The most important event in the history of the last hundred years is the displacement of liberalism by etatism. Etatism appears in two forms: socialism and interventionism. Both have in common the goal of subordinating the individual unconditionally to the state, the social apparatus of compulsion and coercion. . . .Etatism assigns to
Far from creating a futuristic utopia where — once our security needs are met — we are all liberated to pursue our dreams, become great scientists, scholars, artists, and entrepreneurs, the universal basic income threatens a totalitarian horror the likes of which we are used to seeing imagined only on The
The separation of state and church must be complemented by the separation of state and science, that most recent, most aggressive, and most dogmatic religious institution. Paul Karl Feyerabend, Against Method (1975), p. 295.
The persecuting spirit has its origins morally in the disposition of man to domineer over his fellow-creatures, intellectually in the assumption that one’s own opinions are infallibly correct. John Fiske, “The Philosophy of Persecution,” North American Review (D. Appleton & Co., January 1881), No. CXXXII, p. 12.
The tongue is the only tool that gets sharper with use.
Here the free spirit of mankind, at length, Throws its last fetters off; and who shall place A limit to the giant’s unchained strength, Or curb his swiftness in the forward race? William Cullen Bryant, The Ages, XXXIII.
Under a system of perfectly free commerce, each country naturally devotes its capital and labour to such employments as are most beneficial to each. This pursuit of individual advantage is admirably connected with the with the universal good of the whole. By stimulating industry, by rewarding ingenuity, and by using
La démocratie étend la sphère de l’indépendance individuelle, le socialisme la resserre. La démocratie donne toute sa valeur possible à chaque homme, le socialisme fait de chaque homme un agent, un instrument, un chiffre. La démocratie et le socialisme ne se tiennent que par un mot, l’égalité; mais remarquez la
If one only wished to be happy, this could be easily accomplished; but we wish to be happier than other people, and this is always difficult, for we believe others to be happier than they are.
The more opportunities there are in a Society for some persons to live upon the toil of others, and the less those others may enjoy the fruits of their work themselves, the more is diligence killed, the former become insolent, the latter despairing, and both negligent. Anders Chydenius (1739 –
Absolute power does corrupt, and those who seek it must be suspect and must be opposed. . . . Equality, rightly understood, as our founding fathers understood it, leads to liberty and to the emancipation of creative differences. Wrongly understood, as it has been so tragically in our time, it leads first to
If the American people come to recognize that the financial crisis was caused by the housing policies of their own government — rather than insufficient regulation or the inherent instability of the U.S. financial system — Dodd- Frank will be seen as an illegitimate response to the crisis. Only then