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“Always remember the difference between economic power and political power: You
can refuse to hire someone’s services or buy his products in the private sector
and go somewhere else instead. In the public sector, though, if you refuse to
accept a politician’s or bureaucrat’s product or services you go to jail.
Ultimately, after all, all regulations are observed and all taxes are paid at
gunpoint. I believe those few who can’t even see that have been short-sighted
sheep, and I suggest they learn how to think conceptually, develop consistency
and grasp principles soon.”
— Rick Gaber

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” … as all history informs us, there has been in every State & Kingdom a
constant kind of warfare between the governing & governed: the one striving to
obtain more for its support, and the other to pay less. And this has alone
occasioned great convulsions, actual civil wars, ending either in dethroning of
the Princes, or enslaving of the people. Generally indeed the ruling power
carries its point, the revenues of princes constantly increasing, and we see
that they are never satisfied, but always in want of more. The more the people
are discontented with the oppression of taxes; the greater need the prince has
of money to distribute among his partisans and pay the troops that are to
suppress all resistance, and enable him to plunder at pleasure. There is scarce
a king in a hundred who would not, if he could, follow the example of Pharaoh,
get first all the people’s money, then all their lands, and then make them and
their children servants for ever …”
— Benjamin Franklin

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“To blindly trust government is to automatically vest it with excessive power. To distrust government is simply to trust humanity – to trust in the ability of average people to peacefully, productively coexist without some official policing their every move. The State is merely another human institution – less creative than Microsoft, less reliable than Federal Express, less responsible than the average farmer husbanding his land, and less prudent than the average citizen spending his own paycheck.”
— James Bovard

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Phil Donohue: When you see around the globe the maldistribution of wealth, the desperate plight of millions of people in underdeveloped countries, when you see so few haves and so many have-nots, when you see the greed and the concentration of power, did you ever have a moment of doubt about capitalism? And whether greed is a good idea to run on?

Milton Friedman: Well first of all tell me, is there some society you know that doesn’t run on greed? You think Russia doesn’t run on greed? You think China doesn’t run on greed? What is greed? Of course none of us are greedy. It’s only the other fella that’s greedy. The world runs on individuals pursuing their separate interests. The greatest achievements of civilization have not come from government bureaus. Einstein didn’t construct his theory under order from a bureaucrat. Henry Ford didn’t revolutionize the automobile industry that way. In the only cases in which the masses have escaped from the kind of grinding poverty that you are talking about, the only cases in recorded history are where they have had capitalism and largely free trade. If you want to know where the masses are worst off, it’s exactly in the kind of societies that depart from that. So that the record of history is absolutely crystal clear, there is no alternative way, so far discovered, of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by a free enterprise system.

Phil Donohue: Seems to reward not virtue as much as the ability to manipulate the system.

Milton Friedman: And what does reward virtue? You think the Communist commissar rewards virtue? You think a Hitler rewards virtue? Do you think… American presidents reward virtue? Do they choose their appointees on the basis of the virtue of the people appointed or on the basis of political clout? Is it really true that political self-interest is nobler somehow than economic self-interest? You know I think you are taking a lot of things for granted. And just tell me where in the world you find these angels that are going to organize society for us? Well, I don’t even trust you to do that.
— Milton Friedman

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Es de esperar que la izquierda mediática y política europea se dé cuenta de una vez de dos cosas: la primera, que se está viviendo la segunda caída del Muro de Berlín. Cayó el socialismo real –los cien millones de muertos– y cae ahora el socialismo ficticio –la pobreza generada por la desmesura del Estado del Bienestar y la deuda. Y la segunda: que el multiculturalismo está volando por los aires allí mismo donde se inventó, no sólo por haber fracasado sino por haberlo hecho en los charcos de sangre de un par de personas cuyo único delito fue decir lo que pensaban.
— GEES

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“Compelling a man by law to pay his money to elect candidates or advocate law or doctrines he is against differs only in degree, if at all, from compelling him by law to speak for a candidate, a party, or a cause he is against.

The very reason for the First Amendment is to make the people of this country free to think, speak, write and worship as they wish, not as the Government commands.”
— Justice Hugo L. Black

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“If we expected self-reliance of family groups, if we expected hardiness and
resilience and initiative on the part of individuals, and if we rewarded
initiative instead of dependence on government, we would not only ameliorate
many of the family-related social problems we see at present, but we would also
reduce our vulnerability to terrorism. People who are hardy, resilient, and
self reliant are a lot harder to terrorize.”
— Bernard H. Levin