[T]he burden of government is not measured by how much it taxes, but by how much it spends.
The greatest advances of civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science and literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government.
The use of force to achieve equality will destroy freedom, and the force, introduced for good purposes, will end up in the hands of people who use it to promote their own interest.
I think that prohibition of drugs is the most immoral program that the United States has ever engaged in. It’s destroyed civil rights at home and it is responsible for thousands of deaths abroad.
One role of prohibition is in making the drug market more lucrative.
The preservation of freedom is the protective reason for limiting and decentralizing governmental power. But there is also a constructive reason. The greatest advances of civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science and literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government.
The most unresolved problem of the day is precisely the problem that concerned the founders of this nation: How to limit the scope and power of government. Tyranny, restrictions on human freedom, come primarily from governmental restrictions that we ourselves have set up.
A society that puts equality … ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom.
Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.
[Drug use] does harm a great many other people, but primarily because it’s prohibited. There are an enormous number of innocent victims now. You’ve got the people whose purses are stolen, who are bashed over the head by people trying to get enough money for their next fix. You’ve got the people killed in the random drug wars. You’ve got the corruption of the legal establishment. You’ve got the innocent victims who are taxpayers who have to pay for more and more prisons, and more and more prisoners, and more and more police. You’ve got the rest of us who don’t get decent law enforcement because all the law enforcement officials are busy trying to do the impossible.
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