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Quote of the Day

“A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion.
Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment
from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious.”
— Aristotle

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“Truth: the most deadly weapon ever discovered by humanity.
Capable of destroying entire perceptual sets, cultures, and realities.
Outlawed by all governments everywhere.
Possession is normally punishable by death.”
— John Gilmore

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“The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances,
the more certain it seems to me that the path
to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life,
and the fear of death, and blind faith,
but through striving after rational knowledge.”
— Albert Einstein

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“If there is a God who will damn his children forever, I would rather go to hell than to go to heaven and keep the society of such an infamous tyrant. I make my choice now. I despise that doctrine. It has covered the cheeks of this world with tears. It has polluted the hearts of children, and poisoned the imaginations of men. It has been a constant pain, a perpetual terror to every good man and woman and child. It has filled the good with horror and with fear; but it has had no effect upon the infamous and base. It has wrung the hearts of the tender, it has furrowed the cheeks of the good. This doctrine never should be preached again. What right have you, sir, Mr. clergyman, you, minister of the gospel to stand at the portals of the tomb, at the vestibule of eternity, and fill the future with horror and with fear? I do not believe this doctrine, neither do you. If you did, you could not sleep one moment. Any man who believes it, and has within his breast a decent, throbbing heart, will go insane. A man who believes that doctrine and does not go insane has the heart of a snake and the conscience of a hyena.”
— Robert G. Ingersoll

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“La historia de la humanidad, sugirió Marx, es la historia de la lucha de clases. En otras palabras, desde tiempos inmemoriales los privilegiados han abusado del resto. Especialmente el capitalismo es, para la izquierda, un juego de suma cero: lo que gana el de arriba tuvo que quitárselo al de abajo. Esta visión inspira hasta el día de hoy a quienes condenan el sistema de libre empresa y repudian a los ricos que este genera. Se trata, por cierto, de un dogma puramente ideológico que no resiste ningún análisis económico serio. Y, sin embargo, ahí está. Distinto es cuando privados obtienen beneficios del Estado — subsidios, monopolios, etc. — estafas tipo La Polar o cuando bancos son rescatados con dinero de los contribuyentes. La ventaja económica que produce ese tipo de situaciones es, para un liberal, inaceptable e inmoral. Y es que a diferencia del socialista, el liberal entiende que el capitalismo es un sistema que beneficia a todos cuando funciona bajo reglas de competencia. El socialista o igualitarista típico en cambio, no se indigna cuando ve cómo el dinero de las personas se despilfarra, se transfiere a grupos de interés o derechamente se roba en el Estado. La desigualdad que se sigue de ahí, curiosamente no le incomoda. Pero si alguien se hace más rico que otro en el mercado, eso si que le causa rabia. Pues al socialista le resulta imposible entender que la riqueza es creada y que por tanto quien se enriqueció por medios honestos contribuyó a mejorar el bienestar de lo sociedad más que cualquier otro de sus miembros. ¿No me cree? Pregúntese si hay alguna cosa de las que usted usa o consume día a día, que no sea producida por un empresario mucho más rico que el promedio de la población. Ahora imagínese cómo sería su vida sin todas esas cosas producidas por empresarios: así se vive bajo el socialismo.”

— Axel Kaiser

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“The whole gospel of Karl Marx can be summed up in a single sentence: Hate the
man who is better off than you are. Never under any circumstances admit that
his success may be due to his own efforts, to the productive contribution he
has made to the whole community. Always attribute his success to the
exploitation, the cheating, the more or less open robbery of others. Never
under any circumstances admit that your own failure may be owing to your own
weakness, or that the failure of anyone else may be due to his own defects –
his laziness, incompetence, improvidence, or stupidity.”
— Henry Hazlitt

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“Government is a parasite — a cancer that by nature tries to spread deeper into society.
Those who want to run others’ lives won’t give up and start minding their own business.”
— Harry Browne

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“Mankind is at its best when it is most free.
This will be clear if we grasp the principle of liberty.
We must recall that the basic principle is freedom of choice,
which saying many have on their lips, but few in their mind.”
— Dante Alighieri

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“I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell.”
— William Tecumseh Sherman

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“But politicians who talk about failed policies are just blowing smoke.
Government policies succeed in doing exactly what they are supposed to do:
channeling resources bilked from the general public to politically organized
and influential interests groups.”
— Robert Higgs