The men who administer public affairs must first of all see that everyone holds onto what is his, and that private men are never deprived of their goods by public men.
Compassion is the use of public funds to buy votes.
Socialists cry ‘power to the people’ and raise the clenched fist as they say it. We all know they really mean power over people. Power to the state.
Social doctors … ignore all the effects on other members of society than the ones they have in view.
To lift one man up we push another down … trampling on those who are trying to help themselves.
The workingman needs no improvement in his condition except to be freed from the parasites who are living on him.
Nearly all the schemes for ‘improving the condition of the working man’ involve an elevation of some working men at the expense of other working men.
The forgotten man is weighted down with the cost and burden of the schemes for making everyone happy … take some of the burdens off him … It will only be justice for him, and society will greatly gain by it.
If you learn to look for the forgotten man and to care for him, you will be very skeptical toward all the philanthropic and humanitarian schemes.
What the forgotten man needs, therefore, is that we come to a clearer understanding of liberty … Every step which we win in liberty will set the forgotten man free from some of his burdens and allow him to use his powers for himself.