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Monday, 27 February 2017

Quotes 28 Feb 17 (socialism 3)

A totalitarian state is in effect a theocracy, and its ruling caste, in order to keep its position, has to be thought of as infallible. But since, in practice, no one is infallible, it is frequently necessary to rearrange past events in order to show that this or that mistake was not made, or that this or that imaginary triumph actually happened. Then, again, every major change in policy demands a corresponding change of doctrine and a revaluation of prominent historical figures. --George Orwell (1903-1950), "The Prevention of Literature", _Polemic_ (January 1946)

If you start from a belief that the most knowledgeable person on earth does not have even one percent of the total knowledge on earth, that shoots down social engineering, economic central planning, judicial activism and innumerable other ambitious notions favored by the political left. --Thomas Sowell (1930-), "Don't Be So Sure", _National Review_ May 16, 2007 http://www.nationalreview.com/article/220951/dont-be-so-sure-thomas-sowell

It is a fact that no paternal government, whether ancient or modern, ever shrank from regimenting its subjects’ minds, beliefs, and opinions. If one abolishes man’s freedom to determine his own consumption, one takes all freedoms away. The naive advocates of government interference with consumption delude themselves when they neglect what they disdainfully call the philosophical aspect of the problem. They unwittingly support the case for censorship, inquisition, intolerance, and the persecution of dissenters. -Ludwig Von Mises (1881-1973), _Human Action_

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Quotes 27 Feb 17 - socialism (2)

I grew up in a socialist country. And I have seen what that does to people. There is no hope, no freedom. No pride in achievement. The nation became poorer and poorer. And that's what I see happening here. -- Thomas Peterffy (1941-), a self-financed political ad October 2012 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnX7TNFIELg&feature=player_embedded

The Socialist says we have too many capitalists. I say we have too few.  The scattering of capital among a great many will solve the problem. --G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936) _As I Was Saying: A Chesterton Reader_ [1985], Chapter 17

All socialism involves slavery. What is essential to the idea of a slave? We primarily think of him as one who is owned by another. To be more than nominal, however, the ownership must be shown by control of the slave’s actions—a control which is habitually for the benefit of the controller. That which fundamentally distinguishes the slave is that he labours under coercion to satisfy another’s desires. -Herbert Spencer (1820-1902), "The Coming Slavery", _The Contemporary Review_, April 1884, reprinted in his book _Man Versus the State_ (1884) https://www.libertarianism.org/publications/essays/all-socialism-involves-slavery

The main characteristic of collectivism is that it does not take notice of the individual’s will and moral self-determination. In the light of its philosophy the individual is born into a collective and it is “natural” and proper for him to behave as members of this collective are expected to behave. Expected by whom? Of course, by those individuals to whom…the task of determining the collective will and directing the actions of the collective has been entrusted. --Ludwig Von Mises (1881-1973), _The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science_ cited in _The Quotable Mises_

Friday, 24 February 2017

Quotes 25 Feb 17 - socialism (1)

Warning - political content today.

There is no moral distinction between petty thievery and "from each according to ability, to each according to need," as practiced by the State, which is to say, there is no moral distinction between the act of a pick­pocket and the progressive in­come tax, TVA, federal aid to ed­ucation, subsidies to farmers, or whatever. There is only a legal distinction. Legalizing evil does not affect its moral content; it does no more than to absolve the moral offender from the type of penalties inflicted by policemen. - Leonard Read (1898-1983), "We Never Had It So Good" (Nov. 1, 1960) https://fee.org/articles/we-never-had-it-so-good/  ( AFAIK TVA is Tennessee Valley Authority,a federal project and the writer sees to object to federal funding of this and education. I would add death duty (inheritance tax) to government theft.

The first socialists were the intellectuals; they and not the masses are the backbone of Socialism. - Ludwig Von Mises (1881-1973), "Socialism and the Battle of Ideas" https://mises.org/blog/socialism-and-battle-ideas 

Socialism produces poverty but only as a byproduct of fantasy.  Fantasy is the feedstock.  Poverty is only one of several distillates. -- Richard Fernandez, from Twitter

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Quotes 24Feb 17

God has made His children, by adoption, nearer to Himself than the angels. The angels are friends of Christ; believers are His members - Thomas Watson.

Look back and thank God
Look forward and trust God
He closes doors no man can open and
He opens doors no man can close....-Unknown

Through God we can turn our endings into beginnings. –Dietrich Bonhoeffer

God’s grace rarely operates according to our schedule.- Tim Keller Wisdom ‏@DailyKeller

Talent is formed in stillness; character, in the storms of the world. –Wolfgang Goethe

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Quotes for 23 Feb 17

In the first creation He gave me myself; but in His new creation He gave me Himself, and by that gift restored to me that self that I had lost. Created first and then restored, I owe Him myself twice over in return for myself.-. Bernard of Clarivaux

There are two things of which a good pastor should be careful; to be diligent in teaching, and to keep himself pure.- John Calvin ‏@JohnCalvinDaily

My whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service, Princess Elizabeth promised in 1947 on her 21st birthday.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Quotes 22 Feb 17

No matter how just your words may be, you ruin everything when you speak with anger. --John Chrysostom

Never shout at one another unless the house is on fire - Pastor's Puritan quote on marriage,…..

There are not two but three certainties in human affairs, death, taxes and jihad. - Robert Spencer, Islam Unveiled

Monday, 20 February 2017

Quotes 21 Feb 17

The Book of Leviticus explains how it is possible for the holy God to reside among sinful people.~ Dr. Mark F. Rooker's "Leviticus" ~

No scientific theory touches on the mysteries that the religious tradition addresses. a man asking why his days are short and full of suffering is not disposed to turn to algebraic quantum field theory for the answer. The answers that prominent scientific figures HAVE offered are remarkable in their shallowness. - David Berlinski's "The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions"

The abortion industry kills as many Black people every four days as the Klan killed in 150 years.- John Piper