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Some thoughts on economic and political philosophy. The relative merits of capitalism v.s. socialism.

    


   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





   The way to maximize production is to maximize the incentives to 
   production.  And the way to do that, as the modern world has 
   discovered, is through the system known as capitalism -- the 
   system of private property, free markets, and free enterprise.

                                             Henry Hazlitt 




   Modern capitalism benefitted 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




   Capitalism gave the world what it needed, a higher standard of 
   living for a steadily increasing number of people.

                                            Ludwig von Mises




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

                                      Murray M. Rothbard



   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 
   living by producing products and rendering services wherever 
   they are needed.

                                        Hans F. Sennholz



   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.  

                                        Ludwig von Mises




   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



   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




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

                                        David Limbaugh



   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



   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 student what to think on 
   everything from immigration to global warming to the new sacred 
   trinity of "race, class and gender".

                                      Thomas Sowell




   Compassion is good but politicians have turned compassion into 
   the welfare state.
                                            Thomas Sowell





   We know that welfare is a failure.  It has neither reduced 
   poverty nor 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 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



   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



   Government relief tends constantly to get out of hand.  And 
   even when it is kept within bounds it tends to reduce the 
   incentives to work and to save, both of those who receive it and 
   of those 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




   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 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




   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





   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




   Different people rise to the top under socialism than under 
   capitalism. The higher on the socialist hierarchy you look, the 
   more you will find people who are too incompetent to do the job 
   they are supposed to do.

                                      Hans-Herman Hoppe




   East Asia confirms the superior capacity of industrial 
   capitalism in raising the material standard of living of large 
   masses of people.

                                        Peter L. Berger




   The only way to break the cycle of unwed motherhood, fatherless 
   children, poverty, crime, and welfare is to recognize that 
   welfare causes more problems than it cures.

                                        David Boaz




   Since 1933, New Deal farm policy has continued and expanded, 
   pursuing its grisly logic at the expense of the nation's 
   consumers, year in and year out, in Democrat or Republican 
   times, in good times and in bad.

                             Murray N. Rothbard 




   The free market is constantly under attack from those who 
   believe that they know how to make the world a better place 
   with properly administered doses of state coercion.

                               George C. Leef




   The greater dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by 
   men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.

                                 Louis Brandeis




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

                                         Michael D. Tanner



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

                                        Ronald Reagan



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

                                    Edmund Burke



   Depression is the aftermath of credit expansion.

                                    Ludwig von Mises



   Big government conservatism will simply bring us 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



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

                                    Jacob G. Hornberger





   The fundamental law of the market is: the customer is always 
   right.
                                      Ludwig von Mises





   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




   Precisely because the State has the monopoly of coercion it can 
   be allowed the monopoly only of coercion. Only if the modern 
   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 that gave it birth.

                                   Henry Hazlitt



   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



   The standard of living of the common man is highest in those 
   countries which have the greatest number of wealthy 
   entrepreneurs.
                                    Ludwig von Mises



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

                                   Mona Charen



   The facts of life are conservative.

                                   Margaret Thatcher




   By definition, the moment one crosses from center to 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' lives.  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



   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



   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 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



   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



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



   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 and all our good intentions got us is more poverty.

                                           Tom Purcell



   Most activists on the left believe that they, not 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



   For Al Gore and Paul Ehrlich and Co., whatever the problem, the 
   solution is always the same.  Whether it is 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




   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



   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



   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, upheaval and riots, 
   bankruptcy, increased government controls, and eventual 
   collapse.
                                     Henry Hazlitt



   There is no remedy for the inefficiency of public management.

                                      Ludwig von Mises


   Everything brought forward in favor of Socialism during the 
   last hundred years, in thousands of writings and speeches, 
   all the blood which has been spilt by the supporters of Socialism, 
   cannot make Socialism workable.

                                       Ludwig von Mises 



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

                                    Milton Friedman



   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



   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 with him.

                                         Mark Steyn




   The quickest and surest way to production, prosperity, and 
   economic health 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



   I place economy among the first and most important virtues and 
   public debt as the greatest of 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


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

                                      Henry Hazlitt



   If you have ten thousand regulations, you destroy all respect 
   for the law.
                                    Winston Churchill



   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




   The government was set to protect man from criminals - and the 
   Constitution was written to protect man from the government.

                                              Ayn Rand


   By a continuing process of inflation, governments can 
   confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the 
   wealth of its 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 it does it in a manner 
   which not one man in a million is able to diagnose.

                                      John Maynard Keynes



   The State 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




   It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession.  
   I have learned that it 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



   Once Congress establishes that one person can live at the 
   expense of another, it pays for everyone to try to do so.

                                       Walter Williams



   The philosophy underlying the system of progressive taxation is 
   that the income and the 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 part of the incomes taxed away 
   would not have been consumed but saved and invested.

                                       Ludwig von Mises



   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




   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



   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




   So you want to know the future?  It's not so 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. Roskwell, Jr.



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

                                     Milton Friedman



   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 everyone more prosperous.

                                     Ludwig von Mises




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

                                   Henry Hazlitt



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

                                   Ludwig von Mises



   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 accounting correct to the penny. By 
   contrast, "experts" in the 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 
   educational 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




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

                                    James Bovard



   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



   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


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

                                       Unknown




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



   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



   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




   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



   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 staying on relief, then there can be no gain in 
   dignity or self-respect in making some sacrifices to keep off.

                                   Henry Hazlitt



   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 even more; and 
   the victims, who submit unwillingly. It could hardly fail to 
   injure social peace and harmony.

                                     Hans F. Sennholz




   A man who chooses between drinking a glass of milk and a glass 
   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 in not an alternative to 
   capitalism; it is an alternative to any system under which men 
   can live as human beings.
                                    Ludwig von Mises



   Money is color-blind, race-blind, sex-blind, degree-blind and 
   couldn't care less who brought you up or in what circumstances.

                                             Felix Dennis



   Government planning always involves compulsion.

                                            Henry Hazlitt



   Big-government conservatives display a great naivete about the 
   way government works.  They appear to believe that limited 
   programs will not grow or see their original purposes 
   corrupted.  But little in the history of government justifies 
   such faith.

                                           Michael D. Tanner



   The essential function of the State is to maintain peace, 
   justice, law and order, and to protect the individual citizen 
   against aggression, violence, theft and fraud.

                                           Henry Hazlitt




   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



   The only source from which an entrepreneur's profits stem is 
   his ability to anticipate better than other people the future 
   demand of the customers.
                                             Ludwig von Mises



   You are much surer that you are doing good when you pay money 
   to those who work, as a recompense of their labor, than when 
   you give money merely in charity.

                                          Samuel Johnson



   Tyranny is a political corollary  of socialism, as 
   representative government is the political corollary of the 
   market economy.
                                         Ludwig von Mises



   The liberals say they are for civil liberties and personal 
   freedom, but they continue to advocate government regulation of 
   business, redistribution of wealth, and various forms of social 
   engineering to manipulate human relationships and attitudes.

                                       Richard M. Ebeling




   The State, by relieving idleness, improvidence, or misconduct 
   from the punishment, and by depriving abstinence and foresight 
   of the reward, which have been provided for them by nature, may 
   indeed destroy wealth, but most certainly will aggravate 
   poverty.

                                        Nassau Senior



   No matter whether it is their intention or not, almost anything 
   that the rich can legally do tends to help the poor.  The 
   spending of the rich gives employment to the poor.  But the 
   saving of the rich, and their investment of these savings in 
   the means of production, gives just as much employment, and in 
   addition makes that employment constantly more productive and 
   more highly paid, while it also increases and cheapens the 
   production of necessities and amenities for the masses. 

                                            Henry Hazlitt



   Under capitalism the common man enjoys amenities which in ages 
   gone by were unknown and therefore inaccessible even to the 
   richest people.
                                            Ludwig von Mises



   The welfare state has bred a generation of obnoxious, drug-
   addicted criminals and ne'er-do-wells.  It has also, 
   incidently, burdened what was the world's biggest, most dynamic 
   economy with the dead weight of an obstructive and vastly 
   expensive state machine.

                                            Martin Durkin



   Highly graduated taxation realizes most completely the supreme 
   danger of democracy, creating a state of things in which one 
   class imposes on another burdens which it is not asked to 
   share, and impels the State into vast schemes of extravagance, 
   under the belief that the whole costs will be thrown upon 
   others.

                                           W. E. H. Lecky



   Assume that a surgeon has discovered how to do a brain surgery, 
   that he can do only one a month, that 1000 persons a year need 
   such an operation if they are to survive.  How is the surgeon's 
   scarce resource to be allocated?  Charge whatever price is 
   necessary to adjust supply to demand, say $50,000!  "For 
   shame," some will cry.  "Your market system will save only 
   wealthy people."  For the moment, yes.  But soon there will be 
   hundreds of surgeons who will acquire the same skill; and, as 
   in the case of the once scarce and expensive "miracle drugs," 
   the price will then be within the reach of all.

                                         Leonard E. Read



   Under capitalism men provide for themselves, while under 
   Socialism they are provided for.

                                        Ludwig von Mises



   Once a bureau is created, its staff becomes a tenacious 
   political interest group, well placed to defend its budget and 
   to make a case for expanding its activities.

                                        Robert Higgs



   The truth is that the characteristic feature of capitalism was 
   and is mass production for the needs of the masses.

                                       Ludwig von Mises



   Big business depends entirely on the patronage of those who buy 
   its products:  the biggest enterprise loses its power and its 
   influence when it loses its customers.

                                         Ludwig von Mises



   By substituting the judgment of bureaucrats and political 
   interests for the private knowledge of millions of 
   entrepreneurs seeking the most productive use of labor and 
   capital, government misallocates scarce resources that would 
   be better spent increasing private-sector productivity -- and 
   along with it private incomes.

                                        Jason Lewis



   Those whose hardships are set forth in pamphlets and proclaimed 
   in sermons and speeches which echo throughout society, are 
   assumed to be all worthy souls, grievously wronged;  and none 
   of them are thought of as bearing the penalties of their 
   misdeeds.
                                           Herbert Spencer



   Government means always coercion and compulsion and is by 
   necessity the opposite of liberty.

                                         Ludwig von Mises



   Government doesn't work.  You work, I work, Federal Express 
   works, Alcoholics Anonymous works, but government doesn't.

                                        Harry Browne



   Can anyone recall the last time a government bureaucracy declared 
   that it had fulfilled its mission and now should be abolished?

                                      Michael D. Tanner



   Most change in America doesn't come from politicians.  It comes 
   from inventing things and creating.  The telephone, the 
   telegraph, the computer, all those things didn't come from 
   government.  Our world is going to get better and better, as 
   long as we keep the politicians from screwing it up.


                                             David Boaz



   Do American voters know that the unprecedented improvement in 
   their standard of living that the last hundred years has 
   brought was the result of the steady rise in the per-head quota 
   of capital invested?  Do they realize that every measure leading 
   to capital decumulation jeopardizes that prosperity?

                                              Ludwig von Mises



   The entitlement mentality so carefully cultivated by liberal 
   academics, politicians, clergymen, and journalists continues to 
   corrode the self-sufficiency that once defined the American 
   character.
                                              Mona Charen



   The sad truth is that one of the reasons people have to go on 
   relief in the first place is that they have been as incompetent 
   or heedless in spending money as in earning it.  The worst 
   thing one can give a spendthrift, a drug addict, or a 
   compulsive gambler is cash.

                                              Henry Hazlitt



   The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious 
   encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without 
   understanding.

                                         Louis Brandeis




   The issue is always the same: the government or the market.  
   There is no third solution.

                                         Ludwig von Mises



   In public administration there is no connection between revenue 
   and expenditure.
                                         
                                         Ludwig von Mises



   There is no question that if one were to ask whether we 
   Americans are moving towards more liberty or more government 
   control over our lives, the answer would unambiguously be the 
   later -- more government control over our lives.  We might have 
   reached a point where the trend is irreversible and that is a 
   tragedy for if liberty is lost in America, it will be lost for 
   all times and all places.

                                           Walter Williams



   The same government that requires a taxpaying citizen to 
   document every statement on his tax return decrees that 
   questioning a welfare applicant demeans and humiliates him.

                                          Ronald Reagan



   The first socialists were the intellectuals; they, and not the 
   masses, are the backbone of Socialism.

                                        Ludwig von Mises



   Liberty in the United States will never be reestablished so 
   long as elites and masses alike look to the president to 
   perform supernatural feats and therefore tolerate a virtually 
   unlimited exercise of presidential power.  Until we can restore 
   limited, constitutional government in this country, God save us 
   from great presidents.

                                         Robert Higgs



   Time and again, experience has shown that while private 
   enterprise, carried on in an environment of open competition, 
   delivers the best products and services at the best price, 
   government intervention stifles initiative, subsidizes 
   inefficiency, and raises costs.

                                     Burton F. Folsom, Jr.



   The more power government has to provide things, the more power 
   it has to dictate terms.
                                           Sheldon Richman



   In a market, goods and services are exchanged through a myriad 
   complex of voluntary transactions, each made to the mutual 
   benefit of those engaging in the transaction.  The costs of bad 
   choices are borne by those who made them.

                                            Jeffrey A Singer



   During the 1930's, some of the leading intellectuals in America 
   condemned our economic system and pointed to the centrally 
   planned Soviet economy as a model --- all this at a time when 
   literally millions of people were starving to death in the  
   Soviet Union, from a famine in a country with some of the 
   richest farmland in Europe and historically a large exporter of 
   food.

                                          Thomas Sowell



   The freedom of individuals from compulsion or coercion never 
   was, and is not now, the normal state of human affairs.  The 
   normal state for the ordinary person is tyranny, arbitrary 
   control and abuse mainly by their own government.

                                       Walter Williams



   The increase of social wealth is not accompanied by a 
   diminishing number of capitalist magnates, but by an 
   increasing number of capitalists of all degrees.

                                           Eduard Bernstein



   The prerequisite for more economic equality in the world is 
   industrialization.  And this is possible only through increased 
   capital investment, increased capital accumulation.

                                          Ludwig von Mises



   The resources that government extracts from the private sector 
   to pay for itself are resources that are not available for the 
   private sector to use in producing more goods and services.  
   When the federal government takes money out of our pockets, we 
   have less money to spend or save.  When the federal government 
   takes money from business, it has less money to use for 
   investment, research, or payroll. 

                                      Michael D. Tanner



   If we cannot return to fiscal integrity because the public 
   prefers profusion and prodigality over balanced budgets, we 
   cannot escape paying the price, which is ever lower incomes and 
   standards of living for all.

                                        Hans F. Sennholz



   Those politicians, professors and union bosses who curse big 
   business are fighting for a lower standard of living.

                                      Ludwig von Mises



   Government schools can go for decades delivering low-quality 
   services, and what is the result?  The people who manage it 
   earn higher pay.  It's nearly impossible to fire the 
   incompetents.  And, taxpayers, who support the service, are 
   given higher tax bills.
                                      Walter Williams



   Once we realize that government doesn't work, we'll know that 
   the only way to improve government is by reducing its size -- 
   by doing away with laws, by getting rid of programs, by making 
   government spend and tax less, by reducing government as far as 
   we can.

                                       Harry Browne




   The world has always been betrayed not by scoundrels but by 
   decent men with bad ideas.

                                      Sudney J. Harris



   Taxes are necessary.  But the system of discriminatory taxation 
   universally accepted under the misleading name of progressive 
   taxation of income and inheritance is not a mode of taxation.  
   It is a mode of disguised expropriation of the successful 
   capitalists and entrepreneurs.

                                     Ludwig von Mises 



   We have more than a century of experience to show that ever 
   bigger, ever more expensive, ever more intrusive government 
   simply doesn't work.  Big government has not eliminated or even 
   significantly reduced poverty.  It has not made our health care 
   or retirement systems better.  It has not improved education.  
   It has not solved any of the myriad problems our society faces.  
   Indeed, more often than not, it has made those problems worse. 

                                      Michael D. Tanner



   A government big enough to give you everything you want is also 
   big enough to take away everything you have.

                                       Barry Goldwater



   When individual enterprise is free and unhampered, profit-and-
   loss calculations set precise limits to a businessman's 
   temptations to expand his services ...  a government agency or 
   bureau faces no such limitation.  Its services, no matter how 
   valuable they may be, have no market price and, therefore, 
   cannot be subjected to profit-and-loss accounting.

                                      Hans F. Sennholz



   The more "adequate" we make relief, the more people we are 
   going to find willing to get on it and stay on it indefinitely.  
   The more we try to make sure that everyone really in need of 
   relief gets it, the more certain we can be that we are also 
   giving it to people who neither need nor deserve it.

                                     Henry Hazlitt


 
   No currency can hold up in the face of an economy that survives 
   on borrowed money and debt.

                                         Richard Russell



   Government has no wealth of its own.  Before it gives anything 
   to anyone, it must take from those who produced it.

                                          John Stossel




   Continued inflation inevitably leads to catastrophe.

                                          Ludwig von Mises 



   The Customer is God, and the market decides everything.

                                       Chinese slogan



   One of the worse features of all the plans for sharing the wealth 
   and equalizing or guaranteeing incomes is that they lose sight 
   of the conditions and institutions that are necessary to create 
   wealth and income in the first place.

                                       Henry Hazlitt



   Experience shows that nothing is operated with less economy and 
   with more waste of labor and material of every kind than public 
   services and undertakings.  Private enterprise on the other 
   hand naturally induces the owner to work with the greatest 
   economy in his own interest.

                                       Ludwig von Mises



   The average American worker enjoys amenities for which Croesus, 
   Crassus, the Medici, and Louis XIV would have envied him.

                                        Ludwig von Mises



   The uniform, constant, uninterrupted effort of every man to 
   better his condition ....  is frequently powerful enough to 
   maintain the natural progress of things toward improvement, in 
   spite of the extravagance of government, and of the greatest 
   errors of administration. 

                                        Adam Smith



   Our government officials create too many laws and spend too much 
   money.  It's all because they claim to have the best interests 
   of the people at heart when in fact, knowingly or unknowingly, 
   they do not.

                                         Jack Crooks



   There can be little doubt that many egalitarians are motivated 
   at least partially by envy.

                                         Henry Hazlitt

   


   The worship of the state is the worship of force.  There is no 
   more dangerous menace to civilization than a government of 
   incompetent, corrupt, or vile men.  The worst evils which 
   mankind ever had to endure were inflicted by bad governments.  
   The state can be and has often been in the course of history 
   the main source of mischief and disaster. 

                                       Ludwig von Mises



   The best reason to diminish social programs is not to put more 
   money in people's pockets but to put more responsibility in 
   people's pockets.
                                       Mark Steyn



   Society is best served when the means of production are in the 
   possession of those who know how to use them best.

                                         Ludwig von Mises



   The vital consideration of incentives is almost systematically 
   overlooked in the proposals of agitators for more and bigger 
   government welfare schemes.  We should all be concerned about 
   the plight of the poor and unfortunate.  But the hard two-part 
   question that any plan for relieving poverty must answer is: 
   How can we mitigate the penalties of failure and misfortune 
   without undermining the incentives to effort and success. 

                                           Henry Hazlitt



   We have to remember man's natural tendency to satisfy his 
   desires with the minimum of effort to realize how political 
   power will be utilized.
                                         Frank Chodorov



   Whether we want to own up to it or not, the welfare state has 
   done what Jim Crow, gross discrimination and poverty could not 
   have done.  It has contributed to the breakdown of the black 
   family structure and has helped establish a set of values alien 
   to traditional values of high moral standards, hard work and 
   achievement.

                                         Walter Williams




   The private economy, not government, creates opportunity.  
   Government should just deliver basic services well and then get 
   out of the private sector's way.

                                        Steve Malanga



   A fact rarely suspected, let alone understood, is that 
   businessmen are by no means the chief beneficiaries of the free 
   market, private ownership, limited government way of life.  
   Many businesses ventures fail entirely.  Who then are the 
   beneficiaries?  The masses!

                                   Leonard E. Read



   The brutality of communism was quickly swept under history's 
   rug, in large part because so many on the left had embraced it 
   as the solution to humankind's problems.

                                         Cal Thomas




   On the unhampered market there prevails an irresistible tendency 
   to employ every factor of production for the best possible 
   satisfaction of the most urgent needs of the consumers.  If 
   the government interferes with this process, it can only impair 
   satisfaction;  it can never improve it.

                                    Ludwig von Mises



   Competition always tends to bring about the most economical and 
   efficient method of production.  Those who are most successful 
   in this competition will acquire more capital to increase their 
   production still further; those who are least successful will 
   be forced out of the field.  So capitalist production tends to 
   be drawn into the hands of the most efficient.

                                         Henry Hazlitt



   Government income redistribution programs produce the same 
   result as theft.  In fact, that's what a thief does; he 
   redistributes income.  The difference between government and 
   thievery is mostly a matter of legality.

                                             Walter Williams



   Capitalism gives a poor person an opportunity to become rich.  
   It does not lock people into the condition of poverty.

                                             Perry Gresham



   We are so accustomed to the miracle of private enterprise that 
   we habitually take it for granted.  But how does private 
   industry solve the incredibly complex problem of turning out 
   tens of thousands of different goods and services in the 
   proportions in which they are wanted by the public? ... It 
   solves these problems through the institutions of private 
   property, competition, the free market, and the existence of 
   money -- through the interrelations of supply and demand, costs 
   and prices, profits and losses.

                                          Henry Hazlitt



   The most important thing to remember is that inflation is not 
   an act of God, that inflation is not a catastrophe of the 
   elements or a disease that comes like the plague.  Inflation is 
   a policy.
                                           Ludwig von Mises




   There is no reason why capitalists and entrepreneurs should be 
   ashamed of earning profits.

                                       Ludwig von Mises


   Government is so big today that more than half of the 
   population gets a major part of its income from the state.

                                      John Stossel



   Throughout history governments have been chronically short of 
   revenue.  The reason should be clear; unlike you and me, 
   governments do not produce useful goods and services that they 
   can sell on the market;  governments, rather than producing and 
   selling services, live parasitically off the market and off 
   society.
                                         Murray N. Rothbard



   Social security is a fraudulent scheme in which the government 
   collects money from you for your retirement  -- and immediately 
   spends the money on something else.

                                           Harry Browne



   He who saves money does not keep it under a mattress, as people 
   did in the mercantilist era, but invests it to produce a profit 
   or to yield interest.  Either he puts it into real property or 
   into mortgages, and thereby favors the expansion of housing and 
   the employment of construction workers; or he invests it in 
   equities and buys shares of productive enterprises, which are 
   also thus enabled to expand; or he lends it at interest to 
   entrepreneurs, with the same result for the general well-being.  
   Saving and capital accumulation, then, are the great factors 
   making for an increase in production and a consequent abundance 
   of jobs and a lowering of prices.

                                        Faustino Ballve



   It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer or 
   the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to 
   their own interest. 

                                       Adam Smith


   

   Sometimes any issue that hits the television news seems to 
   become an issue that must be addressed by the federal 
   government.  And like busybodies everywhere, Congress can't 
   help peering in our windows and telling us how to live our 
   lives.
                                     Michael D. Tanner



   The envious are more likely to be mollified by seeing others 
   deprived of some advantage than by gaining it for themselves.  
   It is not what they lack that chiefly troubles them, but what 
   others have.

                                          Henry Hazlitt



   In a game there are winners and losers.  But a business deal is 
   always advantageous for both parties.  If both the buyer and 
   the seller were not to consider the transaction as the most 
   advantageous action they could choose under the prevailing 
   conditions, they would not enter into the deal.

                                       Ludwig von Mises



   Unlike every other person and institution in society, 
   government obtains its revenue from coercion, from taxation.

                                     Murray N. Rothbard



   Capitalism is the greatest system ever created for alleviating 
   general human misery, and yet it breeds ingratitude.

                                      Jonah Goldberg



   What made some enterprises develop into "big business" was 
   precisely their success in filling best the demand of the 
   masses.
                                    Ludwig von Mises 



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

                                         Ludwig von Mises



   The typical local government agenda has these goals: finding 
   ways to get more tax dollars, improving the pay and benefits 
   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 Greenhut



   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 a more or less permanent 
   underclass.

                                       Linda Chavez





   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



   One of the happiest consequences of the absence of government 
   ... is the development of individual strength that inevitably 
   follows.
                                        Alex de Tocqueville



   The better an entrepreneur succeeds, the more is he 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



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

                                  Ludwig von Mises



   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




   No one should ever 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




   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 no man who knows what the law is today can guess what 
   it will be tomorrow.
                                         James Madison




   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



   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




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

                                     Robert A. Heinlein



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

                                    Joel Miller




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

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

                                  Winston Churchill




   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 Jefferson




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

                                       Joseph R. Stromberg



   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



   Markets are nimble and efficient, gathering the collective but 
   dispersed 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




   The only real cure for poverty is production.

                                   Henry Hazlitt






   The crucial question for any policy is not what are its 
   intentions but what are its effects?

                                     Walter Williams




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

                                       Joseph R. Stromberg




   Under capitalism everybody provides for their own needs by 
   serving others.
                                      Ludwig von Mises




   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




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

                                       Ludwig von Mises



   
   The U.S. Constitution may be flawed, but it is a whole lot 
   better than what we have now.
                                          Unknown



   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




   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



   The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised 
   over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is 
   to prevent harm to others.  His own good, either physical or 
   moral, is not sufficient.
                                    John Stuart Mill




   Inflation is the true opium of the people and it is 
   administered to them by anticapitalist governments and parties. 

                                     Ludwig von Mises



   The two pillars of democratic government are the primacy of the 
   law and the budget.

                                   Ludwig von Mises



   There are many farm handouts; but let's call them what they 
   really are: a form of legalized theft.  Essentially, a 
   congressman tells his farm constituency, "Vote for me. I'll use 
   my office to take another American's money and give it to you".

                                      Walter Williams



   We are ever aware that politics is an ugly struggle that 
   determines "who gets what, when, and how".  It is the favorite 
   occupation of people who serve special interests, who have axes 
   to grind, and public careers to advance.  It is a game in which 
   benefits are bestowed according to political skill and 
   connection, rather than merit.

                                 Hans F. Sennholz



   Except for talk radio, liberals pretty much control the 
   culture.
                                 Bernard Goldberg



   I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the 
   means.  I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not 
   making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of 
   it.
                                        Benjamin Franklin
  



   Government does not grow by seizing our freedoms, but by 
   assuming our responsibilities.
                                      Michael Cloud




   Shortsighted and impatient efforts to wipe out poverty by 
   severing the connection between effort and reward can only lead 
   to the growth of a totalitarian state, and destroy the economic 
   progress that this country has so dearly bought.

                                  Henry Hazlitt




   As soon as the economic freedom which the market economy grants 
   to its members is removed, all political liberties and bills 
   of rights become humbug.
                                   Ludwig von Mises




   Diluting the money supply with paper is the moral equivalent of 
   diluting the milk supply with water.

                                    Henry Hazlitt



   If government goes beyond securing liberty and instead violates 
   it through regulation, redistribution, and planning, then 
   citizens are victims of legal plunder.

                                   Richard M. Ebeling



   It is not the function of Government to keep the citizen from 
   falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep 
   the Government from falling into error.

                                Robert H. Jackson




   If capitalism worked as the socialists think an economic system 
   ought to work, and provided a constant equality of living 
   conditions for all, regardless of whether a man was able or not, 
   resourceful or not, diligent or not, thrifty or not, if 
   capitalism put no premium on resourcefulness and effort and no 
   penalty on idleness or vice, it would produce only an equality 
   of destitution.
                                   Milton Friedman




   I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent 
   the government from wasting the labors of the people under the 
   pretense of taking care of them.
                                       Thomas Jefferson




   Most new regulations are subject to little genuine scrutiny or 
   oversight, and the average person would be hard-pressed to stay 
   informed about them, let alone do much to oppose them should he 
   find them worrisome.  As Hayek insisted, the law is supposed to 
   be simple and easily known by all who are ruled by it.  Such is 
   not the case today.
                                      Joel Miller




   In the United States how did we go from having no role for the 
   federal government in farming to having government intertwined 
   in all aspects of farming from planting to harvesting to 
   selling crops?
                                   Burton W. Folsom, Jr.






   The ideal government of all reflective men, from Aristotle 
   onward, is one which lets the individual alone - one which 
   barely escapes being no government at all.

                             H. L. Mencken




   In a democracy, we have always had to worry about the ignorance 
   of the uneducated.  Today we have to worry about the ignorance 
   of people with college degrees.
                                            Thomas Sowell



   The tendency of welfare spending in the United States has been 
   to increase at an exponential rate.

                                     Henry Hazlitt




   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




   Although it seems that the political classes, along with their 
   intellectual and journalistic allies, are unable (and 
   unwilling) to permit themselves to receive even a basic 
   education when it comes to prices, profits and markets, many 
   people outside those circles are not as intellectually and 
   morally obtuse.
                                 William L. Anderson




   Every extension of the functions and powers of the State 
   beyond its primary duty of maintaining peace and justice should 
   be scrutinized with jealous vigilance.

                                    Ludwig von Mises



   If our country is to survive and prosper, we must summon the 
   courage to condemn and reject the liberal agenda, and we had 
   better do it soon.
                                    Walter Williams




   American colleges and universities are hothouses of hypocrisy, 
   and the principal exhibit is that while their spokesmen talk 
   endlessly about their commitment to openness, tolerance, 
   critical thinking, diversity, and so on, many of them have 
   adopted policies designed to stifle the expression of unpopular 
   sentiments and empower certain groups to punish others for 
   having the temerity to speak their minds.

                                         George C. Leef



   The drum-fire of propaganda that the Fed is manning the 
   ramparts against the menace of inflation brought about by 
   others is nothing less than a deceptive shell game.  The 
   culprit solely responsible for inflation, the Federal Reserve, 
   is continually engaged in raising a hue-and-cry about 
   "inflation", for which virtually everyone in society seems to 
   be responsible.  What we are seeing is the old ploy by the 
   robber who starts shouting "Stop thief!" and runs down the 
   street pointing at others.
                                   Murray N. Rothbard




   Governments everywhere, including here in the United States, 
   have created ever-expanding bureaucracies that regulate nearly 
   every aspect of our lives.
                                        Richard M. Ebeling




   Do you expect the government to educate your children? To 
   protect you from terrorists? To guarantee your job? To protect 
   you against corporate fraud? The record speaks loudly. It 
   can't.
                                  John A Pugsley




   "Public interest criteria" does not mean criteria that the public 
   decides are in its interest. It means that the elite - via 
   various appointed bodies - decide what the public's interest is 
   for them.

                                          Mark Steyn




   My indictment of big government is that it is bad because it 
   attacks liberty, prosperity, progress, harmony, and morality.  
   Thanks to big government, we have significantly less of all 
   those good things than we would if we had been able to keep the 
   government right-sized.  Big government is cancerous.  Like a 
   cancer it hurts the body and tends to spread doing more and 
   more harm as it grows. It is time for some radical surgery.

                                   George C. Leef




   The crying need today is not for more laws, but for fewer.  The 
   world must be saved from its saviors.  If the friends of 
   liberty and law could have only one slogan it should be: Stop 
   the remedies!
                                     Henry Hazlitt




   It is the greatest folly of which a man can be capable to sit 
   down with a slate and pencil to plan out a new social world.

                                 William Graham Sumner




   It is difficult to imagine greater government control of a 
   person's life than forcing the person to give half or more of 
   his honorably earned money to the state under threat of being 
   imprisoned.
                                   Dennis Prager




   The American Dream was not about government's taking huge sums 
   of money (under the label of "taxation") from citizens by 
   force. The American Dream was about individualism and the 
   opportunity to achieve success without interference from 
   others.
                                    Robert Ringer



   The capitalist achievement does not typically consist in 
   providing more silk stocking for queens but in bringing them 
   within the reach of factory girls in return for a steadily 
   decreasing amount of effort.
                                     Joseph Schumpeter




   Reason and ideas determine the course of human events. What is 
   needed to stop the trend toward socialism and despotism is 
   common sense and moral courage.

                                    Ludwig von Mises





   It is a socialist idea that making profits is a vice. I 
   consider that the real vice is making losses.

                                     Winston Churchill





   In the history of the world, no one has ever washed a rented 
   car.
                                   Lawrence Summers




   The government's War on Poverty has transformed poverty from 
   short-term misfortune into a career choice.

                                    Harry Browne




   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

   

   Under both the welfare state and communism, the responsibility 
   for the welfare, security, and prosperity of the people is 
   presumed to rest with the government.

                                  Leonard E. Read




   The trouble with liberals is twofold: They have a horrible 
   blind spot with respect to moral principles and they have an 
   abysmal understanding of economic principles.

                                Jacob G. Hornberger



   The economic miracle that has been the United States was not 
   produced by socialized enterprises, by government-upon-industry 
   cartels, or by centralized economic planning.  It was produced 
   by private enterprises in a profit-and-loss system.  And losses 
   were at least as important in weeding out failures, as profits 
   in fostering successes.  Let government succor failures, and we 
   shall be headed for stagnation and decline.

                                     Milton Friedman




   Norman Rockwell spent his career painting pictures that helped 
   people understand their own feelings .. pictures that enriched 
   their own experience and celebrated their own lives.  But the 
   art establishment branded him an "illustrator", a sentimental 
   one at that.  Real artists, they said were doing art for art's 
   sake, not for the sake of the bourgeois public.  Real artists 
   were putting swiggles, smears or daubs of paint on the canvas.  
   They were doing "innovative" and "creative" work.  If they were 
   hideous and grotesque, well, that's what life really is!

                                       Bill Bonner





   The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those 
   who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

                                        Thomas Jefferson




   A hundred welfare programs, spending more and more billions, 
   lead to chronic budget deficits, which lead to increased paper-
   money issues, which lead to higher prices.

                                        Henry Hazlett


   Little else is required to carry a state to the highest degree 
   of opulence from the lowest barbarism but peace, easy taxes, 
   and a tolerable administration of justice.

                                      Adam Smith




   Arbitrary government power is being multiplied daily by the 
   now practically unchallenged assumption that wherever there is 
   any problem of any kind to be solved, government is the agency 
   to step in and solve it.
                                       Henry Hazlitt



   Whenever there is some trouble in any area of the economy, the 
   simplest solution to many people is "Let the government fix 
   it."  Yet  .. every time the government uses its money or its 
   power to favor this group or that ... the net result is such a 
   web of supports, subsidies, interventions and controls that it 
   is almost impossible for a nation to find its way back into a 
   dynamic system of really free enterprise.  

                                   Lawrence Fertig





   The poor are the very lifeblood of the left, attracting 
   activists, support among the intelligencia, and - perhaps most 
   important - allowing the left to indulge in self-congratulation 
   as people who "care".  But, if they really cared, they would 
   want to know what the facts are and what the actual 
   consequences of their various nostrums are.

                                        Thomas Sowell




   Our world today is in the grip of anti-capitalism.  State 
   bureaucracies ruling over anti-market policies have grown into 
   ideological and political elites who arrogantly presume to know 
   and dictate how we should all live and work.

                                        Richard M. Ebeling



   Once the premise is accepted that poverty is never the fault of 
   the poor but the fault of "society", or of "the capitalist 
   system", then there is no definable limit to be set on relief, 
   and politicians who want to be elected or reelected will 
   compete with each other in proposing new "welfare" programs to 
   fill some hitherto "unmet need".

                                      Henry Hazlett



   The middle-of-the-road policy is not an economic system that 
   can last.  It is a method for the realization of socialism by 
   installments.
                                 Ludwig von Mises




   Fundamental economic laws are all, in the end, derived from the 
   laws of nature.  The laws of nature are what they are.  They 
   are not up for alteration by any human act or fancy and 
   certainly not up for alteration or change by any legislative 
   action.
                                     Bill Buckler





   We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes 
   non-work.
                                   Milton Friedman  




   The only source of the generation of additional capital goods 
   is saving.  

                                  Ludwig von Mises





   There is no free lunch.

                         Milton Friedman




   It's not an endlessly expanding list of rights - the "right" to 
   education, the "right" to health care, the "right" to food and 
   housing.  That's not freedom, that's dependency.  Those aren't 
   rights, those are the rations of slavery - hay and a barn for 
   human cattle.
                                       Alexis de Tocqueville




   Have you noticed how statists are constantly "reforming" their 
   own reform.  Health-care reform. Welfare reform. Tax reform. 
   The very fact that they're always busy "reforming" is an 
   implicit admission that they didn't get it right the first 50 
   times.
                                     Lawrence W. Reed



   Capitalism has created the highest standard of living ever 
   known on earth.  The evidence is incontrovertible... Yet those 
   who are loudest in proclaiming their desire to eliminate 
   poverty are loudest in denouncing capitalism.  Man's well-being 
   is not their goal.
                                       Ayn Rand




   Another false remedy for poverty is the progressive income tax, 
   as well as a very heavy burden of capital gains taxes, and 
   corporate income taxes.  All of these have the effect of 
   discouraging production, investment, and capital accumulation.  
   To that extent they must prolong rather than cure poverty.

                                   Henry Hazlitt



   Liberals love to say things like, "We are just asking everyone 
   to pay their fair share."  But government is not about asking.  
   It is about telling.  The difference is fundamental.  It is the 
   difference between making love and being raped, between working 
   and being a slave.  The Internal Revenue service is not asking 
   anyone to do anything.  It confiscates your assets and puts you 
   behind bars if you don't pay.

                                             Thomas Sowell



   Through private investment capitalism kept raising the 
   productivity of labor to new heights.  Parents were able to 
   earn enough so their offspring did not have to join the work 
   force at an early age.  This produced something unique in 
   history: childhood, a time when the young could experience the 
   innocence of play and the opportunity of schooling before 
   entering the world of work.

                                   Richard M. Ebeling




   It is important to remember that government interference always 
   means either violent action or the threat of such action.. 
   taxes are paid because the taxpayers are afraid of offering 
   resistance to the tax gatherers.  They know that any disobedience 
   or resistance is hopeless.  As long as this is the state of 
   affairs, the government is able to collect the money that it 
   wants to spend.  Government is in the last resort the employer 
   of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison 
   guards, and hangmen.  The essential feature of government is 
   the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and 
   imprisoning.  Those who are asking for more government are 
   asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.

                                      Ludwig von Mises






   Bureaucracies typically move slowly, clumsily, and without 
   much regard for the wants and needs of the people they are 
   supposedly serve.

                                       Joel Miller



   It continues to defy explanation why liberals, who 
   theoretically love liberty, equality, tolerance and moderation, 
   should find so much to despise in their own country, which 
   represents the fullest expression of those virtues anywhere on
   the globe.

                                      Mona Charen




   It is much cheaper and enormously more profitable for the 
   special interests to purchase the regulatory favors of 
   Washington's political harlots than to compete in a fair, 
   unsubsidized marketplace.

                                      Lee Robinson



   The masses favor socialism because they trust the socialist 
   propaganda of the intellectuals.  The intellectuals, not the 
   populace, are molding public opinion.

                                      Ludwig von Mises



   For years we have been told that all the public school system 
   needs is more money.  For years we have watched its per pupil 
   spending rise, with little visible effect on quality.  It is 
   time to try something new.

                                     David Friedman




   You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.  You 
   cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.  
   You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.  You cannot 
   help men permanently by doing for them when they could and 
   should do for themselves.

                                      Abraham Lincoln




   Unions say, "education is too important to be left to the 
   vagaries of the market."  The opposite is true.  Education is 
   too important to be left to the calcified union/government 
   monopoly.

                                   John Stossel




   The private sector is creating a miracle a day, even as the 
   stuff that government attempts is failing left and right.

                                    Llewlllyn H. Rockwell, Jr.




   Voters who live off taxpayers are the Democrats' ace in the 
   hole.  The Democrats created big programs and never let the 
   recipients forget it.  This gives them an initial advantage of 
   tens of millions of votes in any presidential election.  

                                      Joseph Sobran



   Somehow, the fact that more poor people are on welfare, 
   receiving generous payments, does not seem to have made this 
   country a nice place to live - not even for the poor on 
   welfare, whose condition seems not noticeably better than when 
   they were poor and off welfare.  Something appears to have gone 
   wrong; a liberal and compassionate social policy has bred all 
   sorts of unanticipated and perverse consequences.

                                          Irving Kristol



   All people, entrepreneurs as well as non-entrepreneurs, look 
   askance upon any profits earned by other people.  Envy is a 
   common weakness of men.  People are loath to acknowledge the 
   fact that they themselves could have earned profits if they had 
   displayed the same foresight and judgment the successful 
   businessman did. 
                                       Ludwig von Mises




   The proliferation of bureaucrats and its invariable 
   accompaniment, much heavier tax levies on the productive part 
   of the population, are the recognizable signs, not of a great, 
   but of a decaying society.

                                      William Chamberlain





   Capital is not a free gift of God or of nature.  It is the 
   outcome of a provident restriction of consumption on the part 
   of man.  It is created and increased by saving and maintained 
   by the abstention from dissaving.

                                       Ludwig von Mises




   Abused and neglected children have paid the price for 
   liberalism's tendency to sentimentalize the poor.

                                      Mona Charen





   There is one, and only one, social responsibility of business - 
   to use its resources and engage in activities designed to 
   increase its profits so long as it stays within the rules of 
   the game, which is to say, engages in open and free competition 
   without deception or fraud.
    
                                    Milton Friedman




   The harm done by ordinary criminals, murderers, gangsters, and 
   thieves is negligible in comparison with the agony inflicted 
   upon human beings by the professional do-gooders, who attempt 
   to set themselves up as gods on earth and who would ruthlessly 
   force their views on all others - with the abiding assurance 
   that the ends justify the means.

                                    Henry Weaver




   The whole gospel of Karl Marx can be summed up in a single 
   sentence: Hate the man who is better off than you are. Never 
   under any circumstances admit that his success may be due to 
   his own efforts, to the productive contribution he has made to 
   the whole community.  Always attribute his success to the 
   exploitation, the cheating, the more or less open robbery of 
   others.  Never under any circumstances admit that your own 
   failure may be owing to your own weakness, or that the failure 
   of anyone else may be due to his own defects - his laziness, 
   incompetence, improvidence, or stupidity.

                                   Henry Hazlitt




   It's a peculiar thing about liberals.  When it comes to middle-
   class people who are fully capable of caring for themselves, 
   liberals seek to undermine their independence in every way 
   possible.  With seductive "entitlements" like guaranteed 
   retirement, health care, nutrition, education and jobs, 
   liberals attempt to lure the middle class into dependence on 
   the state.  But when it comes to those who are truly 
   incompetent, those whose mental afflictions render them unable 
   to manage their lives at all, liberals are suddenly transformed 
   into absolutists for personal autonomy.

                                     Mona Charen




   The army of relief and other subsidy recipients will continue 
   to grow, and the solvency of the government will become 
   increasing untenable, as long as part of the population can 
   vote to force the other part to support it.

                                    Henry Hazlitt




   The improvement of well-being brought about by capitalism made 
   it possible for the common man to save and thus to become in a 
   modest way himself a capitalist.  A considerable part of the 
   capital working in American business is the counterpart of the 
   saving of the masses.
                                 Ludwig von Mises




   The idea that a citizen's property can be taken by the 
   government solely for private use is extremely misguided. In 
   fact, it's just plain wrong.

                                   John Allison



   The past seventy five years have seen the growth of government 
   from a relatively small entity charged with defending the 
   borders, adjudicating disputes, and delivering mail, to a 
   bloated nightmare creature whose tentacles reach into every 
   corner of our existence.

                                        Doug Hornig




   ... liberals force lower middle-class families, who love their 
   children, to dispatch them to ghetto schools dominated by gangs of 
   fatherless boys bearing knives.
             
                                      George Guilder





   A day never passes without some ardent reformer or group of 
   reformers suggesting some new government intervention, some new 
   statist scheme to fill some alleged "need" or relieve some 
   alleged distress.
                                    Henry Hazlitt




   The Welfare State is merely a method for transforming the 
   market economy step by step into socialism.

                                Ludwig von Mises





   We need laws written by people who have confronted life in the 
   real world, not in the sheltered world of trust fund recipients 
   or the insulated cocoon of academia.

                                      Thomas Sowell



   The bigger government has grown, the greater squeeze it has 
   placed on America's families, finances, and freedom.  And that 
   squeeze has directly impacted the pursuit of happiness for the 
   worse.
                                     Joel Miller




   Hatred of producers of wealth still flourishes and has become, 
   in fact, the racism of the intelligencia.

                                     George Guilder




   Socialists will often talk as if some form of superbly equalized 
   destitution were preferable to "maldistributed" plenty.  A 
   national income that is rapidly growing in absolute terms for 
   practically everyone will be deplored because it is making the 
   rich richer.
                                  Henry Hazlitt




   I favor the policy of economy, not because I wish to save 
   money, but because I wish to save people.  The men and women of 
   this country who toil are the ones who bear the cost of the 
   government.  Every dollar we carelessly waste means that their 
   life will be so much more meager... Economy is idealism in its 
   most practical form.
                                       Calvin Coolidge




   Reaching into some else's pocket to assist one's fellow man 
   hardly qualifies as charity.

                                    Walter Williams




   Welfare policies never attain those - allegedly beneficial - 
   ends which the government and the self-styled progressives who 
   advanced them wanted to attain, but - on the contrary - bring 
   about a state of affairs which - from the very point of view of 
   the government and its supporters - is even more 
   unsatisfactory than the previous state of affairs they wanted 
   to "improve". 

                                  Ludwig von Mises





   Property is the fruit of labor. Property is desirable, is a 
   positive good in the world.  That some should be rich shows 
   that others may become rich and hence is just encouragement to 
   industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down 
   the house of another, but let him work diligently to build one 
   for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be 
   safe from violence.

                                    Abraham Lincoln





   The pseudo-liberals monopolize the teaching jobs at many 
   universities.  Only men who agree with them are appointed as 
   teachers and instructors of the social sciences, and only 
   textbooks supporting their ideas are used.

                                     Ludwig von Mises





   No matter how deeply you distrust the government's judgment, 
   you are too trusting.

                                        George Will





   One of the things the government can't do is run anything.  The 
   only things our government runs are the post office and the 
   railroads, and both of them are bankrupt.

                                         Lee Iacocca




   We need only take our heads out of the sand to see clearly that 
   interventionism not only has failed to provide the promised 
   something-for-nothing, but has led to all sorts of undesirable 
   consequences. Indeed, many are just beginning to realize that 
   we are moving towards disaster even though we have been on a 
   wrong heading for decades.

                                   Leonard E. Read



   There are millions receiving government payments who have come 
   to consider them as an earned right, who of course find them 
   inadequate, and who are outraged at the slightest suggestion of 
   a critical re-examination of the subject.  The political 
   pressure for constant extension and increase of these benefits 
   is almost irresistible.    

                                        Henry Hazlitt



   The policy of letting the free market determine the height of 
   wage rates is the only reasonable and successful full-
   employment policy.
                     
                                    Ludwig von Mises




   The left's obsession with the high incomes of corporate 
   executives never seems to extend to equally high - or higher - 
   incomes of professional athletes, entertainers, or best-selling 
   authors like Danielle Steel.
                                        Thomas Sowell




   Those who would administer (charity) wisely must, indeed, be 
   wise, for one of the serious obstacles to the improvement of 
   our race is indiscriminate charity.  It were better for mankind 
   that the millions of the rich were thrown into the sea than 
   spent to encourage the slothful, the drunken, the unworthy.  Of 
   every thousand dollars spent in so-called charity today, it is 
   probable that nine hundred and fifty dollars is unwisely spent 
   - so spent, indeed, as to produce the very evils which it hopes 
   to mitigate or cure.

                                          Andrew Carnegie




   Free market economists must be given the same opportunity in 
   our faculties which only the advocates of socialism and 
   intervention enjoy today.  This is surely not too much to ask 
   as long as this country has not yet gone totalitarian.

                                      Ludwig von Mises



   I am not robbed by people who have more money than me. I am 
   robbed by a government that wants to penalize my industry and 
   give increasing portions of what I earn to people who do not 
   emulate my principles, morals and ethics.

                                          Cal Thomas



   The natural effort of every individual to better his own 
   condition is so powerful that it is alone, and without any 
   assistance, capable not only of carrying on the society to 
   wealth and prosperity, but of surmounting 100 impertinent 
   obstructions with which the folly of human laws too often 
   encumbers its operations.

                                      Adam Smith



   I would like to suggest to you that the extent to which 
   government in America has departed from the original design of 
   inhibiting the destructive actions of man and invoking a common 
   justice; the extent to which the government has invaded the 
   productive and creative areas; the extent to which the 
   government in this country has assumed the responsibility for 
   the security, welfare, and prosperity of our people is a 
   measure of the extent to which socialism has developed here in 
   this land of ours.

                                      Leonard E. Read






   The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly 
   is to fill the world with fools.

                                         Herbert Spencer 




   The long-term cost of a welfare society is the infantilization 
   of the population.

                                         Mark Steyn






   The truth is that capitalism has not only multiplied population 
   figures, but at the same time, improved the people's standard 
   of living in an unprecedented way.  Neither economic thinking 
   nor historical experience suggest that any other social system 
   could be as beneficial to the masses as capitalism.  The 
   results speak for themselves.  The market economy needs no 
   apologists and propagandists. It can apply to itself the words 
   of Sir Christopher Wren's epitaph in St. Pauls: "Si monumentum 
   requiris, circumspice." (If you seek his monument, look 
   around.)

                                    Ludwig von Mises




   Doing well is the result of doing good.  That is what 
   capitalism is about.

                                 Ralph Waldo Emerson




   Most politicians are ever eager to regulate industrial and 
   commercial activity and strike at the economic elite with 
   confiscatory taxation.  Unfortunately, regulation and taxation 
   tend to hamper economic activity, inhibit productivity, and 
   depress levels of living.

                                  Hans F. Sennholz




   Welfare reform has not been successful in significantly 
   reducing levels of out-of-wedlock births, nor has it enabled 
   people to become truly self-sufficient.

                                Michael D. Tanner




   To be governed is to be kept in sight, inspected, spied upon, 
   directed, law-driven, numbered, enrolled, indoctrinated, 
   preached at, controlled, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, 
   by creatures who have neither the right, nor the wisdom, nor 
   the virtue to do so.

                           Pierre-Joseph Proudhon





   The effect of capitalism is to steer human selfishness so that, 
   through the invisible hand of competition, the energies of the 
   capitalist produce the abundance from which the whole society 
   benefits.

                                      Dinesh D'Souza





   Outside of one or two economics professors, nearly the entire 
   liberal arts faculty of the typical university is reliably 
   anticapitalist.  As a class, liberal arts academics can be 
   depended on to oppose economic development, support high taxes, 
   and latch on to every anti-enterprise cause that comes along.

                                 Llewellyn H. Rochwell, Jr.





   Politicians and bureaucrats are substituting their uninformed, 
   largely political decisions for those of the marketplace.  
   Their miscalculations demonstrate that they do not and cannot 
   possess the information, knowledge, means, and discipline to 
   manage the economy.

                                    Mark R. Levin





   You can't increase prosperity by taxing success. 

                                     Calvin Coolidge 





   The growing role that government has played in financing and 
   administering schooling has led not only to enormous waste of 
   taxpayer's money but also to a far poorer school system.

                             Milton & Rose Friedman





   Liberal hostility to the traditional family helped to undermine 
   centuries of accumulated wisdom and experience about what was 
   best for children and adults.  Far from benefitting only men, 
   marriage confers enormous advantages on women and children as 
   well - a fact that has been thrown into sharp relief by its 
   breakdown over the past forty years.

                                       Mona Charen




   Apparently the only people that are supposed to be responsible 
   are the taxpayers - and they are increasingly made responsible 
   for other people's irresponsibility.

                                     Thomas Sowell



   Suggestion of the Communist Manifesto was "abolition of all 
   right of inheritance".  Looking backward upon the past history 
   of estate taxes, we have to realize that they more and more 
   approached the goal set by Marx.  Estate taxes of the height 
   they have already attained for the upper brackets are no longer 
   to be qualified as taxes.  They are measures of expropriation.

                                Ludwig von Mises




   The fact is that the New Deal did not work.  It prolonged what  
   might have been a troubling two-year downturn into a horrifying 
   blow to world prosperity that ended in a war that killed 
   countless millions.  It was one of the greatest acts of 
   wreckage in world history.

                                 Llewellyn H, Rockwell, Jr.




   Government sponsors untold waste, criminality and inequity in 
   every sphere of life it touches, giving little or nothing 
   in return.
                                Doug Casey
   




   He [the Statist] is unmoved by reason, evidence, and history.

                                Mark R. Levin





   It is one of the advantages of competitive private enterprise 
   that the penalties for failure are levied against those who 
   fail - the damage is not assessed against the whole society.

                                        Paul L. Poirot





   It's not as if socialism is a new idea.  It was tried in the 
   20th century. It produced economic stagnation and despair.  In 
   its purest form, it extinguished more than one hundred 
   million people.

                             Llewellyn H, Rockwell, Jr.




   American bureaucrats are no better than those of any other 
   nationality when it comes to making socialism work.  It can't 
   be done.

                                     Paul L. Poirot






   No state empowered to do what is supposedly necessary will 
   restrain itself to those things.  It will expand as much as 
   public opinion will tolerate.

                                Llewellyn H, Rockwell, Jr.





   As a very important source of strength and security, cherish 
   public credit.  One method of preserving it is to use it as 
   sparingly as possible.

                                 George Washington






   What ... can the government do to help the poor?  The only 
   answer is the libertarian answer: Get out of the way.
   
                             Murray N. Rothbard




   Liberals see the Constitution as "living" and "evolving" - that 
   is, gradually turning into something that would have been 
   unrecognizable to its authors.

                                     Joseph Sobran




   Envy is always referred to by its political alias: "social 
   justice".   
     
                                  Thomas Sowell




   Each trillion dollars devoted to failure is a trillion that is 
   not available for success.

                                  Martin Hutchinson




   The idea that even the brightest person or group of bright 
   people, much less the U.S. Congress, can wisely manage an 
   economy has to be the height of arrogance and conceit.

                                Walter Williams





   What does "economic justice" mean, except that you want 
   something that someone else produced, without having to produce 
   anything yourself in return?

                                     Thomas Sowell




   Eventually economic growth reaches the point at which the 
   accumulation of wealth in the families of achievers becomes so 
   significant that the hatred and envy of success becomes 
   stronger than the desire for continued economic growth, and a 
   period dominated by resentment begins.

                                  Robert Sheaffer




   There exists also in the human heart a depraved taste for 
   equality, which impels the weak to attempt to lower the 
   powerful to their own level, and reduces men to prefer equality 
   in slavery to inequality with freedom.

                                Alexis de Tocqueville




   The greed and envy of the nonproducer is insatiable, so that 
   eventually nothing short of 100% taxation will please him.

                                    Robert Ringer





   Rule by the statist elite is not benign or simply a matter of 
   who happens to be in office; it is rule by a growing army of 
   leeches and parasites battening off the income and wealth of 
   hard-working Americans, destroying their property, corrupting 
   their customs and institutions, sneering at their religion.

                                Murray M. Rothbard




   If the U.S. government had had its current philosophy and power 
   a hundred years ago, it would have tried to keep the carriage 
   and buggy whip industries on life support.

                                    Doug Casey





   Rapid increases in the quantity of money produce inflation.  
   Sharp decreases produce depression.

                                 Milton Friedman




   It is all too easy for the liberal media to stir up the 
   irrational hatreds of millions of people who see themselves as 
   less fortunate than others, by repeatedly talking about the 
   billions of dollars in "windfall profits" earned by major 
   corporations, by featuring periodic stories on the opulent 
   living of wealthy individuals, or by pointing an accusing 
   finger at "loopholes" used by "the rich".

                                Robert Ringer




   It is no longer a question of whether there is a tendency or a 
   tilt to the left; the faculties of American universities and 
   colleges are overwhelmingly leftist.
                                            Martin Anderson





   Centers of unionism are also centers of unemployment.

                                  Hans F. Sennholz




   The marketplace is a wondrous institution. It harnesses the 
   self-interest of each of us and puts it to work for the benefit 
   of all.  And it does so without intruding upon our desires, our 
   privacy, or our freedom.  In deed it is regulation by reality, 
   not by coercion.
                                Harry Browne




   Once empowered, socialism refused to yield its promised 
   rewards.  The more dogged the effort to achieve it, the more 
   the outcome mocked the humane ideals it proclaimed.

                               Joshua Muravchik




   It isn't possible to give the government just a little control 
   over the economy and our lives.  Once we cede that power to 
   government, it uses the power to take more from us.  That's 
   why every year the government controls more of our lives.

                                       Harry Browne




   The intellectual finds it reassuring to say that the 
   businessman gets his money by luck; or monopoly, or 
   exploitation, or dishonesty, or what have you.  As a matter of 
   fact, the truly dishonest man will last longer in college 
   teaching or the ministry than he will in the business world.

                                         Benjamin A. Rogge






   One thing is certain.  At some point global investors will lose 
   confidence in our [U.S.] easy dollars and debt-financed 
   prosperity, and then the chickens will come home to roost.

                                        David A. Stockman





   The system of plunder derives much of its support from 
   individuals who do not subscribe to socialism but who say, 
   "We're paying for it, so we might as well get our share."

                                       Leornard E. Read




   Failure is a big part of a free market's success.  People fail 
   to live up to their potential, or to carry out all their good 
   intentions, in all kinds of economic and political systems.  
   Capitalism makes them pay a price for their failures, while 
   socialism, feudalism, fascism and other systems enable 
   personal failures, especially by those at the top, to be 
   ignored.

                            Thomas Sowell





   The enemy and his allies are now at the gates of the 
   capitalists' fortress.  Is there any hope that the businessman 
   will finally sense the danger to himself and the system of 
   which he is a part and rise to meet the challenge?

                                 Benjamin A. Rogge




   The national budget must be balanced.  The public debt must be 
   reduced: the arrogance of the authorities must be moderated 
   and controlled.  Payments to foreign governments must be 
   reduced, if Rome doesn't want to become bankrupt.  People must 
   again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.

                                 Marcus Tullius Cicero





   Capitalism has been one of the most dynamic forces in human 
   history, transforming one society after another, and today it 
   has become established as an international system determining 
   the economic fate of most of mankind.

                                 Peter L. Berger





   Governments, attempting to please a small percentage of their 
   citizens by protecting them from foreign competition, push 
   their populations toward poverty.  A country that protects 
   farmers does so at the expense of all who eat.  A country that 
   protects auto workers does so at the expense of all who drive.  
   Free trade, on the other hand, enlarges markets and creates 
   prosperity everywhere it is tried. 

                                     Thomas G. Donlan





   They may often be wrong, these fearless liberal reporters, but 
   they are never in doubt.  Once they ran doomsday stories about 
   cataclysmic catastrophes that would surely be brought on by 
   global cooling.  Now they run stories about cataclysmic 
   catastrophes that will just as surely be brought on by global 
   warming.

                                      Bernard Goldberg




   Democratic government has this fundamental problem: 20 percent 
   of the people do most of the productive work and create most of 
   the nation's wealth, but the other 80 percent command a heavy 
   majority of votes.

                                    Thomas G. Donlan





   The stark truth is that as long as the welfare state makes it 
   possible for young women - or teenage girls - to have children 
   without a husband and survive without a job, out-of-wedlock 
   births will remain high, and the inner city will continue to be 
   marked by crime, poverty, and despair.

                                        David Boaz



   Socialized medicine must fail for the same reason all socialism 
   must fail: it offers no system for rationally allocating 
   resources, and instead promotes the overutilization of all 
   resources, ending in bankruptcy.

                                 Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.




   You can travel from one end of the industrialized world to the 
   other and almost the only people you will find engaging in 
   backbreaking toil are people who are doing it for sport.  To 
   find people whose day's toil has not been lightened by 
   mechanical invention, you must go to the non-capitalist world.

                               Milton Friedman





   The American businessmen, as a class, have demonstrated the 
   greatest productive genius and the most spectacular 
   achievements ever recorded in the economic history of mankind.  
   What reward did they receive from our culture and its 
   intellectuals?  The position of a hated, persecuted minority.  
   The position of a scapegoat for the evils of the bureaucrats. 

                                             Ayn Rand





   The cheap but simple human emotion of envy is the driving force 
   of all socialism, of all anti-capitalist philosophy.  It is the 
   mark of the intellectual.

                                   Andrew J. Galambos




   A society that puts equality - in the sense of equality of 
   outcome - ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality 
   nor freedom.

                                 Milton Friedman





   A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has 
   destroyed itself from within.  The essential causes of Rome's 
   decline lay in her people, her morals, her class struggle, her 
   failing trade, her bureaucratic despotism, her stifling taxes, 
   her consuming wars.
 
                                       Will Durant







   Modern liberalism undermines the family, the institution best 
   able to rear children and care for the elderly.  Its welfare 
   programs preempt charitable activities and community altruism 
   through government welfare programs.

                                  Lyle H. Rossiter, Jr.





   Whether ancient or modern, monarchy or republic, coin or 
   paper, each nation descends pretty much the same slippery 
   slope, expanding government to address perceived needs, 
   accumulating too much debt, and then repudiating its 
   obligations by destroying its currency.

                       James Turk and John Rubino




   Isn't the whole idea behind the massive regulation and 
   regimentation of American industry and society the notion that 
   individuals should be forced to behave in ways defined by a small 
   government elite?

                                  Thomas J. DiLorenzo




   Spurred on by the demagogues who are trying to control us by 
   pretending to take care of us, we're rejecting the original 
   American idea of rewarding each person according to his merit.

                                 Dean Russell



   Unfortunately, it is not in the power of government to make 
   everyone more prosperous.  Government can only raise the income 
   of one person by taking from another.

                                          Hans F. Sennholz




   It is true that the top quintile is getting richer while the 
   bottom is getting poorer, but the bottom is not the same 
   people.  There is, fortunately, a constant churning at the bottom 
   as new immigrants move in and those who used to be at the 
   bottom begin their long, thrilling upward climb to the American 
   dream.

                                                          Dick Morris





   Social justice rests on the hate towards those that enjoy a 
   comfortable position, namely, upon envy.

                                   Friedrich Hayek




   Every man has a right to his prejudice, which is his opinion.  
   He does not have a right to enact his prejudice into law. 

                                                 Robert W. Blake




   Inflation comes about because our politicians and bankers 
   create billions of new dollars out of nowhere. It is, in 
   essence, the same thing as counterfeiting, which if done by a 
   private citizen would result in a jail sentence.

                                              Nelson Hultberg




   It should be remembered that men of courage, integrity, and 
   principle can stand up to Big Brother and resist the headlong 
   march into economic tyranny.

                                Richard M. Eyeballing




   We were poor when I was young, but the difference then was that 
   the government didn't come around telling you that you were poor.

                                   Ronald Reagan




   Socialism constitutes a threat to the present and future 
   welfare of the human race, in the sense that neither socialism 
   nor any other known substitute for the market order could 
   sustain the current population of the world.

                                     Friedrich Hacek



   The way to get a maximum rate of "economic growth" - assuming 
   this to be our aim - is to give maximum encouragement to 
   production, employment, saving, and investment.  And the way to 
   do this is to maintain a free market and a sound currency.

                                       Henry Hazlitt




   Government cannot make man richer, but it can make him poorer.

                                       Ludwig von Mises



   Perhaps the most important reason to be skeptical of government 
   inflation numbers is that the government, like a fox 
   campaigning to guard a hen house, has many reasons to be 
   disingenuous.  As the world's largest debtor, the Federal 
   Government is inflation's primary beneficiary.

                                       Butler Shafer




   Big government is antithetical to freedom. Every new government 
   program reduces our freedom just a little bit more.

                                   Michael D. Tanner




   There is no place in civilization for the idler.  None of us 
   has any right to ease.

                                          Henry Ford



   To continue on the road we Americans have traveled for the past 
   century is ultimately to deliver ourselves completely into the 
   hands of an unlimited government.  We can have a free society 
   or a welfare state.  We cannot have both.

                                      Robert Highs



   A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on 
   the support of Paul. 

                                 George Bernard Shaw



   Bureaucrats and their institutions have no need of competence.  
   Being insulated from any and all forms of economic reality, 
   they are not subject to the need to cooperate with those around 
   them, nor is there any requirement that they earn or create the 
   resources which they so casually use up. The wielders of 
   government do not need to show a profit, they merely need to 
   write a law or a regulation.

                                          Bill Buckler



   Capitalism in the 19th century did not doom the worker to a 
   life of perpetual poverty.  Instead, they kept creating new and 
   better-paying employments as the decades went by.  They 
   produced the wealth and rising income that resulted in the 
   emergence of a phenomenon completely new to human history: a 
   self-supporting and educated middle class that grew more and 
   more as the lower classes bettered their economic well-being.

                                  Richard M. Eyeballing




   The state provides a legal, orderly, systematic channel for 
   predation on the property of the producers.

                            Murray M. Rothbard




   One of the consequences of such notions as "entitlements" is 
   that people who have contributed nothing to society feel that 
   society owes them something, apparently just for being nice 
   enough to grace us with their presence.

                                 Thomas Sowell




   Counting obligations under Medicare and Social Security, the 
   real debt of the United States is more than 10 times the 
   reported national debt.

                                 Addison Wiggin





   The welfare culture tells the man he is not a necessary part 
   of the family; he feels dispensable, his wife knows he is
   dispensable, his children sense it.

                                     George Guilder




   The American people have embraced a way of life based on the 
   notion that there's nothing morally wrong with taking money 
   from one person in order to give it to another person.

                              Jacob G. Hornberger




   Democracy must be something more than two wolves and one sheep 
   voting on what to do for dinner.

                                    James Bovard




   .. social engineering has been the salient delusion and the 
   greatest curse of the modern age .. In the twentieth century it 
   has killed scores of millions of innocent people in Soviet 
   Russia, Nazi Germany, Communist China ...

                                    Paul Johnson





   The economic freedom that made the U.S. economy the leader of 
   the world has given way to a rigged, controlled, and regulated 
   economy.
                                    Bill Bonner




   He who serves the public best, makes the highest profits.

                              Ludwig von Mises



   The consumers are merciless.  They never buy in order to 
   benefit a less efficient producer and to protect him against 
   the consequences of his failure to manage better.  They want to 
   be served as well as possible.  And the working of the 
   capitalist system forces the entrepreneur to obey the orders 
   issued by the customers.
                                        Ludwig von Mises





   Someone once said that a fool can put on his coat better than a 
   wise man can put it on for him.  The implications of that 
   undermine most of the agenda of the political left.

                                    Thomas Sowell



   We tried to provide more for the poor and produced more poor 
   instead. We tried to remove the barriers to escape poverty and 
   inadvertently built a trap.

                                    Charles Murray




   [Cultural relativism] licenses the envy of the untalented, 
   giving rise to what has been called the revenge of failure: 
   Those who cannot paint destroy the canons of painting; those 
   who cannot write reject canonical literature.

                                        George Will





   Foreign aid breeds kleptocracies, or governments of thieves.

                                       James Bovard





   The man who builds a factory, builds a temple.

                            Calvin Coolidge




   If liberals had been in charge of the Arizona memorial, it 
   would probably have featured an exhaustive exhibit about the 
   internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and little 
   about the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

                                          Mona Charen



   I believe the money I make belongs to me and my family, not 
   some government stooge with a bad comb-over who wants to give 
   it to crack addicts for squirting out babies.

                                        Andy Rooney




   The welfare state has always been judged by its good 
   intentions, rather than its bad results.

                                    Thomas Sowell





   The capitalist has this over the politician and the clergyman; 
   he has in practice done more to raise the standard of living of 
   the poor than all the government and church programs in history 
   ... Monsanto and the Archer Daniels Midland Company have fed 
   more hungry people than all the ... soup kitchens combined. 

                                           Dinesh D'Souza




   Ideological bigotry has become the norm on even our most 
   prestigious campuses, where students can go for years without 
   reading or hearing anything that challenges the left vision.

                                     Thomas Sowell



   The child welfare system - devised and run by liberal social 
   workers, psychologists, and judges ... treats incompetent or 
   abusive parents as its clients, and only secondarily considers 
   the needs of the children involved.

                                           Mona Charen




   Every socialist is a disguised dictator.

                             Ludwig von Mises





   The unprecedented success of Keynesianism is due to the fact 
   that it provides an apparent justification for the "deficit 
   spending" policies of contemporary governments. It is the 
   pseudo-philosophy of those who think of nothing else than to 
   dissipate the capital accumulated by previous generations.

                                     Ludwig von Mises





   The urge to save humanity is almost always a false-face for the 
   urge to rule it.

                                        H. L. Mencken




   Police departments must use race and sex preferences in hiring 
   as a result of federal court decrees and political pressures.  
   To meet these demands, many police departments have lowered, 
   and in some cases eliminated, established standards for 
   personal character and intellectual and physical capacity ... 
   Washington, D.C. had to indict or fire 350 cops; New Orleans 
   indicted more than 100.  In these cities, policemen have been 
   charged with crimes ranging from murder and rape to robbing drug 
   dealers and selling confiscated drugs.

                                         Walter Williams





   Contrary to the vision of the left, it was the free market 
   which produced affordable housing - before government 
   intervention made housing unaffordable.

                                    Thomas Sowell



   The legacy of the New Deal was, more than anything else, a 
   matter of ideological change.  Henceforth, nearly everyone 
   would look to the federal government for solutions to problems 
   great and small, real and imagined, personal as well as social. 

                                          Robert Highs




   What can prevent the coming of totalitarian socialism is only a 
   thorough change in ideologies.  What we need is an open 
   positive endorsement of that system to which we owe all of the 
   wealth that distinguishes our age from the conditions of ages 
   gone by.

                                     Ludwig von Mises




   Liberals cling to the idea that critics of welfare are 
   motivated by greed or callous disregard for the less fortunate.  
   In fact, during the twenty five years that followed Lyndon 
   Johnson's declaration of war on poverty, U.S. taxpayers spent 
   $3 trillion providing every conceivable support for the poor, 
   the elderly, and the infirm.  Private foundations spent scores 
   of billions more, and private and religious charities even more.  
   Nevertheless, as Ronald Reagan later quipped, "In the war on 
   poverty, poverty won".

                                          Mona Charen





   Most Marxist intellectuals were heirs to fortunes or had rich 
   fathers. For example, Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Rosa 
   Luxumburg, Vladimir Lenin, Fidel Castro, and Herbert Marcusse.

                                Carl H. Middleton




   Achievement in not what liberalism is about. Victimhood and 
   dependency are.
                                     Thomas Sowell



   Most intellectuals in the world are aware of what socialism 
   did to Russia.  And yet many still cling to the socialist 
   ideal. 
                                   Robert A. Sirico




   Our Founding Fathers set up a constitutional framework for 
   government that strictly limited government power.  They set in 
   place barriers to the exercise of government power, devising an 
   intricate system of checks and balances, dividing power between 
   national and state governments as well as among three 
   independent branches of government. And, most important, they 
   established a government of enumerated powers, carefully 
   spelling out those few things that the federal government could 
   do and reserving those powers not specified to the states and 
   the people.
                                        Michael D. Tanner




   What was distinctly Western was not slavery but the moral 
   crusade to end slavery.
                                        Dinesh D'Souza




   Keynesian economics, and socialist central planning, have 
   trapped the Western economies into a slow death.

                                      Wayne N. Krautkramer



   When people who earn more than the average have their 
   "surplus", or the greater part of it, seized from them in 
   taxes, and when people who earn less than the average have the 
   deficiency, or the greater part of it, turned over to them in 
   hand-outs and doles, the production of all must sharply 
   decline; for the energetic and able lose their incentive to 
   produce more than the average, and the slothful and unskilled 
   lose their incentive to improve their condition.

                                     Henry Hazlitt





   Big government comes at a big cost.  This cost most obviously 
   shows in reduced economic growth, fewer jobs, reduced take-home 
   pay, and less overall prosperity. In an era of globalization, 
   when Americans must compete on an international basis, taxation 
   and regulation act as an anchor on American productivity and 
   competitiveness.
                                 Michael D. Tanner




   Governments steal from their citizens through taxes and through 
   the subterfuge of monetizing their own IOUs. 

                                     John A. Pugsey




   Liberal child welfare experts decided that child abuse was not 
   evidence of a moral or character flaw in the abusing parent. 
   Instead, like poverty, crime, and homelessness, child abuse came 
   to be viewed as evidence of a societal failure.

                                       Mona Charen





   Liberalism in various guises - feminism, the sexual revolution, 
   gay activism - has been at war with marriage and family for 
   several decades now.  And when do-gooders look around at the 
   wreckage of human lives caused by disintegrating families, they 
   call for government to act as father, mother, brother, and 
   sister." 

                                          Mona Charen




   It is fascinating to watch politicians come up with "solutions" 
   to problems that are the direct result of their previous 
   solutions.  In many cases, the most efficient thing to do would 
   be to repeal their previous solution and stop being so gung-ho 
   for creating new solutions in the future.  But, politically, 
   that is the last thing they will do.
   
                                         Thomas Sowell




   The fact is that the Great Depression, like most other periods 
   of severe unemployment, was produced by government 
   mismanagement rather than by any inherent instability in the 
   private economy.

                                 Milton Friedman




   Americans used to save their money.  They used to be thrifty. 
   They used to make things to sell to foreigners. Foreigners used 
   to save their dollars so they could buy high-priced products, 
   Made in USA.  So much did they crave U.S. dollars that the 
   American currency easily became the reserve currency of the 
   entire world, and America became the world's biggest creditor 
   by lending dollars to foreigners.  Now, it is the foreigners who 
   lend.  They save their dollars, not to buy U.S. goods, but to 
   buy U.S. Treasury bonds ... so Americans can buy high-quality 
   foreign-made goods!  And now, America is the world's biggest 
   debtor."

                                       Bill Bonner




   I cannot lay my finger on that article of the Constitution 
   which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of 
   benevolence, the money of their constituents.

                                          James Madison




   The great blessing of private property, then, is that people 
   can benefit from their own industry and insulate themselves 
   from the negative effects of others' actions.  It is like a set 
   of invisible mirrors that surround individuals, households or 
   firms, reflecting back on them the consequences of their acts.  
   The industrious will reap the benefits of their industry; the 
   frugal the consequences of their frugality; the improvident and 
   the profligate likewise.  They receive their due, which is to 
   say they experience justice as a matter of routine.

                                      Tom Bethell




   Liberal dominance of important areas of America's social and 
   political life has undermined many of the virtues that have 
   sustained this country.

                                       Mona Charen





   Recipients of transfers set a bad example for others, including 
   their children, other relatives and friends, who see that one 
   can receive goods, services, or money from the government 
   without earning them.  The onlookers easily adopt an attitude 
   that they, too, are entitled to such transfers.  They have 
   fewer examples of hardworking, self-reliant people in their 
   families or neighborhoods.

                                        Robert Highs



   America became great because its citizens once subscribed to 
   the principle of individual responsibility.  What will happen 
   now that this principle has been discarded remains to be seen.

                                   Harold B. Jones Jr.

  


   If sanity ever returns to our society and we stop taking 
   pretentious elites seriously, one of the signs will be that the 
   public will force the removal of those ugly pieces of twisted 
   metal that are called "art" in front of government buildings.

                                    Thomas Sowell





   Recipients of transfers tend to become less self-reliant and 
   more dependent on government payments.  When people can get 
   support without exercising their own abilities to discover and 
   respond to opportunities for earning income, those abilities 
   atrophy.  People forget - or never learn in the first place - 
   how to help themselves, and eventually some of them simply 
   accept their helplessness.

                                Robert Highs





   Liberalism is really piecemeal socialism, and socialism always 
   attacks three basic social institutions: religion, the family, 
   and private property.  Religion, because it offers a rival 
   authority to the state; the family, because it means a rival 
   loyalty to the state; and property, because it means material 
   independence of the state.

                                          Joseph Sabran




   Most of the great problems we face are caused by politicians 
   creating solutions to problems they created in the first place.

                                       Walter Williams




   The Ten Commandments contain 297 words.  The Bill of Rights is 
   stated in 463 words.  Lincoln's Gettysburg Address contains 266 
   words.  A recent federal directive to regulate the price of 
   cabbage contains 26,911 words.

                                        Atlanta Journal




   These guys [liberals] will never tire of spending our money and 
   will never hold themselves accountable for their boondoggles.  
   For them the failure of $5 trillion to eradicate poverty simply 
   means we haven't spent enough money.  Ditto with education.  
   The solution is always more money.  No amount of empirical 
   evidence will shake their socialist theology.

                                      David Limbaugh



   Nothing could be more jolting and discordant with the vision of 
   today's intellectuals than the fact that it was businessmen, 
   devout religious leaders and Western imperialists who together 
   destroyed slavery around the world.  And if it doesn't fit 
   their vision, it is the same to them that it never happened.

                                       Thomas Sowell




   Friedrich Hayek made the point that one of the keystones of 
   socialism is the denial of individual responsibility.  Thus, 
   the crusade for socialism always included attacks on individual 
   responsibility.  For if individuals do not have free will, and 
   are not responsible for their actions, then their lives must be 
   controlled somehow - preferably by the state - according to the 
   socialists.  They must be regulated, regimented, and controlled 
   - for their own good.

                                Thomas J. DiLorenzo




   Illegitimacy is the single most important social problem of our 
   time - more important than crime, drugs, poverty, illiteracy, 
   welfare, or homelessness because it drives everything else.

                                      Charles Murray





   Socialism crushes human rights, builds the state, impinges on 
   the liberty of conscience, and breeds social, cultural, and 
   economic degeneration. 

                                   Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.





   In the United States, liberals have made it virtually 
   impossible [to increase the supply of oil] by banning drilling 
   in all sorts of places and preventing any new refinery from 
   being built anywhere in the country in the last 30 years.

                                   Thomas Sowell




   The [liberals] still believe that the "haves" of the country 
   won some mystical "lottery of life".  They don't understand 
   that this country thrives on ingenuity, risk-taking, 
   entrepreneurship and the potential rewards from these labors; 
   not on "sacrificing for the common good".  Until the Democrats 
   break from their Marxist mold, the sea of red on election day 
   maps will continue to grow.

                             Jeffrey J. Kros




   The welfare system is the breeding ground of crime, 
   addiction and radical politics.

                                 James Cook




   When all government, in little as in great things, shall be 
   drawn to Washington as the Center of all power, it will render 
   powerless the checks provided of one government on another and 
   will become as venal and oppressive as the government from 
   which we separated.

                                         Thomas Jefferson




   Notwithstanding what some regard as the institutionalization of 
   compassion, the transfer society quashes genuine virtue.  
   Redistribution of income by means of government coercion is a 
   form of theft.  Its supporters attempt to disguise its 
   essential nature by claiming that democratic procedures give it 
   legitimacy, but this justification is specious.  Theft is 
   theft, whether it be carried out by one thief or by a hundred 
   million thieves acting in concert. And it is impossible to 
   found a good society on the institutionalization of theft.
   
                                       Robert Higgs




   It is truly hard to understand how liberal politicians, 
   activists and journalists so consistently escape accountability 
   for stoking the flames of racial disharmony while purporting to 
   dampen them and for dividing our society along racial, gender, 
   and economic lines while claiming to unite us.

                                       David Limbaugh






   Never was it [Capitalism] imposed on life as a system, or at 
   all.  It grew out of life, not all at once but gradually, and 
   is therefore one of the great natural designs.  When it was 
   found and identified by such men as Adam Smith, who wrote its 
   bible, and Karl Marx, who wrote its obituary too soon, it was 
   already working.

                                          Garet Garrett






   There are no dead-end jobs.  There are only dead-end people.  
   Our current social philosophy, and the welfare state 
   apparatus based on it, are creating more dead-end people.

                                     Thomas Sowell






   The political left, which holds itself as progressive, rational 
   and fact-based, is becoming an enemy of academic inquiry, and a 
   practitioner of thought control on a wide variety of issues.  
   Increasingly, from the left's perspective, there is just one 
   acceptable viewpoint.

                                         David Limbaugh





   The welfare state is institutionalized crime - "organized 
   plunder", as the French economist Frederic Bastiat called it. 
   It systematizes and authorizes what is intrinsically wrong: 
   forcing some people to support others.  The Democrats favor 
   the indefinite expansion of the welfare state, perpetually 
   increasing the ratio of force to freedom in society.

                                       Joseph Sobran




   The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to 
   restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people 
   to restrain the government - lest it come to dominate our lives 
   and interests.
                                      Patrick Henry






   Our nation is in deep trouble - morally, economically, and 
   politically.  Practically everything in which the federal 
   government has embroiled itself for the last several decades is 
   in crisis - education, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, 
   inflation and the dollar, welfare, government spending, the 
   drug war, and, of course, foreign policy.

                                      Jacob G. Hornberger




   Too many members of Congress believe they can solve all 
   economic problems, cure all social ills, and bring about 
   worldwide peace and prosperity simply by creating new federal 
   programs.

                                          Ron Paul


 

   Quotas have done nothing to help the black underclass, or break 
   the vicious cycles of welfare dependency and drug abuse, unwed 
   motherhood and crime, fatherless families and dysfunctional 
   public schools ... Uncle Sam spent trillions of dollars making 
   a bad situation worse.  An avalanche of government welfare 
   money - no strings attached - paid people not to work or marry, 
   save or invest, or confront the behavioral causes of their 
   poverty.
                                       Rod Martin




   Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few 
   short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, 
   regulate it ... and if it stops moving, subsidize it.

                                    Ronald Reagan





   I am particularly struck by the neo-socialist concern for the 
   well-being of plants, animals, lakes and rivers, rain forests 
   and deserts - particularly when the concern for the environment 
   appears far more intense than the concern for the human family.

                                          Robert A Sirico




   Only the naive inflationists could believe that government 
   could enrich mankind through fiat money.

                                    Ludwig von Mises





   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







   Even as government dominates the headlines, private 
   entrepreneurs are busy every day working to improve products 
   and services that improve our lives.  They do it without taxing 
   us or regulating us, or making us suffer through tedious 
   elections or political debates.  They make their products and 
   offer them to us in a way that pleases the consuming public the 
   most.  We can choose whether we want them or not.

                                       Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.




   Less than seventy-five years after it officially began, the 
   contest between capitalism and socialism is over: capitalism 
   has won.

                                   Robert Heilbroner




   As the data from the past clarify, there is no evidence that 
   poverty causes crime but a great deal of evidence that crime 
   causes poverty.  By aligning themselves against the police, 
   against commonsense tactics like stop and frisk, against metal 
   detectors in public housing, against swift and certain 
   punishment, and for a broad range of legal protections for
   accused criminals, liberals helped to aggrieve the lives of 
   the poor and society as a whole.

                                      Mona Charen






   Unemployment doles can have no other effect than the 
   perpetuation of unemployment

                        Ludwig von Mises





   Who can dispute that the governments of the United States 
   constitute the most voracious tax system in the history of 
   mankind?  In the year 2000, those governments succeeded in 
   laying hands on more that $3 trillion - almost $11,000 each for 
   the 275 million men, women, and children resident in the 
   country.  No other nation-state rakes in an amount even close 
   to the U.S. total. 

                                         Robert Higgs






   The sad and tragic fact is that the civil rights movement, 
   despite its honorable and courageous past, has over the years 
   degenerated into a demagogic hustle, promoting the mindless 
   racism they once fought against.

                                         Thomas Sowell





   From the starch-heavy "food pyramid" to ethanol fuel, the 
   government adopts programs not because they are right but 
   because they gain votes, money or political power or solve 
   problems that politics has already created, such as silos full 
   of subsidized wheat or a shortage of gasoline due to the maze 
   of controls on refining.

                                         Robert Prechter






   Do we really want the people who created $40 trillion of 
   unfunded liabilities in Social Security and Medicare in charge of 
   our health care?  Faceless bureaucrats, power-lusting 
   politicians, and people spending other people's money are a 
   recipe for disaster.

                                     Edward H. Crane





   While big-business leaders and firms can be highly productive 
   servants of consumers in a free-market economy, they are also, 
   all too often, seekers after subsidies, contracts, privileges, 
   or cartels furnished by big-government.  Often, business 
   lobbyists and leaders are the spark plugs for the statist, 
   interventionist system.   

                                  Murray N. Rothbard





   Today there are more Marxists on the Harvard faculty than there are 
   in Eastern Europe.

                                           George Will





   The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates.

                                            Tacitus




   Adam Smith's key insight was that both parties to an exchange 
   can benefit and that, so long as cooperation is strictly 
   voluntary, no exchange can take place unless both parties do 
   benefit.
                                     Milton Friedman




   The necessity for struggle is one of the clever devices through 
   which nature forces individuals to expand, develop, progress, 
   and become strong through resistance... We are forced to 
   recognize that this great universal necessity for struggle must 
   have a definite and useful purpose.  That purpose is to force 
   the individual to sharpen his wits, arouse his enthusiasm, 
   build up his spirit of faith, gain definiteness of purpose, 
   develop his power of will, and inspire his faculty of 
   imagination to give him new uses for old ideas and concepts.

                                         Napoleon Hill






   Capitalism encourages entrepreneurs to act with consideration 
   for others even when their ultimate motive is to benefit 
   themselves.
                                  Dinesh DíSouza






   We may agree, for example, that our societies must provide 
   greater security for the individual; yet, if all we succeed in 
   producing is a social structure providing increased anonymity 
   and ever increasing boredom, then we should not wonder if 
   ingenious man turns to such amusements as drugs, housebreaking, 
   vandalism, mayhem, riots, or - at the most harmless - strange 
   haircuts, costumes, standards of cleanliness, and sexual 
   experiments.
                                    Robert Ardrey
    




   If you are idle you are on the road to ruin, and there few 
   stopping places upon it.  It is rather a precipice than a road.

                               Henry Ward Beecher





   Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of 
   its victims may be the most oppressive.  It would be better to 
   live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral 
   busybodies. 
                                          C. S. Lewis





   Whether in the arts, entertainment, or academia, the dominant 
   players are talented people who believe that they are wiser and 
   better than the masses.  They are appalled that capitalism 
   permits a B-school dropout to become a billionaire while they 
   scrape by for a measly raise when promoted from assistant to 
   associate professor.  They set out to cripple the system that 
   brings this about.

                                    Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.





   Public opinion takes no offense at the endeavors of farmers, 
   workers, clerks, teachers, doctors, ministers, and people 
   from many callings to earn as much as they can.  But it 
   censures the capitalists and entrepreneurs for their greed.

                              Ludwig von Mises






   Immigrants used to come to America seeking freedom of speech, 
   freedom of religion and freedom from government.  Now they 
   come looking for free health care, free education, and a free 
   lunch.
                                    Harry Browne




   The free market punishes irresponsibility.  Government rewards 
   it.
                                     Harry Browne




   Tariffs, quotas and other import restrictions protect the 
   business of the rich at the expense of high cost of living 
   for the poor.  Their intent is to deprive you of the right to 
   choose, and to force you to buy the high-priced inferior 
   products of politically favored companies.

                                      Alan Burns




   It is easy to be conspicuously "compassionate" if others are 
   being forced to pay the cost.

                                         Murray N. Rothbard





   The market economy has created unfathomable prosperity and, 
   decade-by-decade, century-by-century, miraculous feats of 
   innovation, production, distribution, and social coordination. 
   To the free market, we owe all material prosperity, all leisure 
   time, our health and longevity, our huge and growing population 
   and nearly everything we call life itself.

                              Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.





   When you subsidize poverty and failure you get more of both.

                                   James Dale Davidson





   If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara 
   Desert, in 5 years there would  be a shortage of sand.

                                       Milton Friedman




   The only freedom that deserves the name, is that of pursuing 
   our own good in our way, so long as we do not attempt to 
   deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it.

                                    John Stuart Mill




   Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our 
   motto.
                                        Thomas Jefferson




   "Need" now means wanting someone else's money. "Greed" means 
   wanting to keep your own. "Compassion" is when a politician 
   arranges the transfer.

                                       Joseph Sobral





   The power to tax is the power to destroy.

                                John Marshall





   Today it is not big business that we have to fear.  It is big 
   government.
                                   Wendell Phillips





   Both sides of the political spectrum must one day realize that 
   limitless government intrusion in the economy, in our personal 
   lives, and in the affairs of other nations cannot serve the best 
   interests of America.

                                     Ron Paul





   All the fiery rhetoric of the founders was directed at a 
   "tyrant" who taxed his subjects at a rate of about three 
   percent.  Today, we in "the land of the free" are taxed at 
   about 50 percent when you add federal, state and local taxes. 
   What kind of government would do that?

                                        Doug Newman





   The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism, but 
   under the name of liberalism, they will adopt every fragment of 
   the socialist program until one day America will be a socialist 
   nation without ever knowing how it happened.

                                    Norman Thomas





   There is no difference between communism and socialism, except 
   in the means of achieving the same ultimate end: communism 
   proposes to enslave men by force, socialism -- by vote.  It is 
   merely the difference between murder and suicide.


                                       Ayn Rand





   The truth is all men having power ought to be mistrusted.

                                     James Madison





   No nation was ever ruined by trade.

                   Benjamin Franklin



   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




   Victimhood and a "can't do" spirit is what the Democratic Party 
   has mostly been about since the Great Depression.

                                    Cal Thomas





   Government control gives rise to fraud, suppression of Truth, 
   intensification of the black market and artificial scarcity.  
   Above all, it unmans the people and deprives them of initiative, 
   it undoes the teaching of self-help.

                                            Gandhi





   The Constitution was made to guard the people against the 
   dangers of good intentions.

                                    Daniel Webster




   Capitalism, and capitalism alone, has rescued the human race 
   from degrading poverty, rampant sickness and early death.

                                  Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.




   For liberals, supposedly good intentions always trump results.

                                  David Limbaugh




   The fact is that the New Deal was, overall, a dismal failure.

                               Mark R. Levin




   The government that we gave limited power to - to protect our 
   rights - has grown into a hideous behemoth that continually 
   increases its power and now enslaves the people, and causes 
   strife throughout the world.

                                        Tom Parker




   There are few ways in which a man can be more innocently 
   occupied than in getting money.

                             Samuel Johnson





   With capitalism and prosperity came something new: the idea of 
   progress.  This is the notion that things are getting better and 
   will continue to get better in the future.

                                           Dinesh D'Souza





   Private enterprise creates; government destroys.  That is the 
   great economic lesson of our times.

                                  Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.




   No one can find a safe way out for himself if society is 
   sweeping towards destruction.  Therefore everyone, in his own 
   interests, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual 
   battle.  None can stand aside with unconcern; the interests of 
   everyone hang on the result.  Whether he chooses or not, every 
   man is drawn into the great historical struggle, the decisive 
   battle into which our epoch has plunged us.

                                Ludwig von Mises





   No nation can survive without passing its heritage, language 
   and, yes, faith to the next generation.  A country must be 
   built on something substantial and if the cultist elitists 
   think it can be built on "diversity", that is a foundation of 
   sifting sand.

                                          Cal Thomas



   A businessman who can create useful, well-paid and secure jobs 
   in doubly blessed, by the individual he makes self-supporting 
   and by the society he renders more secure.  He helps himself, 
   too, for, as Maimonides says, there is joy in lifting people 
   out of want, not by alms but on a permanent basis.

                                       Paul Johnson





   The free market promotes self-worth, self-sufficiency, shared 
   values, and honest dealings, which enhance the individual, the 
   family, and the community.  It discriminates against no race, 
   religion, or gender.

                                             Mark R. Levin





   Taxing the rich to fund poorly managed government programs is 
   simply a self-destructive decision: It does nothing more than 
   move money and investment decisions away from proven money-
   makers (read: job producers) to Washington amateurs.  In both 
   cases, Americans lose.

                                       T. J. Rodgers





   That which is common to the greatest number has the least care 
   bestowed upon it.

                                         Aristotle





   What belongs to no one is wasted by every one.  What belongs to 
   one man in particular is the object of his economy and care.

                                James Wilson





   If individuals can take from a common pot regardless of how 
   much they put into it, each person has an incentive to be a 
   free loader, to do as little as possible and take as much as 
   possible because what one fails to take will be taken by 
   someone else.

                                        John Stossel






   If history could teach us anything, it would be that private 
   property is inextricably linked with civilization.

                                  Ludwig von Mises





   Our educational system, from the schools to the universities, 
   are actively undermining any sense of loyalty to the 
   traditions, institutions, and values of American society.

                                Thomas Sowell



   To the masses the catchwords of Socialism sound enticing ... so 
   they will continue to work for Socialism, helping thereby to 
   bring about the inevitable decline of the civilization which 
   the nations of the West have taken thousands of years to build 
   up. 

                                       Ludwig von Mises




   There are still plenty of people seeking to take our liberty, to 
   force us into collectivist schemes, to promise us security or 
   handouts in return for our freedom, or to impose their agendas 
   on the rest of us.

                                       David Boaz





   The progressive notion of the state as a loving, caring parent 
   is becoming a bipartisan affair.

                                      Jonah Goldberg




   New taxes are so unpopular that most "social" handout schemes 
   are originally enacted without enough increased taxation to pay 
   for them.  The result is chronic government deficits, paid for 
   by the issuance of additional paper money.
   
                                          Henry Hazlitt





   The natural tendency of government, once in charge of money, is 
   to inflate and destroy the value of the currency.
    
                                    Murray N. Rothbard




   Those who torment us for our own good will torment us without 
   end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

                                      C. S. Lewis




   In many cases rent control appears to be the most effective 
   technique presently known to destroy a city - except for 
   bombing.
                                 Assar Lindbeck




   The oil industry is hardly free to operate as efficiently as it 
   could or be as responsive to consumer demands as it would like.  
   It has become, in essence, a quasi-state-run enterprise, 
   because it cannot drill, transport, refine, and store fuel 
   without receiving government permission, complying with 
   government regulations, and paying taxes at every level of 
   production.

                             Mark R. Levin
                                          



   Government, not the oil industry, is the biggest "profiteer" 
   from oil.  And it uses the tax revenue to expand its own 
   authority at the expense of the individual, as it does with an 
   endless number of other industries - including electric power, 
   coal, lumber, pharmaceuticals, automobiles, aircraft, and 
   agriculture.  The Statist's intrusion into the free market is 
   endless.
                                        Mark R. Levin




   The more complex our economy, the more we should rely on the 
   miraculous, self-adopting processes of men acting freely.  
   No mind of man nor any combination of minds can even envision, 
   let alone intelligently control, the countless human energy 
   exchanges in a simple society, to say nothing of a complex one.

                               Leonard E. Read





   In the market economy the worker sells his services as other 
   people sell their commodities.  The employer is not the 
   employee's lord.  He is simply the buyer of services which he 
   must purchase at their market price.

                                  Ludwig von Mises




   What both the left and the right overlook is our Founders' 
   wisdom about the limits and dangers of government.   

                                   Edward H. Crane




   The best way to help the poor is to slash taxes and allow 
   savings, investment, and creation of jobs to proceed 
   unhampered.
                              Murray N. Rothbard



   So virtuous are the programs said to be - pensions for the 
   elderly, compensation for the unemployed, medicine for the 
   sick, and assistance for the disabled - few dare to ring the 
   alarm of looming economic catastrophe that threatens to 
   destabilize the civil society.

                              Mark R. Levin




   Most of Marx's predictions have failed to materialize, and his 
   labor theory of value and other ideas have been proven wrong.  
   Marx failed to recognize the incentive system built into the 
   capitalistic model - consumer choice and the profit motive of 
   the entrepreneur.  The irony is that it is capitalism, not 
   socialism or Marxism, that has liberated the worker from the 
   chains of poverty, monopoly, war and oppression, and has better 
   achieved Marx's vision of a millennium of hope, peace, 
   abundance, leisure, and aesthetic expression for the "full" 
   human being.

                                    Mark Skousen




   If you really want to help the poor, help the rich.  They're 
   the ones who will invest, build more factories, create more 
   jobs.
                                       William E. Simon



 



   Governing a large country is like frying a small fish.  You 
   spoil it by too much poking.

                                        Lao Tzu



   Nothing is more calculated to make a demagogue popular than a 
   constantly reiterated demand for heavy taxes on the rich.  
   Capital levies and high income taxes on the larger incomes are 
   extraordinarily popular with the masses, who do not have to pay 
   them.
                                Ludwig von Mises




   So distant is America today from its founding principles that 
   it is difficult to precisely describe the nature of American 
   government.  It is not strictly a constitutional republic, 
   because the Constitution has been and continues to be easily 
   altered by a judicial oligarchy that mostly enforces, if not 
   expands, the Statist's agenda.  It is not strictly a 
   representative republic, because so many edicts are produced by 
   a maze of administrative departments that are unknown to the 
   public and detached from its sentiment. It is not strictly a 
   federal republic, because the states that gave the central 
   government life now live at its behest.  What, then, is it?  It 
   is a society steadily transitioning toward statism.  If the 
   Conservative does not come to grips with the significance of 
   this transformation, he will be devoured by it.

                                 Mark R. Levin




   The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is 
   not as sacred as the laws of God, and there is not a force of 
   law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny 
   commence.
                                   John Adams




   Government is not the solution to our problems.  Government is 
   the problem!
                                        Ronald Reagan





   "When our people were fed out of the common store, and laboured 
   jointly together, glad was he who could slip from his labour, or 
   slumber over his taske, he cared not how. Nay, the most honest 
   among them would hardly take so much true paines in a weeke, 
   as now for themselves they will doe in a day: neither cared 
   they for the increase, presuming that howsoever the harvest 
   prospered, the generall store must maintaine them, so that wee 
   reaped not so much Corne from the labours of thirtie, as now 
   three or foure doe provide for themselves."

                                     Captain John Smith




   One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is 
   that you end up being governed by your inferiors.

                                          Plato




   This country may need a good five cent cigar; but it could 
   better use a hundred or so new millionaires - modern Edisons, 
   Carnegies, Hills, Fords, Wanamakers.  We need men of vision 
   who'll build and produce - not little men who wish to divide 
   and equalize.  In this age of the so-called "common man" we 
   desperately need a few uncommon men.

                                         Dean Russell



   The advocates of public control cannot do without inflation.  
   They need it in order to finance their policy of reckless 
   spending and lavish subsidizing and bribing the voters.

                                 Ludwig von Mises




   Such terms as communism, socialism, Fabianism, the welfare 
   state, Nazism, fascism, state intervention, egalitarianism, the 
   planned economy, the New Deal, the Fair Deal, the New Frontier 
   are simply different labels for much the same thing.

                                Leonard E. Read




   
   Entitlement?  How can you be entitled to someone else's money?

                                        John Stossel




   During recent years, men in free and willing exchange (the free 
   market) have discovered how to deliver the human voice around 
   the earth in one twenty-seventh of a second; how to deliver an 
   event, like a ball game, into everyone's living room, in color 
   and in motion, at the time it is going on; how to deliver 
   hundreds of people from Los Angeles to Baltimore in less than 3 
   hours and 19 minutes; how to deliver gas from a hole in Texas 
   to a range in New York at low cost and without subsidy; how to
   deliver 64 ounces of oil from the Persian Gulf to our Eastern 
   Seaboard - more than halfway around the world - for less money 
   than the government will deliver a one-ounce letter across the 
   street in one's home town.

                                      Leonard E. Read



   What social arrangement could possibly be more humanitarian 
   than to let each individual rise to the full limit of his 
   creative potentialities?  The competitive free market does this 
   and thus maximizes the opportunities for the more capable among 
   men to behave charitably toward their less fortunate brethren.  
   It is not a question of cooperation or competition.   
   Cooperation and competition in the market place afford the best 
   hope for each individual and for humanity in general.

                                    Paul L. Poirot




   Aa virtuous and industrious people may be cheaply governed.

                                  Benjamin Franklin





   What's most cruel about government intervention in the economy 
   is not how it stops us from helping the poor, but how it stops 
   the poor from helping themselves.

                                   Barry Loberfeld




   Social Security is a widely popular program because the 
   individual has been deceived by the Statist to believe that the 
   government has been prudently and diligently managing his 
   accumulated pension investment in his Social Security account, 
   which he presumes to be funded by his own payroll taxes.

                                  Mark R. Levin





   The socialistic concept of ideal humanity involves giving to 
   each person according to his needs, regardless of his efforts 
   to earn what he wants ... In other words, man is born for 
   comfort and ease, not work and struggle!

                                      Paul L Poirot




   The exercise of freedom invariably results in some choices 
   that are unwise or wrong.  But, by living with the consequences 
   of his foolish choices a man learns to choose more wisely next 
   time.
                                    Edmund A. Opitz





   Almost all the fathers of socialism were members of the upper 
   middle class or of the professions.

                                 Ludwig von Mises





   Coercion is as much a tool of the welfare state as it is of 
   communism. The programs and edicts of both are backed up by 
   the police force.  All of us know this to be true under 
   communism, but it is equally true under our own brand of 
   welfare statism. 
                                  Leonard E. Read






   Laws and coercive union policies that increase wages at the 
   expense of profits do not create jobs; they destroy them.

                                   Dean Russell



   Both shortages and surpluses, whether Russian or Chinese or 
   American, are a consequence of substituting the decisions of 
   bureaucrats for the decisions of the market place.

                                  Paul L. Poirot




   Socialistic practices are now so ingrained in our thinking, so 
   customary, so much a part of our mores, that we take them for 
   granted.
                                    Leonard E. Read





   What generations created, the Left destroys.  There are few 
   productive and noble institutions in America that the Left has 
   not hurt or attempted to hurt.  But while the Left destroys a 
   great deal, it constructs almost nothing (outside of government 
   agencies, laws and lawsuits).

                                        Dennis Prager




   We have suffered more from this cause [paper money] than from 
   every other cause or calamity.  It has killed more men, pervaded 
   and corrupted the choicest interests of our country more, and 
   done more injustice than even the arms and artifices of our 
   enemy.
                                   Daniel Webster




   When the coercive power of government is used to equalize 
   incomes, it guarantees less prosperity across the board and 
   spreads the misery, which is one of the many reasons Marxism 
   and socialism have failed everywhere they've been tried.

                                   David Limbaugh




   Never forget that no government has wealth of its own to spend.  
   The money has to come from taxation, monetary inflation, or debt 
   expansion that must be paid later.  And government's spending 
   choices will always be uneconomic relative to how society would 
   use that wealth.  That is to say, the money will be wasted.

                                  Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.





   Inflation is not a benign element in the economy's operation.  
   It is, as it has always been, the most dangerous and destructive 
   form of taxation.

                                     Robert Higgs



   Government interference with the economic process represents a 
   substitution of political for consumer objectives.  

                                  Sheldon Richman



   When half of the people get the idea that they don't 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 someone else is going to get what they worked for, that 
   my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

                                    Ayn Rand




   To compare a few people in government making decisions based on 
   limited information to millions of people making decisions 
   every second with their hard-earned money, there's just no 
   comparison there.

                                       Paul Atkins





   The planner is a potential dictator who wants to deprive all 
   other people of the power to plan and act according to their 
   own plans.  He aims at one thing only: the exclusive absolute 
   preeminence of his own plan.

                               Ludwig von Mises



   In the Western world, countries that were once the crucible of 
   freedom are slipping remorselessly into a thinly disguised 
   serfdom in which an ever higher proportion of your assets are 
   annexed by the state as superlandlord.  Big government is where 
   nations go to die - not in Keynes' "long run", but sooner than  
   you think.
                                      Mark Steyn




   If it were possible to lift real economic growth by means of 
   money pumping, world poverty would have been eradicated a long 
   time ago.  Real economic growth requires real savings to fund 
   various activities that support and promote it.

                                   Aubie Baltin 



   The bureaucrat is not free to aim at improvement.  He is bound 
   to obey rules and regulations established by a superior body.  
   He has no right to embark upon innovations if his superiors do 
   not approve them.  His duty and his virtue is to be obedient.

                             Ludwig von Mises





   My reading of history convinces me that most bad government 
   results from too much government.

                               Thomas Jefferson



   Civilization is not an evolution of mankind but the 
   imposition of human good on human evil.  It is not a historical 
   inevitability.  It is a battle that has to be fought every day, 
   because evil doesn't recede willingly before the wheels of 
   progress.
                                    Andrew McCarthy





   We seem to be moving steadily in the direction of a society 
   where no one is responsible for what he himself did but we are 
   all responsible for what someone else did, either in the 
   present or in the past.

                                   Thomas Sowell



   Never in our history have we been headed at such breakneck 
   speed toward our own financial, political and cultural 
   destruction.
                               David Limbaugh





   Whenever government assumed responsibility for the security, 
   welfare, and prosperity of citizens, the costs of government 
   rise beyond the point where it is politically expedient to 
   cover them by direct tax levies.

                                     Leonard E. Read





   The real bosses, in the capitalist system of market economy, 
   are the consumers.  They, by their buying and by their 
   abstention from buying, decide who should own the capital and 
   run the plants.  They determine what should be produced and in 
   what quantity and quality.  Their attitudes result in either 
   profit or loss for the entrepreneur.  They make poor men rich 
   and rich men poor. They are no easy bosses. 

                                  Ludwig von Mises




   Instead of solving economic problems, government welfare 
   socialism created monstrous moral and spiritual problems - the 
   kind of problems that are inevitable when individuals turn 
   responsibility for their lives over to others.

                                       Star Parker




   People try to live within their income so they can afford to 
   pay taxes to a government that can't live within its income.

                                     Robert Half




   If the Liberal Left can create the common perception that 
   success and failure are simple matters of "fortune" and "luck", 
   then it is easy to promote and justify their various income 
   redistribution schemes.
                                  Neal Boortz




   Place economy among the first and most important virtues... We 
   must make our choice between economy and liberty, or profusion 
   and servitude... If we can prevent the government from wasting 
   the labors of the people under pretense of caring for them, we 
   will be wise.
                                    Thomas Jefferson




   Personal liberty without economic liberty is an absolute 
   contradiction; the one cannot exist without the other.

                                   William E. Simon




   Don't believe in quotas.  America was founded on a philosophy 
   of individual rights, not group rights.

                                      Clarence Thomas





   Capitalism is about turning luxuries into necessities.

                                       Andrew Carnegie




   Daily experience proves to everybody except the most bigoted 
   fanatics of socialism that governmental management is 
   inefficient and wasteful.

                                   Ludwig von Mises





   The collection of any taxes which are not absolutely required, 
   which do not beyond reasonable doubt contribute to the public 
   welfare, is only a species of legalized larceny... The wise and 
   correct course to follow in taxation is not to destroy those 
   who have already secured success, but to create conditions 
   under which everyone will have a better chance to be 
   successful.

                                  Calvin Coolidge




   If an exchange between two parties is voluntary, it will not 
   take place unless both believe they will benefit from it.  Most 
   economic fallacies derive from the neglect of this simple 
   insight, from the tendency to assume that there is a fixed pie, 
   that one party can gain only at the expense of another. 

                                 Milton Friedman




   The Constitution was definitely and specifically designed to 
   hobble all people who are so foolish to think themselves 
   capable of leading others by compulsion.  It so functions 
   today, to an extent exasperating to the authoritarians - which 
   is why they want to get rid of it. 

                                     Leonard E. Read

  



   There is no escape from the vast imbalances in international 
   trade and finance.  They will be corrected, sooner or later, by 
   the inexorable principles that govern human action.

                                Hans F. Sennholz





   You know that great prejudice exists against all successful 
   business enterprise - the more successful, the greater the 
   prejudice.
                               John D. Rockefeller





   The less government interfered with private pursuits, the better 
   for general prosperity.

                                 Martin Van Buren



   Can any of you seriously say the Bill of Rights could get 
   through Congress today?  It wouldn't even get out of committee.

                                   F. Lee Bailey




   When government assumes more and more responsibility for our 
   lives, less and less reason exists for us to be virtuous.  We 
   are, in effect, protected from the consequences of nonvirtuous 
   behavior.  The results are readily apparent.  As government has 
   grown, our society has become less likely to work and save, 
   more intemperate and less concerned with the consequences of 
   our actions, less self-reliant, and even less compassionate 
   toward others.
                                    Michael D. Tanner




   
   Most of the major ills of the world have been caused by well-
   meaning people who ignored the principle of individual 
   freedom, except as applied to themselves, and who were 
   obsessed with fanatical zeal to improve the lot of mankind-
   in-the-mass through some pet formula of their own.

                                         Henry Weaver





   One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men.  No machine 
   can do the work of an extraordinary man.

                                   Elbert Hubbard




   The more prosperity you have, the quicker you ... attract the 
   looters and the plunders ... And so when a country becomes 
   richer, it falls apart sooner.

                               Andrew J. Galambos




   On the silver screen, capitalists are usually vilified as greedy 
   and heartless, while statists of every stripe are depicted as 
   selfless, romantic idealists who only want to help people.

                             Lawrence W. Reed




   The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of 
   other peoples's money.

                                 Margaret Thatcher




   America's abundance was not created by public sacrifices to the 
   common good, but by the productive genius of free men who 
   pursued their own personal interests and the making of their 
   own private fortune.

                                        Ayn Rand





   The state tells lies in all the languages of good and evil;  
   and whatever it says it lies - and whatever it has it has 
   stolen.

                               Friedrich Wilhelm  Nietzsche




   The rationale for the vast network of government welfare 
   programs as well as regulation and control over private 
   enterprise is based on the socialist analysis of the market 
   economy.
    
                              Richard M. Ebeling





   Anything that shifts power from the individual judgment of free 
   citizens to government is a bad thing.

                                     Mark Steyn




   Being without work [in the United States] is still far better 
   for most people than being employed in Central America.

                                    George J. Borjas





   Innovators and creative geniuses cannot be reared in schools.  
   They are precisely the men who defy what the school has taught 
   them.

                                Ludwig von Mises 





   The transfer society is forever testing the bounds of patience 
   of taxpayers.  Having reached the limit and still facing loud 
   demands for more benefits, it resorts to deficit financing.

                                Hans F. Sennholz





   Civilization and profits go hand-in-hand.

                            Calvin Coolidge





   Capitalism needs neither propaganda nor apostles.  Its 
   achievements speak for themselves.  Capitalism delivers the 
   goods.
                                  Ludwig von Mises





   Vast numbers of Americans today look to Washington for a rich 
   array of "entitlements" that speak of nothing so much as the 
   illusion of something for nothing.

                                  Roger Pilon




   Despite welfare reform, most of the mammoth federal and state 
   social welfare complex remains unchanged.

                                   Michael D. Tanner




   Liberals have been driven to the desperate expedient of 
   attributing ... social pathology in today's ghettos to "a 
   legacy of slavery" - even though black children grew up with 
   two parents more often under slavery than today.

                                  Thomas Sowell





   In this country, few people care to advocate, to defend, or 
   even to understand capitalism; yet fewer still wish to give up 
   its advantages.

                                      Ayn Rand





   Transfer payments discourage the recipients from earning 
   income in the present and from investing in their potential to 
   earn income in the future.  People respond to a reduced cost of 
   idleness by choosing to be idle more often.

                                    Robert Higgs





   Economic growth can only be sustained by a surplus of 
   production over consumption.  Price stability is an economic 
   chimera, impossible in theory and undesirable in practice.  In 
   a growing economy, prices are not "stable", they are falling as 
   increased and improved production capacity leads to a higher 
   purchasing power for the monetary unit.  The prerequisite is 
   not stable prices, it is stable MONEY!

                                     Bill Buckler




   The government pretends to be endowed with the mystical power 
   to accord favors out of an inexhaustible horn of plenty.  It is 
   both omniscient and omnipotent.  It can by a magic wand create 
   happiness and abundance.  The truth is the government cannot 
   give if it does not take from somebody.
 
                               Ludwig von Mises







   The dispute between the market order and socialism is no less 
   than a matter of survival.  To follow socialist morality would 
   destroy much of present humankind and impoverish much of the 
   rest.
                                    Friedrich Hayek





   The allure of government programs in general for many people is 
   that these programs allow decisions to be made without having 
   to worry about the restraints of prices, which confront people 
   at every turn in a free market.

                                          Thomas Sowell






   Politicians never accuse you of "greed" for wanting other 
   people's money - only for wanting to keep your own money.

                                     Joseph Sobran




   Once upon a time, government budgets were balanced, our money 
   was sound, the streets were safe, and taxes imposed by all 
   levels of government took less than 10% of our income.

                                   Harry Browne






   Political leaders in capitalist countries who cheer the 
   collapse of socialism in other countries continue to favor 
   socialist solutions in their own.  They know the words, but 
   they have not learned the tune.

                                   Milton Friedman





   The vision of the left, full of envy and resentment, takes its 
   worst toll on those at the bottom - whether black or white - 
   who find in that paranoid vision an excuse for 
   counterproductive and ultimately self-destructive attitudes and 
   behavior.  
    
                                        Thomas Sowell





   The evidence is thus crystal-clear.  Modern welfare destroys.  
   It does not build competence; it creates dependence ...

                                    Peter Drucker





   The statist never learns from his policy failures.  He is never 
   deterred by the destruction he causes.  Negative data are simply 
   rejected, as with his steadfast allegiance to failed Keynesian 
   economics.

                                      David Limbaugh





   People can come here, not work and not starve because the 
   welfare state guarantees that they can live off the rest of us.

                                   Walter Williams





   The key reason we are richer than our ancestors is that these 
   ancestors have bequeathed us buildings, factories and machines 
   that have given us a high living standard to start with.  
   Driven by irresponsible policy makers, America's present 
   generation is consuming the nation's capital. 

                             Kurt Richebacher





   A private-property, market system has much to recommend it.  A 
   system is more moral if it holds individuals accountable for 
   their actions and encourages them to help others than if it 
   allows them to impose costs on others without their consent. 

                                      Peter Hill





   Socialism's failure in the former Soviet Union and in the other 
   socialist countries stand as a clear and unquestionable warning 
   as to which path any rational and sane people should never 
   follow again.  Government planning brought poverty and ruin ... 
   Unfortunately, America is not absorbing the lessons that should 
   be learned from the socialist experience and, instead, is 
   following the same path of destruction.

                                      Richard M. Ebeling





   Capitalism is based on individual rights - not on the sacrifice 
   of the individual to "the public good" of the collective.

                                         Ayn Rand






   Within the market society each serves all his fellow citizens 
   and each is served by them.  It is a system of mutual exchange 
   of services and commodities, a mutual giving and receiving.

                                  Ludwig von Mises




   Salvation by society failed the most where it promised the 
   most, in Communist countries. But it also failed in the West. 
   Practically no government program enacted since the 1950's in the 
   Western world - or in the Communist countries - has been 
   successful.

                                     Peter Drucker






Reference:  James R. Cook.  The Free Market and its Enemies. A Book of Quotes.


  



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