Thoughts


From Jacob G. Hornberger

In fact, the entity that actually threatened the rights and freedoms of the American people was the United States government, given the totalitarian-like powers that it assumed as part of its effort to keep us safe from the enemies its interventionist policies were producing.

Coming to mind are the totalitarian-like power to assassinate Americans, secret mass surveillance, and the incarceration and torture of American citizens as suspected terrorists - all without due process of law and without trial by jury.

This is what a national-security state does to people - it warps, damages, or destroys their conscience, principles, and values; induces them to subscribe to false bromides; and nurtures all sorts of mental contortions to enable people to avoid confronting reality.

2017-09-20 at 13:15:01

From David D. Friedman

In spite of popular myths about capitalism oppressing the poor, the poor are worse off in those things provided by government, such as schooling, police protection, and justice. There are more good cars in the ghettos than good schools.

2017-09-15 at 13:12:48

From Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart

The 4th Amendment and the personal rights it secures have a long history. At the very core stands the right of a man to retreat into his own home and there be free from unreasonable governmental intrusion.

2017-09-14 at 14:24:03

From Pope Pius XII

Private property is a natural fruit of labor, a product of intense activity of man, acquired though his energetic determination to ensure and develop with his own strength his own existence and that of his family, and to create for himself and his own an existence of just freedom, not only economic, but also political, cultural and religious.

2017-09-13 at 13:00:52

From George Mason

That no free government, or the blessing of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue, and by frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.

2017-09-11 at 13:50:11

More From A. Barton Hinkle

"Civil asset forfeiture" is an unmitigated disaster. In practice, giving police officers a financial incentive to seize peoples property without having to bring any criminal charges against them is a recipe for wanton abuse.

2017-09-10 at 12:53:19

From Adam Dick

The police state can disappear, but likely only after a challenge pursued by a coalition of people the breadth of which extends across and beyond political party and "left-right" affiliations.

2017-09-09 at 12:28:14

More From Benjamin Franklin

There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government.

2017-09-08 at 15:03:36

From Ridgway K. Foley, Jr.

What is individual freedom and what is the proper function of law? Liberty is the absence of human intervention with the endeavors of an individual to utilize his life, liberty, and property (and all adjunct rights flowing therefrom) as he sees fit and for the ends he desires, limited only by the equal liberty of all individuals in society.

2017-09-06 at 12:36:08

More From Alexis de Tocqueville

Without virtue there is no such thing as a great man; without rights there is no such thing as a great nation, and, one might almost say, no such thing as society, for what is a group of rational and intelligent beings held together solely by force?

2017-09-05 at 13:55:51

More From Leonard E. Read

My highest conscience pronounces this as a Truth. For me to speak or write or act in a contrary manner is to indulge in dissimulation, to flout Righteousness, to live lie, to deny the Truth that is within me.

2017-09-04 at 18:54:23

From Frederic Bastiat

The worst thing that can happen to a good cause is, not to be skillfully attacked, but to be ineptly defended.

2017-09-03 at 13:48:22

From Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

The state lies in all the tongues of good and evil, and whatever it says is lies, and whatever it has, it has stolen, everything it is, is false, it bites with stolen teeth, and it bites often, it is false down to its bowels.

2017-09-01 at 16:55:01

From Anthony Ashley Cooper

All politeness is owing to Liberty. We polish one another, and rub off our Corners and rough Sides by a sort of amicable Collision. To restrain this, is inevitably to bring a Rust upon Mens Understanding. Tis a destroying of Civility, Good Breeding, and even Charity itself.

2017-08-31 at 15:40:36

From John Webbe

Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.

2017-08-30 at 13:12:10

As You Traverse This Life Please Try To Remember That There Are No Absolute Mistakes; There Are Only Errors In Your Perceived Judgement As To The Likely Outcomes Of Your Actions!!!