I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.— Thomas Jefferson
Remarkable Political Philosophy quotations
The fundamental problem of political philosophy is still precisely the one that Spinoza saw so clearly (and that Wilhelm Reich rediscovered): Why do men fight for their servitude as stubbornly as though it were their salvation?
A wise man once said, never discuss philosophy or politics in a disco environment.
A cult is a religion with no political power.
Extreme liberalism is not a political philosophy. It is a mental disorder.
It is impossible to understand history, international politics, the world economy, religions, philosophy, or ‘patterns of culture’ without taking geography into account.
The political philosophy of black nationalism means that the black man should control the politics and the politicians in his own community; no more.
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
There will always be a business cycle, and white-collar workers will get hit in the next recession like they always do in recessions.
If it is correct to say that there will always be rightist temperaments and leftist temperaments, it is nevertheless also correct to say that political philosophy is neither rightist nor leftist; it must simply be true .
Economic freedom has no security without political freedom, and political freedom can find its security only in economic freedom.
The liberal ideal is that everyone should have fair access and fair opportunity.
This is not equality fo result. Its equality of opportunity. There's a fundamental difference.
When the government makes loans or subsidies to business, what it does is to tax successful private business in order to support unsuccessful private business.
Despite a voluminous and often fervent literature on "income distribution," the cold fact is that most income is not distributed: It is earned.
I love being a conservative. We conservatives are proud of our philosophy. Unlike our liberal friends, who are constantly looking for new words to conceal their true beliefs and are in a perpetual state of reinvention, we conservatives are unapologetic about our ideals.
If mass communications blend together harmoniously, and often unnoticeably, art, politics, religion, and philosophy with commercials, they bring these realms of culture to their common denominator -- the commodity form. The music of the soul is also the music of salesmanship. Exchange value, not truth value, counts.
Politics is more difficult than physics.
Philosophy means the complete liberty of the mind, and therefore independence of all social, political or religious prejudice... It loves one thing only... truth.
I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever, in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else, where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go to heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all.
Globalization and free trade do spur economic growth, and they lead to lower prices on many goods.
I very much dislike doctrinaire liberals - they want to own your minds.
And I don't like reactionary conservatives. I like to face issues in terms of conditions and not in terms of someone's inborn political philosophy.
The redistribution of wealth creates dependence on the people to whom it is redistributed, it doesn't incentivize them to create their own wealth.
I almost became a political journalist, having worked as a reporter at the time of Watergate. The proximity to those events motivated me, when I wound up doing philosophy, to try to use it to move the public debate.
Why is it that all those who have become eminent in philosophy, politics, poetry, or the arts are clearly of an atrabilious temperament and some of them to such an extent as to be affected by diseases caused by black bile?
Society is purely and solely a continual series of exchanges.
.. And the greatest eulogy we can give it, for exchange is an admirable transaction, in which two contracting parties always both gain; consequently, society is an uninterrupted succession of advantages, unceasingly renewed for all its members.
Fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves.
The gift of truth excels all other gifts.
Poorly paid labor is inefficient labor, the world over.
Imprisoning philosophy within the professionalizations and specializations of an institutionalized curriculum, after the manner of our contemporary European and North American culture, is arguably a good deal more effective in neutralizing its effects than either religious censorship or political terror
One of the more pretentious political self-descriptions is 'Libertarian.
' People think it puts them above the fray. It sounds fashionable, and to the uninitiated, faintly dangerous. Actually, it's just one more bullshit political philosophy.
As for me, I am deeply a democrat; this is why I am in no way a socialist. Democracy and socialism cannot go together. You can't have it both ways. Socialism is a new form of slavery.
Responsible people work, earn, save, invest, make things better for self & family. Lefties call that "greed."
I think students should know something about religion as a historical phenomenon, in the same way that they should know something about socialism and humanism and the other great ideas that have shaped political philosophies and therefore the course of human events.
Laws provide, as much as ispossible that the goods and health of subjects be not injured by the fraud and violence of others. They do not guard them from thenegligence or ill-husbandry of the possessors themselves.
...there are some who are naturally fitted for philosophy and political leadership, while the rest should follow their lead and let philosophy alone.