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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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To say that a farm boy knows how to milk a cow is to say that we can send him out to the barn with an empty pail and expect him to return with milk. To say that a criminologist understands crime is not to say that we can send him out with a grant or a law and expect him to return with a lower crime rate. He is more likely to return with a report on why he has not succeeded yet, and including the inevitable need for more money, a larger staff, more sweeping powers, etc.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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I think most historians will agree that the part played by impulses of selfish, individual aggression in the holocausts of history was small; first and foremost, the slaughter was meant as an offering to the gods, to king and country, or the future happiness of mankind. The crimes of Caligula shrink to insignificance compared to the havoc wrought by Torquemada. The number of victims of robbers, highwaymen, rapists, gangsters and other criminals at any period of history is negligible compared to the massive numbers of those cheerfully slain in the name of the true religion, just policy, or correct ideology.

Arthur Koestler Quotes

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Power kills, absolute power kills absolutely.

Rudolph Rummel Quotes

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To include freedom in the very definition of democracy is to define a process not by its actual characteristics as a process but by its hoped for results. This is not only intellectually invalid, it is, in practical terms, blinding oneself in advance to some of the unwanted consequences of the process.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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Nobody is equal to anybody. Even the same man is not equal to himself on different days.

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Given that some social processes must convey inherent constraints, the choice is among various mixtures of persuasion, force, and cultural inducement. The less of one, the more of the others. The degree of freedom that is possible is therefore tied to the extent to which people respond to persuasion or inducement.

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The celebration of unbounded individualism means, beyond some point, the acceptance of force- either private (crime, riot, vigilanteism) or public (authoritarianism).

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Freedom...refer[s] to a social relationship among people- namely, the absence of force as a prospective instrument of decision making. Freedom is reduced whenever a decision is made under threat of force, whether or not force actually materializes or is evident in retrospect.

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Force is the antithesis of freedom, but force must be used, if only to defend against other force.

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I have not yet begun to fight!

John Paul Jones Quotes

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People cut themselves off from their ties of the old life when they come to Los Angeles. They are looking for a place where they can be free, where they can do things they couldn't do anywhere else.

Tom Bradley Quotes

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Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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Envy plus rhetoric equals "social justice.".

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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No matter how disastrously some policy has turned out, anyone who criticizes it can expect to hear: "But what would you replace it with?" When you put out a fire, what do you replace it with?

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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The assumption that spending more of the taxpayer's money will make things better has survived all kinds of evidence that it has made things worse. The black family- which survived slavery, discrimination, poverty, wars and depressions- began to come apart as the federal government moved in with its well-financed programs to "help.".

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Taxes are not levied for the benefit of the taxed.

Robert Heinlein Quotes

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The art of the indirect approach can only be mastered, and its full scope appreciated, by study of and reflection upon the whole history of war. But we can at least crystallize the lessons into two simple maxims- one negative, the other positive. The first is that, in face of the overwhelming evidence of history, no general is justified in launching his troops to a direct attack upon an enemy firmly in position. The second, that instead of seeking to upset the enemy's equilibrium by one's attack, it must be upset before a real attack is, or can be successfully launched.

B.h. Liddell Hart Quotes

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Diplomacy is the art of saying "Nice doggie" until you can find a rock.

G. K. Chesterton Quotes

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If we do not maintain Justice, Justice will not maintain us.

Francis Bacon Quotes

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A nation's policy form an integral whole. Foreign policy and domestic policy are closely linked together; they are but one system; they condition each other.

Ludwig von Mises Quotes

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The ingrained idea that, because there is no king and they despise titles, the Americans are a free people is pathetically untrue. There is a perpetual interference with personal liberty over there that would not be tolerated in England for a week.

Margot Asquith Quotes

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Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations, may she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong.

Stephen Decatur Quotes

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Progress is precisely that which the rules and regulations did not foresee.

Ludwig von Mises Quotes

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If the French were really intelligent, they'd speak English.

Arnold Toynbee Quotes

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