All of us, even the most progressive Progressive, denounce as criminal relieving a man of his wallet at gunpoint. Yet Americans increasingly aim government’s guns at their fellows as if neither God nor man objects to coercion from the State. We’ve replaced “What’s yours is yours” with “Whatever I can legally take from you is mine.” No matter that a huge gulf usually yawns between legality and virtue.
“Even parents who complain about low academic standards in the schools seem not to understand that academic achievement is not the real priority of today’s educators. Classroom brainwashing is the goal, though it is expressed in prettier and more pious words than this.”
– Thomas Sowell
Contrary to what some politicians would have us believe, socializing something doesn’t make it free. It actually makes it more expensive since we must pay both for the thing and for the bureaucracy to administer the thing.
Antony Davies and James R. Harrigan: Rob Peter to pay Paul
Part of the reason it has taken a decade for the economy to recover from the Great Recession is that politicians have had too little respect for their ability to destroy jobs and too much faith in their ability to create them.
– Antony Davies and James R. Harrigan
I really strive to not use quotes from sources that I have not read, but on occasion, I make an exception for a truly exceptional quote.
Another great negative pleasure I enjoy is not having a PhD. Some of the most deeply stupid people in the country have PhD’s.
“How can anyone consider it to be either logical or moral to force other people to be defenseless because of a theory without any factual evidence? Yet that is what gun control laws amount to.”
Is the Constitution making a comeback?
I’m afraid to hope.
I do not encourage or condone gambling, but paternalism is worse than letting people destroy their own lives.
The extent of my gun collection has been a topic of interest in the past.
I keep reading all of these stories about how dangerous and deadly the mythical AR15 is. How this monstrous killing machine should should never fall into civilian hands. The photo above is of an AR15, legally speaking. This small piece of metal is legally the firearm itself. I do not understand the fear.
If I have a right to freedom of speech, to privacy, or to the ownership of a house, everyone else has an obligation to respect it. But when I claim a “right” to “an income sufficient to live in dignity,” whether I am willing to work for it or not, what I am really claiming is a right to part of somebody else’s earned income. What I am asserting is that he has a duty to earn more than he needs or wants to live on so that the surplus may be seized from him and turned over to me to live on.
Henry Hazlitt, “Income Without Work”
You can slather as much jargon-laded intellectual make-up as you wish upon tariffs such as the one that the U.S. government just imposed on Americans who buy aircraft assembled in Canada. Underneath the make-up is a predatory pig – a vile beast just as hideous, just as vicious, and just as destructive with the make-up as without it.