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Many bad policies are simply good policies taken too far.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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Policies are judged by their consequences, but crusades are judged by how good they make the crusaders feel.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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All political parties die at last of swallowing their own lies.

John Arbuthnot Quotes

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It is a dangerous and idle dream to think that the state can become rule by philosophers turned kings or scientists turned commissars. For if philosophers become kings or scientists commissars, they become politicians, and the powers given to the state are powers given to men who are rulers of states, men subject to all the limitations and temptations of their dangerous craft. Unless this is borne in mind, there will be a dangerous optimistic tendency to sweep aside doubts and fears as irrelevant, since, in the state that the projectors have in mind, power will be exercised by men of a wisdom and degree of moral virtue that we have not yet seen. It won't. It will be exercised by men who will be men first and rulers next and scientists and saints long after.

Denis William Brogan Quotes

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The career of a politician mainly consists in making one part of the nation do what it does not want to do, in order to please and satisfy the other part of the nation. It is the prolonged sacrifice of the rights of some persons at the bidding and for the satisfaction of other persons. The ruling idea of the politician - stated rather bluntly - is that those who are opposed to him exist for the purpose of being made to serve his ends, if he can get power enough in his hands to force these ends upon them.

Auberon Herbert Quotes

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What is history but the story of how politicians have squandered the blood and treasure of the human race.

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Political history is largely an account of mass violence and of the expenditure of vast resources to cope with mythical fears and hopes.

Murray Edelman Quotes

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The first lesson of economics is scarcity: There is never enough of anything to satisfy all those who want it.The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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Neither "property" nor the value of property is a physical thing. Property is a set of defined options...It is that set of options which has economic value...It is the options, and not the physical things, which are the "property" - economically as well as legally...But because the public tends to think of property as tangible, physical things, this opens the way politically for government confiscation of property by forcibly taking away options while leaving the physical objects untouched.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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Now since man is naturally inclined to avoid pain- and since labor is pain in itself- it follows that men will resort to plunder whenever plunder is easier than work. History shows this quite clearly. And under these conditions, neither religion nor morality can stop it.When, then, does plunder stop? It stops when it becomes more painful and more dangerous than labor.It is evident, then, that the proper purpose of law is to use the power of its collective force to stop this fatal tendency to plunder instead of to work. All the measures of the law should protect property and punish plunder.

Frederic Bastiat Quotes

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Property rights are not the rights of property; they are the rights of humans with regard to property. They are a particular kind of human right.

David Friedman Quotes

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I met someone on the street who said wasn't it great that we're going to have a movie star for president, that it was so Pop, and (laughs) when you think about it like that, it is great, it's so American.

Andy Warhol Quotes

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A conservative is a man who just sits and thinks, mostly sits.

Woodrow Wilson Quotes

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It is difficult to discern a serious threat to religious liberty from a room of silent, thoughtful schoolchildren.

Sandra Day O'Connor Quotes

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A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman, of the next generation.

J. F. Clarke Quotes

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The only way you can do that [decrease taxes, balance the budget, and increase military spending] is with mirrors, and that's what it would take.

John B. Anderson Quotes

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Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.

Robert Louis Stevenson Quotes

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Diebold controls 20% of the nation's voting machines.. totals can apparently be manipulated from outside the voting area. (on Diane Rehm Show) http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/votefraud.html.

Howard Dean Quotes

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Take away the cause, and the effect ceases.

Miguel de Cervantes Quotes

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A court is a place where what was confused before becomes more unsettled than ever.

Henry Waldorf Francis Quotes

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Chinks in America's egalitarian armor are not hard to find. Democracy is the fig leaf of elitism.

Florence King Quotes

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Enemies promises were made to be broken.

Aesop Quotes

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