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Dissent is Patriotic <– Mark Twain


It doesn't matter which party is in control, or whether they are "authorities"; if they are wrong, it would be treason not to openly oppose them

The citizen who thinks he sees that the commonwealth’s political clothes are worn out, and yet holds his peace and does not agitate for a new suit, is disloyal, he is a traitor.

That he may be the only one who thinks he sees this decay, does not excuse him: it is his duty to agitate anyway, and it is the duty of others to vote him down if they do not see the matter as he does.

Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1889)

 
 

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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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Free Men Support Others’ Choices <- Ludwig von Mises



A free man must be able to endure it when his fellow men act and live otherwise than he considers proper.

He must free himself from the habit, just as soon as something does not please him, of calling for the police.

— Ludwig von Mises, Liberalism, the Limits of Government Activity

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2011 in Philosophy, Politics

 

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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 Right to Offend <- Orwell


If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

The common people still vaguely subscribe to that doctrine and act on it. In our country — it is not the same in all countries: it was not so in republican France, and it is not so in the USA today — it is the liberals who fear liberty and the intellectuals who want to do dirt on the intellect

— George Orwell, Freedom of the Press (1948)

(This was to be the foreword of Animal Farm. It is perfect irony, that the publisher decided to censor it.)
 
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Posted by on January 10, 2011 in Philosophy, Politics, society

 

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Government is Force <- Upton Sinclair


Government is not reason, it is not eloquence — it is force!

Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.

Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.

— Cited by Upton Sinclair, in The Cry for Justice (1915), as having been said by George Washington

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2011 in Politics, Quotations, society

 

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Shoot a Senator


Our constitution protects aliens, drunks, and U. S. Senators. There ought to be one day (just one) when there is open season on senators.
Will Rogers, Autobiography

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2010 in Humor, Politics

 

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Democracy is Not Freedom


Democracy is not freedom.

Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to eat for lunch.

Freedom comes from the recognition of certain rights which may not be taken, not even by a 99% vote.

— James Bovard,  “Individual Rights“, Sacramento Bee (1994)

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2010 in Humor, Philosophy, Politics

 

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Jefferson, on Socialized Medicine


Was the government to prescribe to us our medicine and diet, our bodies would be in such keeping as our souls are now. Thus in France the emetic was once forbidden as a medicine, and the potatoe as an article of food.
— Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia (1781-1785)

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2010 in economic, Politics

 

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Deceivers Deny Debate


Temperate, sincere, and intelligent inquiry and discussion are only to be dreaded by the advocates of error. The truth need not fear them…

— Dr. Benjamin Rush, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Provisions of the Last Will and Testament of Dr. James Rush

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2010 in education, Politics

 

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Great Men are Bad Men <- Lord Acton


henryVIII-24bI cannot accept your canon that we are to judge Pope and King unlike other men, with a favorable presumption that they did not wrong. If there is any presumption it is the other way against holders of power, increasing as the power increases. Historic responsibility has to make up for the want of legal responsibility.

All power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority: still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority.

Lord John Dalberg Acton, Letter to Mandell Creighton (1887)

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2009 in Politics

 

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The End of Law


John Locke The end of Law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge Freedom.

John Locke, Two Treatises of Government (1689)

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2009 in Politics

 

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Govern Yourself


Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is in prison -- Henry David ThoreauI heartily accept the motto, ‘That government is best which governs least’; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe–’That government is best which governs not at all’; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have. Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience (1849)

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2009 in Politics

 

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Destructive Unions


Worker opposition is causing unions to vanish, in the USThe methods by which a trade union can alone act, are necessarily destructive; its organization is necessarily tyrannical.

- Henry George, Progress and Poverty, 1879


But Now You Know

Why Workers Dislike Unions

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2009 in economic, Politics

 

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The Philosophy of Liberty


You Own Your Own Life…

To lose your Life is to lose your Future, to lose your Liberty is to lose your Present

…and to lose the product of your Life and Liberty is to lose that portion of your Past that produced it

A product of you Life and Liberty is your Property

– Ken SchoollandThe Philosophy of Liberty

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2009 in education, Politics

 

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…Then How Can You Trust Them to Govern Others?


jeffersonSometimes it is said that man can not be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the forms of kings to govern him?

Thomas JeffersonFirst Inaugural Address (1801)

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2009 in Politics

 

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Government as a Joke <- Will Rogers


WillRogersI don’t make jokes, I just watch the government and report the facts.

Will Rogers, Saturday Review (25 August 1962)

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2009 in Humor, Politics

 

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They’re Worse than Nothing


_705672_incinerator300Suppose two-thirds of the members of the national House of Representatives were dumped into the Washington garbage incinerator tomorrow, what would we lose to offset our gain of their salaries and the salaries of their parasites?
H. L. MenckenPrejudices, the Second Series1924

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2009 in Politics

 

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