The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.
“Socialism means equality of income or nothing… under socialism you would not be allowed to be poor. You would be forcibly fed, clothed, lodged, taught, and employed whether you like it or not. If it were discovered that you had not character enough to be worth all this trouble, you might possibly be executed in a kindly manner; but whilst you were permitted to live you would have to live well.”
George Bernard Shaw
We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.
“Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.”
Henry David Thoreau
“What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.”
Christopher Hitchens (1949–2011)
To force a man to pay for the violation of his own liberty is indeed an addition of insult to injury. But that is exactly what the State is doing.
If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.
“Society is like a stew. If you don’t stir it up every once in a while then a layer of scum floats to the top.”