It must never be forgotten … that the liberties of the people are not so safe under the gracious manner of government as by the limitation of power.
Although totalitarian democracy is democratic in form, it requires an all-knowing elite to guide the masses toward their determined end, and that elite relies on whipping up mass enthusiasm to preserve its power and achieve its goals. Totalitarian democracy is almost always secular and materialistic, and its adherents tend to treat politics as a substitute for religion. Their sacred mission is to use the coercive power of the state to remake man and society according to an abstract ideal of perfection.
That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise.
It is so easy to be wrong — and to persist in being wrong — when the costs of being wrong are paid by others.
The essential characteristic of socialism is the denial of individual property rights …
In the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying. These people know only too well how to use falsehood for the basest purposes.
Why is the federal gov’t response, to every crisis large and small, always and only to take my money and give it to people who are not even remotely me?
The greatest of all infidelities is the fear that the truth will be bad.
The history of the 20th century is full of examples of countries that set out to redistribute wealth and ended up redistributing poverty.
There’s no point blaming the tragedies of socialism on the flaws or corruption of particular leaders. Any system which allows some people to exercise unbridled power over others is an open invitation to abuse, whether that system is called slavery or socialism or something else.