Archive for the ‘Libertarianism’ Category

For the Reason magazine, John Stossel argues that Americans are focused too much on negative news:

Longing to be a Victim

America was founded by people who were the opposite of victims, by people with grit. Overcoming obstacles is the route to prosperity — and happiness, too.

Whether people have real physical ailments or just see the economic deck stacked against them, the most damaging thing say to them is: Give up. You can’t make it on your own. Wait for help.

America is full of success stories. But if we obsess over stories about victimhood, that is what we’ll get.

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Nobel laureate Milton Friedman makes a case for less regulation and legalization of drugs:

One of the most effective remedies for the problem of crime is to reduce the number of things that are crimes.

If you had a legal source of drugs at relatively low prices, which they would be, you would drastically eliminate this whole category of crime.

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government and society

Great quotation by Frederic Bastiat:

Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all.

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Milton Friedman on the single most important side effect of social policies:

One of the things I hold against the welfare system most seriously is that it has destroyed private charitable arrangements which are far more effective, far more compassionate, far more person-to-person in helping people.

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Decades ago, Nobel laureate Milton Friedman discussed the impact of intellectuals and businessmen on the free enterprise system:

You must separate out being pro free enterprise from being pro business.

The two greatest enemies of the free enterprise system have been on the one hand my fellow intellectuals and on the other the big businessmen. For opposite reasons:

The intellectual is all in favor of freedom for himself and all opposed to it for everybody else.

Almost every businessman is in favor of free enterprise for everybody else but special privileges for himself.

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The other day I came across yet another great quote by Thomas Sowell:

I don’t want people making decisions who don’t pay the price of their decisions. And that’s what politics is all about: you don’t pay the price of the decisions.

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Senator Rand Paul, son of former Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul, discusses his political ideas with Peter Robinson forĀ Uncommon Knowledge:

There is a route to victory for Republicans nationally without diluting our message.

If you care about small government, there is almost a requirement of care about supporting the family.

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