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Notable Quote – Sarah Hoyt

by Skip July 22, 2017

“When a culture is invaded and occupied, the first thing the occupiers do is take over the education of children (sometimes by force), the means of disseminating news (there is a reason we joke about invaders taking radio and TV stations first), the cultural life of the country including entertainment. All of these mechanisms are […]

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Notable Quote – Nobel Laureate James Buchanan

by Skip July 19, 2017

What I seek to rule out here, or at least for a sufficient number of interacting persons in the social order, is the ‘arrogance of ignorance’ as exercised through ill-advised collective actions. The perfectibility [of human understanding] threshold for the viability of classical liberalism requires that persons eschew romantic ideals about the potential perfectibility of […]

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Notable Quote – Peter Kirsanow

by Skip July 18, 2017

The Republican agenda is stuck in neutral in part because of the tendency by Beltway Republicans and some conservatives to play by the rules established by the media and progressives, the flouting of which were a contributing factor in Donald Trump’s electoral victories. The health-care fiasco, though not foreordained, was eminently predictable once Republicans essentially […]

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Notable Quote – Prof. Don Boudreaux

by Skip July 13, 2017

In short, the “man of system” forgets that ordinary people are active, reasoning, creative individuals. They generally do not need government prodding to take actions that improve their lives. When they are so prodded, it is almost always to press them to take actions they would prefer to avoid. Conflict thus arises between ordinary people […]

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Notable Quote – Bryan Caplan

by Skip July 2, 2017

I don’t think it’s correct to argue that leftists do not “grasp the reality of spontaneous order.” It is precisely that spontaneous order and the freedom that yields it that the left hates, because it is the opposite of the centralized control that is the reason d’etre of the left. Here is a simple conceptual […]

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Notable Quote – George Will

by Skip July 1, 2017

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the […]

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Notable Quote – Prof. Thomas Sowell

by Skip June 21, 2017

“Liberals are for helping people who are disadvantaged, while I think conservatives want to stop people from being disadvantaged,” he explained. “In other words, liberals want to help the poor while they’re poor, but really the biggest benefit is to stop them from being poor, and that’s something they [liberals] have little interest in.” -Prof. […]

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Notable Quote – John Chamberlain

by Skip June 20, 2017

When contrasted with a dream of perfection, capitalism was manifestly at a disadvantage. But with the advent of socialist economies (Communist Russia, China) and the semisocialist, or “mixed,” systems of Scandinavia, Britain, and New Deal America (to say nothing of the “national” socialisms of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy), capitalism no longer requires apologists. Under […]

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Notable Quote – Kurt Schlichter

by Skip June 11, 2017

Emphasis mine: The most significant revelation that came out of the most recent London massacre of disarmed British subjects was not the bloodshed itself, but the pathetic sissy whining, in the midst of throats being slashed, at the Brit who refused to adhere to the comforting lie that the Muslims doing the slashing in the […]

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Notable Quote – Prof. Randy Barnett

by Skip June 4, 2017

The political theory announced in the Declaration of Independence can be summed up by the proposition I mentioned above: First come rights then comes government.  According to this view: The rights of individuals do not originate with any government, but preexist its formation. The equal protection of these rights is both the purpose and first […]

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Notable Quote – Ronald Reagan

by Skip June 3, 2017

We are a nation that has a government—not the other way around. And this makes us special among the nations of the Earth. Our Government has no power except that granted it by the people. It is time to check and reverse the growth of government which shows signs of having grown beyond the consent […]

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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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