Thoughts


From Anthony de Jasay

The transition to socialism, in the sense of an almost subconscious, sleep-walking sort of "maximax" strategy by the state, both to augment its potential discretionary power and actually to realize the greatest possible part of the potential thus created, is likely to be peaceful, dull, and unobtrusive. This is its low-risk high-reward approach. Far from being any noisy "battle of democracy .. to centralise all instruments of production in the hands of the state"; far from involving some heroic revolutionary break with continuity; far from calling for the violent putting down of the propertied minority, the transition to socialism would probably be the more certain the more it relied on the slow atrophy of initially independent, self-regulating subsystems of society. As their free functioning was constrained, the declining vitality of successive chunks of the "mixed economy" would eventually lead to a passive acceptance of a step-by-step extension of public ownership, if not to a clamour for it.


2017-01-30 at 13:09:11

From William Ellery Channing

I call that mind free which protects itself against the usurpations of society, which does not cower to human opinions, which feels itself accountable to a higher tribunal than mans.

2017-01-27 at 13:54:36

More From Cousin Lucky

Alas, " freedom " is just another " illusion " believed by the masses!! Anyone in the way of " the government " is the enemy!!

2017-01-26 at 15:50:20

From United States Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story

The militia is the natural defense of a free country against sudden foreign invasions, domestic insurrections, and domestic usurpation of power by rulers. The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of the republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally ... enable the people to resist and triumph over them.

2017-01-25 at 12:13:52

More From Coisin Lucky

Trump is the " hood ornament " that replaced Obama who was the " hood ornament " that replaced Bush; the " vehicle underneath " always remains the same!! The " rich puppeteers " have always run the show throughout humanities entire existence and everything that they do is for their " very own class " of people!! As always the " poor patsies " and the " middle class patsies " will be set at each others throats while the rich keep on getting even richer year after year after year!!

2017-01-21 at 13:55:52

From Laurence M. Vance

The creed of libertarianism is the non-aggression axiom: everyone should be free from aggression against his person and property as long as he respects the person and property of others. As long as people don’t infringe upon the rights of others by committing, or threatening to commit, acts of fraud, theft, aggression, or violence against their person or property, the government should just leave them alone.

2017-01-21 at 10:30:07

From President Donald Trump

And the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential. This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.

2017-01-20 at 22:36:15

From Helen Keller

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.

2017-01-19 at 12:16:47

From Neil Postman

There are two ways by which the spirit of a culture may be shriveled. In the first--the Orwellian--culture becomes a prison. In the second--the Huxleyan--culture becomes a burlesque. No one needs to be reminded that our world is now marred by many prison-cultureit makes little difference if our wardens are inspired by right- or left-wing ideologies. The gates of the prison are equally impenetrable, surveillance equally rigorous, icon-worship pervasive…. Big Brother does not watch us, by his choice. We watch him, by ours…. When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience, and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; culture-death is a clear possibility.

2017-01-18 at 23:49:18

More From Frederic Bastiat

The State is and ought to be nothing whatever but community force organized, not to be an instrument of oppression and mutual plunder among citizens, but, on the contrary, to guarantee to each his own, and to cause justice and security to reign.

2017-01-18 at 15:07:34

From Hanford Henderson

There is but one defensible social ideal, and that is a world in which every individual is free to work out the inner impulses of the Spirit, without aggression on his part or interference on the part of others. A State which accomplished this simple, primal duty, the protection of all its citizens, would accomplish something greater than has yet been historically recorded, and something which no State, preoccupied with illegitimate and paternalistic activities, is ever likely to accomplish.

2017-01-17 at 15:19:37

More From Ayn Rand

Progress cannot be planned by government, and cannot be restricted or retarded; it can only be stopped.

2017-01-16 at 12:53:16

From Russell J. Cinchy

Let us determine that we shall not allow the state to be our master, but that we shall be the masters of the state. The long road of history is lined with the ruins of those states which bought the souls and the wills of their peoples by the lure of a granted security, and then led them to ruin by the same mirage. The world does not need one more such ruin. It needs a people who will be really secure and enduring, as far as mortal life is possible -- secure and enduring because each member or society is a person who accepts his and her responsibilities as duties, and asks only that the state act to keep the avenues of freedom open.


2017-01-15 at 12:04:46

From Rose Wilder Lane

Time is running out for the United States and other Western democracies. Freedom and equality cannot coexist. We have tried and, like others before us who attempted it, the results have been disastrous. It is time for you and me to decide how badly we want the free lunch. If we continue to pursue it, then we cannot expect to live in a free society.

2017-01-10 at 17:55:32

From Henry David Thoreau

The authority of government, even such as I am willing to submit to,-for I will cheerfully obey those who know and can do better than I, and in many things even those who neither know nor can do so well,- is still an impure one: to be strictly just, it must have the sanction and consent of the governed. It can have no pure right over my person and property but what I concede to it.

2017-01-06 at 15:16:57

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!!!