Government isn’t a good way to solve problems … [G]overnment is concerned mostly with self-perpetuation and is subject to fantastic ideas about its own capabilities. … [G]overnment is wasteful of the nation’s resources, immune to common sense and subject to pressure from every half-organized bouquet of assholes. … [G]overnment is distrustful of and disrespectful toward average Americans while being easily gulled by Americans with money, influence, or fame.
[N]othing is more guaranteed to attract government money than repeated failure.
War prosperity is like the prosperity that an earthquake or plague brings.
Panics do not destroy capital; they merely reveal the extent to which it has been previously destroyed by its betrayal into hopelessly unproductive works.
It is the highest impertinence and presumption, therefore, in kings and ministers to pretend to watch over the economy of private people, and to restrain their expense … They are themselves always, and without exception, the greatest spendthrifts in the society. Let them look well after their own expense, and they may safely trust private people with theirs.
If an idea or business has merit, under free-market capitalism someone will undertake to make it successful. The only ideas or businesses that languish are those that have no merit. Therefore, when the government backs an idea or a business, it is by definition backing a loser, for only a loser would need government backing.