Cento Libertatis

Posted on 2016 February 14

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Once it’s considered proper to use government force to solve one person’s problem, force can be justified to solve anyone’s problem. — Harry Browne

It was observed, that men had ungovernable passions, which made it necessary to guard against the violence they might offer to each other. They appointed governors over them for this reason; but a worse and more perplexing difficulty arises, how to be defended against the governors? — Edmund Burke

If it is wrong for one person to do something, why is it acceptable when 51% of a voting population agrees to hire someone to do it for them? — Adam Kokesh

The word democracy appears in none of our founding documents. — Walter Williams

Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy, the whores are us. — PJ O’Rourke

If people are looking for government to be their savior, they’re looking at the wrong place. — Rick Perry

Government is not reason, it is not eloquence; it is force. Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master; never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action. — anon.

I don’t think government makes my life easier by being around me all the time. Instead, it makes it harder and harder to imagine life without government. Perhaps that was their goal. — John Stossel

The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country. — Hermann Goering

A politician is anyone who asks individuals to surrender part of their liberty — their power and privilege — to State, Masses, Mankind, Planet Earth, or whatever. This state, those masses, that mankind, and the planet will then be run by … politicians. — PJ O’Rourke

Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. — William Pitt

I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the rights of the people by the gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. — James Madison

That this social order with its pauperism, famines, prisons, gallows, armies, and wars is necessary to society; that still greater disaster would ensue if this organization were destroyed; all this is said only by those who profit by this organization, while those who suffer from it – and they are ten times as numerous – think and say quite the contrary. — Leo Tolstoy

To be governed is to be watched over, inspected, spied on, directed, legislated at, regulated, docketed, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, assessed, weighed, censored, ordered about, by men who have neither the right, nor the knowledge, nor the virtue. — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

Almost everything government attempts to do, it makes worse. — John Stossel

Countries that quash free inquiry, distrust reason and practice pseudoscience, such as Revolutionary France, Nazi Germany, Stalinist Russia, Maoist China and, more recently, fundamentalist Islamist states, have historically tended to stagnate, regress and often collapse. — Michael Shermer

Science is a process of discovery, not an end state, and its consensus of the moment should not be enshrined in the law and imposed at gunpoint. — Jeffrey Tucker

Authenticity is in such short supply in politics that people . . . are completely befuddled. How in the world can a guy get away with saying what he really thinks? It borders on heresy. — Robert Ringer

Where else but in politics is blurting out the truth considered a gaffe? – Robert Higgs

Truth is treason in an empire of lies. — George Orwell

No society has ever lost its character and kept its liberties. — Larry Reed

Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments. — Alexander Hamilton

The president should have so little power that it doesn’t matter who they are, instead of having so much power that it doesn’t matter who they are. — Penn Gillette

Progress occurs despite politics and politicians, not because of them. — Max Borders & Jeffrey Tucker

Content thyself to be obscurely good. When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, the post of honor is a private station. — Joseph Addison

At its best, politics is pretty bad, and at its worst it’s really ugly. So I think it would be good if we had a less political world. — Peter Thiel

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