Insistence on butting into other people’s business is believed by many to be evidence of altruism and wisdom. It is, instead, evidence of a greedy urge to exercise power combined with a foolish fantasy that such power is fit to be exercised by anyone over anyone.
It is important to remember that government interference always means either violent action or the threat of such action. Government is in the last resort the employment of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen. The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning. Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.
Ludwig von Mises, Human Action
Politics, the media, and the judiciary never pause at waging the new endless wars: the war on drugs or against high blood pressure, or the campaigns that assert the endless struggle against fat and obesity. The list of the enemies grows every day, whether racism, xenophobia, or anti-Islamism. The epitome of this movement is political correctness, the war against having one’s own opinion.
Antony Mueller, fee.org
Foreign aid transfers money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.
Paraphrase: Matt Riddly
“When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.”
– Thomas Sowell
“The only way Congress can give one American a dollar is to use threats, intimidation and coercion to confiscate that dollar from another American. Congress forcibly uses one American to serve the purposes of another American. We might ask ourselves: What standard of morality justifies the forcible use of one American to serve the purposes of another American? By the way, the forcible use of one person to serve the purposes of another is a fairly good working definition of slavery.”
Nobody likes being told there is no such thing as a free lunch. But it is incredibly important. Unless someone reminds the public that free lunches are illusory, they may never figure out how to get a meal in the first place.
Alex Salter, Economist-Man and His Never-Ending Battle
Ludwig von Mises, “Planned Chaos”
Some people will say, You are partisans, then, of the laissez passer?—economists of the school of Smith and Say? You do not desire the organization of labour. Yes, gentlemen, organize labour as much as you choose, but have the goodness not to organize theft.
Frédéric Bastiat, Economic Sophisms
“Do you wonder why Sen. Bernie Sanders and his ideas are so popular among American college students? The answer is that they, like so many other young people who think they know it all, are really uninformed and ignorant.”
Walter Williams, “Dumb American Youth“
Socialism and communism literally objectify the individual, who exists only as a means of advancing the interests of the state. There is no individual, and no valid reason for people to have rights, separate from their membership in and contributions to the state.
Michael Munger, “Capitalism and Objectivification“
Recycling costs money, harms the environment, and uses the one resource — time — that is truly non-renewable. But it gives folks a way to show publicly how much they love the Earth. That’s fine, but making landfill-worship mandatory violates the separation of church and state.
Michael Munger, “The recycling-industrial complex”