I was born not knowing and have had only a little time to change that here and there.
The different forms of government make law democratical, aristocratical, tyrannical, with a view to their several interests; and these laws, which are made by them for their own interests, are the justice which they deliver to subjects, and him who transgresses them they punish as a breaker of the law, and unjust. And that is what I mean when I say that in all states there is the same principle of justice, which is the interest of the government; and as the government must be supposed to have power, the only reasonable conclusion as, that everywhere there is one principle of justice, which is the interest of the stronger.
West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or
religion, to which a few members of other civilizations were converted,
but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners
often forget this fact; non-westerners never do
[socialism]……must be conceptualized as an institutionalized interference with or aggres- sion against private property and private property claims. Capitalism, on the other hand, is a social system based on the explicit recognition of private property and of nonaggressive, contractual exchanges between private property owners.
PERSISTENCE. Nothing in this world can take the place of good old persistence. Talent won’t. Nothing’s more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius won’t. Unrecognized genius is practically a clich. Education won’t. Why the world is full of educated fools. Persistence and determination alone are all powerful.
When a self-governing people confer upon their government the power to take from some and give to others, the process will not stop until the last bone of the last taxpayer is picked bare.
In a time of universal deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
Truth is treason in an empire of lies.