One who uses coercion is guilty of deliberate violence. Coercion is inhuman.
There comes a time when a moral man can't obey a law which his conscience tells him is unjust.
The cure for evil and disorder is more liberty, not suppression.
Men are most apt to believe what they least understand.
People never believe in volcanoes until the lava actually overtakes them.
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.
Now that I look back, I realize that a life predicated on being obedient is a very comfortable life indeed. Living in such a way reduces to a minimum one's own need to think.
[S]tatism is but socialized dishonesty; it is feathering the nests of some with feathers coercively plucked from others - on the grand scale. There is no moral difference between the act of a pickpocket and the progressive income tax or any other social program.
The present struggle seems less about abolishing big government than about who gets to use it.
The era of big government is over.
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.
Few of us can easily surrender our belief that society must somehow make sense. The thought that the State has lost its mind and is punishing so many innocent people is intolerable. And so the evidence has to be internally denied.
We do many things at the federal level that would be considered dishonest and illegal if done in the private sector.
The ideal tyranny is that which is ignorantly self-administered by its victims. The most perfect slaves are, therefore, those which blissfully and unawaredly enslave themselves.
If one really wishes to know how justice is administered in a country, one does not question the policemen, the lawyers, the judges, or the protected members of the middle class. One goes to the unprotected - those, precisely, who need the law's protection most! - and listens to their testimony.
The ultimate touchstone of constitutionality is the Constitution itself, and not what we have said about it.
If there be any among us who wish to dissolve the Union or to change its republican form, let them stand undisturbed, as monuments of the safety with which error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.
I want a government small enough to fit inside the Constitution.
Immigrants used to come to America seeking freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom from government. Now they come looking for free health care, free education, and a free lunch.
Government seems to operate on the principle that if even one individual is incapable of using his freedom competently, no one can be allowed to be free.
To be governed ... is to be watched, inspected, directed, indoctrinated, numbered, estimated, regulated, commanded, controlled, law-driven, preached at, spied upon, censured, checked, valued, enrolled - by creatures who have neither the right, nor the wisdom, nor the virtue to do so.
If the only motive was to help people who could not afford education, advocates of government involvement would have simply proposed tuition subsidies.
Concentrated political power is the most dangerous thing on earth.
What pays under capitalism is satisfying the common man, the customer. The more people you satisfy, the better for you.
He who disdains the fall in infant mortality and the gradual disappearance of famines and plagues may cast the first stone upon the materialism of the economists.
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