Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.
Men are most apt to believe what they least understand.
You can't give the government the power to do good without also giving it the power to do bad - in fact, to do anything it wants.
The ultimate touchstone of constitutionality is the Constitution itself and not what we have said about it.
The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant.
Democracy has proved only that the best way to gain power over people is to assure the people that they are ruling themselves. Once they believe that, they make wonderfully submissive slaves.
Were it necessary to bring a majority into a comprehension of the libertarian philosophy, the cause of liberty would be utterly hopeless. Every significant movement in history has been led by one or just a few individuals with a small minority of energetic supporters.
It's not an endlessly expanding list of rights - the "right" to education, the "right" to health care, the "right" to food and housing. That's not freedom, that's dependency. Those aren't rights, those are the rations of slavery - hay and a barn for human cattle.
If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom, and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too.
Every man has a property in his own person. This nobody has a right to, but himself.
Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.
There comes a time when a moral man can't obey a law which his conscience tells him is unjust.
Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.
The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.
The most fundamental purpose of government is defense, not empire.
What is ominous is the ease with which some people go from saying that they don't like something to saying that the government should forbid it. When you go down that road, don't expect freedom to survive very long.
This country is a one-party country. Half of it is called Republican and half is called Democrat. It doesn't make any difference. All the really good ideas belong to the Libertarians.
Truth and news are not the same thing.
The voice of the majority is no proof of justice.
Alcohol didn't cause the high crime rates of the '20s and '30s, Prohibition did. And drugs do not cause today's alarming crime rates, but drug prohibition does.
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. - Second Amendment to the Constitution An armed society is a polite society.
Government is best which governs least
When freedom is outlawed, only outlaws will be free.
The people cannot delegate to government the power to do anything which would be unlawful for them to do themselves.
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