Wisdom From Andrew Fletcher

There is not perhaps in human affairs anything so unaccountable as the indignity and cruelty with which the far greater part of mankind suffer themselves to be used under pretense of government. For some men falsely persuading themselves that bad governments are advantageous to them, as most conducing to gratify their ambition, avarice, and luxury, set themselves with the utmost art and violence to procure their establishment: and by such men almost the whole world has been trampled underfoot, and subjected to tyranny, for want of understanding by what means and methods they were enslaved. For though mankind take great care and pains to instruct themselves in other arts and sciences, yet very few apply themselves to consider the nature of government, an enquiry so useful and necessary both to magistrate and people. Nay, in most countries the arts of state being altogether directed either to enslave the people, or to keep them under slavery; it is become almost everywhere a crime to reason about matters of government. But if men would bestow a small part of the time and application which they throw away upon curious but useless studies, or endless gaming, in perusing those excellent rules and examples of government which the ancients have left us, they would soon be enabled to discover all such abuses and corruptions as tend to the ruin of public societies. It is therefore very strange that they should think study and knowledge necessary in everything they go about, except in the noblest and most useful of all applications, the art of government.

2013-04-19 at 12:37:27

More From John Locke

Should a robber break into my house, and with a dagger at my throat make me seal deeds to convey my estate to him, would this give him any title? Just such a title, by his sword, has an unjust conqueror, who forces me into submission. The injury and the crime is equal, whether committed by the wearer of a crown, or some petty villain. The title of the offender, and the number of his followers, make no difference in the offense, unless it be to aggravate it. The only difference is, great robbers punish little ones, to keep them in their obedience; but the great ones are rewarded with laurels and triumphs, because they are too big for the weak hands of justice in this world, and have the power in their own possession, which should punish offenders.

2013-04-18 at 13:01:15

More From Leonard E. Read

Once an individual who would advance liberty has settled on self-perfection as correct method, the first fact to bear in mind is that ours is not a numbers problem. Were it necessary to bring a majority into a comprehension of the libertarian philosophy, the cause of liberty would be utterly hopeless. Every significant movement in history has been led by one or just a few individuals with a small minority of energetic supporters.

2013-04-15 at 19:57:44

From A. Barton Hinkle

To conservatives, the federal governments potential for domestic tyranny justifies armed resistance--but that same government can do no wrong in the war on terror. To liberals, the same government that is a half-step away from fascism in the war on terror is our benevolent guardian against domestic firearms.

2013-04-13 at 12:57:14

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.

2013-04-12 at 16:56:06

And More From Thomas Paine

A body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody.

2013-04-12 at 16:52:34

From T. Coleman Andrews

I do not like the income tax. Every time we talk about these taxes we get around to the idea of -from each according to his capacity and to each according to his needs.- That is socialism. It is written in the Communist Manifesto. Maybe we ought to see that every person who gets a tax return receives a copy of the Communist Manifesto with it so he can see what is happening to him.

2013-04-03 at 12:51:28

From Fred Schnaubelt

The First Amendment is not a tool of the press. It is a tool of the people. It is not nearly so much a protector of the media as it is a protector of the peoples right to know, their right to hear the ideas of others, and their right to have their ideas heard without interference from the government.

2013-04-02 at 06:37:33

From Joel McDurmon

We have to stop applauding everything the military does as if it were automatically the gleam of national greatness, quit praising all soldiers all the time as sacrosanct individuals, and quit forbidding any criticism of the military as if it were the holy of holies.

2013-03-30 at 13:29:06

More From Mark Twain

The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.

2013-03-30 at 05:59:43

Yet More From Murray N. Rothbard

The greatest danger to the State is independent intellectual criticism.

2013-03-30 at 05:58:17

More From Murray Rothbard

The Libertarian creed rests upon one central axiom: that no man or group of men may aggress against the person or property of anyone else.

2013-03-26 at 04:26:19

More From Paul Craig Roberts

In the United States law is no longer a shield of the people against arbitrary government. Instead, law has been transformed into a weapon in the hands of the government.

2013-03-24 at 22:06:32

From Cousin Lucky

It was all caused by the movie Star Wars; every driver now feels that The Force will drive their car for them while they use their hands, and eyes, to text somebody, somewhere!!

2013-03-24 at 21:57:53

From Vladimir Lenin

Without Big Banks, Socialism Would Be Impossible.

2013-03-21 at 05:49:33

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!!!