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Freedom 
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a collection of amusing, 
fascinating, insightful, or 
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OBSERVATIONS ON 
BUSYBODIES AND CONTROL FREAKS
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"Clintonians don't mind if price controls cause shortages of health care.  In fact, they welcome the prospect, because then they can impose rationing; they can impose priorities, and tell everyone how much of what kind of medical care they can have.  And besides, ... there's that deeply satisfying rush of power.  We should know by now that reasoned arguments by economists or disillusioned ex-controllers are not going to stop them ..." -- Murray Rothbard, HERE
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busy-bodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." -- C.S. Lewis. 
"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." -- Thomas Jefferson
"A lot of what is called 'public service' consists of making hoops for other people to jump through. It is a great career for those who cannot feel fulfilled unless they are telling other people what to do." -- Thomas Sowell
"Government, when it is examined, turns out to be nothing more nor less than a group of fallible men with the political force to act as though they were infallible." -- Robert LeFevre, Aggression is Wrong, 1963
"People constantly speak of  'the government' doing this or that, as they might speak of God doing it. But the government is really nothing but a group of men, and usually they are very inferior men." -- H.L. Mencken 
"Those who complain the most about the quality of the people in power are the ones who put all that power there in the first place.  Well, what kind of people did they expect it all to attract, anyway?" -- Rick Gaber
"We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force. " -- Ayn Rand in "The Nature of Government"
"When Oregon imposed a limit of 36 percent annual interest on what a finance company could charge, that meant charging less than $1.50 for a hundred dollar loan for a couple of weeks. A dollar and a half would probably not even cover the cost of processing the loan, much less the risks of default.

"Not surprisingly, most of the small finance companies making payday loans in Oregon went out of business. But there are no statistics on how many low-income people turned to loan sharks or had their electricity cut off or had to do without their medicine.

"This is just one of the many ways in which self-righteous busybodies leave havoc in their wake, while going away feeling noble." -- Dr. Thomas Sowell

"So the entitlement that hard-working Americans can claim to the fruits of their labors requires being 'justified' on the grounds of incentives? How about 'justifying' it on the grounds of freedom? ... I am most assuredly not concerned with the happiness it gives Brad DeLong to appoint himself the arbiter of everyone else's happiness, and to imagine the thrill of the power that would come with deciding how everything should be distributed to maximize that happiness. Let DeLong create something of value for once in his life, and let him be in charge of distributing that." -- Don Luskin, HERE

"A lot of people out there pay good lip service to the idea of personal freedom … right up to the point that someone tries to do something that they don't personally approve of." -- Neal Boortz

"Many of our fellow citizens no longer have the tolerant souls and morals of free men and women. They have the souls and morals of busybodies and petty tyrants who want to run their neighbors' lives." -- Edward L. Hudgins

"Must be a yearning deep in human heart to stop other people from doing as they please. Rules, laws - always for other fellow." -- Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

"Freedom requires tolerance of foolishness. ... Without this tolerance for the freedom of others, no one's freedoms are secure." -- Dr. Donald J. Boudreaux

"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

"There is no greater stupidity or meanness than to take uniformity for an ideal.'' -- George Santayana, The Life of Reason

"The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedom." -- Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglaas

"They conferred, as against the Government, the right to be let alone--the most prehensive of rights and the right most valued by civilized men." -- Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis (OOlmmstead v. U.S.)

"Looking at history in general, I am simply amazed at how many people just cannot leave other people alone." -- Thomas Sowell to Walter E. Williams, April 2, 2004

"What is it about control freaks that makes them so obsessed about butting into your life and planning it all for you whether you like it or not?" -- Bert Rand

"He who joyfully marches in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice." -- Albert Einstein

"If you support the war on drugs in its present form, then you're only paying lip-service to the defense of freedom, and you don't really grasp the concept of the sovereign individual human being." -- Neal Boortz

"The Constitutional right to free association means that you can hang out with only left-handed Cajuns if you want to. More people need to stand up to self-righteous busybodies who try to tell everybody else how to live." -- Dr. Thomas Sowell

"There is nothing to take a man's freedom away from him, save other men.  To be free, a man must be free of his brothers." -- Ayn Rand

"The right to be let alone is the underlying principle of the Constitution's Bill of Rights." -- Erwin N. Griswold

"When your response to everything that is wrong with the world is to say, 'there ought to be a law,' you are saying that you hold freedom very cheap." -- Thomas Sowell

"Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom." -- Ludwig von Mises

"Ego trips by coteries of self-exalting people are treated in the media as idealism, rather than the petty tyranny it is." -- Thomas Sowell

"A man on his owns knows that he is best advised to leave his dumbbell neighbors alone. But let him join a political party, and he fantasizes that he has the right and the power to tell everyone on the block what to do." -- Bill Bonner

"People used to complain about 'the idle rich.' But the idle rich did not do the kind of harm being done by today's busybody rich, who feed their own egos by bankrolling political crusades on the left which hurt the very people that the left claims to care about -- working people, minorities, and children." -- Thomas Sowell

"Think about it: What the busybodies are saying is that third parties like themselves -- who are paying nothing to anybody -- should be determining how much somebody else should be paying those who work for them." -- Thomas Sowell

"Ambiguously-worded laws can be used against the innocent any time." -- Greg Perry

"You have to ask yourself, 'Who owns me? Do I own myself or am I just another piece of government property?' " -- Neal Boortz

"The crucial distinction between systems...was no longer ideological.  The main political difference was between those who did, and those who did not, believe that the citizen could -- or should -- be the property of the state." -- Adam Michnik in Letters to a Young Contrarian by Christopher Hitchens

"In principle, there are only two fundamental political viewpoints.  That is, two contradictory ends of the 'political spectrum.'  Those two principles are freedom and slavery." -- Mark Da Cunha

"We’re dealing with the oldest political error: the belief that because everyone wants something, government should or must provide it.  If the error is pervasive, the result is the total state.  If it is completely uprooted, the result is the purely free society." -- Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

"The majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime, abuses its strength, and by acting on the law of the strongest breaks up the foundations of society." -- Thomas Jefferson

"There can be no such thing, in law or in morality, as actions forbidden to an individual, but permitted to a mob." -- Ayn Rand

"It is strangely absurd to suppose that a million of human beings, collected together, are not under the same moral laws which bind each of them separately." -- Thomas Jefferson

"We hold that what one man cannot morally do, a million men cannot morally do, and government, representing many millions of men, cannot do." -- Auberon Herbert

"The people cannot delegate to government the power to do anything which would be unlawful for them to do themselves." -- John Locke

"Abuse of power isn't limited to bad guys in other nations. It happens in our own country if we're not vigilant." -- Clint Eastwood in an essay he wrote for the January 12, 1997 issue of Parade Magazine

"When given power over others, some human beings (including women) will abuse that power in sickening ways.  This is a fact of life." -- Cathy Young

"It's important to realize that whenever you give power to politicians or bureaucrats, it will be used for what they want, not for what you want." -- Harry Browne

"Bureaucrats like to say, you will go to this school, because we said so, and you will be taught according to this program, because we said so and we know best.  Those of us with confidence in markets think you could do better deciding for yourself. Neither the bureaucrats nor the freedom lovers can judge what's in your interest better than you can.  One big difference is, we know what we don't know, while they think they know everything." -- John Stossel

"Remember those kids in school you really hated?  You know the ones, the hall monitors, the classroom snitches, the teacher suck-ups?  Well, those are the kids who grow up to be our politicians and bureaucrats and regulators.  They are the freedom haters.  They are the ones who insist that everyone must have a license or permit or pass or certificate or badge or prescription or degree or Real ID card issued by them before you can do anything." -- Garry Reed

"The authority of government ... can have no pure right over my person and my property but what I concede to it." -- Henry David Thoreau

"The policy of seeking values from human beings by means of force, when practiced by an individual, is called crime. When practiced by a government, it is called statism ... ." -- Nathaniel Branden HERE

"The trick, of course, is that doing nothing in the public policy world allows much more to be done in the real world." -- Thomas Hazlett

"People would be better served if the government just left them alone." -- California Assemblyman Ray Haynes

"I wish that some way could be found to add up all the staggering costs imposed on millions of ordinary people, just so a relative handful of self-righteous environmental cultists can go around feeling puffed up with themselves." -- Dr. Thomas Sowell 

"The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule."
         -- H. L. Mencken 

"This right to life, this right to liberty, and this right to pursue one’s happiness is unabashedly individualistic, without in the slightest denying at the same time our thoroughly social nature.   It’s only that our social relations, while vital to us all, must be chosen -­ that is what makes the crucciaal difference." -- Prof. Tibor R. Machan

"In matters of principle, stand like a rock." -- Thomas Jefferson

Check out the ControlFreak-vs-Live&LetLiver Quizzes HERE and HERE.
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If you're a non-productive busybody who sees that his days as a professional control freak or thieving politician are numbered due to the success of free minds and free markets, how do you go about destroying that success on a global scale while looking virtuous rather than evil? ? Well, here's one way.
 
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