worth of the state, in the long run, is the worth of the individuals
composing it” John Stuart Mill
only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any
member of a civilized community against his will is to prevent harm to
others.” John Stuart Mill
“The first lesson of economics is scarcity: There is never enough
of anything to satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of
politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics.” Thomas Sowell
The study of mankind in the ordinary business of life; it examines
that part of individual and social action which is most closely
with the attainment and with the use of the material requisites of
life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in
session." Judge Gideon Tucker (1866)
"Think things, not words."
In words, many see a need for "social justice" to override "the
dictates of the market." In reality, what is called "the market"
consists of human beings making their own choices at their own cost.
What is called "social justice" is government imposition of the notions
of third parties, who pay no price for being wrong.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
"A society that puts equality -- in the sense of equality of outcome --
ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom. The use
of force to achieve equality will destroy freedom, and the force,
introduced for good purposes, will end up in the hands of people who
use it to promote their own interests."
Learn more about some of history's most
of economics won't keep you out of the breadline; but
at least you'll know why you are there."
Frank Ward (circa
In a free
country people are free to do anything not expressly prohibited by law
or the constitution.
"We shall not
grow wiser before we learn that much that we have done was very