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Tolkien, on Government


"My political opinions lean more and more to Anarchy (philosophically understood, meaning abolition of control not whiskered men with bombs) – or to ‘unconstitutional’ Monarchy. "I would arrest anybody who uses the word State (in any sense other than the inanimate realm of England and its inhabitants, a thing that has neither power, rights nor mind); and after a chance of recantation, execute them if they remained obstinate! If we could get back to personal names, it would do a lot of good. "Government is an abstract noun meaning the art and process of governing and it should be an offence to write it with a capital G or so as to refer to people. If people were in the habit of referring to ‘King George’s council, Winston and his gang’, it would go a long way to clearing thought, and reducing the frightful landslide into Theyocracy. "Anyway the proper study of Man is anything but Man; and the most improper job of any man, even saints (who at any rate were at least unwilling to take it on), is bossing other men. Not one in a million is fit for it, and least of all those who seek the opportunity. And at least it is done only to a small group of men who know who their master is." — From a letter to Christopher Tolkien [from his father J.R.R. Tolkien] 29 November 1943 https://peacerequiresanarchy.wordpress.com/2012/09/21/the-letters-of-jrr-tolkien/

“My political opinions lean more and more to Anarchy (philosophically understood, meaning abolition of control not whiskered men with bombs) – or to ‘unconstitutional’ Monarchy. “I would arrest anybody who uses the word State (in any sense other than the inanimate realm of England and its inhabitants, a thing that has neither power, rights nor mind); and after a chance of recantation, execute them if they remained obstinate! If we could get back to personal names, it would do a lot of good. “Government is an abstract noun meaning the art and process of governing and it should be an offence to write it with a capital G or so as to refer to people. If people were in the habit of referring to ‘King George’s council, Winston and his gang’, it would go a long way to clearing thought, and reducing the frightful landslide into Theyocracy. “Anyway the proper study of Man is anything but Man; and the most improper job of any man, even saints (who at any rate were at least unwilling to take it on), is bossing other men. Not one in a million is fit for it, and least of all those who seek the opportunity. And at least it is done only to a small group of men who know who their master is.” — From a letter to Christopher Tolkien [from his father J.R.R. Tolkien] 29 November 1943 https://peacerequiresanarchy.wordpress.com/2012/09/21/the-letters-of-jrr-tolkien/

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Posted by on January 8, 2019 in Philosophy, Politics, society

 

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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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