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Jim Cook

 

RUNAWAY SOCIAL SYMPATHY

Every once in a while I switch the TV channel from Fox to CNBC to see what the liberals are saying.  After listening awhile I get a deep sense of hopelessness and foreboding for our country.  The most important thing for the left is giving money to people.  They are happy to see the growth of food stamps, disability payments, housing subsidies, free healthcare and all the other welfare benefits.  They utterly fail to see the damage it is doing to the recipients.  Whole cities that once flourished have deteriorated into rotting eyesores populated with shambling hulks of chemically dependent drones.  These people are no longer employable.  They have become incompetent and helpless and the liberals can’t see that it’s their doing.

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December 6, 2016

“The government and its chiefs do not have the powers of the mythical Santa Claus. They cannot spend except by taking out of the pockets of some people for the benefit of others.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Why does an illegitimate birth or a string of bad luck entitle someone to another person’s earnings? What is the morality behind citizens being forced by the government to give the money they earn to someone who refuses to work? Would you give your money voluntarily to drug addicts? Would you volunteer a part of your salary to teenage AFDC mothers to have another child? What is the moral right that anyone has to another person’s income?”

James Cook

“Inflation is a form of tax, a tax that we all collectively must pay.”

Henry Hazlitt

“No one can read our Constitution without concluding that the people who wrote it wanted their government severely limited; the words ‘no’ and ‘not’ employed in restraint of government power occur 24 times in the first seven articles of the Constitution and 22 more times in the Bill of Rights.”

Edmund A Opitz

“There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences.”

P. J. O’Rourke

December 5, 2016

“Every innovation makes its appearance as a ‘luxury’ of the few well-to-do. After industry has become aware of it the luxury then becomes a ‘necessity’ for all.”

Ludwig von Mises

“It is sobering to 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 struggle for independence.”

Charles A. Beard

“Left-wing social policies sicken our behavior and corrupt our culture. People bend principles and sacrifice integrity to get as much as they can from the government. Giveaway programs encourage every imaginable sort of cheating and dishonesty. Wheeling and dealing in food stamps is a way of life. Lying and fraud are commonplace. Whenever you’re dependent on the money, the end justifies the means.”

James Cook

“There’s nothing so good that politicians can’t make it bad and nothing so bad that politicians can’t make it worse.”

Thomas Sowell

“The more government does, the greater chance that its efforts will be tilted toward a particular group’s good, instead of the common good.”

Joel Miller

December 1st, 2016

“The only way government bureaucrats know of keeping prosperity going is to inflate some more – to increase the deficit or to pump more money into the system.”

Henry Hazlitt

“Every step toward the elimination of profit is progress on the way toward social disintegration.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Government planning not only fails; it tends to produce outcomes that are the opposite of what its proponents say that they favor. The only stable and productive social system is one that embraces human liberty in its totality, and defends the market economy, private property, sound money, and peaceful international relations, while opposing government intervention as economically and socially destructive.”

Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

“The U.S. Constitution may be flawed, but it’s a whole lot better than what we have now.”

Unknown

“It is not the business of government to make men virtuous or religious, or to preserve the fool from the consequences of his own folly. Government should be repressive no further than is necessary to secure liberty by protecting the rights of each from aggression on the part of others, and the moment governmental prohibitions extend beyond this line they are in danger of defeating the very ends they are intended to serve.”

Henry George

November 18, 2016

“There are always two kinds of people in the world – those who pioneer and those who plod. The plodders always attack the pioneers. They say that the pioneers have gobbled up all the opportunity, when, as a plain matter of fact, the plodders would have nowhere to plod had not the pioneers first cleared the way.”

Henry Ford

“Markets are nimble and efficient gathering the collective but disbursed intelligence of the economy’s players and communicating up-to-the-minute realities of prices, product availability, etc. Government is typically cumbersome, plodding, and slow.”

Joel Miller

“Markets work well at what they are supposed to do; governments work badly at what they are supposed to do.”

Joseph R. Stromberg

“The crucial question for any policy is not what its intentions are but what are its effects.”

Walter Williams

“Under capitalism, everybody provides for their own needs by serving others.”

Ludwig von Mises

November 17, 2016

“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

“Capitalism denies the naïve and mystic faith in the State to control wages and prices. A fair price is the amount agreed upon by the buyer and seller.”

Perry Gresham

“In any government bureaucracy, they are not working for you but for the mythical blob called the ‘public sector,’ which is really nothing but a stash of stolen cash divided among the robber class.”

Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

“Inherent in capitalism is the ability to provide freedom of choice, encourage cooperation, provide accountability, create wealth for large numbers of people and limit the exercise of excessive power.”

Peter Hill

“Nothing is more difficult than to make a profit.”

James Cook

November 16, 2016

“There is far more danger in public than in private monopoly, for when government goes into business it can always shift its losses to the taxpayers.”

Thomas Edison

“If it is unnecessary to adjust the amount of expenditure to the means available, there is no limit to the spending of the great god State.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Government cannot be put on a businesslike basis because it lacks the profit-and-loss test available to businesses on the market. Thus it doesn’t know when to stop doing something, short of a disastrous setback, cannot calculate its costs, and so on.”

Joseph R. Stromberg

“The only real cure for poverty is production.”

Henry Hazlitt

“Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man. There has never been a really good one, and even those that are most tolerable are arbitrary, cruel, grasping, and unintelligent.”

H. L. Mencken

October 17, 2016

“The era of resisting big government is never over.”

Paul Gigot

“Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies.”

Honore de Balzac

“The idea that political freedom can be preserved in the absence of economic freedom, and vice versa, is an illusion. Political freedom is the corollary of economic freedom.”

Ludwig von Mises

“A virtue of the free enterprise system is that it offers every individual the greatest opportunity for self-expression.”

Lawrence Fertig

‘From the beginning, I was trained to work to save and to give.”

John D. Rockefeller

October 7, 2016

“There is no such thing as a just and fair method of exercising the tremendous power that interventionism puts into the hands of the legislature and the executive.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Think about it: we went into slaver pagans; we came out Christians. We went into slavery pieces of property; we came out American citizens. We went into slaver with chains clanking about our wrists; we came out with the American ballot in our hands…”

Booker T. Washington

“It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.”

Jonathan Swift

“Some people regard private enterprise as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon.”

Winston Churchill

“Government welfare programs contribute to the disintegration of poor families. They make women and children dependent on government; dependent for food, for clothing, for shelter; and reward fatherless families with extra benefits and welfare perks.”

Hans F. Sennholz

October 6, 2016

“The decline and fall of a civilization is barely noticed by most of its citizens.”

James Cook

“Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.”

Milton Friedman

“The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.”

Robert A. Heinlein

“If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free.”

P.J. O’Rourke

“Today, the law is a crazy quilt of provisions and clauses that very often have little to do with securing general happiness but instead are designed to secure the particular happiness of various advocacy groups, politicians and bureaucrats.”

Joel Miller

September 23, 2016

“Political changes and reforms do not usually favor the general populace. They benefit those who are positioned to best organize and advocate for their policies.”

Joel Miller

“The government has nothing to give to anybody that it doesn’t first take from someone else.”

Henry Hazlitt

“Capitalism is based on self-interest and self-esteem, it holds integrity and trustworthiness as cardinal virtues, not vices. It is this superlative moral system that the welfare statists propose to improve upon by means of preventative law, snooping bureaucrats and the chronic good of fear.”

Alan Greenspan

“The last few decades mark the first time in their history that America’s institutions of higher learning have become a haven for extremists.”

David Horowitz

“The welfare state destroys the market mechanisms – lessens free choice and willing exchange. Simultaneously creating unnatural specializations, it must, granted statism’s premise, resort to welfarism; that is, it must assume the responsibility for the people’s welfare: their employment, their old age, their income, and the like. As this is done, man loses his wholeness; he is dispossessed of responsibility for self, the very essence of his manhood. The more dependent he becomes, the less dependable!”

Leonard E. Read

September 22, 2016

“Capitalism encourages invention, innovation and technological advance. Creativity cannot be legislated. Only free people can bring significant discovery to society.”

Perry Gresham

“Most Americans, who think Congress has a right to do anything for which they can get a majority vote, ignore the clearly written constitutional restraints on Congress.”

Walter Williams

“We try never to forget that medicine is for the patient…It’s not for the profits. The profits follow, and if we have remembered that they have never failed to appear. The better we have remembered it, the larger they have been.”

George Merck II

“If people do not consume their whole incomes, the non-consumed surplus can be invested, it increases the amount of capital goods available and thereby makes it possible to embark upon projects which could not be executed before.”

Ludwig von Mises

“We must remember we are refining oil for the poor man and he must have it cheap and good.”

John D. Rockefeller

September 21, 2016

“Would-be income guarantors ignore or despise the capitalistic system that makes their dreams dreamable and gives their redistribute-the-income proposals whatever plausibility they have.”

Henry Hazlitt

“No one should expect that any logical argument or any experience could ever shake the almost religious fervor of those who believe in salvation through spending and credit expansion.”

Ludwig von Mises

“There is no use whatever trying to help people who do not help themselves. You cannot push anyone up a ladder.”

Andrew Carnegie

“Freedom is not a luxury for a few wealthy nations; as many of our liberal pundits try to tell us, but a necessity for the poor and hungry.”

Edward P. Coleson

“It will be of little avail to the people that laws are made by men of their choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood…that man who knows what the law is today can guess what it will be tomorrow.”

James Madison

September 20, 2016

“One of the happiest consequences of the absence of government…is the development of individual strength that inevitably follows.”

Alexis de Tocqueville

“What governments call international monetary cooperation is concerted action for the sake of credit expansion.”

Ludwig von Mises

“I think the terror most people are concerned with is the IRS.”

Malcolm Forbes

“Soaking the rich would not only be profoundly immoral, it would drastically penalize the very virtues: thrift, business foresight, and investment that have brought about our remarkable standard of living. It would truly be killing the goose that lays the golden eggs.”

Murray N. Rothbard

“The foremost corporate responsibility is to serve others so well you produce a profit.”

James Cook

September 19, 2016

“To best serve the public happiness, government shouldn’t do things it cannot do well – anymore than Wal-Mart should provide goods and services that people don’t like.”

Joel Miller

“The better an entrepreneur succeeds, the more is vilified and the more is he soaked by taxation.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Laws provide against injury from others; but not from ourselves. God himself will not save men against their wills.”

Thomas Jefferson

“An active policy of government intervention in a free-market business system is a contradiction in terms. Trades of private property are either voluntary or they are not; one cannot legislate the free market or create competition. To have a free market the government must leave the markets alone; to have the state make free markets ‘free’ is again a contradiction in terms.”

Dominic T. Armentano

“The government transfers income and wealth according to the rules of politics, which make politicians the primary beneficiaries of the system, and the poor and needy the primary victims.”

Hans F. Sennholz

September 16, 2016

“A man who chooses between drinking a glass of milk and a glass of a solution made of potassium cyanide does not choose between two beverages; he chooses between life and death. A society that chooses between capitalism and socialism does not choose between two social systems; it chooses between social cooperation and the disintegration of society. Socialism is not an alternative to capitalism; it is an alternative to any system under which men can live as human beings.”

Ludwig von Mises

“When politics is elevated over business, economic disaster follows.”

James Cook

“All the forms of double taxation in the current system are punitive and self-destructive because they are literally destroying people’s incentive to provide that seed corn for future economic growth.”

Daniel J. Mitchell

“Free trade, one of the greatest blessings that a government can confer on a people, is in almost every country unpopular.”

Thomas Babington Macaulay

“Consumption never creates wealth.”

Kurt Richebacher

September 15, 2016

“Never underestimate the incompetence of government.”

James Cook

“There is no other planning for freedom and general welfare than to let the market system work.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Redistribution divided society into two social classes: the beneficiaries of transfer, who are calling for ever more; and the victims who submit unwillingly. It could hardly fail to injure social peace and harmony.”

Hans F. Sennholz

“The love of lucre, though sometimes carried to a ridiculous excess, a vicious excess, is the grand cause of prosperity to all States.”

Edmund Burke

“When any welfare scheme is being proposed, its political sponsors always dwell on what a generous and compassionate government should pay to Paul; they neglect to mention that this additional money must be seized from Peter.”

Henry Hazlitt

September 14, 2016

“Beware the greedy hand of government, thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry.”

Thomas Paine

“If the practice persists of covering government deficits with the issue of notes, then the day will come without fail, sooner or later, when the monetary systems of those nations pursuing this course will break down completely. The purchasing power of the monetary unit will decline more and more, until finally it disappears completely.”

Ludwig von Mises

“No longer are Republicans arguing with Democrats about whether government should be big or small. Instead they are at odds over what kind of big government the U.S. should have.”

Janet Hook

“One of the bitter ironies of the 20th century was that communism, which began as an egalitarian doctrine accusing capitalism of selfishness and calloused sacrifices of others, became in power a system whose selfishness and callousness toward others made the sins of capitalism pale.”

Thomas Sowell

“If there is to be no loss whatever of dignity or self-respect in getting and staining on relief, then there can be no gain in dignity or self-respect in making some sacrifices to keep off.”

Henry Hazlitt

September 13, 2016

“The essence of Keynesianism is its complete failure to conceive the role that saving and capital accumulation play in the improvement of economic conditions.”

Ludwig von Mises

“[I]t is a paradoxical truth that tax rates are too high today and tax revenues in the long run is to cut rates now.”

John F. Kennedy

“Capitalism denies the right of government to take the property of a private citizen at will, or to tax away his livelihood at will, or to tell him when and where he must work or how and where he must live. Capitalism is built on the firm foundation of individual liberty.”

Perry Gresham

“Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lost both.”

Benjamin Franklin

“Government does some things very well, things that are a benefit to the entire community. When Jefferson aired his opinions about what was ‘necessary to make us a happy and prosperous people’ in his first inaugural, he limited the government’s duties to just three basic things:

  • Restrain men from injuring one another.
  • Leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement.
  • Not take from the mouth of labor the bread it is earned.”

Joel Miller

September 12, 2016

“The bad consequences of a government program usually don’t show up immediately. And the delay may be long enough to hide the connection between the program and its results. So government never has to say it’s sorry – never has to take responsibility for the misery it causes. Instead, it can blame everything on personal greed, profit-hungry corporations, and the ‘private sector.’ And the government’s cure for the problem is to impose bigger programs, more regulation, and higher taxes.”

Harry Browne

“American authors or scientists are prone to consider the wealthy businessman as a barbarian, as a man exclusively intent upon making money.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Liberals believe an inexhaustible fund exists that can be tapped endlessly to pay for government social programs. Tax the rich and give it to a long line of moochers, pork barrel hustlers and ne’er-do-wells. These funds would otherwise have been employed as additional capital indispensable to economic programs.”

James Cook

“The political left has been weak on protecting society from criminals for more than two centuries.”

Thomas Sowell

“I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of freedom by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”

James Madison

September 9, 2016

“The essence and the glory of the free market is that individual firms and businesses, competing on the market, provide an ever-changing orchestration of efficient and progressive goods and services: continually improving products and markets, advancing technology, cutting costs, and meeting changing consumer demands as swiftly and as efficiently as possible.”

Murray N. Rothbard

“When goods don’t cross borders, soldiers will.”

Frederic Bastiat

“Advocacy groups, politicians, and bureaucrats use the government to advance their private good instead of the common good.”

Joel Miller

“It is possible to increase paper-money income to any amount by debasing the currency. But real income can only be increased by working harder or more efficiently, saving more, investing more, and producing more.”

Henry Hazlitt

“Free trade or the free market means the sovereignty of the consumer.”

Faustino Ballve

September 8, 2016

“The capitalist system has lifted mankind out of mass poverty. It is this system that in the last century, in the last generation, even in the last decade, has acceleratively been changing the face of the world, and has provided the masses of mankind with amenities that eve kings did not possess or imagine a few generations ago.”

Henry Hazlitt

“There is no equality without coercion.”

Gonzalo Fernandez de la Mora

“If you want government to intervene domestically, you’re a liberal. If you want government to intervene overseas, you’re a conservative. If you want government to intervene everywhere, you’re a moderate. If you don’t want government to intervene anywhere, you’re an extremist.”

Joseph Sobran

“What makes small business develop into big business is not spending, but saving and capital accumulation.”

Ludwig von Mises

“The purer the application of socialism, the worse the results; the purer the application of capitalism, the better the results.”

James Cook

September 7, 2016

“Private ownership means that individuals control their own persons, their own energies and the products of their energies.”

V. Orval Watts

“The sharper the competition, the better it serves its social function to improve economic production.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Nothing keeps a company honest and efficient like the threat of tother companies coming along and taking its business away.”

John Stossel

“I realize that the New York Times is probably not written for the express purpose of driving me mad; I think of it as liberalism’s daily bulletin board.”

Joseph Sobran

“Most of the people in the upper income brackets are not rich and do not have wealth sheltered offshore. They are typically working people who have finally reached their peak earning years after many years of far more modest incomes – and now see much of what they have worked for siphoned off by politicians, to the accompaniment of lofty rhetoric.”

Thomas Sowell  

September 6, 2016

“Liberals fostered the subsidies that have converted so many citizens to helplessness. They have made high taxes and big government a way of life. They have corrupted the politicians into believing that in order to be elected into office they must dispense benefits.”

James Cook

“Big business always serves – directly or indirectly – the masses.”

Ludwig von Mises

“The many woes that afflict our nation are rooted in the morally bankrupt paradigms of socialism, interventionism, and empire that have held our nation their grip for decades and that the only real solution to such woes is libertarianism.”

Jacob G. Hornberger

“Universal health care is a great way of implementing one of socialism’s main objectives through the back door: equalization of incomes through redistribution of wealth.”

Jane M. Orient

“The key question for many voters is: How much is the candidate offering for my vote?”

James Bovard

September 2, 2016

“The market is not an invention of capitalism. It has existed for centuries. It is an invention of civilization.”

Unknown

“The alternative to the market process is government control, and we know where that principle leads.”

Sheldon Richman

“The root source of wealth is human ingenuity. This has no known bounds, so the amount of wealth in existence can always be increased. That’s why capitalism is called ‘making money.’”

Marc Geddes

“Modern ‘public health’ initiatives have moved well beyond what could reasonably be classified as public goods. Today, government undertakes all sorts of policies in the name of public health that are aimed at regulating personal behavior.”

Radley Balko

“Inflation makes the extension of socialism possible by providing the financial chaos in which it flourishes. The fact is that socialism and inflation are cause and effect, they feed on each other!”

Henry Hazlitt

September 1, 2016

“If the history of welfare teaches us anything, it teaches us that government money is as addictive as any narcotic.”

Michael D. Tanner

“If citizens wish to retain their liberty, they cannot assume that those who seek power over them are honest. Skepticism of government is one of the most important – and most forgotten – bulwarks of freedom.”

James Bovard

“It is impossible to manage the health care requirements of tens of millions of American citizens at the federal level. It is impossible to manage all of the permutations of people’s economic aspirations and lives through a complex tax code. It is impossible to try to second-guess the market. It is impossible, from a managerial standpoint, for the federal government to do the things it is trying to do today.”

Frederick W. Smith

“Universities have failed in their function of the pursuit of academic excellence by having dumbed down classes and granting degrees to students who are just barely literate and computationally incompetent.”

Walter Williams

“What is called ‘private sector’ of the economy is, in fact, the voluntary sector; and what is called the ‘public sector’ is, in fact, the coercive sector.”

Henry Hazlitt

August 25, 2016

“What a government system can accomplish is to destroy the art and science of medicine in these United States of America.” 

Jane M. Orient

“The more people expect from government, the more biased they become against limiting government power.”

James Bovard

“There is in government a living impulse to extend itself indefinitely; and there is in freedom a necessity to resist that impulse.” 

Garet Garrett

“Liberalism has come to mean spending more on everything – speech police, failed poverty programs that reward dependence, a bigger nanny state telling us we cannot eat fatty foods, workplace roles that stifle opportunity, and absurd environmental regulations.”

John Stossel

“Assistance granted to the unemployed does not dispose of unemployment. It makes it easier for the unemployed to remain idle.”

Ludwig von Mises

August 8, 2016

“All present-day governments are fanatically committed to an easy money policy.”

Ludwig von Mises

“What do intellectuals and opinion makers get from big government? An increasing number of cushy jobs in the bureaucracy, or in the government-subsidized sector, staffing the welfare-regulatory state, and apologizing for its polices, as well as propagandizing for them among the public. To put it bluntly, intellectuals, theorists, pundits, media elites, etc. get to live a life which they could not attain on the free market, but which they can gain at taxpayer expense.”

Murray N. Rothbard

“The market performs miracles so routinely that we take it for granted. Supermarkets provide 30,000 choices at rock-bottom prices. We take it for granted that when we stick a piece of plastic in a wall, cash will come out; that when we give the same plastic to a stranger, he will rent us a car, and the next month, VISA will have the amounting correct to the penny. By contrast, ‘experts’ in government can’t even count the vote accurately.”

John Stossel

“Not only is patriotism disdained, the very basis for pride in one’s country and culture is systematically undermined in our education institutions at all levels. The achievements of western civilization are buried in histories that portray every human sin found here as if they were peculiarities of the west.”

Thomas Sowell

“Business has only two functions – marketing and innovation.”

Peter Drucker

August 5, 2016

“The truth is that the government cannot give if it does not take from somebody…It is not in the power of the government to make everybody more prosperous.”

Ludwig von Mises

“There is every reason to expect most of the new immigrants to be good workers, good neighbors, and fully assimilated Americans within a generation.”

William Niskanen

Wal-Mart has become the whipping boy for political demagogues, unions and anti-traders. I suggest that they have the wrong target…Wal-Mart exists and prospers because tens of millions  of Americans find Wal-Mart to be a suitable source of goods and services…unions and anti-traders should direct their outrage and condemnation at the tens of millions of Americans who shop at Wal-Mart and keep it in business.”

Walter Williams

“Inflation is not only unnecessary for economic growth. As long as it exists it is the enemy of economic growth.”

Henry Hazlitt

“Wealth comes from the production and exchange of goods and services. If someone efficiently produces a good that many people willingly trade their money for, he becomes wealthy.”

Sheldon Richman

August 4, 2016

“Capitalism has enormously raised the economic level of the masses. It has wiped out whole areas of poverty, and continues to wipe out more. The so-called ‘pockets of poverty’ constantly get smaller and fewer.”

Henry Hazlitt

“Government enterprise is a hopelessly flawed model.”

Gregory Bresiger

“We have enshrined a giant immorality as truth – that individual earnings belong to the collective rather than those who produce them, and that we can in the name of the collective confiscate ever-larger portions of those earnings to advance our own individual lives and businesses in the form of pork, privileges, subsidies, loans, and entitlements.”

Nelson Hultberg

“No resource will flourish if managed by government.”

James Cook

“Congress can raise taxes because it can persuade a sizable fraction of the populace that somebody else will pay.”

Milton Friedman

August 3, 2016

“In a social democracy with a fiat currency, all roads lead to inflation.”

Bill Fleckenstein

“The great Depression came about because of government intervention into the economy through monetary policies, short-sighted trade policies, and huge tax increases.”

William L. Anderson

“The tendency of government-supported education must be finally to achieve a government monopoly of education.”

Henry Hazlitt

“It is certain that many intellectuals envy the higher income of prosperous businessmen and that these feelings drive them toward socialism. They believe that the authorities of a socialist commonwealth would pay them higher salaries than those that they earn under capitalism.”

Ludwig von Mises

“So you want to know the future? It’s not as hard as it seems. Expect every government program to fail to achieve its stated aims – domestic and foreign – and you will hit the mark every time.”

Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

August 2, 2016

“Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, nor newspapers without government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”

Thomas Jefferson

“The epithet profiteer is the expression of an arbitrary judgment of value. There is no other standard available for the distinction between profiteering and earning fair profits than that provided by the censor’s personal envy and resentment.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Government regulators are another name for police.”

James Cook

“By the very nature of government schooling, the matter of what goes into school textbooks must necessarily be a political matter, to be decided by those in political power.”

Jacob G. Hornberger

“In an unmolested market economy – one where all dealings are consensual – the ‘allocation of wealth and income is the result of transactions.”

Sheldon Richman

August 1, 2016

“We still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping at the spoil of the multitude…It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without a tribute.”

Thomas Paine

“It is historically true that no order of society ever perishes save by its own hand.”

John Maynard Keynes

“As taxpayers, we have quietly accepted the fact that our taxes will be spent to pay big bucks for all sorts of ugly, twisted metal to be displayed in front of or inside government buildings, in the name of ‘art’ – that was obviously never meant to give the public any enjoyment and often represented a thumbing of the artist’s nose at the public.”

Thomas Sowell

“Most of what Congress does fits the description of forcing one American to serve the purpose of another American. That description differs only in degree but not in kind, from slavery.” 

Walter Williams

“Government is essentially the negation of liberty.”

Ludwig von Mises

July 29, 2016

“Under such a socialist mode of production all personal incentives which selfishness provides under capitalism are removed, and a premium is put upon laziness and negligence. Whereas in a capitalist society selfishness incites everyone to the utmost diligence, in a socialist society it makes for inertia and laxity.”

Ludwig von Mises

“The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.”

Thomas Jefferson

“There is no way to turn off this global economy, nor should one try. Every previous expansion of global capitalism has led to greater prosperity across the world.”

Fareed Zakaria

“To write about business one should be in business, just as in writing about Tasmania one should visit Tasmania.”

James Cook

“Government today, far from protecting property, is its main threat.”

Roger Pilon

July 28, 2016

“The philosophy underlying the system of progressive taxation is that the income and wealth of the well-to-do classes can be freely tapped. What the advocates of these tax rates fail to realize is that the greater of the incomes taxed away would not have been consumed but saved and invested.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Money spent in complying with a regulation cannot be spent again on market or product research.”

Joel Miller

“The income tax has spawned an intrusive bureaucracy, creating so much complexity and red tape that millions of ordinary citizens have to go get some accountant to fill out the forms for them – and then sign under penalty of perjury that it was done right. If you knew how to do it right, you wouldn’t have to go to somebody else to have it done, would you?”

Thomas Sowell

“When your money is taken by a thief, you get nothing in return. When your money is taken through taxes to support needless bureaucrats, precisely the same situation exists. We are lucky, indeed, if the needless bureaucrats are mere easy-going loafers. They are more likely today to be energetic reformers busily discouraging and disrupting production.”

Henry Hazlitt

“Once congress establishes that one person can live at the expense of anther, it pays for everyone to try to do so.”

Walter Williams

July 15, 2016

“The State, of course is absolutely indispensable to the preservation of law and order, and the promotion of peace and social cooperation. What is unnecessary and evil, what abridges the liberty and threatens the true welfare of the individual, is the State that has usurped excessive powers and grown beyond its legitimate functions – the super-State, the socialist State, the redistributive State, in brief, the ironically misnamed ‘Welfare State.’”

Henry Hazlitt

“The fact is that the government, like a highwayman, say to a man: ‘Your money, or your life.’ And Many, if not most, taxes are paid under the compulsion of that threat.”

Lysander Spooner

“To succeed in business, put the interest of the customer ahead of your own.”

James Cook

“It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that bears a striking resemblance to the first.”

Ronald Reagan

“The alternative to the market process is government control, and we know where that principle leads.”

Sheldon Richman

July 14, 2016

“The government was set to protect man from criminals – and the Constitution was written to protect man from the government.”

Ayn Rand

“Governments harangue about deficits to get more revenue so they can spend more.”

Allan H. Meltzer

“It is the free market and competition among employers for the services of wage earners that make workers independent of arbitrary discretion on the part of the employer.”

Paul L. Poirot

“By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens. There is no subtler no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose.”

John Maynard Keynes

“Progress of any kind is always at variance with the old and established ideas and therefore with the codes inspired by them. Every step of progress is a change involving heavy risks.”

Ludwig von Mises

July 13, 2016

“If you have ten thousand regulations, you destroy all respect for the law.”

Winston Churchill

“Tyranny is always better organized than freedom.”

Charles Peguy

“All almsgiving inevitably tends to pauperize the recipient.”

Ludwig von Mises

“I recall asking the late eminent liberal historian Arthur Schlesinger, in a public forum in Los Angeles in the late 1970’s, if he would say that America was , all things considered, a better, i.e., more moral, society than Soviet society. He said he would not.”

Dennis Prager

“No matter what federal program one selects – Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the drug war, the income tax and the IRS, education, foreign interventions and wars – they are all a giant mess.”

Jacob G. Hornberger

July 1, 2016

“A nation cannot prosper if its members are not fully aware of the fact that what alone can improve their conditions is more and better production. And this can only be brought about by increased saving and capital accumulation.”

Ludwig von Mises

“The more noteworthy a person’s achievements, the more government agents are attracted to investigating that person.”

James Cook

“The surest way for a poor nation to stay poor is to harass, hobble, and straitjacket private enterprise or to discourage or destroy it buy subsidized government competition, oppressive taxation, or expropriation.”

Henry Hazlitt

“What is especially disturbing about the political left is that they seem to have no sense of the tragedy of the human condition. Instead, they tend to see the problems of the world as due to other people not being as wise or noble as themselves.”

June 30, 2016

“The quickest and surest way to production, and economic growth is through private enterprise. The best way for governments to encourage private enterprise is to establish justice, to enforce contracts, to insure domestic peace and tranquility, to protect private property, and to secure the blessings of liberty, including economic liberty – which means to stop putting obstacles in the way of private enterprise.”

Henry Hazlitt

“A fine is a tax for doing something wrong. A tax is a fine for doing something write.”

Unknown

“Money could never have originated as paper.”

James Cook

“The modern welfare state, highly touted as soaking the rich to subsidize the poor, does no such thing. In fact, soaking the rich would have disastrous effects not just for the rich but for the poor and middle classes themselves. For it is the rich who provide a proportionately greater amount of saving, investment capital, entrepreneurial foresight, and financing of technological innovation that has brought the United States to by far the highest standard of living – for the mass of the people – of any country in history.”

Murray N. Rothbard

“I place economy among the first and most important virtues and public debt as the greatest dangers to be feared…We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our choice between economy and liberty or profusion and servitude.”

Thomas Jefferson

June 22, 2016

“There is no remedy for the inefficiency of public management.”

Ludwig von Mises

“The future of private enterprise capitalism is also the future of a free society. There is no possibility of having a politically free society unless the major part of its economic resources are operated under a capitalistic private enterprise system.”

Milton Friedman

“The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.”

Ronald Reagan

“Once a fellow’s enjoying the fruits of government health care and all the rest, he couldn’t give a hoot about the general societal interest; he’s got his, and if it’s going to bankrupt the state a generation hence, well, as long as they can keep the checks coming till he’s dead, it’s fine by him.”

Mark Steyn

“A ‘social justice’ society is a conflict society which locks beneficiaries and victims alike in a struggle without end. It becomes a society torn apart by resentment over the wealth of capitalists.”

Hans F. Sennholz

June 8, 2016

“Fortunes cannot grow; someone has to increase them.”

Ludwig von Mises

“The consequences of inflation are malinvestment, waste, a wanton redistribution of wealth and income, the growth of speculation and gambling, immorality and corruption, disillusionment, social resentment, discontent, upheaval and riots, bankruptcy, increased governmental controls, and eventual collapse.”

Henry Hazlitt

“American democracy is capsizing as a result of the vast increase in the number of government dependents and government employees.”

James Bovard

“I get a kick out of all these central bank governors, both here and overseas, constantly warning us about the ‘terrible danger of inflation.’ What a bunch of snake-oil salesmen these guys are. It’s the central banks, themselves, who are pumping out all that extra fiat money that is creating simultaneously warning about the spread of the disease.”

Richard Russell

“Civil liberties once so easily and thoughtlessly surrendered, will be harder by orders of magnitude for our children and grandchildren to reclaim.”

James R. Muhm

May 27, 2016

“All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise not from defects in their constitution or confederation, not from a want of honor or virtue so much as from downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit, and circulation.”

John Adams

“All those evils which the [liberals] interpret as evidence of the failure of capitalism are the necessary outcome of interference with the market.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Whatever happened to Warren Buffett, the world’s third-richest man? Guilt, a feeling of being blessed by luck, forgotten lessons – who knows? In any case, Buffett now believes that government should redistribute the wealth earned by others to those who did not earn it.”

Larry Elder

“In the course of human events it is necessary, now and again, to dissolve our political bands with the ninnies who keep abandoning our founding principles. It used to be self-evident that our government’s role was primarily to protect certain unalienable rights, such as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It used to be that our government did the bidding of the people – that any power it derived was solely through the consent of the governed. It used to be our country believed in limited government – that government at its best was a necessary evil and should be aggressively restrained.”

Tom Purcell

“The more powerful government becomes, the more abuses it commits and the more lies it must tell.”

James Bovard

May 26, 2016

“Socialism destroys the incentive to produce, dampens the human spirit and results, ultimately, in less for everyone.”

David Limbaugh

“Government welfarism, with its ever-increasing army of pensioners and other beneficiaries, is fatally easy to launch and fatally easy to extend, but almost impossible to bring to a halt – and quite impossible politically to reverse, no matter how obvious and catastrophic its consequences become.”

Henry Hazlitt

“The Founding Fathers set up a system that heavily relied upon self-reliance and competition, with only a small dose of government intrusion.”

Bill O’Reilly

“If one regards inflation as an evil, then one has to stop inflating.one has to balance the budget of the government.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Once a person comes to rely on the government for support, that person becomes a socialist through and through.”

James Cook

May 25, 2016

“Bureaucrats denounce private enterprise for the consequences of their own reckless policies and demand still more governmental controls.”

Henry Hazlitt

“If people come to believe that government will act in their place, they are less likely to become involved themselves. Indeed, we already see substantial evidence that private charitable giving tends to decline when government welfare increases.”

Michael D. Tanner

“Nothing has value in itself. The consumer confers value on it by seeking to acquire it. Hence, the value of a thing is never objective, but always subjective.”

Faustino Ballve

“The essence of an individual’s freedom is the opportunity to deviate from traditional ways of thinking and of doing things.”

Ludwig von Mises

“The New York Times’ long-standing motto, ‘All the News That’s Fit to Print,’ should be changed to reflect today’s reality: ‘Manufacturing News to Fit an Ideology.’”

Thomas Sowell

May 24, 2016

“The most important business of one generation is the raising of the next generation. Nothing else you do in life will be as deeply satisfying.”

George Will

“For Al Gore and Paul Ehrlich and Co., whatever the problem, the solution is always the same. Whether it’s global cooling, global warming, or overpopulation, we need bigger government, more regulation, higher taxes, and a massive transfer of power from the citizen to some unelected self-perpetuating crisis lobby.”

Mark Steyn

“The market steers the capitalistic economy. It directs each individual’s activities into those channels in which he best serves the wants of his fellow-men. The market alone puts the whole social system of private ownership of the means of production and free enterprise in order and provides it with sense and meaning.”

Ludwig von Mises

“The past 70 years have shown that government has not prudently handled, and cannot prudently handle, the plight of the poor. Rather than help those in need of assistance during times of trouble, the federal government has imprisoned them in a political power game, resulting in increased dependence.”

Jude Blanchette

“Government funding combined with university tenure leads to the distortion of science and bad public policy.”

Roy Cordato

May 23, 2016

“The market is colorblind.”

W. H. Hutt

“Most activists on the Left believe that they, not only their values, are morally superior to their adversaries. Therefore, coercing people to adhere to ‘progressive’ values is morally acceptable, even demanded.”

Dennis Prager

“Government aid programs have been endlessly expanded, and the government has sought to maximize the number of people willing to accept handouts…Roughly half of all Americans are dependent on the government, either for handouts, pensions, or paychecks.”

James Bovard

“Capitalism consists of providing first and getting later.”

George Gilder

“There is a long history of monetary experience. It tells us that government is at heart a counterfeiter and therefore cannot be trusted to control money, and that this is true of both autocratic and popular government.”

Garet Garrett

May 18, 2016

“The long-run historical tendency of capitalism has not only been to increase real incomes more or less proportionately nearly all along the line, but to benefit the masses even more than the rich.”

Henry Hazlitt

“The key ingredient of politics is the idea that all of society’s ills can be cured politically. It’s like a cookbook where the recipe for everything is to fry it. The fruit cocktail is fried.”

P.J. O’Rourke

“Government is in the business of misdirected incentives. Take poverty. Years ago LBJ unleashed a flurry of government programs to eliminate it. We’ve spent well over a trillion dollars since and all our good intentions got us in more poverty.”

Tom Purcell

“There is nothing like widespread poverty to boost a country’s equality index.”

Bob Tyrrell

“Never before in the history of the modern research university have entire departments and fields been devoted to purely ideological pursuits.”

David Horowitz

May 17, 2016

“What the American worker needs is more of what Wal-Mart offers and less of what the government offers.”

Llewellyn Rockwell, Jr.

“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.”

William Pitt

“A nation that encourages its people to spend more and save less promotes economic backwardness, social decay and its own financial doom.”

Kurt Richebacher

“To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people is a chimerical idea.”

James Madison

“Once the idea is accepted that money is something whose supply is determined simply by the printing press, it becomes impossible for the politicians in power to resist the constant demands for further inflation.”

Henry Hazlitt

May 16, 2016

“The growing size of the government debt should be of real concern to every creditor and especially to every taxpayer with any interest whatsoever in private property and personal freedom.”

Paul L. Poirot

“Statism, which forces all of us within its orbit, is nothing but a political system of organized plunder, managed by every conceivable type of pressure group.”

Leonard E. Read

“We cannot restore traditional American Freedom unless we limit the government’s power to tax.”

Frank Chodorov

“Inflationism is a dreadful cancer that is gnawing at the backbone of the civilized order.”

Hans F. Sennholz

“No increase in the welfare of the members of society can result from the availability of an additional quantity of money.”

Ludwig von Mises

May 13, 2016

“It’s people seeking more for themselves that has produced a better life for all Americans.”

Walter Williams

“By definition, the moment one crosses the center to the left, one accepts more government control of people’s lives. Therefore, the further left society moves, the more there is government control over its citizens’ it is astonishing that this obvious fact is not universally acknowledged and that the Left has somehow successfully portrayed itself as preoccupied with personal liberty.”

Dennis Prager

“The sheer number of government employees and welfare recipients effectively transforms the purpose of government from maintaining order to confiscating as much as possible from vulnerable taxpayers.”

James Bovard

“Everyone wants to live at the expense of the State. They forgot that the State lives at the expense of Everyone.”

Frederic Bastiat

“Government intervention into nearly every aspect of our lives is so common that people often lose sight of how things would operate absent the intervention.”

William L. Anderson

May 12, 2016

“The characteristic mark of economic history under capitalism is unceasing economic progress, a steady increase in the quantity of capital goods available and a continuous trend toward an improvement in the general standard of living.”

Ludwig von Mises

“The facts of life are conservative.”

Margaret Thatcher

“Libertarians are learning to their sorrow that big businessmen cannot necessarily be relied upon to be their allies in the battle against extension of governmental encroachments.”

Henry Hazlitt

“Whatever you subsidize you get more of.”

James Cook

“Free markets are economically optimal, but partially free markets, with endless creation of fiat money and implicit government guarantees of the beig boys, can produce perverse and dangerous results.”

Martin Hutchison

May 11, 2016

“The solution to our problems is not more paternalism, laws, decrees, and controls, but the restoration of liberty and free enterprise, the restoration of incentives, to let loose the tremendous constructive energies of 300 million Americans.”

Henry Hazlitt

“A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have, starting with your sense of self-reliance.”

Mark Steyn

“If, as is generally the case, the heirs are not equal to the demands which life makes on an entrepreneur, the inherited wealth rapidly vanishes.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Popular culture, in all its crudeness, is the output of liberals. It is liberalism that for decades has rejected any protest as ‘censorship’ or ‘McCarthyism.’”

Mona Cheran

“Is there another way? Of course there is. There is a way based on simple moral principles: Everyone keeps his own money. Everyone decides what to do with his own money. No income tax. No IRS. No government grants or assistance to anyone. All charity is voluntary. It’s called freedom. It’s a peaceful, harmonious way of life, one that Americans once believed in.”

Jacob G. Hornberger

May 10, 2016

“Precisely because the state has the monopoly of coercion it can be allowed the monopoly only of coercion. Only if the moderate State can be held within a strictly limited agency of duties and powers can it be prevented from regimenting, conquering, and ultimately devouring the society which gave it birth.”

Henry Hazlitt

“Government is not peaceful; it is inherently coercive.”

Edward H. Crane

“The standard of living of the common man is highest in those countries which have the greatest number of wealthy entrepreneurs.”

Ludwig von Mises

“The end of the law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom.”

John Locke

“Prices impose the most effective kind of rationing – self-rationing. Why is rationing necessary? Because what everybody wants always adds up to more than there is….Resources are limited but desires are not. That is the basic and defining problem of economics.”

Thomas Sowell

May 9, 2016

“In a thousand fields the welfarists, statists, socialists, and interventionists are daily driving for more restrictions on individual liberty.”

Henry Hazlitt

“A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.”

G. Gordon Liddy

“It is not the responsibility of the government or the legal system to protect a citizen from himself.”

Justice Casey Percel

“Government is no more than taxpayers hiring the most inefficient organization to do the job.”

James Cook

“No government can print wealth. A government can get away with the illusion that paper is wealth, but in the end too much paper is always created, and with that action the illusion falls apart.”

Richard Russell

May 6, 2016

“In a thousand fields the welfarists, statists, socialists, and interventionists are daily driving for more restrictions on individual liberty.’

Henry Hazlitt

“A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.”

G. Gordon Liddy

“It is not the responsibility of the government or the legal system to protect a citizen from himself.”

Justice Casey Percel

“Government is no more than taxpayers hiring the most inefficient organization to do the job.”

James Cook

“No government can print wealth. A government can get away with the illusion that paper is wealth, but in the end too much paper is always created, and with that action the illusion falls apart.”

Richard Russell

May 5, 2016

“To finance ‘entitlement’ programs, the government threatens force against the taxpayers who provide the money. Why are people who favor compulsion called humanitarians, while those who favor freedom are stigmatized as greedy?”

John Stossel

“Government aid impedes success and creates dependence, while entrepreneurs creat success and independence.”

Cal Thomas

“To judge by what my children are learning in school, you’d think American history was 75 percent slavery and 25 percent everything else (and that 25 percent includes a large dollop of imperialism, racism, sexism and homophobia, leaving little time for Lincoln, Edison, Clay, Holmes, Alcott, Dickinson, Adams, Longfellow or Fulton).”

Mona Charen

“The fall of a great nation is always a suicide.”

Arnold Toynbee

“The Libertarian Party remains captive to ideological absolutists who argue for example, for the abolition of all taes, rather than presenting a realistic and obtainable program for reducing the size of the government.”

Michael D. Tanner

May 4, 2016

“Liberty is not a means to a political end. It is itself the highest political end.”

Lord Acton

“The fundamental law of the market is: the customer is always right.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Modern capitalism benefited the masses in a double way – both by greatly increasing the wages of the masses of workers and greatly reducing the real prices they had to pay for what was produced.”

Henry Hazlitt

“George Washington might have become our king, but chose not to. His governing idea was that government is our servant because we are inherently free. It is an idea too many in government today forget.”

Dick Armey

“The truth is the committed left press in America is no longer interested in reporting the news. Anything that hinders a favorable view of the far left will be ignored; anything that advances liberal causes will be celebrated. News reporting today is largely about ideology and shaping the culture, not about informing the public.”

Bill O’Reilly

May 3, 2016

“Within a society that permits a free market, power lies within the market itself, and ‘is dispersed among so much of [the] population rather than concentrated solely in a governing elite.”

William L. Anderson

“The American people have come to rely on the government for their security. They will find out how incompetent the government is when they no longer have security.”

James Cook

“The state is no organism capable of bringing either moral or material improvements to the populace, but merely a vehicle of power for the men and party in power.”

Niccolo Machiavelli

“The characteristic feature of modern capitalism is mass production of goods destined for consumption by the masses. The result is a tendency towards a continuous improvement in the average standard of living, a progressing enrichment of the many.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Not since the days of the Hitler Youth have young people been subjected to more propaganda on more politically correct issues. At one time, educators boasted that their role was not to teach students what to think, but how to think. Today, their role is far too often to teach students what to think on everything from immigration to global warming to the new sacred trinity of ‘race, class and gender.’”

Thomas Sowell

May 2, 2016

“Political power intoxicates the best hearts. No man is wise enough, nor good enough, to be trusted with much political power.”

Hans F. Sennholz

“If you are not free to choose wrongly and irresponsibly, you are not free at all.”

Jacob G. Hornberger

“Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.”

P.J. O’Rourke

“It is impossible to find a single example of a monopoly that has ever existed without official protection.”

Faustino Ballve

“Unchecked, government social programs are a security threat because they weaken the ultimate line of defense: the free-born citizen whose responsibilities are not subcontracted to the government.” 

Mark Steyn

April 29, 2016

“Entrepreneurs do not simply do business the way everyone else does; instead, they find new resources or take existing resources and change them to create new goods or to enhance existing services. Over time, in a free-market setting, entrepreneurs lower real costs to customers.”

William L. Anderson

“I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for making the Federal Government the great almoner of public charity throughout the United States. To do so would be contrary to the letter and spirit of the Constitution and subversive of the whole theory upon which the Union of these States is founded.” 

Franklin Pierce

“Depression is the aftermath of credit expansion.”

Ludwig von Mises

“In the public sector, incentives lead bureaucrats to provide their services at maximum cost.”

Reed Garfield

“Big-government conservatism will simply bring us ever more government intervention in and control over our lives, greater regulation, mounting debt that threatens the nation’s future economic health, and less freedom for every American.”

Michael D. Tanner

 

April 28, 2016

Man is not free unless government is limited…As government expands, liberty contracts.”

Ronald Reagan

“I’ve repeated over a number of years a lesson learned repeatedly throughout history: Inflationism is a ‘Road to Ruin.’ This road has become all too visible.”

Doug Noland

“Bureaucracy by its nature resists change and nullifies progress.”

James Cook

“Inflation is essentially antidemocratic.”

Ludwig von Mises

“The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients.”

Edmund Burke

February 18, 2016

“Man is not free unless government is limited…As government expands, liberty contracts.”

Ronald Reagan

“I’ve repeated over a number of years a lesson learned repeatedly throughout history: Inflationism is a ‘Road to Ruin.’ This road has become all too visible.”

Doug Noland

“Bureaucracy by its nature resists change and nullifies progress.”

James Cook

“Inflation is essentially antidemocratic.”

Ludwig von Mises

“The true danger is when Liberty is nibbled away for expedients.”

Edmund Burke

February 12, 2016

“Once we realize that government doesn’t work, we will stop dreaming that this or that social problem can be solved by passing a law – or by creating a new government program – or by electing someone who will make Washington more efficient or cost conscious.”

Harry Browne

“America needs fewer laws, not more prisons.”

James Bovard

“One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation.”

Thomas B. Reed

“The concept of a ‘just’ or ‘fair’ price is devoid of any scientific meaning; it is a disguise for wishes, a striving for a state of affairs different from reality.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Big-government conservatives share a common arrogance with contemporary liberalism. They are convinced that they know what is beset for every American and because they know best, they should guide the rest of us in the proper direction.”

Michael D. Tanner

February 11, 2016

“We know that welfare is a failure. It has neither reduced poverty more made the poor self-sufficient. It has torn at the social fabric of the country and been a significant factor in increasing out-of-wedlock births with all of their attendant problems. It has weakened the work ethic and contributed to rising crime rates. Most tragically of all, the pathologies it engenders have been passed on from parent to child, from generation to generation.”

Michael D. Tanner

“Government is not using modern technology so much to modernize and improve services as it is to regulate, punish, collect taxes and keep an eye on us. They’d rather rule than serve.”

James Cook

“All government operation is wasteful, inefficient, and serves the bureaucrat rather than the consumer.”

Murray N. Rothbard

“Public works are not accomplished by the miraculous power of a magic wand. They are paid for by funds taken away from the citizens.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Government relief tends constantly to get out of hand. And even when it is kept within reasonable bounds it tends to reduce the incentives to work and to save both of those who receive it and those of who are forced to pay it. It may be said, in fact, that practically every measure that governments take with the ostensible object of ‘helping the poor’ has the long-run effect of doing the opposite.”

Henry Hazlitt

February 10, 2016

“Falling prices through increased production is a wonderful long-run tendency of untrammeled capitalism.”

Murray N. Rothbard

“Socialism [modern liberalism] is not in the least what it pretends to be it is not the pioneer of a better and finer world, but the spoiler of what thousands of years of civilization have created. It does not build; it destroys. For destruction is the essence of it. It produced nothing, in only consumes what the social order based on private ownership in the means of production has created.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Relief, or redistribution of income, voluntary or coerced, is never the true solution of poverty, but at best a makeshift, which may mask the disease and mitigate the pain, but provides no basic cure.”

Henry Hazlitt

“Compassion is good, but politicians have turned compassion into the welfare state.”

Thomas Sowell

“Government intervention in the economy - through taxes, regulation and, most importantly, currency inflation – causes distortions and misallocations of capital that must eventually be unwound. The distortions degrade the general standard of living, and the economy goes into a recession (call that an incomplete cleansing). Or it goes into a depression – wherein the entire sickly structure comes unglued.”

Doug Casey

February 9, 2016

“Government provided free tuition tends more and more to produce a uniform conformist education, with college faculties ultimately dependent for their job on the government, and so developing an economic interest in profession and teaching a statist, pro-government, and socialist ideology.”

Henry Hazlitt

“Monetary expansion is a massive scheme of hidden redistribution.”

Murray N. Rothbard

“If everyone had to start up their own business, socialism would soon die.”

James Cook

“Every businessman enjoying customer patronage, whether he be a baker, banker or barber is conferring a public benefit, raising production, and reducing unemployment; businessmen earn their livelihood by producing products and rendering services wherever they are needed.”

Hans F. Sennholz

“The more government dependents, the more likely that democracy will become a conspiracy against self-reliance.”

James Bovard

February 4, 2016

“Capitalists have the tendency to move towards those countries in which there is plenty of labor available and at which labor is reasonable. And by the fact that they bring capital into these countries, they bring about a trend toward higher wage rates.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Government bailouts are like potato chips: you can’t stop with just one.”

Thomas Sowell

“When have handouts ever worked?  In the United States, we learned that welfare for our own citizens not only turned into a debilitating crutch, it created more or less permanent underclass.”

Linda Chavez

“Anyplace market forces have been artificially removed by the government there is a total absence of incentives, competition, effective oversight, cost controls and so on.”

Ann Coulter

“Government doesn’t work. That’s the first lesson we must learn if we want to improve society.”

Harry Brown

“The essential quality of a free economy is that it cannot be planned. It leaves the solution of problems to the inspiration of the individuals in the untrammeled population. When something approaching a free economy has existed, it has always worked better than the schemes of any planners.”

Thomas H. Barber

January 7, 2016

“If it be taught that all who are born have a right to support on the land, whatever be their number, and that there is no occasion to exercise any prudence in the affair of marriage so as to check this number, the temptations, according to all the known principles of human nature, will inevitably be yielded to, and more and more will gradually become dependent on parish assistance.”

Thomas Malthus

“What made some enterprises develop into ‘big business’ was precisely their success in filling the best demand of the masses.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Capitalism is a belief that nobody is wise enough and knows enough to control the lives of other people. When each person buys, sells, consumes, produces, saves, and spends at will, ‘the miracle of the market’ enables everyone to benefit.”

Perry Gresham

“The typical local government agenda has these goals: finding ways to get more tax dollars, improving the pay and benefit packages of those who work for government, hiring more staff, securing additional powers for those who run the government implementing more rules that dictate how citizens can live while reducing the number of rules that govern those who run the government.”

Steven Greehut

“Better to build orphanages than prisons.”

James Cook