It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong.— Voltaire
Delicious Libertarian Party quotations
Whether we or our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.
First they came for the Jews, but I did nothing because I'm not a Jew.
Then they came for the socialists, but I did nothing because I'm not a socialist. Then they came for the Catholics, but I did nothing because I'm not a Catholic. Finally, they came for me, but by then there was no one left to help me.
All political power comes from the barrel of a gun.
The communist party must command all the guns, that way, no guns can ever be used to command the party.
A party without a cake is just a meeting.
The government was set to protect man from criminals, and the Constitution was written to protect man from the government.
Mankind will in time discover that unbridled majorities are as tyrannical and cruel as unlimited despots.
The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is, in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible.
Whatever we accomplish belongs to our entire group, a tribute to our combined effort.
[Our Constitution] is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.
Alcohol didn't cause the high crime rates of the '20s and '30s, Prohibition did.
And drugs do not cause today's alarming crime rates, but drug prohibition does.
Nothing can destroy a government more quickly than its failure to observe its own laws, or worse, its disregard of the charter of its own existence.
Civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty when the state becomes lawless or corrupt.
What the government is good at is collecting taxes, taking away your freedoms and killing people. It's not good at much else.
Here's your enemy for this week, the government says.
And some gullible Americans click their heels and salute - often without knowing who or even where the enemy of the week is.
When freedom is outlawed, only outlaws will be free.
Vices are simply the errors which a man makes in his search after his own happiness. Unlike crimes, they imply no malice toward others, and no interference with their persons or property.
It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.
The Libertarian Party is a shameful party
Democracy has proved only that the best way to gain power over people is to assure the people that they are ruling themselves. Once they believe that, they make wonderfully submissive slaves.
Beloved friends and comrades... the national Libertarian Party is dead.
The people cannot delegate to government the power to do anything which would be unlawful for them to do themselves.
The ultimate touchstone of constitutionality is the Constitution itself, and not what we have said about it.
This country is a one-party country. Half of it is called Republican and half is called Democrat. It doesn't make any difference. All the really good ideas belong to the Libertarians.
It is easier for a political party to attain national ballot status in Russia today than it is for the Libertarian party or the Green party to get on the ballot in, say, Pennsylvania.
There is no use in deceiving ourselves.
American public opinion rejects the market economy, the capitalistic free enterprise system that provided the nation with the highest standard of living ever attained. Full government control of all activities of the individual is virtually the goal of both national parties.
But Friedman seemed to share Friedrich Hayek's extreme and inaccurate view that socialism of the sort that Britain embraced under the old Labour Party was incompatible with democracy, and I don't think that there is a good theoretical or empirical basis for that view. The Road to Serfdom flunks the test of accuracy of prediction!
Time is the only thing you can't buy.
Truth and news are not the same thing.
I wish the Libertarian Party would get more play in the media but they don't.
Let's run through the various ways they're trying to marginalize the Green Party and even the Libertarian Party. One way is to keep you off the mass media.
Many people, improperly, lump together libertarians and the Tea Parties.
That's really wrong. Many of the libertarians are physicists, and many of the Tea Party people don't bathe. There's really not much in common there!
There comes a time when a moral man can't obey a law which his conscience tells him is unjust.
The war for freedom will never really be won because the price of freedom is constant vigilance over ourselves and over our Government.
For libertarians, freedom entails the right of people to live their lives any way they choose, so long as their conduct is peaceful. For conservatives, freedom entails the right of government to do just about anything it wants, even if its conduct is violent.
I find it perfectly consistent for libertarians to operate on the municipal or county level, where they are close to the people and where they may have a party or a federation that is made up of the social institutions, the residual social institutions that still remain, over and beyond what the State has managed to preempt and absorb.
The only organized political party with a Christian vision of morality is the Libertarian Party.
The Libertarian Party holds that same-sex marriages are an individual issue and that the government has no right to determine with whom a person should have a relationship.