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"While the DFC emphasizes familiar libertarian themes -- smaller government, more freedom, lower taxes -- it also advocates social justice and fairness in rolling back social safety nets. 'We advocate tax cuts and ending welfare,' says Thomas Knapp, 38, of St. Louis, a member of the new DFC affiliate. 'But we tend to favor cutting taxes from the bottom up instead of from the top down, and to place a higher priority on ending corporate welfare than on ending the food stamp program for the working poor'."
"Headed by former Rep. Bob Barr, a conservative Georgia Republican, the non-partisan group's membership ranges from the American Civil Liberties Union on the ideological left to Americans For Tax Reform, the American Conservative Union and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms on the right."
"In order to compete with economies that have undergone reform in East Asia and Europe, Latin America's left must dismantle corporatist states that hamper enterprise among those who are not close to government and, through legal privilege, mock the notion of equality before the law."
"Next time you're asked for your 'driver's license,' try offering the nice officer your graduation certificate from a certified driver's education class. You'll find that's not what they want, at all. They want a standardized government document carrying an up-to-date address where you sleep, to make it more convenient for the men in the black ski masks if and when they choose to come arrest you in the night."
"That's right, federal, state and local governments have been taking advantage of cash-strapped, down-sized newsrooms all across the country and finding willing acceptance for their pre-packaged news stories. 'Video news releases' produced by the federal government make it onto your local news with frightening regularity. You see a 'news' story, you DON'T see who put it together."
"Asking the FCC to 'issue a definitive statement' sounds a lot like asking the government to pre-approve materials for broadcast -- an odd thing for a guy getting a First Amendment award."
"The only valid use of democratic decision making processes and social organization ... must contain two features. First, only 'stakeholders' get to vote. ... The second condition would be an opt-out exclusion to any collective decision."
"None of these arguments, however, truly address the contradiction which lies at the heart of capital punishment: why do we consider it unacceptable for an individual to kill, while simultaneously viewing State killing as both appropriate and necessary?"
"The great difficulty for statists is how to suck more and more life out of a society without killing the host. The great difficulty for anarchists is how to kill the parasite without committing suicide in the process. The advantage that anarchists have over statists is that the state needs society, while society doesn't need the state."
"Matters of life and death are simply too important to be entrusted to politicians, judges, bureaucrats, and radio and television gasbags. The bloody and dehumanizing record of political systems in their treatment of life, disqualifies them. In a world that is becoming increasingly decentralized, such inquiries are best left in the hands of individuals faced with the making of decisions in their own lives."
"One important question lost in all the hoopla is exactly who is going to pay to keep Ms. Schiavo 'alive.' If her parents or the supporters of the 'culture of life' will pony up out of their own pockets, then why should a state or federal judge, the president or the Congress decide her fate as opposed to her friends and family?"
"Government can't protect you from ordinary street crime. It can't protect you from terrorist acts. In fact, government can't protect you, personally, from anything. It is entirely up to you. Get the training, obtain a weapon(s), get a concealed carry permit, if you must."
"Is it any wonder that the United States, led by George W. Bush, has said that we no longer believe in the role such as that taken by this country at Nuremberg. Bush says that no American soldier should ever face trial in anything but a U.S. court. Is it not hypocritical for the United States to stand in judgment of anyone, in any country, for any offense, if that is our position?"
"Since the U.S. Constitution no longer exists as a definitive legal document, but has instead been transformed into an occasional inspiration for the pronouncements of the unelected nine-man American Commission (also known as the Supreme Court), there is no longer anything to prevent the delivery of the rough hydra-headed beast slouching toward Washington, waiting to be born."
"It is America that has undergone regime change. The Bush administration constitutes a Jacobin revolution. Its fanatics have declared world war on political diversity. The first victim of Bush's 'war on terror' is the Bill of Rights. In its place we have an incipient police state."
"Roberts says Congress doesn't have to look into this issue since the CIA is doing its own internal probe. And we know how thorough government agencies are at honestly evaluating their own misconduct - almost as exhaustive as lawyers and doctors are at policing theirs."
"The American people had better decide soon whether they are going to continue letting these power-hungry people in Washington to continue running roughshod over the Constitution, the supreme law of the land that we have imposed on them."
"For one thing, the words 'Congress' and 'integrity' go together like oil and whatever it is that oil doesn’t go with. (Water, is it? I’m not a cook.) Secondly, the words 'baseball' and 'integrity' don't go together, either. Guys have been corking their bats since back when the Nazis were still using steroids to give women swimmers chest hair. Cheating isn't new, and Congress knows this."
"[W]e said the protesters are willing to pay $2 million to imprison the girl they call a murderess. But actually, that's not quite right; the protesters actually want taxpayers to foot that bill. What they are really trying to do is to make everyone else pay the two million, whether those payers share their opinions about abortion or not. Once again, the political 'solution' would impose force."
"Yes, a free market in education! A paradigm in which the state plays no role whatsoever. No more school boards, no more school taxes, and no more school-attendance laws. A process where parents, in their role as consumers, are as sovereign as they are in the software and computer industries."
"Members of the anti-privatization movement claim that water is a human right that only governments can provide. The problem is that, for whatever reason, many governments simply will not provide this water. It is not surprising that water companies with skills, incentives, capital and technology are far better equipped to provide water."
"[U]rban sprawl probably would never have even become an environmental issue without the massive government spending that sponsors the creation of 'leapfrogs,' communities built far outside large cities, bringing infill developments all along the brand new, state-funded highway that connects the two."
"In the political arena, you dump on people who can't dump back on you. Few politicians owe their office to the youth vote. Despite the 'concern for the children' malarkey they spout, it's voting age adults to whom politicians are beholden."
"Five years after taking office, Putin has reversed many of the gains Russia experienced after the breakup of communism. The rule of law is routinely flouted; power is increasingly centralized in the Kremlin; and liberties are abridged in the name of 'security.' ... Putin has chilled the business atmosphere in Russia."
"But teenagers are more easily seduced, whether by the glory of battle or the vision of becoming a major league ballplayer. And so the state preys upon both their innocence and the gullibility of their parents. Each is told that war is a glorious cause, while steroids are a threat to their lives, despite the fact that for every young person who has died from steroid use, thousands more have died from war."
"War, as the 19th century American liberal Randolph Bourne famously put it, is the health of the State. Wartime militarizes and regiments every aspect of life, from the political culture to the economic and purely personal. War expands that which ought to remain constricted, and unleashes that which is properly chained by custom and constitution."
"First, as has been demonstrated, government leaders will only see threats in places where, for one reason or another, they want to intervene. For example, George W. Bush launched a preemptive war to destroy Iraq's weapons of mass destruction when most experts agreed that North Korea posed a bigger threat. Bush, however, had more incentive to see a threat from Iraq than North Korea."
"The modern willingness to sacrifice liberty to democracy is perhaps the most important reason it is worth commemorating de Tocqueville's bicentennial with more than a cursory consideration of his insights. Recognizing the threat that democracy can be to liberty is never more important than when citizens are willing to routinely let democracy run roughshod over our individual, inalienable rights against such abuse."
"For an anarchist, in particular, the notion that one legitimized criminal gang -- the federal government -- can be trusted to restrain another -- a state government -- is very problematic, for it is an admission in the belief that government can and will do good in tempering crime. Rather than a form of checks and balances, federalism is simply the elimination of one type of government activity: the overriding of other governments."
"The War between the States settled by force whether states could secede. Once it was established that states cannot secede, the federal government, abetted by a Supreme Court unwilling to hold it to its constitutional restraints, was able to run amok over states' rights, so much so that the protections of the Ninth and Tenth Amendments mean little or nothing today."
"The Bush administration's refusal to look at the big picture and realize that free commerce is also the best national security policy is puzzling and troubling. The administration has realized the danger to the world of nuclear war in South Asia and has supported the Indo-Pakistani peace process. Simultaneously, however, it is also trying to block the peace pipeline...."
"Even the stirrings of electioneering in Iraq and Afghanistan have left the Muslim world cold. Both contests, held amid pervasive fraud, violence and corruption in active war zones where millions are too afraid to venture outdoors, are interpreted as ersatz democracy imposed upon puppet regimes created by a hostile occupation force. And the stooges are disorganized."
"Elections have been used in the past to cover up inherently non-democratic processes. Stalin had elections, as did Hitler. So did Saddam Hussein. The Soviet Union, Nazi Germany and Ba'athist Iraq were not burgeoning democracies, but totalitarian dictatorships. The point here is that elections don't bring democracy."
"Ibsen's work examined the realities that lay behind many facades, which the society of the time did not want to see. … One primary message of the play [An Enemy of the People (1882)] is that the individual, who stands alone, is more often 'right' than the mass of people, who are portrayed as ignorant and sheeplike. The Victorian belief was that the community was a noble institution that could be trusted, a fiction Ibsen challenged."
"Fannie Farmer revised and reissued the cookbook in 1896, with her improvements. She standardized measurements and thereby made the results more dependable. In 1902, she left the Boston Cooking School to open Miss Farmer's School of Cookery, aimed not at professional cooks but at training housewives."
"He's revered by American and European film-makers, who remade Shichinin no samurai (1954), as The Magnificent Seven (1960), Yojimbo (1961), as Per un pugno di dollari [A Fistful of Dollars] (1964) and Kakushi toride no san akunin (1958), as Star Wars (1977)."
"Evelyn, which is based on a true story, is set in Ireland in the 1950's. It is the story of Desmond Doyle (Pierce Brosnan) and his family and what happens after his wife abandons him and their children. … To 'aid' his family the state ... takes custody of his children, giving them to the Church until he can find a way to support them. ... [H]e [later] discovers that he cannot get his children back without his wife's permission, which she is not available to give.”
"Is there something about modern life that makes impossible both writing and reading beyond the level one associates with drug dealers? The same thing seems to be happening in the other English-speaking countries. The British once wrote graceful and polished prose, but they are barely better than Americans now. Is it that both countries have shifted from aristocratic to proletarian ideals? That no esthetic enterprise can survive the imposition of vulgarity by television?"
"Deadwood is a nowheresville, an anarchic mining camp that sprung into half-assed existence and then proceeded to organize itself into a sort of town over the course of one year and one 12-episode season (now available on DVD, by the way, and highly recommended for novices)."
"Social Security Participants Given Wide Choice of Iraqi Cities to Patrol…. Speaking at a rally in Detroit today, the president told his audience, 'In the year 2054, the Social Security trust fund will be bankrupt, but the war in Iraq will be alive and well'."
"'The next four years will be an unprecedented monument to bestial human ugliness, but I'd sooner let Yakuza thugs strap a rabid wolverine to my groin than shirk my responsibilities as a gonzo journalist.' The heavily sweating, speed-frenzied Zolonga then removed a Luger automatic pistol from his coat and shot the microphone with a deafening blast."
"What I discovered was shocking -- apparently that gal from Friends with the popular hairdo broke up with her over-rated movie-star hubby. Who knew!"
"I certainly don't think that the demise of the West is a cause for celebration. I find it unutterably sad. The West in its prime was a treasure trove of wisdom -- it embodied the two greatest strains of thought ever formulated or imparted: Classical wisdom and Christian revelation. Weighed in the balance, the West's influence on the rest of the world has been enormously beneficial."
"Only anarchists and libertarians can have a truly consistent view on the question. Those who oppose all aggression and murder can, consistently with the rest of their philosophy, regard abortion as utterly immoral."
"It's time for the D.C. Circuit, and perhaps the U.S. Supreme Court, to tell us whether the city's total ban on all functional weapons withstands scrutiny under the Second Amendment. No one should have to break the law in order to vindicate a constitutional right."
"Though forty-five courtroom seats are reserved for the general public every day, on most days, California v. Jackson is outdrawn by the games of lawn bowling held for Santa Maria's retired elderly on the Astroturf lot at the rear of the court compound. ... Only the media still take the trial seriously."
"The grassroots organization American Coalition of Fathers and Children has just launched a vigorous ad campaign to educate the public on how anti-father bias in the courts is destroying the family."
"Laws, customs and traditions are morally time-limited to the generation that adopts them and are in no way binding upon those who did not voluntarily consent to abide by and obey them. To do so is unnatural and again requires that a state be extent. Tradition and stability are good, but not if they mean perpetual slavery to those long dead."
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