Thoughts


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

From Margaret Mead

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens
can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

2012-11-15 at 01:11:03

From Frank Chodorov

The citizen is sovereign only when he can retain and enjoy the fruits
of his labor. If the government has first claim on his property he
must learn to genuflect before it. When the right of property is
abrogated, all the other rights of the individual are undermined, and
to speak of the sovereign citizen who has no absolute right to
property is to talk nonsense. It is like saying that the slave is
free because he is allowed to do anything he wants to do ( even vote,
if you wish ) except to own what he produces.

2012-11-12 at 21:37:22

From Chris Hedges

Our masters rely on our labor to make them wealthy, on our children
for cannon fodder in war and on our collective chants for adulation.
They would otherwise happily slip us rat poison. When they retreat
into their inner sanctums, which they keep hidden from public view,
they speak in the cold words of manipulation, power and privilege,
words that expose their visions of themselves as entitled and
beyond the reach of morality or law.

2012-11-11 at 05:27:37

From Philip Giraldi

We are seeing a series of wars unprecedented in scope that are carefully
being disguised as non-wars, or, at best, limited objective constabulary
actions, while the definition of terrorist has become increasingly elastic,
permitting the listing of anyone who supports in any way or condones the
activities of any group viewed as threatening to American interests.

2012-11-10 at 13:42:46

More From Lord Acton

Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end.

2012-11-08 at 13:21:19

From Justice Robert H. Jackson

Uncontrolled search and seizure is one of the first and most effective
weapons in the arsenal of every arbitrary government. Among deprivations
of rights, none is so effective in cowing a population, crushing the
spirit of the individual and putting terror in every heart.

2012-11-07 at 14:36:58

From William Dale

Nearly every reform proposal offered to fix "the health-care crisis" calls
for increased governmental control of medicine. These proposals are the
logical result of the belief that there is a "right" to medical care. But
there is no such right. Rights, properly understood, do not include an
entitlement to the services of others.

2012-10-31 at 00:48:25

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!!!