Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas.— Joseph Stalin
Most Powerful Libertarianism quotations
Education is a weapon the effect of which is determined by the hands which wield it, by who is to be struck down.
It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong.
Everything the State says is a lie, and everything it has it has stolen.
A Bill of Rights that means what the majority wants it to mean is worthless.
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.
Laws that forbid the carrying of arms .
. . disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes . . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.
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 body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody.
I would permit no man, no matter what his colour might be, to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.
Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.
A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.
Make yourself sheep and the wolves will eat you.
But let me offer you my definition of social justice: I keep what I earn and you keep what you earn. Do you disagree? Well then tell me how much of what I earn belongs to you - and why?
After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it.
I think very fundamentally to being Libertarian is not having a social agenda.
I accept who you are and the life that you live as long as your life does not adversely affect mine.
The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases.
If the natural tendencies of mankind are so bad that it is not safe to permit people to be free, how is it that the tendencies of these organizers are always good? Do not the legislators and their appointed agents also belong to the human race? Or do they believe that they themselves are made of a finer clay than the rest of mankind?
The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite.
To say that a bad government must be established for fear of anarchy is really saying that we should kill ourselves for fear of dying.
Prior to capitalism, the way people amassed great wealth was by looting, plundering and enslaving their fellow man. Capitalism made it possible to become wealthy by serving your fellow man.
The media has created this environment that is okay to say almost anything about somebody who is, you know, right of Jane Fonda. You know, if you are slightly conservative or even libertarian points of view, especially if you are persuasive and charismatic and funny and effective, you will get called the most appalling things.
We libertarians are not the spokesmen for any ethnic or economic class;
we are the spokesmen for all classes, for all of the public; we strive to see all of these groups united, hand-in-hand, in opposition to the plundering and privileged minority that constitutes the rulers of the State.
Nations are not ruined by one act of violence, but gradually and in an almost imperceptible manner by the depreciation of their circulating currency, through its excessive quantity.
The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government.
There is no reason to believe that bureaucrats and politicians, no matter how well meaning, are better at solving problems than the people on the spot, who have the strongest incentive to get the solution right.
The essential notion of a capitalist society .
.. is voluntary cooperation, voluntary exchange. The essential notion of a socialist society is force.
No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.
It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is, after all, a specialized discipline and one that most people consider to be a ‘dismal science.’ But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance.
Democracy has nothing to do with freedom.
Democracy is a soft variant of communism, and rarely in the history of ideas has it been taken for anything else.
All governments are run by liars and nothing they say should be believed.
[E]conomic history is a long record of government policies that failed because they were designed with a bold disregard for the laws of economics
To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms.
Democracy and liberty are not the same.
Democracy is little more than mob rule, while liberty refers to the sovereignty of the individual.
They have gun control in Cuba. They have universal health care in Cuba. So why do they want to come here?