: 'the more we fail, the more resources we are given.'"
Ron Paul (in 2002) - "Preserving our system is impossible if the critics are allowed to blame capitalism and sound monetary policy is rejected. More spending, more debt, more easy credit, more distortion of interest rates, more regulations on everything, and more foreign meddling will soon force us into the very uncomfortable position of deciding the fate of our entire political system."
Ron Paul (in 2002) - "We cannot depend on government to restore trust to the markets; only trustworthy people can do that."
John Rubino (in 2008) - "Our leaders lie about unemployment, inflation, growth and the deficit. Because Social Security payments are indexed to inflation, government statisticians suppress reported inflation, and thus their need to increase monthly Social Security checks, by arbitrarily eliminating from their calculations products that are rising too quickly in price. If they were adjusted for the true cost of living, today's Social Security checks would be 70% higher and the Federal deficit would be exploding. (Questions for seniors: Why haven't you burned down the White House? Are you waiting for the Baby Boomers to do it?) "
Kevin Phillips (in 2008) - "Almost four decades have passed since the United States scrapped its last currency ties to precious metals. Since the 1960s, Washington has been forced to gull its citizens and creditors by debasing official statistics: the vital instruments with which the vigor and muscle of the American economy are measured. The effect, over the past twenty-five years, has been to create a false sense of economic achievement and rectitude, allowing us to maintain artificially low interest rates, massive government borrowing, and a dangerous reliance on mortgage and financial debt even as real economic growth has been slower than claimed."
Eric Sprott (in 2008) - "We are in a systemic financial meltdown. There are probably ten companies that are broke that are still trading, banks and financial institutions....The brokerage companies, the investment banks are the easiest to short. Do I understand what is happening in the business? Yes, there is no business....Government bonds are a joke at the interest they are paying. You can buy gold, or other real things: gold, silver, platinum, palladium, things that hold value."
Michael Gaddy (in 2008) - "When a people choose to worship the idol called the state as their savior, the natural progression will require that eventually they sacrifice themselves or members of their family to insure the growth and survival of this false god."
Michael Gaddy (in 2008) - "I continually wonder at the so-called Christian element in this country, their support of illegal wars, worship of the state, and ignorance of their cherished Ten Commandments; especially the first, second, sixth and tenth. Have they not adopted the state as their god, the flag as their graven image, committed murder in the name of the state and coveted that which belongs to their neighbors (oil and other natural resources)? What have they done with the Golden Rule?"
Justin Raimondo (in 2008) - "It's called covering your ass -- and it's the only job governments everywhere are very good at. "
Bill Bonner (in 2008) - "We can imagine that we live in a free market world. But the world’s central banks have been fixing the price of credit, fudging the numbers on inflation, and printing money all along. Now that we have a crisis on our hands – embellished and exaggerated by central bank planning – the long knives are out for ‘free enterprise.’ "
Antal E. Fekete (in 2008) - "The United States is illustrating once more how a nation, when sufficiently inept and presumptious in the area of monetary economics, pursues the course based on irredeemable credit that ends in distress, tragedy, and despair. "
Antal E. Fekete (in 2008) - "You don't need a war on home soil to de-industrialize your country. The United States has accomplished that feat bit-by-bit since 1971, the apogee of her industrial power which, not surprisingly, coincided with severing the last link between the dollar and gold. The most astounding part of it was that nothing has been done to arrest the decline during all those years. The warnings of monetary economists have been ignored, even ridiculed. The United States persisted with the Friedmanite program of ‘floating by sinking’. The dollar has been subjected to continuous and conscious debasement ever since 1972 in spite of the obvious damage it was doing to America’s industrial capital. "
Gary North in 2008) - "Bureaucracies move slowly when they move at all. They protect themselves. They use red tape to hide their activities and smother attempts by outsiders to interfere with their operations. They use delay as their main weapon of defense. "
Gary North (in 2008) - "This unelected, tenured, money-creating, privately owned cartel will create a committee to write the rules for other committees to regulate a financial structure that is so complex that no committee can possibly foresee
everything that can go wrong. This will substitute the palsied hand of regulation for the invisible hand of the free market. "
Emma Goldman (1869-1940) - "If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal. "
Max Raskin (in 2008) - "When the laws of the King come into conflict with the natural law there is no question which one takes precedence."
Ron Paul (in 2008) - "The belief that money created out of thin air can work economic miracles, if only properly “managed,” is pervasive in D.C."
Jim Willie (in 2008) - "My most concise form of advice is: THINK LIKE A THIEF, since your adversaries are often thieves, and worse, they are protected by the USGovt."
Jim Willie (in 2008) - "A powerful trend is in progress, the merger of mafias with state government on a global basis, both East and West, United States and Europe, Russia and China. The United States and Russia are by far the worst offenders. A hidden cost comes from the key Wall Street corrupt agents and key defense contractors within the Fascist Team, who are permitted either gargantuan ill-gotten gains, or free passes on huge losses laced within their balance sheets. Never in modern history has the US state power been so thoroughly interwoven with private mafias, otherwise described as private crime syndicates. Never in modern history has truth been so tarnished. Liberty seems only a word."
G. Edward Griffin (in 2002) - "The Federal Reserve needs to be abolished for seven reasons:
1. The Federal Reserve is incapable of accomplishing its stated objectives.
2. It is a cartel operating against the public interest.
3. It's the supreme instrument of usury.
4. It generates our most unfair tax.
5. It encourages war.
6. It destabilizes the economy.
7. It is an instrument of totalitarianism."
Jim Willie (in 2008) - "Only in America can the thieves and criminals knee deep in colossal fraud be active in administration of remedy when they should be in defense against felony charges, face heavy billion$ fines, restitution orders, and prison sentences."
Karen Kwiatkowski (in 2008) - "We are returning to constitutionalism whether we like it or not. I only hope we don't return the long way through a series of mad dictators and fascist nightmares -- the way to avoid this future is to immediately abandon our empire with honor and for the right reasons."
Lew Rockwell (in 2008) - "People [and politicians] need to look around at what private markets are doing today. Instead of destroying other people's wealth, they are cooperating with all nations of the world, serving the consumer, and finding innovative and better ways to feed, clothe, house, heal, and entertain us. And what has Washington done? Rob us, badger us, and take us to war."
Bob Chapman (in 2008) - "There is no free lunch. M3 is up 15.75% and the Fed is feeding the system $80 billion a month. Has it occurred to anyone that in order to bail out the banks and Wall Street inflation is headed over 20%? Every American is going to pay in inflation to keep these crooks in business. "
Dan Denning (in 2008) - "You cannot measure some of the most important things in life. How much utility does a wheel of cheese have? How badly can a heart be broken? What is the price of a happy marriage? Not all of human behaviour can be reduced to a number or a price. And there are some general axioms worth remembering that seem to always be true in all places at all times. You cannot get rich by spending more than saving. Nations don't become powerful consuming more than they produce. Debt is not wealth. War is not peace. Freedom is not slavery. And ignorance is not strength."
U.S. Supreme Court Marbury v. Madison, (in 1803) - "All laws which are repugnant to the Constitution are null and void."
Murray Rothbard (1926-1995) - "What we really have to combat is all statism, and not just the Communist brand. To take up arms against one set of Socialists is not the way to stop socialism -- indeed it is bound to increase socialism as all modern wars have done."
G. Edward Griffin (in 2008) - "Would you rather be a Neoconservative or a Progressive? That is a trick question. The trick is in the fact that, although there may be differences between the rhetoric and short-term agendas of these groups, their long-term goals actually are the same. They may differ over how to fight a war in the Middle East but not over the right of the President to wage such a war empowered by the UN instead of Congress. They may differ over what kind of speech should be forbidden ("subversive" speech vs. "hate" speech, for example) but not over the right of the government to forbid it. They may differ over how fast to bankrupt the nation to provide benefits for its citizens but not over the assumption that providing benefits is what governments are supposed to do. They disagree over tactics, timing, and style, but not objectives. They fight for dominance within the New World Order, but they work together to build it. That is because both groups have embraced the underlying ideology of global collectivism."
Lew Rockwell (in 2008) - "It seems that Washington wants us to believe that they have some magic machine that can turn up $150 billion in new assets without anyone having to do anything to make these assets appear. One wonders, then, why we need to wait until a recession to stimulate the economy. Why not magically create hundreds of billions every day, and not just for this country but for the entire world? Why are we holding back? "
Murray Rothbard (1926-1995) - "To attempt to stamp out heresy by force is the method of vindictive children, rather than the method of rational human beings."
G. Edward Griffin (in 2008) - "Collectivists on the so-called Left and Right agree that:
1. Rights are derived from the state;
2. The group is more important than the individual;
3. Coercion is the preferred method to bring about reform;
4. Laws should be applied differently to different classes;
5. Providing benefits (redistributing wealth) is the proper role of government. "
Lew Rockwell (in 2008) - "No matter where or when, the essential prerequisite for economic growth is capital accumulation in a framework of freedom and sound money. The consequence of price control is shortage and surplus. The effect of money expansion is inflation and the business cycle. The effect of every form of intervention is to make society less prosperous than it would otherwise be. "
David Ricardo (1772-1823) - " Experience, however, shews, that neither a State nor a Bank ever have had the unrestricted power of issuing paper money, without abusing that power: in all States, therefore, the issue of paper money ought to be under some check and control; and none seems so proper for that purpose, as that of subjecting the issuers of paper money to the obligation of paying their notes, either in gold coin or bullion."
Lew Rockwell (in 2008) - "The monetary issue can be understood by analogy to orange juice. The more water you add, the less substance it has. If you keep adding, eventually you come to the point when you can no longer tell that it was ever orange. This is the same with money. If you print enough--literally or electronically through the credit markets--it will continue to lose value. If money grew on trees, it would be about as valuable as autumn leaves. "
Murray Rothbard (1926-1995) - "It is a fundamental libertarian proposition that a state only has the right to use force to defend the person and property of individuals against force."
Gary North (in 2008) - "Central banks are the exclusive cause of price inflation. From 1938 until now, there has been only one year – 1955 – where America's prices fell, and then by only 1%. That is because the FED has increased the money supply every year since 1933."
Murray Rothbard (1926-1995) - "Surely we have all heard of and ridiculed the racketeering 'protective syndicates' which force merchants to purchase 'protection' at an exorbitant fee. Yet the State syndicate manages to impose its own 'protection,' and to collect from Peter, with nary a single eyebrow being raised against it."
Murray Rothbard (1926-1995) - "The only advantage of a democracy is that it provides scope (strictly limited) for peaceful change of state rulers via ballot boxes, instead of requiring bloody revolutions, coup d'etats, etc. Instead of having bloody civil wars over the spoils of state, the robber gangs have their subjects vote every few years as to which gang will rule them. Never, however, do they so much as hint that the people may have a choice as to whether they wish to retain the state system itself."
Ted Rall (2008) - "In a country whose legal framework authorizes the government to kidnap, torture and murder them, opponents of U.S. policy must decide whether getting out of line--anything from a letter to the editor to direct action--is worth the risk of getting kidnapped, tortured and murdered."
Eric Englund (2008) - "Short of visiting America’s prisons, I can’t think of a better place, than our airports, to witness the heavy hand of government and its resulting incivility."
Charley Reese (in 2008) - "A patriot is a person who loves the land and the people and is loyal to the Constitution. Patriots are not those who blindly click their heels and salute whatever current politician temporarily occupies the office. Such heel-clickers are generally described as having the makings of a fascist, but a kinder description is that they are people who have misplaced their faith."
Glenn Greenwald (in 2007) - "There is increased desperation that is palpable among our political and media elites to protect and defend their system. The extent of their wrongdoing over the last several years -- political, legal and economic -- is so extreme that the potential for upheaval in the event of accountability is extreme as well. Their chief weapon to protect those privileges is immunity from the rule of law, and most of our political controversies -- over presidential power and state secrets and executive privilege and torture and eavesdropping and these CIA videos -- really share the same root: the effort of the establishment to maintain their immunity from impropriety-exposing legal proceedings and, thus, from political consequences."
Ron Paul (in 2007) - " Few Americans understand that all government action is inherently coercive. If nothing else, government action requires taxes. If taxes were freely paid, they wouldn’t be called taxes, they’d be called donations. If we intend to use the word freedom in an honest way, we should have the simple integrity to give it real meaning: Freedom is living without government coercion. So when a politician talks about freedom for this group or that, ask yourself whether he is advocating more government action or less."
Wes Alexander (in 2003) - "If you [U.S. Congress] want to destroy liberty and prosperity, just hold your present course. Success is near. America is quickly becoming the latest version of a USSR style police state with a stalled Japanese economy. "
Wes Alexander (in 2004) - "A restitution based system is simply more effective than stand-alone rehabilitation and punishment. Focusing on restitution leads to private investment in an incentive based criminal justice system. The net result is more justice, cheaper justice, and higher quality justice. "
Wes Alexander (in 2002) - "The ignorance of our federal representatives is astounding. This fact becomes obvious whenever they accidentally drop out of double talk mode and attempt to make a real point or take a real position. Most of them should stick to blabbering away incessantly about nothing. All of this would be laughable except for the fact that they actually think they know what they're doing. They think they're qualified to make decisions about how our property and lives should be expended. "
Wes Alexander (in 2003) - "Try to imagine a country where theft was the principle means of survival. It is easy to see how such a society would soon become bankrupt. Whenever people urge government to create laws that rob Peter to pay Paul or themselves, they participate in legal theft. Whenever politicians pander to expedient demands for access to the public treasury, they participate in legal theft. The farmer paid not to farm, the homeowner and college student given below market loans, the industry tariff that limits access to competitive markets, and the federal giveaways for everything from Amtrak to zygote research are legal theft. Over the last 80 years we have evolved into a population of thieves and yet; we wonder why our society is failing. "
Edwin Vieira (2007) - "The self-styled 'best and brightest among American's present gaggle of 'leaders' are being exposed as perhaps the worst and stupidest ruling class ever known--a true kakistocracy. For only the worst and stupidest 'leaders' of all time could have come to the point of destroying a country so exceedingly rich in human talents and natural resources."
Roberts Higgs (2007) - "The state's most fundamental purpose, the activity without which it cannot even exist, is robbery. The state gains its very sustenance from robbery, which it pretties up ideologically by giving it a different name (taxation) and by striving to sanctify its intrinsic crime as permissible and socially necessary. State propaganda, statist ideologies, and long-established routine combine to convince many people that they have a legitimate obligation, even a moral duty to pay taxes to the state that rules their society."
Robert Higgs (2007) - "What chance does peace have when millions of well-heeled, politically connected opportunists of all stripes depend on the continuation of a state of war for their personal financial success?"
Robert Higgs (2007) - "Our rulers have led us from one unnecessary slaughter to the next; and, to make matters worse, they have exploited each such occasion to fasten their chains around us more tightly. Like the ancient Israelites, we Americans shall never have real, lasting peace so long as we give our allegiance to a king--that is, in our case, to the whole conglomeration of institutionalized exploiters and murderers we know as the state."
Plaque in Cheney's White House office - "I have flying monkeys and I'm not afraid to use them."
Antal E. Fekete (in 2007) - "People appear to be forgetful that the dollar is steadily losing value, losing purchasing power, losing the all-important respect of foreigners. They have been brainwashed into thinking that inflation, like continental drift, is God-ordained. There is nothing human beings can do about it. It would never occur to people that they are victims of deliberate plundering by their own government, and deceitful pilfering by their banks, covered up by the mendacity of academia and the financial media. "
Bill Bonner (in 2007) - "When people owe money and can't pay it back, someone is going to take a loss. You can diddle with the details all you want....all you're going to do is to shift the loss from someone who deserves it onto someone else."
Lew Rockwell (in 2007) - "Without sound money, there is no protection for savings and property, nor capital accumulation, nor long-term investment, nor entrepreneurship, nor social advance. Without the right to own and control property, we have no real say over our lives. "
Judge Andrew Napolitanio (in 2007) - "The law is whatever those in power say it is.... Under positivism, whoever or whatever controls the government, whether a majority or a minority, always rules and always gets its way."
William H. Huff (in 2007) - "Most Americans have believed the Lie for so long that they have come to expect it; to lust after it. They want politicians to tickle their ears. The last thing they want to hear is the whole truth and nothing but the truth. They want things from government that are unlawful for government to provide. They have a messianic complex when it comes to government. It is their god surrogate."
Bill Bonner (in 2007) - "America never got the hang of empire; it invades countries but forgets to steal the treasure."
Joshua Katz (in 2007) - "There will come a time....when men will not be controlled by others but will live for themselves. Civilized men do not kill those who don't conform."
Wilton Alston (in 2007) - "Anarchy is all around us all the time. This fact can be discovered via two rather pedestrian methods of investigation: 1 – being awake; and, 2 – looking around. "
Joshua Katz (in 2007) - "So, widely disparate worldviews, sharing only a distrust of centralized power, are being drawn together, being shown that they really aren’t all that different because they agree on the primary, most central issue for any political theory – just who will get to shoot whom, and why?"
Butler Shaffer (in 2004) - "Almost all of your daily behavior is an anarchistic expression. How you deal with your neighbors, coworkers, fellow customers in shopping malls or grocery stores, is often determined by subtle processes of negotiation and cooperation."
Sandra Hamilton (in 2007) - "I call it hostage taking when after you have paid off your house you still have to pay the government rent in perpetuity just to able to stay there--they call it property taxes. Worse yet, you have no power to be able to negotiate with your abductor. You are truly powerless."
Wes Alexander (in 2006) - "The 'reset' button is being pushed whether we like it or not. This is similar to the dissolution of the USSR. The only difference will be the scale of impact. The dissolution of the dollar-oil empire will have a world wide impact. Economic law and moral truth cannot be repealed; and they will not remain on the sidelines indefinitely. "
Bill Bonner (in 2007) - "As the U.S. emits dollars, the rest of the world's nations emit their own paper.....trying to keep up. What we are seeing in the currency markets is merely relative, but important, degrees of badness. One currency stinks. Another is rotten. A third is crummy. A fourth sucks. They are all going down...but some faster than others. What they are going down against is the things that don't come out of printing presses or the imaginations of central bankers. According to the Economist, the average of these things....'all items'....is rising by more than 16% per year, against the dollar. But some things are rising even faster. Oil, for example. And gold."
Michael S. Rozeff (in 2007) - "We think that we can do good by intervening overseas or by making war. We are trying to achieve the Kingdom of God using the Kingdom of Satan, and we don't even know it. "
Jim Willie (in 2007) - "Modern day financial engineering has built a lunatic contraption, not subject to adjustment or repair. It spews toxins by conmen and masters of fraud with the collusion of compromised USGovt and US financial sector gatekeepers."
Wilton Alston (in 2007) - "There is no scenario under which authority trumps morality."
Glen Allport (in 2007) - "The division of labor is what allows modern life. Money is what allows for the division of labor. Money is thus a critical element in the maintenance of civilization. When governments and banks are allowed to degrade and ultimately destroy the integrity and value of money, a danger is created that exceeds even the dangers of outright war."
Wilton Alston (in 2007) - "We must treat others as we ourselves would like to be treated, not treat them as harshly as our authority allows. Violence begets violence. It always has. It always will."
John Doe (in 2007) - "A society ignorant of the fact that violence is only capable of generating evil will accept the expansion of violence as the ‘logical’ remedy for the failure of violence."
Robert Higgs (in 2007) - "The state is the most destructive institution human beings have ever devised — a fire that, at best, can be controlled for only a short time before it o'erleaps its improvised confinements and spreads its flames far and wide. "
Albert Jay Nock (1870-1947) - "The State has no money. It produces nothing. Its existence is purely parasitic, maintained by taxation; that is to say, by forced levies on the production of others. 'Government money,' of which one hears so much nowadays, does not exist; there is no such thing."
Lew Rockwell (in 2007) - "Normalcy is too boring to the organized right and left, who want to keep the population in a wild frenzy of fear in order to impose a massive state that will do their ideological bidding. "
Charley Reese (1984) - "Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them. Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, we have deficits? Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, we have inflation and high taxes?"
Joel Bowman (in 2007) - "The only things more spurious than a promissory note with a dead president on it are the promises made by whatever goofball occupies the White House when the survey is taken. The national debt provides about 9 trillion examples of these broken promises. "
Robert Higgs (in 2007) - "States, by their very nature, are perpetually at war — not always against foreign foes, of course, but always against their own subjects. The state's most fundamental purpose, the activity without which it cannot even exist, is robbery."
Charley Reese (1984) - "One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president and nine Supreme Court justices - 545 human beings out of the 235 million - are directly, legally, morally and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country."
Joel Bowman (in 2007) - "Such is the confusion between the synapses of the brain and the impulses of the heart that men of sound and reliable judgment have begun using the word 'belief' as an adequate synonym for 'knowledge.' We confuse the notion of a
man's right with his need. Not only do we interchange these vastly different concepts, we’ve come to favor need over right. Anyone who’s had their right to their own property infringed upon to pay for another’s need can tell you that."
Bill Bonner (in 2007) - "Blame consumers. They spend money they don't have on things they don't need. Who do they think they are, members of Congress?"
Jim Willie (in 2007) - "The fascist merger of state, the penultimate banking sector out of New York City, and certain corporate groups (see oil industry, military defense) stands as the most glaring threat to free market capitalisom in the modern history of the nation."
Charley Reese (1984) - "When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist."
Thomas J DiLorenzo (in 2007) - "Unfortunately for us, murderous thugs like bin Laden apparently believe all the tripe about democracy being 'the will of the people,' and so they equate us with the government."
Frank Chodorov (1887-1966) - "Is not the State an idol? Is it not like any graven image into which men have read supernatural powers and superhuman capacities? The State can feed us when we are hungry, heal us when we are ill; it can raise wages and lower prices, even at the same time; it can educate our children without cost; it can provide us against the contingencies of old age and amuse us when we are bored; it can give us electricity by passing laws and improve the game of baseball by regulation. What cannot the State do for us if only we have faith in it? And we have faith. No creed in the history of the world ever captured the hearts and minds of men as has the modern creed of Statism."
Anonymous Silver Surfer (in 2007) - "I have seen the money powers intervene in the markets and yet I don't see anyone talking about the robbery and theft involved. I really do not like thieves and I dislike even more, those thieves who try to con me into thinking that what they are doing isn't theft."
Anonymous Silver Surfer (in 2007) - "When intervention causes a market to move opposite the natural direction, not only are the right made wrong, the wrong made right, but the movers are made rich. This is so immoral, so wrong and so illegal. This hidden manipulation is a crime. A very dangerous crime. A very damaging crime, affecting the whole world, but specifically harming those least able to protect themselves, the old, young and poor, who pay most of the cost of inflation. It is the action of a coward. It is the action of a callous killer. It is the action of a psychopath. If there were a fire you would drop everything and race to put it out. There is a fire burning right now."
David Walker comptroller general of the US (in 2007) - "The US government is on a 'burning platform' of unsustainable policies and practices with fiscal deficits, chronic healthcare under funding, immigration and overseas military commitments."
Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) - "The eminence and usefulness of the gold standard consists in the fact that it makes the supply of money depend on the profitability of mining gold, and thus checks large-scale inflationary ventures on the part of governments."
Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) - "The gold standard did not fail. Governments deliberately sabotaged it, and still go on sabotaging it. But no government is powerful enough to destroy the gold standard so long as the market economy is not entirely suppressed by the establishment of socialism in every part of the world."
Murray Rothbard (1926-1995) - "The age-old success of the ideologists of the State is perhaps the most gigantic hoax in the history of mankind."
Michael Nystrom (in 2007) - "Central banks = centralized economic planning. If you thought that centralized economic planning disappeared with the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989, think again. Eight times each year, a group of twelve men meet to make secret decisions that have a profound impact on the US and global economies. None of these men are elected. Their meetings are closed to the public. Even members of the US Congress and the Senate Banking and Finance Committees are barred from attending, or even knowing what is discussed. "
Murray Rothbard (1926-1995) - "Throughout history groups of men calling themselves 'the government' or 'the State' have attempted, usually successfully, to gain a compulsory monopoly of the commanding heights of the economy and the society. In particular, the State has arrogated to itself a compulsory monopoly over police and military services, the provision of law, judicial decision-making, the mint and the power to create money, unused land ('the public domain'), streets and highways, rivers and coastal waters, and the means of delivering mail."
Murray Rothbard (1926-1995) - "Aside from other sound arguments against enforced morality (e.g., that no action not freely chosen can be considered 'moral'), it is surely grotesque to entrust the function of guardian of the public morality to the most extensive criminal (and hence the most immoral) group in society -- the State."
Richard Russell (in 2007) - "They're worried [central banks] that the world will get wise to the central bank/fiat money racket, and maybe kill the beast. In other words, the central banks are afraid that voters will finally get rid of the whole private money busines along with its nonstop production of intrinsically worthless fiat money. You see, a real headwind of inflation would anger the public, in which case a few intelligent journalists might start putting the blame where it belongs -- on the central banks, not the least of which is our own Federal Reserve. No, too much inflation, surging inflation, would be dangerous -- it might expose the Fed and the central bankers for what they are -- engines of inflation. When you've got a great racket going, like taking control of a nation's money, you want to protect that racket."
Natalie Angier (in 2007) - "Order, by definition, has restrictions and limitations, while disorder knows no bounds. "
Howard Ruff (in 2007) - "In the last ten years, the Fed has manufactured trillions of dollars out of nothing at the fastest pace in history by far, and it's now accelerating. The Fed has loaned the dollars into circulation, or given them to politicians to spend. Congress has been spending like a drunken sailor. The difference between Congress and a drunken sailor? A drunken sailor spends his own money!"
Butler Shaffer (in 2007) - "Impeaching Bill Clinton was relatively easy, because state power was not threatened in any way. But in the case of George W., his malefactions go to the essence of power. He has dismantled any semblance of constitutional government, with its 'separation of powers,' into a 'unitary presidency' which, in any other society, would correctly be labeled a 'dictatorship.'"
George W. Bush (in 2000) - "If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator."
Mogambo Guru (in 2007) - "If your income doubles, but all prices double, too, then you are not better off, are you? No. But if your income stays the same and prices go down, then you ARE better off, right? Of course your are! Welcome to the gold standard! "
Mogambo Guru (in 2007) - "In short, thanks to our money being gold, the standard of living of was increasing! People's lives were getting better! And they had more! And they bought more, although their nominal wages were exactly the same! And in fact, things were so good that workers were becoming overpaid! Overpaid labor! What a Utopia!"
Mogambo Guru (in 2007) - "Who is so evil, so dastardly, so despicable as to screw with such a successful system? Note the dark and gloomy soundtrack of wolves howling and the distant screams of people being eaten alive. The banks and the government! It's always the damned banks and the damned government!"
Peter Schiff (in 2007) - "Despite the tendency of central bankers to argue that consumers are better served by rising prices rather than falling prices, 'deflation' was never a real threat to Japan. On the contrary, falling consumer prices are one of the natural rewards that people enjoy in market economies. The fact that this benefit has been denied to most people in modern times as a result of government created inflation is one of the great tragedies of our time. "
Butler Shaffer (in 2007) - "We have acted like country bumpkins at the state fair with the egg money who, having been fleeced by a bunch of carnival sharpies, look everywhere for someone to blame other than ourselves. We have been euchred out of our very lives because of our eagerness to believe that benefits can be enjoyed without incurring costs; that the freedom to control one’s life can be separated from the responsibilities for one’s actions; and that two plus two does not have to add up to four if a sizeable public opinion can be amassed against the proposition."
Butler Shaffer (in 2007) - "By identifying ourselves with any abstraction (such as the state) we give up the integrated life, the sense of wholeness that can be found only within each of us. "
U.S. Declaration of Independence (in 1776) - "...That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it,...."
Francois Tremblay (in 2007) - "The problem is not that we have 'the wrong people in power,' but the fact that the power exists in the first place. As long as the State remains in place as it is, war, whether military or social, will continue to be its prime means of expansion, and taxes will continue to be its reason for being and the means to wage these wars."
Bill Bonner (in 2007) - "No problem is so pressing and so monumental that heads of state can't get together and turn it into a carnival sideshow."
Lew Rockwell (in 2007) - "Truly there is an actual conflict at the root of history but it is not the one most people understand or see. It is the great struggle between freedom and despotism, between the individual and the state, between the voluntary means and coercion."
Francois Tremblay (in 2007) - "Political means have never achieved anything but more political means."
Gary North (in 2007) - "Ever since the formation of the Bank of England in 1694, central banks have purchsed government debt. This was part of the original quid pro quo. The government gave the central bankers--a private cartel--monopoly status in issuing or controlling the nation's currency. In exchange, the central bank guaranteed--not in writing--that it would be a lender to the government."
Lew Rockwell (in 2007) - "The old liberal view lives in the writings of such people as John Locke, Frederic Bastiat, Lord Acton, Alexis de Tocqueville, and, in the 20th century, in the work of Mises, Hayek, and Rothbard. Hayek himself traced the liberal tradition from Cicero, through the Middle Ages, to John Locke, David Hume, and Immanuel Kant. The thread that connects all their thought is the idea that society is more capable than government elites in shaping a prosperous order."
Butler Shaffer (in 2007) - "America – in its traditional forms – is in its death throes, and no amount of institutional wizardry, halftime pep talks, or magic elixirs, will reverse the present course. As with the decline of prior civilizations, however, our future is not necessarily a bleak one. Humanity is now confronted with the choice of whether “society” is to continue being thought of in terms of institutionalized interests, or is to reflect the varied and spontaneous relationships that emerge from the interactions of free men and women?"
Lew Rockwell (in 2007) - "Even after all the evidence that the war on terror has produced ever more terrorism – and this evidence is offered up by the government’s own statistics – the champions of the war on terror cannot think their way out of the intellectual trap into which their ideology of force has locked them."
Butler Shaffer (in 2007) - "Since those who orchestrated, directed, and cheered on this criminal act [the invasion of Iraq] will never be held to account for their wrongdoing in any meaningful way, they ought to at least suffer public humiliation for their behavior. To fail to see the moral implications of what America has become; to regard the deaths of over one million innocent Iraqis – if one includes the half-million children who died from earlier U.S. embargoes on food and medicine – as nothing more than a failure of “intelligence” or “poor planning” or “mismanagement,” is symptomatic of the moral and spiritual pathology of a once-great nation."
Bill Bonner (in 2007) - "The media and the activists march along with the serene confidence of a religious cult, convinced that the world is in imminent danger [global warming] and only they can save it. Politicians, corporate do-gooders, and investors are not far behind...each hoping to get something out of the whole thing. And bringing up the rear guard are the yeomen soldiers....the poor grunts who will go along with anything, so long as it's sufficiently idiotic."
Butler Shaffer (in 2007) - "Many Americans have become embarrassed by the war in Iraq, but not out of any awakening as to its immoral nature. It is a highly personal matter, arising from identifying one’s very sense of being with a nation-state that employs lies, forgeries, and other deceptive practices in the continuing slaughter of hundreds of thousands of people; which uses torture as a routine practice not so much to gain information as to gratify sadistic dispositions; and denies trials to persons held, for years, on what amounts to suspicion of being suspicious."
Gary North (in 2007) - "But what if a central bank, or the government that just sold debt to its central bank, then chooses to purchase equity of privately owned companies--not just debt, but actual ownership? What if this process has begun?"
Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) - "The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt."
Nelson Hultberg (in 2007) - "We as a country can no longer allow money to be created by a fascist cartel of bankers and bureaucrats in Washington via printing presses and computer entries."
Butler Shaffer (in 2007) - "If physical and human nature are too complicated to be predictable, the rationale for state control is swept away. To the controllists, the expression of this fact is a heresy that must be exorcised from our thinking."
Gary North (in 2007) - "The nanny state rests on the presupposition that the state must not allow people to learn from their mistakes. They must instead be prohibited from making mistakes. Result: They make far more mistakes and far worse ones."
Ty Andros (in 2007) - "The central banks, sovereign finance officials and politicians have worked hard to keep the price of gold from unmasking their irresponsible inflation by selling their reserves into the markets--they are failing. They will continue to fail as more and more people realize what’s unfolding and move into things that cannot be stolen with the printing presses. "
Butler Shaffer (in 2007) - "Over many decades, the American government has spent – and continues to spend – tens of billions of dollars in so-called 'intelligence agencies,' whose functions are to gather as much information as possible on the forces at work within foreign countries – and, disturbingly, within America itself. Despite the virtually unrestrained powers enjoyed by such agencies, and the resources put at their disposal to gather information, they have been able to predict almost nothing of major significance."
Ron Paul (in 2007) - "Few Americans give much thought to the Federal Reserve System or monetary policy in general. But even as they strive to earn a living, and hopefully save or invest for the future, Congress and the Federal Reserve Bank are working insidiously against them. Day by day, every dollar you have is being devalued."
Frank Chodorov (in 1887-1966) - "Economics is not politics. One is a science, concerned with the immutable and constant laws of nature that determine the production and distribution of wealth; the other is the art of ruling. One is amoral, the other is moral."
Ron Paul (in 2007) - "The greatest threat facing America today is not terrorism, or foreign economic competition, or illegal immigration. The greatest threat facing America today is the disastrous fiscal policies of our own government, marked by shameless deficit spending and Federal Reserve currency devaluation. It is this one-two punch – Congress spending more than it can tax or borrow, and the Fed printing money to make up the difference – that threatens to impoverish us by further destroying the value of our dollars."
Frank Chodorov (in 1887-1966) - "The presumably rational human animal has become so inured to political interventions that he cannot think of the making of a living without them; in all his economic calculations his first consideration is, what is the law in the matter? or, more likely, how can I make use of the law to improve my lot in life?"
Bill Bonner (in 2007) - "People say they value liberty, but they can't stand what it produces. They can't stand the fact that - left to their own devices - some people will have more than they do and some will struggle to survive. Redistribute income, tax, control, regulate - they will support almost any measure that promises to make the outcome more to their liking. They will ask (and in some cases demand) that their leaders control everything - income levels, interest rates, health care, parking, handicapped access, what the schools teach, what language people speak, who can marry whom, what goes into the sausages - even the weather!"
Murray Rothbard (1926-1995) - "If Canada and the United States can be separate nations without being denounced as being in a state of impermissible 'anarchy,' why may not the South secede from the United States? New York State from the Union? New York City from the state? Why may not Manhattan secede? Each neighborhood? Each block? Each house? Each person? But, of course, if each person may secede from government, we have virtually arrived at the purely free society, where defense is supplied along with all other services by the free market and where the invasive State has ceased to exist."
Steven Latulippe (in 2007) - "All statist political systems exist primarily to perpetuate the power and privilege of the elites who control the system."
Steven Latulippe (in 2007) - "The depredations of our own ruling class are eroding the foundations of our society. Our massive, unsustainable deficit spending, our geometrically expanding regimen of stifling regulations, and our never-ending series of military misadventures are slowly but inexorably grinding toward a destructive climax. Our rulers are unable to address these problems because doing so would undermine the very privileges they seek to perpetuate."
Steven Latulippe (in 2007) - "President Bush and his dark retinue of feathered priests have, through a series of misjudgments and tactical errors, run the empire into a ditch in Mesopotamia. The president cannot go forward, and he cannot go back. "
Steven Latulippe (in 2007) - "Even the remote possibility of reconstituting our republic strikes dread into our rulers’ hearts. It is the one thing to which they will never voluntarily consent. Anything – even starting another war or enduring a nuclear terror attack – would be preferable."
Ron Paul (in 2007) - "Everyone suffers from price inflation, and it is evil!"
Jim Willie (in 2007) - "A grand banking system crisis is in its early stages in the United States which can no longer be denied. Herculean efforts are being accomplished to protect the core bank business (commercial, cars, credit cards) from the infection. The USFed and Dept of Treasury are monetizing mortgage bonds secretly and illicitly, without much doubt whatsoever. A bank crisis an order of magnitude worse than the 1989 Savings & Loan debacle awaits, probably in full bloom by 2008. The bank distress will reveal itself in wave after wave of component breakdowns, from subprimes to adjustables, then feedback loops in reaction. This crisis in not even one third done."
Butler Shaffer (in 2007) - "The mindset of most Americans regarding property is beset with confusion and contradiction. It could probably be reduced to the following proposition: property owners insist upon the inviolability of their interests while, at the same time, being ardent collectivists when it comes to the property of others. Most will strenuously object when the state interferes with what they own, but cheer when the interests of their neighbors are under attack."
Russel Munk (Asst Gen Counsel, Dept. of the Treasury in 1977) - "Federal reserve notes are Not dollars."
Mogambo Guru (in 2007) - "And while one can argue whether technology has made the guillotine passe as the weapon of choice of rioting mobs of angry people made destitute by price inflation, or whether the Uzi and the shoulder-fired rocket-propelled grenade are an advancement or not, but there it is."
Bill Bonner (2007) - "Today, the average man can barely tell the difference between a fact and a campaign slogan. And so the new ersatz knowledge leads him into error. Modern politics turns the voter into an enabling dupe....makes the amateur investor a chump for Wall Street....and sends the poor, hapless foot-soldier off on a fool's errand where he can only get himself killed."
Karen Kwiatkowski (in 2007) - "In a republic, a congress may represent the people, and in ours, holds the sole charter to declare wars and to impeach incompetent and corrupt officials. If we were a kingdom, we would have something similar, perhaps a parliament that exists to advise the king, but rarely if ever overrule him. It might be called a parliament of whores...If we were a kingdom, we would be in dire straits. We would be saddled with a crazed and warlike fantasist as king, a powerful warlike fantasist as his right hand man, a perfect peter as top military man, an über-loyal diplomatic advisor, and a parliament of whores standing alert and ready like trained dogs."
Jim Willie (in 2007) - "Never in the history of central bankers has the hidden coordination, influenced pressure, gargantuan money creation, doctored statistics, and interference with financial markets been so broad, so deep, and so profound. The more heavily the counterfeit press dispenses electronic dollars, devoted to operations, to credit, to consumer spending, to military adventures, to good old fashioned fraud, the gold bull benefits from ample new oxygen and blood flow."
Jeremy Locke (in 2007) - "It is a simple truth that there is no reason to use force against people unless you are trying to steal something from them. All of the paper promises of law are worthless, because there is no intention of them being kept. If law was willing to live up to its promises, it wouldn’t need to force people to accept them. The reason it must force people is because it has no intention of returning equal value for that which it takes. It issues phantom promises to quiet the minds of its victims, lest they rebel."
Manuel Lora (in 2007) - "Political centralization is the concentration of power onto a small group of people called the state. The state is an institution which excels at nothing except the violation of rights. It has monopolized many entrepreneurial functions. These functions, ranging from the production of law and security to the management of money and banking, must be returned to entrepreneurs and provided by the free market."
Michael Nolan (in 2007) - "Don’t wonder if a fascist takeover of the United States government can happen here. It has happened here. This administration can wage war when, where and how it pleases, for as long as it pleases, for whatever reason it wants and – under current conditions – there is nobody in America, within or without the government, who can stop it. The US Government is effectively a dictatorship in all matters of war and peace."
Albert Jay Nock (1870-1947) - "Democratic State practice is nothing more or less than State practice. It does not differ from Marxist State practice, Fascist State practice, or any other. Here is the Golden Rule of sound citizenship, the first and greatest lesson in the study of politics: you get the same order of criminality from any State to which you give power to exercise it; and whatever power you give the State to do things for you carries with it the equivalent power to do things to you. A citizenry which has learned that one short lesson has but little more left to learn."
Becky Akers (in 2007) - "When will politicians quit insulting us by implying that we and they are the same, despite their incompetence, thievery, murder, lies, and corruption?"
Patrick Buchanan (in 2007) - " Almost all the neoconservatives have now departed the seats of power in the Bush administration and retreated to their sinecures at Washington think tanks, to plot the next war – on Iran. Meanwhile, brave young Americans, the true idealists and the casualties of the neocons' war, come home in caskets, 20 a week, to Dover and, at Walter Reed, learn to walk again on steel legs."
Carl Watner (in 1983) - "Governments must cloak their actions in an aura of moral legitimacy in order to sustain their power; and political methods invariably strengthen that legitimacy."
Mogambo Guru (in 2006) - "The Fed actually stands in front of the cameras all the time and says that they really, really think that constantly creating more and more money with which to buy government debt, so the government could deficit-spend and expand, is great, great stuff, as their precious little equations and models have, they say, 'proved'. But let me, The Mogambo, stand in front of these same cameras, pick a big ol' juicy Mogambo booger out of my nose, hold it up for all to see, declare that it has thus turned into money, and everybody laughs! My face burns red with humiliation every time, but Alan Greenspan or Ben Bernanke will brazenly shoulder me aside, stand up there, basking in the limelight, and say that they will simply eschew the booger part, and not only create money and credit out of thin air, but also create a corresponding equal amount of debt out of thin air, and everyone applauds and goes wild with excitement! But which is actually more disgusting?"
Carl Watner (in 1988) - "If people think their activities influence the outcome of elections and policy, they are complacent in accepting the outcome. The appearance is political freedom gives power to the people to direct their own political destiny, when in reality they are being manipulated by a system designed to minimize the effects of their input and insulate the decision-making process. Political freedom is no freedom at all."
Bill Bonner (2006) - "The United States can set up puppet governments in third world hellholes; it can whip any conventional military force on the entire planet; but it can’t force investors to take dollars at par."
Carl Watner (in 1992) - "Common sense and reason tell us nothing can be right by legislative enactment if it is not already right by nature. If the politicians direct us to do something that reason opposes, we should defy the government."
Carl Watner (in 1987) - "Moral action alone is sufficient to nullify State legislation. Legislation is not needed to abolish other legislation. Harmful and unjust political laws should simply be ignored and disobeyed. We do not need to use the State to abolish the State, any more than we need to embrace war to fight for peace. Such methodology is self-contradictory, and self-defeating, and inconsistent."
Carl Watner (in 1976) - "Individuals make the world go round; individuals and only individuals exist. No man has any duty towards his fellow men except to refrain from the initiation of violence. Nothing is due a man in strict justice but what is his own. To live honestly is to hurt no one and to give to every one his due. Justice will not come to reign unless those who care for its coming are prepared to insist upon its value and have the courage to speak out against what they know to be wrong. Let it not be said that I did not speak out against tyranny."
Will and Ariel Durant (The Lessons of History in 1968) - "The only real revolution is in the enlightenment of the mind and improvement of character, the only real emancipation is individual, and the only real revolutionists are philosophers and saints."
Carl Watner (in 1989) - "The use of coercion to compel virtue eliminates its possibility, for to be moral, an act must be uncoerced. Freedom of choice is a necessary ingredient for the achievement of virtue."
Butler Shaffer (in 2006) - "Our vertically-structured world is collapsing into horizontal networks of alternative, autonomous, and spontaneous systems of order. It is, I believe, a desperate effort on the part of the 'old order' to forcibly resist its collapsing fate that is the underlying purpose of the 'war on terror.' The political establishment--well aware of the decentralist trends confronting it--has been busy trying to reinforce the crumbling walls of its citadels."
Carl Watner (in 1989) - "Violence contains none of the energies that enhance a civilized human society. At best, it is only capable of expanding the material existence of a few individuals, while narrowing the opportunities of most others."
Carl Watner (in 1989) - "It is impossible to 'wage a war for peace' or 'fight' politics be becoming political."
Carl Watner (in 1989) - "The power to do good to others is also the power to do them harm. Might does not make right; the end never justifies the means; nor may one person coercively interfere in the life of another."
Ned Beaumont (in 2002) - "America 2002 is an occupied country, occupied by a predatory State, and shunning of the enemy is one way to drive him away."
Butler Shaffer (discussing anarchy in 2004) - "But an even better understanding of the concept can be derived from the Greek origins of the word (anarkhos) which meant 'without a ruler.' It is this definition of the word that members of the political power structure (i.e., your 'rulers') do not want you to consider. Far better that you fear the hidden monsters and hobgoblins who are just waiting to bring terror and havoc to your lives should efforts to increase police powers or budgets fail."
Butler Shaffer (in 2004) - "Are there murderers, kidnappers, rapists, and arsonists in our world? Of course there are, and there will always be, and they do not all work for the state."
Francis Dashwood Tandy (1867-????) - "If freedom is the condition of progress, all invasion of that freedom is bad and should be resisted, whether it is practiced by one upon another, by one upon many, or by many upon one."
Francis Dashwood Tandy (1867-????) - "The freedom of each individual denies all the freedom to invade. For when one individual invades, the activities of another are restrained."
Francis Dashwood Tandy (1867-????) - "The only freedom of speech that is worth having is the freedom to preach dangerous doctrines. In no age, no matter how benighted, in no country, no matter how tyrannical its form of government, has the freedom to preach harmless doctrines ever been denied. It was for preaching dangerous doctrines that Jesus of Nazareth was crucified, that Bruno was burnt, that the Chicago Communists were hanged. Thousands of others have been tortured and put to death for a similar reason. Nothing but the freedom to preach all doctrines, no matter how dangerous they seem, is worthy of the name of liberty."
Francis Dashwood Tandy (1867-????) - "If the State collects taxes from you to save your house when it is on fire, insurance companies will, if you pay your premiums, reimburse you for all your loss. The former thrusts its services on you unasked, and makes you pay for them whether you want them or not. The latter is a purely voluntary arrangement, and is perfectly willing to leave you alone if you do not molest it."
Francis Dashwood Tandy (1867-????) - "Many people still cling to the idea that the main function of the State is to maintain Equal Freedom, an idea which has already been exploded, by showing that the State is the greatest violator of the law - in other words, the greatest criminal."
Madame Roland - Prior to losing her head in Paris (1754-1793) - "Oh Liberty, what crimes are committed in thy name!"
Murray Rothbard (1926-1995) - "Free-market capitalism is a network of free and voluntary exchanges in which producers work, produce, and exchange their products for the products of others through prices voluntarily arrived at. State capitalism consists of one or more groups making use of the coercive apparatus of the government… for themselves by expropriating the production of others by force and violence."
Jim Willie (in 2006) - "US politicians have no idea of how severely they have harmed the Middle Class and the domestic corporate landscape. They have bought time while importing lower costs, only to undermine the system."
Butler Shaffer (in 2006) - "It is quite irrational – to the point of being pathological – to embrace the doctrine of a malevolent universe; to live in constant fear of everything and everybody at all times."
Butler Shaffer (in 2006) - "Fear is a condition the state cannot allow to enervate; it must be constantly revitalized."
Lysander Spooner (1808-1887) - "The highwayman takes solely upon himself the responsibility, danger, and crime of his own act. He does not pretend that he has any rightful claim to your money, or that he intends to use it for your own benefit. He does not pretend to be anything but a robber. He has not acquired impudence enough to profess to be merely a "protector," and that he takes men's money against their will, merely to enable him to "protect" those infatuated travellers, who feel perfectly able to protect themselves, or do not appreciate his peculiar system of protection. He is too sensible a man to make such professions as these. Furthermore, having taken your money, he leaves you, as you wish him to do. He does not persist in following you on the road, against your will; assuming to be your rightful "sovereign," on account of the "protection" he affords you. He does not keep "protecting" you, by commanding you to bow down and serve him; by requiring you to do this, and forbidding you to do that; by robbing you of more money as often as he finds it for his interest or pleasure to do so; and by branding you as a rebel, a traitor, and an enemy to your country, and shooting you down without mercy, if you dispute his authority, or resist his demands. He is too much of a gentleman to be guilty of such impostures, and insults, and villanies as these. In short, he does not, in addition to robbing you, attempt to make you either his dupe or his slave."
Lew Rockwell (2003) - "The state is the least essential of any institution in society. It has the same relationship to society that a parasite does to its host."
Hans-Hermann Hoppe (in 2006) - "For a rule to aspire to the rank of a law--a just rule--it is necessary that such a rule apply equally and universally to everyone."
Cyd Malone (in 2006) - "Fed officials 'fight' inflation in the same manner that Ted Bundy 'dated' women; they pummel the dollar into a pulp, then do their best to avoid blame."
Hans-Hermann Hoppe (in 2006) - "Once the principle of government--judicial monopoly and the power to tax--is incorrectly admitted as just, any notion of restraining government power and safeguarding individual liberty and property is illusory. Rather, under monopolistic auspices the price of justice and protection will continually rise and the quality of justice and protection fall."
Robert Higgs (in 1994) - "Redistribution of income by government coercion is a form of theft. Its supporters attempt to disguise its essential character by claiming that democratic procedures give it legitimacy, but this justification is specious. Theft is theft whether it be carried out by one thief or by 100 million thieves acting in concert. And it is impossible to found a good society on the institutionalization of theft."
Hans-Hermann Hoppe (in 2006) - "States, as powerful and invincible as they might seem, ultimately owe their existence to ideas and, since ideas can in principle change instantaneously, states can be brought down and crumble practically overnight."
Ron Paul (in 2006) - "When the Federal Reserve increases the supply of dollars in circulation, both paper and electronic, prices must rise eventually. What other result is possible? The supply of dollars has risen much faster than the supply of goods and services being chased by those dollars. Fed policy makers have more than doubled the money supply in less than ten years. While Treasury printing presses can print unlimited dollars, there are natural limits to economic growth. This flood of newly minted US currency can only increase consumer prices in the long term."
Robert Higgs (in 1994) - "People respond to a reduced cost of idleness by choosing to be idle more often. When they can get current income without earning it, they exert less effort to earn income. When they expect to get future income without earning it, they invest less in education, training, job experience, personal health, migration, and other forms of human capital that enhance their potential to earn income in the future."
Murray N. Rothbard (1926-1995) - "The libertarian creed rests upon one central axiom: that no man or group of men may aggress against the person or property of anyone else. This may be called the 'nonaggression axiom.' 'Aggression' is defined as the initiation of the use or threat of physical violence against the person or property of anyone else. Aggression is therefore synonymous with invasion."
Carolyn Baker (in 2006) - "... no longer entertain the delusion that your so-called government is anything but institutionalized organized crime ensconced in an empire now teetering on the precipice of collapse. If you can digest that reality and still vote in federal elections, God help you, because you still haven't gotten that what you are voting for are hired liars, mobsters, and murderers."
William Blackstone (1723-1780) - "Whenever a question arises between the society at large and any magistrate vested with powers originally delegated by that society, it must be decided by the voice of the society itself: there is not upon earth any other tribunal to resort to."
Murray N. Rothbard (1926-1995) - "How can the leftist be opposed to the violence of war and conscription while at the same time supporting the violence of taxation and government control? And how can the rightist trumpet his devotion to private property and free enterprise while at the same time favoring war, conscription, and the outlawing of noninvasive activities and practices that he deems immoral? How can the rightist favor a free market while seeing nothing amiss in the vast subsidies, distortions, and unproductive inefficiencies involved in the military-industrial complex?"
Karen De Coster & Eric Englund (in 2006) - "Without a doubt, the measuring rod of money is broken. Indeed, money is loaned into existence by the Federal Reserve's banking cartel. Fractional-reserve banking allows it to be created out of thin air. "
Murray Sabrin (in 2006) - "What we can state unequivocally is that the welfare warfare state is financially unsustainable, socially untenable and morally indefensible – and doomed to the dustbin of history."
Robert Klassen (2006) - "We have a political executive who promotes lying, cheating, stealing, torture, and murder. I fail to see any substantial difference between this one and all of those who preceded him, although this one is more obvious. We have a secretive elite that manipulates the political process for its own purposes, which as always means trying to enslave the masses to enrich the elite. The state is bankrupt, as usual. So far we could still be living in 1790; today’s political system differs only in size, not in substance."
Murray N. Rothbard (1926-1995) - "The increasing use of scientific jargon, especially in the social sciences, has permitted intellectuals to weave apologia for State rule which rival the ancient priest craft in obscurantism. For example, a thief who presumed to justify his theft by saying that he was really helping his victims by his spending, thus giving retail trade a needed boost, would be hooted down without delay. But when this same theory is clothed in Keynesian mathematical equations and impressive references to the 'multiplier effect,' it carries far more conviction with a bamboozled public."
Aaron Singleton (2006) - "Nowhere in the halls of power will ever be found the ability to repeal the law of scarcity or to cause the earth to yield its bounty without constant effort on our part. Nature will not be cheated, and if it seems that we have succeeded in doing so it is only because the consequences are lying in wait, just out of sight."
Murray N. Rothbard (1926-1995) - "The task of the court intellectuals who have always supported the State has ever been to weave mystification in order to induce the public to accept State rule, and that these intellectuals obtain, in return, a share in the power and pelf extracted by the rulers from their deluded subjects."
Aaron Singleton (2006) - "The most powerful form of theft and slavery ever devised has been placed in the hands of villains and demagogues. "
Wes Alexander (2003) - "My recommendation is a state initiated constitutional convention that has the goal of eliminating the federal government completely; only retaining a non-binding judicial branch that would function as an arbitrator. I say get rid of government at the highest levels possible, keep it small and weak if you can't get rid of it, and never allow others to control our lives. If you think government is good or knows what it is doing, you're not paying attention."
Butler Shaffer (2006) - "In an age in which a collective mindset is expected to drown out the voice of the individual, philosophic principles have been replaced by public opinion polls."
H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) - "As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."
Butler Shaffer (2006) - "We live in a country ruled by dangerous and foolish people; by sociopaths who are prepared to engage in the planned killing of hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women, and children, for no other purpose than to satisfy their insatiable appetites for power. But what is far worse than this is the fact that we live in a country whose residents either value such traits or, at the very least, are unable – or unwilling – to recognize and condemn them."
Douglas Gnazzo (2006) - "Day after day, week after week, month after month, and year after year--we are continually subjected to the loss of our wealth by the loss of the purchasing power of our money. We are victims of the monetary and financial vampires that now haunt the Temple and the inner sanctum of the supposed courts of law and justice."
Ron Paul (in 2006) - "Counterfeiting the nation's money is a serious offense. The founders were especially adamant about avoiding the chaos, inflation, and destruction associated with the Continental dollar. That’s why the Constitution is clear that only gold and silver should be legal tender in the United States. In 1792 the Coinage Act authorized the death penalty for any private citizen who counterfeited the currency. Too bad they weren’t explicit that counterfeiting by government officials is just as detrimental to the economy and the value of the dollar."
Lew Rockwell (2006) - "The essence of government is the right to obey a different set of laws from that which prevails in the rest of society. What we call the rule of law is really the rule of two laws: one for the state and one for everyone else. Theft is illegal but taxation is not. Kidnapping is illegal but stop-loss orders are not. Counterfeiting is illegal but inflating the money supply is not. Lying about its budget is all in a day's work for the government, but the business that does that is shut down."
Nick Barisheff (2006) - "Throughout history, kings, emperors and politicians have never had the self-discipline to limit their spending in the absence of the restraints imposed by gold."
Lew Rockwell (2006) - "Government planning not only fails; it tends to produce outcomes that are the opposite of what its proponents say that they favor. The only stable and productive social system is one that embraces human liberty in its totality, and defends the market economy, private property, sound money, and peaceful international relations, while opposing government intervention as economically and socially destructive."
Ayn Rand (1905-1982) - "Whenever destroyers appear among men, they start by destroying money; for money is man's protection and the base of a moral existence. Destoyers seize gold and leave to its owners a counterfeit pile of paper."
Butler Shaffer (2006) - "In an age in which public opinion polls weigh more heavily than empirical and reasoned analyses in evaluating events, the communal mindset of dullards may prevail by sheer numbers."
William Buckler (2006) - "Legal records from the early Middle Ages show that a serf's 'freedom' was contingent upon the serf paying his or her 'dues'. 'Contingent freedom' is a contradiction in terms. For the former owners of slaves, serfdom was a large economic step forward. The owners were no longer required to feed, clothe or house the serfs, but they still got their 'cut' of the fruits of the serf's labour. It is true that serfs could hold property, but they could not OWN it. The situation is the same today, in the United States, in Europe, in Australia. Anyone living there can discover this by the simple means of NOT paying the local taxes. Should they do so, their so-called 'private property' is confiscated and sold at auction to pay their 'dues'. The existence of the income tax precludes the right of property. For most of us, our lives have become the productive property of 'others'."
William Buckler (2006) - "The grand crisis of today is a crisis of the legitimacy of our governments. They are, one and all, BROKE and have made political promises that they can't keep. They all know it. To retain their position, they must keep paying their adherents in their bureaucracies, their internal occupation force. They must also keep buying the votes which preserve their 'legitimacy'. They can no longer afford this."
William Buckler (2006) - "In morality and politics, legitimacy consists of preserving, protecting and defending the 'life, liberty and estate' of the individual citizen. In economics and finance, it consists of preserving, protecting and defending the ability of the individual citizen to produce and trade the fruits of his or her labour. The foundation of this ability is the legitimacy of the medium of exchange (or money) used to facilitate this process. Destroy legitimate money, and you destroy free exchange between individuals."
Bill Bonner (2006) - "Price fixing is illegal in other industries, but the honchos of central banking are allowed to collude to fix the most important price in an economy, the price of money."
Alex Wallenwein (2006) - "Dollars are shape-shifting, ephemeral concepts. Nothing more. They are not measures of value. They are measures of debt. And so are yuan, yen, francs, euros, and what have you."
Alex Wallenwein (2006) - "This New World Order was built on its architects’ collective ability to issue debt instruments and have them masquerade as “value.” That ability is now coming into question, in the most severe way. And the most entertaining aspect of all this is that there appears to be precious little they can do about it. "
Manuel Lora (2006) - "Ownership precedes order. "
Bernard von NotHaus (2006) - "Even a casual look at the Fed’s history leads one to wonder how an institution that profits mightily from its own policies by victimizing Americans has maintained control over the money of the wealthiest nation on Earth. For those who have made a serious inquiry, the Federal Reserve is shadowed in deceptive origins and fraudulent policies. "
Paul Hein (2006) - "We need not contemplate ways to bring down the towering edifice of tyranny that confronts and threatens us: we need only stand ready to build upon the rubble when it collapses."
Harry Browne (1933-2006) - "Government's role shouldn't be to police the world – or even to win wars. Government's role should be to keep us out of wars – to protect us from foreign enemies, not create them. In fact the main reason most people tolerate high taxes and invasions of our liberty is because they hope the government will protect them from domestic criminals and foreign problems. And yet, despite a $2 trillion budget, our government protects us from neither."
Edwin Vieira (2006) - "The ultimate purpose of centralizing governmental powers in a bureaucratic state is to siphon wealth away from the common man and into the hands of a self-selected elite. An elite which maintains its position by political manipulation and, when necessary, by the ruthless application of homicidal violence."
Doug Thompson (2006) - "As an American I shudder at the consequences of the damage inflicted on America by the current system of government and the dominance of politics. Party loyalty has replaced loyalty to country. This is true for both Republicans and Democrats. Both parties place allegiance to party dogma ahead of what is best for the nation and neither party is fit to govern."
Charley Reese (2006) - "I fear the expansion of American government power more than I do the terrorists. They are, after all, criminals who might shoot us or bomb us and get killed in the process. They are, by nature, a passing threat. A secretive government that scoffs at the rule of law and the restraints of the Constitution, however, is a very permanent threat to the freedom of the American people."
Anonymous (2006) - "How coincidental that the State of the Union Address is in the same week as Groundhog's Day. After all, one event involves meaningless ritual in which we look to a creature of little intelligence for glimpses of truth about the future, and the other involves a groundhog."
Richard Ebeling (2006) - "In a world that claims to have rejected socialism, central banks remain one of the most powerful socialist institutions around the world--because make no mistake about it, central banking is monetary central planning. "
Leonard Read (1898-1983) - "A trimmer, according to the dictionary, is one who changes his opinions and policies to suit the occasion. In contemporary political life, he is any candidate whose position on issues depends solely on what he thinks will have most voter appeal. He ignores the dictates of his higher conscience, trims his personal idea of what is morally right, tailors his stand to the popular fancy. Integrity, the accurate reflection in word and deed of that which is thought to be morally right, is sacrificed to expediency."
Jack Douglas (2006) - "You may not know that you have been part of the Greatest Experiment in Economic Central Planning in history, an experiment vastly exceeding any central planning Gosplan did in the Soviet Union."
Jacob Sullum (2006) - "Young people are supposed to be the ones with short-time horizons, running up debt without thinking about the long-term implications. But in the political realm, it's the older and supposedly wiser who demand more and more for themselves, heedless of the burden they're imposing on their children and grandchildren."
Leonard Read (1898-1983) - "The trimmers who succeed in offering themselves as candidates are, by and large, mere reflections of irresponsible citizenship—that is, of neglected thinking, study, education, vigilance. Candidates who trim and voters who trim are each cause and each effect; they feed on each other.
Butler Shaffer (2005) - "The state is in a constant war with all of life. It always has been and it always will be, and no mouthing by politicians of empty bromides about 'caring' will ever change this fundamental fact. Political systems war against the spontaneous and self-directed nature of all living systems, using violence as a weapon to force life to go in directions it does not choose. The state is the most fundamentally indecent of all human inventions, a fact that most of us prefer to keep from our conscious mind, which we obfuscate with lies and rationalizations; anesthetize with drugs or alcohol; or trivialize with entertainment-as-news"
Leonard Read (1898-1983) - "While categories of wrongdoing are comparative, it does not follow that wrong deeds within any given category of evil are comparative. For instance, it is murder whether one man is slain, or two. It is stealing whether the amount is ten cents or a thousand dollars. And, a lie is a lie whether told to one person or to a million. 'Thou shalt not kill'; 'Thou shalt not steal'; 'Thou shalt not bear false witness' are derived from principles. Principles do not permit of compromise; they are either adhered to or surrendered."
Chris Mayer (in 2005) - "If every dollar must be backed by a certain amount of gold, then you cannot create money out of thin air. The gold standard says you must have the gold first. Governments find it harder to wage war, dole out entitlements and build public works with a gold standard tying them down. Banks can't lend as much money; hence they can't make as much money. This is why the banking interests of this country backed the creation of the Federal Reserve. They appreciated the value of a good cartel."
Butler Shaffer (in 2005) - "When we are functioning as individuals – whether at work, in the marketplace, among friends, or driving on the freeways – our behavior toward one another tends to be peaceful and respectful. Few of us would be willing to personally inflict, even upon strangers, the brutalities that so many eagerly cheer on when performed by agents of the state with which we identify ourselves."
Karol Wojtyla (1920-2005) - "The evil of our times consists in the first place in a kind of degradation, indeed in a pulverization, of the fundamental uniqueness of each human person."
Thomas J DiLorenzo (in 2005) - "Students of politics have understood for literally centuries that the key to success in democratic politics is to use the coercive powers of the state to dispense concentrated benefits (through spending, tariffs that block competition, etc.) on well-organized special interest groups while dispersing and disguising the costs among the general population. The so-called "American System" was a textbook example of this age-old recipe for political plunder."
Hans-Hermann Hoppe (in 2002) - "The state, as a judicial monopoly, must be recognized as the source of de-civilization: states do not create law and order; they destroy it. Families and households must be recognized as the source of civilization."
Bill Bonner (in 2005) - "Looking around, we see hardly a single number, fact, news item, or presidential press conference that doesn't need footnotes, retraction or medical attention. All have been stretched, crunched, twisted or bent into such grotesque shapes that even their own mothers wouldn't recognize them. Americans do not spend too much; there is merely a "savings glut" overseas that we help absorb. Nor is there a housing bubble anywhere in the United States; everybody knows houses go up forever. Nor does the administration sanction torture of alleged terrorists; it just uses "unique" methods. No kidding, we read it in today's paper. The CIA defines torture in the same spirit that the U.S. Labor Department defines inflation: 'uniquely.' They both get the answers they want. We sigh. We are reminded of a more innocent, more honest age: when gold stood behind the dollar, when children said please and thank you, and soldiers treated their adversaries with respect."
Lew Rockwell (in 2005) - "Why the hysteria against deflation? We are faced with a real puzzle here. In the whole of the private sector, the number one focus of retailers these days, particularly those dominant retailers such as Wal-Mart and Home Depot, is low prices. This they emphasize above all else because they know that this is what consumers want. And yet in the public sector, we find exactly the opposite: an ironclad promise that prices will not be low but rather will be continually rising. So if Wal-Mart's slogan is 'Always Low Prices,' the slogan of the Fed and the government should be 'Always Higher Prices.'
Jack Kerouac (in 2005) - "Nothing lasts. The empire that was built on industrial profits persists on post-industrial credit. The habits and principles of many generations - upon which the Anglo-Saxon empire depends - have given way to conceits and lies. "
Bill Bonner (in 2005) - "Gold grants no interviews and holds no press conferences. It is mute. It neither panics nor dissembles. It is a universal antidote to lies. The more lies there are, the more valuable it becomes."
Thomas J DiLorenzo (in 2005) - "Our rulers in Washington are not quite in the Stalin/Hitler/Mao category, but they nevertheless embrace with all their being the pretense of knowledge. And whenever they act on this pretense, the results are typically disastrous. "
Lew Rockwell (in 2005) - "Why is it that Congress, the Fed, and the presidency all agree that deflation is something to be avoided at all costs? The experience of the Great Depression looms large but, as Murray Rothbard has shown, low prices were just about the only good economic trend that was happening throughout the 1930s. Imagine if you had all the same disasters occurring - all inspired by bad economic policy - but with high prices on top of it all!"
Bill Bonner (in 2005) - "Alan Greenspan is the most famous bureaucrat since Pontius Pilate. Like Pilate, he hesitated, but ultimately gave the mob what it wanted. Not blood, but bubbles. Greenspan's role in the empire is more than that of a Consul or a Proconsul. He is the Prefect. He is the quartermaster who makes sure empire has the financial resources it needs to ruin itself."
Lew Rockwell (in 2005) - "The reason government favors a loose monetary policy, a discretionary rule at the Fed, and ongoing low-grade inflation is the most obvious one of all. It pays the bills. In other words, the reason is no different from that of private counterfeiting. They like to have money without having to work to get it. That is essentially what the Federal Reserve provides the government. It doesn't have to worry about its bond rating collapsing or its credit standing falling. It doesn't have to bother with taxing people. It can hide the costs of government in the complications associated with monetary affairs. "
Lew Rockwell (in 2005) - "War has been the driving force in monetary depreciation throughout history. If Bush had been forced to raised the hundreds of billions that he has spent on his Iraq caper through taxation, his supporters would be far less supportive, and his policy more honest. Instead, he has been able to count on the inflationary finance of his friends at the Fed to make it all possible."
Paul Craig Roberts (in 2005) - "Trapped in their lies, Bush and Cheney are lashing out at critics, proving once again the truth of Samuel Johnson’s 18th century observation that 'patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.'"
Jim Willie (in 2005) - "Credit derivatives are out of control, no question about it. In early October, the USFed convened a meeting to address a situation gone amok, totally out of control. It seems $8400 BILLION in credit risk derivatives remain unconfirmed. The list of convened bankers covered the gamut of icons in the banking industry. JPMorgan, Citibank, Morgan Stanley, Banc of America, Barclays, Deutschebank were among those invited. Nothing was resolved. More likely, more effective methods were devised to sweep the derivative monster under the rug. A bigger rug is needed."
Vin Suprynowicz (in 2005) - "No one knows what the heck a 'War on Terror' really means except the permanent institutionalization of the predictable paranoia of tyrants afraid their oppressed peasant classes will eventually wise up and shoot back."
Justin Raimondo (in 2005) - "The elites are committed to a foreign policy that assumes American hegemony and the ever-present possibility of a U.S. military strike somewhere in the world, at any given moment. To any half-normal, ordinary American, such a foreign policy is just asking for trouble."
Mary McGrory (in 2002) - "With him (Bush) at the wheel, Uncle Sam has become thought of as the SUV of nations: It hogs the road and guzzles the gas and periodically has to run over something -- such as another country -- to get to its Middle Eastern filling station."
Bill Bonner (in 2005) - "Our sentiments are no daintier than those of anyone else. We like a hanging or war as much as the next fellow. But we see no reason to lie about what is going on."
Thomas DiLorenzo (in 1994) - "Virtually all of the specific economic policies advocated by the Italian and German fascists of the 1930s have also been adopted in the United States in some form, and continue to be adopted to this day. Sixty years ago, those who adopted these interventionist policies in Italy and Germany did so because they wanted to destroy economic liberty, free enterprise, and individualism. Only if these institutions were abolished could they hope to achieve the kind of totalitarian state they had in mind."
Karen Kwiatkowski (in 2005) - "I don't accept that our foreign policy is the fault of the individual American – we have in some ways a dictatorship of the proletariat here in America, and the “dictator” is an elite class of state parasites who live for the benefits of massive national centralization, a super-sized standing military, and its grossly obese military-industrial establishment."
Lew Rockwell (in 2005) - "You can make every demand, issue a million orders, exhaust every financial resource in the state’s account, elevate some people and demote others, dress up in a military costume and make grand pronouncements from a glorified pedestal, cut off fingers, toes, and heads, but in the end, you can’t make the economy perform in a way that serves the people unless you let market forces work. "
Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) - "It is vain to fight totalitarianism by adopting totalitarian methods. Freedom can only be won by men unconditionally committed to the principles of freedom. The first requisite for a better social order is the return to unrestricted freedom of thought and speech."
Benedict D. LaRosa (in 2005) - "To Americans of the late 19th century, “allegiance” was a feudal concept denoting subservience to a master. Americans considered themselves sovereigns, not subjects. They, unlike so many Americans today, understood that those who exercise the instruments of government – public servants – feel more comfortable ruling than serving. "
Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) - "The worst and most dangerous form of absolutist rule is that of an intolerant majority."
Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) - "Government interference always means either violent action or the threat of such action. Government is in the last resort the employment of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen. The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning. Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom."
Tibor Machan (in 2005) - "The idea of individual rights and of a just community in which they are fully respected and protected is so radical in human history that it is understandable why....[some people]...will not have managed to grasp them clearly enough."
Butler Shaffer (in 2005) - "Neither the state nor the marketplace has a monopoly on wisdom, efficacy, or motivation. People can be well- or ill-motivated in either sector. The primary distinction between a political system, and a non-political, free-market system, is whether some people will be allowed to use violence against others to achieve their desired ends. By definition, the marketplace eschews coercive means; by its nature, the state is organized force."
Tibor Machan (in 2005) - "Taxation is extortion. It is the dubious institution that's based on the monarchical tradition when governments (the monarchs) owned the realm and taxes were the tribute they collected for permitting ordinary folks to live and work in this realm."
Mogambo Guru (in 2005) - "Hurricane Katrina? Ha! The Federal Reserve is the biggest disaster ever to hit the United States of America!"
Butler Shaffer (in 2005) - "Political systems have always served as strange attractors to the control freaks and other misfits who have never become socially housebroken."
Michael S. Rozeff (in 2005) - "The only sure road to a better alternative is to know at the outset that the State is a deeply flawed and destructive institution. "
Butler Shaffer (in 2005) - "While the pretenders at various Washington, D.C. think-tanks continue to fancy themselves in purple and ermine robes, the realities upon which the world functions will continue their incessant march toward the decentralized, horizontally-networked systems that are rapidly displacing the command-and-control vertical structures that have long dominated mankind."
George F. Smith (in 2005) - "The Fed plays down the fact that they manipulate bank reserves to alter the federal funds rate. Why? Perhaps because talking about something as tedious as the federal funds rate is safer than saying they're adjusting the supply of money available. If the Federal Open Market Committee announced they were increasing bank reserves, people might start to wonder just how 12 bureaucrats sitting around a table can bring money into existence. Once they learned how, they might ask “Why?” and that could be incriminating."
Gerry Jackson (in 2005) - "Between 1945 and 1947 the US government slashed Federal spending from an annual $95 billion to $36 billion per year — a $59 billion cut in two years. This was a staggering 62 per cent reduction. Instead of the economy spiraling into a depression with 8 million unemployed, as predicted by Keynesians, prices, wage rates and employment increased."
William Anderson (in 2005) - "Katrina is the latest exhibit in the ongoing historical documentary in favor of a government-free society."
Dmitry Orlov (in 2005) - "In the U.S., there is an industry of political commentators and pundits, which is devoted to inflaming political passions. This is similar to what sports writers and commentators do, to draw attention to their game. Although people often bemoan political apathy as if it were a grave social ill, it seems to me that this is just as it should be. Why should essentially powerless people want to engage in a humiliating farce designed to demonstrate the legitimacy of those who wield the power?"
Dmitry Orlov (in 2005) - "In Soviet-era Russia, intelligent people did their best to ignore the Communists: paying attention to them, whether through criticism or praise, would only serve to give them comfort and encouragement, making them feel as if they mattered. Why should Americans want to act any differently with regard to the Republicans and the Democrats? For love of donkeys and elephants?"
Dmitry Orlov (in 2005) - "An equally useful quality in a crisis is apathy. The Russian people are exceptionally patient: even in the worst of post-collapse times, they did not riot, and there were no significant protests. They coped as best they could. The safest group of people to be with in a crisis is one that does not share strong ideological convictions, is not easily swayed by argument, and does not possess an overdeveloped sense of identity. Clueless busybodies who feel that 'we must do something' and can be spun around by any half-wit demagogue are bad enough, but the most dangerous group, and one to watch out for and run from, is a group of political activists resolved to organize and promote some program or other; even if the program is benign, and even if it is beneficial, the politicized approach to solving it might not be. As the saying goes, revolutions eat their children."
Eckhart Tolle (in 2005) - "Cleverness devoid of wisdom is extremely dangerous and destructive."
Mark Davis (in 2005) - "I suggest that if an individual really wants to be free then they should begin to act free themselves; that is, choose to be free. "
Murray N. Rothbard (1926-1995) - "Treating society as a thing that chooses and acts obscures the real forces at work. If, in a small community, ten people band together to rob and expropriate three others then this is clearly and evidently a case of a group of individuals acting in concert against another group. In this situation, if the ten people presumed to refer to themselves as 'society' acting in 'its' interest, the rationale would be laughed out of court; even the ten robbers would probably be too shamefaced to use this sort of argument. But let their size increase, and this kind of obfuscation becomes rife and succeeds in duping the public."
(in 2005) - "Have you ever wondered where we got that little cliché, 'It's as good as gold!' It was the marketing campaign the Federal Reserve used to launch the Federal Reserve Note to replace the dollar. Guess what; it is NOT as good as gold. They just want you to think and believe it is as good as gold--never was--never will be."
Enrico Orlandini (in 2005) - "In 1930, the bankers jumped out of windows of their own free will. This time around, I suspect disgruntled Americans will be helping them out."
Michael S. Rozeff (in 2005) - "At present, (State) sovereignty is a widely-accepted concept. It shouldn't be. We human beings should set a higher goal still, namely, the sovereignty of the individual over himself. We should come to understand that individual sovereignty (self-governance, liberty) is what holds out the greater promise for human life to prosper."
Michael S. Rozeff (in 2005) - "Monarchy is better than democracy and self-governance better than both. For if a better taskmaster is one that provides more freedom, more rights, and fosters more prosperity, then logically the best condition of all is self-governance."
Michael S. Rozeff (in 2005) - "Sovereignty, or the right to exercise supreme rule, in a sense was also questioned on 9/11. Only a State has the right to kill its own citizens; its own inhabitants, foreigners, and terrorists do not."
Butler Shaffer (in 2005) - "It is the de-institutionalizing of society that represents 'terror' to established interests, against which 'wars' must be fought."
Mark Davis (in 2005) - "Society evolves around moral principles that allow us to get along peacefully in a world of scarce resources to fulfill the needs of so many. If heaven on earth were to come and all needs were met by wishing for their satisfaction, then no rules would be necessary. But this is not reality. Because a man desires a woman does not give him the right to take her. Because someone desires another person’s food, shelter or toys gives him no right to take them. Scarcity is the overriding factor influencing the need for moral principles or “rules.” These rules restrict our behavior such that we don't always get what we want without negative ramifications. "
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) - "Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it."
Mark Davis (in 2005) - "Private property, like gravity, may be an inconvenient rule to me when I wish to acquire something that is within sight, but out of reach. Blaming the rules against theft, rape and murder as the reason that I can’t be successful at fulfilling my desires is not only uncivilized but childish. That there should be as few rules as possible does not preclude the necessity of rules for civilized behavior. Respecting the persons and property of others is a good start. This is the Natural Order which should not to be confused with State Rule."
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) - "There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of his life getting his living. All great enterprises are self-supporting. You must get your living by loving."
Mark Davis (in 2005) - "In the end it is your actions and not your thoughts that really count. This fundamental truth has caused much strife through self-inflicted difficulties. Yet love can emerge from the anger, frustration and hate that foments when thinking excessively about the inequities of life. Life is worth living because love shines through it all. "
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) - "The inefficient offer their inefficiency to the highest bidder, and are forever expecting to be put into office. One would suppose that they were rarely disappointed. "
Michael S. Rozeff (in 2005) - "Most people do not believe that power is evil when employed by States. The power of common criminals is roundly condemned. The imaginary power of free-market capitalism is vividly condemned, but the glorification of State power goes on."
Gerry Jackson (in 2005) - "Between 1945 and 1947 the US government slashed Federal spending from an annual $95 billion to $36 billion per year - a $59 billion cut in two years. This was a staggering 62 per cent reduction. Instead of the economy spiraling into a depression with 8 million unemployed, as predicted by Keynesians, though not Keynes, wage rates and employment increased. "
Michael S. Rozeff (in 2005) - "Necessity speaks of an end that justifies and brings on a means that infringes life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In our day the word 'need' is substituted for 'necessity' with the same result. When a politician speaks of needs, which is often, surely you hear the words of a tyrant."
The Mogambo Guru (in 2005) - "I knew it! I knew that Greenspan and the horrid Federal Reserve would again start cranking out more money and credit creation! They can't stop! And sure enough, last week they again started increasing Total Fed Credit, this time by a cool $5.8 billion, which, after cascading through the banking system at the unbelievable fractional-reserve rate of almost 100:1, created a potential $580 billion increase in the money supply. To turn it into money, all that needs to be done is somebody walking into the bank and borrowing it! "
Michael S. Rozeff (in 2005) - "'Congress has the power to lay and collect taxes to provide for the "general Welfare of the United States.' These are the innocent-sounding words that enslave."
Thomas J. DiLorenzo (in 2005) - "An alternative way of thinking of how to achieve a freer and more prosperous society is through the devolution of political power. Therein lies the only hope of citizens ever being able to control their own government and becoming sovereign over it once again."
Pope Benedict XVI (in 1991) - "The separation of politics from any natural content of law, which is the inalienable patrimony of everyone’s moral conscience, deprives social life of its ethical substance and leaves it defenseless before the will of the strongest."
Antal E. Fekete (in 1999) - "The coercive nature of the regime of irredeemable currency is fully commensurate with the coerciveness of similar systems, long since discarded by history: slavery and serfdom. To the extent that coercion and bondage today is covert, whereas they were overtly admitted and practiced under slavery and serfdom, the present regime is even more odious than its historic forerunners. "
Antal E. Fekete (in 2003) - "Monetarists and quantity theorists of all stripes, please pay attention. Regulating the rate of increase of the stock of high-powered money may postpone but will not avert the ultimate humiliation of the dollar, which is to join the assignats, mandats, Reichsmarks, and other dishonored promises in the garbage heap of history. From there, as from Hades, no currency has ever returned."
G. Edward Griffin (in 2005) - "'The United States of America; Twenty Dollars: This note is legal tender for all debts, public and private.' These words look official and impressive but, in terms of a contract to redeem the currency for something of intrinsic value, they have no meaning at all. Silver Certificates once were a promise to deliver silver. U.S. Notes now are a promise to deliver taxes and inflation."
Tibor Machan (in 2005) - "Coercion kills generosity and charity and, yes, service. It substitutes forced taking and labor for free giving. It turns citizens into subjects, people whose own will doesn’t count and who must, instead, bow to the dictates of the government and fork over their resources not because they are convinced there is a worthy goal to be served but because a gun is pointed at them and they have no choice but to come up with their resources to fend off that gun."
Lord Acton (1834-1902) - "I saw in States’ rights the only availing check upon the absolutism of the sovereign will, and secession filled me with hope, not as the destruction but as the redemption of Democracy . . . . Therefore I deemed that you were fighting the battles of our liberty, our progress, and our civilization; and I mourn for the stake which was lost at Richmond more deeply than I rejoice over that which was saved at Waterloo. "
Justice Stephen Field (dissenting in 1872) - "The arguments in favor of the constitutionality of legal tender paper currency tend directly to break down the barriers which separate a government of limited powers from a government resting in the unrestrained will of Congress. Those limitations must be preserved, or our government will inevitably drift from the system established by our Fathers into a vast, centralized, and consolidated government."
Lawrence Parks (in 2002) - "In effect, our monetary system constitutes institutional stealing. And, just as the Nazis passed laws to make their actions legal, the financial sector has, in a similar, but in a much more sophisticated way, perverted our political system. "
Norton v. Shelby County, 118 U.S. 425 (in 1886) - "An unconstitutional act is not a law; it confers no rights; it imposes no duties. It is, in legal contemplation, as inoperative as though it had never been passed."
Lawrence Parks (in 2002) - "To suggest that there is a free market and no manipulation for gold is absurd on its face. Aren't legal tender laws and the prohibition that the IMF has to prevent member countries from linking their currencies to gold prima facie evidence that we do not have a free market in gold?"
Brad Edmonds (in 2005) - "If you start with a standing military, replete with high-ranking officers anxious to further their careers; add a presidential administration and a few hundred Congressmen eager for bloc support, campaign contributions, and cushy jobs after leaving office; then add a few dozen large corporations armed with lobbyists and poised to make huge profits from war; you get wars."
Lawrence Parks (in 2002) - "The system is literally hurtling to destruction, and there are not enough voices being raised to stop this out-of-control locomotive. It is driven by greed and a lust for power without regard to people's sensibilities or safety. If you think of America as the center of Empire, then the Empire is disintegrating around the periphery, and the periphery is coming closer. For decades, our government has, in our name, been backing thugs and thieves all over the world. In Rick Maybury's words, 'we cannot possibly kill terrorists as quickly as the State Department is creating them.'"
Butler Shaffer (in 2005) - "Soldiers and insurgents alike operate from the premise that their lives exist so that they may be serviceable to the systems for which they fight and for which they are prepared to die. "
Vin Suprynowicz (in 2005) - "The United States is a republic, not a democracy. The difference is that in a republic, the rights of the minority may not be overturned by majority vote."
Butler Shaffer (in 2005) - "The institutionally-centered forms with their command-and-control mechanisms that have long represented Western societies are eroding; and the established interests that have benefited from such systems are in a life-and-death struggle to resist their demise."
Daniel Jurtzman (in 2005) - "The Pentagon announced a plan to create an Office of Strategic Influence to provide false news and information abroad to help manipulate public opinion and further its military objectives. Following a public outcry, the Pentagon said it would close the office--news that would have sounded more convincing had it not come from a place that just announced it was planning to spread misinformation."
William Greider (in 2005) - "American political debate is enveloped by the ideology of free trade, but 'free trade' does not actually describe the global economic system. A more accurate description would be 'managed trade' - a dense web of bargaining and deal-making among governments and multinational corporations, all with self-interested objectives that the marketplace doesn't determine or deliver."
Butler Shaffer (in 2005) - "The suicide-bomber is but the full extension of what is implicit in politics: institutionalized violence. In order to expand their reach over the lives and property of people, political systems must continually find new enemies as fear-objects. Frightful enemies coalesce the fear-ridden into obedient and manageable herds. War, then, is the necessary vehicle by which the state mobilizes itself for the infusion of the human energy upon which it depends. Like a vampire, the state nourishes itself on the blood of others."
Lawrence Parks (in 2002) - "Since the 8th century in China, every experiment with fiat money has ended in disaster, many times destroying the middle class, that group that protects society from the barbarians. To counter this risk and to protect and preserve our civilization, it is essential that we once again return to 'the standard of every great civilization'; gold-as-money."
Albert Burns (in 2005) - "It cannot be repeated TOO OFTEN that the Constitution is a limitation on the GOVERNMENT, and NOT on individuals. It does NOT, and was not intended to, prescribe or proscribe the conduct of private citizens, but only the CONDUCT of government and those to whom governmental power had been granted. In its most basic aspects, it is NOT a charter for government, but rather a charter of PROTECTION of citizens FROM their government. "
Wes Alexander (in 2005) - "Consider carefully every article you read about politicians, governments, and those who support them. When you do, you will find nothing more than theft disguised as logic, charity, and goodness."
Albert Burns (in 2005) - "The basic Constitution, itself, was a statement of strictly limited governmental powers. Then the great Bill of Rights was added to even further define what the government COULD NOT DO!!! Amendments 1 through 9 specify certain things which the government was NOT allowed to do and then the incredible Tenth Amendment which says, in effect, “If we forgot anything else, you CAN’T do that EITHER!”"
Butler Shaffer (in 2005) - "The state – whatever its form – is terror, for it depends upon threats and violence to obtain obedience to its will."
Ron Paul (in 2005) - "Most people would rather not involve themselves in politics. The reality is that politics involves itself with us whether we like it or not. We can bury our heads in the sand and hope that things don't get too bad, or we can fight back when government treats us as its servant rather than its master."
Alex Wallenwein (in 2005) - "Currency without gold redeemability means currency-issuance (i.e., inflation) without limits."
Bill Bonner (in 2005) - "The facetiousness of the situation comes from the way the U.S. has gotten the business of empire so backward. It provides protection (for the world) at its own expense and forgets to send a bill. It opens the world to 'free trade,' and then loses market share."
Doug Thompson (in 2005) - "Just about anytime somebody in a position of power does something incredibly stupid, unbelievably arrogant or outrageously illegal they usually claim it was "God's will.'"
Karen Kwiatkowski (in 2004) - "The mass state, while obscenely expensive, dangerous and even ridiculous, is the present reality of the United States. Imminent federal biometric ID cards courtesy of the REAL ID Act are just one more symbol of this ongoing massification and American totalitarianism. The Congress won’t impeach – to impeach its heart, its hands, or its head is to commit suicide. A pleasant fantasy for the rest of us, but that is all."
James Madison (1751-1836) - "Democracy is the most vile form of government... democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention: have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property: and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths."
Chris Mack (in 2005) - "The only non-controversial - or at least logically defensible - measure of success is that which is produced by the free market itself without coercion or undue advantage from an outside authority. Yet if the law recognized this common-sense reality, then most, if not all, of government funding decisions would be invalidated. Rather than go down this path, judges in most westernized, 'developed' societies choose to build on an the assumption - increasingly being exposed as flawed - that public planning may be pursued productively. Given the need for intellectual coherence, it is probably naive to expect otherwise. Yet if intellectual coherence is not rooted in reality, then it must inevitably lead to irrational and even draconian results."
Scott Horton (in 2005) - "Imagine it. The U.S. military, the biggest socialist program on earth, using violence to open up 'free markets' and teach property rights: The irony may be lost on some Americans, but how must it look from the Middle East and Asia?"
Fred Reed (in 2005) - "The problem is not that soldiers are stupid. They are not. Rather it is (I think) that they become excessively taken with the technology and power of their weapons, with the computers and precision and speed, with themselves, and just do not stop to ponder the difficulty of killing hornets with a howitzer."
Butler Shaffer (in 2005) - "As long as the 'dark side' of humanity is being exploited for political ends, the same deadly games will continue; the political show will go on. The costumes may change – no more brown-shirts, knee-high black boots, or swagger sticks; and no martial music to accompany a goose-stepping choreography. Plastic-encased ID cards will replace swastika armbands as indicia of authority, while 'ATF' jacket insignias will take the place of 'SS' lapel pins."
Kurt Richebacher (in 2005) - "The American economic reality on the macro level is not record wealth creation, but national impoverishment, foreboding a declining living standard. Take the borrowed import surplus away, and U.S. living standards collapse."
Peter Warburton (2001) - "What we see at present is a battle between the central banks and the collapse of the financial system fought on two fronts. On one front, the central banks preside over the creation of additional liquidity for the financial system in order to hold back the tide of debt defaults that would otherwise occur. On the other, they incite investment banks and other willing parties to bet against a rise in the prices of gold, oil, base metals, soft commodities or anything else that might be deemed an indicator of inherent value. Their objective is to deprive the independent observer of any reliable benchmark against which to measure the eroding value, not only of the US dollar, but of all fiat currencies. Equally, their actions seek to deny the investor the opportunity to hedge against the fragility of the financial system by switching into a freely traded market for non-financial assets."
Patrick Henry (1736-1799) - "We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth....For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to privide for it."
Samual Adams (1722-1803) - "If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."
Lew Rockwell (in 2005) - "Roughing people up through violence and threats of violence. That's what every line of every regulation comes down to. That's the meaning of every tax. That's the whole upshot of every tariff, expenditure, prohibition, and bomb. It all amounts to increased use of violence in society. Strip away the banners, songs, uniforms, and speeches: that's all that the state really is."
Thomas Paine (1736-1809) - "If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace."
Chuck Baldwin (in 2005) - "The grim reality is, no matter whom we elect, no matter which party controls Congress or the White House, the direction of the country doesn't change. Fundamental liberties continue to be lost, the federal government continues to burgeon, and America continues to evolve into a socialist-Fascist society."
Paul Craig Roberts (in 2005) - "Aside from September 11, an event of several years ago, the only terrorism the US has experienced is the terrorism Bush created by invading Iraq. Why are we worried about Osama bin Laden when the moronic Bush administration is so adept at creating terrorism?"
Butler Shaffer (in 2005) - "Every political system is defined by its approach to property. And since the basic property question has to do with whether individual self-ownership is respected, 'property' and 'liberty' are unavoidably entwined. 'Liberty,' in other words, is an expression of the decision-making authority one has over his or her life and other property interests."
Hans F. Sennholz (1922-2007) - "Monetary freedom is a faint memory of the distant past."
Charley Reese (in 2005) - "Imagine what would happen if you ran up and down the streets in your neighborhood telling people what they must eat, how they must raise their children and how they must keep their yards. You'd be in a continuing state of conflict and turmoil. Well, the same is true of nations."
Gary North (in 2005) - "We live in a society in which...(buy now; pay later) has become business as usual in every area of life. We buy now and promise to pay later. When the bills add up, we change the accounting rules. This is what Lyndon Johnson did with Social Security. He took it off-budget, then raided the income produced by Social Security taxes to reduce the official budget deficit. This scam is still in force. The public is naïve. Nobody reads the fine print. The promise-makers are not the same people as the promise-keepers. There will be no promise-keepers. The government, with cheering from overburdened corporations, will get the Federal Reserve System to inflate the money supply, making more fiat money available to pay off the obligations."
Joseph Ratzinger (in 1987) - "The destruction of the conscience is the real precondition for totalitarian obedience and totalitarian domination. Where conscience prevails there is a barrier against the domination of human orders and human whim, something sacred that must remain inviolable and that in an ultimate sovereignty evades control not only by oneself but by every external agency. Only the absoluteness of conscience is the complete antithesis to tyranny; only the recognition of its inviolability protects human beings from each other and from themselves; only its rule guarantees freedom."
Edwin Vieira (in 2005) - "What poses the most dangerous threat to the Establishment's continued rule, and even existence, if not the instability of the Ponzified monetary and banking systems, and superheated financial markets, that provide the foundations for its economic and political power? Any scheme of fractional-reserve banking based on fiat currency the value of which is secured by nothing more than economically unsound debt and the government's power to tax is inherently and inexorably self-destructive. No such scheme can long survive. The Federal Reserve System is just such a scheme. And the Establishment knows it. "
Timothy Terrell (in 2003) - "When the American people were deprived of their ability to exchange currency for actual, physical gold...a major check against the government’s propensity to steal had been lost. Less than forty years after Roosevelt’s momentous first year in office, Nixon eliminated the last vestiges of the gold standard. Today the effects are still with us."
Edwin Vieira (in 2005) - "Make no mistake about it: To maintain its own economic and political positions, the Establishment will sacrifice the economic welfare and the constitutional rights of everyone else."
Rousas Rushdoony (in 1982) - "The rise of the modern totalitarian state has its economic origin in the abandonment of gold coinage for paper money. As the creator of fiat money, of instant money by means of legalized counterfeiting of wealth, the state is always the wealthiest and most powerful force in society."
Edwin Vieira (in 2005) - "Even if the supposed threat from Islamic terrorists were to disappear today, the Department of Homeland Security would continue to grow tomorrow. Also, the breakneck speed at which the Department of Homeland Security is being constructed should warn America how much the Establishment fears that monetary and banking crises of serious proportions cannot be long delayed."
Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) - "In defiance of all the teachings of the economists, inflation and credit expansion have been elevated to the dignity of the first principle of economic policy. Nearly all governments are now committed to reckless spending, and finance their deficits by issuing additional quantities of unredeemable paper money and by boundless credit expansion."
Antal E. Fekete (in 2005) - "The stock market crash of 1987, just as the one of 1929 before it, were caused precisely by granting privileges without responsibilities to the banking cartel......... The Constitution of the United States was born of the ashes left behind a runaway inflation, that of the Continental Dollar, although it is not considered polite behavior to mention this bit of history in the presence of practitioners of the dismal monetary science."
Robert Higgs (in 2005) - "Governments have physical force—control over a society’s most decisive means of dispensing violence. They may try to disguise this essential attribute by cloaking it in measures ostensibly for the enhancement of the people’s 'welfare' and 'security'; they may paint its hardened, harlot face with cheery 'democratic' cosmetics; but when push comes to shove, all governments fall back on their superior ability to beat, shackle, imprison, and kill those who challenge the exercise of their power."
Ed Henry (in 2005) - "Can you believe that we impeached a president for lying about his sexual dalliances while we do nothing to a president who lied us into a senseless invasion? So much for the millennium bridges into the 21st century and born again moral values."
Tom Engelhardt (in 2005) - "My disenchantment with what passes for mainstream conservatism, embodied in the present Bush administration and its groupies, is just about absolute. Fiscal irresponsibility, a buccaneering foreign policy, a disregard for the Constitution, the barest lip service as a response to profound moral controversies: these do not qualify as authentically conservative values."
Mogambo Guru (in 2005) - "Of course, this does not mean that the Fed and the Congress will not TRY to do something, like all the rest of the brain-dead bozos in history have tried when their asinine spending excesses got to this point. And what will they try? It will be, as if you had to be told, more of the same thing that got us into this mess! Hahahaha! More money and credit and deficit-spending! Hahahaha! What idiots! And we elected them! Hahahaha! So WE'RE the idiots! Hahahaha!"
Mogambo Guru (in 2005) - "Do you think the French Revolution happened because prices for consumer staples deflated after their government printed up all that money? Hahaha! You think that the misery of Weimar Germany was caused by food being cheaper after the government printed up all that money? Again, I say, or chortle mirthlessly, as you knew I would, "Hahaha!"
Tibor Machan (in 2005) - "Attacking the right to private property amounts to attacking the judgments of private individuals who would have the option to support various goals they believe in. Instead, government officials--politicians, bureaucrats and their advisors--get to confiscate private property in taxes and other takings and they get to say to what ends these will be contributed.
Edwin Vieira (in 2005) - "Americans must face the hard fact that, as far as money and banking are concerned, this country and the political class that misrules it have come to a final parting of the ways."
Edwin Vieira (in 2005) - "Americans owe no allegiance, let alone obedience, to unconstitutional acts or to the criminals who perpetrate them. See Title 18, United States Code, Sections 241 and 242. "
Butler Shaffer (in 2005) - "The current corporate-state system is beyond repair and should be abandoned. Trying to salvage its antiquated and life-destructive forms is as senseless as trying to rehabilitate a Jeffrey Dahmer. The time will come, and soon, when we shall be called upon to discover new social systems and new ways of thinking about what it means to be a human being living in society with others. Whether such fundamental changes are brought about through conscious effort on our part, or are thrust upon us by events that trigger a collapse of institutional viability, remains to be seen."
Norton v. Shelby County, 118 U.S. 425, 442. (in 1886) - "[a]n unconstitutional act is not a law; it confers no rights; it imposes no duties...; it is, in legal contemplation, as inoperative as though it had never been passed."
Edwin Vieira (in 2005) - "Inasmuch as the monetary and banking systems are the creatures of politicians in Washington, D.C., and as a matter of law are totally subject to their control, the natural inclination of all too many Americans is to presume that the Wise Men on the Potomac will take timely and thorough action either to prevent a crisis from breaking out at all, or (if a crisis proves to be unavoidable) to protect common Americans from financial ruin and to preserve this country's national independence and free institutions. Such thinking, however, is dangerously naive--and may possibly prove fatal."
Edwin Vieira (in 2005) - "At every crucial point since the outbreak of the Civil War--1862-1864 and 1871 (emission of the first United States fiat currency and creation of the National Banks), 1913 (creation of the Federal Reserve System), 1933-1935 (destruction of the domestic 'gold standard', and repudiation and prohibition of obligations payable in gold), 1964 and 1967-1968 (debasement of silver coinage and repudiation of paper currency redeemable in silver), and 1971 (destruction of the international 'gold standard')--Congress, the President, and the Judiciary have wrapped this country more securely than before in the coils of unsound money and dishonest banking, both domestically and internationally--while at the same time enabling the Establishment to exert an ever greater, ever more pernicious influence over every American's economic and political life.
Tom Englehardt (in 2005) - "The Iraqi government is essentially installed inside a vast American military base and, as Maitra (Ramtanu Maitra writing for Asia Times about Afghanistan) points out, 'the inner core of Karzai's security is run by the US State Department with personnel provided by private contractors.' Try to imagine this in reverse. What would we make of an American president whose Secret Service was made up of foreigners hired by the government of Hamid Karzai?"
Ron Paul (in 2005) - "In time it will become clear to everyone that support for the policies of pre-emptive war and interventionist nation-building will have much greater significance than the removal of Saddam Hussein itself."
Barry Loberfeld (in 2005) - "A right of conscience cannot exist apart from the right of property. How can anyone have a responsibility to control what's done with his property without a right to control what's done with his property?"
Eric Englund (in 2005) - "As the state grows, one’s sense of self-ownership is destroyed, liberty is traded for 'security,' the human spirit diminishes, rates of time preference increase, and the citizenry increasingly thinks and behaves like dependent children."
Antal E. Fekete (in 2005) - "Under the regime of an irredeemable currency businessmen ultimately lose their ability to calculate for lack of an objective unit of value. Gold is prevented from fulfilling its foreordained function because of coercive legal tender laws domestically, bribe and blackmail internationally. For thirty-five years now central bankers have been burning the midnight oil to find ways to fend off the impending catastrophe threatening the world, as a result of the impossibility of economic calculation under a US-imposed regime of irredeemable currency. Their efforts are in vain. This Evil Empire, too, is doomed, and for the very same reason. The world economy, as the Soviet economy before it, will also succumb to the sudden death syndrome, because it has lost the faculty of economic calculation."
Fred Reed (in 2005) - "Slugs and ferrets rule the world with low cunning."
Brian Cloughley (in 2005) - "The director of the slippery slope to totalitarianism has beckoned his citizens, and they are responding with enthusiasm to his encouragement. War crimes are being committed by US troops and spooks on an extraordinary scale all round the world, but the biggest war crime is taking place in Washington: it is the twisting of the minds of the American people."
Ron Paul (in 2005) - "When the federal government spends more each year than it collects in tax revenues, it has three choices: It can raise taxes, print money, or borrow money. While these actions may benefit politicians, all three options are bad for average Americans. Deficits mean future tax increases, pure and simple. Deficit spending should be viewed as a tax on future generations, and politicians who create deficits should be exposed as--TAX HIKERS."
Ed Henry (in 2005) - "Social Security’s enormous profits/overcharges do not go into a working emergency reserve or property that can be liquid. Instead, the “surpluses” are stolen by the government and spent elsewhere under the pretence of having “borrowed” and “invested” them in securities only the public can redeem. This is what’s properly called malappropriation and double taxation plus interest. It's simply not possible to both spend and save or invest the same money. Try it."
Bill Bonner (in 2005) - "If you can make the world a better place by killing people in Baghdad and Fallujah, why not kill them in Tehran too? And why stop there? Why not take out a group in Paris...or Washington? Why not smother your mother-in-law or silence a rap star?"
Mogambo Guru (in 2005) - "Perhaps they will look back at George W. Bush's State of the Union Address, and gape at how a nation that couldn't save a dime thought it could save the entire world."
Bill Bonner (in 2005) - "There are two ways to build a better world. The world improvers such as Hitler and Alexander propose to do it by force. They apply a top-down method, effectuating 'regime change' in various foreign countries...and making a public spectacle of themselves to boot. The problem is that their ideas of a better world are no more than vanity - they have no better idea what a better world might look like than anyone else. And as soon as they take out their weapons to force the
issue, the campaign sinks into barbarism; for what is barbarism except the use of force over persuasion? The whole thing is a fraud, beginning with a lie...developing into a farce...and ending in disaster."
Paul Craig Roberts (in 2005) - "The clowns in Washington DC imagine that they sit astride a Superpower. Absorbed in fantasies of invading countries and remaking the world in America's image, little do our deluded leaders realize that America is in the hands of our Chinese and Japanese creditors. Should either of these Asian powerhouses decide to stop mopping up America's red ink, the dollar would collapse to such an extent that it would lose its reserve currency status."
Butler Shaffer (in 2005) - "...my social and political philosophy comes down to a very simple proposition: to not trespass upon the person or property of another. The playing out of that principle does, of course, bode ill for all political systems. The state is nothing more than organized theft, trespass, and killing, all of which are attacks upon privately-owned property. To support my proposition is to be an anarchist. No matter how deftly one tries to tap-dance around the subject – as with delusions of 'limited government' – political systems are inherently at war with private property. If 'government' is defined as a system with a monopoly on the lawful use of force, such force can only be exercised against the lives and property of individuals".
John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946) - "By a continuing process of inflation, government can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens. By this method they not only confiscate, but they also confiscate arbitrarily; while the process impoverishes many, it actually enriches some....There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose."
Justin Raimondo (in 1995) - "Government is an incubus, a parasite, incapable of producing anything in its own right, and instead feeds off the vital energies and productive ability of the producers."
Murray N. Rothbard (1926-1995) - "The great turning point of American foreign policy came in the early 1890s, during the second Cleveland Administration. It was then that the U.S. turned sharply and permanently from a foreign policy of peace and non-intervention to an aggressive program of economic and political expansion abroad. At the heart of the new policy were America’s leading bankers, eager to use the country's growing economic strength to subsidize and force-feed export markets and investment outlets that they would finance, as well as to guarantee Third World government bonds."
Harry Browne (1933-2006) at the 2nd Bush inauguration) - "Only a psychopath would stand in the midst of thousands of security guards and speak of 'the force of human freedom.'"
George Crispin (in 2005) - "Eighteen years ago the Consumer Price Index was 109.6. Today it has reached 191. What you could buy for a dollar 18 years ago would take $1.74 today. This is the Greenspan heritage that the media considers a success. Of course he did not accomplish it alone. It required the complicity of the collection that rules us, a spendthrift gang with a doomed plan to police the world."
Christopher Manion (in 2005) - "What we have been observing for the past century is the grim specter of a gargantuan government, grasping at symbols of legitimacy and morality with which to hide the essential corruption of unlimited powerlust. After all, the campaign against God, Christmas, the Passion, the Ten Commandments, and every other residue representing America’s cultural Christianity has not come from Alpha Centauri; it is the inevitable and logical consequence of the Leviathan’s expropriation of religion from, well, religion, and cloaking itself in the vestments of virtue"
Butler Shaffer (in 2005) - "When politicians and militarists speak of the killing of hundreds of thousands of people as 'peacekeeping missions' or the promotion of 'freedom,' language is not simply being distorted, but ravished".
Lew Rockwell (in 2004) - "The state is not the foundation of society, it is not the source of our security, it does not bring about prosperity, and it does not protect us. Government instead stands outside of society and lives off its proceeds, and does so for its own benefit and not that of society. If people have liberty, property, and law; they have the basis for what it takes to make a civilization. Anything that compromises those institutions is a force for de-civilization."
Jeffery Tucker (in 1990) - "To recognize the inevitability of death means confessing that there are limits to our power to manufacture a reality for ourselves. It is akin to admitting that certain fundamental facts of the world, like the ubiquity of scarcity, cannot be changed. Instead of attempting to change it, we must imagine social systems that come to terms with it. This is the core claim of economic science, and it is also the very reason so many refuse to acknowledge its legitimacy or intellectual binding power."
Alexander Stephens (1812-1883) - "If centralism is ultimately to prevail; if our entire system of free Institutions as established by our common ancestors is to be subverted, and an Empire is to be established in
their stead; if that is to be the last scene of the great tragic drama now being enacted: then, be assured, that we of the South will be acquitted, not only in our own consciences, but in the judgment of mankind, of all responsibility for so terrible a catastrophe, and from all guilt of so great a crime against humanity."
William H. Peterson (in 1990) - "A social order is doomed if the actions which its normal functioning requires are rejected by the standards of morality, are declared illegal by the laws of the country, are prosecuted as criminal by the courts and the police. The Roman Empire crumbled to dust because it lacked the spirit of liberalism and free enterprise. "
Wilson Mizner (1876-1933) - "A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after awhile he gets to know something."
Jay Taylor (in 2004) - "Keynes has long been dead. It is looking increasingly like our turn is fast approaching, because his policies and those of the monetarists, which are aimed at keeping the natural cleansing forces of free market economics from working, are reaching a breaking point where the global economy is teetering on the brink of an ominous breakdown."
Harry Browne (1933-2006) - "Once the door was open, once it was settled that the government should help some people at the expense of others, there was no stopping it. If the coercion of government can endow one person with property he hasn't earned, then everyone will want to use government to get something he wants. So it's not surprising that, over the past two centuries, more and more people have concluded that THEY deserve government's help."
Charles H. Featherstone (in 2004) - "We know that freedom is not about political parties, about ideologies, about programs. Freedom is about choices--what does life mean, how will I live it, what will I live for, who will I love, who will I hate, what will I die for."
Tom Engelhardt (in 2004) - "From the beginning, the American invasion and 'liberation' of Iraq has been little but a set of fantasies concocted by dreamy imperialists inside Washington's Beltway, aided and abetted by exiled Iraqi tale-spinners who knew a group of suckers when they spotted one"
Thomas Paine (1736-1809) - "Such is the irresistible nature of truth that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing."
Butler Shaffer (in 2004) - "There is almost an inverse relationship here: the more state functionaries lie to and deceive us, the more truthful we are expected to be toward them. The less accountable the state is for its falsehoods, the greater the power it expects to have over the factual details of our lives."
Joe Sobran (1946-2010) - "The blue-staters have had the kind of trauma that leads to conversion. The scales of centralism are falling
from their eyes. Sure, they want big government -- but not faith-based, anti-abortion, homophobic, war-mongering big government! They were thinking of something more, well, Scandinavian."
Butler Shaffer (in 2004) - "Our world is being torn apart by men and women who long ago gave up the search for truth, and who are now peddling – at the point of a gun – rigid, absolutist practices grounded in the proposition that a lie is as good as the truth as long as people will believe it.
Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) - "I yet believe that the maintenance of the rights and authority reserved to the states and to the people, not only are essential to the adjustment and balance of the general system, but the safeguard to the continuance of a free government. I consider it as the chief source of stability to our political system, whereas the consolidation of the states into one vast republic, sure to be aggressive abroad and despotic at home, will be the certain precursor of that ruin which has overwhelmed all those that have preceded it."
Martin van Creveld (2004) - "He who fights against the weak and loses, loses. He who fights against the weak and wins, also loses. To kill an opponent who is much weaker than yourself is unnecessary and therefore cruel; to let that opponent kill you is unnecessary and therefore foolish."
Auberon Herbert (1838-1906) - "The passions of men will rise higher and higher; and the authorized and unauthorized governments – the government of the majority and of written laws, the government of the minority and of dynamite – will enter upon their desperate struggle, of which no living man can read the end. In one way and only one way can the dynamiter be permanently disarmed – by abandoning in almost all directions our force machinery, and accustoming the people to believe in the blessed weapons of reason, persuasion, and voluntary service. We have morally made the dynamiter; we must now morally unmake him."
Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) - "If you establish a democracy, you must in due time reap the fruits of democracy. You will in due season have great impatience of the public burdens, combined in due season with great increase of public expenditure. You will in due season have wars entered into from passion and not from reason; and you will in due season submit to peace ignominiously sought and ignominiously obtained, which will diminish your authority and perhaps endanger your independence. You will in due season find your property is less valuable, your freedom less complete."
Louis Brandeis (1856-1941) - "The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning, but without understanding."
Butler Shaffer (in 2004) - "One can see, in the microcosm of this debate, just how intellectually confused and impoverished are the minds of so many Americans. Almost all who advertise themselves as 'pro-choice' are not pro-choice at all: they are quick to endorse measures to prohibit people making choices on the basis of racial or ethnic discrimination, or to demand that taxpayers fund day-care facilities for working mothers. They want an abundance of state rules to preempt the choices of individuals. Nor are the allegedly 'pro-life' advocates what they profess to be: far too many are flag-waving defenders of the war system, or supporters of capital punishment."
Peter G. Peterson (in 2004) - "The money that was to have gone to the Social Security trust fund has already been spent, and even Washington can't spend the same money twice. Whether you have a trust fund or not is irrelevant--you still have to either cut benefits or increase payroll taxes and try to borrow trillions of dollars. 'Trust fund' deserves to be well up there in the hierarchy of great oxymorons--it shouldn't be trusted, and it's not funded. "
David G. Mills (in 2004) - "It would be a supreme irony that the state most responsible for stopping worldwide fascism would become fascist 60 years later."
Gary North (in 2004) - "Well, just for the record, the two parties have been voting together since 1949 to stick it to the taxpayers. Both parties have invoked the idea of the State as the great healer, the lender of last resort, the safety net. The total tax burden is
in the range of 40% of income -- local, state, and federal. The State's regulations are endless. The bureaucracies are permanent and growing. Roll back the system? Reagan talked the talk, but he vetoed few spending bills. Bush has vetoed none."
Butler Shaffer (in 2004) - "The establishment party line being floated for public consumption is that George W. Bush’s re-election was largely a victory for 'moral values.' That grown men and women can offer this assessment with a straight face offers some of the most compelling evidence for the moral and intellectual insolvency of our culture. Such a rationalization reflects the kind of perverted thinking that also leads people to speak of 'wars of honor.' "
Erich Fromm (1900-1980) - "The fact that, in the case of child sacrifice, the father kills the child directly, while in the case of war, both sides have an arrangement to kill each other’s children makes little difference. In the case of war, those who are responsible for it know what is going to happen, yet the power of the idols is greater than the power of love for their children."
Lew Rockwell (in 2004) - "The idea of breaking up the United States might sound radical, but it is, in fact, an entirely reasonable proposal that would be best for Americans and best for the world. It is a solution that is compatible with the oldest American values, which are about freedom, not imposition, division, and war."
Butler Shaffer (in 2004) - "It is our refusal to question and resolve the contradictory nature of our thinking – a failure arising out of moral cowardice – that allows presidents to speak of warmaking as 'peacekeeping,' or obedience to state violence as 'freedom.'"
Brad Edmonds (in 2004) - "Anarcho-capitalism isn’t utopia – there will never be an end to conflict – it’s just the best approach humanity has or will ever have, as it allows the market (you and me) to decide everything. The market is 280 million minds, each attached to a wallet, each believing the wallet to be underfed, each acting in its own best interest with knowledge of the limitations of the attached wallet."
Butler Shaffer (in 2004) - "The little stickers that read 'I voted' -- worn so proudly by those wishing to confirm their allegiance to the system that is destroying their lives -- reminds me of the 'kick me' signs teenagers used to tape onto the backs of their fellow students. "
Friedrich A. Hayek (1899-1992) - "With the exception only of the period of the gold standard, practically all governments of history have used their exclusive power to issue money to defraud and plunder the people."
General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964) - "I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within."
Justice Felix Frankfurter (1882-1965) - "The real rulers in Washington are invisible, and exercise power from behind the scenes. "
Daniel Webster (1782-1852) - "Of all the contrivances devised for cheating the laboring classes of mankind, none has been more effective than that which deludes him with paper money."
Daniel Webster (1782-1852) - "We are in danger of being overwhelmed with irredeemable paper, mere paper, representing not gold nor silver; no sir, representing nothing but broken promises, bad faith, bankrupt corporations, cheated creditors and a ruined people."
William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925) - "Money power denounces, as public enemies, all who question its methods or throw light upon its crimes."
Adam Young (in 2004) - "Just as the republics of old died from foreign interventionism and the subsequent rise of domestic tyranny, so too is the American Republic laying to rest its noble heritage and its great potential. Today, under the current President’s promise of decades of foreign and domestic warfare, the centralized state is growing and growing, determined never to relinquish its hold on its foreign possessions and on the individual American and his hopes and dreams for a free and prosperous life."
Robert P. Murphy (in 2004) - "Politicians may break moral laws, but they can't evade economic ones: If they send a man to the moon (or build a new stadium), consumers necessarily must curtail their enjoyments of other goods."
Paul Riechkhoff (in 2004) - "That's the most basic tool a soldier needs on the battlefield--a reason to be there. When you can't articulate that in one sentence, it starts to affect morale. You can only bullshit people for so long."
Steven Latulippe (in 2004) - "Part of the messiah complex that haunts our rulers’ psyche is the idea that our government is omnipotent. Listening to the debates, it quickly became clear to me that our leaders believe that literally everything is achievable by our government. The feds now hold that every imaginable issue, both domestic and foreign, can be addressed and perfected by the actions of Washington. They acknowledge literally no limitations on that power. Even the suggestion of practical limits draws angry retorts of "defeatism" and "lack of imagination and willpower." Despite repeated failures, from the war on drugs to the ongoing basket-case of our federalized public schools, our politicos persist in this grand delusion."
Sean Corrigan (in 2004) - "Let’s take a glimpse at how Rome and her history can give us a reaffirmation of our unshaken belief in the ability of Everyman, acting as a free individual, to repair all the damage ever done by history’s tyrants and their tax gatherers."
Mogambo Guru (in 2004) - "The United States, for all its "robust" characteristics, is now on the hook for an estimated $60-74 trillion dollars in discounted present-value dollars, representing both present and future liabilities. This huge bill, which is already bigger than seven times the entire annual gross domestic product of the entire nation and is indeed over twice as large as all the goods and services produced by every nation on the whole freaking planet, is, and will be for the rest of your life, coming due and payable and, even worse, getting bigger and bigger. And no matter how young you are, there will never be a time in your life when you will not be paying this bill that has been run up. And you are going to pay every dime of that bill, either by suffering higher taxes or by suffering crippling, ruinous inflation. There is no other way, because if there were, then someone along the way through the last 5,000 years of economics history would have thought of it. So all that crap about a "robust" economy is just that: crap. It has been bought, but not yet paid for."
Henry Hazlitt (1894-1993) - "If the welfarist-socialist-inflationist- trend of recent years continues in this country, the outlook is dark. It is a prospect of mounting taxation, snowballing expenditures, chronic deficits, a budget out of control, an accelerating rate of inflation of the kind endemic in Latin America (at least for the last generation), a collapse of the dollar, increasing world currency chaos, and more and more ruthless price, wage, and exchange controls, leading toward a regimented economy and dictatorship. And if this trend is interrupted temporarily, it may be by riots, assassinations, and a breakdown of law and order.
Anonymous - "An economic forecaster is like a cross-eyed javelin thrower; they don't win many accuracy contests, but they sure keep the crowd's attention."
Frank Chodorov (1887-1966) - "The premise is that economic freedom is the necessary result of political freedom, while all the evidence of history and of logic points to the opposite. Political freedom is quite impossible where the right of ownership is abolished; and where the right of property is respected political freedom follows as a matter of course."
Alvin Lowi, Jr (in 2004) - "Politics subordinates the peaceful public province of the competitive marketplace to overweening government by selected politicians, their bureaucratic minions, client factions and other idle busy-bodies who subsist on extractions from and impositions on producers by force, threat of force or defamation."
Mark Reynolds (in 2004) - "If there where no controlling external force, known more commonly as 'government,' if I, as an individual, living here on God's green earth, did a particular act WITHOUT damaging someone else's life, liberty or property, would my act be lawful to do? If my answer is YES, then it is OK to do the particular act, even in the face of man made governments."
Michael Badnarik (in 2004) - "The draft is nothing more than the government stealing services from its citizens because it does not want to pay a market rate for them. "
Murray Rothbard (1926-1995) - "Until we begin to inquire: who is 'society?' Where is it? What are its identifiable attributes? Whenever someone begins to talk about 'society' or 'society's' interest coming before 'mere individuals and their interest,' a good operative rule is: guard your pocketbook. And guard yourself! Because behind the facade of 'society,' there is always a group of power-hungry doctrinaires and exploiters, ready to take your money and to order your actions and your life. For, somehow, they 'are' society!"
Lew Rockwell (in 2004) - "In the world of ideas, a vigorous debate is taking place about the extent to which private enterprise is capable of providing security, not only as a supplement but as a full replacement for state-provided security."
Dorothy Anne Seese (in 2004) - "The terms 'super power' and 'land of the free' are mutually exclusive in a society where might makes right has replace the rule of law, and that is what has happened in the United States since 1965, the year the 'Great Society' was introduced to American and socialist control began to replace individual freedom."
Paul Craig Roberts (in 2004) - "How did the US Congress, the opposition party, the news media, and the US public let the Bush administration start a war based on phony documents?"
Alvin Lowi, Jr (in 2004) - "How can Machiavellian political processes be trusted to govern a progressive human population when history records only failure?"
Uri Avnery (in 2004) - "Many of the most heinous crimes in human history were committed in the name of religion. The Book of Joshua says that God commanded the Children of Israel to commit a general ethnic cleansing in the land of Canann. The crusaders carried out horrible massacres in this country (Israel - and against the Jews on the way here) while shouting 'Deus le volt!' (God wills it). Three years ago today, Osama bin Laden sent his people to kill thousands in the New York Twin Towers in the name of Allah. May God protect us from those who would speak in His name."
Auberon Herbert (1838-1906) - "Dynamite (terrorism) is not opposed to government; it is, on the contrary, government in its most intensified and concentrated form. . . . It is government in a nutshell, government stripped, as some of us aver, of all its dearly beloved fictions, ballot boxes, political parties, House of Commons oratory and all the rest of it."
Jeff Snyder (in 2004) - "The claimed right of a majority to govern does not rest on any moral foundation, but on power."
Auberon Herbert (1838-1906) - "You may give your own rights away, but you cannot possibly give away, however generous your mood, the rights of your fellow-man. If, however, you persist in attributing such powers to the delegated body, please say exactly whence – from what human or superhuman source – it has drawn them, since it is plain that it has not drawn them from the individuals. Nor is it possible to escape from the difficulty by denying human rights, and declaring that rights are only imaginary things, for, in that case, government itself has no rights. By such sweeping and reckless denial of rights you make of government the very outlaw of outlaws. All that it has done or is doing would then be absolutely void of moral foundations. All its regulations, its takings its compulsions, would then simply rest upon what is convenient in the opinions of some persons, and what could be enforced by their superior strength; and, therefore, of course, it would be liable, as the mere product of convenience, to be removed in any way, or by any weapon, that is convenient and superior to itself in strength"
Jeff Snyder (in 2004) - "Herbert’s key insight is that, because government rests on power, all claims to govern are simply contests of strength. Since government rests not on right but on power, government by its very nature invites contests of strength."
Auberon Herbert (1838-1906) - "But the moment that this truth -- that no moral foundations for unlimited and undefined power could by any intellectual ingenuity be discovered anywhere -- the moment that this truth was grasped in all its significance...., the moment that all rhetorical sophistries were swept aside, and it was seen that, morally speaking, three men had no better right to govern two men than two men to govern three, then at once it became open to any revolutionary section of the minority, who considered that war was to be met by war, and were not impeded by any moral scruples as regards the use of means, to equalize or reverse the conditions of power by finding some new agent which had "governing force" in it. This new agent was supplied by dynamite, and from that day it has become war – war between those who govern openly by majorities and those who govern secretly by dynamite."
Mike Rogers (in 2004) - "When you get right down to it, 'Sharing the wealth,' is in no uncertain terms, Communism. Think about it: What else could you possibly call it? What else could you call penalizing people with money to pay for people who don't have it? And you've got it America; it didn't come from Russia either. It came straight to you from Washington D.C. and The Communist Party of the United States of America; or as Americans would say, 'Democrats or Republicans' have brought it to you and are laying it right in your lap and you are eating it up."
Bill Bonner (in 2004) - "An individual knows he cannot kill another individual without risking jail.....Or hell. But put him in a crowd, and he's ready to declare war on people he's never met for reasons he's never understood."
James Madison (1751-1836) - "With respect to the words 'general welfare,' I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators."
Bill Bonner (in 2004) - "An individual knows he cannot spend his way to wealth. But put him in a group, and he's ready to believe that "consumer spending" can make the whole society rich."
James Madison (1751-1836) - "I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which grants a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents."
Bill Bonner (in 2004) - "A man on his own knows that he is best advised to leave his dumbbell neighbors alone. But let him join a political party, and he fantasizes that he has the right and the power to tell everyone on the block what to do. "
William Anderson (in 2004) - "The Soviet Union, supposedly the mightiest police state the plane had ever seen, collapsed because it could not stand up to the impeccable logic of Ludwig von Mises. Likewise, the logic of Mises condemns the welfare-warfare state that now governs us. No matter what the politicians may say when speaking before their favored delegates, this unwieldy apparatus of governance cannot and will not stand forever, as it will fall of its own weight. "
Ivan Eland (in 2004) - "If President Bush and his security apparatus really want to make us safer, they should use the alert system differently. Every time the U.S. government meddles overseas--for example, needlessly invading the Islamic country du jour--and enlarges the bull's eye already painted on us here at home, the alert level should be raised a notch. Thus, in this election year, voters would have a better idea of exactly how safe government actions overseas were making all of us here at home."
Mark Weisbrot (in 2004) - "The post-9/11 age of American empire will close not with a bang but a whimper, suffocated by the laws of arithmetic, the constraints of public financing, and the limits of foreign borrowing. What remains to be determined is how much the U.S. will pay--in lost and ruined lives, as well as bills for future generations--and how many enemies it will make throughout the world, before coming to grips with reality."
Gary North (in 2004) - "The war on terrorism is being brought to us by the same high-efficiency organization that has waged the war on drugs for five decades. We should expect similar results."
Karen Kwiatkowski (in 2004) - "We have an incompetent, bankrupt, obese federal government bureaucracy led by ignoramuses who dream of empire, with continued zero accountability to either the facts on the ground or to the people who pay for it all."
George Bush (in 2004) - "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
Wes Alexander (in 2004) - "Don't you wish you had a job that accrued more authority, paid higher wages, and demanded less responsibility the more you screwed up! Monopoly government thrives on failure. "
Wes Alexander (in 2004) - "Government spends our money like a madman, borrows from the future, devaluates the money we manage to keep, and STILL has deficits bigger than the closest planet! That's not even counting things like war, rebuilding countries we just destroyed, Social Security, and the Post Office; which are all OFF BUDGET! I tried to persuade Kenneth Lay at Enron to just claim OFF BUDGET. I tried to tell my wife that my new monster digital TV and surround sound was OFF THE STINKING BUDGET! "
Gary North (in 2004) - "The free market is a system for allocating responsibility. It is rarely seen this way, but that is what it is."
Alexis De Tocqueville (1805-1859) - "Trade is the natural enemy of all violent passions. Trade loves moderation, delights in compromise, and is most careful to avoid anger. It is patient, supple, and insinuating....it leads them to want to manage their own affairs and teaches them how to succeed therein. Hence it makes them inclined to liberty but disinclined to revolution."
Eric Englund (in 2004) - "Democracy does not pave the way for peace, prosperity, and civility. Democracy endangers private property rights and therefore liberty itself."
James Madison (1751-1836) - "Democracy will envy all, contend with all, endeavor to pull down all, and when by chance it happens to get the upper hand for a short time, it will be revengeful, bloody, and cruel."
Richard Whately (1787-1863) - "The best way is to leave all laborers and employers, as well as all other sellers and buyers, free to ask and to offer what they think fit."
Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933) - "There is no justification for public interference with purely private concerns."
Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933) - "The property of the people belongs to the people. To take it from them by taxation cannot be justified except by urgent public necessity. Unless this principle be recognized, our country is no longer secure, our people no longer free. A government which requires of the people the contribution of the bulk of their substance and rewards cannot be classed as a free government... "
Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933) - "Unfortunately the Federal Government has strayed far afield from its legitimate business. It has trespassed upon fields where there should be no trespass. If we could confine our Federal expenditures to the legitimate obligations and functions of the Federal Government, a material reduction would be apparent. But far more important than this would be its effect upon the fabric of our constitutional form of government, which tends to be gradually weakened and undermined by this encroachment."
Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933) - "You can display no greater wisdom than by resisting proposals for needless legislation. It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones."
Joe Sobran (1946-2010) - "People who never dream of robbing their neighbors at gunpoint find it acceptable to have a government bureaucracy do the the dirty work."
Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) - "Justice without force is powerless; force without justice is tyrannical."
Albert Jay Nock (1870-1947) - "Wherever economic exploitation has been for any reason either impracticable or unprofitable, the State has never come into existence; government has existed, but the State, never."
Albert Jay Nock (1870-1947) - "Based on the idea of natural rights, government secures those rights to the individual by strictly negative intervention, making justice costless and easy of access; and beyond that it does not go. The State, on the other hand, both in its genesis and by its primary intention, is purely anti-social. It is not based on the idea of natural rights, but on the idea that the individual has no rights except those that the State may provisionally grant him. It has always made justice costly and difficult of access, and has invariably held itself above justice and common morality whenever it could advantage itself by so doing."
Albert Jay Nock (1870-1947) - "Take the State wherever found, striking into its history at any point, one sees no way to differentiate the activities of its founders, administrators and beneficiaries from those of a professional-criminal class."
Frank Chodorov (1887-1966) - "If we assume that the individual has an indisputable right to life, we must concede that he has a similar right to the enjoyment of the products of his labor. This we call a property right. The absolute right to property follows from the original right to life because one without the other is meaningless; the means to life must be identified with life itself. If the State has a prior right to the products of one’s labor, his right to existence is qualified. Aside from the fact that no such prior right can be established, except by declaring the State the author of all rights, our inclination (as shown in the effort to avoid paying taxes) is to reject this concept of priority. Our instinct is against it. We object to the taking of our property by organized society just as we do when a single unit of society commits the act. In the latter case we unhesitatingly call the act robbery, a malum in se. It is not the law which in the first instance defines robbery, it is an ethical principle, and this the law may violate but not supersede. If by the necessity of living we acquiesce to the force of law, if by long custom we lose sight of the immorality, has the principle been obliterated? Robbery is robbery, and no amount of words can make it anything else. "
Marilyn vos Savant (in 1996) - "We are prone to elect people who say what we want to hear, thereby putting in leadership positions more people who seek votes simply as a means to power, and fewer people of great stature. And perhaps the greatest irony of all, then, is that with this system, the people who have the least economic success have the most influence on our economy."
Lew Rockwell (in 2004) - "Iraq has shown the world that power has limits. No government can rule by force of arms alone. No policy can be imposed on a country whose citizens are opposed to the policy. In the end, governments are nothing but small, well-armed minorities attempting to impose its will on everyone else. They can be held at bay and even overthrown if the people resist."
Marilyn vos Savant (in 1996) - "I didn't know whether to be amused or dismayed. I didn't just find a misleading statistic or pronouncement here and there, now and then. I found it (and still do) every day, in every way, throughout the most respected information sources in the country, but most especially from-no surprise-our government. This phenomenon isn't the exception. It's the rule."
George Washington (1732-1799) - "Overgrown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty."
Marilyn vos Savant (in 1996) - "Never before, in the history of this country, have citizens been so jerked around logically to the point where they have become incapable of making reasonable decisions. This has begun to evidence itself in incredible jury verdicts. By using every logical error known to mankind in an effort to further one or another special interest, we have begun to reap what we have sown--the seeds of intellectual weakness and mental disorder."
Russell Madden (in 2004) - "You might be a fascist if you believe that the proper way to decide whether a casino should be built in your hometown is to vote on the idea."
Butler Shaffer (in 2004) - "The state has institutionalized irresponsibility. It consistently lives beyond its financial means, creating debts that can ultimately be resolved only through repudiation; is a betrayer of promises, thus helping to erode the sanctity of contracts upon which any creative society must depend; and maintains an almost pathological commitment to lying. In order to advance its interests – and of those who control its apparatuses – the state encourages us to demand immediate benefits that will only be paid for much later, and by others."
Mogambo Guru (in 2004) - "I peer through the periscope of the Mogambo Bunker, and note that things just keep getting more and more weird. Holding gold in one hand and a powerful handgun in the other seems to calm me down. I am calming down. I am getting calmer and calmer. I am calm. I am perfectly calm. I can make it through another day."
Butler Shaffer (in 2004) - "The one factor that allows brute force to prevail, i.e., the willingness of men and women to subordinate themselves to the violence of others. Political systems are strong because we have chosen to be weak; the state is immune from responsibility for its actions because we choose to be irresponsible for our own lives and actions. "
Harry Browne (1933-2006) - "Would you be willing to die to remove Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq? If the answer is no, then anything you have to say about the world being a better place now - about collateral damage - about the glory of soldiers sacrificing their lives for their country - is meaningless. You're not willing to pay the price. You're like so many people who believe various government programs are wonderful - provided someone
else pays for them. "
George Bush (in 2004) - "The nice thing about being president is that I don't have to answer to anyone, people have to answer to me."
Butler Shaffer (in 2004) - "The virus of collectivism insinuates itself into our lives long before men and women are beheaded or sent to gulags for the politically incorrect opinions. State collectivism does not begin at the point of a gun, but culminates there. Its origins are to be found in our attitudes about the independence of individuals who choose, for whatever their reason, to live outside prescribed herds."
John Tierney (in 2004) - "How did so many conservatives, who normally don't trust their government to run a public school down the street, come to believe that federal bureaucrats could transform an entire nation in the alien culture of the Middle East?"
Paul Craig Roberts (in 2004) - "When Bush says that torture is not indicative of American values, he is speaking of the old America, the America of restraint, the America that did not believe that the ends justify the means, a classically educated America that understood that hubris brings nemesis."
Hans-Herman Hoppe (in 2001) - "Democracy (majority rule) and private property are incompatible."
Sheldon Richman (in 2004) - "The American people have been conditioned for years to expect government to give them things that someone else will have to pay for. Republicans have found a way to do this without appearing to be socialists. Is this something to be proud of? The advocates of big government either don't recognize that plunder is at the heart of the state. Or they don't care."
Hans-Herman Hoppe (in 2001) - "The selection of government rulers by means of popular elections makes it essentially impossible for a harmless or decent person to ever rise to the top. Presidents and prime ministers come into their position as a result of their efficiency as morally uninhibited demagogues. Hence, democracy virtually assures that only dangerous men will rise to the top of government."
Gary North (in 2004) - "Politics could not function in a democracy without the votes of the terminally gullible. Terminally gullible voters are always in the hip pockets of whichever political party they belong to. People in a politician's hip pocket spend most of their lives being sat on."
Johannes Althusius (1557-1638) - "All power is limited by definite boundaries and laws. No power is absolute, infinite, unbridled, arbitrary, and lawless. Every power is bound to laws, right, and equity."
Gene Callahan (in 2004) - "The logic is flawless: when a private business accidentally kills 146 people, we need to increase the power of the government, an entity that deliberately kills millions."
Marine Staff Sgt Jimmy Massey (in 2004) - "Yes, I killed innocent people for our government. I feel like I've had a hand in some sort of evil lie at the hands of our government. I just feel embarrassed, ashamed about it."
Paul Hein (in 2004) - "The Fed's 'bills' enter circulation, indirectly as a loan. Interest is being paid on every one, in that it is being paid on the bank credit that 'bought' the bills. My homemade 20s and 50s, though, enter circulation interest-free. So who's the bigger crook: the 'legal' counterfeiter, or the do-it-yourselfer?"
Butler Shaffer (in 2004) - "The state, being grounded in a network of lies and contradictions held together by force, is always threatened by truth. "
Christopher Westley (in 2004) - "How great can the distance between rhetoric and policy become before people realize that the assertions of the Left and the Right are meaningless when both are used to serve the cause of Big Government? It is long past time for those who take liberty seriously to stop supporting officials simply because they perceive them as being relatively less statist in action than the competition. "
Joe Sobran (1946-2010) "Many Americans see nothing wrong with servitude to the state-in the forms of military draft, limitless taxes, or what is now being touted as 'national service.' All these things presume that we belong to the state and must do whatever it demands of us."
John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) - "I am not aware that any community has a right to force another to be civilised."
Etienne de la Boetie (1530-1563) - "If we led our lives according to the ways intended by nature and the lessons taught by her, we should be intuitively obedient to our parents; later we should adopt reason as our guide and become slaves to nobody."
Harry Goslin (in 2004) - "Liberty is not something that must be paid for by spilling blood and expending treasure all over the globe. Liberty requires vigilance, yes, but never by government. No government has existed that did not intend to reduce its people to slavery, either by force or by the peoples own hand."
Bill Bonner (in 2004) - Speaking of politicians....."His works, if ever examined carefully, would almost always be found to be either irrelevant or actually deleterious. Wars, laws, intrigues, backstabbing, boondoggles, puffery, lies--what is a career in politics but a life ill spent?"
Harry Goslin (in 2004) - "The hand of tyranny is patient. It has strangled free people many times throughout history. At times, men have willingly placed the rope in the hands of the tyrant and served him faithfully while he tightened the noose around their necks. Americans are no different. They've just duped themselves into believing they are somehow immune to the forces of history. "
Lew Rockwell (in 2004) - "To understand the world being recreated before us, we must constantly keep this principle in our mind: trade based on ownership is always and everywhere mutually beneficial. Within the institution of trade--whether on the most local level or the global level--we find the key to peace, prosperity, and human flourishing."
Jacob G. Hornberger (in 2003) - "Should government be limited to protecting people from thieves or should it also have the power to assume the role of the thief? "
Frank Chodorov (1887-1966) - "The American tradition rests its case squarely on the premise that the human being is endowed with rights by his very existence; that is what makes him human. Hence, any political action which attempts to violate these rights violates his humanness, and thus becomes 'evil.' Putting it another way, any political action which disregards man's inalienable rights disregards God."
Jacob G. Hornberger (in 2003) - "By adopting the socialistic welfare state in the early part of the 20th century, the American people knowingly and deliberately embraced a way of life based on the notion that there's nothing morally wrong with taking money from one person in order to give to to another person, so long as the taking and redistribution are done through the political process, preferably democratically. "
Frank Chodorov (1887-1966) - "The (16th) amendment puts no limit on governmental confiscation. In short, when this amendment became part of the Constitution, in 1913, the absolute right of property in the United States was violated."
Frank Chodorov (1887-1966) - "Socialism, in all its forms, is that might is right."
Vin Suprynowicz (in 2004) - "The notion that the government is doing us a favor by looting as much as they deem necessary from our paychecks to feed, clothe and school the children of the drunken, the dissolute, the shiftless, the illegitimate and the criminal--spreading the wealth of the nation as evenly as possible, like spreading manure on a field--has a name. It's called 'socialism.'"
Frank Chodorov (1887-1966) - "Men work to satisfy their desires, not to pay taxes. There is no sense in keeping my barn full if the highwayman empties it regularly and I have no means of preventing him from so doing. "
Jacob G. Hornberger (in 2003) - "In fact, the moral corruption has become so pervasive that not only do Americans no longer consider the welfare-redistribution process to constitute stealing, they have convinced themselves that what they are doing is actually moral, compassionate, and benevolent. "
Frank Chodorov (1887-1966) - "In name, it was a tax reform. In point of fact, it was a revolution. For the Sixteenth Amendment corroded the American concept of natural rights; ultimately reduced the American citizen to a status of subject, so much so the he is not aware of it; enhanced Executive power to the point of reducing Congress to innocuity; and enabled the central government to bribe the states, once independent units, into subservience. No kingship in the history of the world ever exercised more power than our Presidency, or had more of the people's wealth at its disposal. We have retained the forms and phrases of a republic, but in reality we are living under an oligarchy, not of courtesans, but of bureaucrats."
Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980) - "As you prepare, so shall you proceed."
Lew Rockwell (in 1999) - "Intellectual secession from the ruling regime is the first step to clear, creative thought."
Lew Rockwell (in 1999) - "Liberty rooted in private property is the highest political virtue, and its enemy is the consolidated State."
Lew Rockwell (in 2001) - "We were told that the FAA was providing security on planes, but it turns out that the FAA was preventing it from being provided. We were told that the military would protect US cities, but they couldn't even protect their headquarters. We were told that a vast intelligence apparatus kept a watchful eye on terrorists, but the large group involved in this attack (9/11) either went unnoticed or was ignored. We were told that US foreign policy was designed to deter aggression, but it turns out to inspire it."
Lew Rockwell (in 1996) - "Government in a liberal society does not protect individuals from themselves, strive for a particular distribution of wealth, promote any particular region or technology or group, or delineate the distinction between peaceful vices and virtues. The central government does not manage society or economy in any respect."
Lew Rockwell (in 2003) - "Our age is dominated by the state and its errors. The state has given us recession and war, while liberty has given us prosperity and peace. Which of the two paths prevails in the end depends on the ideas we hold about freedom, capitalism, and ourselves."
Roy Childs (1949-1992) - "There is a battle shaping up in the world - a battle between the forces of archy - of statism, of political rule and authority - and its only alternative - anarchy, the absence of political rule. This battle is the necessary and logical consequence of the battle between individualism and collectivism, between liberty and the state, between freedom and slavery."
George Bush (2004) - "In my judgment, when the United States says there will be serious consequences, and if there isn't serious consequences, it creates adverse consequences."
Roy Childs (1949-1992) - "We shall replace the state with the free market, and men shall for the fist time in their history be able to walk and live without fear of destruction being unleashed upon them at any moment – especially the obscenity of such destruction being unleashed by a looter armed with nuclear weapons and nerve gases. We shall replace statism with voluntarism: a society wherein all man's relationships with others are voluntary and uncoerced. Where men are free to act according to their rational self-interest, even if it means the establishment of competing agencies of defense."
Chalmers Johnson (2004) - "As militarism, the arrogance of power, and the euphemisms required to justify imperialism inevitably conflict with America’s democratic structure of government and distort its culture and basic values, I fear that we will lose our country. If I overstate the threat, I am sure to be forgiven because future generations will be so glad I was wrong. The danger I foresee is that the United States is embarked on a path not unlike that of the former Soviet Union during the 1980s. The USSR collapsed for three basic reasons — internal economic contradictions driven by ideological rigidity, imperial overstretch, and an inability to reform. Because the United States is far wealthier, it may take longer for similar afflictions to do their work. But the similarities are obvious and it is nowhere written that the United States, in its guise as an empire dominating the world, must go on forever. "
Gary North (in 2003) - "As far as I can tell, TV is the most expensive consumption good in human history. It eats up our only non-renewable resource: time. Statistically, I have about as much time as David Rockefeller does."
Butler Shaffer (in 2004) - "We are conditioned through the schools, the media, the state, and other institutions to fear our own autonomy, and to transfer control over our behavior to external agencies. Schools instruct us in what we need to learn; churches define and guide our spiritual quests; the media informs us what we need to know and what actions we should take; the state prescribes, in the smallest detail, the propriety of our conduct, and punishes us for any deviations. We have been well trained in the proposition that others will take the responsibility for our behavior, and that our only role is to conform ourselves to these mandates."
Paul Hein (in 2004) - "Who's the greater ass: the candidate, or the pathetic individual who takes him seriously?"
Butler Shaffer (in 2004) - "Our freedom is inseparably tied to the responsibility we have for both our thinking and actions, a connection that goes to the question of control over our lives. It is only in a system of privately owned property that such qualities coalesce. Individual liberty is a social condition in which each of us enjoys unrestrained decision-making over what is ours, while peace arises from the practice of individuals limiting the scope of their decision-making to the boundaries of their property interests."
Bill Bonner (in 2004) - "The neo-conservative tell us that all this spending will make the nation safer and freer. We are 'rising to the tasks of history,' says the president. If only future generations, who will be shackled to the ball and chain of Bush's deficits for decades to come, would appreciate our sacrifices on their behalf!"
Scott Trask (in 2004) - "If the Democrats are the party of 'tax and spend,' the Republicans are the party of 'borrow and spend.'"
Bill Bonner (in 2003) - "We take no pleasure in body bags......for they never seem to contain the right bodies. That is the trouble with war, dear reader. The bodies are always those of the fools who undertook the errand......rather than the fools who sent them."
Joe Sobran (1946-2010) - Regarding Sobran's reading of The Law as a 1965 college freshman - "If Bastiat was right, the United States was already profoundly corrupt. It took me years to come to terms with this idea. Today it seems to me almost self-evident. I marvel that anyone with common sense thinks otherwise."
Lew Rockwell (in 2003) - "What is considered theft in the private sector is "taxation" when done by the state. What is kidnapping in the private sector is "selective service" in the public sector. What is counterfeiting when done in the private sector is "monetary policy" when done by the public sector. What is mass murder in the private sector is "foreign policy" in the public sector.
Ayn Rand (1905-1982) - "We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force."
Christopher Westley (in 2004) - "Until farmers in particular, and society in general, realize the cruelty of a faceless bureaucracy that claims the right to dictate the use of private assets (which, after all, is the basis of fascism), mad cow scares will continue to be one of the many side effects of a far larger disease."
Thomas Paine (1736-1809) - "We still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping at the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised to furnish new pretenses for revenue and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without a tribute."
Bill Bonner (in 2003) - "Almost all political statements are empty of meaning; nearly every word is a promiscuous lie. We know of no political leaders today -
from the most craven to the most honorable - who do not claim to act in the name of prosperity, freedom and
democracy. Yet, no one has any idea what the words mean. And if you peel off the layers of humbug, what do you find at the center? Truth? Not at all; you find a mountebank masquerading as an imposter. It is not merely a fraud, but
a compound fraud, in other words - so dense and impenetrable that there's practically no hope of making
sense of it."
Murray Rothbard (1926-1995) - "We have gotten to the point where everything the government does is counterproductive. The conclusion of course, is that the government should do nothing at all, that is, should retire quickly from the monetary and economic scene and allow freedom and free markets to work."
Patrick Henry in re U.S. Constitution (1736-1799) - "When the American spirit was in its youth, the language of America was different: Liberty, Sir, was then the primary object...But now, Sir, the American spirit, assisted by the ropes and chains of consolidation, is about to convert this country to a powerful and mighty empire."
Hans-Herman Hoppe (in 2003) - "The existence of the state leads to the development and promotion of parasitism. As tax-receivers, it is possible for the occupants of the state to live without working, i.e., without having to give the tax-payers something they consider worthwhile in return."
Jack Kemp (in 2003) - "American politicians of both political parties are addicted to spending. And like any other addict, they will go to extreme lengths to procure the money to support their habit."
Frank Chodorov (1887-1966) - "There is no social good in politics or politicians."
Hans-Herman Hoppe (in 2003) - "As final judge in all matters of conflict, the occupants of the state are in a position to actually cause and to provoke conflict in order to then "solve" it to their own advantage. That is, a statist order not only produces low quality goods at excessive prices and thus promotes parasitism, but it produces evil and injustice, and it promotes, especially under democratic conditions, the development of evil characters and evil character traits. "
Murray Sabrin (in 2003) - "Government is the great destroyer of wealth, income and yes lives."
Hans-Herman Hoppe (in 2003) - "In a natural order, all goods are the private property of some person or group of persons. Streets, airports, waterways, all land and every structure -- everything is someone's private property. There exists no state, no taxation, no judicial monopoly and no public property. Security -- property protection, law and order -- like other goods and services is provided by means of self-help, in neighborly cooperation, and in association with freely financed specialized security firms. Along with individual or neighborly efforts such as fences, walls, bars, locks, warning devices, knives and revolvers, contractually agreed upon security provisions of all kinds are offered by freely competing (unregulated) property and life-insurers, who work in cooperation with independent and mutually competing arbiters and judges and independent or associated enforcement agencies and police forces. As a result, the price of security falls, while its quality increases."
Lawrence Reed (in 2003) - "A person's character is nothing more and nothing less than the sum of his choices. You fine-tune your character every time your distinguish right from wrong and act accordingly. Your character is further defined by how you choose to interact with others and the standards of speech and conduct you uphold."
Hans-Hermann Hoppe (in 2003) - "The American model -- democracy -- must be regarded as a historical error, economically as well as morally. Democracy promotes shortsightedness, capital waste, irresponsibility, and moral relativism. It leads to permanent compulsory income and wealth redistribution and legal uncertainty. It is counterproductive. It promotes demagoguery and egalitarianism. It is aggressive and potentially totalitarian internally, vis-à-vis its own population, as well as externally. In sum, it leads to a dramatic growth of state power, as manifested by the amount of parasitically -- by means of taxation and expropriation -- appropriated government income and wealth in relation to the amount of productively -- through market exchange -- acquired private income and wealth, and by the range and invasiveness of state legislation. Democracy is doomed to collapse, just as Soviet communism was doomed to collapse."
Hans-Herman Hoppe (in 2003) - "Contrary to still wide-spread Marxist mythology, it is not the entrepreneurs who exploit their workers. Rather, it is the occupants of the state -- the king and his court in the case of monarchy; the president, the parliament, and the so-called public service in the case of democracy, i.e., those who most vocally claim to work for the public good -- who actually live exploitatively and parasitically at the expense of others. The higher the state revenue, the better off the parasites are and/or the more parasites there are.
Ron Paul (in 2003) - "Justifying conscription to promote the cause of liberty is one of the most bizarre notions ever conceived by man! Forced servitude, with the risk of death and serious injury as a price to live free, makes no sense."
Murray Rothbard (1926-1995) - "Free markets, not only in the long run but often in the short run, will triumph over government power."
Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) - "A social order is doomed if the actions which its normal functioning require, are rejected by the standards of morality, are declared to be illegal by the laws of the country, and are prosecuted as criminal by the courts and the police. The Roman Empire crumbled to dust because it lacked the spirit of liberalism and free enterprise. The policy of interventionism and its political corollary, the Fuhrer principle, decomposed the mighty empire as they will by necessity always disintegrate and destroy any social entity."
Virgil - Publius Vergilius Maro (70-19 BC) - "Do not yield or give in to evil, but proceed against it ever more boldly."
Gary North (in 2003) - "The federal government is going to go bankrupt. It will default on Social Security. We are in a war of ideas. We have a moral obligation to defend verbally what we believe is true, namely, that no one can safely trust politicians' promises. Our defensive tactics remain the same; we must not become dependent in our old age on government promises and central bank money."
Mogambo Guru (in 2003) - "The goal is supposed to be zero inflation, or, better yet, gently falling inflation, which would give people an automatic rising standard of living! But noooOOOooo! We have a guy standing right there in front of you, appointed to a sparkling new 14-year term at the central bank (Fed Chairman Greenspan), looking you right in the eye, who has the sheer gall to promise to use all the powers at his disposal to give you a constantly lower and lower standard of living, every year, for the rest of your life!"
Sean Corrigan (in 2003) - "To sum up: Pursue inflationism, frustrate the market, extend socialism, adopt protectionism, embrace militarism, extirpate thrift, expropriate the Middle Classes, consume capital--and ignore the Austrians!--that is the way to turn a recession into a depression."
George F. Smith (in 2003) - "The Federal Reserve holds a monopoly on the issue of money, a fiat currency backed by the coercive power of government through legal tender laws. The power of any money resides in the things it can buy. Doubling its supply won't double the amount of goods available; it will only bid prices up, over time. The Fed acts as if this fundamental fact can be ignored."
Isabel Paterson (1886-1961) - "The humanitarian wishes to be a prime mover in the lives of others. He cannot admit either the divine or the natural order, by which men have the power to help themselves. The humanitarian puts himself in the place of God. But he is confronted by two awkward facts; first, that the competent do not need his assistance; and second, that the majority of people. . . positively do not want to be 'done good' by the humanitarian. . . . Of course, what the humanitarian actually proposes is that he shall do what he thinks is good for everybody. It is at this point that the humanitarian sets up the guillotine."
Butler Shaffer (in 2003) - "The problems we experience at the hands of the institutions to which we subject ourselves do not derive from the malevolence or ambitions of power of those purporting to be 'authorities' over us. Rather, they are the consequences of our acknowledging them to have such authority! Most of our problems originate within our own minds, and we are generally too frightened of the specters we might discover therein to want to search out the root cause of our difficulties. It is so much easier for us to think of ourselves as victims of the state, than as having suffered the consequences of our own thinking."
Butler Shaffer (in 2003) - "If the state insists upon controlling our behavior, is it not easy to see how individuals might come to believe that they are not responsible for their acts? If 'others' control my life, why should I feel responsible for my conduct?"
Murray Sabrin (in 2003) - "Listening to the candidates' responses I realized how Marx is smiling--in hell--because his evil philosophy of redistribution, which is responsible for the deaths of tens of millions of human beings in the 20th century, has been embraced by not only the "greatest generation" who fought for freedom
in World War II, but also by their children and grandchildren."
Bob Wallace (in 2003) - "What if we brought home all our soldiers from the 750 military bases in 145 countries, cut 90% of our taxes, retired the national debt, and deregulated the economy? What we if had gone 100% to the free market? What if we started drilling for oil in the mudflats in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico? What if we started building safe nuclear-power plants? There would have been an explosion of wealth in the US. Our opponents in the Middle East would sink further and further in the poverty that has characterized the region for a thousand years. Without oil, the whole area is blighted. What if we kicked out the uninvited and dangerous immigrants in this country, stopped interfering politically and militarily in the affairs of other countries, and instead told them, 'We will trade peaceably with you, and that's all'?"
Reich Marshall Hermann Goering at the Nuremberg trial (1893-1946) - "The people can always be brought to the bidding of leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."
George Reisman (in 2003) - "There are now so few restraints on the government in the economic realm, and because few businessmen know anything of moral and political philosophy beyond the doctrines of pragmatism, relativism, and assorted brands of statism that they may have absorbed in today's so-called educational system, the line is easily crossed between bribes that are mere extortion money, paid to avoid being harmed by the government, and bribes that are paid to use the government's apparatus of compulsion and coercion, as Mises called it, in one's own favor--for example, to gain government subsidies or to harm one's competitors, by such means as instigating antitrust proceedings or other regulatory actions against them. Thus, a heavily interventionist economy necessarily seethes with corruption and immorality.
Ron Paul (in 2003) - "A paper monetary standard means there are no restraints on the printing press or on federal deficits. In 1971, M3 was $776 billion; today it stands at $8.9 trillion, an 1100% increase. Our national debt in 1971 was $408 billion; today it stands at $6.8 trillion, a 1600% increase. Since that time, our dollar has lost almost 80% of its purchasing power. Common sense tells us that this process is not sustainable and something has to give. So far, no one in Washington seems interested."
Wes Alexander (in 2003) - "A growing government is like a malignant cancer. The only tolerable ones are those that are shrinking. Even then we cannot rest, for it is a certainty that the beast will turn on us......again and again."
Auberon Herbert (1838-1906) - "Centralization, coercion and monopoly, always have been the advance guard of eventual failure suffering, and always will be....."
Robert P. Murphy (in 2002) - "Without market prices for the means of production, government planners cannot engage in economic calculation, and so literally have NO IDEA if they are using society's resources efficiently. Consequently, socialism suffers not only from a problem of incentives, but also from a problem of knowledge."
Auberon Herbert (1838-1906) - "Whatever party names we may give ourselves, this is the question always waiting for an answer, Do you believe in force and authority, or do you believe in liberty?"
Casey Khan (in 2003) - "Economic thinkers need to be disciplined in understanding the fundamental differences between the market and the state. In more subtle examples like EPA emission credits, US Treasuries, or Federal Reserve Open Market Operations, economists need to realize the roots of these creations and how they affect the market economy. It cannot be stressed enough that the state cannot create its antithesis, the market. Markets are rooted in private property; states are rooted in theft. Don't be fooled by squared circles."
Hugh of St Victor (1096-1141) - "The pursuit of commerce reconciles nations, calms wars, strengthens peace, and commutes the private good of individuals into the common benefit of all."
Lew Rockwell (in 2003) - "For the political right, the lesson of the run-up and conduct of this war (Gulf War II-Iraq) should be that the government is no better at warfare than it is at welfare; for the political left, the lesson should be that the government you cannot trust to run the world should not be trusted to run the country."
Murray Rothbard (1926-1995) - "The State provides a legal, orderly, systematic channel for the predation of private property; it renders certain, secure, and relatively 'peaceful' the lifeline of the parasitic caste in society. Since production must always precede predation, the free market is anterior to the State. The State has never been created by a 'social contract'; it has always been born in conquest and exploitation."
Lew Rockwell (in 2003) - "There is a certain truth to the idea that all governments everywhere are unstable, and the more ambitious they are the more unstable they become. That they work so hard to create a rationale for their rule underscores the point: without it, they can collapse in an instant."
Murray Rothbard (1926-1995) - "In the present age, the divine right of the State has been supplemented by the invocation of a new god, Science. State rule is now proclaimed as being ultrascientific, as constituting planning by experts. The increasing use of scientific jargon has permitted the State's intellectuals to weave obscurantist apologia for State rule that would have only met with derision by the populace of a simpler age. A robber who justified his theft by saying that he really helped his victims, by his spending giving a boost to retail trade, would find few converts; but when this theory is clothed in Keynesian equations and impressive references to the "multiplier effect," it unfortunately carries more conviction. And so the assault on common sense proceeds, each age performing the task in its own ways. Thus, ideological support being vital to the State, it must unceasingly try to impress the public with its 'legitimacy,' to distinguish its activities from those of mere brigands."
Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) - "Profit and loss tell the entrepreneur what the consumers are asking for most urgently. And only the profits the entrepreneur pockets enable him to adjust his activities to the demand of the consumers. If the profits are expropriated, he is prevented from complying with the directives given by the consumers. Then the market economy is deprived of its steering wheel. It becomes a senseless jumble."
Murray Rothbard (1926-1995) - "What the State fears above all, of course, is any fundamental threat to its own power and its own existence. We may test the hypothesis that the State is largely interested in protecting itself rather than its subjects by asking: which category of crimes does the State pursue and punish most intensely--those against private citizens or those against itself? The gravest crimes in the State's lexicon are almost invariably not invasions of private person or property, but dangers to its own contentment."
Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) - "When Marx and Engels in the Communist Manifesto recommended 'a heavy progressive or graduated income tax' and 'abolition of all right of inheritance' as measures 'to wrest, by degrees, all capital from the bourgeoisie,' they were....aiming at...the substitution of socialism for the market economy. They were fully aware of the inevitable consequences of these policies. They openly......advocated them only because 'they necessitate further inroads' upon the capitalist social order and are 'unavoidable as a means of entirely revolutionizing the mode of production,' i.e., as a means of bringing about socialism. "
Murray Rothbard (1926-1995) - "In this century, the human race faces, once again, the virulent reign of the State-of the State now armed with the fruits of man's creative powers, confiscated and perverted to its own aims. The last few centuries were times when men tried to place constitutional and other limits on the State, only to find that such limits, as with all other attempts, have failed. Of all the numerous forms that governments have taken over the centuries, of all the concepts and institutions that have been tried, none has succeeded in keeping the State in check. The problem of the State is evidently as far from solution as ever. Perhaps new paths of inquiry must be explored, if the successful, final solution of the State question is ever to be attained."
Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) - "There is no use in fooling ourselves. Our present taxation policy is headed toward a complete equalization of wealth and incomes and thereby toward socialism. This trend can be reversed only by the cognition of the role that profit and loss and the resulting inequality of wealth and incomes play in the operation of the market economy. People must learn that the accumulation of wealth by the successful conduct of business is the corollary of the improvement of their own standard of living and vice versa. They must realize that bigness in business is not an evil, but both the cause and effect of the fact that they themselves enjoy all those amenities whose enjoyment is called the 'American way of life.' "
Lew Rockwell (in 2003) - "A time for liberty will come when we realize that history is nothing more than the working out of what we think and believe. By choosing to pursue education as the means to revolution, you have seized on the most workable means to save civilization itself."
Scott Trask (in 2003) - "Commercial freedom is the best policy in peace and war. Cooperation is more fruitful than coercion. And if one wants the friendship or assistance of others it is better to appeal to their interests instead of their fears. Above all, foreign trade should be as free and unrestricted as trade within a nation."
James Ostrowski (in 2003 regarding Martha Stewart) - "Funny--when people lie to the government, it's a crime; when government lies to the people, it's just another day at the office."
Murray Rothbard (1926-1995) - "While other individuals or institutions obtain their income by production of goods and services and by the peaceful and voluntary sale of these goods and services to others, the State obtains its revenue by the use of compulsion; that is, by the use and the threat of the jailhouse and the bayonet."
James Ostrowski (in 2003 regarding Waco) - "A bunch of religious nuts with guns were making fools of the elite of federal law enforcement. People were beginning to laugh at the feds. Laughter can be a weapon of mass destruction. The feds knew this too. This is why they had to go in, risking all that followed, including Timothy McVeigh's vist to the gravesite."
Gary North (in 2003) - "Say's Law never taught that production creates demand, which is how Keynes misstated Say's Law. It says that, if markets are left free from coercion by the government, prices will fluctuate to clear prior production. At some price, there will be a buyer for just about anything. It is not that production creates its own demand. It is that lack of production fails to create any demand. He who possesses no results of production cannot register economic demand. He can register a robber's demand: a gun in your belly. He can also register a political demand: a tax official's gun in your belly. But he cannot register economic demand. All people have mouths. Most people have hands. Most people have functioning minds. By putting together minds and hands, people feed themselves. Their mouths consume production. The mere existence of mouths does not create demand. Neither does hunger. Hunger creates incentives, not demand."
Lew Rockwell (in 2003) - "When (government or central bank) economists call for boosting 'aggregate demand,' they do not spell out what this really means. It means forcibly overriding the voluntary decisions of consumers and savers, violating their property rights and their freedom of association in order to realize the national government's economic ambitions."
Bill Bonner (in 2003) - "Business profits as a percentage of GDP have been falling since the Dollar Standard system was put into place in the early '70s. It is a deep structural problem, not a cyclical one. Americans spend...but the profits end up in the hands of people overseas, the people who make things. This is not a problem that is going to be solved by making short-term financing cheaper...nor by cleaning up a climate of fraud, whatever that may mean. It is a problem that will eventually be rectified, just as all big debts are settled: in pain and suffering. The dollar will fall, savings will increase, the stock market and bond markets will collapse, and Americans will have less money to spend. These are all things that are in the future, and they are things that Snow, Greenspan, Donaldson and the rest will never admit - even when they are in the midst of them."
Magambo Guru (in 2002) - "And when prices rise so high that us proletariat trash can no longer afford to eat or pay the rent, this is typically when the course of civilization is suddenly altered. And perhaps that is why the ownership of guns is always under attack by the forces of the Left, which love to remove barriers to total government control. And if there is one thing that the government wants to control, it is crowds of us unthinking, uneducated, ill-tempered, bankrupt, starving bozos, like me and you, well, maybe not you since you are so sophisticated and wealthy, but me anyway, running around armed to the teeth and in a very bad mood, being angry about what the government weenies have done to us..."
Butler Shaffer (in 2003) - "When one state system confronts another, mass-mindedness gets mobilized, with most of the citizens of each state convinced of the beneficent intentions and methods of their side, and the malevolent purposes and actions of the other side. In such ways do irreconcilable divisions get created, producing the conflicts that keep all political systems – as well as flag manufacturers – well-fed. Once such a sharp line of demarcation is drawn, citizens must be careful never to transgress the established boundaries: one’s own side is inherently "good," while the enemy side is unalterably "bad." One hears such sandbox reasoning expressed by Pres. Bush’s continuing references to the forces of "good" and "evil," a demarcation also expressed by the Husseins, bin Ladens, and other practitioners of political violence."
Thomas Sowell (in 2001) - "The defeat of the Nazis on the battlefields of World War II and of the Communist bloc in the Cold War has taught us remarkably little about what was wrong with those systems. Indeed, we have begun imitating some of the very features of such systems that made them so bad and ultimately so self-destructive."
Juan de Mariana (1536-1623) - "Those who, for seeing the demise of their business, cling to the magistrates as a shipwrecked person to a rock and attempt to alleviate their difficulties at the cost of the State are the most pernicious of men. All of them must be rejected and avoided with extreme care. "
Frederick Sheehan (in early 2003) - "It should be obvious now that lower interest rates won't help in the least. Greenspan did more damage to the economy and destruction of families, marriages, college plans, and retirements than I thought possible in such a bureaucratic age. Those who say, 'It's time for Bush to do something' are wasting their time. Bush would also be wasting his time even though he doesn't know that. Nobody around him understands the vast liquidation of capital assets that will turn many a prince into a pauper."
Tomas de Mercado (1530-1576) - "We can see that privately owned property flourishes, while city and council owned property suffers from inadequate care and worse management....If universal love won't induce people to take care of things, private interest will. "
Domingo de Banez (1528-1604) - "We know that the fields are not going to be efficiently tilled in common ownership and that there will not be peace in the republic, so we see that it is convenient to undertake the division of of goods. "
Juan de Mariana (1536-1623) - "If the exchange of goods were abolished, society would be impossible...Scarcity can be overcome through mutual exchange fo those items owned in abundance by one party or the other. "
Juan de Mariana (1536-1623) - "Taxes are commonly a calamity for the people and a nightmare for the government. For the former they are always excessive; for the latter they are never enough, never too much. "
Wes Alexander (in 2003) - "American immigrants of the 17th and 18th centuries arrived in this country and managed to survive without welfare, social security, Medicare, Medicaid, free prescriptions, day care, bilingual education, and nothing but their desire to live free. If they did it, we can do it."
R. Cort Kirkwood (in 2003) - "If we can’t form a stable government in Washington, D.C., how pray tell, can we form one in Baghdad?"
Jim Babka (in 2003) - "Government is not compassionate. Government harms far more peple than it helps. And those that it does help are often those that need help the least--the powerful special interests that benefit from the status-quo."
Gary North (in 2003) - "There will be a revolt when the voters finally figure out that they will not be able to milk the system for more than they are paying in milk. When the tax burden becomes too great, they will finally figure out that they are part of the udder rather than the squeezing fingers."
Jim Babka (in 2003) - "If I were to put a gun to your head and demand your money, you'd call me a thief and a thug. But if I were to do it by majority vote, you'd call me Congressman."
Drunken Irish economist on U.S. monetary policy (in 2003) - "This is all a load of malarkey y're handing us. And y'know it. For everything y'say...y'say just the opposite a minute later. Y'don't know what y're doin. And now all the saints in heaven can't save you. You'll roast in hell, all of you. And y'deserve it, y'do."
Magambo Guru on deflation (in 2003) - "I want to know the exact names of the people who think that falling prices are a danger, when they have never said that rising prices were a danger! I want to see actual names, addresses and Social Security numbers, and color photographs would be a nice touch too, of the morons who think that prices of things coming down, and thus making them more affordable to more people, after they have risen so much for so long, is something worse than the inflation which drove prices too high to start with! I want to see these brain-dead jackasses lined up, shoulder to shoulder, so that Mister and Missus America can get a good, hard look at them, so that we can transfix them with our steely gaze and commit their faces and names to memory on the off-chance that one of them may run for public office one day, and then we will be able to intelligently and vengefully use our votes against them."
Carla Howell (in 2003) - "It may well be the only way Libertarians can change politics in America is with proposals that are so bold, and that offer such huge benefits, that we motivate voters to show up at the polls. Libertarians have two choices. Follow the issues of our Big Government opponents or lead with our small government libertarian vision. We can set the agenda. We can propose bold policies with huge benefits to voters that re-define the political landscape. And we can propose bold, small government at any level of government."
Gene Callahan (in 2003) - "A civil government exists in order to establish the framework of rules in which different people go about attempting to achieve their own purposes."
Stephen Carson (in 2003) - "Do not steal, do not murder and hold your political leaders to these standards as well. Avoiding these things is not unduly restrictive. There were a multitude of trees in the Garden and only one to avoid."
Lew Rockwell (in 2003) - "Monetary policy is--aside from war--the primary tool of state aggrandizement. It ensures the growth of government, finances deficits, rewards special interests, and fixes elections. Without it, the federal leviathan would collapse, and we could return to the republic of the Founding Fathers."
Arnold Kling (in 2003) - "Politically, it seems as though any attempt to shrink government is unthinkable. Democrats appear to be happy to tax and spend. Republicans appear to be happy to tax-cut and spend."
Arnold Kling (in 2003) - "..one reader was adamant that health care is so expensive that the only way people can afford it is if the government pays the bill. Anyone who believes that we can afford collectively what we cannot afford individually is delusional."
Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) - "What is Enlightenment? Enlightenment is man's emergence from his self-incurred immaturity. Immaturity is the inability to use one's own understanding without the guidance of another. Laziness and cowardice are the reasons why such a large proportion of men gladly remain immature for life. For the same reasons, it is all too easy for others to set themselves up as their guardians. I need not think, so long as I can pay; others will soon enough take the tiresome job over for me. The guardians who have kindly taken upon themelves the work of supervision will soon see to it that by far the largest part of mankind should consider the step forward to maturity not only as difficult but also as highly dangersous. Having first infatuated their domesticated animals, and carefully prevented the docile creatures from daring to take a single step without the leading-strings to which they are tied, they next show them the danger which threatens them if they try to walk unaided. Now this danger is not in fact so very great, for they would certainly learn to walk eventually after a few falls. "
Frank Shostak (in 2003) - "If government could generate real wealth, it wouldn't need to tax the private sector."
Frank Shostak (in 2003) - "Government is not a wealth generator, it only consumes wealth. So how then can the government as a borrower, which produces no real wealth, ever repay the debt? The only way it can do this is by borrowing it again from the same lender-the wealth-generating private sector. In short, it amounts to a process wherein government borrows from you in order to repay to you. "
Frank Shostak (in 2003) - "It is not possible to have an effective tax cut without a cut in government outlays. A so called tax cut while government spending continues to increase is just an illusion. "
Frank Shostak (in 2003) - "That the intention is to grow rather than shrink the size of the government was demonstrated by President Bush's signing the increase in the Federal debt limit from $6.4 trillion to $7.384 trillion on the day he signed into law the tax cuts."
Butler Shaffer (in 2003) - "A preoccupation with war has long been symptomatic of the decline of societies that practice it. Wars are essentially conducted by governments against their own people – with "others" being held up as fear-objects around which to enlist the obedience and submission of their own citizenry. Any nation in wartime is telling us what George Bush, John Ashcroft, Tom Ridge, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, et al., are now telling us – if we will suspend our indifference to truth long enough to observe – namely, that society can only be held together by armed force, threats, imprisonment, and death. When coercion supplants cooperation; when the inviolability of the individual is sacrificed to some alleged collective security; and when violence is equated with "patriotism" and peace with "un-Americanism," the days of such a society are numbered. "
Ilana Mercer (in 2003) - "The State is seriously threatening to absorb civil society."
Wendy McElroy (in 2003) - "People who believe in both morality and freedom should argue vigorously for virtue without ever denying the freedom of the individual to decide. Because without freedom there is no morality. Only social control."
Sean Corrigan (in 2003) - "In a society which the collapse in investment, the crisis in pensions and insurance and soaring personal indebtedness continues to make the headlines, does it seem a trifle strange--not to say hugely counterporoductive--that interest rates are at 40-odd year lows, something which, in a free market, would signal we were replete with genuine capital, not faced with a frightening shortfall of the stuff?"
Mark Twain (1835-1910) - "Every man has the right to go to hell by a means of his own choosing."
James Madison (1751-1836) - "The diversity in the faculties of men, from which the rights of property originate, is an insuperable obstacle to a uniformity of interests. The protection of these faculties is the first object of government."
Lysander Spooner (1808-1887) - "Vices are those acts by which a man harms himself or his property. Crimes are those acts by which a man harms the person or property of another."
Sean Corrigan (in 2003) - "Which single institution routinely and mainly wastefully spends much more than it can afford, builds up actual and contingent liabilities willy-nilly in order to gratify its tastes today, undertakes no actuarial accounting whatsoever, but relies on tomorrow's income to meet today's bills, and--if it falls short--either takes the money it needs by the threat of force, or defaults--if rarely outright, these days, at least inpart, through the sneaky means of inflation?"
Jeremy Travis (in 2003) - "It is a magnificent historical irony that America, a republic whose independence was declared in a document indicting the sovereign for treasonous acts, should adopt without serious examination the doctrine of sovereign immunity."
Butler Shaffer (in 2003) - "The hubris that motivates some people to use the power of the state to impose their well-intended visions upon others derives, in part, from an ignorance of the inherent uncertainties that are embedded in complex systems. Arrogance is grounded in the unstated assumption that one’s understanding is so complete as to render their actions infallible. This is why, on the whole, mankind has suffered less from ill-motivated persons who intend us harm, than from the unintended consequences of goodness."
Murray Rothbard (1926-1995) - "The distinguishing features of the contractual society, of the unhampered market, are self-responsibility, freedom from violence, full power to make one's own decisions (except to institute violence against another), and benefits for all participating individuals."
Stephen Carson (in 2003) - "To override the free choice of individuals and use force to get what we want is unjust, uncivilized and destructive."
Wendy McElroy (in 2003) - "Good men acting through the state will strengthen its legitimacy and its institutional framework. They will weaken social power."
Murray Rothbard (1926-1995) - "If government can find ways to engage in counterfeiting--the creation of money out of thin air--it can quickly produce its own money without taking the trouble to sell services. It can appropriate resources slyly and almost unnoticed, without rousing the hostility touched off by taxation. In fact, counterfeiting can create in its very victims the blissful illusion of unparalleled prosperity. Counterfeiting is another name for inflation. And now we see why governments are inherently inflationary: because inflation is a powerful and subtle means for government acquisition of the public's resources, a painless and all the more dangerous form of taxation."
Paul McCartney (in 1975) - "Yes indeed we know, people will find a way to go, no matter what the man says."
Murray Rothbard (1926-1995) - "Inflation cannot go on forever. For eventually people wake up to this form of taxation; they wake up to the continual shrinkage in the purchasing power of their dollar."
Hans F. Sennholz (1922-2007) - "Declining prices do not call for contravening central bank maneuvers that hopefully stabilize prices. Actually, whether the given stock of money is large or small, it renders the desired exchange service. The popular notion that an increase in the stock of money is socially and economically beneficial and desirable is one of the great fallacies of our time. It has lived on throughout the centuries, embraced by kings and presidents, politicians and businessmen. It has shattered numerous currencies, inflicted incalculable harm, and caused social and political upheavals. It springs forth, again and again, no matter how often economists may refute it.
Murray Rothbard (1926-1995) - "Government has, step by step, invaded the free market and seized complete control over the monetary system. We have seen that each new control, sometimes seemingly innocuous, has begotten new and further controls. We have seen that governments are inherently inflationary, since inflation is a tempting means of acquiring revenue for the State and its favored groups. The slow but certain seizure of the monetary reins has thus been used to (a) inflate the economy at a pace decided by government; and (b) bring about socialistic direction of the entire economy. "
Ronald Reagan (in 1983) - "Our federal tax system is, in short, utterly impossible, utterly unjust and completely counterproductive...[it] reeks with injustice and is fundamentally un-American... it has earned a rebellion and it's time we rebelled."
Jimmy Carter (in 1976) - "Our income tax system is a disgrace to the human race."
Peter VanDoren (in 2003) - "Any resemblance between Republican rhetoric and Republican policy is purely conincidental. The only real disagreement between the two parties is which group of "Peters" ought to be robbed and which collection of "Pauls" ought to be awarded a place at the government trough."
Jerry Taylor (in 2003) - "Conversations with Republican office-holders (regarding the 2003 Energy Act), suggest that they scarcely understand the implications of their rhetoric about limited government and are thus incapable of hypocrisy. They are, however, capable of intellectual incoherence, and that's what we have here."
Edmund Burke (1729-1797) - "Those who have been intoxicated with power...can never willingly abandon it."
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) - "But a government in which the majority rule in all cases cannot be based on justice. Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislator?"
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) - "There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly. "
Wes Alexander (in 2003) - "There is no way you or I would tolerate a destitute father demanding child support benevolence at the point of a gun. Why should honorable hard working Americans tolerate similar behavior from a President and Congress? The only difference between these two robberies is the amount of deadly force being brought to bear on the victims. "
James Ostrowski (in 2003) - "By its nature, the state is the means by which some people can impose the costs of achieving their goals onto unwilling others. The desire to impose costs on others is virtually limitless. Thus, governments tend to grow over time. As government power increases, so does the threat perceived by exploited ethnic minorities. At some point, ethnic minorities will simply refuse to have their wealth confiscated and their cultures destroyed by majority ethnic groups. They will fight."
Bill Bonner (in 2003) - "The (Federal Reserve Board)'s record as an 'inflation fighter' is more deserving of a court martial than a medal. Since the Fed's founding in 1913, inflation has gained so much ground against the defending Fed that a man who kept his money in gold rather than dollar bills would have nearly 20 times as much."
James Ostrowski (in 2003) - "Freedom means that when you wake up in the morning, your life, liberty and property are yours to do with them what you will. Of course, that means that no one else’s life, liberty, or property is yours. That’s freedom. It's real simple. It's also a state of being I have never experienced."
Paul Craig Roberts (in 2000) - "As the twenty-first century begins, it is actually a misnomer to refer to the House of Representatives and Senate as constituting the legislative branch of the U. S. government, because the most powerful legislators, those who construct the decrees that most directly impact people's lives, are entrenched in federal bureaucracies."
Paul Craig Roberts (in 2000) - "Prior to the New Deal, legislation tended to be specifically and tightly written in order to avoid delegating the law to executive branch enforcers."
Paul Craig Roberts (in 2000) - "The constitutional issue of our time is the emerging tyranny of unaccountable law."
Paul Craig Roberts (in 2000) - "Democracy produces the opposite results of feudalism. Instead of an upper class living off the sweat of a lower class, the lower class lives off the sweat of an upper class."
Paul Craig Roberts (in 2000) - "Some of the taxes we must pay are not really taxes. Capital gains and estate taxes are confiscations. A capital gains tax is a tax on the rise in the price of an asset. A home or land rises in value because of inflation and supply and demand. A person who sells his home or land has no real gain, because he cannot repurchase the home or land at a lower price. A capital gain tax simply confiscates a percentage of the asset."
Paul Craig Roberts (in 2000) - "Income taxes are not the only taxes. There are property taxes, wealth taxes, excise taxes, and sales taxes. If you add together all the taxes you paid, you might find that you own no more of your own income than a 19th century slave. (A slave owed his master about half his work product, the rest being necessary for his own maintenance.)"
Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) - "It is the market, and not the revenue department, which decides upon whom the burden of the tax falls and how it affects production and consumption. The market and its inescapable law are supreme."
F. A. Hayek (1899-1992) - "To be controlled in our economic pursuits, means to be....controlled in everything."
Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) - "Society lives and acts only in individuals; it is nothing more than a certain attitude on their part. Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders; no one is relieved of his share of responsibility by others. And no one can find a safe way out for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interest, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle. None can stand aside with unconcern; the interests of everyone hang on the result. Whether he chooses or not, every man is drawn into the great historical struggle, the decisive battle into which our epoch has plunged us."
Lew Rockwell (in 2003) - "One doesn't have to be a libertarian to understand the ancient principle: the king is not above the law. States cannot, with clean hands, commit deeds rightly illegal for the rest of us. Just the one armless, burned, orphaned 12-year-old boy invalidates the entire project. Not even government may do evil so that alleged good may come of it."
Paul Craig Roberts (in 2003) - "The fervent belief that government power is a force for good and must be more and more unrestrained is the opposite of (classical) liberalism. Historically, evil was restrained as power was restrained. The New Deal transformation of liberalism, by unrestraining power, has unleashed evil and injustice."
Paul Craig Roberts (in 2002) - "The American republic established by the Founding Fathers is long gone, destroyed by the Civil War and the New Deal. The Second Republic under which we live is a republic in name only. It is governance by bureaucrats, who make law under broadly delegated powers, and judges, who legislate and tax from the bench."
Hermann Goering (1893-1946) - "Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it’s the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it’s always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it’s a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger."
Wes Alexander (in 2003) - "Government initiatives tend to fail because they lack competitive pricing mechanisms that measure effectiveness and value. This trend is getting worse as more and more authority moves away from local control toward higher levels of central control. Governments based on politically expedient special interest (instead of moral principle) tend to use our money and their version of how people should live, to dictate "feel-good" solutions. The truth is government does not have insider knowledge on what individuals need and how they will respond. The U. S. government has become nothing more than a massive tyranny of good intentions. God gave us freedom to choose. Why does government attempt to do what even God did not?"
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) - "The true theory of our Constitution is surely the wisest and best . . . (for) when all government . . . shall be drawn to Washington as the centre of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another, and will become as . . . oppressive as the government from which we separated."
Lew Rockwell (in 2003) - "In a world of liberty and peace, the economy is always working to do more with less. No entrepreneur has the luxury of just throwing more money and labor at a problem. When the enterprise is not profitable, the capitalist seeks to economize and reassess. The exact opposite impulse drives the socialist planner or war planner. Instead of cutting, capital and labor are overutilized, while the underlying plan remains unchanged, with the result of increased squandering, destruction, and eventual collapse."
Wes Alexander (in 2003) - "I'll believe U. S. troops are fighting for our freedom when they surround Washington instead of Baghdad."
Adam Smith (1723-1790) - "Men desire to have some share of the management of public affairs chiefly on account of the importance which it gives them. "
Bill Bonner (in 2003) - "It is a war for "Iraqi Freedom," says the [Bush] administration. Most Americans believe the war has something to do with protecting their own freedom. Of course, people who x-ray their grandmothers' shoes are ready to believe anything... "
James Madison (1751-1836) - "Of all the enemies to liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people."
Albert Gallatin (1761-1849) - "Government prohibitions do always more mischief than had been calculated; and it is not without much hesitation that a statesman should hazard to regulate the concernes of individuals, as if he could do it better than themselves."
Lew Rockwell (in 2003) - "What most Americans refuse to face is that what the government does day to day, and in particular its military arm, is not an extension of the way the rest of us live. Government knows only one mode of operation: coercion. It does not cooperate; it coerces. Because it is constantly overriding human choices, it makes unrelenting error, most often producing consequences opposite of the stated intention. This is no less true in its foreign operations than it is in its domestic ones."
Bill Bonner (in 2002) - "In addition to the thousands and thousands of county and municipal police, security guards, state troopers, FBI, BATF, CIA, NSA, Secret Service, airport security, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Army, Special Forces, and cross-walk guards... now the Department of Homeland Security is officially open for business. We feel so much safer; for every scrawny terrorist hidden in the caves of Afghanistan, there are now at least 10,000 more fat derrieres right out in the open - in cushy office chairs spread across the nation."
Justice George Sutherland (1862-1942) - "Arbitrary power and the rule of the Constitution cannot both exist. They are antagonistic and incompatible forces; and one or the other must of necessity perish whenever they are brought into conflict."
Justice John Marshall Harlan (1899-1971) - "That Congress cannot delegate legislative power to the president is a principle universally recognized as vital to the integrity and maintenance of the system of government ordained by the Constitution."
James Madison (1751-1836) - "War is in fact the true nurse of executive aggrandizement. In war a physical force is created, and it is the executive will to direct it. In war the public treasures are to be unlocked, and it is the executive hand which is to dispense them. In war the honor and emoluments of office are to be multiplied; and it is the executive patronage under which they are to be enjoyed. It is in war, finally, that laurels are to be gathered and it is the executive brow they are to encircle. The strongest passions and the most dangerous weakness of the human breast--ambition, avarice, vanity, the honorable or venal love of fame--are all in conspiracy against the desire and duty of peace."
J. Christoph Amberger (in 2002) - "If all those entertainment, media, and political millionaires who're telling you that taxes are good for you would put their money where mouths are, the budget deficit would go away overnight!"
Richard Cobden (1804-1865) - "The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is--in extending our commercial relations--to have with them as little political connection as possible."
Richard Cobden (1804-1865) - "I yield to no one in sympathy for those who are struggling for freedom in any part of the world; but I will never sanction an interference which shall go to establish this or that nationality by force of arms, because that invades a principal which I wish to carry out in the other direction--the prevention of all foreign interference with nationalities for the sake of putting them down...."
Verse packaged with early Colt revolvers
"Have no fear of any man
No matter what his size;
When danger threatens, call on me,
And I will equalize."
Catherine Crier (in 2002) - "Class warfare is a tremendous smoke screen for the real beneficiaries of congressional affections."
Richard Cobden (1804-1865) - "..protection..takes from one man's pocket, and allows him to compensate himself by taking an equivalent from another man's pocket, and if that goes on in a circle through the whole community, it is only a clumsy process of robbing all to enrich none, and simply has this effect, that it ties up the hands of industry in all directions."
Lew Rockwell (in 2002) - "Liberty rooted in private property is the highest political virtue, and its enemy is the consolidated state."
Joe Sobran (1946-2010) - "An unexpected challenge like the (Washington DC) sniper catches the state unprepared and exposes its real nature. Its legitimacy rests on its claim that it protects us from crime, but its own activities are essentially criminal. It claims a monopoly of force, but now a competitor is denying that monopoly and it is helpless."
J. Christoph Amberger (in 2002) - "Taking risks is and always has been the privilege of the free man."
William Anderson (in 2002) - "The 'compassionate' politicians are those who actually are doing the most damage to the economy."
Joe Sobran (1946-2010) - "Yet to say that society requires the state amounts to saying that human social life depends on granting some men the power to kill and enslave others, rather than on freedom, love, cooperation, and production. By this logic, the Soviet Union should have been the most prosperous of societies. But it was just the opposite. Ruling with uninbibited terror, it killed, enslaved, and improversished millions, never producing so much as a new egg-beater or can opener. Force is the mortal enemy of creation. "
Eric Fry (in 2002) - "Like most Presidential proposals, Bush's 'growth and jobs' plan is a 'borrowing and spending' plan. And like most Presidential proposals, it is certain to succeed in borrowing and spending, but uncertain to succeed in producing either jobs or growth. From our vantage point, the likeliest consequence of the Bush plan is resurgent inflation--the monetary love-child of 'Borrowing' and 'Spending'."
Margaret Thatcher (in 1999) - "Half the countries of the world claim to be democratic, but being democratic is not enough, for a majority cannot turn what is wrong into right. In order to be considered truly free, countries must also have deep love of liberty and an abiding respect for the rule of law."
Gary North (in 2002) - "Anyone who really expects (airport) searches like these to protect airliners is so abysmally dense that he might as well be a Congressman."
Butler Shaffer (in 2002) - "The state is nothing more than institutionalized violence that we have become conditioned to revere.
In the marketplace, people are persuaded to cooperate and exchange with one another in anticipation of being rewarded for doing so. Political systems, by contrast, induce participation in their schemes through compulsion. In place of rewards, threats to the loss of one’s life, liberty, or property are held out as the consequences of disobedience."
Joe Sobran (1946-2010) - "Any two men will usually agree that neither may justly take the other’s property or life. Nor does either owe the other obedience; that would be slavery. But somehow the state claims what no individual may claim--a right to the lives, property, and obedience of all within its power. The state asserts its right to do things that would be wrongs and crimes between private men. And most people accept this claim! They think they have a moral duty to obey power!"
Leonard Read (1898-1983) - "Were the thief capable of time-lapse thinking, he would clearly see that a population of thieves would perish. Millions of people participate in legal plunder, that is, they urge government to do the looting for them."
Ronald Reagan (in 1999) - "Even many of us who believe in free enterprise have fallen into the habit of saying when something goes wrong: "There ought to be a law." Sometimes I think there ought to be a law against saying that there ought to be a law."
Grover Cleveland (1873-1908)) - "Our citizens have the right to protection from the incompetency of public employees."
Lew Rockwell (in 2002) - "But today, the imperial nature of the presidency is proven by this fact alone: it has the power to destroy the world with the push of a button, without consulting anyone. This is no idle threat. The US remains the only government in human history to have dropped nuclear weapons on people, it has far more weapons than anyone else, and remains the only country that reserves to itself the right of first strike. How would Washington or Jefferson have viewed that?"
Richard Whately (1787-1863) - "He who is unaware of his ignorance will be only misled by his knowledge."
H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) - "The Bill of Rights was designed trustfully to prohibit forever two of the favorite crimes of all known governments: the seizure of private property without adequate compensation and the invasion of the citizen's liberty without justifiable cause....yet...these prohibitions were put into the hands of courts, which is to say, into the hands of lawyers, which is to say, into the hands of men specifically educated to discover legal excuses for dishonest, dishonorable and anti-social acts."
H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) - "I believe that all government is evil, in that all government must necessarily make war upon liberty, and that the democratic form is as bad as any of the other forms..."
Wes Alexander (in 2000) - "Freedom used to mean freedom from coercion, freedom from the arbitrary power of other men, and freedom from obedience to those that attach themselves to us like leeches. Not today. Today's politicians think freedom means freedom from want. They have confused freedom and security."
Frank Chodorov (1887-1966) - "Because the human being is ever intent on improving his circumstances, striving always despite handicaps and hindrances, the effect on the general welfare from the disregard of private property is slow in showing itself. It will do so in due time. Already labor is looked upon as a useless occupation when doles are available, and investment in enterprise of a long-term nature is regarded as folly. That the American standard of living must decline, that our civilization must sink to a lower and lower level, is a certainty to which the history of intervention testifies. Politics may deny private property but it cannot prevent the consequences of its action." (written in 1950)
Thomas Woods (in 2002) - "The vast majority of Americans know absolutely nothing about the US Constitution and what it authorizes, so the idea that their votes alone will prevent unconstitutional legislation is simply laughable. Moreover, most Americans know absolutely nothing about, say, money and banking, so how can the Federal Reserve be described with a straight face as what "the people" demand? Do the people demand a million illegal immigrants a year?"
Tibor Machan (in 2000) - "The American Revolution was betrayed and the U.S.A. has undergone a reactionary period in which it reverted, substantially, to the policies of earlier systems of goverment. This Europeanization of America needs to be identified as such before it has any chance of being arrested."
Hans-Herman Hoppe (in 2002) - "Small states must engage in free trade rather than protectionism. All government interference with foreign trade forcibly limits the range of mutually beneficial inter territorial exchanges and thus leads to relative impoverishment at home as well as abroad. But the smaller a country, the more dramatic this effect will be. A country the size of the U.S. might attain comparatively high standards of living even if it renounced all foreign trade. In contrast, if a territory the size of a city or village engaged in protectionism, this would likely spell disaster or even death."
Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) - "It is a general weakness of the human mind to regard the state of rest and absence of change as more perfect than the state of motion."
Steven Yates (in 2002) - "Thus in capitalism we have an economic system developed that actually allows the poor to raise their own standards of living by their own efforts, by dealing with their fellows freely. Market processes do not coerce; they send signals. Some read these signals. Some don't. Some can't. Some simply won't."
Joseph Farah (in 2002) - "America is not a country currently capable of true self-government. It's become a nation of people looking for handouts. It's become a nation of people coveting their neighbor's property. It's become a nation governed more by coercion than by conscience."
Hans-Herman Hoppe (in 2002) - "Under democratic conditions the popular, if immoral and anti-social, desire for other men's property is systematically strengthened. Every demand is legitimate, if it is proclaimed publicly under the special protection of "freedom of speech." Everything can be said and claimed, and everything is up for grabs. Not even the seemingly most secure private property right is exempt from redistributive demands."
Will Rogers (1879-1935) - "I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts."
Hans-Herman Hoppe (in 2002) - "From a classical-liberal point of view, democratic government must be considered worse than and a regression from princely government."
Claire Wolfe (in 1999) - "America's at the awkward stage. It's too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards."
Lord Acton (1834-1902) - "Liberty is the delicate fruit of a mature civiliaztion."
Paul Hein (in 2002) - "Obviously, governments should be abolished. No human institution has been so pernicious, so harmful, so successful at producing misery, poverty, and fear. Would that bring us heaven on earth? Of course not. We would still have ambitious men, willing to succeed at our expense; but they would no longer be able to hide behind the façade of government, which legitimizes the use of force. Absent that justification, they would be revealed for what they really are: brigands, thieves, and con men. Their futures would include, not handsome retirement benefits and honors, but tar and feathers, jail, and even shotguns."
Carl Menger (in 2002) - "All things are subject to the law of cause and effect."
Lew Rockwell (in 2002) - "Neither will we be intimidated and neither will we despair, because we are fighting the biggest of all big lies, the idea that the state is a means of security and salvation."
Vernon Law (1967?) - "Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards."
Robert LeFevre (1911-1986) - "Patriotism cannot be a love of government. Patriotism rises above the government as a mountain towers above a blade of grass. When we think of our country and a feeling of love and devotion wells up within us, it should spring from the reality of what our country is and means, and not from the government, which is the least of all our blessings."
Butler Shaffer (in 2002) - "Why is it that Washington, D.C.--which is the producer and manager of much of the political violence in our world--also has the highest murder rate of any major American city? Is this only a matter of coincidence, or might it be that the coercive nature of this city’s activities has made it an attractor for violence in other forms?"
Sean Corrigan (in 2002) - "Levies used to be exacted by sheer brigandage and the overt threat of physical force; now, the means are more subtle. Laymen call them: Debt, Taxes, and Paper Money."
Sean Corrigan (in 2002) - "Theft is, of course, always most effectively perpetrated when disguised as law and underwritten by the threat of political violence - i.e., when it is committed by the State."
Paul Craig Roberts (in 2002) - "Americans had better wake up! It can happen to you. No federal agent was held accountable for murdering a mother and her child at Ruby Ridge. No federal agent was held accountable for the massacre of women and children at Waco. These same unaccountable and deadly forces have now been given unprecedented police powers in the name of 'the war on terror.'"
H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) - "All government is, in its essence, organized exploitation, and in virtually all of its existing forms it is the implacable enemy of every industrious and well-disposed man."
Butler Shaffer (in 2002) - "I once defined 'government' as 'a system of murder, rape, extortion, coercion, theft, intimidation, and terror, the absence of which, it is said, would lead to disorder.' If you doubt this characterization then confront these hard facts: during the 20th century, governments managed to kill 200 million men, women, and children in wars, genocides, and other acts of formalized violence. During that same century, how many people were killed by individuals acting without political authority?"
H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) - "The natural tendency of every government is to grow steadily worse-that is, to grow more satisfactory to those who constitute it and less satisfactory to those who support it."
F. A. Hayek (1899-1992) - "It seems to be almost a law of human nature that is easier for people to agree on a negative program--on the hatred of an enemy, on the envy of those better off--than on any positive task."
Gene Callahan (in 2002) - "The key characteristic of socialism is that the factors of production are not owned by various individuals, but are monopolized by the state. The market process--the ceaseless striving of entrepreneurs to locate price discrepancies and profit from them, thus better adjusting prices to the demands of the consumers--is absent from the imaginary construction of the socialist economy."
Michael Peirce (in 2002) - "To you Northern folks I say "don't tell me you are free when you can’t even purchase a firearm and your children are being indoctrinated in sexual perversity at taxpayer expense." To you Southern folks, I can only cry out in despair
"stop fighting their damn wars!" And to the Western folks who haven't yet been devastated by forest fires brought to you by Uncle Sam and his do-gooders, well, I don't think I have to say anything to you all "I suspect you are getting the picture better than most by now."
George Bush (July 2002) - "I want you to know the economy, our economy, is fundamentally strong."
Herbert Hoover (October 1929) - "The Fundamental business of the country .....is on a sound and prosperous basis."
James Sheehan (in 2002) - "It is particularly frightening that a group of people skilled mainly at feeble speechifying and crass fund-raising would consider itself qualified to stand in judgment of corporate accounting scandals. All members of Congress are direct participants in the biggest accounting fraud going-the federal government-and have never lifted a finger to bring it under control."
Joseph Sobran (in 2002) - "Liberals (2002 Democrats) accept militarism as the politically necessary cost of socialism; conservatives (2002 Republicans) accept socialist programs as the politically necessary cost of militarism. It's a very expensive symbiosis. "
Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) - "As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do."
Murray Sabrin (in 2002) - "The land of entitlements and the home of the dependents have replaced the land of the free and the home of the brave. The Old Republic is virtually dead. We have watched the great experiment in self-government implode before our eyes. The welfare state is in crisis. Don't expect the 535 members of Congress to do the right thing. With a few exceptions, virtually all members of the Congress should be voted out of office."
John C. Calhoun (1782-1850) - "Can anything be imagined more destructive of patriotism, and more productive of faction, selfishness, and violence, or more hostile to all economy and accountability in the administration of the fiscal department of Government" than protectionist tariffs?
Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) - "What distinguishes men from animals is the insight into the advantages that can be derived from cooperation under the division of labor. Man curbs his innate instinct of aggression in order to cooperate with other human beings. The more he wants to improve his material well being, the more he must expand the system of the division of labor."
Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850) - "If goods can't cross borders armies will."
John C. Calhoun (1782-1850) - "No; it (the protectionist tariff) is against neither violence, oppression, nor fraud....Against what, then is protection asked? It is against low prices."
Ron Paul (in 2002) - "Capitalism should not be condemned, since we haven't had capitalism. A system of capitalism presumes sound money, not fiat money manipulated by a central bank. Capitalism cherishes voluntary contracts and interest rates that are determined by savings, not credit creation by a central bank. It's not capitalism when the system is plagued with incomprehensible rules regarding mergers, acquisitions, and stock sales, along with wage controls, price controls, protectionism, corporate subsidies, international management of trade, complex and punishing corporate taxes, privileged government contracts to the military – industrial complex, and a foreign policy controlled by corporate interests and overseas investments. Add to this centralized federal mismanagement of farming, education, medicine, insurance, banking and welfare. This is not capitalism! "
George Orwell (1903-1950) - "Wars – hot, cold, or phony, but mainly cold and phony – are being used to an increasing extent as the basic instrument of domestic political strategy in order to consolidate the power of the class or party in office.... The real enemy is not nations or forces outside the borders, but parties and classes within the country that are antagonistic to the party and class which hold power."
Christopher Westley (in 2001) - "The government's record of stewardship over the American economy is miserable. The business cycle is more pronounced, characterized by unsustainable booms followed by longer-lasting busts. College graduates entering the job market require twice the incomes that their parents did in order to maintain parity with them in real terms. The state’s approved currency loses value by the hour, while its spending and taxing schemes pit politically privileged groups against the unprivileged. Given this track record, anyone who continuously defends state interventionism on empirical grounds should be challenged."
Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) - "Find out just what the people will submit to and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress."
Paul Craig Roberts (in 2002) - "The U.S. has constructed a society, the first in modern history, in which native-born productive citizens are the tax slaves of the welfare and immigrant lobbies. The 35 million taxpayers who carry the burden of the income tax have no more claim to their income than did medieval serfs or 19th century black slaves."
Lew Rockwell (in 2002) - "The beauty of the market economy is its ability to check dishonesty--a trait that doesn't exist in the public sector."
Hans-Hermann Hoppe (in 2002) - "If one is indeed concerned about America's moral decay and wants to restore normalcy to society and culture, one must oppose all aspects of the modern social-welfare state. Government funds and power must dwindle to or even fall below their nineteenth century levels."
Hans-Hermann Hoppe (in 2002) - "A state is a territorial monopolist of compulsion--an agency which may engage in continual, institutionalized property rights violations and the exploitation--in the form of expropriation, taxation, and regulation--of private property owners."
F. A. Hayek (1899-1992) - "Independence of mind or strength of character is rarely found among those who cannot be confident that they will make their way by their own effort."
Alexis De Tocqueville (1805-1859) - "A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay for it."
Walter Lippmann (1889-1974) - "The generation to which we belong is not learning from experience what happens when men retreat from freedom to a coercive organization of their affairs. Though they promise themselves a more abundant life, they must in practice renounce it; as the organized direction increases, the variety of ends must give way to uniformity. That is the nemesis of the planned society and the authoritarian principle in human affairs."
H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) - "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 inevitable 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. An even if he is not romantic personally he is apt to spread discontent among those who are."
John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) - "The only purpose for which power can be
rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his
will, is to prevent harm to others."
Thomas Macaulay (1800-1859) - "Our rulers will best promote the improvement of the nation by strictly confining themselves to their own legitimate duties, by leaving capital to find its most lucrative course, commodities their fair price, industry and intelligence their natural reward, idleness and folly their natural punishment, by maintaining peace, by defending property, by diminishing the price of law, and by observing strict economy in every department of the state. Let the Government do this: the People will assuredly do the rest."
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) - "No nation was ever ruined by trade."
Ed Crane (in 2001) - "The history of mankind is a history of the subjugation and exploitation of a great majority of people by an elite few by what has been appropriately termed the 'ruling class'. The ruling class has many manifestations. It can take the form of a religious orthodoxy, a monarchy, a dictatorship of the proletariat, outright fascism, or, in the case of the United States, corporate statism. In each instance the ruling class relies on academics, scholars and 'experts' to legitimize and provide moral authority for its hegemony over the masses."
H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) - "Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods."
Ronald Reagan (in 1985) - "The government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other."
Fredric Bastait (1801-1850) - "But when
the law, by means of its necessary agent, force, imposes upon men a
regulation of labor, a method or a subject of education, a religious faith or
creed--then the law is no longer negative; it acts positively upon people. It
substitutes the will of the legislator for their own wills, the initiative of
the legislator for their own initiatives. When this happens, the people no
longer need to discuss, to compare and to plan ahead; the law does all this
for them. Intelligence becomes a useless prop for the people; they cease to
be men; they lose their personality, their liberty, their property."
Chief Justice John Marshall (1755-1835) - "The federal government is acknowledged by all to be one of enumerated powers. The principle, that it can exercise only the powers granted to it....is now universally admitted."
P. J. O'Rourke (in 2002) - "A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them."
Ayn Rand (1905-1982) - "The government was set to protect man from criminals, and the Constitution was written to protect man from the government."
Richard Cobden (1804-1865) - "The progress of freedom depends more upon the maintenance of peace, the spread of trade, and the diffusion of education, than upon the labors of cabinets and foreign offices."
Thomas Paine (1736-1809) - "Those who expect to reap the benefits of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) - "Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty."
Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1927-2003) - "The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it's so rare."
Edmund Burke (1729-1797) - "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
Thomas Macaulay (1800-1859) - "We see no reason for thinking that the opinions of the magistrate on speculative questions are more likely to be right than those of any other man. None of the modes by which a magistrate is appointed, popular election, the accident of the lot, or the accident of birth, affords, as far as we can perceive, much security for his being wiser than any of his neighbors. The chance of his being wiser than all his neighbors together is still smaller."
H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) - "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule."
Cullen Hightower (1923-????) - "Talk is cheap---except when Congress does it."
C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) - "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."
Mark Twain (1835-1910) - "Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself."
Samuel Adams (1722-1803) - "The Constitution shall never be construed....to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms."
Henry Hazlitt (in 1978) - "More and more people are becoming aware that government has nothing to give them without first taking it away from somebody else--or from themselves."
Jacob G. Hornberger (in 2001) - "Yesterday (March 2001), the U.S. Senate voted to raise the amount that individuals can donate to federal candidates from $1,000 to $2,000. Congress is not really addressing the root of the problem. Individuals should be free to give any amount of money to anyone they please, including candidates for public office. After all, it is their money, isn't it? And doesn't ownership connote control? Would large donations have a corrupting influence on Congressman? Of course, but that's only because Congress has the power to give welfare and tax goodies to people and to regulate their peaceful activities. All this power creates a situation of, for lack of a better term, legalized bribery -- the payment of money to receive government goodies or to receive protection from unjust taxes or regulations. So, is the solution to attack the rights of private property and free speech by limiting the size of campaign contributions? Of course not. The solution is to remove the governmental power to give welfare and tax goodies to the citizenry and the power to regulate their peaceful behavior. Once the power is removed, it won't matter who gets in office, and people will have the incentive to dispose of their money in more constructive ways."
Donald Boudreaux (in 2001) - "Behind all the marble and pageantry in Washington is nothing more than a cabal of con artists out to rob innocent people of their wealth and liberties."