Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Nannystate

"We must create out of the younger generation a generation of Communists. We must turn children, who can be shaped like wax, into real, good Communists.... We must remove the children from the crude influence of their families. We must take them over and, to speak frankly, nationalize them. From the first days of their lives they will be under the healthy influence of Communist children's nurseries and schools. There they will grow up to be real Communists." --Communist Party Education Workers Congress 1918

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Only

"Without the power of the Industrial Union behind it, Democracy can only enter the State as the victim enters the gullet of the Serpent."
--James Connolly

Monday, February 27, 2012

Chastity

"It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime."
--Thomas Paine (1737-1809)
US Founding father, pamphleteer, author

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Cradled

"Do we desire to be cradled, and then carried throughout life to our graves by this partisan propelled bureaucratic monstrosity? ... as individuals of sovereign dignity, are we now so terrified, bewildered, and impotent that our main purpose is to seek asylum from the potential hazards of freedom? Have we no faith in our natural strengths and abilities?"
--Sergei Hoff former Montana Deputy Sheriff
Source: 'Our Fears and Denials Will Enslave Us' by Sergei Hoff, October 23, 2004

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Timeline

"On a long enough timeline. The survival rate for everyone drops to zero."
--Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, 1996

Friday, February 24, 2012

Utility

"False is the idea of utility that sacrifices a thousand real advantages for one imaginary or trifling inconvenience; that would take fire from men because it burns, and water because one may drown in it; that has no remedy for evils except destruction."
--Cesare Beccaria(1735-1794) [Bonesana, Marchese di] Italian nobleman, criminologist, and penal reformerSource: Dei delitti e delle pene, [On Crimes and Punishments] ch.38 (1764)

Translation is as quoted by Thomas Jefferson in his _Commonplace Book_, 314 (G. Chinard ed. 1926), which was "the source book and repertory of Jefferson's ideas on government." Id. at 4.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Insinuated

"The worst forms of tyranny, or certainly the most successful ones, are not those we rail against but those that so insinuate themselves into the imagery of our consciousness, and the fabric of our lives, as not to be perceived as tyranny."
--Michael Parenti (1933- )

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Excuse

"Most people prefer to believe their leaders are just and fair even in the face of evidence to the contrary, because once a citizen acknowledges that the government under which they live is lying and corrupt, the citizen has to choose what he or she will do about it. To take action in the face of a corrupt government entails risks of harm to life and loved ones. To choose to do nothing is to surrender one’s self-image of standing for principles. Most people do not have the courage to face that choice. Hence, most propaganda is not designed to fool the critical thinker but only to give moral cowards an excuse not to think at all."
--Michael Rivero

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Effect

"If we cannot learn, if the only effect upon us of the presence of the dynamiter in our midst is to make us multiply punishments, invent restrictions, increase the number of our official spies, forbid public meetings, interfere with the press, put up gratings -- as in one country they propose to do -- in our House of Commons, scrutinize visitors under official microscopes, request them, as at Vienna, and I think now at Paris also, to be good enough to leave their greatcoats in the vestibules ... I venture to prophesy that there lies before us a bitter and an evil time." -- Auberon Herbert (1838-1906) English author Source: "The Ethics of Dynamite", Contemporary Review, May 1894; reproduced in The Right and Wrong of Compulsion by the State, and Other Essays by Auberon Herbert (Indianapolis: Liberty Classics, 1978), p. 226

Monday, February 20, 2012

Later

"I begin by taking.
I shall find scholars later
to demonstrate my perfect right."
--Frederick the Great (1712-1786)
King of Prussia, Frederick II

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Same

"When a government controls both the economic power of individuals and the coercive power of the state ... this violates a fundamental rule of happy living: Never let the people with all the money and the people with all the guns be the same people."
--P. J. O'Rourke (1947- )
US humorist, journalist, & political commentator

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Power VII

"The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist." --Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) Prime Minister of England November 21, 1943

Friday, February 17, 2012

Emergencies

"Every collectivist revolution rides in on a Trojan horse of 'emergency'. It was the tactic of Lenin, Hitler, and Mussolini. In the collectivist sweep over a dozen minor countries of Europe, it was the cry of men striving to get on horseback. And 'emergency' became the justification of the subsequent steps. This technique of creating emergency is the greatest achievement that demagoguery attains."
--Herbert Hoover (1874-1964), 31st US President

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Kindly

"All Congresses and Parliaments have a kindly feeling for idiots, and a compassion for them, on account of personal experience and heredity."
--Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Transmitte

Me transmitte sursum, caledoni! - Beam me up, Scotty! (Star Trek)
(Latin-English Phrase)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Solution

"The war made possible for us the solution of a whole series of problems that could never have been solved in normal times."
--Joseph Paul Goebbels (1897-1945)
Nazi Propaganda Minister
Source: The Göebbels Diaries, 1942-1943

Monday, February 13, 2012

Shadowy

"There exists a shadowy government with its own Air Force, its own Navy, its own fundraising mechanism, and the ability to pursue its own ideas of national interest, free from all checks and balances, and free from the law itself." --Daniel K. Inouye (1924- ) US Senator, Hawaii-D (1963-present) Source: at the Iran Contra Hearings, 1986

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Swept

"The complacent, the self-indulgent, the soft societies are about to be swept away with the debris of history."
--John F. Kennedy
Speech given before the American Society of Newspaper Editors at Washington, D.C.,
April 20, 1961

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Patriotism III

"Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons."
--Bertrand Russell

Friday, February 10, 2012

Fervor

"As I have stood in the crosshairs of those who target Second Amendment freedoms, I've realized that firearms are not the only issue. No, it's much, much bigger than that. I've come to understand that a cultural war is raging across our land, in which, with Orwellian fervor, certain acceptable thoughts and speech are mandated."
--Charlton Heston(1924 - 2008) American actor, former president of National Rifle Association

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Appointed

"We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office."
--Aesop

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Bachelor's

"Bachelor's degrees make pretty good placemats if you get 'em laminated."
--Jeph Jacques, Questionable Content, 01-04-07

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Planned

"Capital must protect itself in every possible way, both by combination and legislation. Debts must be collected, mortgages foreclosed as rapidly as possible. When through the process of law the common people lose their homes, they will become more docile and more easily governed through the strong arm of government applied by a central power of wealth under leading financiers. These truths are well known among our principal men who are now engaged in forming an imperialism to govern the world. By dividing the voter through the political party system we can get them to expend their energies in fighting for questions of no importance. It is thus by discreet action we can secure for ourselves that which has been so well planned and so successfully accomplished."
--US Banker’s Association Magazine, August 25, 1924

Monday, February 06, 2012

Primary

"In all countries, in all centuries, the primary reason for government to set up schools is to undermine the politically weak by convincing their children that the leaders are good and their policies are wise. The core is religious intolerance. The sides simply change between the Atheists, Catholics, Protestants, Unitarians, etc., depending whether you are talking about the Soviet Union, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, America, etc. A common second reason is to prepare the boys to go to war and the girls to cheer them on."
--Marshall Fritz (1943 -2008) American libertarian activist

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Declared

"As readers of Tom Paine's Common Sense had to realize, we are not declaring war on an oppressor--rather, we have to realize that the war has already, quietly, systemically, been declared against us."
--Naomi Wolf, Give Me Liberty, p. 11

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Left

"Left has come to represent increasing government control. The extreme leftist typically seeks total government. Working their way toward total government power are the Communists, socialists, fascists, and modern liberals who advocate government solutions for every real or imagined problem."
--John F. McManus
Source: Defining "Right" And "Left," The New American, P. 44, December 11, 1995

Friday, February 03, 2012

Same

"Foolish liberals who are trying to read the Second Amendment out of the constitution by claiming it’s not an individual right or that it’s too much of a safety hazard don’t see the danger of the big picture. They’re courting disaster by encouraging others to use this same means to eliminate portions of the Constitution they don’t like."
-- Alan Dershowitz
(1938- ) Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School
Source: The Conceptual Foundations of Anglo-American Jurisprudence in Religion and Reason, 82 Mich L. Rev., 204 (Dan Gifford), 1995

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Always

"Many now believe that with the rise of the totalitarian State the world has entered upon a new era of barbarism. It has not. The totalitarian State is only the State; the kind of thing it does is only what the State has always done with unfailing regularity, if it had the power to do it, wherever and whenever its own aggrandizement made that kind of thing expedient. Give any State like power hereafter, and put it in like circumstances, and it will do precisely the same kind of thing. The State will unfailingly aggrandize itself, if only it has the power, first at the expense of its own citizens, and then at the expense of anyone else in sight. It has always done so, and always will."
--Albert Jay Nock (1870-1945)
Source: The Criminality of the State, America Mercury Magazine, March, 1939

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Bestowed

"Were the talents and virtues which heaven has bestowed on men given merely to make them more obedient drudges, to be sacrificed to the follies and ambition of a few? Or, were not the noble gifts so equally dispensed with a divine purpose and law, that they should as nearly as possible be equally exerted, and the blessings of Providence be equally enjoyed by all?
--Samuel Adams (1722-1803),
was known as the "Father of the American Revolution."