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“To be GOVERNED is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wistom nor the virtue to do so. To be GOVERNED is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be placed under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harrassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonored. That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality.”     P. J. Proudhon,    General Idea of the Revolution in the Nineteenth Century

March 11, 2006

Quote to Chuckle Over

by Eric

An elephant. A mouse built to government specifications.

Robert Heinlein, “The Notebooks of Lazarus Long”

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  1. [...] I saw this quote at “The liberty Papers” and couldn’t resist adopting it An elephant. A mouse built to government specifications. Robert Heinlein, “The Notebooks of Lazarus Long” But it also made me thinking about the nature of my resistance to government involvement in every aspect of our life. Is the government inherent inefficiency is the main reason? The answer for this question is obviously not. My belief is that it is not moral for a society to limit the freedom of each members for anything else but protecting human rights. It seems like we, libertarians and alike, getting too much into the efficiency argument and being mistaken as conservatives. We should keep arguing about the efficiency of free society only to demonstrate that moral isn’t contradict efficiency,  on the contrary it promote it. However even if someone will prove that free society is less efficient economically than government regulated society I will still be against it. The quote, however, is wonderful. Free Market, Government Monopoly, Libertarianism [...]

    Pingback by It looks obvious » Blog Archive » Short Note on Efficiency — March 11, 2006 @ 12:31 pm
  2. [...] the CSO, the rank and file staff). Instructive, isn’t it? Posted By: Eric @ 7:13 pm || Permalink || || Categories: General TrackBack URI: Read more posts from Eric • • • [...]

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  3. [...] I saw this great Heinlein quote at The Liberty Papers: An elephant. A mouse built to government specifications. [...]

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