quotes tagged with 'libertarianism'

All government, in its essence, is a conspiracy against the superior man: its one permanent object is to oppress him and cripple him.



If it be aristocratic in organization, then it seeks to protect the man who is superior only in law against the man who is superior in fact;



if it be democratic, then it seeks to protect the man who is inferior in every way against both.



One of its primary functions is to regiment men by force, to make them as much alike as possible and as dependent upon one another as possible, to search out and combat originality among them.



All it can see in an original idea is potential change, and hence an invasion of its prerogatives.



The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos.  Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it.



And even if he is not romantic personally he is very apt to spread discontent among those who are.

Author: H. L. Mencken, Source: The Smart Set (December 1919)Saved by rhsmith in politics democracy libertarianism entreprise 7 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Libertarianism is not and does not pretend to be a complete moral, or aesthetic theory; it is only a political theory, that is, the important subset of moral theory that deals with the proper role of violence in social life. Political theory deals with what is proper or improper for government to do, and government is distinguished from every other group in society as being the institution of organized violence. Libertarianism holds that the only proper role of violence is to defend person and property against violence, that any use of violence that goes beyond such just defense is itself aggressive, unjust, and criminal. Libertarianism, therefore, is a theory which states that everyone should be free of violent invasion, should he free to do as he sees fit except invade the person or property of another. What a person does with his or her life is vital and important, but is simply irrelevant to libertarianism

Author: Murray Rothbard, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in liberty government tyranny violence libertarianism libertarian politicalpower murrayrothbard politicaltheory 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Every action is known by its consequences: What causes benefit is 'good;' what causes harm is 'bad.'

Author: Paul A. Rosenberg, Source: A Lodging of Wayfaring MenSaved by inyucho in politics government freedom force political coercion libertarianism libertarian 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Politics is the art and science of managing centralized coercion.

Author: Paul A. Rosenberg, Source: A Lodging of Wayfaring MenSaved by inyucho in politics economy force economics political coercion libertarianism libertarian 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The major characteristic of modern male-female relationships is a monopoly arrangement.

Author: Paul A. Rosenberg, Source: A Lodging of Wayfaring MenSaved by inyucho in freedom monopoly economy relationship economics relations sex libertarianism libertarian hippie 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]

If there is any such thing as "intellectual property" or "intellectual territory", then it can only be rightly defended by intellectual battle, never by physical force.

Author: Sean Hastings, Source: Preface of "A Lodging of Wayfaring Men" by Paul A. RosenbergSaved by inyucho in politics economy force economics property intellectual political libertarianism libertarian copyright ip 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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