Every book has been rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street and building has been renamed, every date has been altered … History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.
The role of the scholar is to destroy chimeras, that of the statesman is to make use of them.
When the goal of political action is no longer the defense of liberty, no word other than demagoguery can describe the despicable nature of politics.
History has shown that the masses have been quite receptive to the promises of authoritarians which are rarely if ever fulfilled.
Freedom is living without government coercion. So when a politician talks about freedom for this group or that, ask yourself whether he is advocating more government action or less.
It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.
The United States was supposed to have a limited government because the founders knew government power attracts demagogues and despots as surely as horse manure attracts horseflies.
Most of the problems of this country are not nearly as bad as the “solutions” — especially the solutions that politicians come up with during election years.
When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear. People with careers as ethnic leaders usually tell their followers what they want to hear.
Intellectuals may like to think of themselves as people who ‘speak truth to power,’ but too often they are people who speak lies to gain power.