“The TSA does not protect and defend Americans; it endangers Americans. In the aftermath of the latest attack, there is talk of providing weapons to agents of the TSA. But we should go to the root of the problem and insist on doing the opposite. Instead of arming the TSA, we ought to abolish the TSA. We should dismantle the failed agency, return aviation security to its proper practitioners—police, airports and airlines—and begin to restore the right to travel.”—Scott Holleran
“The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come. When in a state of security he does not forget the possibility of ruin. When all is orderly, he does not forget that disorder may come. Thus his person is not endangered, and his States and all their clans are preserved.”—Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC)
Critics of the agreement with Iran concerning its nuclear program are right about most things but wrong about the most important things. They understand the agreement’s manifest and manifold defects and its probable futility. Crucial components of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure remain. U.S. concessions intended to cultivate the Iranian regime’s “moderates” are another version of the fatal conceit that U.S. policy can manipulate other societies. — George Will
“Freedom is independence of the compulsory will of another, and in so far as it tends to exist with the freedom of all according to a universal law, it is the one sole original inborn right belonging to every man in virtue of his humanity.”—Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)
Do you really want the wages of workers at your local stores to increase ?? Do it - Increase his wages. Give the guy a tip.
The next time you’re in a fast-food restaurant, slip a buck to the order taker who explains your food preferences to the grill cook.
When you’re in a clothing store, slip a buck to the dresser sharing how the new seasons blouses will coordinate with your older slacks and skirts.
When you’re in a food store, slip a buck to the greengrocer misting the broccoli.
When you’re in the hardware store, slip a buck to the handyman who explains why you don’t want carriage bolts to attach picture frames over the freshly glued wallpaper.
When you pick up your dry cleaning, slip a buck to the line worker who sorts the clean clothing by owner, folds it and wraps it in porous brown paper to better dissipate the cleaning-solvent fumes.
When you’re at the butcher shop, slip a buck to the meat cutter who expertly trims the crown roast you’ll be serving on Christmas Eve.
When you’re at the auto garage, slip a buck to the mechanic that has been timing your car’s engine, adjusting the carburetor, changing plugs, points and engine coolant for 100,000 miles because if you decide to keep driving the ol’ jalopy, he’ll know from experience when your transmission will need to be overhauled.
When you’re at the barber shop, slip Nick an extra buck because he hot-towels your face, strops the razor every time and listens to your bullshit without forgetting to trim your sideburns.
my mom has been a cop for over 20 years and she is the one who constantly warns me about police aggression and young male cops and told me that if you’re ever alone on a rural road and a cop throws their lights on to put on your four ways and drive to the next gas station before stopping because so many cops are scum and it’s not worth the chance of getting hurt. the fact that SHE feels the need to tell me this shit scares me to death
“If a man in prison was at any time to have a chance to escape, then he must first of all realize that he is in prison. So long as he fails to realize this, so long as he thinks he is free, he has no chance whatever. No one can help or liberate him by force, against his will, in opposition to his wishes. If liberation is possible, it is possible only as a result of great labor and great efforts, and, above all, of conscious efforts, towards a definite aim.”—P.D. Ouspensky
“Libertarians are for voluntary action, always. It is because we are for society—a vibrant, active society—that we resist the expansion of state power.
It is because we are for giving people a chance to reach their full potential that we doubt the motives and effectiveness of government. Political coercion corrupts the human spirit; political leaders tell us they take our wealth for our own good, and political processes straitjacket independent thought—the essence of liberty.
We are for individuals, working together in complex, interconnected organizations they have designed in their efforts to solve problems.
We are for liberty, for celebrating the infinite and infinitely varied capacities of the human mind. Libertarians are for a limitless sense of the possible, for the idea that for a society of truly free and responsible citizens, nothing is impossible.”—Michael Munger
“In no sense do I advocate evading or defying the law … That would lead to anarchy. An individual who breaks a law that his conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.”—Martin Luther King, Jr.
“In dealing with the State, we ought to remember that its institutions are not aboriginal, though they existed before we were born; that they are not superior to the citizen; that every one of them was once the act of a single man; every law and usage was a man’s expedient to meet a particular case; that they all are imitable, all alterable; we may make as good; we may make better.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Source: Essays, Second Series (1844)
He lives what he believes to be the American dream. He wakes up in the morning swelling with superficial concerns of personal gain, scheming ways in which he can raise his perceived stature among the other sheeple around him. He then then travels to his place of employment, usually a job he hates, in order to accumulate enough wealth (scraps from the plates of government and corporate financiers) to buy all the “things” he assumes everyone else wants.
“In its 17-year history, the LP may never have gotten 1% in a national election, but it has smeared the most glorious political idea in human history with libertine muck. For the sake of that glorious idea, it’s time to get out the scrub brushes. Most Americans agree that…
“When a legislature decides to steal some of our rights and plans to use police force to accomplish it, what’s the real difference between them and the thief? Darn little! They hide behind the excuse that they’re legislating democratically. The fact they do it by a majority vote has no moral significance whatsoever. Numerical might does not constitute right, no more than a lynch mob can justify its act because a majority participated.”—H. L. Richardson
“[T]here are, at bottom, basically two ways to order social affairs, Coercively, through the mechanisms of the state — what we can call political society. And voluntarily, through the private interaction of individuals and associations — what we can call civil society. … In a civil society, you make the decision. In a political society, someone else does. … Civil society is based on reason, eloquence, and persuasion, which is to say voluntarism. Political society, on the other hand, is based on force.”—Edward H. Crane
“Socialists say that the most diabolical crime against society is profit. Private industry runs at a profit and uses that profit to expand its producing capacity. Government industry runs at a loss and taxes the substance of the people to pay for its inefficiencies. Which the the greater crime against society?”—John T. Flynn (via eltigrechico)
“No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb, nor shall be compelled in any Criminal Case to be a witness against himself, not be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law, nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”—
President Obama hasn’t been very popular lately, but even so, why shouldn’t he be able to run for a third term? … Barack Obama should be allowed to stand for re-election just as citizens should be allowed to vote for — or against — him. Anything less diminishes our leaders and ourselves. — Jonathan Zimmerman
“It is left, therefore, to the juries, if they think the permanent judges are under any bias whatever in any cause, to take on themselves to judge the law as well as the fact. They never exercise this power but when they suspect partiality in the judges, and by the exercise of this power they have been the firmest bulwarks of English liberty.”—
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
Source: Letter to Abbe Arnoux, Paris, July 19, 1789