The root evil is that the government is engaged in activities in which it has no legitimate business.
If a businessman makes a mistake, he suffers the consequences. If a bureaucrat makes a mistake, you suffer the consequences.
All government, in its essence, is organized exploitation, and in virtually all of its existing forms it is the implacable enemy of every industrious and well-disposed man.
The West is not perfect. We have our share of problems. But our flourishing civilizations, technological advancement, and (relative) peace are proof that we have done some things right. We must continue to insist upon a system that adequately screens potential immigrants, and then insist that they adopt our ways. No one can call himself or herself a “progressive” if they are unwilling to characterize Western civilization as “progress” in the advancement of human civilization.
If you could learn from our great literature to despise and fear Western civilization, the PC professors wouldn’t have quit teaching it.
[It is] working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing its noiseless step like a thief over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall be usurped from the states, and the government of all be consolidated into one.
In a certain sense, there was no American Revolution at all. There was, instead, an American War for Independence in which Americans threw off British authority in order to retain their liberties and self-government.
Today, wanting someone else’s money is called ‘need,’ wanting to keep your own money is called ‘greed,’ and ‘compassion’ is when politicians arrange the transfer.
[N]othing is more guaranteed to attract government money than repeated failure.
[P]rosperity follows from the rule of law, respect for private property, and the other institutional mechanisms on which the market order rests.