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   "Congressman Frank and Senator Dodd wanted the government to push financial institutions to lend to people they would not lend to otherwise, because of the risk of default.
   "The idea that politicians can assess risks better than people who have spent their whole careers assessing risks should have been so obviously absurd that no one would take it seriously."
  -- Dr. Thomas Sowell, Professor Emeritus, Economics, Stanford University, HERE
"The [Obama] administration's central activity--the political
allocation of wealth and opportunity -- is not merely
susceptible to corruption, it IS corruption."
[emphasis added] - George Will, HERE
"In capitalism wealth is created faster than it's consumed; in socialism it's the other way around." -- Rick Gaber
"Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people’s money."
- Margaret Thatcher
"Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm."
- James Madison
"The problem with politics isn't the money; it's the power." -- Harry Browne
"Concentrated power is not rendered harmless by the good intentions of those who create it." -- Dr. Milton Friedman
"The problem is government. Power attracts sociopathic personalities." - Ron Paul
"Force always attracts men of low morality."-Albert Einstein
In government, the scum rises to the top." -F. A. Hayek
Authority has always attracted the lowest elements in the human race. All through history mankind has been bullied by scum. - P.J. O'Rourke
"Overreaction is one of the things that congress specializes in.  I can't think of anything congress does better than overreact."
- Fred Barnes, 3-9-07
"Congress does two things well: nothing and overreacting." -- Rep. Mike Oxley
"Sarbanes-Oxley has got to be one of the best examples of the worst kind of overreaction Congress has ever perpetrated." -- Rick Gaber
"I have come to believe that politicians are in the business of 'marketing' their product to the public, by exaggerating threats and over-selling government solutions." -- Arnold Kling
"To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical."  – Thomas Jefferson
"There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him."  -- Robert Anson Heinlein
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"Multiculturalism is based on the lie that all cultures are morally equal." --Michael Barone
"Multiculturalism is social poison. Toleration of intolerance isn't sophistication.  It's suicide." --Jack Kelly
“Civilizations die from suicide, not murder”
-- Arnold Toynbee
"Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil." 
-- Thomas Mann
"Tolerance of intolerance is cowardice."
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
"Indiscriminate tolerance and indiscriminate condemnation are not two opposites: they are two variants of the same evasion." - Ayn Rand

"We should claim that any movement preaching intolerance places itself outside the law, and we should consider incitement to intolerance and persecution as criminal, in the same way as we should consider incitement to murder, or to kidnapping, or to the revival of the slave trade, as criminal." 
-- Karl Popper, The Open Society and Its Enemies
"A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the high duties of a good citizen, but it is not the highest.  The laws of necessity, of self- preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation.  To lose our country by a scrupulous adherence to written law would be to lose the law itself, with life, liberty, property, and all those who are enjoying them with us; thus absurdly sacrificing the end to the means." -- Thomas Jefferson to John Colvin, 1810
"If you hate my guts and have designs to hurt me, and I see you building a cannon aimed at my house, I am not going to wait for you to finish construction."
-- Walter E. Williams
"... when you see a rattlesnake poised to strike, you do not wait until he has struck before you crush him." -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt
"In religion and politics people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing." -- Autobiography of Mark Twain by Samuel Clemens
"All of us necessarily hold many casual opinions that are ludicrously wrong simply because life is far too short for us to think through even a small fraction of the topics that we come across." -- Julian Simon
"More frightening than any particular beliefs or policies is an utter lack of any sense of a need to test those beliefs and policies against hard evidence. Mistakes can be corrected by those who pay attention to facts ... dogmatism will not be corrected by those who are wedded to a vision." -- Thomas Sowell
"There seems to be no limit to which some men will go to avoid the labor of thinking. Thinking is hard work." -- Thomas Edison
"General notions are generally wrong."-- Lady Mary Wortley Montague (1689-1762) 
"Ignorance and arrogance are a lethal combination. Nowhere do we see that more clearly than among writers and performers who pontificate as historians when they know nothing about history." -- Victor Davis Hanson
"Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so." -- Douglas Adams
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." ~ George Santayana, The Life of Reason
"There is always an easy solution to every human problem -- neat, plausible and wrong." -- H. L. Mencken 
"He who refuses to do arithmetic is doomed to talk nonsense." -- John McCarthy
"It is amazing how many people think that they can answer an argument by attributing bad motives to those who disagree with them. Using this kind of reasoning, you can believe or not believe anything about anything, without having to bother to deal with facts or logic." - Thomas Sowell
"When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." -- Socrates
"Disagree with someone’s policies all you want. But I’ve never understood the need to make it personal. When you stoop to the level of personal attacks, you lose. Immediately. And you show the world that you can’t handle a policy debate." - Jedediah Bila
[Personal attacks are] "the sure sign of a losing argument." - Dr. Richard Amerling
"Thought that is silenced is always rebellious. Majorities, of course, are often mistaken. This is why the silencing of minorities is necessarily dangerous. Criticism and dissent are the indispensable antidote to major delusions." -- Alan Barth
"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
"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
"A man's admiration for absolute government is proportionate to the contempt he feels for those around him." -- Alexis de Tocqueville
"One byproduct of individualism is benevolence -- a general attitude of good will towards one's neighbors and fellow human beings. Benevolence is impossible in a society where people violate each others' rights." -- Glenn Woiceshyn
"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that, my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it." -- Dr. Adrian P. Rogers (September 12, 1931 - November 15, 2005) of Love Worth Finding Ministries, Pastor Emeritus of Bellevue Baptist Church.
"There is no greater stupidity or meanness than to take uniformity for an ideal.'' -- George Santayana, The Life of Reason
"It's amazing how much panic one honest man can spread among a multitude of hypocrites." -- Thomas Sowell
"There comes a point when a man must refuse to answer to his leader if he is also to answer to his own conscience." -- Lord Hartley William Shawcross
"If a law compels you to do evil, then you do in fact have a moral obligation to violate it." -- John Dobbins
"If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so."
- Thomas Jefferson

"Every actual state is corrupt. Good men must not obey laws too well." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Question authority." -- Tim Lynch
"If you lack the iron and the fizz to take control of your own life, then the gods will repay your weakness by having a grin or two at your expense.  Should you fail to pilot your own ship, don't be surprised at what inappropriate port you find yourself docked." -- Tom Robbins
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work." -- Thomas Edison
"One of the most crucial but hardest things to do as part of turning your life around is to get rid of all the negative people around you and replace them with people who encourage you instead." -- Neal Boortz
"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great." -- Mark Twain
"A good plan executed today is better than a perfect plan executed at some indefinite point in the future." -- Gen. George S. Patton
"Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.  For boldness has genius, power and magic in it." -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 
"If you don't have a goal that's anchored in your heart, then you're going to give up." -- Craig Miller
"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent." -- Israel Regardie
 “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.” -- Henry Ford
“Never be frightened by those you assume have more talent than you do, because in the end energy will prevail. My formula is: energy plus talent and you are a king; energy and no talent and you are still a prince; talent and no energy and you are a pauper.” -- Jeffrey Archer
"It's hard to beat a person who never gives up" -- Babe Ruth
"Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration." -- Thomas Alva Edison, Harper's Monthly,< September 1931
"Contrary to popular belief, people who deliberately go out to buy political influence are vastly outnumbered by people who are sold political influence by creative or desperate politicians." -- Rick Gaber
"I don't think it's bribery; I think it's extortion.  Bribery, you know, is when the person that's giving the money does it voluntarily.  What it is in Washington is extortion because they all ask for the money." -- Sen. John McCain 
"The problem with politics isn't the money; it's the power." -- Harry Browne
"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
"What the government is good at is collecting taxes, taking away your freedoms and killing people.  It's not good at much else." -- Tom Clancy on Kudlow and Cramer 9/2/03
"The Left/Right scale is a misleading way of comparing political systems. It doesn't measure anything." -- Marshall Fritz
"You and I are told we must choose between a left or right, but I suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down. Up to man's age-old dream -- the maximum of individual freedom consistent with order -- or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism.  Regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would sacrifice freedom for security have embarked on this downward path. Plutarch warned, 'The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits.' " -- Ronald Reagan 10-27-64
"Notice how some people even try to put socialists on the 'left' and fascists on the 'right' ... and then trap you into accepting the bizarre and evil notion that freedom is somehow a 'compromise' between, or a combination of, two allegedly 'opposite' collectivist extremes.  This, of course, is absurd on its face, and actually leaves limited-government advocacy and the essence of freedom totally off the chart out of the picture. " -- Rick Gaber
"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
"Just as any moron can destroy a priceless Ming vase, so the shallow and ill-educated people who run our schools can undermine and destroy from within a great civilization that took centuries of dedicated effort to create and maintain." -- Dr. Thomas Sowell
"Some writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins ... Society is in every state a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one." -- Thomas Paine, Common Sense
"There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness." -- The Dalai Lama
"Compassion comes from the heart, not the government." -- Edward Britton
"People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." -- Clara McDermott
"Even if you're ugly as sin, if you truly radiate kindness, love and happiness, then everyone loves you back." -- Rick Gaber
"No 'middle class' worth the name aspires to economic benefits without bothering to acquire the skills to produce the wealth to make those benefits sustainable." -- Holman Jenkins
“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.  Liberty is a well- armed lamb contesting the vote.” -- Ben Franklin
“Democracy is the most vile form of government... democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention... incompatible with personal security or the rights of property.” -- James Madison
"In the United States ... what officeholders could do was not up to the majority. An overarching set of rules set limits. That set of rules was the Constitution, which is nothing if not a constraint on the majority." -- Sheldon Richman
"You may not like rich people, but when was the last time a poor person gave you a job?" -- Gene Simmons
"I'd rather work for a happy rich person than a miserable poor person any day." -- Randy Richards
"Taxes on INCOME hurt those still TRYING to get rich, NOT the ALREADY-rich." -- Rick Gaber
"I have nothing against rich people. In fact, I've been struggling most of my life to join them." --  Walter E. Williams
 “The contest between capitalism and socialism is over: capitalism has won." -- socialist economist Robert Heilbroner
"To get rich is glorious." -- Deng Xiaoping, former "Communist" leader, Peoples' Republic of China
"Wealth is good ...wealth is not a world-wide round-robin of purse snatching, and ...the thing that makes you rich doesn't make me poor. ...Wealth is based on productivity, and productivity is expandable. In fact, productivity is fabulously expandable." -- P.J. O'Rourke in Eat the Rich
“The most important single central fact about a free market is that no exchange takes place unless both parties benefit.” -Dr. Milton Friedman
"The meaning ascribed in popular usage to the word 'selfishness' is not merely wrong: it represents a devastating intellectual 'package-deal,' which is responsible, more than any other single factor, for the arrested moral development of mankind." -- Ayn Rand
"Question altruism." -- Gregory Gerig
"Money dissolves skin colour on contact. The fact that Silicon Valley, the freest market in the world, has produced the United Colours of Geek proves it." -- Dan Gardner
"In commerce the only color people care about is green." - Bert Rand
Racism negates two aspects of man’s life: reason and choice, or mind and morality, replacing them with chemical predestination. ... A genius is a genius, regardless of the number of morons who belong to the same race -- and a moron is a moron, regardless of the number of geniuses who share his racial origin.” -- Ayn Rand
"On the Internet, people on the tails of the bell curve can find one another." -- Virginia Postrel
"The brutal truth is that neither Britain or any other part of the West can stand if America falls - there is not, and can not be, any Plan B." -- Paul Marks
"Having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged by better information, or fuller consideration, to change opinions even on important subjects, which I once thought right, but found to be otherwise." -- Benjamin Franklin
"If you would not be forgotten, As soon as you are dead and rotten, Either write things worth reading, Or do things worth writing."-- Benjamin Franklin
"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." -- Ben Franklin

"Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Liberty"
"Do what is right because it is right."- Chiune Sugihara
"Do right and damn the consequences." -- Sam Houston
"Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing 
... after they have exhausted all other possibilities."
-- Winston Churchill
"Damn the torpedoes, Full speed ahead!" -- Admiral David Farragut
"Shift your fat ass, Henry, but slowly, or you'll swamp the damn boat!"
-- Gen. George Washington to obese artillery commander Col. Henry Knox,
about to cross the Delaware to surprise the Hessians and British late at night.
Word of Washington's order to Knox spread among the troops, cheering and 
warming them that frigid night before the Battle of Trenton, the war's turning-point.
"May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't."-- Gen. George S. Patton
"I think every good Christian ought to kick Falwell right in the ass." -- Barry Goldwater
"The greater the obstacle, the more the glory in overcoming it." -- Moliere
"Never send a human to do a robot's job." -- Gentry Lee, Chief Engineer, Interplanetary Flight, JPL
"A man can never have too much red wine, too many books, or too much ammunition." -- Rudyard Kipling
"I'd rather have a German division in front of me than a French division behind me." --  Gen. George S. Patton
"Going to war without France is like going deer hunting without your accordion." -- Jed Babbin & Don Rumsfeld
"It is capitalist America that produced the modern independent woman. Never in history have women had more freedom 
of choice in regard to dress, behavior, career, and sexual orientation." -- Camille Paglia
"I hold it to be the inalienable right of anybody to go to hell in his own way." -- Robert Frost
"We looked like a normal couple." -- President George W. Bush describing himself and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice
en route to the airport before their first Baghdad trip together
"Anyone who has spent any time mentoring or working with poor families is familar with the maddening sensation of watching someone you care about make a devastating decision that no middle class person in their right mind would ever assent to." -- Jane Galt
"In this society, rationality wins out, progress happens, and problems do have solutions." -- Robert Bartley, 1937-2003
"A Diogenesian search for an honest person would rarely lead to the author of a memoir." -- Tony Blankley
"In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations."
-- The Great Law of the Iroquois Confederacy
"Everything you learn you will teach.  So practice applying ever-greater clarity." -- Rick Gaber
Ludlow's Prayer: "Save me, oh God, from people who have no sense of humor."-- Ludlow Porch
 "Death and taxes may be inevitable, but being taxed to death is not inevitable." -- Howard Jarvis
"Everyone is entitled to his own opinion but not his own facts." -- Daniel Patrick Moynihan
"Never give in -- never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never 
give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.  Never yield  to force; 
never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. 
-- Sir Winston Churchill, Speech, 1941
"An investor risks 100% of [his] money in the hopes of receiving a 10% gain. 
A speculator risks just 10% in anticipation of earning 100%." -- Doug Casey
"The power to tax involves the power to destroy."- Chief Justice John Marshall
"Distrust of authority should be the first civic duty."-- Norman Douglas
"Taxes always discourage the taxable activity." -- Curt Leonard
"Talk is cheap. Supply exceeds Demand." -- Bill Goffe
"Freedom isn't for wimps." -- Neal Boortz
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"Occam's Razor": translated variously as "What can be explained on fewer principles is explained needlessly by more,"
"What can be done with fewer assumptions is done in vain with more," "The simplest explanation is usually the right explanation," and "Occam's Razor [is] the scientific principle that explanations should be concise and literal."-- Robert Hessen.  Actually, what William of Ockham (1288-1347) wrote was in Latin, "Pluralitas non est ponenda sine neccesitate," or "plurality should not be posited without necessity."
"'So and so is only saying that because he was paid to say that' is usually NOT the simplest explanation for someone's political advocacy except in reference to a politician advancing a local interest from his own constituency.  The simplest explanation for any other political advocacy is that, if someone is paying to support it, it's because he's found an advocate who already passionately agrees with him.  The simplest explanation for FOCUSING on whether someone is paid or not is usually a sign of an inability to counter his arguments." -- R.Gaber

"Global Warming is questionable. ... Are things warmer than they were a few years ago? Yes. But... WHY? That's the real question. There is also global warming on Mars, Jupiter, and Titan. Did SUV's cause that as well? Are Martians using fossil fuels? Or are we looking at a solar event over which we have zero control? I personally think we're looking at a normal solar cycle. Things warm up and cool down when you look at the long term climate history. We STILL aren't anywhere near as warm as we were during the Medieval Warm Period!" --Reese, aka "Mamapajamas"
"The GOP has as much commitment to small government as the Democratic Party has to a strong national defense." -- John Dobbins
"But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought." -- Eric Blair, a.k.a. George Orwell
"If you think hiring a professional is expensive, wait till you hire an amateur."-- Red Adair
"If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free." -- P. J. O'Rourke
“Even a dog distinguishes between being stumbled over and being kicked.” -- Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes 
"Some environmentalists assert that 'species diversity" is beneficial to humans. Yet, environmentalists are among the staunchest opponents of genetic engineering, which has vast potential for creating new species.'  -- Glenn Woiceshyn
"The kind of man who wants the government to adopt and enforce his ideas is always the kind of man whose ideas are idiotic." -- H. L. Mencken
"Force always attracts men of low morality." -- Albert Einstein
"Whenever 'A' attempts by law to impose his moral standards upon 'B', 'A' is most likely a scoundrel." -- H.L. Mencken
"The greater the desire to perform humanitarian deeds through legislation, the greater the violence required to achieve it." -- Ron Paul
"It is easy to be conspicuously 'compassionate' if others are being forced to pay the cost." -- Murray N. Rothbard
"The point to remember is that what the government gives, it must first take away." -- John S. Coleman
"Jesus would never use government surrogates to force the people to 'help others'." -- Philip Freneau 
"Helping the poor through the government is like feeding the sparrows through cows" -- Walter Williams
"Every major horror of history was committed in the name of an altruistic motive." -- Ayn Rand
"A culture of entitlement without responsibility is not just a consequence of the welfare state, it is
pretty much the objective of the welfare state." -- Perry de Havilland

"Were we directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we would soon want bread." -- Thomas Jefferson
"If a government were put in charge of the Sahara Desert, within five years they’d have a shortage of sand." -- Dr. Milton Friedman
"Give a man the secure possession of bleak rock, and he will turn it into a garden; give him a nine years lease of a garden, and he will convert it to a desert... The magic of property turns sand into gold." -- Arthur Young, Travels, written in 1787. As he traveled, Young noticed stark differences between American and English land management practices.
"In the history of the world, no one has ever washed a rented car." -- Lawrence Summers
"No one talks about the real ethics disaster in Washington. It's that many members of Congress will listen to any argument against a bill except for two: that it's not moral or that it's not Constitutional." -- Rep. Ron Paul 
"Anyone may so arrange his affairs that his taxes shall be as low as possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which will best pay the Treasury; there is not even a patriotic duty to increase one's taxes." -- Justice Learned Hand
"Be wary of strong drink. It makes you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss." -- Robert A. Heinlein, The Notebooks of Lazarus Long
"The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedom." -- Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas
"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 (Olmstead 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
"Why doesn't everybody leave everybody else the hell alone?" -- Jimmy Durante
"I wonder why Senators would bother amending a document that they already ignore every day of the week.  Since when have Senators cared about what the Constitution says?" -- Anthony Gregory
"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed, and hence clamorous to be led to safety, by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." -- H.L. Mencken
"There is nothing quite so depressing as waking up to face a day when you know that you are going to have to deal with a government office or bureaucrat." -- Neal Boortz

"Feeling good about government is like looking on the bright side of any catastrophe. When you quit looking on the bright side, the catastrophe is still there."  -- P.J. O'Rourke 
"There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him."   -- Robert Heinlein
"Liberty is the sovereignty of the individual." -- Josiah Warren
"In matters of principle, stand like a rock."-- Thomas Jefferson
"If some among you fear taking a stand because you are afraid of reprisals from customers, clients,
or even government, recognize that you are just feeding the crocodile hoping he'll eat you last." -- Ronald Reagan
"Every human institution includes some more or less severe malpractice -- journalism ...
as well as medicine, education, athletics and, do not forget, politics." -- Prof. Tibor R. Machan
"It would be an absurdity for jurors to be required to accept the judge's view of the law,
against their own opinion, judgment, and conscience." -- John Adams
"Politeness and consideration for others is like investing pennies and getting dollars back." -- Thomas Sowell
"Be gracious on the way up, and be gracious on the way down." -- Eddy Arnold, to a young Vince Gill
"Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult
still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing in the tempting place." -- Benjamin Franklin
"He who dares not offend cannot be honest." -- Thomas Paine
"Just because someone hates America doesn't mean he has to have reasons."
"The fashionable idiocy that haters must have justifications is one
of those ideas that George Orwell said only an intellectual could believe --
because no one else could be such a fool." -- Dr. Thomas Sowell HERE.
   "One has to belong to the intelligentsia to believe things like that; no ordinary man could be such a fool." -- Eric Blair, aka George Orwell
"Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime." -- Adlai E. Stevenson

"An investor risks 100% of [his] money in the hopes of receiving a 10% gain.
A speculator risks just 10% in anticipation of earning 100%." -- Doug Casey

"Optimism pays." -- Robert Bartley
"Farming is a long-term crop-shoot" -- Paul Harvey
"Investors learn nothing and forget everything." -- Ben Graham
"You don't get an eagle by merging two turkeys." -- Tom Peters
“Life is tough.  It’s even tougher if you’re stupid.” -- John Wayne
"The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax".-- Albert Einstein
"A vote is 'wasted' when someone fails to vote their conscience." -- Jesse Ventura
"If you don't vote your conscience, how can you be sure you have one? -- Wirkman Virkkala
"If I'm only given a Democrat or a Republican to vote for, I leave that space blank." -- Gov. Jesse Ventura to Chris Matthews 11-5-2002
"Our bureaucrats are even more incompetent than the ones in Venezuela." -- Jim Rogers to Neil Cavuto 12-11-2002
"Ask not what your government can do for you.  Ask what your government can do to you." -- Doug Newman
"Everybody wants the government to 'do something!' until it does it to them." -- Rick Gaber
"Giving money and power to the government is like giving car keys and whisky to teenage boys." - P. J. O’Rourke
"No economy has ever failed from too much freedom. Only ever too much central planning." - Mark Antro
"The object and practice of liberty lies in the limitation of governmental power." -- Gen. Douglas MacArthur
"Politicians, like bombers, seldom see their victims..." -- Donald Boudreaux
 "When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary." -- Thomas Paine
"No one was ever made 'good' by being informed he or she was 'bad'." -- Nathaniel Branden
"Insanity is hereditary.  You get it from your kids." -- Bill Cosby
"I am always eager to learn, but frequently reluctant to be taught." -- Winston Churchill
"Frantic orthodoxy is never rooted in faith, but in doubt." -- Reinhold Niebuhr
"Nannyism is fascism with training wheels." -- R. L. Root
"There comes a time to join the side you're on." -- Midge Decter
"Never pay for the same ground twice" -- Gen. George S. Patton
"There is nothing normal about Hillary Clinton" -- Dick Morris
"Sprawl is beautiful." -- Doug Newman

 "I've been telling people for 12 years that if you want to get a nuclear device into the United States, just bring it through the port of Miami disguised as cocaine." -- Tom Clancy on Kudlow and Cramer, 9/2/03
"I do not mind saying I think they are taking a gamble." -- Red Sox owner Harry Frazee after selling Babe Ruth to the Yankees.
"Airplanes are interesting toys, but of no military value." -- Ferdinand Foch, French War College, 1911
"I have no political ambitions for myself or for my children."-- Joseph P. Kennedy, 1936
"No matter what happens, the U.S. Navy is not going to be caught napping." - Navy Secretary Frank Knox, Dec. 5, 19411
"This will be the most ethical administration in the history of the United States" - Bill Clinton
"You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him." - James D. Miles
 "Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted in important affairs." -- Albert Einstein
"I try to ONLY ridicule people who's efforts are sincere. Very little trouble has been caused in the world by insincere efforts. An
occasional seduction maybe. There were very few insincere Stalinists or Nazis." -- P.J. O'Rourke
"Doing nothing in the public policy world allows much more to be done in the real world."  -- Thomas Hazlett
"What chiefly distinguishes the daily press is its incurable fear of ideas, its constant effort to
evade the discussion of fundamentals by translating all issues into  a few elemental
fears, its incessant reduction of all reflection to mere emotion."-- H.L. Mencken
“There seems to be no limit to which some men will go to avoid the
labor of thinking…Thinking is hard work.” -- Thomas Alva Edison
"Religion is all-too-often a refuge for scoundrels." -- Neal Boortz
"Too much of a good thing is wonderful." -- Mae West
"Two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity,
and I am not sure about the former." -- Albert Einstein
"Common sense trumps everything." -- Jacqueline McLean


"To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying 'Amen' to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive."
-- Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895)

"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.  Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." -- Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

"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

"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

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

"The Golden Rules comes from REALITY.  Anyone with even a room-temperature IQ can size up people who get along and people who don't and see clearly what's right and what isn't.  Saying the Golden Rule derives only from religion or the supernatural cheapens it and relegates it to being an arbitrary matter of opinion." -- Rick Gaber

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." -- Lazarus Long in Time Enough For Love by Robert A. Heinlein

“Never argue with a man whose job depends on not being convinced.” -- H.L. Mencken

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it." -- Upton Sinclair

"[O]nce a state extends the franchise to every warm body, be he producer or parasite, that day marks the beginning of the end of the state. For when the plebs discover that they can vote themselves bread and circuses without limit and that the productive members of the body politic cannot stop them, they will do so, until the state bleeds to death, or in its weakened condition the state succumbs to an invader -- the barbarians enter Rome." -- Robert A. Heinlein

"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

"Sin lies only in hurting others unnecessarily. All other 'sins' are invented nonsense." -- Robert A. Heinlein

"[T]he most fundamental objection to draft registration is moral; [a] draft or draft registration destroys the very values that our society is committed to defending." and "[The draft] rests on the assumption that your kids belong to the state.... That assumption isn't a new one. The Nazis thought it was a great idea." -- Ronald Reagan

"The ultimate test of a belief in free speech should be whether it can be extended to people you hate." -- Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Ethics is not a mystic fantasy -- nor a social convention -- nor a dispensible, subjective luxury, to be switched or discarded in any emergency.  Ethics  is an objective, metaphysical necessity of man's survival -- not by the grace of the supernatural nor of your neighbors nor of your whims, but by the grace of reality and the nature of life." -- Ayn Rand

"[I wonder] if we actually find advanced life on another planet whether they'll be as obsessed with their own genitals as we are." -- Albert Brooks

"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

"People who are obsessed with what's legal usually have no concern about what's moral.  They care only about what they can or cannot 'get away with,' not about doing what's right and feeling good about it." -- Rick Gaber

"American history has proven when people live in freedom the vast majority of sovereign individuals believe in, and practice, the golden rule." -- Rick Gaber

"In small towns as well as large, good people outnumber bad people by 100 to 1.  In big towns the 100 are nervous.  But in small towns, it's the one." -- Paul Harvey

"There's nothing that does so much harm as good intentions." -- Dr. Milton Friedman, as interviewed in "Is America No. 1?" by John Stossel.

"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Benevolence in public institutions has a short half-life no matter how noble its original intentions." -- Richard A. Epstein, Principles for a Free Society

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

"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

"Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program." -- Dr. Milton Friedman, Nobel-Prize-winning economist.

"All government, in its essence, is organized exploitation, and in virtually all of its existing forms it is the implacable enemy of every industrious and well-disposed man." -- H. L. Mencken, The Impossible Mencken

"Why is it that any time government takes over something for a few years, it's assumed that people are too incompetent to do it for themselves?" -- Julian Sanchez

"If government had taken over the auto industry in 1920, today we'd all be driving Model-T cars -- and saying, 'If it weren't for the government, we'd have no cars at all.' " -- Harry Browne

"An individual who can rise above the social trends that sweep along his fellows so that he can observe their operation has an incalculable advantage over all those who do not." -- Robert R. Prechter, Jr.

"The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos." -- H. L. Mencken, 1919 

"In religion and politics people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing." -- Autobiography of Mark Twain by Samuel Clemens

"I appreciate how religion gives comfort to the sick, the worried, the depressed, the  anxious, the lonely. I also like how it gives people a sense of community when the Rotary Club falls down on the job.  I can't stand arrogant, self-righteous, unfeeling folks, especially militant atheists. But that doesn't mean I believe every God-damned thing in the Bible." -- Rick Gaber 

"You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the great struggle for independence." -- Charles Austin Beard (1874-1948)

"Posterity -- you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom.  I hope you will make good use of it." -- John Quincy Adams

"As a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights.  Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected.  No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions."  -- James Madison, National Gazzette, 1792

"The sacred rights of property are to be guarded at every point. I call them sacred, because, if they are unprotected, all other rights become worthless or visionary." -- Judge Joseph Story, 1852

"We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle." -- Winston Churchill

"I am ready to meet my maker. Whether or not my maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter." - - Winston Churchill

"Perhaps the most important point of all is that government officials operate in a fog ... it is important to remember that the information that government has is often no better than what is available to private individuals." -- Arnold Kling

"In some professions, a large part of the time of first-rate people is spent countering the half-baked ideas of second-rate people and trying to salvage something from the wreckage of the disasters they create." -- Thomas Sowell

"Who speaks reason to his fellow men bestows it upon them. Who mouths inanity disorders thought for all who listen." -- Richard Mitchell

"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." -- Aldous Huxley

"Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts." - Daniel Patrick Moynihan

"It is the idea that all order must be explained by a functioning mind at the helm, not its denial, that has the closet affinity to the religious instinct." -- Julian Sanchez

"There is all the difference in the world between treating people equally and attempting to make them equal." -- F.A. Hayek

"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

"The majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime." -- Thomas Jefferson to Pierre Samuel Dupont de Nemours, 1816

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

"Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes." -- Gandhi

"Other than the gifts of God and Nature, that which is free is free only because someone else has paid for it." -- Edgar Bronfman, Jr.

"There ain't no such thing as a free lunch." -- Robert A. Heinlein

"The harder I worked, the luckier I got." -- J.L. "Jack" Gaber

“Nothing can be public where nothing is private.” -- Jean Bodin, Six Books of a Commonweale

"I am of the firm opinion that nobody's mind was ever polluted by too much knowledge." -- Ted Koppel

"Patience is what you need when you don't enjoy what you're doing." -- bonsai tree hobbyist Bob Hampel

"The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time, is today." -- old Chinese proverb

"Sex is humanity's best strategy for outwitting its constantly mutating internal predators." -- Chris O'Connor, reviewing The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature by Matt Ridley

"If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans." -- James Herriot

"We should be discussing principles, not making wholesale accusations with tendentious nicknames.  Rational discussion is impossible if "left" and "right" are reduced to synonyms for good and evil.  The essence of civility is the acknowledgment that even your enemy may have something to teach you." -- Joseph Sobran

"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root." -- Henry David Thoreau

“Hyper-hyperbole. It’s massive!”-- article title in the UK newspaper The Observer, Feb. 27, 2000, criticizing news media which use exaggeration and even hysteria. “It’s apocalypse now as world boils over.” -- headline: same newspaper, same day. -- from THISsource

"Accurate reporting loses out to sensationalistic reporting every time. Thus we like to say that, at least when it comes to long term accuracy, no pundit survives contact with a historian. ... Editors also rely on the fact that most consumers of mass media news do not revisit old stories to see how accurate they were. Historians, however, do that all the time." -- Jim Dunnigan

"Intellect annuls Fate. So far as a man thinks, he is free....The revelation of Thought takes man out of servitude into freedom." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Fate"

“Any bit of nonsense can be computerized -- astrology, biorhythms, the I Ching -- but that doesn’t make the nonsense any more valid.” -- John Allen Paulos in his book, Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences

“Inspect every piece of pseudoscience and you will find a security blanket, a thumb to suck, a skirt to hold.  What have we to offer in exchange?  Uncertainty!  Insecurity!" -- Isaac Asimov in the tenth-anniversary issue of The Skeptical Inquirer

"Whenever the government causes a crisis, Congress and the president of the United States will almost surely give even more power and authority to the agency that is most responsible for the calamity." -- William L. Anderson

"Scratch the surface of an endemic problem ... and you invariably find a politician at the source." --  Simon Carr

"Trade is always beneficial to both parties -- trade never harms one party at the expense of the other." -- Laurence M. Vance

"Another current catch-phrase is the complaint that the nations of the world are divided into 'haves' and the 'have-nots.'  Observe that the 'haves' are those who have freedom, and that it is freedom that the 'have-nots' have not." -- Ayn Rand

"Yet the foolish notion of one-worlders persists: Let the lion lie down with the lamb chop." -- P. J. O'Rourke

"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is to try to please everyone." -- Bill Cosby

"Racism is the lowest, most crudely primitive form of collectivism." -- Ayn Rand

"Minimum-wage laws are one of the most powerful tools in the arsenal of racists." -- Dr. Walter E. Williams, June 13, 2002

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

"Some environmentalists assert that "species diversity" is beneficial to humans. Yet, environmentalists are among the staunchest opponents of genetic engineering, which has vast potential for creating new species." -- Glenn Woiceshyn

Ruff's Third Law of Economic Dynamics: "An economy in motion tends to stay in motion, and an economy at rest tends to stay at rest. A free market is constantly in motion. A centrally planned market slows until it eventually dies completely." -- Mike Ruff

"Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.'' -- Abba Eban

"The modern definition of 'racist' is someone who is winning an argument with a liberal." -- Peter Brimelow

"Our policy is simple: We are not going to betray our friends, reward the enemies of freedom, or permit fear and retreat to become American policies. ... None of the four wars in my lifetime came about because we were too strong. It is weakness ... that invites adventurous adversaries to make mistaken judgments." -- President Ronald Reagan

 "Now’s not the time to go wobbly, George." -- Margaret Thatcher to George H.W. Bush, after Iraq invaded Kuwait

"'Solve' and 'problems' are not in the Constitution." -- Doug Newman

"The constitution did not contemplate that the government would do everything for everybody." -- Alan Ackerman

"If you don't stand for something, you stand for nothing." -- Mel Thompson

"Ain't no right way to do the wrong thing." -- Rep. Dick Armey

"Life is too short for bad beer." -- Lyle Maryniak

"You can't hold on to what belongs to me and don't belong to you." -- Lyle Lovett, "Don't Touch My Hat"

"There can be no doubt of this: 

"All America is divided into two classes,--the quality and the equality.  The latter will always recognize the former when mistaken for it.  Both will be with us until our women bear nothing but kings.

"It was through the Declaration of Independence that we Americans acknowledged the eternal inequality of man.  For by it we abolished a cut-and-dried aristocracy.  We had seen little men artificially held up in high places, and great men artificially held down in low places, and our own justice-loving hearts abhorred this violence to human nature.  Therefore, we decreed that every man should thenceforth have equal liberty to find his own level.  By this very decree we acknowledged and gave freedom to true aristocracy, saying, 'Let the best man win, whoever he is.'   Let the best man win!  That is America's word." -- Owen Wister, The Virginian (1902)

   "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government.  It can only exist until a majority of voters discover that they can vote themselves largess out of the public treasury." -- Alexander Tyler, Scottish historian

 "Any stray mediocrity rushes into print with plans to control the production of mankind -- and ... no one questions his right to enforce his plans by means of a gun." -- Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

   "One of the most important reasons for studying history is that virtually every stupid idea that is in vogue today has been tried before and proved disastrous before, time and again." -- Dr. Thomas Sowell

   "Bad and discredited ideas, it seems, never die.  Neither do they fade away.  Instead, they keep turning up, like bad pennies or Godzilla in the old Japanese  movies." -- Murray N. Rothbard

   "There is no error so monstrous that it fails to find defenders among the ablest men." -- Prof. John E. E. D. Acton

   "The study of history is a powerful antidote to contemporary arrogance. It is humbling to discover how many of our glib assumptions, which seem to us noble and plausible, have been tested before, not once but many times and in innumerable guises; and discovered to be, at great human cost, wholly false." -- Celebrated Historian Paul Johnson

   "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." ~ George Santayana, The Life of Reason, 1906

    "When Western countries in the past were as poor as Third World countries are today, these Western countries nevertheless had one big advantage: There was no large and influential class of the intelligentsia to impede their progress with unsubstantiated theories and counterproductive propaganda." -- Dr. Thomas Sowell

   "It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is, after all, a specialized discipline and one that most people consider to be a 'dismal science.' But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance." --  Murray N. Rothbard

   "If you wrote down on 5x7 index cards what the average American college student knows about economics, wadded those index cards up into one spit wad, and then shoved that spit wad up an ant's butt,  it would rattle around in there like a BB in a boxcar." -- Neal Boortz

   "Wealth may provoke envy, but it seldom provokes the truly venomous levels of resentment provoked by achievement. There is no surer way for a minority group to become hated than to enter a country as destitute immigrants and then, through long hours of hard work, rise to a level of prosperity above that of the indigenous population." -- Dr. Thomas Sowell

  "Those who say that all cultures are equal never explain why the results of those cultures are so grossly unequal." -- Dr. Thomas Sowell

 "If concern for human poverty and suffering were one's primary motive, one would seek to discover their cause.  One would not fail to ask : Why did some nations develop, while others did not?  Why have some nations achieved material abundance, while others have remained stagnant in sub-human misery?  History and specifically the unprecedented prosperity-explosion of the 19th century would give an immediate answer : capitalism is the only system that enables men to produce abundance - and the key to capitalism is individual freedom." -- Ayn Rand, "Requiem for Man", Chapter 24 of Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal

   "Western civilization was the child and product of reason -- via ancient Greece.  In all other ciivilizations, reason has always been the menial servant -- the handmaiden -- of mysticism.  You may observe the results.  It is only Western culture that has ever been dominated -- imperfectly, incompletely, precariously and at rare intervals -- but still, dominated by reason.  Youu may observe the results of that." -- Ayn Rand

Ruff's Third Law of Economic Dynamics: "An economy in motion tends to stay in motion, and an economy at rest tends to stay at rest. A free market is constantly in motion. A centrally planned market slows until it eventually dies completely." -- Mike Ruff

  "If welfare and equality are to be primary aims of law, some people must necessarily possess a greater power of coercion in order to force redistribution of material goods. Political power alone should be equal among human beings; yet, striving for other kinds of equality absolutely requires political inequality." -- Tibor R. Machan in Private Rights and Public Illusions

"What the government is good at is collecting taxes, taking away your freedoms and killing people.  It's not good at much else." -- Tom Clancy on Kudlow and Cramer 9/2/03

"A welfare state is scared to death of poor people coming in and rich people getting out." -- Harry Browne

      "...the question becomes, are you going to have everyone play by the same rules, or are you going to try to rectify the shortcomings, errors and failures of the entire cosmos? Because those things are wholly incompatible. If you're going to have people play by the same rules, that can be enforced with a minimum amount of interference with people's freedom. But if you're going to try to make the entire cosmos right and just, somebody has got to have an awful lot of power to impose what they think is right on an awful lot of other people. What we've seen, particularly in the 20th century, is that putting that much power in anyone's hands is enormously dangerous." -- Thomas Sowell, in an interviewin Salon11-10-99

      "Anything other than free enterprise always means a society of compulsion and lower living standards, and any form of socialism strictly enforced means dictatorship and the total state.  That this statement is still widely disputed only illustrates the degree to which malignant fantasy can capture the imagination of intellectuals." -- Lew Rockwell

     "Socialists do not merely want a welfare state, they absolutely must have one. They must have a grovelling dependent class from which to obtain their daily opiate: an hallucinogenic euphoria which comes from the delusion of being superior to, and more altruistic than, all others. They must have 'the poor, huddled masses' in much the same manner as vampires must have the blood of their victims." -- Edward Britton

     "Wherever there is a jackboot stomping on a human face there will be a well-heeled Western liberal to explain that the face does, after all, enjoy free health care and 100 percent literacy." -- John Derbyshire

    "Dan Rather and hundreds of Marxist professors across America and Europe still don't understand how Reagan won the Cold War and died a national hero." -- Joe Scarborough

    "Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself." -- Milton Friedman

   "Today, in the Twenty-First Century, an age of jet aircraft, personal computers, wireless telecommunications, laser surgery, and incipient space travel, the mentality with which many presumably educated, intelligent people approach matters of economics and business is, however astonishing it may seem, still that of the Dark Ages." -- George Reisman

"Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it." -- Thomas Sowell

   "When will the world wake up and realize that most politicians, especially in the poorest countries of the world, are nothing more than glorified gangsters who view government as simply a monopoly on every form of compulsion and extortion to be perpetrated in a specific geographical area?  Why do you think the largest amounts of 'foreign aid' extracted from the gullible diplomats of wealthier countries wind up in those politicians' pockets or Swiss bank accounts, despite all the virtuous-sounding rhetoric?" -- Bert Rand 

"We forget, to our detriment, that politics is about power not morality. If you hear talk about morality from politicians you can be sure it is a means to an end. Certainly there are some politicians with a moral center, almost impossible to sustain." - Lionel Nation 

"How a peaceful, uncrowded place with ample wherewithal stays poor is hard to explain. How a conflict-ridden, grossly over-populated place with no resources whatsoever gets rich is simple. The British colonial government turned Hong Kong into an economic miracle by doing nothing." -- P.J. O'Rourke in Eat the Rich

"This government never furthered any enterprise but by the alacrity with which it got out of the way." -- Henry David Thoreau in his essay, "Civil Disobedience"

"I own I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive." -- Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 12/20/1787

"I was taught very early on that the state can be, and is, a liar and a murderer." -- Christopher Hitchens

   "The power which a multiple millionaire, who may be my neighbor and perhaps my employer has over me is far less than that which the smallest functionary who wields the coercive power of the state, and on whose discretion it depends whether and how I am allowed to live or to work." -- F. A. Hayek

"In truth the only way to reduce corruption in high places is to have less high places and which party is on top makes very little difference." -- Perry de Havilland

"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 Contrarianby Christopher Hitchens

"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 in the March, 1997 issue of Reason

"As a libertarian I believe we should have a federal government simple and circumscribed enough to be run by a average, dull, normal American. With George W. Bush we have half the equation in place." -- P.J. O'Rourke

"Elected leaders tend to believe they are responsible for a lot more than they really are.  Like the little boy on his first plane trip 'helping' the plane by flapping his arms as the Boeing 747 begins to ascend, legislators often seem to believe that somehow they run the economy and solve lots of problems.  ...The individual legislator must remember that the elixir for all that ills is economic growth.  And economic growth is spurred by low taxes, limited regulation, equitable justice, and the ability to raise capital." -- Curt Leonard

"Capitalism is not an 'ism.' It is closer to being the opposite of an 'ism,' because it is simply the freedom of ordinary people to make whatever economic transactions they can mutually agree to." -- Dr.Thomas Sowell

 "If we want the whole world to be rich, we need to start loving wealth. In the difference between poverty and plenty, the problem is the poverty and not the difference.  Wealth is good.  ... wealth is not a world-wide round-robin of purse snatching, and ... the thing that makes you rich doesn't make me poor..." -- P.J. O'Rourke in Eat the Rich

"The only justifiable purpose of political institutions is to assure the unhindered development of the individual." -- Albert Einstein

"The work of the individual still remains the spark that moves mankind forward." --Igor Sikorsky

"We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle."-- Winston Churchill

"The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax." -- Albert Einstein

"Taxation of earnings from labor is on a par with forced labor. Seizing the results of someone's labor is equivalent to seizing hours from him and directing him to carry on various activities." -- Robert Nozick

"I would like to electrocute everyone who uses the word 'fair' in connection with income tax policies." -- William F. Buckley Jr.

"Anyone may so arrange his affairs that his taxes shall be as low as possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which will best pay the Treasury; there is not even a patriotic duty to increase one's taxes." -- Justice Learned Hand

"One of the sad signs of our times is that we have demonized those who produce, subsidized those who refuse to produce, and canonized those who complain." -- Dr. Thomas Sowell

"The 'private sector' of the economy is, in fact, the 'voluntary' sector; and...the 'public sector' is, in fact, the 'coercive' sector." -- Henry Hazlitt

"I believe in doing good, but I do NOT believe in forcing people to do good. THAT is WORSE than counter-productive; it turns a good into an evil, and it fosters resentment in people with the most intense life-force burning in their bellies. Besides, considering force as an option is usually a symptom of cynicism, ignorance, laziness and/or uncertainty on the part of its advocates; they don't believe in their missions strongly enough to get out and use honest persuasion and apply a realistic time-perspective." -- Rick Gaber

"Using governmental force to impose a vision on others is intellectual sloth." -- Ken Schoolland

"The freedom of individuals to choose, without intrusive state regulation, is the prerequisite of morality. A coerced 'choice' does not reflect virtue, only compliance. In other words, you cannot force a person to be moral; you can only make them conform. True morality requires freedom and cannot exist without it." -- Wendy McElroy

"People who are very aware that they have more knowledge than the average person are often very unaware that they do not have one-tenth of the knowledge of all of the average persons put together. In this situation, for the intelligentsia to impose their notions on ordinary people is essentially to impose ignorance on knowledge." -- Dr. Thomas Sowell

"No single person possesses anything close to the invisible collective knowledge held by the society as a whole." -- Jonah Goldberg, paraphrasing Friedrich Hayek, here

"The Many are Smarter than the Few" by James Surowiecki

"The world is full of smart people who have information about every imaginable topic, and until the Internet came along, there wasn't any practical way to put it together." -- John Hinderaker, as quoted in Time

"The power of the blogosphere (more properly, the internet) does not lie in a handful of bloggers with well-read sites. It resides in the hundreds of thousands, or millions, of smart, well-informed, engaged readers who, collectively, have amazing knowledge and expertise in just about any area you can think of. What is new is the ability to bring together these disparate sources of knowledge, analyze them, and disseminate them in real time. We help to do this, but on a big, fast-breaking story like this one, the real impetus comes from our readers--a point we make in every interview we give." -- John Hinderaker

"Question: What does the stock market know that the mainstream media do not? Answer: almost everything." -- Larry Kudlow

"There's nothing that does so much harm as good intentions." -- Dr. Milton Friedman, as interviewed in "Is America No. 1?" by John Stossel.

"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

"It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is, after all, a specialized discipline and one that most people consider to be a 'dismal science.' But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance." --  Murray N. Rothbard

"The most ridiculous, most despicable of all con artists are those pompous, condescending, so-called 'intellectuals' who purport to use the intellect to 'prove' the worthlessness of human intelligence -- and thereby, of the intellect.  They don't even seem to realize all they're doing is admitting their own self-negation in the most pathetic way possible, in public, to all but the most gullible." -- Rick Gaber

"As the author of the first HMO bill ever to pass the Senate, I find this spreading support for HMOs truly gratifying. Just a few years ago, proponents of health maintenance organizations faced bitter opposition from organized medicine. ... HMOs have proven themselves again and again to be effective and efficient mechanisms for delivering health care of the highest quality. HMOs cut hospital utilization by an average of 20 to 25 percent compared to the fee-for-service sector." -- Sen. Edward Kennedy, March 3, 1978
"Today, if your child has a rare congenital heart defect…your [HMO] plan can condemn your child to second-rate care…" -- Sen. Edward Kennedy, May 15, 2001

"With a few rare exceptions, people in government are pathetic mediocrities who accumulate power over others as their neurotic substitute for their missing sense of self-worth, a sense which becomes ever-more elusive as time erodes any likelihood of their leaving government for the real world and creating new values which never existed before -- instead of stealing and redistributing old ones which did." -- Bert Rand

"I sit on a man's back, choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by all possible means -- except by getting off his back." -- Leo Tolstoy

"The intelligentsia congratulate themselves for having achieved the allegedly momentus insight that capitalism and altruism are ultimately  incompatible.  Yet they're still too damn ignorant to realize, or too damn stubborn to acknowledge, that altruism is definitely NOT the only moral code possible, nor that it is, in fact, the bloodiest and most regressive one of all.  This stunted thinking has resulted in their committing the intellectual atrocity of rejecting the capitalism and freedom instead of the altruism and coercion." -- Rick Gaber

"The purpose of most Democrats is to invent the scariest justifications and rationalizations for the perpetual accumulation of power by politicians and bureaucrats.  The purpose of most Republicans is to come up with the feeblest, most transparent and pathetic reasons to oppose them.  The purpose of most mainstream journalists and columnists is to focus all attention to those just mentioned, and to make sure that no sensible, rational, Constitutional, moral or far-sighted opposition ever sees the light of day, or if it does, to present it only in the most bizarre, twisted and frightening way possible." -- Bert Rand

"So let me record my grateful acknowledgment that this government has never quartered a single soldier in my home. Whatever can be said about the rest of the Constitution, the Third Amendment is alive and well." -- Joseph Sobran

"The most urgent necessity is, not that the State should teach, but that it should allow education. All monopolies are detestable, but the worst of all is the monopoly of education." -- Frédéric Bastiat

"The college idealists who fill the ranks of the environmental movement seem willing to do absolutely anything to save the biosphere, except take science courses and learn something about it."  -- P.J. O'Rourke
"There are just two things standing in between the American people and their freedom: Democrats and Republicans." -- Joe Seehusen

"He that always gives way to others will end in having no principles of his own." -- Aesop

"A moderate is either someone who has no moral code of his own, or if he does, then he's someone who doesn't have the guts to take sides between good and evil." -- Rick Gaber

"Moral relativists are staunchly uncertain, adamantly indecisive, self-righteously impotent and defiantly irrelevant." -- Rick Gaber

"Hypocrisy is not the hobgoblin of enslavable minds so much as it is the hallmark of their would-be slavemasters." -- Rick Gaber

"Prosperity cannot be achieved without freedom, but freedom can be achieved without prosperity."  -- Rick Gaber

" the much more virulent cases of hatred, masked as envy ... the creature ... does not desire the value: it desires the value's destruction."-- Ayn Rand

"The best thing you can do with your assets is to leave them to Warren Buffet (or someone with his abilities) because he will invest them much more efficiently than someone on the street, thereby creating lasting employment for the people of the world. " -- Nic Roets

"As property, honestly obtained, is best secured by an equality of rights, so ill-gotten property depends for protection on a monopoly of rights. He who has robbed another of his property, will next endeavor to disarm him of his rights, to secure that property; for when the robber becomes the legislator he believes himself secure." -- Thomas Paine, Dissertations on First Principles of Government
" In other words, 'Gun control' isn't just 'victim disarmament'; more precisely, it is 'making the world safe for control-freak politicians and bureaucrats (and, yes, for criminals and gangs, too, by the way)'." -- Bert Rand

"The trouble with so-called 'sensible gun laws' is that they make absolutely no sense. The politicians who pass them are asking Americans to believe that a cunning serial killer will walk into a gun store, produce a valid ID, and buy a firearm that can be traced directly to him.  The American people may be scared, but they're not scared senseless." -- George Getz

"Much of the American left fools itself that civilian firearms don't matter in the political power equation, but conservatives know better." -- Eric Raymond

"There are no violent gangs fighting over aspirin territories. There are no violent gangs fighting over whisky territories or computer territories or anything else that's legal. There are only criminal gangs fighting over territories covering drugs, gambling, prostitution, and other victimless crimes. Making a non-violent activity a crime creates a black market, which attracts criminals and gangs, which turns what was once a relatively harmless activity affecting a small group of people into a widespread epidemic of drug use and gang warfare." -- Harry Browne

"That rifle hanging on the wall of the working-class flat or labourer's cottage is the symbol of democracy.  It is our job to see that it stays there." -- Eric Blair, aka George Orwell

"Anyone who thinks that government -- any government -- has the right to disarm its citizens is not a libertarian." -- David F. Nolan, Founder, Libertarian Party

"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

"Collective judgment of new ideas is so often wrong that it is arguable that progress depends on individuals being free to back their own judgment despite collective disapproval." -- W.A. Lewis

"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

"A man’s natural rights are his own, against the whole world; and any infringement of them is equally a crime, whether committed by one man, or by millions; whether committed by one man, calling himself a robber, (or any other name indicating his true character,) or by millions, calling themselves a government." -- Lysander Spooner, 1867

"A clever theft was praiseworthy amongst the Spartans; and it is equally so amongst the Christians, provided it be on a sufficiently large scale." -- Herbert Spencer

 "Ethics is not a mystic fantasy -- nor a social convention -- nor a dispensable, subjective luxury.... Ethics is an objective necessity of man's survival-- not by the grace of the supernatural nor of your neighbors nor of your whims, but by the grace of reality and the nature of life." -- Ayn Rand, The Virtue of Selfishness

"That which is proper to each thing is by nature best and most pleasant for it; for humans, therefore,
the life according to reason is best and most pleasant, since reason more than anything else IS human.
This life therefore is also the happiest." -- Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics, Book X, Ch. 7

"People who fight may lose. People who do not fight have already lost." -- Bertold Brecht

"Much of governance today revolves around finding the right trigger word that resonates with the government-educated dumb masses.
Get the right trigger word; like 'change' for instance, and you can sell crap in a bag to most people." -- Neal Boortz

"It is said when Pol Pot was a college student in Paris, he swore to bring 'pure' communism to Cambodia, and
          not the bloody, dictatorial, 'perverted'-type communism that was put into place in the Soviet Union and elsewhere.
          Unfortunately, by the time he took over in Cambodia, he found that it was 'necessary' to become the most
          murderous (per capita) dictator in history as people still seemed to want to take care of their families before they
          took care of his vision for them, and a bloodbath and reign of terror was the only way to squeeze out even a show of
          cooperation. This step-by-step progression from altruist idealism to butchery and unimaginable horror has been
          repeated time and time again in country after country. I submit to you who are still in a state of denial: yes, THIS
          is the REAL ultimate consequence, and legacy of, the preaching of self-sacrifice." -- Rick Gaber
"Politics does not occur in a vacuum. Neither does a system of ethics. Both of these are actually outcomes of the science of thought called philosophy. It is philosophy that fathers a civilization, a culture, an art form, the sciences, politics, even - and especially - economics. What kind of philosophy one embraces will determine how one lives. Even the belief that philosophy itself is irrelevant, too highbrow, too impractical, too abstract --these particular ideas are a product of a particular kind of philosophy -- a bad one. Man is the rational animal. By nature, man is also a philosophical animal. It is impossible for any man to escape the consequences of the science of ideas in his life."-- Jeanne E. Faulkner
"Morality has been the monopoly of mystics, i.e., of subjectivists, for centuries ...
Most men, therefore, find it particularly difficult to regard ethics as a science ..." -- Ayn Rand

"The doors leading out of scriptural literalism do not open from the inside." -- Sam Harris

"Those of us who are fans of Ayn Rand have been saying that conservatives are no friends of freedom for a long time. There is simply no valid substitute for a rational, principled understanding of the philosophical basis of a free society. Religious faith won't do, tradition won't do, majoritarianism won't do, and pragmatism won't do." -- Paul Blair

Milton Friedman, PhD, Nobel Laureate, 1912-2006: Rest in Peace

"Maybe I did well and maybe I led the battle but nobody ever said we were going to win this thing at any point in time. Eternal vigilance is required and there have to be people who step up to the plate, who believe in liberty, and who are willing to fight for it." -- Milton Friedman
"... regarding the Great Depression: You're right, we did it."-- what Federal Reserve Board Governor (now Chairman) Ben Bernanke finally said to Nobel Laureate Dr. Milton Friedman, at Milton's 90th birthday celebration, meaning that indeed, the Great Depression WAS caused by, AND prolonged by, THE GOVERNMENT, as Friedman had always said. [Financial Review, 12-9-2002] 
"If a government were put in charge of the Sahara Desert, within five years they’d have a shortage of sand." -- Dr. Milton Friedman
"There's nothing that does so much harm as good intentions." -- Dr. Milton Friedman, as interviewed in "Is America No. 1?" by John Stossel
"Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program."  -- Dr. Milton Friedman, Nobel-Prize-winning economist
"The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem." -- Dr. Milton Friedman
"Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned." -- Dr. Milton Friedman
"Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself." -- Milton Friedman

"Only the mediocre are always at their best."-- Jean Giraudoux
"Learning is not compulsory.  Neither is survival." --  W. Edwards Deming
"The future of human liberty ... means the future of civilization." -- Henry Hazlitt
"50 million Frenchmen can't be wrong." -- typically idiotic old French saying
"If 50 million people say a stupid thing, it's still a stupid thing."-- David Severn
"Nothing happens until somebody sells something."-- an old sales managers' admonition
"You want to see multiculturalism in action? Look at Yugoslavia, at Lebanon, at Sri Lanka, at Northern
 Ireland, at Azerbaijan, or wherever else group 'identity' has been hyped." -- Thomas Sowell in Is Reality Optional?
"Education is a weapon, whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed."-- Joseph Stalin
"The Europeans sit and pout. What else can they do? ... The real problem is their irrelevance." -- Charles Krauthammer
"For those looking for security, be forewarned that there's nothing more insecure than a political promise."-- Harry Browne
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."-- Benjamin Franklin
"Asking liberals where wages and prices come from is like asking six-year-olds where babies come from." -- Dr. Thomas Sowell
"Liberals seem to assume that, if you don't believe in their particular political solutions, then you don't really care about the people
that they claim to want to help." -- Dr. Thomas Sowell
"Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this,
every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all." -- Bastiat
"Whenever you come across a screw-up this big, you know the government is behind it." -- Ann Coulter
"Most of the 40-odd wars going on in the world right now are being fought in the name of religion." -- Paul Harvey
"The Constitution does NOT stipulate any "separation of church and state." What it DOES prohibit is any law effecting 'an establishment
of religion.'  This should include the churchless new religions of dogmatic earth-worship, government-worship and elitism. " -- Bert Rand
"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending
too small a degree of it." -- Thomas Jefferson to Archibald Stuart, 1791.
"In my experience, those who profess to believe in animal rights don't believe in human rights." -- L. Neil Smith
"Sin lies only in hurting others unnecessarily.  All other 'sins' are invented nonsense."  -- Robert A. Heinlein
"Anyone who believes any 'Jewish conspiracy' is even possible just doesn't get the thousand-year-old joke that says if
you put12 Jews in a room, you come out with 13 different opinions." -- Fred Anders
"Pardon me for saying so, my friend, but I think we're up to our ears in killer gods." -- Edward Britton
"I've set my own rules to live by.  The first one is: 'Never believe ANYthing the government says.' " -- George Carlin
"It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions
in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong." -- Thomas Sowell
"Most government most of the time wreaks incredible destruction on people’s lives and is completely
unaccountable for it." -- David R. Henderson
"Elected officials are no longer afraid of the law or the people. The people are uneducated and believe whatever
ABC, CBS, NBC tell them." -- Jerry Jones
"Doing nothing in the public policy world allows much more to be done in the real world."  -- Thomas Hazlett
"I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." -Voltaire, to Helvetius
"Everything the government touches turns to crap." -- Ringo Starr
"To err is human, but it takes a politician to really screw things up." -- Old American Adage
"Democracy, too, is a religion. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses." -- H. L. Mencken
"The government is the biggest special-interest group there is." -- The Godfather
"Politicians, Like Bombers, Seldom See Their Victims..." -- Donald Boudreaux
"Giving money and power to the government is like giving
car keys and whisky to teenage boys." -- P.J. O'Rourke
"I'm for a flat tax -- as long as the flat rate is zero. The object is to get rid
of big government, not find a new way of financing it." -- Harry Browne
"No matter who you are or what you believe, you have to understand
that some day the worst control-freaks among your bitterest enemies
will control the federal government, and you better have restored
effective, working constitutional limitations on that government
before that time arrives." -- Rick Gaber

   "Reason is the faculty which perceives, identifies and integrates the material provided by man's senses. Mysticism is the claim to a non-sensory means of knowledge.

   "In Western civilization, the period ruled by mysticism is known as the Dark Ages and the Middle Ages.  I will assume that you know the nature of that period and the state of human existence in those ages.  The Renaissance broke the rule of the mystics.  'Renaissance' means 'rebirth.'  Few people today will care to remind you that it was a rebirth of reason-- of man's mind.

   "In the light of what followed -- most particularly, in the light of the industrial revolution -- nobody can now take faith, or religion, or revelation, or any form of mysticism as his basic and exclusive guide to existence, not in the way it was taken in the Middle Ages.  This does not mean that the Renaissance has automatically converted everybody to rationality; far from it.  It means only that so long as a single automobile, a single skyscraper or a single copy of Aristotle's Logic remains in existence, nobody will be able to arouse men's hope, eagerness and joyous enthusiasm by telling them to ditch their minds and rely on mystic faith.  This is why I said that mysticism, as a cultural power, is dead." -- Ayn Rand, HERE

"Mysticism is insanity on a mission, often involving missionaries." -- Bert Rand

"Those kinds of mystics who preach that killing and destruction are on a par with creativity and production are way beyond nuts -- they're freakin' screaming bizarros.  If you've ever wondered what allows and enables pure evil, you have it right there: it's mysticism." -- Rick Gaber

"Every major horror of history was committed in the name of an altruistic motive." -- Ayn Rand

"A child can go only so far in life without potty training. It is not mere coincidence that six of the last seven presidents were potty trained, not to mention nearly half of the nation's state legislators." -- Dave Barry

"Aaaaaaaaaargh!" -- Charlie Brown

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