Friday, April 30, 2010

Why are we hated?

  how did we get to be so hated?
Well, there are many odious traits that Americans have that the rest of the world doesn't like.  Constant boasting, with not much to boast about.  That gets on other people's nerves.  The idea that somehow or other the whole world belongs to us. Everybody should do what we tell them to do, they don't really like that.
Gore Vidal (May 14th, 2008)

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Root of Tyrants

The people always have some champion whom they set over them and nurture into greatness...
This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.
Plato (The Republic, book 8, 400BC)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Two Faced

The reason there are so few female politicians is that it is too much trouble to put makeup on two faces.
Maureen Murphy

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Boisterous Sea of Liberty

Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the boisterous sea of liberty.
Thomas Jefferson, April 24, 1796

Monday, April 26, 2010


Do not accustom yourself to consider debt as only an inconvenience.  You will find it a calamity.  
Samuel Johnson (1758)

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Origin of Rights

we must believe that men had naturally no right to pick up cockles on the beach, or gather berries from the hedge-no right to cultivate the earth, to invent and make comfortable clothing, to use instruments to provide more easily for their enjoyments-no right to improve and adorn their habitations-nay, no right to have habitations-no right to buy or sell, or move from place to place-till the benevolent and wise law-giver conferred all these rights on them.  If the principle be true in one case it must be universally true; and, according to it, parents had no right to love and respect their offspring, and infants no right to draw nourishment from the breast of their mothers, until the legislator-foreseeing, fore calculating the immense advantages to the human race of establishing the long list of rights and duties which grow out of our affections, and constitute our happiness-had established them by his decree.
Thomas Hodgskin, The Natural and Artificial Right of Property Contrasted, 1832

Saturday, April 24, 2010

One Government over Cheese

How can anyone govern a nation that has 246 different kinds of cheese?
French President Chales deGaulle (1962)

Friday, April 23, 2010

Conscience and State

Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.
Albert Einstein

Thursday, April 22, 2010


Any government, like any family, can for a year spend a little more than it earns.  But you and I know that a continuance of that habit means the poorhouse.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1932)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Yet, dumbfounded or not by the smoke and mirrors, why do we suffer so much at the hands of those ruler-governors, if we are many and they are few? Why do we become enchanted with the belief that our ruler-governors are just and benevolent, when we experience evidence otherwise every day, everywhere? Why do we allow so many abuses of liberty and property, if the power the rulers possess is only that which we bestow onto them? Why do we let them treat us like beasts?
 Helio Beltrão (XXIII Forum da Liberdade, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on April 12, 2010)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Define Fascism

Fascism: "The retention of private ownership of the means of production under centralized governmental control"
Webster's New Universal Unabridged Dictionary, 2nd ed 1983

Monday, April 19, 2010

Inflation as tax

Inflation is an immoral tax that leads to immoral values
South American Bank Officer (~1990)

Sunday, April 18, 2010


As they say, violence begets violence.
Just make sure that you are the "begets violence" part. 
John Jolly (04/16/2010)

Saturday, April 17, 2010


The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery. 
Winston Churchill

Friday, April 16, 2010

License and Right

no state can convert a liberty into a privilege by demanding a license or charging a fee
Paraphrase of U.S. Supreme Court Murdock v. Pennsylvania, 319 U.S. 105; made by Steven Miller (2009)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Consequence of Sloth

The hand of the diligent shall bear rule:
but the slothful shall be under tribute
Solomon, Son of David (reign: 971 - 931 BC)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Monopoly on Violence

what essentially sets a nation-state apart, which is a monopoly on violence.
Senator Barak Obama, (July 2nd, 2008 in an interview with the Military Times Editorial Board)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Wishes and Action

If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.
Old Proverb

Monday, April 12, 2010

State of Conscience

Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.
Albert Einstien

Sunday, April 11, 2010

China's Private Enterprises

The diversity of production, commodity economy, and all sorts of small enterprises boomed in the countryside, as if a strange army had appeared suddenly from nowhere. This is not the achievement of our central government.
Deng Xiaoping, People's Daily, 13 June 1987

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Tendency of force

Force always attracts men of low morality.
Albert Einstein

Friday, April 9, 2010


Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism – how passionately I hate them!
Albert Einstein

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Totalitarian and Keynes

The theory of aggregate production, which is the point of the following book, nevertheless can be much easier adapted to the conditions of a totalitarian state than the theory of production and distribution of a given production put forth under conditions of free competition and a large degree of laissez-faire
John Maynard Keynes (in his foreword to the 1936 German edition of his General Theory)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Democracy is

Democracy is just mob rule dressed up in a coat and tie.
Doug Casey (4/2/2010)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Anarchy is

Anarchy is simply a form of political organization that does not put one ruler, or ruling body, over everyone in a society
Doug Casey (4/2/2010)

Sunday, April 4, 2010


Politics is a means of preventing people from taking part in what properly concerns them.
Paul Valery

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Of Men and Clocks

To think that I attempted to force the reason and conscience of thousands of men into one mould and I cannot make two clocks agree?
Emperor Charles V (1550's)

Friday, April 2, 2010


nothing endures but change.
Heraclitus(a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher)

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Einstien and Prevention of War

You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.
Albert Einstein