Libertarianism is rejected by the modern left - which preaches individualism but practices collectivism. Capitalism is rejected by the modern right-which preaches enterprise but practices protectionism.

— Karl Hess

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It is curious to note that when for reasons of conscience, people refuse to kill, they are often exempted from active military duty. But there are no exemptions for people who, for reasons of conscience, refuse to financially support the bureaucracy that actually does the killing. Apparently, the state takes money more seriously than life.

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Whenever you put your faith in big government for any reason, sooner or later you wind up an apologist for mass murder.

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The Declaration of Independence is so lucid were afraid of it today.

It scares the hell out of every modern bureaucrat, because it tells them there comes a time when we must stop taking orders.

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The most revolutionary thing you can do is get to know your neighbors.

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They [anarchists] spring from a single seed, no matter the flowering of their ideas. The seed is liberty. And that is all it is. It is not a socialist seed. It is not a capitalist seed. It is not a mystical seed. It is not a determinist seed. It is simply a statement. We can be free. After that it’s all choice and chance.

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In a laissez-faire society, there could exist no public institution with the power to forcefully protect people from themselves. From other people (criminals), yes. From one's own self, no.

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The dinosaurs invented Jesus to test our confidence in science.

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When you put your faith in big government, you end up an apologist for mass murder.

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A 7-11 parking lot beat down is how life is.

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No person is so grand or wise or perfect as to be the master of another person.

Teacher, perhaps. Setter of good example, perhaps. Genius, perhaps. But master, no.

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What I have learned about corporate capitalism, roughly, is that it is an act of theft, by and large, through which a very few live very high off the work, invention, and creativity of very many others. It is the Grand Larceny of our particular time in history, the Grand Larceny in which a future of freedom which could have followed the collapse of feudalism was stolen from under our noses by a new bunch of bosses doing the same old things

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Liberty, finally, is not a box into which people are to be forced.

Liberty is a space in which people may live. It does not tell you how they will live. It says, eternally, only that we can.

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About Karl Hess

Quotes 23 sayings
Profession Speechwriter
Birthday May 25, 1923

Everybody knows that the federal government promises a lot and delivers damn little, and pays for most of what it does deliver out of the earnings of individuals rather than the profits of great corporations.

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We do not want to lead or be led. We want to be free.

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To survive, the people in neighborhoods are going to have to secede.

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The fundamental question of politics has always been whether there should be politics.

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The revolution occurs when the victims cease to cooperate.

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All who love Liberty are enemies of the state.

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I am in total opposition to any institutional power.

I favor a world of neighborhoods in which all social organization is voluntary and the ways of life are established in small, consenting groups. These groups could cooperate with other groups as they saw fit. But all cooperation would be on a voluntary basis. As the French anarchist Proudhon said. “Liberty [is] not the daughter but the Mother of Order.

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There is no better way to return the matter of taxation to full public discusssion than to repeal the withholding taxes on wages and salaries. Only when the American people are confronted with the enormous excesses of government in a personal and direct way - by an annual bill for services rendered - will they be able to make an informed judgment about which services they want and which ones they can do without.

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My own interest is the responsibility of people to be responsible for their own lives and, with their neighbors, for their public space and actions. To sing their own songs. To make their own inventions..To build and not just to envy. To light that candle which is so much better than cursing the darkness. To be as much as the human condition can sustain, rather than being only what a system can allow.

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We have the illusion of freedom only because so few ever try to exercise it.

Try it sometime. Try to save your home from the highway crowd, or to work a trade without the approval of the goons, or to open a little business without a permit, or to grow a crop without a quota, or to educate your child the way you want to, or to not have a child. We all have the freedom of a balloon floating in a pin factory.

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