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The relative freedom which we enjoy depends of public opinion. The law is no protection. Governments make laws, but whether they are carried out, and how the police behave, depends on the general temper in the country. If large numbers of people are interested in freedom of speech, there will be freedom of speech, even if the law forbids it; if public opinion is sluggish, inconvenient minorities will be persecuted, even if laws exist to protect them.

–George Orwell

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“Collectivism is a doctrine that holds that the individual has no rights, and the ultimate standard of value is the group to which ‘he belongs.’ Racism is the lowest, most crudely primitive form of collectivism. It is the notion of ascribing moral, social or political significance to a man’s genetic lineage—the notion that a man’s intellectual and characterological traits are produced and transmitted by his internal body chemistry. Which means, in practice, that a man is to be judged, not by his own character and actions, but by the characters and actions of a collective of ancestors. Racism claims that the content of a man’s mind (not his cognitive apparatus, but its content) is inherited; that a man’s convictions, values and character are determined before he is born, by physical factors beyond his control. This is the caveman’s version of the doctrine of innate ideas — or of inherited knowledge — which has been thoroughly refuted by philosophy and science. Racism is a doctrine of, by and for brutes. It is a barnyard or stock-farm version of collectivism, appropriate to a mentality that differentiates between various breeds of animals, but not between animals and men. Like every form of determinism, racism invalidates the specific attribute which distinguishes man from all other living species: his rational faculty. Racism negates two aspects of man’s life: reason and choice, or mind and morality, replacing them with chemical predestination.”
— Ayn Rand

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‘We should forgive our
enemies, but not before
they are hanged.’

Heinrich Heine

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“The cult of the omnipotent state has millions of followers in the united States.

US citizens of today view their government in the same way as Christians view their God; they worship and adore the state and they render their lives and fortunes to it.

Statists believe that their lives — their very being — are a privilege that the state has given to them.

They believe that everything they do is — and should be — dependent on the consent of the government.

Thus, statists support such devices as income taxation, licensing laws, regulations, passports, trade restrictions, and the like.”

— Jacob G. Hornberger

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“[T]here are, at bottom, basically two ways to order social affairs, Coercively, through the mechanisms of the state — what we can call political society. And voluntarily, through the private interaction of individuals and associations — what we can call civil society. … In a civil society, you make the decision. In a political society, someone else does. … Civil society is based on reason, eloquence, and persuasion, which is to say voluntarism. Political society, on the other hand, is based on force.”
— Edward H. Crane

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“Do you wish to know when that day is coming? Watch money. Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue. When you see that trading
is done, not by consent, but by Compulsion — when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing —
when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors — when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by
work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you — when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming
self-sacrifice — you may know that your society is doomed. Money is so noble a medium that it does not compete with guns and it does not make
terms with brutality. It will not permit a country to survive as half-property, half-loot.”
— Ayn Rand

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Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases:

  • If it moves, tax it.
  • If it keeps moving, regulate it.
  • And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

Ronald Reagan

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In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.

Voltaire

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A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.

— Thomas Jefferson

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I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.

Winston Churchill