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People are beginning to realize that the apparatus of government is costly. But what they do not know is that the burden falls inevitably on them.

Frederic Bastiat Quotes

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...economic history is a long record of government policies that failed because they were designed with a bold disregard for the laws of economics.

Ludwig von Mises Quotes

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Government and state can never be perfect because they owe their raison d'etre to the imperfection of man and can attain their end, the elimination of man's innate impulse to violence, only by recourse to violence, the very thing they are called upon to prevent.

Ludwig von Mises Quotes

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Government is beating into submission, imprisoning, and killing...The authority of man-made law is entirely due to weapons of the constables who enforce obedience to its provisions.

Ludwig von Mises Quotes

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The feelings, sentiments, values and responses of our children, or of any citizen, are none of the government's damned business. That we must support a government agency that gives itself to the emotional and ideological manipulation of citizens is infamous.

Richard Mitchell Quotes

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The positive testimony of history is that the State invariably had its origin in conquest and confiscation. No primitive State known to history originated in any other manner.

Albert Jay Nock Quotes

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If you have ever seen a four-year-old trying to lord it over a two-year-old, then you know what the basic problem of human nature is -- and why government keeps growing larger and ever more intrusive.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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It is the duty of righteous men to make war on all undeserved privilege, but one must not forget that this is a war without end.

Primo Levi Quotes

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We vote too much. We deliberate too little. We have brought within the scope of the federal jurisdiction a vast number of subjects that do not belong here, but are nevertheless here. What we need to do is to stop passing laws. We have enough laws now to govern the world for the next ten thousand years.

James Alexander Reed Quotes

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One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation.

Thomas Brackett Reed Quotes

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To make laws that man cannot, and will not obey, serves to bring all law into contempt.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton Quotes

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Without liberty, law loses its nature and its name, and becomes oppression. Without law, liberty also loses its nature and its name, and becomes licentiousness.

James Wilson Quotes

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The modern definition of 'racist' is someone who is winning an argument with a liberal.

Peter Brimelow Quotes

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The most fundamental fact about the ideas of the political left is that they do not work. Therefore we should not be surprised to find the left concentrated in institutions where ideas do not have to work in order to survive.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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It is the nature of slavery to render its victims so abject that at last, fearing to be free, they multiply their own chains. You can liberate a freeman, but you cannot liberate a slave.

Louis J. Halle Quotes

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When the same man, or set of men, holds the sword and the purse, there is an end of liberty.

George Mason Quotes

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Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what has worked with what sounded good. In area after area- crime, education, housing, race relations- the situation has gotten worse after the bright new theories were put into operation. The amazing thing is that this history of failure and disaster has neither discouraged the social engineers nor discredited them.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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What is politically defined as economic "planning" is the forcible superseding of other people's plans by government officials.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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Men resort to talking only when they haven't the power to enforce their convictions upon others.

Lin Yutang Quotes

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It is precisely those things which belong to "the people" which have historically been despoiled- wild creatures, the air, and waterways being notable examples. This goes to the heart of why property rights are socially important in the first place. Property rights mean self-interested monitors. No owned creatures are in danger of extinction. No owned forests are in danger of being leveled. No one kills the goose that lays the golden egg when it is his goose.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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It can not even be said that the State has ever shown any disposition to suppress crime, but only to safeguard its own monopoly of crime.

Albert Jay Nock Quotes

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If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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Nobody can be trusted with unlimited power. The more power a regime has, the more likely people will be killed. This is a major reason for promoting freedom.

Rudolph Rummel Quotes

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The way to virtually eliminate genocide and mass murder appears to be through restricting and checking power. This means to foster democratic freedom.

Rudolph Rummel Quotes

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For the sake of domestic peace, liberalism aims at democratic government. Democracy is therefore not a revolutionary institution. On the contrary it is the very means of preventing revolution and civil wars. It provides a method for the peaceful adjustment of government to the will of the majority.

Ludwig von Mises Quotes

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