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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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Brainwashing the Children


hitler-crossingWhen an opponent declares, “I will not come over to your side,” I calmly say, “Your child belongs to us already…What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community.”

Adolf Hitler, on Public Education, speech in November 1933

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2009 in Politics

 

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Majority Rule <- P.J. O'Rourke


1sausage_pepperoni_med_cczoomImagine if all of life were determined by majority rule.

  • Every meal would be a pizza.
  • Every pair of pants, even those in a Brooks Brothers suit, would be stone-washed denim.
  • Celebrity diet and exercise books would be the only thing on the shelves at the library.
  • And – since women are a majority of the population- we’d all be married to Mel Gibson.

P.J.O’Rourke, Parliament of Whores (1991)

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The Tyranny of the Majority, vs the Unanimity of Liberty

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2009 in Humor, Politics

 

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Capitalism is Unanimity


friedmanThe political principle that underlies the market mechanism is unanimity. In an ideal free market resting on private property, no individual can coerce any other, all cooperation is voluntary, all parties to such cooperation benefit or they need not participate.

— Milton Friedman, The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase its Profits, The New York Times Magazine

But Now You Know

The Tyranny of the Majority, vs the Unanimity of Liberty

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2009 in Politics

 

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Congress vs. the Bill of Rights


bill-of-rights-01Can any of you seriously say the Bill of Rights could get through Congress today?
It wouldn’t even get out of committee.
– F. Lee Bailey, Newsweek, 17 April 1967
 
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Posted by on August 27, 2009 in Politics

 

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Proactive Government <- I Ching


shaolinThe government that seems the most unwise,
Oft goodness to the people best supplies;
That which is meddling, touching everything,
Will work but ill, and disappointment bring.
– Tao Te Ching

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2009 in Foreign Policy, Politics

 

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Climate Bogeyman


going-green-bad-environmentGreenpeace fund-raisers on the subject of global warming are not much different than tribal wizards on the subject of lunar eclipses. “Oh no, the Night Wolf is eating the Moon Virgin. Give me some silver and I’ll make him spit her out.”

– P.J.O’RourkeAll the Trouble in the World

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2009 in environment, Politics

 

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