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Libertarian Quotes #13

“Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature — it requires, in fact, the nature of a true Individualist — to sympathise with a friend’s success.”
Oscar Wilde • 1854–1900

“Competition, free enterprise, and an open market were never meant to be symbolic fig leaves for corporate socialism and monopolistic capitalism.”
Ralph Nader • 1934-

Karl Hess

“Big business in America today and for some years has been openly at war with competition and, thus, at war with laissez-faire capitalism.”
Karl Hess • 1923–1994

“When law and morality contradict each other, the citizen has the cruel alternative of either losing his moral sense or losing his respect for the law.”
Frédéric Bastiat • 1801–1850

“The more one considers the matter, the clearer it becomes that redistribution is in effect far less a redistribution of free income from the richer to the poorer, as we imagined, than a redistribution of power from the individual to the State.”
Bertrand de Jouvenel • 1903–1987

“In the Jim Crow South, for example, government failed and indeed refused to protect blacks from extra-legal violence. Given our history, it’s stunning we fail to question those who would force upon us a total reliance on the state for defense.”
Prof. Robert Cottrol • 1949-

“Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices, but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence and fulfills the duty to express the results of his thought in clear form.”
Albert Einstein • 1879–1955

“Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power.” Aldous Huxley • 1894–1963

“Government machinery has been described as a marvelous labor saving device which enables ten men to do the work of one.”
John Maynard Keynes • 1883–1946

“All progress has been essentially an enlargement of the liberties of the individual with a corresponding decrease of the authority wielded over him by external forces. This holds good in the realm of physical as well as of political and economic existence. In the physical world man has progressed to the extent in which he has subdued the forces of nature and made them useful to himself.”
Frederick Douglass • 1818–1895

“The public good is in nothing more essentially interested, than in the protection of every individual’s private rights.”
William Blackstone • 1723–1780

Barbara Branden

“A Social Metaphysician doesn’t consciously decide that he will hold the opinions of others above his own. Rather, the fear of others and his own self-doubt become, as it were, ‘built-in,’ psycho-epistemologically, affecting the nature of his mental processes, affecting his method of considering ideas, of judging truth or falsity when he’s in the presence of those who disagree with him.”
Barbara Branden • 1929–2013

“The champions of socialism call themselves progressives, but they recommend a system which is characterized by rigid observance of routine and by a resistance to every kind of improvement. They call themselves liberals, but they are intent upon abolishing liberty. They call themselves democrats, but they yearn for dictatorship. They call themselves revolutionaries, but they want to make the government omnipotent. They promise the blessings of the Garden of Eden, but they plan to transform the world into a gigantic post office. Every man but one a subordinate clerk in a bureau.”
Ludwig Mises • 1881–1973

“Commercial shackles are generally unjust, oppressive and impolitic — it is also a truth, that if industry and labour are left to take their own course, they will generally be directed to those objects which are the most productive, and this in a more certain and direct manner than the wisdom of the most enlightened legislature could point out.”
James Madison • 1751–1836

“Life cannot remain tolerable unless we learn to let each other alone in all matters that are not of immediate and obvious concern to the community. We must learn to respect each other’s privacy, and not to impose our moral standards upon each other.”
Bertrand Russell • 1872–1970

“I quite agree with you about homosexuals: to make the thing criminal cures nothing and only creates a blackmailer’s paradise. Anyway, what business is it of the State’s?”
C.S. Lewis • 1898–1963

“The increase in tolerance co-occurred with increases in individualistic beliefs such as rejecting traditional social rules around gender, race, religion, sexuality, and drug use. At the group level, tolerance was higher in years with more individualistic language in books and a higher need for uniqueness. These analyses cannot infer causation, but these results are consistent with our hypothesis that increasingly individualistic attitudes may be one cause of increasing tolerance for outgroups.”
Jean M. Twenge, Nathan T. Carter and W. Keith Campbell
Social Forces Vol. 94, №1

“Paradoxical as it may seem, men and women who are free to pursue individualism and material wealth turn out to be the most compassionate of all.”
The Financial Times • November 22, 2001

“The people have always some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness… This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs, when he first appears he is a protector.
Plato • 429–347 B.C.

“Men who look upon themselves born to reign, and others to obey, soon grow insolent; selected from the rest of mankind their minds are early poisoned by importance; and the world they act in differs so materially from the world at large, that they have but little opportunity of knowing its true interests, and when they succeed to the government are frequently the most ignorant and unfit of any throughout the dominions.”
Thomas Paine • 1737–1809

“Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err.”
Mahatma Ghandi • 1869–1948

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