Thursday, February 27, 2014

"The true path to power in a democracy is the creation of the demonic 'other.' Those of a different party are portrayed not as people who in all sincerity start with different assumptions and reach different conclusions, but as deliberate and demonic destroyers of the social and political order. Reason is replaced by fear, and if the 'other side' is always feared, then one’s own performance doesn’t really matter; no matter how inept one party proves itself, it can always make the appeal that the other party is demonic. To be sure, there are assumptions and opinions which do tear down society, but there are few, if any, who hold their opinions for the purpose of destroying the social order; rather they have a different, if often erroneous, vision of that order."

- John M├ędaille

Saturday, February 15, 2014

The great enemy of civilization is Monopoly, whether industrial, financial, or political. Big Government is no more lovely than Big Business. In essence, they are the same. Let’s not put all our eggs or all our liberties into one basket. If we do, our children may have neither liberty nor eggs.

-Samuel G. Pettengill

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Epitaph on the Politician

Himself
Here richly, with ridiculous display,
The Politician's corpse was laid away.
While all of his acquaintance sneered and slanged
I wept: for I had longed to see him hanged
 

 -Hilaire Belloc


(h/t Sean Dailey)