Government

«...legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,'»

Thomas Jefferson


«Voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil. Next time, go all out and write in Lucifer on the ballot.»

Jarod Kintz


«A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them.»

P.J. O'Rourke


«In framing a government, which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty is this: You must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place, oblige it to control itself.»

James Madison


«The most dangerous diminutions of freedom come from those who are convinced of their moral rectitude.»

Daniel Hannan


«Government has become ungovernable; that is, it cannot leave off governing. Law has become lawless; that is, it cannot see where laws should stop. The chief feature of our time is the meekness of the mob and the madness of the government.»

G.K. Chesterton


«It's all very well to run around saying regulation is bad, get the government off our backs, etc. Of course our lives are regulated. When you come to a stop sign, you stop; if you want to go fishing, you get a license; if you want to shoot ducks, you can shoot only three ducks. The alternative is dead bodies at the intersection, no fish, and no ducks. OK?»

Molly Ivins


«Power is different from glory for former, in the long run, leads to the latter.»

Junaid e Mustafa


«The government (or humanity) would not permit capital punishment for one man, but they permitted the murder of millions a little at a time.»

Yevgeny Zamyatin


«These examples and many others demonstrate an alarming trend whereby the privacy and dignity of our citizens is being whittled away by sometimes imperceptible steps. Taken individually, each step may be of little consequence. But when viewed as a whole, there begins to emerge a society quite unlike any we have seen -- a society in which government may intrude into the secret regions of man's life at will."»

William O. Douglas


«The creators of the Constitution were not purple-robed scholars, sitting in their ivory towers attempting to put abstract theories into play, but men who had come to realize that their system of government was broken. These men desired desperately to repair it.»

C.L. Gammon


«[I]t kind of terrified me to imagine myself spending the rest of my life tinkering on the margins of the small arguments.»

Lawrence Lessig


«We've reached a point in human history where higher education no longer works. As a result of technology, higher education in its traditional college setting no longer works. It will never be effective or progressive enough to keep up with the growing needs of employers who look to college institutions for their future employees.»

Michael Price


«All the horrors of the reign of terror were based on concern for public tranquility.»

Leo Tolstoy


«Taxation is theft, purely and simply even though it is theft on a grand and colossal scale which no acknowledged criminals could hope to match. It is a compulsory seizure of the property of the State’s inhabitants, or subjects.»

Murray N. Rothbard


«â€ŽCivilization has been a continuous struggle of the individual or of groups of individuals against the State and even against "society," that is, against the majority subdued and hypnotized by the State and State worship.»

Emma Goldman


«In this respect the differences between the USA and the USSR are those of evangelical dinosaurs competing for domination on one small planet: the first deifies Jesus Christ, the other Karl Marx. Neither has much practical interest in what those two sincere and hard-working fellows actually preached.»

Edward Abbey


«Tyranny is always better organized than freedom.»

Charles Péguy


«No power of government ought to be employed in the endeavor to establish any system or article of belief on the subject of religion.»

Jeremy Bentham


«Broke is a relative term, like sister, cousin, or Uncle Sam.
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Jarod Kintz


«One of the most productive ways a government can spend money on the people is by building more prisons. That’s what makes the US so great. That’s what freedom is all about.
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Jarod Kintz


«Those who made the decisions with imperfect knowledge will be judged in hindsight by those with considerably more information at their disposal and time for reflection.»

Donald Rumsfeld


«Always remember, Son, the best boss is the one who bosses the least. Whether it's cattle, or horses, or men; the least government is the best government.»

Ralph Moody


«That was what you did. You died. You did not know what it was about. They threw you in and told you the rules and the first time they caught you off base they killed you. Or they killed you gratuitously like Aymo. Or gave you the syphilis like Rinaldi. But they killed you in the end. You could count on that. Stay around and they would kill you.»

Ernest Hemingway


«Empires do not suffer emptiness of purpose at the time of their creation. It is when they have become established that aims are lost and replaced by vague ritual.»

Frank Herbert


«The great thing about being a government is you can wage nonsensical wars, and people will line up to give their lives in exchange for small paychecks and being called patriots.
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Jarod Kintz


«I’m on a government watch list. But I’m not interested, because government watches only work twenty minutes out of every hour.»

Jarod Kintz


«The main obstacle to further progress on the resource curse is China, and to a lesser extent India.»

George Soros


«We are rapidly entering the age of no privacy, where everyone is open to surveillance at all times; where there are no secrets from government."»

William O. Douglas


«I removed all the doors to our love, so you can’t lock yourself away from me. But I didn’t stop there. I also replaced the doors with metal detectors, so I could fondle you more efficiently, like the highly trained professionals do who run airport security.
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Jarod Kintz