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War is Theft <– Eisenhower


"What world can afford this sort of thing for long? We are in an armaments race. Where will it lead us...At best, to robbing every people and nation on earth of the fruits of their own toil."

Every gun that is made,
every warship launched,
every rocket fired signifies,
in the final sense,
a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.

This world in arms is not spending money alone.

It is spending the sweat of its laborers,
the genius of its scientists,
the hopes of its children.

The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this:
a modern brick school in more than 30 cities.
It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population.
It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals.
It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement.

We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat.
We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people.

This is, I repeat, the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking.

This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense.
Under the cloud of threatening war,
it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.

— General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, in his speech The Chance for Peace (1953)

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2011 in economic, Foreign Policy, Politics

 

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Righteousness vs Advantage <- Confucius


Any time you see a talking head advocating "national interest" above what is right and good, remember this saying

The man of character cares about what is right,

the inferior man cares about his advantage.

K’ung-fu-tzu, according to the Analects, 4.16 (225 BC)

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2011 in Foreign Policy, Politics

 

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It is the Interventionists Who Are Isolationists <- Ron Paul


Each of the last five American presidents, treating the evil Egyptian dictator like a friend, thereby helping isolate America in the eyes of the world

 

It is not we non-interventionists who are isolationsists.

The real isolationists are those who impose sanctions and embargoes on countries and peoples across the globe because they disagree with the internal and foreign policies of their leaders.

The real isolationists are those who choose to use force overseas to promote democracy, rather than seek change through diplomacy, engagement, and by setting a positive example.

Ron Paul, I advocate the same foreign policy the Founding Fathers would, Union Leader (2007)

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2011 in Foreign Policy, Philosophy, Politics

 

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Exploiting Tragedy <- Rahm Emanuel


The Arizona shooting is just the latest in an endless series of efforts by corrupt political thugs to exploit crisis and tragedy

You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.

— Rahm EmanuelInterview to the Wall Street Journal, (2008)

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2011 in Philosophy, Politics, society

 

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Rob from the Poor and Give to the Rich <- Douglas Casey


The hundreds of billions wasted on foreign aid go straight into the pockets of the tyrants

That’s where all the foreign aid (which might be defined as a transfer from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries) went as well.

The U.S. government still squanders about $20 billion a year this way, and European governments spend proportionally even more; it’s all gone straight down a giant rathole.

— Douglas Casey, Opportunity in Mozambique

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2011 in Foreign Policy, Politics

 

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The Founders Protected Persons, not Citizens


The founders intended the Constitution to apply to Americans, aliens, citizens, non-citizens, lawful combatants, enemy combatants, innocents, the guilty, those who wish us well, and those who wish us ill.

The Constitution applies to persons, not just citizens.

If you read the Constitution, its protections are not limited to Americans.

And that was written intentionally, because at the time it was written, they didn’t know what Native Americans would be.

When the post civil war amendments were added, they didn’t know how blacks would be considered, because they had a decision of the Supreme Court called Dred Scott, that said blacks are not persons.

So in order to make sure the Constitution protected every human being:

  • American, alien;
  • citizen, non-citizen;
  • lawful combatant, enemy combatant;
  • innocent, guilty;
  • those who wish us well, those who wish us ill…

…they use the broadest possible language,
to make it clear:

Wherever the government goes,
the Constitution goes,
and wherever the Constitution goes,
the protections that it guarantees restrain the government
and requires it to protect those rights.

— Judge Andrew Napolitano

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2010 in Foreign Policy, Philosophy, Politics

 

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Conservatism is Libertarian <- Reagan


If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.

I think conservatism is really a misnomer just as liberalism is a misnomer for the liberals — if we were back in the days of the Revolution, so-called conservatives today would be the Liberals and the liberals would be the Tories.

The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is.
Ronald Reagan, “Inside Ronald Reagan”, Reason magazine, July 1975

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2009 in Politics

 

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