Thoughts


From Joan Didion

We had seen, most importantly, the insistent use of September 11, 2001
to justify the reconception of the United States correct role in the world
as one of Initiating and Waging Virtually Perpetual War.

2009-02-04 at 07:21:50

From Ludwig von Mises

1) Peace and not war is the father of all things.

2) Modern society, based as it is on the division of labor,
can be preserved only under conditions of lasting peace.

3)War Prosperity is like the prosperity that an earthquake or plague brings.
The earthquake means good business for construction workers, and cholera
improves the business of physicians, pharmacists, and undertakers; but no
one has for that reason yet sought to celebrate earthquakes and cholera
as stimulators of the productive forces in the general interest.

2009-02-06 at 18:37:25

From Edward Bennett Williams

Civil Liberties are a great heritage for Americans. They are not rights
that the government gives to the people, they are the rights that the
people carved out for themselves when they created the government.

2009-01-30 at 19:27:37

From James Walcott

Even the most Piddling life is of momentous consequence to its owner

2009-01-28 at 22:05:32

From Winston Churchill

When you are winning a War almost everything that happens
can be claimed to be right and wise.

2009-01-27 at 19:53:32

From Leonard E. Read

The right way is the greatest gratifier of human wishes ever come upon-
when allowed to operate. It is as morally sound as the Golden Rule. It is
the way of willing exchange, of common consent, of self-responsibility,
of open opportunity. It respects the right of each to the product of his
own labor. It limits the police force to keeping the peace. It is the way
of the free market, private property, and limited government. On its
banner is emblazoned Individual Liberty.

2009-01-27 at 19:49:51

From George Orwell

To see what is in front of your own nose needs constant struggle.

2009-01-27 at 17:12:58

From Henk Middelraad

War brings out the most negative emotional human
responses on both sides.

2009-01-27 at 16:33:27

From Economist Dom Armentano Jan. 21, 2009

The best that the government can do is not make things worse. We do not
need more corporate or state bailouts and we do not need vast public
works programs costing many hundreds of billions. We do need more
prudent private and public spending, lower taxes on income and
investment, and a responsible monetary policy from the Federal Reserve.
And we still need lower prices and bankruptcies to finally correct the
mistakes of the boom.

2009-01-24 at 16:11:59

From Alexis de Tocqueville

The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are
seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantlyrestrained from acting:
such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not
tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a
people, till each nation is reduced to be nothing better than a flock of
timid and industrious animals, of which the Government is the Shepherd.

2009-01-23 at 14:14:46

From Aleksandr Sotzhenitsyn

Anyone who has proclaimed violence his method inexorably must
choose lying as his principle.

2009-01-22 at 16:56:45

From Thomas Jefferson

It would be a dangerous delusion were a confidence in the men of our
choice to silence our fears for the safety of our rights.
Confidence is everywhere the parent of despotism. Free government is
founded in jealousy, and not in confidence. It is jealousy and not
confidence which prescribes limited constitutions, to bind down those
whom we are obliged to trust with power. Our Constitution has
accordingly fixed the limits to which, and no further, our confidence
may go. In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of
confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of
the Constitution.

2009-01-22 at 16:02:58

From Ralph Bunche

There are No warlike people - just warlike leaders.

2009-01-20 at 20:59:35

From Martin Luther King Jr.

We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war
but the positive affirmation of peace.

2009-01-20 at 20:57:58

From James Russell Lowell

Once to every man and nation Comes the moment to decide, In
the strife of truth and falsehood, For the good or evil side;
Some great cause, Gods new Messiah, Offerring each the bloom
or blight, And the choice goes by forever Twixt that darkness
and that light. Though the cause of evil prosper, Yet it is
truth alone is strong; Though her portion be the scaffold,
And upon the throne be wrong: Yet that scaffold sways the
future, And behind the dim unknown, Standeth God within the
shadow Keeping watch above his own.

2009-01-19 at 17:14:01

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!!!