Random Quips

“Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.” (Vladimir Lenin)

“Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik forever.” (Vladimir Lenin)

“The education of all children, from the moment that they can get along without a mother’s care, shall be in state institutions at state expense.” (Karl Marx)“

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“It is often easier for our children to obtain a gun than it is to find a good school.”
Joycelyn Elders

“Maybe that’s because guns are sold at a profit, while schools are provided by the government.”
David Boaz

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In the end more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society  but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free.”  Edward Gibbon (1737-1794)

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“When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.”

“We won’t dispassionately investigate or rationally debate which drugs do what damage and whether or how much of that damage is the result of criminalization. We’d rather work ourselves into a screaming fit of puritanism and then go home and take a pill.”

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

P.J. O’Rourke

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“I would rather live in a society which treated children as adults than one which treated adults as children.”
Lizard

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

“An election is nothing more than an advance auction of stolen goods.”
Ambrose Bierce

“People who object to weapons aren’t abolishing violence, they’re begging for rule by brute force, when the biggest, strongest animals among men were always automatically ‘right.’ Guns ended that, and social democracy is a hollow farce without an armed populace to make it work.”
L. Neil Smith, _The Probability Broach_

“You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence.”
Charles Austin Beard, historian

When they took the fourth amendment, I was silent because I don’t deal drugs.
When they took the sixth amendment, I kept quiet because I know I’m innocent.
When they took the second amendment, I said nothing because I don’t own a gun.
Now they’ve come for the first amendment, and I can’t say anything at all.  Tim Freeman

“The politicians don’t just want your money. They want your soul. They want you to be worn down by taxes until you are dependent and helpless.”

“When you subsidize poverty and failure, you get more of both.” James Dale Davidson, National Taxpayers Union

“If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual.”
Frank Herbert, The Dosadi Experiment

“Virtually all reasonable laws are obeyed, not because they are the law, but because reasonable people would do that anyway. If you obey a law simply because it is the law, that’s a pretty likely sign that it shouldn’t be a law.” unknown

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

“Manufacturing and commercial monopolies owe their origin not to a tendency imminent in a capitalist economy but to governmental interventionist policy directed against free trade and laissez faire.”
– Ludwig Mises, “Socialism”

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“They [The makers of the Constitution] conferred, as against the government, the right to be let alone – the most comprehensive of rights and the right most valued by civilized men.”

“Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purposes are beneficial … the greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.”

Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, 1928

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“Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge where there is no river.”
Nikita Khrushchev

“We have rights, as individuals, to give as much of our own money as we please to charity; but as members of Congress we have no right so to appropriate a dollar of public money.”
David Crockett, Congressman 1827-35

“The legacy of Democrats and Republicans approaches: Libertarianism by bankruptcy.”
Nick Nuessle, 1992

“The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt.”
John Philpot Curran, 1790

“Truth and news are not the same thing.”
Katharine Graham, owner of The Washington Post

“The children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective society that is coming, where everyone would be interdependent.” 1899

“Independent self-reliant people would be a counterproductive anachronism in the collective society of the future where people will be defined by their associations.” 1896

John Dewey, educational philosopher, proponent of modern public schools.

“Every friend of freedom must be as revolted as I am by the prospect of turning the United States into an armed camp, by the vision of jails filled with casual drug users and of an army of enforcers empowered to invade the liberty of citizens on slight evidence.”

“The high rate of unemployment among teenagers, and especially black teenagers, is both a scandal and a serious source of social unrest. Yet it is largely a result of minimum wage laws. We regard the minimum wage law as one of the most, if not the most, antiblack laws on the statute books.”

Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize-winning economist

“A policy of subsidizing failures will end in an economy strewn with capital-guzzling industries long past their time of profitability – old companies that cannot create jobs themselves, but can stand in the way of job creation.”
George Gilder, _Wealth and Poverty_

“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.”

“Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!”

Patrick Henry

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