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It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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One of the peculiarities of the American Revolution was that its leaders pinned their hopes on the organization of decision-making units, the structuring of their incentives, and the counterbalancing of the units against one another, rather than on the more usual (and more exciting) principle of substituting "the good guys" for "the bad guys.".

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.

Thomas Henry Huxley Quotes

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While rationalism at the individual level is a plea for more personal autonomy from cultural norms, at the social level it is often a claim- or arrogation- of power to stifle the autonomy of others.

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The state is the great fiction by which everybody tries to live at the expense of everybody else.

Frederic Bastiat Quotes

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Mystical references to "society" and its programs to "help" may warm the hearts of the gullible but what it really means is putting more power in the hands of bureaucrats.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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The Vice-Presidency is sort of like the last cookie on the plate. Everybody insists he won't take it, but somebody always does.

Bill Vaughan Quotes

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I'd rather keep my promises to other politicians than to God. God, at least, has a degree of forgiveness.

Anonymous Politician Quotes

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The whole art of politics consists in directing rationally the irrationalities of men.

Reinhold Niebuhr Quotes

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Being in politics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game and dumb enough to think it's important.

Eugene Mccarthy Quotes

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Darkness yields to starlight, to the light of the rising sun, and to the light of the soul.

Dennis Kucinich Quotes

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It is long past time that the President and this Administration show its evidence. . .Today, we are introducing a Resolution of Inquiry to compel the White House to substantiate its claims. The President led the nation to war, and spent at least $63 billion on that war, on the basis of these unfounded assertions. ~ Rep. Dennis Kucinich http://www.kucinich.us.

Dennis Kucinich Quotes

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This current administration cannot even bring home a soldier from Iraq and they talk about putting a man on the moon.. didn't the Democrats whose candidates were elected in the last 3 presidential elections do that?

James Carville Quotes

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All who think cannot but see there is a sanction like that of religion which binds us in partnership in the serious work of the world.

John Hay Quotes

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Capital is a result of labor, and is used by labor to assist it in further production. Labor is the active and initial force, and labor is therefore the employer of capital.

Henry George Quotes

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The unpleasant and unacceptable face of capitalism.

Edward Heath Quotes

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The most successful career must show a waste of strength that might have removed mountains, and the most unsuccessful is not that of the man who is taken unprepared, but of him who has prepared and is never taken. On a tragedy of that kind our national morality is duly silent.

Edward M. Forster Quotes

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Sometimes you wonder how you got on this mountain. But sometimes you wonder, "How will I get off?".

Joan Manley Quotes

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Freedom has cost too much blood and agony to be relinquished at the cheap price of rhetoric.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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What is ominous is the ease with which some people go from saying that they don't like something to saying that the government should forbid it. When you go down that road, don't expect freedom to survive very long.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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To those who feel that their values are the values, the less controlled systems necessarily present a spectacle of "chaos," simply because such systems respond to a diversity of values. The more successfully such systems respond to diversity, the more "chaos" there will be, by definition, according to the standards of any specific set of values- other than diversity or freedom as values. Looked at another way, the more self-righteous observers there are, the more chaos (and "waste") will be seen.

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"What freedom does a starving man have?" The answer is that starvation is a tragic human condition- perhaps more tragic than loss of freedom. That does not prevent these from being two different things.

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A race of altruists is necessarily a race of slaves. A race of free men is necessarily a race of egoists.

Max Stirner Quotes

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When freedom prevails, the ingenuity and inventiveness of people creates incredible wealth. This is the source of the natural improvement of the human condition.

Brian S. Wesbury Quotes

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Both free speech rights and property rights belong legally to individuals, but their real function is social, to benefit vast numbers of people who do not themselves exercise these rights.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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