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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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Self-imposed discipline and regimentation
Achieving happiness in life --- a matter of the right strategies
Self-control, self-restraint, self-discipline basic to so much in life
We are our habits
What creates moral character?