“In California one of, if not the biggest, supporters of mandatory minimum sentences for “drug” offenders, people who have not violated the rights of others, is the prison guard union. They get job security—longer average sentences than for violent offenders—and job safety—few of those arrested for drugs are violent people. It’s a win-win situation for them and to hell with that quaint myth known as inalienable rights.”—D.M. Mitchell
The do-gooding in the world has done things to destroy blacks that the institution of slavery could never accomplish.
The welfare state reduces the cost of bad behaviour, encourages single-motherhood and discourages marriage, creation of families and traps blacks in poverty.
Meanwhile, the public school system traps them in ghetto holding pens only euphemistically referred to as “schools”. Thus hampered, these poor blacks are then priced out of the labour market by the minimum wage. Unable to make a living and unwilling to settle for government cheese, poor black men seek to earn a higher standard of living by dealing drugs…and that’s when, again in the name of “the greater good”, we toss them into the slammer.
“If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare, and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their own hands; they may appoint teachers in every State, county and parish and pay them out of their public treasury; they may take into their own hands the education of children, establishing in like manner schools throughout the Union; they may assume the provision of the poor; they may undertake the regulation of all roads other than post-roads; in short, every thing, from the highest object of state legislation down to the most minute object of police, would be thrown under the power of Congress. … Were the power of Congress to be established in the latitude contended for, it would subvert the very foundations, and transmute the very nature of the limited Government established by the people of America.”—James Madison (1751-1836), U.S. Statesman and “Father Of The Constitution”. (via philosophicalconservatism)
“Government enforces all of their theft and aggression with death. Don’t believe me? Refuse to cough up for some “fine” or “tax”. You’ll get a threatening message. Ignore it and eventually men with guns will arrive to force you to pay up or be caged. Resist and they will kill you. Each step of the way thugs calling themselves “government” will escalate the violence until you either comply or die. That is gangland behavior; not civilized behavior.”—Kent McManigal
“Rousseau had it backwards. We are NOT born free. We are born in the chains of the random and the reflexive, and are ignorant and unreasonable by simple nature. We must learn to be free, to organize the random and detect the reflexive, to acquire the knowledge of particulars and the powers of reason. The examined life is impossible if we cannot examine, order, classify, define, distinguish, always in minute particulars.”—Richard Mitchell (1929-2002) Professor at Glassboro State College, NJ, author, founder and publisher of The Underground Grammarian
“There has grown up in the minds of certain groups in this country the notion that because a man or corporation has made a profit out of the public for a number of years, the government and the courts are charged with the duty of guaranteeing such profit in the future even in the face of changing circumstances and contrary to public interest. This strange doctrine is not supported by statute nor common law. Neither individuals nor corporations have any right to come into court and ask that the clock of history be stopped, or turned back.”—Robert Heinlein Life-Line (1939)
“The real issue here is more significant than liberty and freedom versus compulsion (as crucial as that issue is). The real issue is: Do you live by the conclusions of your own mind? Or are others to make decisions for you?”—Michael Hurd
“The best way to sabotage chances for upward mobility of a youngster from a single-parent household, who resides in a violent slum and has attended poor-quality schools is to make it unprofitable for any employer to hire him. The way to accomplish that is to mandate an employer to pay such a person a wage that exceeds his skill level.”—Walter Williams
If California lawmakers were serious about helping students overcome the past, they would enact empower parents to choose the public, private, virtual, or home school of their choice. More options—not more mandates—are what California students and families really need.
Libertarians hold that all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose.
“A nation is poor or is rich according as the quantity of property which she annually creates, in proportion to the number of her people, is great or is small. Now commerce tends to increase this annual produce by occasioning a more productive application and distribution both of the land and of the labour of the country.”—James Mill
“To live in accordance with how one thinks. Be yourself and don’t try to impose your criteria on the rest. I don’t expect others to live like me. I want to respect people’s freedom, but I defend my freedom. And that comes with the courage to say what you think, even if sometimes others don’t share those views.”—José “Pepe” Mujica
“If politics were like sports, we could ask Israel to trade us Benjamin Netanyahu for Barack Obama. Of course, we would have to throw in trillions of dollars to get Israel to agree to the deal, but it would be money well spent.”—Thomas Sowell
“Every friend of freedom must be as revolted as I am by the prospect of turning the United States into an armed camp, by the vision of jails filled with casual drug users and of an army of enforcers empowered to invade the liberty of citizens on slight evidence.”—Milton Friedman
“History is filled with stories of one group of people violently trying to take something from another group of people. There are only two things that have improved the human condition: technological advancement and the concept of individual rights.”—Bob Alexander
Libertarians oppose all interference by government in the areas of voluntary and contractual relations among individuals. People should not be forced to sacrifice their lives and property for the benefit of others. They should be left free by government to deal with one another as free traders; and the resultant economic system, the only one compatible with the protection of individual rights, is the free market.
“When school children start paying union dues, that’s when I’ll start representing the interests of school children.”— Albert Shanker (1928-1997) former president of the American Federation of Teachers
“Conflict, especially violent and deadly conflict, is far more attention-grabbing than peaceful cooperation. When there is peaceful and voluntary interaction, we’re accustomed to saying that “nothing happened,” but in fact lots of things happened: people went to work, farmers planted crops, investors financed new companies, and factory workers assembled useful products; people shopped; people fell in love; lovers got married; babies were born; there were birthday parties; life happened. But that’s the background. It’s normal. No headline ever read “Billions Went About Their Business Peacefully.””—Tom G. Palmer