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Notable Quote – John Cochrane

by Skip May 17, 2017

Now, the critique of an increasingly rent-seeking society echoes from both the Left and the libertarians.  Rent-seeking is a big problem.  Cronyism is a big problem.  George Stigler finds a lot to agree with in Joe Stiglitz.  As do Milton Friedman, James Buchanan, and so forth. But now comes the most astounding lack of logic […]

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Notable Quote – Sheldon Richman

by Skip May 8, 2017

The tricky thing about separating church and state is that the state is a kind of church. –Sheldon Richman For Progressives, The State IS their religion and their God.  Where else do you think the phrase “every dollar is sacred” when discussion comes up about cutting the budget?  For them, it’s like taking money out […]

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Notable Quote – Ludwig von Mises

by Skip May 4, 2017

The government wants to interfere in order to force businessmen to conduct their affairs in a different way than they would have chosen if they had obeyed only the consumers. Thus, all the measures of interventionism by the government are directed toward restricting the supremacy of consumers. The government wants to arrogate to itself the […]

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Notable Quote – Prof. Randy Barnett

by Skip May 2, 2017

Likewise, Justice Brandeis notwithstanding, progressives have never been content to “experiment” at the local level and be judged by the results.  In every way they can, they seek to push all policy decisions to the national level.  There, with only the meager voting power to constrain them, they can impose their one-size-fits-all, “comprehensive” policies on […]

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Notable Quote – Ben Stein

by Skip May 1, 2017

…There’s an atmosphere of terror on campuses across the country… The formula is simple. Get a few nonwhite students to label a potential speaker a racist, whether or not there is the slightest evidence he or she is. Then bring in the looney left faculty, then bring in the women with fake charges of sexism, […]

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Notable Quote – anonymous

by Skip April 26, 2017

“Those who do not view armed self defense as a basic human right, ignore the mass graves of those who died on their knees at the hands of tyrants.” –unknown (H/T: RedState)

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Notable Quote – Hugh Hewitt

by Skip April 23, 2017

“My analysis is that most faith based systems depend upon an absolute moral order. The declaration of things as absolutely evil or absolutely good, as sin or virtue, puts liberalism into a horrible position because it’s founded on no judgment on anything. As a result, any faith that is seriously practiced or understood is a […]

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Notable Quote – Nathan Oman

by Skip April 21, 2017

Exchange thus requires a kind of other-regardingness. To be sure, it is not altruism. Our concern with the advantages of the butcher, the brewer, and the baker is not the love of our neighbors. Exchange does not require such love. Commerce, however, is impossible when I am indifferent to the concerns of my trading partner. […]

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Notable Quote – Ann Alhouse

by Skip April 20, 2017

I get really tired of Democratic partisan emotion. I’m someone who sometimes votes for Democrats, and I’ve voted for a lot more Democratic candidates than Republicans over the years, but I have nothing but a negative reaction to all this anger at losing. If they’d won, they’d be exulting and gloating, with no empathy for […]

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Notable Quote – Prof. Don Boudreaux

by Skip April 19, 2017

On self-reliance instead of the public dole: Progressives like to remind us there’s more to life than dollars and cents — that people do not simply crave ever more consumption but instead want lives filled with meaning, dignity, beauty and love. In this matter, progressives are right (though wrong to presume free-market advocates do not […]

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Notable Quote – Prof. Christina Hoff Sommers

by Skip April 14, 2017

A traditional feminist on the current crop of “third wave” feminism on college campuses: The women’s movement’s insistence upon adhering to a philosophy of “intersectionality,” Sommers believes, makes impossible any turn back towards moderation. “Intersectionality is the reigning philosophy in today’s campus diversity movement. It’s an illiberal doctrine that views society as a network of […]

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Notable Quote – Don Lavoie

by Skip April 13, 2017

It is indicative of a peculiar view of society when the (voluntary) actions of millions of market participants are dismissed as inaction merely because active (coercive) involvement by the government is minimized. -Prof. Don Lavoie (Economics, National Economic Planning: What Is Left?🙂 (H/T: Cafe Hayek)  

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Notable Quote – Prof. Walter E. Williams

by Skip April 11, 2017

Excerpts from his address upon receiving the 2017 Bradley Prize: Now for most of human history, mankind has been subject to arbitrary abuse and control by others, It’s personal liberty that’s the rare state of affairs, and enjoyed by only a tiny part of mankind mostly in the western world, and for only a tiny […]

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Notable Quote – Ludwig von Mises

by Skip April 11, 2017

Smith’s books did not lay the foundation stone, but the keystone, of a marvelous system of ideas.  Their eminence is to be seen precisely in the fact that they integrated the main body of these ideas into a systematic whole.  They presented the essence of the ideology of freedom, individualism, and prosperity, with admirable clarity […]

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Notable Quote – Matt Mitchell and Pete Boettke

by Skip April 10, 2017

Entrepreneurs are alert to unrecognized opportunities for mutual gain. By seizing these opportunities, they earn profits, and the mutual learning from the discovery of gains from exchange moves the market to a more efficient allocation of resources. In addition, the lure of profit continually prods entrepreneurs to seek innovations that increase productive capacity. For the […]

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Notable Quote – Michael Caine

by Skip April 8, 2017

Yes, the movie star. “I voted for Brexit… what it is with me, I’d rather be a poor master than a rich servant. It “wasn’t about the racism, immigrants or anything, it was about freedom.” -Michael Caine (actor) (H/T: Townhall)

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Notable Quote – Mark Steyn: “Trump hit a reset button for the world”

by Skip April 7, 2017

“How cool is that to actually make the Chinese politburo sit through a night of American targeted bombing?” And it’s not a bad Russian translation like Hillary’s “overcharge” of a reset button.  Mark Steyn is a NH treasure and here are some words concerning Trump vs Obama and Trump’s messaging to the rest of the […]

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Notable Quote – Ian Underwood

by Skip April 6, 2017

Yes, the guy who makes my head hurt – on the politicization of SCOTUS: The politicization started with Marbury v. Madison, when the Court declared that the Constitution says whatever they want it to, and no one challenged them on it. Since then, although the FORMAL amendment process (outlined in Article V) has been used […]

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Notable Quote – Frank Furedi

by Skip April 3, 2017

When political commentators talk of the emergence of a post-truth world, they are really lamenting the end of an era when the truths promoted by the institutions of the state and media were rarely challenged. It’s a lament that’s been coming for a few years now. Each revolt of sections of the public against the […]

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Notable Quote – Kurt Schlichter

by Skip March 30, 2017

From a column at Townhall: “Nuke’em til they glow” (emphasis mine): …But this is more than just about the filibuster getting filibusted. If we had a political culture that respected and expected a judge’s proper role, then we wouldn’t care so much what a nominee to the Supreme Court personally thought because we could be […]

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Notable Quote – F.A. Hayek and Don Boudreaux

by Skip March 26, 2017

The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.  To the naive mind that can conceive of order only as the product of deliberate arrangement, it may seem absurd that in complex conditions order, and adaptation to the unknown, can be achieved […]

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Notable Quote – US Rep. Joe Barton

by Skip March 25, 2017

Reporters asked why, after Republicans held dozens of nearly-unanimous votes to repeal ObamaCare under President Obama, they were getting cold feet now that they control the levers of power. “Sometimes you’re playing Fantasy Football and sometimes you’re in the real game,” he admitted. “We knew the President [Obama – Skip], if we could get a […]

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Notable Quote – Edwin Cannan

by Skip March 16, 2017

I hope that no teacher in the [London] School [of Economics] will ever give any countenance to the pernicious belief that steady and honest service in satisfying the demand of the people for the necessaries and conveniences of life is something to be ashamed of because it is profitable. The modern workman and the modern […]

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Notable Quote – US Rep Jeff Duncan (R-SC)

by Skip March 7, 2017

We are a very benevolent country. We have always taken refugees.  Give us your tired, your poor your hungry. But folks had to go to Ellis Island and wait to be screened before they were able to come into the country. And then once they came, they were required to assimilate.” We have thrown assimilation out the […]

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Notable Quote – Tucker Carlson

by Skip February 26, 2017

“Look, it’s really simple,” Carlson says. “The SAT 50 years ago pulled a lot of smart people out of every little town in America and funneled them into a small number of elite institutions, where they married each other, had kids, and moved to an even smaller number of elite neighborhoods. We created the most […]

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Notable Quote – Unknown

by Skip February 22, 2017

You really have to ask why Conservatives have guns? Because Liberals block freeways, burn cities, throw Molotov cocktails, loot, turn over cop cars, and think this behavior is Socially Acceptable. –unknown (memed by user “KeepnitReel” at Northwest Firearms) (H/T: Water Cooler)

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Notable Quote – Arnold Kling

by Skip February 21, 2017

[Jesse] Ausubel points out that even as farm output and overall population have increased, use of water in the United States has actually declined since 1970.  That change reflects greater efficiency in farming.  (Ask your friends who proudly “buy local” whether they know how much water their local farmers used compared with the distant farmers […]

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Notable Quote – Prof. Thomas Sowell

by Skip February 15, 2017

Many individual fallacies in economics are founded on the larger, and usually implicit, fallacious assumption that economic transactions are a zero-sum process, in which what is gained by someone is lost by someone else. But voluntary economic transactions – whether between employer and employee, tenant and landlord, or international trade – would not continue to […]

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Notable Quote – John Brennan

by Skip February 2, 2017

I’ve noticed this too – jerks: The problem with communitarianism is that many communitarians make for bad community members. Many of them are “society first, individual second!” to the point of being anti-social. They aren’t the kind of people you’d want to live near. –John Brennan (H/T: Cafe Hayek) Communitarianism (emphasis mine): Communitarianism is a 20th […]

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Notable Quote – James Madison and Yuval Levin

by Skip January 20, 2017

Our civic liturgy for this constitutionally significant day should be informed by this observation from James Madison: The natural province of the executive magistrate is to execute laws, as that of the legislature is to make laws. All his acts therefore, properly executive, must presuppose the existence of the laws to be executed. These words […]

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