quote by John Stuart Mill

In all the more advanced communities the great majority of things are worse done by the intervention of government than the individuals most interested in the matter would do them, or cause them to be done, if left to themselves.

— John Stuart Mill

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If you want government to intervene domestically, you’re a liberal.

If you want government to intervene overseas, you’re a conservative. If you want government to intervene everywhere, you’re a moderate. If you don’t want government to intervene anywhere, you’re an extremist.


Government intervention quote Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.
Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.

We are too solicitous for government intervention, on the theory, first, that the people themselves are helpless, and second, that the Government has superior capacity for action. Often times both of these conclusions are wrong.

Government intervention quote Love your country, but never trust its government.
Love your country, but never trust its government.
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Global overcapacity in steel production can no longer be ignored.

Foreign governments' intervention in steel markets has had a devastating impact on the U.S. industry.

Every government intervention [in the marketplace] creates unintended consequences, which lead to calls for further government interventions.

The great virtue of a free market is that it enables people who hate each other, or who are from vastly different religious or ethnic backgrounds, to cooperate economically. Government intervention can't do that.


Government intervention quote The government will one day be corrput and filled with liars and the people will
The government will one day be corrput and filled with liars and the people will flock to the one who tells the truth.

We know that government intervention in the free market, and Argentine history has shown this, absolutely ends in a boomerang.

This is not about abortion or the antics.

This is about pro choice versus anti-choice and government intervention in a woman's personal decisions about her life.

Contrary to the vision of the left, it was the free market which produced affordable housing - before government intervention made housing unaffordable.

Government intervention quote The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think thing
The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself... Almost inevitably, he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable.

All the evils, abuses, and iniquities, popularly ascribed to businessmen and to capitalism, were not caused by an unregulated economy or by a free market, but by government intervention into the economy.

Nothing rectifies out-of-control market failures like a healthy dose of government intervention and mountains of bureaucracy.


Both history and contemporary data show that countries prosper more when there are stable and dependable rules, under which people can make investments without having to fear unpredictable new government interventions before these investments can pay off.

Government intervention quote Governments don't want a population capable of critical thinkng. They want obedi
Governments don't want a population capable of critical thinkng. They want obedient workers, people just smart enough to run the machines and just dumb enough to passively accept their situation.

Every coercive monopoly was created by government intervention into the economy: by special privileges, such as franchises or subsidies, which closed the entry of competitors into a given field, by legislative action.

What I object to the current government intervention in so-called 'solving the crisis', they haven't solved anything. They've just postponed it.

Whether we like it or not, government intervention in the face of surplus is here to stay.

Government intervention quote The government's first duty is to protect the people.
The government's first duty is to protect the people.

The ECB's interventions in sovereign bond markets should not be perceived or interpreted as a 'freebie' for governments. They are temporary.


A Day never passes without some ardent reformer or group of reformers suggesting some new government intervention, some new statist scheme to fill some alleged 'need' or relieve some alleged distress.

The Libertarian position on the freedom of speech is a strong support of freedom of speech, and we oppose government intervention in controlling what is or is not moral.

Government intervention quote If there is no justice for the people, there be no peace for the government.
If there is no justice for the people, there be no peace for the government.

In practice, without appropriate government intervention, Smith's "invisible hand" dons brass knuckles and conducts gang warfare, creating fierce battles between competitors who would be more than happy to define and enforce their own private property interests according to their own subjective rules.

Let's face a historical truth: we have never had a "free market", we have always had government intervention in the economy, and indeed that intervention has been welcomed by the captains of finance and industry. They had no quarrel with "big government" when it served their needs.

The gap between what one knows and what one thinks one knows may be higher in the ranks of the elite. The result is supposedly-clever government interventions, introduced with excessive confidence, leading to disastrous results.


Government intervention quote A free people ought not only be armed and disciplined, but they should have suff
A free people ought not only be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them. Which would include their own government.

From the Scriptures we find basic truths that may serve as the foundation of our teaching of history. The first basic truth is that God is in control of history. God's control may take the form of caring, governing, protecting, sustaining, and preserving. He exercises His will through divine superintendence or by divine intervention

...free enterprise, [is] a term that refers, in practice, to a system of public subsidy and private profit, with massive government intervention in the economy to maintain a welfare state for the rich.

People constantly requesting government intervention are casting their problems at society. And, you know, there's no such thing as society. There are individual men and women and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look after themselves first. It is our duty to look after ourselves and then, also, to look after our neighbours.

Government intervention quote The duty of a true patriot is to protect his country from government.
The duty of a true patriot is to protect his country from government.

It's often difficult for conservatives to separate overall government intervention from a question as simple as the census.

Throughout American history many of our social gains and much of our progress toward democracy were made possible by the active intervention of the federal government.


What would annoy the most people most often? That is the true left-wing test of government intervention.

Government intervention quote The duty of a true Patriot is to protect his country from its government.
The duty of a true Patriot is to protect his country from its government.

American press, like the press in many countries, acts like a cheerleader to our government rather than a critical observer. This is especially true, when it comes to foreign interventions. That means that when government leaders conclude that intervention in a foreign country is justified, the press rarely criticizes it. In fact, the press has been an enthusiastic cheerleader for many of our foreign interventions.

I always say the Syrian problem as isolated case, as Syrian case, is not very complicated. What makes it complicated is the interference from the outside, especially the Western interference because it's against the will of the Syrian government, while the intervention of the Russians, Iranians, and Hezbollah is because of the invitation of the Syrian government.

Nationalization of private debts undermines prudential lender behavior and is a government intervention in the market.

Government intervention quote Hundreds of billions of dollars are spent every year to control the public mind.
Hundreds of billions of dollars are spent every year to control the public mind.

The Second World War ended with a radicalization of the population in the United States and everywhere else, and called for all kinds of things like popular takeovers, government intervention, and worker takeovers of factories. Business propagated a tremendous propaganda offensive. The scale surprised me when I read the scholarship - it's enormous, and it's been very effective. There were two major targets: one is unions, the other is democracy.


The other view is of the official United States, the United States of armies and interventions. The United States that in 1953 overthrew the nationalist government of Mossadegh in Iran and brought back the shah.

Government planning not only fails; it tends to produce outcomes that are the opposite of what its proponents say that they favor. The only stable and productive social system is one that embraces human liberty in its totality, and defends the market economy, private property, sound money, and peaceful international relations, while opposing government intervention as economically and socially destructive.

In a world dependent on international trade and commerce, and staggering under a heavy load of international debt, no policy is more destructive than protectionism. It cuts off markets, eliminates trade, causes unemployment in the export industries all over the world, depresses the prices of export commodities, especially farm products of the United States. It is the crowning folly of government intervention.

After the risky mortgage-lending practices fostered by government intervention led to massive defaults and foreclosures that caused financial institutions to collapse or be bailed out, Congressman Frank changed his tune completely.