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Notable Quote – Tom Bethell

by Skip May 20, 2016

The classical-liberal conception of rights is likely to be discomforting to any ruling class, no matter how constituted, because it reliably subtracts power from those who rule, or hope to, and distributes it among the people. Decentralized private property has had precisely that effect. -Tom Bethell (The Noblest Triumph) (H/T: Cafe Hayek)

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Notable Quote – Steve Horwitz

by Skip May 12, 2016

First, markets really do capture the voices of the people. Markets are, in F.A. Hayek’s words, communication processes. When we buy and sell — or refrain from doing so — we are sending messages to others about what we want and do not want, and what we’re willing to give up to get it. As […]

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Notable Quote – Ezra Levant

by Skip May 10, 2016

“Universities are now just daycare for millennials who don’t want to grow up, whose only real purpose is to become little soldiers of political correctness and radical activists. I’m not calling for a ban on anything. Except a ban on forcing the rest of us to pay for this crap.” -Ezra Levant Problem is, we […]

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Notable Quote – William Allen

by Skip May 2, 2016

If we are not physically overrun by barbarians, what will destroy us?  Not learned quibbles on the nuances of what the Founding Fathers really meant.  Rather, we will ruin ourselves with minimum wage and comparable worth laws; with controls on prices of goods, apartments, and loans; with erratic changes in the price level; with government […]

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Notable Quote – F.A. Hayek

by Skip April 29, 2016

It is one of the great tragedies of our time that the masses have come to believe that they have reached their high standard of material welfare as a result of having pulled down the wealthy, and to fear that the preservation or emergence of such a class would deprive them of something they would […]

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Notable Quote – R.W. Grant

by Skip April 27, 2016

The politician dispenses wealth which other men have produced, and we say he is “compassionate,” while the businessman who produces the wealth is dismissed as “greedy” and “materialistic.” -R.W. Grant  (The Incredible Bread Machine) I have said this for a long time – if you deem a “capitalist” as being greedy and don’t like it, the […]

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Notable Quote – David Horowitz

by Skip April 26, 2016

It is a strange election cycle when Republicans go to war with each other with a ferocity rarely manifest when they are confronting Democrats and their progressive agendas. It is especially puzzling because a general consensus has formed on the right that the Democratic Party is moving so far left that its agendas threaten the […]

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Notable Quote – Deirdre McCloskey

by Skip April 23, 2016

Or consider the emergence of a Nature-worshipping environmentalism that would have been viewed as a crazy luxury in the hardscrabble times of 1800 or even of 1933.  The economist and student of theology Robert Nelson calls environmentalism the new religion of the West (a West that nonetheless, outside of places like Poland or the United […]

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Notable Quote – Ammo Grrrll

by Skip April 22, 2016

Every Friday, Powerline has a column from Ammo Grrrll that is a must read for me.  This one – absolutely go and read the rest, but this part speaks to the young’uns “back when” and the the miserable little crapheads that think that they are all-knowing adults because SOCIAL JUSTICE! Young men of my father’s […]

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Notable Quote – Thomas Jefferson

by Skip April 19, 2016

“The judiciary of the United States is the subtle corps of sappers and miners constantly working under ground to undermine the foundations of our confederated fabric. They are construing our constitution from a co-ordination of a general and special government to a general and supreme one alone. This will lay all things at their feet, […]

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Notable Quote – Winston Churchill

by Skip March 28, 2016

“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist […]

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Notable Quote -Auberon Herbert, Prof. Don Boudreaux

by Skip March 10, 2016

T]here is no region of human thought which is so disorderly, so confused, so lawless, so little under the rule of the great principles, as the region of political thought.  It must be so, because that disorder and confusion are the inevitable consequence and penalty of the strife for power.  You cannot serve two masters. […]

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Notable Quote – Edward Stringham

by Skip March 6, 2016

The mechanisms of private governance are potentially limitless. They facilitate cooperation in close-knit groups and among relative strangers. They facilitate cooperation between billions of people across political boundaries and anywhere where the government legal system is not capable of or uninterested in facilitating exchange. Private governance is responsible for cooperation in simple informal markets as […]

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Notable Quote – Philip Hamburger

by Skip March 5, 2016

The relevance of absolute power for administrative law became more clear when one realizes that Anglo-American law has a history of an extra- and supralegal power in what what known as the “prerogative.”  This was the name of the power claimed by the English kings, and it corresponds to the administrative power claimed by the […]

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Notable Quote – George Will

by Skip February 29, 2016

“No. It turns out the faculty clubs and student safe spaces of American campuses are just not big enough to nominate a president. The Democratic Party’s base consists of minorities and public employees, particularly teachers and AFSCME and all the rest. They are really serious about keeping control of the government because their livelihood depends […]

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Notable Quote – Seton Motley

by Skip February 11, 2016

The old politician saw is: “The most dangerous place for you in Washington – is between (fill in name of pol) and a camera.” We’ll coin a government saw: “The most dangerous place for you anywhere on the planet – is government between you and the free market.” Any and every tax, law and regulation […]

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Notable Quote – Larry White

by Skip January 30, 2016

Government grows as its beneficiaries find ways to outmaneuver the interests of the taxpayers. -Larry White ( The Clash of Economic Ideas) (H/T: Cafe Hayek) It’s always “The Bigger the Government, the smaller the citizens”  

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Notable Quote – Kerry Jackson

by Skip January 24, 2016

The REAL greedy ones are not the capitalists but the politicians: Like most on his side of the political spectrum, Sanders doesn’t know how to use the word. Greed is not a company or a person working hard to make more money, and then working just as hard to keep what they have earned, what […]

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Notable Quote – Progressivism where the future is, well, only the past

by Skip January 14, 2016

For those of us who love comedy, one of the most delightful ironies of progressivism is how regressive it is, how mired in the past. While conservatives gather to discuss fresh reformist ideas on how to fight poverty and keep a free society afloat, all progressives ever do is reach into their Magic Box of Tomorrow and draw out the same sclerotic socialism […]

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Notable Quote – Jeff Foxworthy

by Skip January 7, 2016

“If being stripped of your Constitutional right to defend yourself makes you safer according to the government — you might live in a nation founded by geniuses run by idiots.” -Jeff Foxworthy – comedian, author, TV host, entrepreneur (H/T: The Truth About Guns) [unconfirmed]

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Notable Quote – George Carlin on “Jolly”

by Skip December 27, 2015

The main reason why Santa is so jolly is that he knows where all the bad girls live. -George Carlin (comedian, author, raconteur) (H/T: Caveman Circus)

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Notable Quote – David Boaz

by Skip December 25, 2015

It’s the exercise of power, not the exercise of freedom, that requires justification. – David Boaz (The Libertarian Mind (H/T: Cafe Hayek)

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Notable Quote – Harold Demsetz

by Skip December 21, 2015

Woodrow Wilson fit this mold.  The Socialists of the Frankfurt School did as well. Beware the intellectual who seeks power over our decisions and over the persuasion to which we can respond, especially when he seeks this power to prevent us from doing what he thinks we should not desire to do. – Harold Demsetz (“The […]

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Notable Quote – Kurt Schlichter

by Skip December 11, 2015

Being a Man and Having a Traditional Family Is a Rebel Act “By being man, you reject the role the liberal elite has prepared for you, that of a weak, confused manchild unfit to be sovereign over your own destiny. Taking care of your family yourself repudiates them. Defending your family (especially when you exercise […]

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Notable Quote – Mark Perry

by Skip December 10, 2015

In summary, economists are not unconcerned about unskilled workers, we are actually very concerned about those workers. And it is because of that concern to maximize employment opportunities that economists oppose the minimum wage. Simply put, we would rather see unskilled workers employed at a market wage – even if that wage is only $5, […]

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Notable Quote – George Will

by Skip November 18, 2015

On what Progressivism and its tool, political correctness / cultural Marxism, has wrought in the Ivory Tower (emphasis mine): But whatever responsibility attaches to the parenting that produced those brittle Yalies, a larger portion of blame goes to the monolithic culture of academia. Where progressivism reigns, vigilant thought police will enforce a peace of wary […]

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“The people cannot be all, and always, well informed.”

by Steve MacDonald November 12, 2015
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“The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. -Thomas Jefferson

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Notable Quote – Michael Huemer

by Skip November 3, 2015

The general lesson is that if some part of government fails in its function, it will most likely be given greater funding and power. Of course, the purpose of this is not to reward failure; the thinking would be that more money and power will enable the agency to solve the problem. But the effect […]

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Notable Quote – Samuel Adams

by Skip September 29, 2015

Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: First a right to life, secondly to liberty, and thirdly to property; together with the right to defend them in the best manner they can. -Samuel Adams, Founding Father What would he think of our current Government, and those running for it, that willy-nilly and willingly […]

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Notable Quote – Professor Thomas Sowell

by Skip September 24, 2015

Pope Francis’ own native Argentina was once among the leading economies of the world, before it was ruined by the kind of ideological notions he is now promoting around the world. In 1900, only 3 percent of American homes had electric lights but more than 99 percent had them before the end of the century. […]

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