Economic power is exercised by means of a positive, by offering men a reward, an incentive, a payment, a value; political power is exercised by means of a negative, by the threat of punishment, injury, imprisonment, destruction. The businessmans tool is values; the bureaucrats tool is fear.
Money is the barometer of a societys virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion--when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing--when you see that money is flowing to those that deal, not in goods, but in favors--when you see that men get richer by graft and pull tan by work, and yoru laws dont protect you against them, but protect them against you--when you see corruption being rewarded and honestly becoming self-sacrifice--you may know that your society is doomed.
Just as Wilson, a liberal reformer, led the United States into World War I to make the world safe for democracy--so Franklin D. Roosevelt, another liberal reformer, led it into World War II, in the name of the Four Freedoms. In both cases
Businessmen who ask for tariffs, quotas, and other barriers to free entry and competition cannot logically criticize strikers who threaten or use force to keep others from jobs the strikers have vacated. The latter claim ownership of those jobs, whereas, protectionists among businessmen claim the ownership of customers and their trade. There is no difference in principle; coercion is employed in either case. Each restricts our freedom to exchange goods and services.
The advancement of freedom is not a matter of who wields political power over creative actions; rather, it depends upon the disassembling of such power.
To live on loot appears to be no further removed from evil than to take the loot.
There is really nothing that can be done except by an individual. Only individuals can learn. Only individuals can think creatively. Only individuals can cooperate. Only individuals can combat statism.
. . . statism is but socialized dishonesty; it is feathering the nests of some with feathers coercively plucked from others--on the grand scale. There is no moral difference between the act of a pickpocket and the progressive income tax or any other social program.
Does any able adult person in need really benefit by living on the confiscated income of others? Does this ever improve his character or his mental and physical faculties? His Growth? Does anyone ever benefit by the removal of self-responsibility?
No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life well ever see on this earth.
. . . I am poor and naked, but I am the chief of the nation. We do not want riches but we do want to train our children right. Riches would do us no good. We could not take them with us to the other world. We do not want riches. We want peace and love.
In 1868, men came out and brought papers. We could not read them and they did not tell us truly what was in them. We thought the treaty was to remove the forts and for us to cease from fighting. But they wanted to send us traders on the Missouri, but we wanted traders where we were. When I reached Washington, the Great Father explained to me that the interpreters had deceived me. All I want is right and just.
One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation.
One, with God, is always a majority, but many a martyr has been burned at the stake while the votes were being counted.
A statesman is a successful politician who is dead.
It is just as much a matter of chance that I am still alive as that I might have been hit. In a bomb-proof dug-out I may be smashed to atoms and in the open may survive ten hour's bombardment unscratched. No soldier outlives a thousand chances. But every soldier believes in Chance and trusts his luck. [from All Quiet on the Western Front]
We see men living with their skulls blown open; we see soldiers run with their two feet cut off, they stagger on their splintered stumps into the next shell-hole; a lance corporal crawls a mile and half on his hands dragging his smashed knee after him; another goes to the dressing station and over his clasped hands bulge his intestines; we see men without mouths, without jaws, without faces; we find one man who has held the artery of his arm in his teeth for two hours in order not to bleed to death. [from All Quiet on the Western Front]
To produce the wine in Portugal, might require only the labour of 80 men for one year, and to produce the cloth in the same country, might require the labour of 90 men for the same time. It would therefore be advantageous for her to export wine in exchange for cloth. This exchange might even take place, notwithstanding that the commodity imported by Portugal could be produced there with less labour than in England. Though she could make the cloth with the labour of 90 men, she would import it from a country where it required the labour of 100 men to produce it, because it would be advantageous to her rather to employ her capital in the production of wine, for which she would obtain more cloth from England, than she could produce by diverting a portion of her capital from the cultivation of vines to the manufacture of cloth.
We need a common enemy to unite us.
Lets take one thing at a time. Settlements will eventually be an issue. But I think we have to get the context right here. We need to end the terror, create a situation in which there is better security and no violence. [regarding Israeli/Palestinian conflict]
If Saddam Hussein is left in power doing the things he s doing now, he ll wreak havoc again. This is a threat that will emerge in a very great way. History is littered with cases where inaction has come back [to haunt people]. . . . An enormous threat looms on the horizon. As we go out to meet the challenge, dont hamper our efforts to disarm it. [August 15, 2002]
In the context of this ongoing war, it is extremely important to protect the sources and the methods and the information so that we can try and disrupt further attacks. . . . The problem is that this is an act that is not finished. It is ongoing. We are still fighting a war on terrorism. [regarding her opposition to an investigation of 9/11]
[Saddam Hussein is] an imminent threat to our existence.
No one could have conceived of planes as a weapon. . . . None of the White House staff nor the President had any idea this kind of threat existed. In retrospect, we now see that our intelligence community was well aware of the possibility. [while intelligence reports received earlier by the White House showed otherwise]
If you are going to sin, sin against God, not the bureaucracy. God will forgive you but the bureaucracy wont.
We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the New World Order.
Whatever the price of the Chinese Revolution, it has obviously succeeded not only in producing more efficient and dedicated administration, but also in fostering high morale and community of purpose. The social experiment in China under Chairman Mao's leadership is one of the most important and successful in human history.
I dont make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
Liberty doesnt work as well in practice as it does in speeches.
The only real diplomacy ever performed by a diplomat is in deceiving their own people after their dumbness has got them into a war.
If you ever injected truth into politics you have no politics.
The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has.
You shake a slogan at an American and its just like showing a hungry dog a bone.
I have a scheme for stopping war. Its this--no nation is allowed to enter a war till they have paid for the last one.
If all politicians fished instead of spoke publicly, we would be at peace with the world.
Politics is the best show in America. I love animals and I love politicians and I love to watch both of em play either back home in their native state or after they have been captured and sent to the zoo or to Washington.
If we ever pass out as a great nation we ought to put on our tombstone, America died from a delusion that she has moral leadership.
The budget is a mythical bean bag. Congress votes mythical bean into it, and then tries to reach in and pull real beans out.
Diplomats are just as essential in starting a war as soldiers are in finishing it.
The short memories of the American voters is what keeps our politicians in office.
It isnt enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isnt enough to believe in it. One must work at it.
Anyone who knows history, particularly the history of Europe, will, I think, recognize that the domination of education or of government by any one particular religious faith is never a happy arrangement for the people.
Hate and force cannot be in just a part of the world without having an effect on the rest of it.
The battle for the individual rights of women is one of long standing and none of us should countenance anything which undermines it.
When all is said and done, and statesmen discuss the future of the world, the fact remains that people fight these wars.
In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.
If I gave him [Stalin] everything I possibly can, and ask nothing of him in return, [then] noblesse oblige, he wont try to annex anything and will work with me for a world of peace and democracy.
[John] Flynn should be barred hereafter from the columns of any presentable daily paper, monthly magazine or national quarterly, such as the Yale Review. [for Flynns critical writings against FDR]
[The Great Depression is] a crisis in our national life comparable to war.
No triumph of peace can equal the armed triumph of war. . . . In strict confidence . . . I should welcome almost any war, for I think this country needs one.
Of course, our whole national history has been one of expansion. . . . That the barbarians recede or are conquered, with the attendant fact that peace follows their retrogression or conquest, is due solely to the power of the mighty civilized races which have not lost the fighting instinct, and which by their expansion are gradually bringing peace into the red wastes where the barbarian peoples of the world hold sway.
It it becomes necessary to intervene I intend to establish a precedent for good by refusing to wait for a long wrangle in Congress. You know as well as I do that it is for . . . the enormous interest of this Government to strengthen and give independence to the Executive in dealing with foreign powers, for a legislative body, because of its very good qualities in domestic matters, is not well fitted for shaping foeign policy on occasions when instant action is demanded. Therefore, the important thing to do is for a president who is willing to accept responsibility to establish precedents which successors may follow even if they are unwilliung to take the initiative themselves.
...When compared with the suppression of anarchy every other question sinks into insignificance. The anarchist is the enemy of humanity, the enemy of all mankind, and his is a deeper degree of criminality than any other. No immigrant is allowed to come to our shores if he is an anarchist; and no paper published here or abroad should be permitted circulation in this country if it propagates anarchist opinions. [Message to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary Regarding Transmission Through the Mails of Anarchistic Publications, April 9, 1908]
Even to be defeated in war may be far better than not to have fought.
The Americans of 1776 were among the first men in modern society to defend rather than to seek an open society and constitutional liberty. . . . Perhaps the most remarkable characteristic of this political theory sits in its deep-seated conservatism. However radical the principles of the Revolution may have seemed to the rest of the world, in the minds of the colonists they were thoroughly preservative and respectful of the past.
Dictatorship played a decisive role in the Norths successful effort to maintain the Union by force of arms [in the U.S. Civil War]. . . . one man was the government of the United States. . . . Lincoln was a great dictator. . . . This great constitutional dictator was self-appointed.
On the free market, it is a happy fact that the maximization of the wealth of one person or group redounds to the benefit of all; but in the political realm, the realm of the State, a maximization of income and wealth can only accrue parasitically to the State and its rulers at the expense of the rest of society.
If government can find ways to engage in counterfeiting--the creation of money out of thin air--it can quickly produce its own money without taking the trouble to sell services. It can appropriate resources slyly and almost unnoticed, without rousing the hostility touched off by taxation. In fact, counterfeiting can create in its very victims the blissful illusion of unparalleled prosperity. Counterfeiting is another name for inflation. And now we see why governments are inherently inflationary: because inflation is a powerful and subtle means for government acquisition of the publics resources, a painless and all the more dangerous form of taxation.
The glory of the human race is the uniqueness of each individual, the fact that every person, though similar in many ways to others, possesses a completely individualated personality of his own. It is the fact of each persons uniqueness . . . that makes us care whether he lives or dies, whether he is happy or oppressed. . . It is the fact that these unique personalities need freedom for their full development that constitutes one of the major arguments for a free society.
Mercantilism, which reached its height in the Europe of the seventeenth and eighteeenth centuries, was a system of statism which employed economic fallacy to build up a structure of imperial state power, as well as special subsidy and monopolistic privilege to individuals or groups favored by the state.
Man was born free, and everywhere he is in chains.
Concentrated political power is the most dangerous thing on earth.
The more power a government has the more it can act arbitrarily according to the whims and desires of the elite, and the more it will make war on others and murder its foreign and domestic subjects. The more constrained the power of governments, the more power is diffused, checked, and balanced, the less it will aggress on others and commit democide.
[During the 20th century] . . . 170 million men, women, and children have been shot, beaten, tortured, knifed, burned, starved, frozen, crushed, or worked to death; buried alive, drowned, hung, bombed, or killed in any other of the myriad ways governments have inflicted death on unarmed, helpless citizens and foreigners.
The fundamental difference between the liberal and the illiberal outlook is that the former regards all questions as open to discussion and all opinions as open to a greater or lesser measure of doubt, while the latter holds in advance that certain opinions are absolutely unquestionable, and that no argument against them must be allowed to be heard. What is curious about this position is the belief that if impartial investigation were permitted it would lead men to the wrong conclusion, and that ignorance is, therefore, the only safeguard against terror. This point of view cannot be accepted by any man who wishes reason rather than prejudice to govern human action.
Against the vast majority of my countrymen, even at this moment, in the name of humanity and civilization, I protest against our share in the destruction of Germany. A month ago Europe was a peaceful comity of nations; if an Englishman killed a German, he was hanged. Now, if an Englishman kills a German, or if a German kills an Englishman, he is a patriot, who has deserved well of his country. [1914 on World War I]
And all this madness, all this rage, all this flaming death of our civilization and our hopes, has been brought about because a set of official gentlemen, living luxurious lives, mostly stupid, and all without imagination or heart, have chosen that it should occur rather than that any one of them should suffer some infinitesimal rebuff to his country`s pride. [1914 on World War I]
At all times, except when a monarch could enforce his will, war has been facilitated by the fact that vigorous males, confident of victory, enjoyed it, while their females admired them for their prowess.