Plunderous Schemes

Rapists, thugs, and thieves improve their lives by using coercion or threats of coercion to reduce the range of options available to others.  Civilized, peaceful, and productive people improve their lives by using commerce to expand the range of options available to others.  Neither the raw facts of the matter nor the ethics of these alternative courses of action are altered one bit if the rapists, thugs, and thieves hire well-dressed agents to carry out their schemes and rename these plunderous schemes “trade policy.”
 – Don Boudreaux

Quote – the great enrichment


Considering what is indeed the historically unprecedented great enrichment that market economies have created for the masses, to complain about today’s differences in monetary incomes or wealth is akin to complaining about the color of a rescue ship that has just saved the lives of hundreds of people who were on the verge of drowning at sea.
– Don Boudreaux
Bogged at Cafe Hayek

Creepy quote of the day


What happens when intelligence agencies go to war with each other and don’t tell the rest of us? I think there’s something going on between the US and Russia that the public is just seeing pieces of. We have no idea why, or where it will go next, and can only speculate.

Who is Publishing NSA and CIA Secrets, and Why? https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2017/05/who_is_publishi.html

Theft and prosperity

It is truly miraculous that the following proposition continues to be held as proven: Anything that an individual steals from the whole is a general profit.  Perpetual motion, the philosopher’s stone, or the squaring of the circle have fallen into oblivion, but the theory of Advancement through theft is still in fashion.

Frédéric Bastiat, Economic Sophisms and “What Is Seen and What Is Not Seen”

Child-like excitement

Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again”; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it again” to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.

G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

Earth hour is just good intentions without any goodness


Earth Hour is largely celebrated in rich, urban areas. Around the world, there are around 1.3 billion people living in the developing world who will not get a choice whether to participate or not. That’s because they will be living without reliable electricity on Saturday night, just like they do every other night.
Bjorn Lomborg

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/03/24/earth-hour-electricity-poor-africa-development-natural-gas-bjorn-lomborg-column/99550612/

Famine is about freedom, not just food – quote 2

Economic freedom for individuals and the protection of property rights is the reason that famines do not occur in democracies today, as Amartya Sen documented in his book Development as Freedom. Hunger isn’t just about food – it’s about freedom.
JOY BUCHANAN, Famine is about freedom, not just food

http://www.learnliberty.org/blog/famine-is-about-freedom-not-just-food/

Famine is about freedom, not just food – quote 1

Fortunately, most humans today do not live and die by whether rain happens to fall on their farm. Today, episodes of mass starvation only occur when people are oppressed by authoritarian government regimes or gang violence organized on a smaller scale.
JOY BUCHANAN, Famine is about freedom, not just food

http://www.learnliberty.org/blog/famine-is-about-freedom-not-just-food/