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To be controlled in our economic pursuits
 means to be controlled in everything.

— Friedrich August von Hayek

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I believe in man’s capacity for achieving great things and in the combined force resulting from encounters and exchanges. I plead for greater liberty and a more open world … because it provides a setting which liberates individuals and their creativity as no other system can. It spurs the dynamism which has led to human, economic, scientific, and technical advances, and which will continue to do so.

— Johan Norberg

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Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery.

— Calvin Coolidge

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Governments last as long as the undertaxed can defend themselves against the overtaxed.

— Bernard Berenson

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However, on religious issues there can be little or no compromise. There is no position on which people are so immovable as their religious beliefs.  There is no more powerful ally one can claim in a debate than Jesus Christ, or God, or Allah, or whatever one calls this supreme being.  But like any powerful weapon, the use of God’s name on one’s behalf should be used sparingly.  The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom.  They are trying to force government leaders into following their position 100 percent.  If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of money or votes or both.  I’m frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in ‘A,’ ‘B,’ ‘C,’ and ‘D.’

Just who do they think they are?  And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me?  And I am even
more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my
vote on every roll call in the Senate.  I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their
moral convictions to all USA citizens in the name of ‘conservatism.’ 

— Barry Goldwater

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Those who call themselves ‘liberals’ today are asking for policies which are precisely the opposite of those policies which the liberals of the nineteenth century advocated in their liberal programs. The so-called liberals of today have the very popular idea that freedom of speech, of thought, of the press, freedom of religion, freedom from imprisonment without trial — that all these freedoms can be preserved in the absence of what is called economic freedom. They do not realize that, in a system where there is no market, where the government directs everything, all those other freedoms are illusory, even if they are made into laws and written up in constitutions.

— Ludwig von Mises

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A socialist is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man;
a debt he proposes to pay off with your money.

— G. Gordon Liddy

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The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected. Even when the revolutionist might himself repent of his revolution, the traditionalist is already defending it as part of his tradition. Thus we have two great types — the advanced person who rushes us into ruin, and the retrospective person who admires the ruins. He admires them especially by moonlight, not to say moonshine. Each new blunder of the progressive or prig becomes instantly a legend of immemorial antiquity for the snob. This is called the balance, or mutual check, in our Constitution.

— Gilbert Keith Chesterton

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The true theory of our Constitution is surely the wisest and best, that the States are independent as to everything within themselves, and united as to everything respecting foreign affairs. Let the General Government be reduced to foreign concerns only, and let our affairs be disentangled from those of all other nations, except as to commerce, which the merchants will manage the better, the more they are left free to manage for themselves, and our General Government may be reduced to a very simple organization, and a very inexpensive one; a few plain duties to be performed by a few servants.

— Thomas Jefferson

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The statist objective, always, is to make as many persons as possible, as dependent as possible, on a government as big as possible.

— Robert W. Lee