Monthly Archives: July 2015

Lew Rockwell (in 2002)

Liberty rooted in private property is the highest political virtue, and its enemy is the consolidated state.

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.

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….

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.

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.