“If large differences in incomes truly are unjust as Pres. Obama and other ”Progressives” proclaim, then redistributing incomes from rich Americans to poor Americans does almost nothing to address this injustice. The reason is that even the poorest Americans are among the richest people on earth today, not to mention in human history. So given that the President and other “Progressives” really believe that transferring money from rich to poor is a justified and effective means of helping poor people – and believe also that large income differences are an outrageous injustice – then Mr. Obama and other “Progressive” politicians should have the courage of their moral convictions and call for higher taxes on all Americans, with the proceeds to be distributed directly to people in Chad, Ethiopia, Haiti, and other countries whose citizens languish in poverty unimaginable to “poor” Americans.
That the President and his fellow “Progressives” in Washington issue no such call suggests that the true aim of their public moralizing is to paint a pretty face on their selfish quest for votes and power.”
While normally I find the use of such scare quotes to be obnoxious (even with regards to how ideological opponents wish to refer to themselves), in this instance it serves to highlight the falsity of the term: there’s nothing “progressive” - that is, forward-thinking or innovative - about clinging to the barbaric, anachronistic idea of legitimizing the initiation of force to implement uniform, centralized control (i.e. “order”).
8:46 am • 26 February 2014 • 35 notes
“To preserve our free societies, we have to defend not just against distant enemies, but against dangerous policies at home. If we allow scarce resources to be squandered on surveillance programmes that violate the very rights they purport to defend, we haven’t protected our liberty at all: we have paid to lose it.”
— Edward Snowden (via hipsterlibertarian)
12:51 pm • 21 February 2014 • 580 notes
“The ‘private sector’ of the economy is, in fact, the voluntary sector; and the ‘public sector’ is, in fact, the coercive sector.”
— Henry Hazlitt (via thewoodentrees)
11:12 am • 12 February 2014 • 120 notes
“If you believe in equal rights, then what do ‘women’s rights,’ ‘gay rights,’ etc., mean? Either they are redundant or they are violations of the principle of equal rights for all.”
— Thomas Sowell (via satans-advocate)
(Source: donttreadonvirginia, via self-ownership)
11:55 am • 6 February 2014 • 1,338 notes
“Overall, the Dow has now fallen more than 1000 points from the peak of the market (16,588.25) back in late December. This is the first time that we have seen the Dow drop below its 200-day moving average in more than a year, and there are many that believe that this is just the beginning of a major stock market decline. Meanwhile, things are even worse in other parts of the world. For example, the Nikkei is now down about 1700 points from its 2013 high. This is causing havoc all over Asia, and the sharp movement that we have been seeing in the USD/JPY is creating a tremendous amount of anxiety among Forex traders. For those that are not interested in the technical details, what all of this means is that global financial markets are starting to become extremely unstable.”
— Michael Snider | Consider This
11:57 pm • 4 February 2014 • 28 notes
“Someone should start a bank (or maybe someone has) that charges (rather than pays) interest and does not make loans. Such a bank would be a good example of how Fed actions create unintended outcomes that defeat their goals. The Fed wants to stimulate lending, but an anti-lending bank could be quite successful. I would be a customer.”
— Terry Burnham, former Harvard economist in a column on why he withdrew a million dollars out of his account with Bank of America. I thought this statement was really striking.
8:08 pm • 31 January 2014 • 12 notes
“Prisons do not disappear social problems, they disappear human beings. Homelessness, unemployment, drug addiction, mental illness, and illiteracy are only a few of the problems that disappear from public view when the human beings contending with them are relegated to cages.”
— Angela Davis (via checkprivilege)
(Source: socialjusticewarriorgirl, via idontmakemonkeys)
5:28 pm • 31 January 2014 • 13,353 notes
“Even though we are social creatures and political animals who need human interaction and need some sort of public identity, equally essential to who we are is a private realm. And that’s always been true, human beings have always sought out privacy, it’s intrinsic to our nature.”
Privacy is a human right.
10:06 am • 31 January 2014 • 55 notes
“Anarchy is no guarantee that some people won’t kill, injure, kidnap, defraud, or steal from others. Government is a guarantee that some will.”
— Gustave de Molinari (via anarcho-alowisney)
(Source: sugashane, via tonarchy)
4:33 pm • 30 January 2014 • 860 notes
“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 (via moralanarchism)
4:33 pm • 28 January 2014 • 138 notes
The puppet masters who control the system have managed to convince people that deflation = bad, and inflation = necessary evil.
Perhaps the even bigger lie is that of the actual inflation statistics. They tell us that there’s no inflation… or minimal inflation.
And they tell us that the ‘target’ rate is 2%. Bear in mind that 2% annual inflation means your currency will lose over 75% of its value during the course of your lifetime.
— Simon Black, No Inflation Friday
5:28 pm • 24 January 2014 • 32 notes
“When someone asks for a government program, he is saying in effect, ‘Tell the police to use their guns to get me what I want’.”
— Harry Browne (via eltigrechico)
7:56 pm • 23 January 2014 • 362 notes
“The question facing Americans is not whether Congress will ever cut spending. The question is will the spending be reduced in an orderly manner that avoids inflecting massive harm on those depending on government programs, or will spending be slashed in response to an economic crisis caused by ever-increasing levels of deficit spending. Because politicians are followers rather than leaders, it is ultimately up to the people what course we will take. This is why it is vital that those of us who understand the dangerous path we are currently on do all we can to expand the movement for liberty, peace, and prosperity.”
— Ron Paul, “Warfare, Welfare and Wonder Woman: How Congress Spends Your Money”
11:35 am • 23 January 2014 • 18 notes
“…the great political virtue of the market mechanism [is] that it makes political decisions virtually unnecessary and relies on the cumulative impact of the small decisions of the little people, which are much less likely to be in error than the large decisions of the few.”
— Kenneth Boulding
10:33 am • 23 January 2014 • 41 notes