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More From Leonard E. Read

Only the individual has combined powers of reason and self-control by which to refrain from doing to others that which he would not have another do unto him. Such personal attention to responsibility tends to be lost when individuals are absorbed into special interest groups; these collectives have no perceptual powers, none whatsoever!

2013-01-27 at 20:41:16

More From Cousin lucky

As A Society We Continually Refuse To Face The Fact That Many Women Are Not Capable Of Properly Raising Or Nurturing A Child!! Every Day I See Children Being Cultivated To Be Future Prostitutes, Criminals And Cop-Killers But Our Society Continues To Just Look The Other Way Instead Of Dealing With It!! When I Was A Child Every Parent Was Held Legally Responsible For The Acts Of Their Children; Today That Doctrine Has Been Abandoned And Our Society Suffers Daily From That Very Sad Fact!!

2013-01-23 at 00:34:23

From Herman Schwartz

The Fourth Amendment was designed to stand between us and arbitrary governmental authority. For all practical purposes, that shield has been shattered, leaving our liberty and personal integrity subject to the whim of every cop on the beat, trooper on the highway and jail official. The framers would be appalled.

2013-01-21 at 10:37:12

From Herbert Spencer

What, then, do they want a government for? Not to regulate commerce; not to educate the people; not to teach religion, not to administer charity; not to make roads and railways; but simply to defend the natural rights of man -- to protect person and property -- to prevent the aggressions of the powerful upon the weak -- in a word, to Administer Justice. This is the natural, the original, office of a government. It was not intended to do less: it ought not to be allowed to do more.

2013-01-21 at 10:33:55

More From Cousin Lucky

Unfortunately, The " Forked Tongued " Presidency Of The United States Can
Now Only Be Held By Glib " Charlatans-In-Chief " Able To Fool Lots Of The
" People " Most Of The Time!! Pure Hypocrisy At Its Best!! Our Ultra-Vain
We Are Number One Self-Delusion Just Foolishly Persists!!

2013-01-21 at 09:42:49

More From William Anderson

The Aaron Swartz case was not a legal outlier any more than Michael Nifong was a ROGUE prosecutor. Aaron Swartz faced what thousands upon thousands of Americans face every day from a system of laws that empowers the State and Crushes Liberty and replaces the Light of a free society with the Darkness of tyranny. Most of the victims of American JUSTICE choose to experience the horror and remain alive, even though in reality, unbridled State power has sucked the life out of them just as it drained the life out of Aaron Swartz.

2013-01-21 at 05:43:52

More From Ayn Rand

Did you really think that we want those laws to be observed? said Dr. Ferris. We want them broken. You had better get it straight that it is not a bunch of boy scouts you are up against - then you will know that this is not the age for beautiful gestures. We are after power and we mean it. You fellows were pikers, but we know the real trick, and you had better get wise to it. There is no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there are not enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What is there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted - and you create a nation of law-breakers - and then you cash in on guilt. Now, that is the system, Mr. Rearden, that is the game, and once you understand it, you will be much easier to deal with.

2013-01-17 at 19:44:36

From Jacob G. Hornberger

There are three important things to remember about the Second Amendment. First, it does not give people the right to own guns. Second, it is an implicit acknowledgement that the U.S. government is the biggest threat to the freedom and well-being of the American people. Third, the rationale for enacting the Second Amendment was to ensure that the American citizenry retained the means to violently resist tyranny by the federal government.

2013-01-04 at 16:06:04

From James Buchanan

We have learned to understand interest-group politics; we no longer have a romantic vision as to how the state operates. If we have not rediscovered, and do not rediscover, and understand the precepts of laissez-faire, as organizing principles, it will be necessary to address that which we do know and have learned. If we know that politics fails and that its natural proclivity is to extend its reach beyond tolerable bounds, we may be led to incorporate constraints into a constitutional structure. Depoliticised economic order is within the realm of the politically-constitutionally possible, even if the accompanying faith in market organization is not fully regained. We can protect ourselves against the appetites of the monster that the Leviathan state threatens to become without really understanding and appreciating the efficiency-generating properties of the market.

2013-01-04 at 14:18:23

More From Ludwig von Mises

Only one thing can conquer war - that liberal attitude of mind which can see nothing in war but destruction and annihilation, and which can never wish to bring about a war, because it regards war as injurious even to the victors.

2013-01-03 at 06:28:47

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.

2013-01-03 at 06:27:19

From Robert Higgs

If we are ever to attain a free society, we must persuade a great many of our fellows that it is simply wrong for any individuals or groups, by violence or the threat thereof, to impose their demands on others who have committed no crime and violated no ones just rights, and that it is just as wrong for the persons who compose the state to do so as it is for you and me.

2013-01-03 at 06:19:36

From Louis Dembitz Brandeis

Those who won our independence believed that the final end of the State was to make men free to develop their faculties; and that in its government the deliberative forces should prevail over the arbitrary. They valued liberty both as an end and as a means. They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to the secret of liberty.

2012-12-28 at 14:05:11

From David Kelley

A free society, by nature, is an individualist society. It leaves people free to pursue their own interests, through voluntary trade with others, and leaves them responsible for choosing their own course in life. A free society allows, encourages, and even depends on people who can define the values that give their lives meaning, and then pursue these values autonomously. It relies on people who are entrepreneurs in their own lives, who are capable of thinking for themselves, who have a sense of self-ownership, and the drive to make the most of themselves and their opportunities.

2012-12-14 at 14:30:39

More From H.L. Mencken

The state -- or, to make matters more concrete, the government -- consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can not get, and to promise to give it to them. Nine times out of ten that promise is worth nothing. The tenth time it is made good by looting A to satisfy B. In other words, government is a broker in pillage, and every election is a sort of advanced auction on stolen goods.

2012-12-11 at 12:37:09

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!!!