"This means that the government may not refuse a zoning permit to a group because it’s Muslim, or Tea Party, or Socialist, or anti-gay-rights. It may not try to use landmarking law to bar the group from reconstructing a building, if the law is being used because of the group’s message.... These are basic principles of American free speech law, and of American religious freedom law. They help protect all of us, liberal or conservative, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or atheist."
Volokh.com via Reason.com re: Ground Zero mosque
Nancy Pelosi keeps talking about how she was going to "drain the swamp." This is unfair to swamps.
WSJ, 5 August: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703545604575407632023079038.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop
"We don't need to make a movie out of [Atlas Shrugged] ... We are living it right now."
"Atlas Shrugged: From Fiction to Fact in 52 years"
Elites may have more brilliance, but those who make decisions for society as a whole cannot possibly have as much experience as the millions of people whose decisions they pre-empt.
"permission [to build a mosque near Ground Zero] should be refused, and if they go ahead and build it, the government should bomb it out of existence, evacuating it first, with no compensation to any of the property owners involved in this monstrosity."
"Forced to be Free", Reason.com, via link at Peikoff.com
"We are sort of a mongrel people ... I mean we're all kinds of mixed up. That's actually true of white people as well, but we just know more about it."
Barack H. Obama
[Ayn Rand] made a, I believe, an unneccessary polarity between selfishness -- or self-interest -- and altruism. She saw those as opposites. She saw that, or believed, altruism was fundamentally evil. ... I always felt like that was just inaccurate to human nature: That fundamentally human beings are both self-interested and capable of love, and that you can't understand human beings unless you see that we are both of them -- and so I reject the polarity.
"Those who survived the San Francisco earthquake said, 'Thank God, I'm still alive.' But, of course, those who died, their lives will never be the same again."
“What saved the economy and the New Deal [during the Great Depression] was the enormous public-works project known as World War II, which finally provided a fiscal stimulus adequate to the economy’s needs.”
... the long-running debate between big government and small government misses the point; it isn’t relevant to today’s challenges.
President Barack Obama
Economic debate is simply a projection of political debate; it is not scientific debate. It is political debate between two irreconcilable points of view. That isn't demonstrable science, it is simply wrestling.
The Third Depression thread
"No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent."
Abraham Lincoln, October 16, 1854, title page of Book IV of Nancy Kress's "Beggars in Spain"
"To say 'I love you' one must first be able to say the 'I.' "
"Men are the only animals that devote themselves, day in and day out, to making one another unhappy. It is an art like any other. Its virtuosi are called altruists."
H. L. Mencken
"I would not wish death upon Paul Krugman or Nancy Pelosi. However, if I outlive either of them and one day read their obituary, that particular day will almost certainly be a bit happier and more enjoyable than it otherwise would be. If that makes me a bad human being, so be it."
Reason.com , "David Weigel Resigns From the Washington Post", 6.26.10 @ 9:29PM
You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealth out of prosperity.
(email from a friend)
"Plato is dear to me, but dearer still is truth. "
One of the methods used by statists to destroy capitalism consists in establishing controls that tie a given industry hand and foot, making it unable to solve its problems, then declaring that freedom has failed and stronger controls are necessary.
Voice of Reason
A gaffe in Washington is when someone inadvertently blurts out the truth.
Arnaud de Borchgrave
Rather than fight the same tired battles that have dominated Washington for decades, it’s time to try something new. Let’s invest in our people without leaving them a mountain of debt. Let’s meet our responsibility to the citizens who sent us here. Let’s try common sense.
President Barack Obama
'Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!' cries she with silent lips. 'Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!'
....today there is little economic freedom in America. And almost from our first day as a Nation, there was little monetary freedom; now, there is none.
Henry Mark Holzer
Gold and Monetary Reform
"Also invariably critics on the left accuse libertarians of being "selfish" and "greedy" and being for rich people and against ordinary people. This charge is so far off the mark and beside the point it is almost impossible to respond to. It’s like accusing a computer of being short. It has nothing to do with what a computer is."
"Neither Left Nor Right" at LewRockwell.com
"While Friedman’s theoretical work is universally admired by professional economists, there’s much more ambivalence about his policy pronouncements and especially his popularizing. And it must be said that there were some serious questions about his intellectual honesty when he was speaking to the mass public."
Reason.com, article about Krugman, threaded comments starting at 11:51pm on 5.7.10
"I maintain, however, that the effectiveness of government versus that of private arrangements to produce goods and services is irrelevant to the issue of the desirability of government in a libertarian society. Governments are not created to produce goods and services for citizens. Rather, they are created and imposed on people by force, most often for the purpose of transferring resources from the control of those outside government to the control of those within it. Without government—or even with a weak government—predatory groups will impose themselves on people by force and create a government to extract income and wealth from these subjects."
Randall G. Holcombe
Government: Unnecessary but Inevitable
I do think, at a certain point you've made enough money
Barack Hussein Obama
"[Slavery consists of being] "subject to the incessant, uncertain, arbitrary will of another man. "
Second Treatise of Civil Government
"The seminal error is to insist on exceptions to the principle that government – assuming, of course, that one should be permitted to exist – must be strictly limited to protecting the life, liberty, and property of every individual."
William Norman Grigg
the blog Pro Libertate
"Every invasion of individual rights happens with the eager support of people acting in the sincere and thoroughly mistaken confidence that what they permit the state to do to others will never be done to them."
William Norman Grigg
author of the blog Pro Libertate
Government exists to secure our rights, not to make us morally good, whether as this is understood by modern liberals or by modern conservatives.
Tibor R. Machan
Anti-Libertarian Point Refuted
"I've long had a theory that most people don't find libertarianism so much as it happens to them. They find themselves on the receiving end of some sort of government incompetence or abuse, or they know someone who is, and it starts them on the road to a generally more skeptical view of state power."
Reason.com "I used to be somebody that trusted the government. Now I really don’t trust anything."
"Minarchists such as [Tibor Machan] are libertarians with regard to all goods and services except those they arbitrarily label as “governmental.” Regarding those, they are socialists pure and simple, conceptually indistinguishable from their fellow socialists, in this one arena."
Anarchism and Minarchism; No Rapprochement Possible: Reply to Tibor Machan
Few combinations are more poisonous than race and politics. That combination has torn whole nations apart and led to the slaughters of millions in countries around the world.
Race and Politics: Part I
A terrible thing happened to America on Sunday, March 21, 2010. The country took its biggest step ever down a road diametrically opposed to its original intent of keeping the state small so that the individual can be free and great.
It's a Civil War: What We Do Now
To deal with men by force is as impractical as to deal with nature by persuasion.
Facebook | Ayn Rand
A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic--on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg--or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was and is the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon; or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us.
Rand is not going to save you from your insecurities. If you don't move beyond her into creation in the real world you won't go anywhere. You can talk about the "story," but what is the solution? Rappers are better than Objectivists. They are the real capitalists. They don't talk about it. They live it.
Our tax system is fairly complex. And complexity is what makes it work. If Jane Taxpayer figures out she spends more than three months of her year working for Joe Biden, well, she might be annoyed. Fact is she should feel blessed. As our vice president once posited, paying taxes is patriotic. So it's worrisome that fewer and fewer Americans are asked to participate in the ethical work of paying off General Motors' $4.3 billion second-half losses or subsidizing wind farms in Montana.
Glory to the Taxpayer
My view is simply this when it comes to the blessing of same sex unions; as someone who has been having the same sex for the last 15 years, the last thing I want to see the church doing about it is blessing it.
The Gay Fast Lane
There was no order in his reading; but there was order in what remained of it in his mind.
—of the self-educated youth Stretch Wynand
The moonbat motto is: Do as I say, not as I do. Consider the charitable deductions (or lack thereof) of the most sanctimonious liberal politicians: Obama, Biden, Kerry. They throw around quarters - their own, anyway - like they were manhole covers. But they would gladly give you the shirt off somebody else’s back.
Moonbats wing it when it comes to paying more taxes
If you're one of those who have spent their lives undermining progressive climate legislation, bankrolling junk science, fueling spurious debates around false solutions, and cattle-prodding democratically-elected governments into submission, then hear this: We know who you are. We know where you live. We know where you work. And we be many, but you be few.
GREENPEACE Climate Rescue Weblog
If an uncompromising stand is to be smeared as 'extremism,' then that smear is directed at any devotion to values, any loyalty to principles, any profound conviction, any consistency, any steadfastness, any passion, any dedication to an unbreached, inviolate truth -- any man of integrity.
." -- Ayn Rand in " 'Extremism' or The Art of Smearing", Chapter 17 of Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal.
Most people can't think quantitatively to save their skins.
Dr. Peter Zimmerman, Physicist
Hydrino Study Group Discussion of the "Dinner Party Problem"
A few weeks ago, The New York Times ran an editorial noting the amazing fact that, by the middle of this year, there will be an estimated 6.8 billion people on Earth -- and 5 billion will have cell phones! (Even more astounding, at least one of them is seated directly behind me every time I go to the movies.) How did that happen without a Democrat president and Congress using bribes, parliamentary tricks and arcane non-voting maneuvers to pass a massive, hugely expensive National Cell Phone Reform Act?
Prescription For Disaster Now Covered Under Obamacare
We honored the vows of our founders who in the Declaration of Independence talked about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We believe the legislation that we have gives all people in our country the liberty to have healthier lives.
If we can not solve all problems in Universe, hell with it, let's get drunk - that's the Russian way. Let's do whatever we can, as much as we can - that's American way. Compare the results - America still wins.
Enjoy your life to the fullest, if only to spite them
Here's the thing about monogamy. It only works if you cheat.
Boston Legal Beauty and the Beast
What happened to Canada? How did the country that gave us Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, Martin Short, Dan Aykroyd and Catherine O'Hara suddenly become a bunch of whining crybabies?