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Milton J. Madison - An American Refugee Now Living in China, Where Liberty is Ascending

Federalism, Free Markets and the Liberty To Let One's Mind Wander. I Am Very Worried About the Fate of Liberty in the USA, Where Government is Taking people's Lives ____________________________________________________________________________________________ "Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Tolerance in the face of tyranny is no virtue." -Barry Goldwater-

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Deciphering Liberalism - A Political Glossary

American neo-Liberalism is a sickening disease that promises to destroy the foundations of American exceptionalism and success. Neo-Liberalsim (AKA modern Liberalism) creates dependency on government and punishes those that work hard, save and invests in new ideas and technologies. It is these hard working savers and investors that Liberalism vilifies for doing exactly what we need then to do, save and invest and we risk, on the margin, they respond by doing less of the things that create wealth.

Liberalism is equality of outcome not equality of opportunity and turns the Founding Father's experiment in Liberty to one of an experiment in serfdom. Do you own yourself? Consider this question; Do you own the fruits of labor or the property that you have gained? Neo-Liberals consider that to be common property and one that they have the right to seize if they determine it to be in the best interest using their value system of nation at large.

See this video on the definitions of Liberal's newspeak........



I have written on this issues in the past.... Liberalism=Laziness and Liberalsim is Laziness (Continued) Even Aristotle saw the problems with Socialism and foundations of America's Independence driven by the Puritan's capitalists principles after socialist failures, here.

YouTube - Deciphering Liberalism - A Political Glossary

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Koran buring and the typical frothing at the mouth Muslim.....

I am just thinking about this.....
And they miss the point entirely. Burn an Islamic holy book, and Muslims kill in retaliation. Burn the Bible, and Christians pray for the one who lights the match and for the crowd cheering.

Burn a Koran, and people get killed. Burn a Bible, and people get saved.

-La Shawn Barber, blogger and anti-abortionist-

Koran Burning and Baby Killing

YouTube - Baby Monkey (Going Backwards On A Pig) - Parry Gripp

Art is finished. With this piece every single idea has now been explored by art and there is nothing else to explore. Art is now officially dead.... Either that or this is a metaphor for real life.


Friday, September 24, 2010

YouTube - Obama Has No Clue (I'm Yours Parody)

TaxProf Blog: UC Law Prof Retires From Blogging After Tax Post Spawns 'Electronic Lynch Mob,' Threatening His Family

I have to say, that the get something for nothing crowd, Democrats, and the dopey worshipers of the Obamessiah are sickening.

TaxProf Blog: UC Law Prof Retires From Blogging After Tax Post Spawns 'Electronic Lynch Mob,' Threatening His Family

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The New Atlantis » Environmentalism as Religion

There is an apt description for these people, it is arrogant pricks.....
The sheer volume of vicious language employed to recast social and cultural trends in terms of their carbon footprint suggests the rise of what Allenby calls a dangerous new “carbon fundamentalism.”

Some observers detect parallels between the ecological movement and the medieval Church. “One could see Greenpeacers as crusaders, with the industrialist cast as the infidel,” writes Richard North in New Scientist. That may be a stretch, but it does seem that this new religion has its share of excommunicated heretics. For example, since daring to challenge environmentalist orthodoxy, Freeman Dyson has discovered himself variously described as “a pompous twit,” “a blowhard,” “a cesspool of misinformation,” and “an old coot riding into the sunset.”
From hyper environmentalism to a desire to depopulate the earth, these Malthusian bozos are just that, clowns.

The New Atlantis » Environmentalism as Religion

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

AFP: China halts ticket sales for Japan pop group: report

This is how juvenile Chinese leadership is....
Two China concerts next month by Japanese pop band SMAP could fall victim to a diplomatic row between the two countries after ticket sales were suspended at the weekend, media reports said Tuesday.

The five-member pop group is scheduled to perform before some 80,000 fans at the Shanghai World Expo on October 9-10, but a Chinese ticket agency abruptly stopped selling the tickets Sunday, the Sports Nippon tabloid said.
I find these kinds of things just extraordinarily idiotic. In case you missed what the diplomatic row is, I think that it surrounds the nuts that are trying to claim some stupid islands between Taiwan and Japan that have been claimed by Japan and disputed by China.

So, how to counter the complete nonsense? By upping the ante with more complete nonsense. This is purely playing nationalism at a time when it is completely unnecessary and is dangerous and completely worthless. I have to say also, that sometimes am very very disappointed by Hong Konger's blind nationalism over these meaningless issues such as these silly islands and other silly islands in the South China sea between Vietnam and Philippines.

AFP: China halts ticket sales for Japan pop group: report

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Reflections and recognizing the risk of tyranny that we are facing today......

video

You are government chattel not a free man with unalienable rights.......

Obamessiah's version of the 'Declaration of Independence' vs. the actual one.....



The Obamessiah....
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, endowed by certain inalienable Rights, Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

The actual document.....
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
First, but least, there is a difference between the Obamessiah's inalienable and the declaration's unalienable rights......
"Unalienable: incapable of being alienated, that is, sold and transferred." Black's Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition, page 1523:

You can not surrender, sell or transfer unalienable rights, they are a gift from the creator to the individual and can not under any circumstances be surrendered or taken. All individual's have unalienable rights.

Inalienable rights: Rights which are not capable of being surrendered or transferred without the consent of the one possessing such rights. Morrison v. State, Mo. App., 252 S.W.2d 97, 101.

You can surrender, sell or transfer inalienable rights if you consent either actually or constructively. Inalienable rights are not inherent in man and can be alienated by government. Persons have inalienable rights. Most state constitutions recognize only inalienable rights.
But what is this about dropping the mention of the Creator, the one that grants the unalienable rights. And look at the person's face when obviously skipping over the line while reading the speech teleprompter (see the blinking and pausing while the actual words pass by). This fellow specifically did not want to speak that line about the creator, where are the natural rights that are those conferred by God, not inalienable ones granted by man's governance where one consents to this government. These are words spoken by a central authority ideologue that believes that these things, Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness are NOT natural rights but rights that are conferred by government authority, therefore can be removed by a wanton and undisciplined government. Sickening and distressing.

Quote of the day.....

"The time to guard against corruption and tyranny is before they shall have gotten hold of us. It is better to keep the wolf out of the fold than to trust to drawing his teeth and claws after he shall have entered."

-1782, Notes on Virginia, The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, edited by Albert Ellery Bergh-
The problem that I have, is that we have already allowed the wolf into our home. We have allowed government, a non-market participant, to intervene in well developed and efficient markets, such as housing for 70+ years. Why? To what benefit?

Saturday, September 18, 2010

The problems with American socialism......

The Obamessiah and his band of merry men are a bunch of tenured dilettantes......



Marcus one of the founders of home depot, on the vilification of those that create jobs by the Obamessiah and his band of merry communists. Apologizes for being a disgusting human being for creating over 300,000 jobs and being successful.....



How about out of the ivory tower and get to really know what is going on in the world around us....



Democrats, and the way that they conduct themselves are like the Pigs in "Animal Farm" where the slogan "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others", was adopted.

The Entitlement Bubble: The Bust Is Going to Be a Nightmare - Exchequer - National Review Online

As I written about in the past ad nauseum, government policy, irrespective of how well intentioned, creates incentives that mis-allocates resources in an economy.....
The problem with the business cycle under this analysis, you’ll notice, is not the bust — it’s the boom. That’s when the bad investment decisions are made, largely because political influence in the markets (housing policy, tax breaks, artificially cheap money and other interest-rate subsidies, risk subsidies, etc.) distorts economic calculation.
This has been the case since government has mis-utilized the enumerated right of the Commerce Clause in the US Constitution to essentially intervene in markets for any reason.

Now, as this writer argues, albeit somewhat weakly in my opinion, the US has $130 trillion in entitlement debt that unfunded and is an obligation that is impossible to meet....
Which brings us back to the entitlements. It’s easy to say: Well, we’ll just raise the retirement age, or cut benefits, or means-test them, or raise taxes on the wealthy who receive them (which amounts to means-testing, but Democrats like that version better). And, yes, that probably is what we will do, eventually. But that does not get us out of the economic pickle: People have been making decisions for years and years — decisions about saving, investing, consuming, working, and retiring — based at least in some part on what are almost certainly faulty assumptions about what sort of Social Security, Medicare, and other benefits they will receive when they retire. When those disappear, a lot of consumption is going to have to be forgone — and a lot of capital dedicated to producing those goods and services for consumption will be massively devalued. Businesses will have to retrench, probably in a way that is more disruptive and more expensive than the housing-bubble recession necessitated.

This is the boom. The bust is going to be a nightmare.
This is the crime of government. They have promised people that if you pay a lifetime of taxes, we will provide to you in your retirement years. Its a obligation that cannot be met.

Some argue that the US will adjust, but the adjustment will be much more difficult to do than one imagines. Essentially, by means testing these entitlements, the government is going to reward those that lived beyond their means, did not work or save up to their capabilities while eschewing obligations to those that paid their taxes, saved, invested, worked hard and created the wealth that sustained the nation. People that paid into social security have been promised to receive benefits from these payments. Government will default on these obligations to these people.

Its the exact opposite of the American character of thrift, savings, family and community. It will prove to be the unraveling of normal human interaction and community. It is the end of the American government which has become nothing more than a great mis-allocator or resources. Additionally, through this Ponzi like scheme of promises, people have made millions of decisions on consumption and savings based upon these promises that created massive mis-allocations of resources for decades.

The Entitlement Bubble: The Bust Is Going to Be a Nightmare - Exchequer - National Review Online

Friday, September 17, 2010

For all of you frothing at the mouth liberals......

Higher tax rates will lead to reductions in income. This means that the nation WILL EARN LESS. The savers and earners WILL INVEST LESS. Nominal GDP WILL BE LOWER. Taxes collected by the government on lower income WILL BE LESS.....
The Harm from High Marginal Tax Rates

As I explained in two previous Outlooks, high marginal tax rates are harmful because they pose a disincentive to earning taxable income.[6] Because the marginal tax rate is the additional tax liability that arises from earning an additional dollar of income, it directly governs the incentive to earn that additional dollar.
The nonsense coming out of Washington is stunning in its stupidity.

Read the rest of the story by clicking the link below.....

AEI - The High-Income Rate Reductions

Examiner Editorial: Poverty is back, and it's no coincidence | Washington Examiner

The economic problems that the US now faces, lays squarely at the feet the American government. This storm was caused by government intervention in a gigantic and important part of the American economy, housing......
That our current economic woes trace back to a housing bubble created by government-mandated mortgages going to millions of people who could never repay them makes President Obama's predicament bitterly ironic. The Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 was intended to ease mortgage standards for minorities and low-income Americans, but it is now notorious for its unintended consequences. In an attempt to alleviate poverty and address homelessness, Congress changed the Community Reinvestment Act in the 1990s to loosen mortgage standards and increase access to affordable housing. Easy credit sent housing values soaring through the next decade until the mortgage market collapsed and took the rest of the economy with it. The result is poverty at record levels and a new flood of newspaper reports of homeless people living in sprawling tent cities.

Obama did not cause the economic collapse, but he should learn the lesson here: When government distorts markets to deal with perceived social inequality, it inevitably produces unintended consequences.
Government policy intended at assisting poor people to buy homes has backfired and now has injured many many of these people by driving them in poverty. In addition to creating sub-prime lending through government fiat, the article does not even address other insidious interventions over decades that created over-investment in housing such as tax breaks for mortgage interest payments and under-capitalized and politicized quasi-government businesses, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. These non-market interventions created higher demand, higher prices and greater risk in housing than would have existed without these programs.

Examiner Editorial: Poverty is back, and it's no coincidence | Washington Examiner

No more control.........

Why do Democrats favor massive, what has proven to be almost completely wasteful, spending over tax cuts? Because....
1. Tax cuts to be effective have to return funds to people that actually pay taxes and these are the people that earn, work, invest and save and this is the class of people that they are vilifying.
2. Spending as we have seen by Democrats these days is targeted not towards what potentially may be effective but as payback to politically connected friends and favored groups such as unions.
3. Expecting that the economy will eventually turn around, the stimulus spending will be justified irrespective of actual impact whereas tax cuts gives decision making to Americans and the millions of deployment decisions that this implies. Its much more difficult to take credit for decisions that millions of American make vs. the opiate of 'brilliant' singular government Soviet style central planning.
But the problem with Democrats is even more insidious than my simple 3 points above. It is their desire for control. Control how we do things, what we do, what we buy, how we behave, what we think and whole host of other behaviors by a free people. These people believe that they are so much smarter and more brilliant than you and I and think that they are more capable in running our lives than we are....
Political control is what’s killing us. It is expressed in hundreds of ways: high tax rates with carefully tailored exceptions, massive bailouts, laws rigged to favor government-controlled industries, restrictions on resource development, and a vast poppy field of subsidies and penalties. The Democrats have added thousands of pages of fabulously expensive legislation since Obama took office. Two messages echo through those pages: Obey and be rewarded. Resist and be punished.

This is not appropriate behavior for a government that was meant to live in awe of the people’s boundless freedom, and work carefully with limited powers to accomplish its sworn duties. Even the most apolitical citizen can now see that it’s also disastrous behavior.
I am of the opinion, why even bother rectifying this within the political system? Why not just take over Washington in a people power revolution? Take away these irresponsible people's levers of power- the ability to redistribute trillions of dollars a year of our own money. We can do so much better for ourselves than they can do for us.

Hot Air » No more control

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Works and Days » When Socialism Creeps In . . .

Interesting piece on what I have written quite a bit about in the past and this is the hard lurch left in the USA and the associated economic and social problems that this breeds. The 5 dangers of socialist life are an interesting read and topics that I have thought about quite a bit. The dangers of socialism as illustrated in number 2 and the new socialist life are a risk for then just the surface changes but also the way that this ruins the fabric of not just American life but of human life.


Works and Days » When Socialism Creeps In . . .

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Obstacle to Deficit Cutting: A Nation on Entitlements - WSJ.com

Efforts to tame America's ballooning budget deficit could soon confront a daunting reality: Nearly half of all Americans live in a household in which someone receives government benefits, more than at any time in history.

At the same time, the fraction of American households not paying federal income taxes has also grown—to an estimated 45% in 2010, from 39% five years ago, according to the Tax Policy Center, a nonpartisan research organization.
When governments think that they are 'doing good' by redistributing wealth, inevitably, as experieinced in the US, it gets completely out-of-control.

So, look at the statistics above. Fewer people pay taxes, largely its the 'rich' or in other words, people that work hard, save, employ people and are successful get whacked and vilified and the rest live off of these others. More-and-more are collecting monetary benefits and it is only going to get worse. Americans are now addicted to their handouts and in addition, people have been paying into these programs for a lifetime, and now when it comes their time to collect, there is nothing left for them. The programs in the US as well as in Europe were a demographic indulgence where large populations of working people supported much smaller populations of people on the dole. This no longer exists and and the demographics will only get worse over the next couple of decades.

Good luck, USA, by embracing socialism over the past 70 years, you have put yourself in a position


Obstacle to Deficit Cutting: A Nation on Entitlements - WSJ.com

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Instapundit » Blog Archive » MORE ON THE SEBELIUS THREAT: OBAMACARE AND THE RULE OF LAW. “Never before in the history of our re…

Just a total reprint of this post. Lazy but appropriate.....
MORE ON THE SEBELIUS THREAT: OBAMACARE AND THE RULE OF LAW. “Never before in the history of our republican form of government has an administration threatened to extinguish individual firms for merely communicating with their customers. But such are the dictatorial powers Obamacare grants to Secretary Sebelius. . . . Secretary Sebelius’ Hugo Chavezesque threats against the health insurance industry demonstrate why the fight to repeal Obamacare is also the fight for the soul of our country.”
I thank every single Democrat, whether they supported this abortion of a President an Congress or not, for their love of destroying this country and for their tireless efforts to undo 200+ years of hard and previously successful work on promoting liberty.

Instapundit » Blog Archive » MORE ON THE SEBELIUS THREAT: OBAMACARE AND THE RULE OF LAW. “Never before in the history of our re…

Monday, September 13, 2010

Arthur Brooks and Paul Ryan: The Size of Government and the Choice This Fall - WSJ.com

The US in on the slippery slope towards socialism so be very careful. Its the people that work, save and take risk that are demonized by the people that expect a free ride and feel that they are entitled to equal outcomes without working for it..... "More and more Americans are catching on to the scam. Every day, more see that the road to serfdom in America does not involve a knock in the night or a jack-booted thug. It starts with smooth-talking politicians offering seemingly innocuous compromises, and an opportunistic leadership that chooses not to stand up for America's enduring principles of freedom and entrepreneurship."

Arthur Brooks and Paul Ryan: The Size of Government and the Choice This Fall - WSJ.com

ToowoombaNews.com.au - Holy Smoke! QUT Man Tokes On Koran

It is amazing to me, that the recent reaction to the fellow in Florida that wants to burn Korans to commemorate the 9th anniversary of the fanatical attacks on the US on September 11 has been so strong. The response has largely been derision, understandably but who cares what some individual does on private property. Isn't it his right? However, one has to put all of this into context and the problems associated with fanatical Muslims since we did observe the response by Muslims as indicated by the threats, riots and other uncivilized behavior following the Danish cartoon controversy.

Since we can expect that Muslims will respond with violence around the globe, should we adjust our behavior and limit our rights? Should the central government eve be commenting on this nonsense turning nonsense into a global problem? Since they have raised this as a security issue, what would happen if every American or even everyone on the globe take this opportunity to burn a Koran? This fellow does.

We cannot be intimidated by Islam inspired violence particularly since violence seems to be the only thing that Muslims know. We should all desecrate their 'holy' book. What are they going to do, kill us all?

ToowoombaNews.com.au - Holy Smoke! QUT Man Tokes On Koran

The Dupes of Socialism - Floy Lilley - Mises Daily

Someone that understood the huge downside of socialism. We are sold all the benefits and these benefits are very popular with the huge 'something for nothing' crowd. However, we are never told nor is it understood what other costs are associated with states making decisions that we currently now take for granted. Look at the experience of socialism in 1960's China or in North Korea, the end of social liberty goes hand-in-hand with the end of economic liberty.

The Dupes of Socialism - Floy Lilley - Mises Daily

Friday, September 10, 2010

Phillip Toledano - Days with My Father

Phillip Toledano - Days with My Father

62% Say No Matter How Bad Things Are, Congress Can Make Them Worse - Rasmussen Reports™

Breakout the pitchforks and burning torches, lets kill that Frankenstein monster in Washington so normal people can have decent lives.

62% Say No Matter How Bad Things Are, Congress Can Make Them Worse - Rasmussen Reports™

China's UN diplomat in drunken rant against Americans - Telegraph

Is this just an isolated case of a Chinese diplomat saying something stupid, or is this another example of PRC leadership and their ethnocentric view of the world? If this clown doesn't like Americans does he conversely like Europeans since they are spineless diplomats, maybe?

Well, he also says that he does not like the Korean Secretary General. I also do not like the Secretary General of the UN not due to personality but because I think that the UN is worse than worthless and ultimately does much more damage than good.

China's UN diplomat in drunken rant against Americans - Telegraph

You Know The US Is Screwed, When China, Gambia, And Jordan Have Better Property Rights

The US has traded freedom for the opiate of leftist 'equality of outcome' and this decline in liberty is reflected in global rankings. It is a sad commentary that property rights in China are stronger than they are in the US...

You Know The US Is Screwed, When China, Gambia, And Jordan Have Better Property Rights

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Life would just not be the same without You Tube....

For fans of GLEE, of which my daughter is...

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

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Housing Choice - Help Today’s Owners or Future Buyers - NYTimes.com

Finally, socialists are realizing that their grand utopian plans to 'assist' people in their home ownership....did not work. Well, maybe they haven't realized just yet that their interventions in the home marketplace created this disaster, but they are realizing now, that there is very little that they can do to either temper the decline or support prices.

Invariably, one cheerleading government intervention in economic matters over allowing markets to operate freely, the admission of failure by the this socialist mouthpiece, The New York Times, is truly amazing.....
Caught in the middle is an administration that gambled on a recovery that is not happening.

“The administration made a bet that a rising economy would solve the housing problem and now they are out of chips,” said Howard Glaser, a former Clinton administration housing official with close ties to policy makers in the administration. “They are deeply worried and don’t really know what to do.”
The current government policy of trying to over value housing or trying to force housing prices higher than it would be without government intervention promises that housing prices will not adjust to where they should be and this creates inefficiency and promises to only prolong the pain or cause new buyers to pay more than they should if there is no intervention.

Current central planning policy by the US government is to use non-market intervention techniques, such as a buyer credit (creating higher prices than would exist without the credit) and direct subsidies to homeowners (mortgage modification) unable to pay off their home debts. This transfer of wealth from taxpayers to the current owners of homes is rewarding economic behaviors that created higher prices and the volatility in the past. But furthermore, the central government is continuing and increasing it's non-market intervention practices that created the problem to start with.

Consider these market US government intervention issues that have impacted prices leading to this problem:
1. Mortgage interest deduction: By allowing homeowners to deduct interest expenses on their taxes, homeowners are able to carry higher levels of debt relative to equity than one could without these subsidies. Over time, as markets arbitrage this subsidy, the natural response is use the after tax cost of homeownership to calculate the true cost of owning a home. Naturally, a buyer will buy only those homes that they can afford under the subsidy program and this is a more expensive home than one would be able to afford in an environment without subsidies. As a result, an economy over invests in housing relative to other investments as people buy more house, leverage this investment since additional debt is subsidized and from an economy-wide perspective, increases total indebtedness and higher prices of housing as higher prices are subsidized.

2. Sub-prime: The talking heads in Washington have laid fault with 'greedy bankers' as the guilty party in the reckless lending that took place to less than acceptable borrowers. However, the facts are much less sanguine than those that twist reality. The US government, through non-market intervention techniques, used law and jawboning to force private businesses in the form of banks to make and hold these loans in the 1990's. This large influx of funds into this market segment had the effect of increasing prices in this market segment, also increased debt levels and prices well above what they would have been without this intervention. Additionally, when the government could no longer force private businesses to buy and hold these loans, they forced the Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSE's), Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, to buy and hold these securities. Additionally, with this intervention forcing these government supported enterprises to be a buyer of these securities, even more funds entered this market and a active and profitable secondary market was created that sold these assets to investors around the globe. People believed that since government had such a large stake in the support of this market sector, that it could not afford to let it fail. Oh well, fools and their money are soon parted.

3. GSE's- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, where the former has been in business since the 1930's, guarantees mortgage loans so that they can be sold to third party investors. These financial institutions were specially regulated by the government and were not nor ever were subject to the same regulations or capital rules as private financial companies. Since these companies did not have to hold capital relative to the risk that they were taking, they took much more risk than others could. This had the effect of squeezing out other competitors and concentrating the business with these 2 companies. Additionally, when private institutions and investors could not be forced to hold all of the sub-prime riskier loans being created, these institutions were told to buy and hold these securities by the government. When music stopped and sub-prime started to default, these companies quickly became insolvent and were not able to refinance sub-prime and have constrained capacity to loan to traditional borrowers.
Given the problems that the government has created through these non-market interventions, one has to wonder why anyone would want them involved in solving the problem that they created.

So, those calling for government restraint are those that have little voice over many decades. Lower prices for housing will lead to freeing up more money for owners over tiem. It will be painful, but it is something that will be impossible to avoid without even more extraordinary non-market interventions that will created even more mis-allocation of resources in the economy.

Housing Choice - Help Today’s Owners or Future Buyers - NYTimes.com

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Obama's Misguided Approach: America Has Become Too European - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International

Europeans seeing the US is becoming more European and losing its way. The US is giving up what made it great for a life of mediocrity. Oh well, we will pay.

Obama's Misguided Approach: America Has Become Too European - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Another de Tocqueville quote. Read it and let thsi thought sink in.....

After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the government then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small, complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence: it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.

-de Tocqueville, 1840-

Chicago Boyz » Blog Archive » I Think I See What Glenn Beck is Doing

Chicago Boyz » Blog Archive » I Think I See What Glenn Beck is Doing

Quote and thought of the day.....

Democracy extends the sphere of individual freedom, socialism restricts it. Democracy attaches all possible value to each man; socialism makes each man a mere agent, a mere number. Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.

-Alexis de Tocqueville-

Remove that unwanted and embarrassing bumper sticker....

Best seller these days at Wal-Mart.....