Quotes, Notes, Comments & Slogans
for Individual Liberty & Rights
against Popular Statist Errors & Prejudices
Index - B
BABIES: How much dirt do babies and infants have to come into contact with to train up their immune system properly? - JZ, 25.10.97. A sterile environment may be the worst that we can provide them with. One anecdotal "evidence": Many years ago, I heard the story of a widower wood-cutter with a small child. He went bush with it, for long periods and fed himself and it largely on dampers and tea. The kid grubbed around, while dad worked and supplemented this "diet" by eating many kinds of plants, insects and worms - and grew up healthy and strong. I also read a report that very young children that were sick, were offered the choice between scientifically designed diets, their parent's offer and other food and, in the majority of cases, obviously without previous knowledge and scientific reasoning, they tended to pick and eat precisely the kind of food that did them the most good - and it wasn't what the scientists and mum and dad had offered! Recently, I read a report that even some animals do pick and choose some (for them) extraordinary foods, which help them against some of their sicknesses. There were many reports that breast-feeding is superior in results to bottle-feeding. Are the scientifically designed bottled and tinned baby foods and very clean and disinfected homes really the best that can be offered them? - JZ, 26.1.02. – Admittedly, today kids and even adults do often get sidetracked by junk foods. – JZ, 12.11.08. - INFANTS, IMMUNE SYSTEM, INDIVIDUAL CHOICE, SELF-DETERMINATION, CHILDREN'S RIGHTS, DIETS, ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH, HYGIENE, CLEANLINESS, DIRT
BACHELORS: No special tax burden on bachelors. Under freedom there would be no tax discrimination against people living single. Moreover, there would be no taxes at all. To do away with this kind of discrimination according to marital status would be one of the most convenient first steps to do away with all taxes. If this discrimination were rightful, then it would also be rightful if married people would have to pay less for goods and services. (I do not consider this to be a slogan for liberty but, rather, an advertisement seeking one on this subject. - JZ) Another try: Bachelors have the same right to their full earnings as married men and women have. - JZ, 7.4.94. - SINGLES, DISCRIMINATION, DIVORCEES, TAXATION, SINGLE WOMEN
BACK-SEAT DRIVING: Millions of people are afflicted with the back-seat driver syndrome, and this is freedom's widespread and persistent enemy. Thus, if freedom be our destination, then the prevalent itch to do back-seat driving ought to be restrained. But this bad habit isn't curable until we recognize that a driver, regardless of competence, can drive better when left to his own resources than when confused by instructions from behind. In automobiles, back-seat drivers range all the way from the kindly advisor to a thug with a gun in your back. In society, back-seat drivers range all the way from 'friendly', unsolicited instructors, to associational resolutions, to edicts by both private and public bodies backed by force, some legal and some not." - L. E. Read, Let Freedom Reign, p.33.
BACK-SEAT DRIVING: people forever concocting designs for the rest of us ..." - Leonard E. Read, Let Freedom Reign, p.40. – MEDDLING, INTERVENTIONISM, LEGISLATION, REGULATIONS, COMMAND ECONOMIES, CENTRAL PLANNING
BACKSTABBING: We need the maximum of back-stabbing by politicians and against politicians - so that these evil and dangerous men would wipe themselves out. However, like the monarchs of old, who killed off their competitors, politicians do that only to gain temporarily more power to themselves. “The King is dead! Long live the King!” Territorial and thus wrongful rule goes on and on. By depriving all politicians of all territorial political powers over non-consenting victims, we would backstab them all. On the other hand, their xyz faction leader could all dominate their own crowd of volunteers, under full exterritorial autonomy, as long as they can satisfy these customers. That means, in the long run, only those would remain as non-territorial rulers, over their volunteers, who would provide their money's worth as managers, magicians, entertainers or preachers to their willing and sovereign customers. - JZ 23.6.93, 1.4.94, 24.1.13. - Backstabbing would be replaced by individual secessionism and the setting of better examples. All forms of statism for all kinds of statists. All kinds of liberty and rights systems to those, who do appreciate them, in a great variety of anarchist or libertarian societies, communities and governance systems, all only for their volunteers. - OF POLITICIANS.
BAD EXAMPLES: The bad example which one free person affords another as a 'scandalum acceptum' is not an infringement of his rights." - I. Kant, Perpetual Peace, 346; Beck 89. – To be more easily convinced, we do need bad examples as well as good examples, set by others, to make the right choices for ourselves. – The bad examples set by statists do thus still have some educational value. – JZ, 24.1.13.
BAHAISM: A religion which disagrees with all other religions in preaching the agreement of all religions.” - L. A. Rollins, Lucifer's Lexicon. - Panarchism does something similar for tolerance for all tolerant political, economic and social systems. It is a framework for all of them, with all of them practised only by their volunteers, at their own risk and expense and this under personal law, i.e. without a territorial monopoly claim for them. They only have to agree to leave each other alone, i.e. tolerate each other in doing the own things among themselves. If they have any worthwhile ethics, they would gladly accept that situation and stick with it. Panarchism does not preach that they are all in agreement but that they do agree on tolerance for all of them, conceding to them freedom in all its diversity, as long as they remain tolerant of the diversity of the other communities with their volunteers. Tolerance for all tolerant people! Intolerance only for the intolerant ones! – JZ, 24.1.13.
BAILOUTS OF BANKS? Opinion: Why Bail Out Banks? - online.wsj.com - Free the note-issuing business and the financial market rather than bail out banks which are at the same time restricted, privileged and have been incompetent. – JZ, 3.10.11, on Facebook.
BAILOUTS, HANDOUTS, SUBSIDIES & “STIMULANT” “PAYMENTS” TO “CAPITALISTS”: Wall Street Aristocracy Got $1.2 Trillion From Fed - www.bloomberg.com - Even the Soviets were not so foolish as to subsidize private enterprises. Anyhow, they hardly managed to cover the losses and waste in their nationalized "enterprises", even when they were run with forced labor or slave labor. – JZ, on Facebook, 23.8.11. – Moreover, they are granted either at the expense of present or future tax slaves or with additional issues of inflated paper money, as an exclusive and forced currency. – JZ, 23.8.11. - Realize, my son, with how much stupidity this world is governed! – Count Oxenstierna, 1648. – That is, mostly, possible only under territorialism. – JZ, 10.10.12.
BAKUNIN: Bakunin was too much of a Marxist to be a good Bakunist. - JZ, 14.11.92. - While he distanced himself politically from Marx, he failed to do so economically. - JZ, 27.9.02. – ANARCHISM & ECONOMICS, MARX
BALANCE OF PAYMENTS: I export wine worth 40 francs from Bordeaux, where it is recorded as an export of 40 francs. My agent in Liverpool sells it for 60 francs. He then buys coal worth 60 francs, when I import and which is so recorded in Bordeaux as an import of 60 francs. France now has a negative balance of payments of 20 francs. I sell the coal for 80 francs; excluding transaction payments, I am nearly 40 francs richer, the country is richer, yet has a negative balance of payments." - Bastiat, 1840. - Here the same idea in another translation or in a similar passage: "I sent 40 francs worth of wine from Bordeaux, where it is recorded as an export, to Liverpool. There my agent sells it for 60 francs and buys for me 60 francs worth of coal; this I import into Bordeaux, where it is recorded. The balance of trade shows 40 francs worth of goods outwards, and 60 francs worth inward, a negative trade balance. I sell the coal for 80 francs, profit to me and the country of 40 francs, from a negative balance of trade, how improvident! Had my wine ship sunk outside the harbour, we would have exported 40 francs of goods and imported none, a positive balance of trade and surely a good thing in an export drive. How provident!" - Now, here is a good and concise refutation of the whole "balance of trade and payments" notion and it is already over 1 1/2 centuries old. But - has it had any effect on public opinion or even upon most economists? Complaints about the supposedly lacking "balance of payments and trade" go on and on, with the usual protectionist consequences. Fallacies and prejudices will continue to rule the world - until individuals and minorities become finally free to opt out from under them. - The actual balance of trade and payments is achieved automatically, through self-interested traders, operating for mutual profit, but it is almost never achieved bilaterally, for whole two countries, but only multilaterally and averages out over a period, with no all-over and absolute balance achieved, for all economies, down to the last penny. Some credits and debits will exist at any time, on one side or the other. - That is part of the nature of trading. - Ulrich von Beckerath used to say that balance of trade and balance of payment deficits exist only in flawed statistics and flawed minds. - All trade, by its very nature, tends towards win-win arrangements, not conquests and robberies. - JZ, 27.9.02. – FREE TRADE VS. PROTECTIONISM, FOREIGN EXCHANGE CONTROLS, FLOATING EXCHANGE RATES, MARKET RATES FOR CURRENCIES
BALANCE OF PAYMENTS: permit currency rates to float freely without official pegs. So long as we have no commitment to sell gold or anything else, including foreign currencies, at a fixed dollar price, we can have no balance-of-payments problem." - Milton Friedman, An Economist's Protest, XV. – FREELY FLOATING EXCHANGE RATES
BALANCE OF POWER: It is like attempting to balance pyramids on their tips, i.e., trying to balance the survival and liberties of the population of a territorial State, with compulsory membership, on the more or less ignorant, prejudiced and unbalanced minds of its rulers - against other such precarious "balances". Only exterritorially autonomous communities of volunteers can be stable and peaceful because they are based on individual consent and consumer satisfaction in sufficiently unanimous communities and tend to grant ignorant, prejudiced and "great leader" types no power over others, They maximise defensive and minimise aggressive urges. They maximise tolerance for tolerant actions and have the potential to withdraw all manpower and resources from territorial governments, while satisfying all rightful national, ideological, religious, ethnic, racial, cultural aspirations. - JZ, 1.4.94, 27.9.02. – PANARCHISM, LEADERSHIP, RULERS, GOVERNMENTS, TERRITORIALISM, PRESIDENTS, PRIME MINISTERS, DECISION-MAKING MONOPOLY
BALANCE OF POWER: Territorial policies have never achieved and kept a balance of power and cannot achieve it. Just look at the record of wars and revolutions under this supposed "Realpolitik". - JZ 15.5.92.- PANARCHISM, TERRITORIALISM, PEACE, WAR, TERRITORIALISM
BALANCE OF POWER: The balance that keeps the peace is more fragile than I like to think about." - Poul Anderson, The Byworlder, p. 66. – The very attempts to achieve or to maintain a balance of power between territorial regimes has often lead to war and will do so again, as long as we persist in organizing ourselves territorially rather than voluntarily, by individual choice, in exterritorially autonomous communities. – JZ, 24.1.13.
BALANCE OF TERROR: The 'balance of terror' - which is nothing but an exquisitely rationalized social commitment to a policy of genocide - has entrenched itself in the economy, the morality and the psychology of our society …;” - Theodore Roszak, On Academic Delinquency, in: The Dissenting Academy, ed. by Theodor Roszak, Pelican, 19. - MAD, MUTUAL ASSURED DESTRUCTION, NUCLEAR STRENGTH POLICY, GENOCIDE, ATOMIC WEAPONS, NUCLEAR WAR THREAT, DETERRENCE
BALANCE OF TRADE: All the buys and all the sales must equal each other. All the more so when full monetary and financial freedom is involved and provides for the participants the ability to pay with their own kinds of means of payment or clearing, up to their own ability to provide immediately, or on terms, wanted goods and services to others. – JZ, 23.3.03. - INTERNATIONAL TRADE, FREE TRADE
BALANCE OF TRADE: Any trade, by its very nature, is automatically, not only in balance, but also profitable for all sides, with the few bankruptcies and frauds and accidents swallowed up as costs of trading. No trader trades in order to lose. If one sums up all the profits and losses of all sides, all will tend to show a balance of profits from all internal and external trades. Those who do not show a profit balance tend to go out of business, soon, voted out by their customers. Those who show a profit, remain, voted in by their customers. A correct all-over balance sheet does not exist and cannot exist. Those, which are attempted, do not include e.g. the profits from smuggling, from work at home, from children bartering with each other etc. - JZ, 1.4.94.
BALANCE OF TRADE: Buying is bartering, and no nation can buy goods of others that has none of her own to purchase with..." - Bernard Mandeville, The Fable of the Bees; or, Private Vices, Public Benefits (1714), an attack on social restraint of individuals, p 138/9. - The literature of liberty is so incompletely published that I have never seen a copy of this work! - JZ, 27.9.02.
BALANCE: Balance ... It's what distinguishes a people from a mob." - Frank Herbert, Children of Dune, ANALOG, 1/76, p. 41. - The "people" of territorial States are inherently unbalanced. Only those of exterritorially autonomous volunteer communities live in balance with each other rather than in a form of civil war. - JZ, 1.4.94. - JUDGEMENT, MATURITY, MASS, REASON, WISDOM, HARMONY, PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE
BAN THE BOMB: Disgust with taxes is not enough to get rid of them. One has to know how to do without them. It's just the same with the bomb. - JZ 19.7.73. - There are effective libertarian defence and war prevention strategies as there are effective voluntary taxation and tax strike proposals. They ought to be studied and applied, rather than ignored. - JZ, 1.4.94. - My ABC Against Nuclear War is now digitised and available by e-mail. - JZ, 27.9.02. – It is also online now at www.butterbach.net
BANKERS: Ever met a banker who had written or read a book about free banking? – JZ, 29.9.08.
BANKERS: One cannot learn much, or even anything, about free banking and full monetary freedom from most modern bankers. Almost all of them adhere to the school of monetary despotism. – JZ, 11.2.99. – Exploration of the alternatives to it is usually not even a hobby among them. – JZ, 29.9.08.
BANKERS: The banker began to think the money in the vault is his.” – Michael Green, 28.12.90.
BANKERS: They tend to be “good” at boom times, making then highly speculative investments, at great profits to themselves. But in times of recessions or depressions or even deflation and severe currency shortages their often careless “investments” turn out to be largely mal-investments. Then they hope that governments will bail them out, once again, at the expense of the taxpayers. Few of them could stand, in the long run, quite free competition from honest, careful and rational bankers, who would take all the timing risks into consideration and balance all the money they invest with the deposits their receive, the withdrawals and the repayment of their debtors. Now the government tends to protect them from such competition. They have also never learnt the business of sound note issues and rely in this respect on the quite unreliable and untrustworthy central bank. Are they, in most cases, really genuine professionals or, rather, all too often merely insufficiently informed and all too careless “practical” men, or mere administrators of the government’s monetary and financial despotism? How many bankers have, in recent times, ever written a book on free banking or read any of the books on this subject or showed any interest in them? I know only of one and he was not highly regarded by his colleagues. As a professional class I can respect them as little as I can e.g. most teachers, lecturers and writers in the “social sciences”, journalists, lawyers, psychologists, politicians, bureaucrats, union functionaries, parliamentary representatives and ministers and all too many quite orthodox medical men – beyond the limits of their really working orthodox knowledge and skills. – Perhaps we should ask for a comparison between the earnings of bank directors and the earnings they provided for their investors with the losses they helped to cause them, directly or as taxpayers or as inflation, deflation or stagflation victims? – In what percentage of the cases would such comparisons turn out favourably for them? – And how much better, if at all, are the average private financial investment advisors or brokers in our times? - JZ, 14.12.97, 28.9.08.
BANKING PROFITS OF THE GOVERNMENTALLY LICENCED & ALL TOO REGULATED & TAXED “PRIVATE” BANKS, FORCED TO USE ONLY THE GOVERNMENT’S EXCLUSIVE LEGAL TENDER CURRENCY OR THAT OF OTHER CENTRAL BANKS: According to the BIS (which has been described as the world’s central bank) study of the world’s banking profits, the pre-tax profits of Australia’s big four was the equivalent of 1.14 per cent of their total assets. This is ahead of the second-placed US banks on 1.02 per cent and more than four time the rate of profitability of British and German banks, the BIS figures show. – From the front page of THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, BUSINESS DAY, July 27, 2011. – If these figures are correct then the views of the public of banking profits, especially those of the “occupiers” of Wall Street, are largely wrong. How much do the customers of banks earn, before taxation, upon their bank account credits and how much do they have to pay them, in the average, as their debtors? I do assume that most of the funds these banks are operating with are not their own capital. – How many other banks than those of Hong Kong are still issuing their own notes? - JZ, 25.2.12.
BANKING, PUBLIC, GOVERNMENTAL, MONOPOLISTIC & REGULATED OR QUITE PRIVATE, COOPERATIVE, FREE & COMPETITIVE? Publicly-owned Banks as an Instrument of Economic Development: The German Model - www.globalresearch.ca - In any free exchange the profit it mutual. The banking business has not been free for almost a century and was all too restricted even before that. Bureaucrats and politicians are the least suitable people to run it. By all means, open a cooperative bank for note issues and savings and investments or a credit union, - if you can get governmental permission for it. Alas, you still seem to be a territorial statist utopist, who has not learned anything from economic history. Naturally, at your own expense and risk, and that of your followers, you should be free to repeat, once again, all the ancient and modern mistakes in this sphere. – JZ, 1.11.11, on Facebook
BANKING: Clearly, there could be no easier, more flexible, less interfering method of joining ability to capital than to allow the savers and the enterprisers freely to meet and make their own arrangements for loans. Note that it is not a proposal to create money: It proposes only that the existing money should be allowed to be freely lent." - Henry Meulen, THE INDIVIDUALIST, 6/75. – We should also be free to save and to invest in alternative and freely supplied optional and market-rated currencies and to get our investments repaid in them. – JZ, 5.11.10. – We should also be free to be paid for our goods and services and to pay others for their goods and services in competitively issued and optional free market monies, using optional and freely chosen value standards. – JZ, 24.1.13. - SAVINGS BANKS, LOANS, CREDIT, CAPITAL MARKET, FINANCING, ABILITY TO PAY, FREE BANKING, MONETARY FREEDOM, FREE CHOICE OF VALUE STANDARDS
BANKING: If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their money, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them, will deprive the people of their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.” - Thomas Jefferson - He, too, did not distinguish, here, between the issue of legal tender money and that of free-market-rated and optional money, governmentally privileged banks really and private and free banks. - JZ, 26.3.04. – But somewhere else he said: "I deny the power of the general government to making paper money, or anything else a legal tender." - Thomas Jefferson. – Perhaps his best remark on this subject. However, he should have added “or any of the state or local governments”. – Moreover, aware that all governments had usurped and abused such powers, he should have said: I deny the right of anyone to make anything a legal tender in general circulation. Legal tender should, juridically, only apply to the issuers. – JZ, 5.1.08. – Apparently, he was not always aware that only banks with an issue monopoly and the legal tender privilege for their monies can cause problems like inflations and deflations. Freely competing private banks, whose notes are optional and market rated, cannot cause such wrongs. Perhaps only Pelatiah Webster, the first American economist, had largely correct ideas about money at that time. I micro-fiched his 1789 essay: Not Worth a Continental, a critique of forced currency, and his 1791 book: Political Essays, On the Nature and Operation of Money, Public Finance and Other Subjects. – FEE reproduced the former short essay. But has anyone digitized this book as yet? - JZ, 4.1.08. - FREE BANKING VS. CENTRAL BANKING, MONETARY FREEDOM VS. MONETARY DESPOTISM, LEGAL TENDER MONEY VS. FREE-MARKET RATED MONEY,
BANKING: You can no longer bank on bankers. They can neither give you the highest interest, nor a safe investment, nor credit when you need it, nor protect you from inflation or credit restrictions, nor from tax raids by governments, nor from prying eyes of bureaucrats. They have let the capital market become over-regulated. They know nothing about note-issuing banking. They help the government to "invest" part of your savings in governmental "insecurities". You can rely on them only in one respect: They will firmly resist, together with the government, all your attempts to get into competition with them, opening e.g., competitive note-issuing and bond issuing banks or clearing banks which practise free banking under the principles and practices of monetary and financial freedom. - JZ, in PEACE PLANS 29, slightly revised, 20.4.94 - A separate, long but still very incomplete alphabetical compilation of arguments, theories and facts on these and related subjects, which is prepared for a separate handbook, can now be found on: www.panarchy.org - Likewise, a long but still very incomplete free banking bibliography. - JZ, n.d. - FREE BANKING, BANKING PRINCIPLE, BANK NOTES, MONETARY FREEDOM AND MONETARY DESPOTISM
BANKNOTES: Banknotes should not be merely shares in the capital assets of a bank. – JZ, 11.9.98. - The slogan “debt-free money” makes some sense only in this respect. - For sound shares and other capital certificates there exists a separate capital market, which can be quite sound – in the absence of any government meddling. “Honest like a broker” did once mean something. Today the taxpayers are forced to make up for all too many of the wrongs and mistakes occurring in the capital market, which are mainly due to various governmental interventions, passed in great ignorance and under many prejudices but usually with the best intentions. – But sound currencies can be based upon the mutual debts and clearing process of turnover credits. Under freedom they facilitate the turnover of goods, services and labour. - JZ, 26.9.08, 24.1.13. – ASSET CURRENCIES, STOCK EXCHANGES, FINANCIAL FREEDOM, BANKING PRINCIPLE, TURNOVER-CREDITS TURNED INTO CURRENCIES, MONETARY FREEDOM, ASSET CURRENCIES, CLEARING, DISCOUNTING OR SOUND BILLS OF EXCHANGE WITH FREE MARKET MONIES, COMPETITIVELY ISSUED.
BANKRUPTCIES: There should not only be procedures for financial but also for intellectual bankruptcy declarations. – JZ, 30.12.93. – One method to achieve that is the electronic “argument mapping” advocated by Paul Monk et al on line. – An encyclopedia of the best refutations or errors, myths, prejudices and fallacies that are obstacles to progress, placed online in WIKIPEDIA fashion and offered on disk, if already somewhat useful, would be one other approach of many. – JZ, 17.908. – REFUTATIONS ENCYCLOPAEDIA, INTELLECTUALS, WRITERS, PUBLIC OPINION, ENLIGHTENMENT, EDUCATION, LECTURERS, RED.
BANKRUPTCY OF GOVERNMENTS: the major debtors in the world (government bodies) are financially extended beyond the point of no return, ... as issuers of fiat money they have gone stark raving mad." - ERC WORLD ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVE, Canada, 15.10.75. - Whatever enlightenment that newsletter has to offer will not spread widely enough as long as it is priced high out of reach of most people. - JZ, 27.9.02.
BANKRUPTCY: A beggar can never be bankrupt." - Clarke, 1639. - Hyman Quotes, p. 255. He is bankrupt, permanently, until he becomes productive. How many people have been turned into beggars or charity cases by government actions? How many beggars would remain if governments were abolished and how many bankruptcies would still occur then? - JZ 1.4.94.
BANKRUPTCY: Anyone who has to levy his creditors in order to "pay" his bills is as bankrupt as the government is. - JZ, 9/2/76, 30/7/78. - Nevertheless, most people still trust this debtor, who has never fulfilled his promises and discharged all his debts - and continue to vote for him and pay for his antics and listen with interest to the squabbles at the Court. Austrians joked about it by saying: Governments never go bankrupt. Only its creditors do. - JZ, 27.9.02. - GOVERNMENT SPENDING
BANKRUPTCY: Bankrupt the looters. Drive governments into liquidation! - JZ, 31.7.75, 30.7.78. – Only those governments that are from now on based entirely upon individual consent do have the right to continue to exist – at the expense and risk of these volunteers, as long as they still have any. – JZ, 5.11.10. – How? See PEACE PLANS 19 C, online at a disc reproduced on www.butterbach.net - JZ, 24.1.13.
BANKRUPTCY: Bankruptcy laws, which discharge a debt in defiance of the property rights of the creditor, virtually confer a license to steal upon the debtor. In the pre-modern era, the defaulting debtor was generally treated as a thief and forced to pay as he acquired income. Doubtless, the penalty of imprisonment went far beyond proportional punishment and hence was excessive; but at least the old legal ways placed responsibility where it belonged: on the debtor to fulfil his contractual obligations..." - Rothbard, The Ethics of Liberty, p.142. - Claims to legal tender money should not lead to bankruptcies, unless the debtors contractually obliged themselves to supply such means of payment. No one should be declared bankrupt who is able and willing to pay his debts through clearing, e.g. by transferable vouchers, in money denominations, upon his own goods and services, at rates settled by agreement or free market rates for such alternative means of payment and clearing options. The legal right of debtors to demand legal tender money from debtors should be abolished, together with the legal right of debtors to force legal tender money upon unwilling creditors. - JZ, 1.4.94. – LEGAL TENDER, ABILITY TO PAY, DEBT SETTLEMENT THROUGH CLEARING AS A RIGHT
BANKRUPTCY: Let's bankrupt all governments and drive them out of business, forever. - JZ, 19.4.94. – Except exterritorially autonomous governments with voluntary members and subjects only. – JZ, 5.11.10. – How that could be done in one way is described in PEACE PLANS 19C, reproduced on a CD which is online at www.butterbach.net - JZ, 24.1.13.
BANKS: Banks offer all kinds of fancy services now, e.g. telephonic and computerized banking, but no longer quite basic and sound services, like e.g. sound banknote issues or high interest bearing deposits based upon quite sound and highly productive investments. – But then they, too, are victims of the government’s laws of monetary and financial despotism. Insofar they cannot be rightly blamed - exclusively. – However, how often, if at all, did they raise their voices for full monetary and financial freedom? - JZ, 14.1.98, 29.9.08, 24.1.13. – FREE BANKING, MONETARY & FINANCIAL FREEDOM, MONETARY & FINANCIAL DESPOTISM
BANKS: Judging by the numerous economic and financial crises reports, all too many banks or bankers seem to be specializing on making bad loans and expect depositors or taxpayers to suffer their losses in these loans or to make up for them. The estimate for bad loans in Japan came, according to THE AUSTRALIAN, 14.1.98, to A $ 600 billion! To make bad loans to that extent requires either a large degree of incompetence or corruption or criminality. According to some other recent source that I read, many of these loans were to enterprises run by the Japanese mafia- and are unlikely ever to be repaid. In these cases the banks were either robbed or blackmailed. – Safe as a bank? Under constant inflation and frequent credit restrictions? – Under threat by organized crime syndicates? - JZ, 29.9.08.
BAPTISM: With soap, baptism is a good thing. - Robert Ingersoll - Roy Halliday, Quotations with an Attitude, online. – JOKES – However, excessive use of soap can damage your skin, by removing its protective oils. Even prolonged hot showers can do that! – JZ, 12.4.12.
BARBARISM: Another painfully significant symptom is the equanimity with which the twentieth century public responds to written accounts and even to photographs and moving pictures of slaughter and atrocity. By way of excuse it may be urged that during the last twenty years, people have been supped so full of horrors, that horrors no longer excite either their pity for the victims of their indignation against the perpetrators. But the fact of indifference remains, and because nobody bothers about horrors, yet more horrors are perpetrated.” - Aldous Huxley, Ends and Means, p.7, first published 1937. Our newspapers rather show, e.g., pictures of smiling Bosnian Serbs, victorious during 'armistices', rather than the remaining shreds of their victims, or of those of the other side. - JZ, 19.4.94, 27.9.02. - On the other hand, the horrors of war were never enough to stop wars but rather promoted further atrocities. Such negative feedback can only be ended by better ideas and practices on promoting peace, rights and liberties. - JZ, 27.9.02. - ATROCITIES, CRUELTIES, STATISM, SUBORDINATION, WAR, NUCLEAR WAR THREAT, COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY
BARBARISM: Barbarism has its earmarks, and the acquisition of property through conquest or superior force is notably one of them." - Edward P. Scharfenberger, quoted in THE FREEMAN, Aug.74. - By that standard the territorial governments, everywhere, are the greatest barbaric force. - JZ, 1.4.94. – GOVERNMENTS, TERRITORIALISM, TAXATION, VOLUNTARY TAXATION
BARBARISM: Each new generation is a new invasion of barbarians." - Source? – What kind of moral or ethical education and training does it receive now, from parents and in governmental schools? This kind of education was greatly neglected for their parents, grandparents and their teachers as well. – JZ, 24.1.13. - CHILDREN, EDUCATION, SCHOOLS
BARBARISM: How may we decide whether a person is trapped at the barbaric level or has ascended to the human level? There are many ways, but this simple test in economics should suffice: does an individual believe that one man's gain is another's loss?" - L. E. Read, Who's Listening? p.41. - Much work remains to be done to provide rapid testing facilities to discover the degrees of barbarism remaining in our contacts, e.g., by sets of a few short and significant questions and by drafting optimal classification schemes to indicate flawed and correct ideological positions. - The all-over approach to the problem would require e.g. an encyclopaedia of the best refutations for popular errors, myths and prejudices, one of definitions, one of optimal wordings, an Ideas Archive, a Talent Registry and a growing Encyclopaedia of Slogans for Liberty and a enlarged and greatly improved declaration of genuine individual rights and liberties only, for which governmental bills of rights are very poor and flawed substitutes. - Does he favour tyrannicide or collective responsibility of his victims for his actions? Does he oppose or favour individual rights, especially in economics? Does he favour or oppose individual secessionism, voluntary taxation, free banking and exterritorial autonomy? - Alas, such questions might reveal that the vast majority must still be classed among the barbarians and that situation will not change rapidly unless we make the fullest possible use of all the affordable tools to speed up the process of enlightenment and automate it as far as is possible. - JZ, 27.9.02, 24.1.13. - GAIN, LOSS, TRADE, PROFIT, UNEARNED INCOME, INTEREST, MONOPOLIES, CLASSIFICATION SCHEMES, Q., ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS, IDEAS ARCHIVE ETC.
BARBARISM: it was a motto of Lenin that 'barbarism must be met with barbarism.' As far back as 1901 the foremost of the Bolsheviks had written: 'In principle we have never renounced, and cannot renounce terrorism ...'" - Stanton A. Coblentz, The Long Road to Humanity, p.406. - So say barbarians about those who attempt to resist them. As if e.g., Greeks, Romans, Persians and other semi-civilised people had found it impossible to gain barbarian allies and auxiliaries and to influence them, in the long run. - JZ, 1.7.92. - But were civilisation or enlightenment among the few advanced people ever given their optimal chance to freely demonstrate what they have to offer, via their own volunteer communities that are exterritorially quite autonomous? - JZ, 27.9.02. - PANARCHISM, TERRORISM, SOVIETS, Q., EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, VOLUNTARISM, COMMUNISM, LENIN, TOTALITARIANISM
BARBARISM: Niebuhr was right when he saw a barbaric age coming. It has already arrived. We are in the middle of it, for what is barbarism otherwise than the non-recognition of excellence?" - Johann Eckermann, 1831, in: Gespraeche mit Goethe. - Just try to add up - and publish, permanently and cheaply, all the good libertarian ideas, plans and projects that are still all too widely ignored, even by most libertarians. - JZ, 27.9.02. – Or help to draft and publish a complete declaration of all genuine individual rights and liberties. – JZ, 24.1.13.
BARBARISM: One of the characteristics of barbarism is the low regard for the rights of the person and property." ... “… serious crime in the U.S. increased by 17% in 1974, the largest increase in 14 years." - PROGRESS, 5/76. – CRIME, PROPERTY RIGHTS, CIVILIZATION, CULTURE, DEMOCRACY, ENLIGHTENMENT, EDUCATION, PUBLIC OPINION, RIGHTS & LIBERTIES
BARBARISM: redirect the energies of the barbarians..." - Poul Anderson, Maurai & Kith, p.92. Grant them exterritorial autonomy for all their creative and their merely self-destructive efforts and they will be turned off insurrections, terrorism, revolutions and conquests. - JZ 6.4.91. - When freed to engage in their hobbies, experiments and ideological spleens, ignorance and prejudices - but only at the own expense and risk and that of their voluntary followers, they will be so busy with their utopias that they will have no time, energy and means left to act aggressively towards others. The numerous communist and collectivist utopias of the early America did rapidly refute their beliefs and thereupon most of their members gave up their experiments after a while. Only nationalising such ideas and practices and supporting them by compulsory taxation and laws has kept too much of it alive. Allow their victims to secede to do their own things to and for themselves! - JZ, 27.9.02, 24.1.13. – INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, UTOPIAS, PANARCHISM
BARBARISM: The barbarians of our times are armed with mass extermination devices. - JZ, 10.7.82. - And still some require "proof" that this is the case or insist upon non-intervention towards them, as if one could only intervene by attacking their victims rather than effectively and rightfully liberating them. - JZ, 27.9.02. - INHUMANITY, APATHY, NUCLEAR WEAPONS, NUCLEAR WAR THREAT
BARBARISM: The barbarians who overran Rome came from without. Ours are home products, trained and suitably brainwashed and conditioned at public expense." - Mulcolm Muggeridge, READER’S DIGEST, Nov. 76.
BARBARISM: The Barbarism of our time is the more appalling because so many people are not really appalled by it." - Herbert J. Muller, Freedom in the Modern World, Dec. 9, 1922, quoted in READER’S DIGEST., July 66.
BARBARISM: The Roman Empire was assaulted by foreign barbarians; we breed our own." - Dean Inge. - EDUCATION, SCHOOLS
BARBARISM: Those fragments of culture and liberty which mankind, or some sections of mankind, did laboriously acquire or conquer, are continuously threatened by large waves of barbarism, arising from almost everywhere, from almost all other peoples.” - Charles Peguy, Our Fatherland, unpublished sequel, NOUVAUX REVUE FRANCAISE, 1.7.1939. - Free trade, free migration, free enterprise, honest, free and competitive currencies, free transfers of land titles and exterritorial autonomy for volunteer communities as well as other liberties and rights, widely practised and effectively defended by volunteer militias, can, in combination, civilise the barbarians and defend us against them. - JZ, n.d. – However, under territorial nationalism and statism they are everywhere more or less outlawed. – JZ, 24.1.13.
BARBARISM: we clothe our barbarisms in politeness and call them civilized.” – Arthur Hailey, In High Places, p.306. - CIVILIZATION, EUPHEMISMS, COLLATERAL DAMAGE, NUCLEAR DEFENCE, NUCLEAR STRENGTH, NUCLEAR DETERRENCE, NUCLEAR WEAPONS, LANGUAGE, PROPAGANDA, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS, “TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY”
BARGAINING POWER: Bargaining power is a contradiction in terms. - JZ, 7.2.75. - Even with only a single dollar to spend or not to spend, I, too, have "bargaining power" towards the largest corporation, for any of its $ 1 sales offers. The combined bargaining power of the employees, over a long period, exceeds that of the large capitalists that they work for. But as long as they imagine themselves poor they will not make a bargain purchase take-over bid for the enterprise that they work in. Their words and ideas are their own worst enemies. The vague term "power" or "economic power" is used to either overestimate the "power" of others or to under-estimate the own. - JZ, 27.9.02.
BARGAINING: Man is an animal that makes bargains; no other animal does this – no dog exchanges bones with another.” – Adam Smith, quoted in A. Andrews Quotations, p. 284.
BARGAINING: the bargainer, who seeks to optimise the gains of each member of a group, can become richer than the opponent-mind, who seeks to optimise his personal gain by minimising the gains of others." - Donald Kingsbury, Courtship Rite, ANALOG, March 29,1982. - TRADE, MUTUAL PROFIT, PROFIT, SELF-INTEREST, MUTUAL CONVENIENCE VS. SINGLE CONVENIENCE RELATIONSHILPS (Terms by Don Werkheiser)
BARGAINING: There is no way to bargain with evil. You have to fight it - even to death." - Morris West, Proteus, 78. - You do not fight it by holding innocents collectively responsible for it. The enemy or aggressor must be properly defined and countered. Bargain with victims rather than with victimisers. Start by no longer recognising the victimisers and recognising the basic human rights of their victims, e.g., when they manage to escape and seek freedom under their own rules, anywhere. - JZ, 27.9.02. - ASYLUM, REFUGEES, RESISTANCE, GOVERNMENTS IN EXILE, ENEMY, DICTATORSHIPS, TYRANNICIDE, LIBERATION, PANARCHISM. COMPROMISE, APPEASEMENT, NEGOTIATIONS, DIPLOMACY, ENEMY, COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY, WARFARE, AIR RAIDS
BARRIERS: Government barriers to exchange are rapidly confining us in a prison 'from sea to shining sea'." - Joan Mary Leonard, THE FREEMAN, 3/77. - PROTECTIONISM, EXCHANGE, RESTRICTIONS, LAWS, REGULATIONS, LICENCING, PERMITS, CONTROLS.
BARRIERS: The surest sign than an aristocracy exists is the discovery of barriers against change, curtains of iron or steel or stone or of any substance which excludes the new, the different." - Frank Herbert, God Emperor of Dune, p.295. - CHANGE, ARISTOCRACY, RESTRICTIONS, INNOVATIONS, PROGRESS
BARTER ECONOMY: Until recently, the irregular economy has been primarily based on cash, but now barter, often easier to conceal from the state, is growing rapidly. Hundreds of barter clubs are being formed around the country. Some, using plastic cards, record complex transactions among thousands of members who contribute to and draw from a pool of services. A dentist “pays” services to other members and “withdraws” meals, legal services and the like.” - Richard C. Cornuelle, Healing America, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, 1983, p. 148. - BLACK ECONOMY, UNDERGROUND ECONOMY, CLEARING ECONOMY
BARTER: The fact that some swaps are easy, when, where and for whom the occasion arises, should not deceive us about the fact that to arrange for the satisfaction of most to all of our hundreds to thousands of wants, through primitive barter would be enormously difficult to impossible. The few easy barter cases are like the rare large lottery wins. – JZ 11.10.88, 3.4.94. – However, an advanced kind of “barter”, of goods and services, for goods and services, through highly developed clearing, with or without clearing certificates or private and competitively supplied money tokens, redeemed by their issuers only in their own goods and services, would be very superior to exchange media and value standard of national central banks of issue, whose notes have been given legal tender power (compulsory acceptance at a fictitious and forced value). Compare the monetary freedom compilation: www.butterbach.net/freebank.htm - CENTRAL BANKING, MONETARY FREEDOM, CLEARING, VALUE STANDARDS, FREE BANKING, MONEY, CURRENCY, ISSUE MONOPOLY, LEGAL TENDER, FREE MARKET RATED & OPTIONAL & COMPETITIVE PRIVATE CURRENCIES ETC.
BASTIAT, THE LAW: Ron Paul's #1 reading recommendation: The Law by Bastiat - www.youtube.com - Although this book is excellent, it did not advance further towards free choice for individuals and minorities when it comes to constitutions, laws, jurisdictions, political, economic and social systems and institutions. – JZ, 7.12.11.
BATTLE FOR MEN'S MINDS? my head turns to whoever attracts me. The so-called battle for men's minds is commonly thought to be an injection process. Unless ideas can be forcibly transplanted, this is false and, thus, is a do-nothing procedure." - Leonard E. Read, Let Freedom Reign, p.103. - But to plant an idea in a proper market place for ideas, where it can be easily found by those few seeking it now or later, is a voluntarist and trading approach that would work. A proper market for ideas, knowledge and talents does not yet exist. It is the kind of market that is most urgently needed. In the meantime, plant your ideas and talents, and your searches for them, at least onto microfiche, floppy disks, CDs, e-mail and online. – JZ, 3.4.94. - IDEAS, INJECTION OF IDEAS, NUREMBERG FUNNEL, EDUCATION, IDEAS ARCHIVE,
BATTLESHIP: The German "Schlachtschiff" (“slaughter ship“) is more aptly named: "A ship to slaughter human beings." – It made it possible to do so safely from a distance, with very big and long-reaching guns. - By now, with bombs and rockets, these movable monstrous murder machines can also be relatively easily destroyed. When was the last one built? – JZ, 20.12.82. 8.11.08. – Alas, they can also be equipped with Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles. – 24.1.13.
BE YOURSELF! A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; and, if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free." - Schopenhauer. - Hermits never fully develop their individual human potential. For that a frequent exchanges of opinions, in one form or the other, is required and must persist - for a long time. Interestingly, according to one report, the people who were sufficiently hugged, at least during their youths, tend to develop into better human beings. - JZ, 3.4.94. - ALONE
BE YOURSELF: To be himself in this world, a man must fight all those who would not let him be himself." - Con Sellers, Mr. Tomorrow, p.159. - SELF-REALISATION, RESISTANCE, INDIVIDUALISM, MAN, FREEDOM
BE YOURSELF: You have your life in your own hand. Do not entrust it to anybody else, least of all to the Fuehrers you elected. BE YOURSELF! Many great men have told you so." - Wilhelm Reich, Listen, Little Man! p. 76. - LEADERSHIP, SELF-DEVELOPMENT – SELF-OWNERSHIP, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, SELF-REALIZATION
BE YOURSELF: You must learn to be yourselves, ..." - Herman Hesse, Zarathustra's Return, 1919. – INDIVIDUALISM, FINDING OR DEVELOPING ONESELF
BEATEN PATH: To find a better way, one must depart the beaten path." - Leonard E. Read, Who's Listening? 183. - IDEAS, CHANGE, REFORMS, SECESSIONISM, ALTERNATIVE INSTITUTIONS, PANARCHISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, UTOPISM, DOING ONE’S OWN THING
BEAUTY: Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson – One does not have to be beautiful outside or inside but one has to carry the idea of something beautiful in one’s mind. – JZ, 23.1.08.
BEEHIVE VIEW: Implicit in this beehive view is that men exist who are competent to form the ways and shape of the lives of human beings by the millions. The belief is - and has to be - that there are those who not only can rightly decide what is best for all of us but who can prescribe the details as to how the best that is in us can be realized." - Leonard E. Read, Let Freedom Reign. - DECISION, LEADERSHIP, PLANNING, POLITICS, SELF-DETERMINATION, LIVING THE OWN LIFE, SELF-OWNERSHIP
BEGGING: every beggar on the street, through his/her entirely legitimate action of asking the owner of resources for a gift of them, is saying terrible (and terribly accurate) things about a system in which resources are taken by violence from their owners and given to - beggars." - Robert Brakeman, OPTION MAGAZINE, 6/77. - A beggar gives me the option to refuse, the taxman does not. To that extent the State's parasites, favourites and extortionists are morally inferior to beggars. - JZ, 3.4.94. - The claims of the Welfare State and of the War on Poverty are also refuted by the continued existence of beggars. Do the number of beggars - in the more advanced countries - grow with the growth of the Welfare State or with the growth of indiscriminate charity among the better-off people? - One can always have as many beggars or parasites as one is willing to pay for. - JZ, 27.9.02. – WELFARE STATE, CHARITY, POVERTY
BEGINNING: A journey of a 1,000 miles begins with a single step." - Chinese Proverb. - Compare: "Steady drip hollows the stone." - "The man who wants to move the world has to start with moving a few pebbles." - "When a leaf moves a whole tree may tremble." - All great ideas, movements and developments started in the minds of one or a few individuals. Just go and persist in the right direction. - JZ, 3.4.94. - Even the greatest advances in the wrong direction will not bring you closer to your goal. - Precisely because our start-up options have been greatly diminished by avalanches of laws & regulations and bureaucratic institutions, the few remaining ones should be closely studied and evaluated, not ignored, as are e.g. the open air speaking opportunities and the publishing opportunities on microfiche, floppy disks and CDs. - JZ, 27.9.02. - PERSISTENCE, INDUSTRY, PATIENCE, PROGRAMS, IDEAS, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM
BEGINNING: Evil begun, rarely undone. 'In all things bad or evil, getting is quicker and easier than getting rid of them.' - August Hare, quoted in Leonard E. Read, Having My Way, p.115. - All rightful actions are interconnected and so are all wrong ones. All truths are interconnected and so are all lies, myths, prejudices and errors. – “All actions have consequences.” – However, under full experimental freedom one can learn from one’s experience, cut one’s losses and try something better. – Seeing the prevailing ignorance of all individual rights and liberties it is surprising that evil and wrongs do not happen even more frequently than they do. Somehow our better nature and however limited reasoning powers and moral sense seem to be still at work. – All projects, small to great, have different start-up options. If the project is important to oneself, then one should systematically consider at least several, if not all of them. - JZ, 8.11.08. – It is not always easy to earn enough of the unsound monopoly money of governmental central banks, but at least until the last stages of their inflations, it is always easy to spend it again. Under competitive issues of sound market monies, it would be relatively easy to earn them free market money of one kind or the other, almost as easy as to spend them upon what their issuers have to offer in goods, services or receipts for due debts paid to them. – Generalizations do rarely cover ALL cases. - JZ, 24.1.13. - INDEMNIFICATION, PUNISHMENT, RESPONSIBILITY, CURE, PREVENTION, CRIME, WRONGS, EVIL
BEGINNING: We direct our affairs at the beginning, ... but being once undertaken, they guide and transport us, and we must follow them." - Montaigne, Essays, Bk.iii, ch. 10. - Unless we make a new beginning. Compare Kipling's “IF”. One does not have to persist with one's mistakes and wrongs. Once can and should learn from one's own experience. One can even learn from that of others to avoid most mistakes in the first place. However, and admittedly, actions have consequences. Those infringing the rights and liberties of others should be much more frequently foreseen - and thus avoided. - JZ, 3.4.94. - False starts are unlikely to be fruitful and those unwilling to study the numerous and diverse false starts of others - or history - are likely to repeat the previous mistakes. The flawed as well as the correct starting methods for reforms and liberation steps should at least be as scientifically studied as are the starts of runners and the moves of football players. - JZ, 27.9.02. – EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, SELF-OWNERSHIP, FATE, FREEDOM OF ACTION, SWIMMING AGAINST THE STREAM, SELF-DETERMINATION
BEGINNING: When the elephant has slipped inside the Arab's tent, it's too late to cry: 'No vacancy!'" - Gregory Benford & Gordon Eklund, The Anvil of Jove, FANTASY & SF, 7/76. For the negative beginnings, compare: “Principiis obstat: Resist the beginnings.” - See: RESISTANCE, PRINCIPLES, TOTALITARIANISM
BEGINNINGS: The greatest tyranny has the smallest beginnings. From precedents overlooked, from remonstrances despised, from grievances treated with ridicule, from powerless men oppressed with impunity and overbearing men tolerated with complacency, springs the tyrannical usage which generations of wise and good men may hereafter perceive and lament and resist in vain." - An 1846 editorial in THE LONDON TIMES. – “Principiis obstat: Resist the beginnings.” - "A small object of injustice does not mean that the injustice expressed therein can't be very great." - Kant. - Should prevention and cure ever be made as difficult? Establish an ideas and talent market, multiply affordable communications and publishing channels, permit experimental freedom at the own risk and expense – in all spheres, even those now monopolised by territorial governments. Let individuals and minorities opt out of coercively and collectively created messes. Do not impose any taxes to pay for them, except among their true believers. Make all relevant information permanently, cheaply and easily accessible. Provide all the blueprints for liberty. - JZ, n.d., & 27.9.02. - PRINCIPLES, PRECEDENTS, COMPROMISES, GENUINELY CULTURAL REVOLUTION TO SPEED UP THE PROCESS OF ENLIGHTENMENT, PANARCHISM, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARY ASSOCIATIONISM, EXTERRITORIALITY, ONE-MAN-REVOLUTIONS, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, IDEAS ARCHIVE
BEHAVIORISM: If men were the automatons that behaviorists claim they are, the behaviorist psychologist could not have invented the amazing nonsense called 'behaviorist psychology.' So they are wrong from scratch - as clever and as wrong as phlogiston chemists." - Robert Heinlein: Lazarus Long. - For some good remarks against behaviorism see e.g.: Frank G. Goble, Beyond Failure. How to Cure a Neurotic Society, foreword by Henry Hazlitt, Caroline House Books, Green Hill Publishers, Ottawa, Illinois, 1977, The Thomas Jefferson Research Centre. - JZ - MAN, PSYCHOLOGY, FREE WILL, INDIVIDUALS, POWER, IDEAS, INFLUENCE, HUMAN NATURE, PSYCHOLOGY
BEING: To be is to be related." - Charles M. Child, Individuality in Organisms. - The greatest abstraction rarely conveys the largest possible amount of useful information, e.g., for self-liberation. - JZ, 26.7.92. While all matter, all energies, all life, all rights and liberties and all truths are related, the extreme terms like universal consciousness and solidarity would, in the absence of omnipotence, incapacitate us. We should just make sure that we and all others become free and responsible in our own individual and limited spheres of interests, knowledge and actions, corresponding to our individual limitations and capacities. – Only rulers believe they can take care of a whole population or even the world, in the worst kind of superiority complex that induces them to resort to the kind or coercion that territorialism allows them to engage in, even in democracies. - J.Z, 3.4.94, 8.11.08. - GENERALISATIONS, DEFINITIONS, GOVERNMENTS, TERRITORIALISM, LEADERSHIP, POLITICIANS, PRESIDENTS, RULERS, , ABSTRACTIONS
BEIRUT, LEBANON, CIVIL WAR, TERRITORIALISM, CHRISTIANITY, ISLAM & CIVILIZATION: The civil war in Beirut proved that neither Christianity nor Islam nor Territorialism had sufficiently civilized its population. Not that they have done so, sufficiently, in any country, or could do so comprehensively, due to their very nature. But Beirut’s civil war showed their flaws in extreme actions. See on this especially: Thomas Friedman, From Beirut to Jerusalem, Fontana/Collins edition, 1990. – Victims and victimizers, there, too, were, largely, victim of territorialism and this unconscious of this factor and of the rightful and liberating alternative to it: exterritorial autonomy under personal law, for all groups of volunteers. - JZ, 7.4.12. – RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE
BELIEF, FAITH, RELIGION, IGNORANCE & THINKING: Belief is a euphemism for ignorance combined with sloppy thinking. - F. Paul Wilson, The Touch, New English Library edition, 1986, p.177.
BELIEF, FAITH, RELIGION, UNDERSTANDING: Men are most apt to believe what they least understand. –Montaigne
BELIEF: A man must not swallow more beliefs than he can digest." - Havelock Ellis, The Dance of Life, 1923. – But with regard to popular errors, myths and prejudices most people do. They are so numerous that they never try to get rid of them, systematically, one by one. They also tend to mutually support each other – and become supported by related popular prejudices expressed by others. I believe that only a comprehensive encyclopaedia of their best refutations has a chance to break the xyz vicious circles involved. – Youthful critics would probably delight in using it against their elders, making them ridiculous and rather more cautious in uttering irrational views. – JZ, 8.11.08. – ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS OF POPULAR ERRORS, MYTHS & PREJUDICES
BELIEF: As men's prayers are a disease of the will, so are their creeds a disease of the intellect." - Emerson, quoted in Sprading, p.143. – PRAYERS, CREEDS, RELIGION, WORSHIP, GOD
BELIEF: As we Discordians say, 'Convictions cause convicts.' Whatever you believe imprisons you." - R. A. Wilson, The Illuminati Papers, 110. - Depends largely upon how moral and how immoral, how rational and how irrational, how realistic and how unrealistic your beliefs are. - JZ, 3.4.94. - CONVICTIONS, FAITH
BELIEF: Blind belief can be comforting, but it can easily cripple reason and productivity, and stop intellectual progress. – Dr. James Randi – FAITH, IDEOLOGIES, DOGMATISM, RELIGIONS, STATISM, TERRITORIALISM, PRODUCTIVITY, ENLIGHTENMENT, REASON, KNOWLEDGE, FACTS, TRUE BELIEVERS, TOTALITARIANS, AUTHORITARIANS, GOVERNMENTALISM
BELIEF: Generally, the theories we believe we call facts, and the facts we disbelieve we call theories." - Felix Cohen. - PRAXIS, FACTS, THEORIES,
BELIEF: He had learned as a boy that difficult tasks are possible only when a man believes he can accomplish them. Negative thoughts diminish the chances of success." - Robert Tralins, Android Armaggedon, 6. – I am troubled by the existence of so many libertarian projects that I consider to be important and necessary but which require the input of at least dozens to thousands to achieve a significant success rate. For individuals all too many tasks are simply too large. Not only the building of skyscrapers. – This kind of collaboration ought to be organized much better than it has been so far and this in a market-like way. - JZ, 8.11.08. – We are still far from having mobilized all libertarian resources. – JZ, 24.1.13. - SUCCESS, IDEAS ARCHIVE, LIBERTARIAN PROJECTS LIST ONLINE, LIBERTARIAN LIBRARY, BIBLIOGRAPHY, DIRECTORY, REVIEW & ABSTRACTS COMPILATION, ARGUMENT MAPPING, LINKS LIST, ALPHABETICAL INDEX TO ALL LIBERTARIAN WRITINGS, TALENT REGISTRY.
BELIEF: I never cease to be dumbfounded by the unbelievable things people believe." - Leo Rosten
BELIEF: If you believe in something, then by all means try to prove it, even convince others. But always leave room for the possibility that someone else may prove you wrong.” - David Brin, Otherness, 377. – And always defend freedom of expression, information and experimentation for those, who do disagree with you. – JZ, 12.11.08. – PANARCHISM, PROOF, TOLERANCE FOR DISSENT, TRUTH
BELIEF: That which has been believed by everyone, always and everywhere, has every chance of being false." - Paul Valery, Telquel, 1943. - The more popular a belief, the more likely it is false. - JZ, 20.6.92. - PUBLIC OPINION, PREJUDICES, MYTHS, LIES, FALSEHOODS
BELIEF: The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible." - Bertrand Russell, Christian Ethics, in Marriage and Morals, 1929. - MAJORITY, PUBLIC OPINION, KNOWLEDGE, CONVICTIONS, IDEOLOGIES, RELIGION
BELIEF: The rational does not need to be believed; the rational can be demonstrated. Only the irrational requires belief." - Maire Jakober, The Mind Gods, p.119. - If only this were true and the rightful and rational could always be freely demonstrated, in every sphere. - Naturally, wherever we are already free to do so, we should at least try. E.g., by utilising all the cheap and powerful alternative media to permanently and cheaply publish all freedom ideas, opinions, proposals and writings, to turn them, in combination, into powerful and, perhaps, sufficient tools and resources for the liberation job. But will we bother to do so or go on believing that with our own little knowledge, and with conventional or popular media options, we would already know and could teach and achieve enough? - JZ, 27.9.02. – The rightful and rational can only be sufficiently demonstrated under full experimental freedom – which is outlawed for everything, which territorial governments have monopolized. – JZ, 24.1.13.
BELIEF: There are two ways to slide easily through life; to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking." - Alfred Korzybski. - THINK, DOUBT, FAITH, RELIGION, DOGMAS, IDEOLOGIES, TRUE BELIEVERS, SCEPTICISM
BELIEF: Too many people are not aware that their beliefs are wasters, destroyers and even killers - when applied by them or others. They hold them to be productive, creative and protective. - JZ 11.3.84. - Thus we should grant them the right to make their own mistakes, at their own expense and risk, or experimental freedom or freedom of action - in the form of their own exterritorially autonomous communities of volunteers. That would largely keep them out of our hair - and help to diminish their numbers. Allow the communists of the former USSR to continue to wrong and torture - themselves! But do not tolerate the continued coercive subjection of any peaceful dissenter to any of their torturous institutions and procedures. To that extent I am an unrepentant Darwinist. – J.Z, 3.4.94. – Tolerance even towards those, who are intolerant – provided that they are intolerant only among themselves! – JZ, 8.11.08, 24.1.13. – PANARCHISM, TOLERANCE, INTOLERANCE, GENUINELY INTERNAL AFFAIRS OF COMMUNITIES OF VOLUNTEERS, NON-INTERVENTIONISM
BELIEF: We believe in liberty. So, why not believe in what is required of men to achieve this way of life? There is magic in believing. Why? Because, as Bulwer-Lytton phrased it, 'In belief lies the secret of all valuable exertion.'" - Leonard E. Read, Who's Listening? p.125. - But in beliefs exist also the most preventative and destructive obstructions, even among libertarians. The remaining flawed beliefs of libertarians could fill volumes - and their efficient refutations could even fill more volumes. Such voluminous works will not be read by many - but they ought to be made available to those with sufficient inquiring minds and curiosity and doubts. - JZ, 27.9.02. - ENTHUSIASM, PERSISTENCE, INTEGRITY
BELIEF: Why should anyone prefer the insecure search for truth to the comfort of sure belief? What does freedom have to offer which could induce anyone to reject a sure route to a happy life in the aura of mystery and majesty?" - Patrick L. McGuire, The Book of Poul Anderson, p. 93. - "Whatever turns you on." - Do your own thing and let others do their things to themselves. That may be the only belief or faith or conviction that deserves to be protected by guns. Full freedom has room for every self-concerned faith, belief, conviction and action. A wise man is not wise if he denies fools the right to do their things to themselves, making and repeating their own mistakes, at their expense and risk. Negative selection should be as free as positive selection. - JZ 3.4.94. - Those who try to escape their human obligations, the noblesse oblige commands, their responsibility for their own lives and for those they love and for their descendants, all the work involved in doing what is right and sensible, by saying to themselves and others: "One lives only once!" - and retreat to make the best out of bad situation, just increasing their personal comforts and comfort zones, do deserve what they are getting. - JZ, 27.9.02. - APATHY, RETREATISM, RESIGNATION, PERSISTENCE, RIGHT TO MAKE MISTAKES AT THE OWN EXPENSE & RISK, LIVING THE OWN LIVE – HOWEVER BADLY & IRRATIONALLY
BELONGING: You belong ..." - "I belong where I want to be." - From a film advertised on TV, Capital, 1.1.93. – “Where freedom is, there is my country!” – Source? - CHOICE, MEMBERSHIP, VOLUNTARISM, MIGRATION, PLACE, STATUS, POSITION, ASSOCIATIONISM, SELF-OWNERSHIP, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, INDIVIDUAL SECESSION, ALLEGIANCE, ALLEGIANCE, LOYALTY
BENEFICIARIES TO PAY: That those who benefit pay the cost of providing their benefits." - Admiral Ben Moreell, The Admiral's Log II, p.97. - USER PAYS PRINCIPLE, SELF-INSURANCE, SOCIAL INSURANCE, INSURANCE, SELF-HELP, VOLUNTARY TAXATION, MUTUAL AID, CREDIT, TAXATION, VOLUNTARY TAXATION, TRIBUTE LEVIES
BENEFICIARIES: Third, those who receive the so-called 'benefits' eventually become completely dependent upon government. There is no incentive to produce. They lose their independence of spirit and the strength of character, which men have when they are free to be responsible for their own welfare. The beneficiaries of so-called government 'charity' become spineless creatures who demand that other people be forced to support them and their families." - Admiral Ben Moreell, Log I/6. - Beneficiaries"? Even the War on Poverty does cost the recipients more in taxes than it is worth in hand-outs. That applies not only to tribal people still living in reservations but also to the "reservations" in form of territorial nations or nation States. The "helping hands", if not those of volunteers and really wanted and needed, do tend to incapacitate and even exploit. - JZ, 27.9.02. - WELFARE STATE, POVERTY, SUBSIDIES, HAND-OUTS, WAR AGAINST THE POOR
BENEFITS: $ 6.5 billion in construction activity and create new 500,000 jobs. Too many voters have come to accept such claims. Yet they could deflate them all if they asked their supposed political benefactors a single question: INSTEAD OF WHAT? You say you got us such-and-such benefits. Maybe. But instead of what? What was the cost? What did we have to give up for these benefits? In order to give Paul's family $1,000 worth of 'free' housing, you must have taken $ 1,000 more away from Peter's family in taxes. In fact, you must have taxed the Peters a good deal more than you turned over to the Pauls, because a lot of the money never got into construction. It went (even disregarding possible graft) into salaries for extra bureaucrats to administer the programme." - Henry Hazlitt, THE FREEMAN, 3/76. - POLITICAL SPENDING, GOVERNMENT SPENDING, TAXATION.
BENEFITS: government isn't the labor-saving device it appears to be. It always gives back less than it takes...." - Harry Brown, How I Found Freedom, p.97/98. - And it provides more fruitless labour for bureaucrats while reducing the fruits of labour and jobs for productive people. - JZ, 27.9.02. – GOVERNMENTAL BENEFITS
BENEFITS: Ever since the advent of representative government placed the ultimate power to direct the administration of public affairs in the hands of the people (*), the primary instrument by which the few have managed to plunder the many has been the sophistry that persuades the victims that they are being robbed for their own benefit. The public has been despoiled of a great part of its wealth and has been induced to give up more and more of its freedom of choice because it is unable to detect the error in the delusive sophisms by which protectionist demagogues, national socialists and proponents of government planning exploit its gullibility and its ignorance of (**) economics." - Arthur Goddard, in his preface to the English language edition of Economic Sophisms by Frederic Bastiat, quoted in THE FREEMAN, 1/75. - GOVERNMENTAL BENEFITS – (*) did it? – (**) and disinterest in! – JZ – WELFARE STATE, GOVERNMENT SPENDING
BENEFITS: Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent." - The Free Man's Almanac, A compilation by Leonard E. Read. - - Are they "beneficent" or at least "benevolent" or rather a self-interested distribution of the loot to favourites, in attempts to buy their favours? - Simple words do, quite often, not sufficiently express what is being done to us and by us. - JZ, 27.9.02. - "Elections are advance auction sales of stolen goods." - Source? – Mencken used this idea and may have coined it. – JZ - BENEFICIAL GOVERNMENT, WELFARE STATE, HANDOUTS, GOVERNMENT SPENDING, BUDGET
BENEFITS: For every alleged benefit that the politicians confer upon us, they must necessarily deprive us of something else." - Henry Hazlitt, THE FREEMAN, 3/76.
BENEFITS: Most of your official benefactors live well - at your expense. - JZ, 20.5.76, 3.4.94. - Alas, all too often that applies also to the "rulers" of "private" corporations, whose individual investors, employees and customers have all too little say upon the decisions made more or less monarchically at the top levels. Hierarchies do have their flaws in these associations as well. Self-management is almost always superior to top-management - and yet, like so many other liberties and rights, its options are not yet sufficiently known and appreciated, not even by Randians. We are all too much the descendants of former slaves and serfs and all too willing mere followers. - Monetary and financial freedom would not only promote more private enterprises but also many more of the self-management options, most of which remain, presently, unknown because they are not comprehensively publicised. The tyranny of the ancient "models" and prejudices remains among unenlightened people. People who do not know better will elect even a dictator and put up with a central bank. - JZ, 27.9.02. – GOVERNMENTAL BENEFITS, HAND-OUTS, SUBSIDIES, WELFARE STATE
BENEFITS: There is nothing to useful to man in general, nor so beneficial to particular societies and individuals, as trade. This is the alma mater, at whose plentiful breast all mankind are nourished." - Henry Fielding. - Without it we could only produce a subsistence poverty. All benefits are also harmful, to some extent at least, when they do not result from a trade, agreement or contract. - JZ, 3.4.94. - HANDOUTS, WELFARE STATE, TRADE, EXCHANGE
BENEFITS: Two or more persons banding together do not acquire any moral rights that they did not have as individuals. When government provides benefits for one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime, it performs an act of plunder." - Bastiat, quoted in THE FREEMAN, 3/76. - PLUNDER, TAXES, WELFARE STATE, GOVERNMENTAL BENEFITS
BENEVOLENCE: A belief, an honest belief, that they are under the real influence of benevolence, sometimes leads men to conduct the most intrusive and tyrannical. Power is usurped for the purpose, it is supposed, of doing good. ... A man fancies he knows what is best for other men... He is thoroughly persuaded that such and such a thing is good, and being good, he will compel others to receive and adopt it. ... Yet despotism never takes a worse shape than when it comes in the guise of benevolence. ... Under the shadow of this fallacy, vast masses of misery have been poured out upon the world." - Jeremy Bentham, Deontology, quoted in THE FREEMAN, 78. – BENEVOLENT DESPOTISM, WELFARE STATE
BENEVOLENCE: A man's liberties are none the less aggressed upon because those who coerce him do so in the belief that he will be benefited." - Herbert Spencer, Social Statics, The Right to Ignore the State. - LAWS, JUSTICE
BENEVOLENCE: Benevolence comes from within as a reflection of our personal, individual sense of well-being. To force it, externally – through moral intimidation (altruism), social intimidation (duty), or at the point of a gun (legislation) – debilitates our personal sense of well-being and negates the source of benevolence. – Richard Rieben (4/7/04) – INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM & RESPONSIBILITY, EGOISM, SELFISHNESS, SELF-INTEREST, ALTRUISM, DUTY, MORALITY, CHARITY, WELFARE STATE, FORCE, LEGISLATION
BENEVOLENCE: Blessed indeed will be the day when it will no longer from the benevolence of the government that we expect good money but from the regard of the banks for their own interest." - Hayek, The Denationalisation of Money, p.100. - Not just the banks will enjoy monetary freedom. The right to clear, to discount and to refuse competitive currency issues will belong to everyone. Under full publicity for such individual and market actions, the good monies will drive out the bad. - JZ, 7.4.95.
BENEVOLENCE: It is easy to be conspicuously "compassionate" if others are being forced to pay the cost.” – Murray N. Rothbard (1926-1995), American Economist, Historian, Political Theorist, and Author. - COMPASSION, CHARITY – AT OTHER PEOPLE’S EXPENSE
BENEVOLENCE: It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interests..." Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations. - SELF-INTEREST, SELFISHNESS, EGOISM, PUBLIC INTEREST
BENEVOLENCE: It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interests..." Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations. - SELF-INTEREST, SELFISHNESS, EGOISM, PUBLIC INTEREST
BERLIN WALL: The Berlin Wall forces the Soviets to admit that an imported government by coercion provides no platform stable enough for carrying on true political competition and economic coexistence with the West." - Willy Brandt. - True political competition and economic coexistence would have to include that of exterritorially autonomous communities of volunteers. Whether a despotism is imported or not does not matter. A native despotism is just as bad. What is wrong with it is that individuals are forced to buy it and to submit to it. They are not free to reject it, for themselves. Willy Brandt's "representative democratic" government was neither democratic nor representative enough to allow his subjects this liberty, either. All territorial governments leave to their dissenters only the options of emigration, escape or submission. - JZ, 5.4.89, 7.4.94.
BERLIN WALL: The Berlin Wall is a concrete example of captivity." - Contribution in Mosman Debating Society, 9/72. - As if e.g., any monopoly and tax victims needed more such reminders. - JZ, 7.4.94.
BERLIN WALL: The Wall is flatly, plainly, unavoidable just what it appears to be: the perimeter of a nation-sized prison behind which communist masters keep a continent of slaves." - E. B. Reith, THE CONNECTION, 117, p. 62.
BERLIN WALL: The Wall is itself so gross an insult to human dignity, such a blatant admission of the moral bankruptcy of the communist regimes of the world that it doesn't bear discussing. I don't believe that I could possibly have anything in common with anyone who, seeing, or knowing of The Wall, feels anything but moral indignation bordering on pure rage at its builders.” - E. B. Reith, THE CONNECTION 117, p.62 - What is here rightly said against the Berlin Wall can, to some extent, be rightly said on any imposed border or frontiers - and against any legally or illegally established and maintained monopoly. It should have been blown down, again and again, by freedom lovers from the West. - JZ, 7.4.94. – While the Berlin Wall has disappeared – how many other wrongful walls have gone up since then? – JZ, 24.1.13.
BERLIN WALL: The wall is the most abominable and convincing demonstration of the failure of the communist system." - J. F. Kennedy, retranslated from a German version. Were not the slave labour camps even worse? - JZ, n.d.
BEST HUMAN BEINGS: It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected. The best men do not want to govern their fellowmen. – George E. MacDonald (1824-1905), Scottish Novelist – POLITICS, POLITICIANS, TERRITORIALISM, POWER ADDICTS, BEST MEN & WOMEN ABSTAIN FROM TERRITORIAL POLITICS
BEST VS. GOOD: The best is the enemy of the good." - Voltaire. - And the good is the enemy of the best. E.g., many people believe that democracy is already the ideal political form, in spite of its compulsory membership and uniformity based upon the territorial, constitutional, legislative, juridical, police, defence and monetary monopolies involved. All, the bad, the indifferent and the good and the best, should be in free competition with each other, according to individual choice. Neither the worst nor the best choices, nor any in-between one, should be territorially imposed or maintained. - JZ, 7.4.94. – TERRITORIALISM VS. INDIVIDUAL CHOICE
BEST: Don't let the best become the enemy of the good." - T. V. Smith. - Purism, Compromises, Radicalism, Tolerance
BEST: When resources are limited, the Best is often the enemy of the Better – and both may be the enemies of the Good. - Arthur C. Clarke, Profiles of the Future, Pan Books 1964, p.13. – To make all of that statement more believable, enough suitable examples should be provided. Are resources as limited as is often assumed? They may be, under territorialism, monopolism and protectionism, instead of exterritorialism, competition and free trade. An ideas archive, free enterprise under monetary and financial freedom could open up or develop almost unlimited resources. – Think of the number of machines and gadgets now already at our disposal, the information available online and storable on a single cheap disc. - JZ, 3.3.12. –BETTER, GOOD & LIMITED RESOURCES IS.
BETRAYAL: and if I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country." - E. M. Forster, 1879 - ?, I Believe - 19 Personal Philosophies, p. 43. 2nd. version: "It has never happened to me that I've had to choose between betraying a friend and betraying my country, but if it ever does so happen, I hope I have the guts to betray my country." - TREASON, HIGH TREASON, NATIONALISM, COUNTRY, FRIENDSHIP.
BETRAYAL: All a man can betray is his conscience." - Joseph Conrad, Under Western Eyes, 1911.
BETTING AGAINST GOVERNMENT POLICIES: If the government is wrong in what it is doing there must be a way for an individual to profit by betting against it." - Harry Brown. - Bet against government policies! - JZ - Not only to make a profit, but upon their wrongfulness and or uselessness or harmfulness sooner or later becoming provable and upon wrong and harmful side-effects, together with the costs, outweighing the supposed advantages. Party representatives should also be induced to engage in such bets, but using only private earnings and funds, not tax-based ones, for this. Arbitrators to be agreed upon and all details to be public. - People have, apparently, not yet been able to learn enough from just "betting" their vote and their taxes. And merely to bet upon who will be the next ruling party, representative, premier or president does not help to enlighten either side. - JZ, 7.4.94. - So Far the mass media have shown much more interest in who will win or which party will win, than in what a politician or party stands for. Will they ever demand: Let individuals vote with their dollars for all the services they want. No more tribute-financed "services" and "goods" collectively imposed by majority voting and party "representatives", "statesmen" and bureaucrats, with the aid of policemen and "judges". No more territorially and legally imposed injustices. Instead, full individual consumer sovereignty, full individual choice, with each spending only his own earnings and no one's earnings coercively and legally restricted by others or partly confiscated. - PIOT, JZ, 26.9.02.
BIARCHY: another State election ... happened ... 25 May 91. Apart from some independent votes, the 2 major parties shared the cattle vote almost evenly, again. Nevertheless, at least in public, I didn't hear or see biarchy proposed: 2 separate governments for the two major and almost evenly matched voting blocks, - far less was panarchy discussed. One of my boys asked me (many years ago): Why should the 51 rule the 49 or the 49 rule the 51? Why should not rather the 51 rule the 51 and the 49 rule the 49? - JZ, 29.5.91. - Naturally, I would rather have the independents, the anarchists and others rule themselves, too. - JZ, 7.4.94. - Germany just had a similarly close election that also demonstrated the wrongfulness and absurdity of majority rule. But most minds are still closed to the alternative of all parties winning - full exterritorial autonomy for their own members. - JZ, 26.9.02.
BIBLE: A marriage shall be considered valid only if the wife is a virgin. If the wife is not a virgin, she shall be executed. – Deuteronomy 22:13-21. – Referred to by Rebekah Jacobi Whyte on Facebook , 25.5.12. - Jake Shannon's photos: How many Christians pick and choose the parts of scripture they like, then disregard the rest? Is the Bible a la carte? - Jake Shannon – WOMEN’S RIGHTS, WOMEN’S LIBERATION, MARRIAGE & CHRISTIANITY
BIBLE: Actually, that's not in the Bible - religion.blogs.cnn.com - The "Bible-bashers" seem to be unaware that there are 400 to 500 million other books - many of them much more informative than this "holy" book. – JZ, 18.8.11, on Facebook. – Actually, what is and what is not in the current version of it, is dependent upon who wrote what and when of its contents, often centuries after it was “transmitted” only from memory and orally and then it was exposed to xyz selections and censorship actions. It is certainly not a correct dictation by a God or his supposed son or an exact chronology and report by the early observers and believers. – How it could ever be perceived as a “holy” book, nevertheless, is a riddle to me. – JZ, 10.10.12.
BIBLE: After hundreds of millions of books have been written and are offered by the libraries of the world, there are still too many people who believe only in one! - JZ, 8.4.85. – CHRISTIANITY, RELIGIONS, HOLY BOOKS, FAITH, BELIEF
BIBLE: Although we don’t yet know it, we are in search of a gospel to embrace all gospels, … – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand and Stars, 1939, Penguin Books 1972 edition, p.161. - GOSPELS, HOLY BOOKS, FIRST PRINCIPLES, ETHICS, MORALITY, DECLARATION OF ALL GENUINE INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY OR PERSONAL LAW CHOICES FOR INDIVIDUALS & MINORITY GROUP VOLUNTEERS VS. TERRITORIALISM
BIBLE: Does the Bible more condemn than recommend tyrannicide and collective responsibility? Or market relationships rather than charity? Monogamy or polygamy? Obedience or Disobedience? Hierarchies or individual rights and liberties? Is it quite clearly understood on such issues, at least after 2,000 years? And on how many other important subjects does it remain silent, this word of the supposedly all-knowing force? - JZ, 27.9.02.
BIBLE: Each epoch has found in the Gospels what it sought to find there, and has overlooked what it wished to overlook.” - Ludwig von Mises. - HOLY BOOKS, RELIGION, CHRISTIANITY:
BIBLE: everybody finds in the Bible what he wants and conveniently ignores the rest. Do the holy monks of the Inquisition remember 'Thou shalt not kill' when they set a man on the pyre?” - Robert Anton Wilson, The Earth Will Shake, p.35. – CHRISTIANITY, RELIGION, FAITH, BELIEFS,
BIBLE: For how many centuries has the Bible been the only book in most families - or even in most villages? It helped to prolong the Dark Ages and still dominates too many minds. - JZ, 20.5.02, 20.8.02.
BIBLE: half barbarian history, half fairy tales.” – Carl Sagan, Contact, p.27.
BIBLE: His idea of the Bible was that of all intelligent people today - that is the early literature of the Jews, that it was no more sacred than the early literature of any other people, that it was not by any means the foundation of law and morality as taught by the Christians, that it was full of inhumanities like the early literature of any people, and to use it as an infallible guide for conduct in this enlightened age was to make it the stumbling block of the human race. His Bible, like yours and mine, contained all the worthy literature of all times and of all people." - John H. Dierich on Robert G. Ingersoll, DANDELION, Spring 1980.
BIBLE: Holy Bible”? Is there an UNHOLY one? What makes a historical record, largely of crimes, HOLY? - JZ, 15.2.02. - CHRISTIANITY, HOLINESS,
BIBLE: How long, O how long will mankind worship a book? How long will they grovel in the dust before the ignorant legends of the barbaric past?" - Robert Ingersoll, Heretics & Heresy.
BIBLE: How many people died as a result of the Bible and of other “holy” books and how many still do, every year, somewhere in the world, as a result of the still remaining religious intolerance? – JZ, 17.11.99, 21.9.08. - RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE, RELIGIOUS WAR
BIBLE: I have been reading the Old Testament, a most bloodthirsty and perilous book for the young. Jehovah is beyond doubt the worst character in fiction. - Edward Arlington Robinson - Roy Halliday, Quotations with an Attitude, online. - GOD, OLD TESTAMENT
BIBLE: If all that an "all-knowing" God has to say to us is contained in the Bible, then he does not seem to know or want to say very much to us, as anyone will have to admit who ever visited a large library. - JZ, 25.3.93. - GOD, CHRISTIANITY, RELIGION
BIBLE: If the Bible really were a holy book, would it have led to ca. 2000 Christian sects in Africa alone? - JZ Question suggested by Ulrich von Beckerath. One book, supposedly inspired by God - but so unclear that it has led to ca. 10,000 different sets of interpretations in form of religious movements, sects and churches, quite apart from the diversity of interpretations of it among individual believers. Under these conditions the surprising thing is only that it is still so widely respected, nevertheless. - JZ, 28.11.92, 7.4.94.
BIBLE: If the devil had inspired a book, will some Christians tell us in what respect, on the subject of slavery, polygamy, war and liberty, it would have differed from some parts of the Old Testament? - Robert Ingersoll, Some Reasons Why.
BIBLE: It is hair-raising to consider what time and effort has been spent upon the examination of the Bible. Probably a million volumes. And what will finally be the result of these efforts, after centuries or millennia? Certainly nothing else than: the Bible is a book written by human beings, like all other books. By human beings who were somewhat different from us, because they lived in other times. They were more simple in some respects than we are but also much more ignorant. It is thus a book that contains some truths and some errors, some good points and some bad points." - G. Ch. Lichtenberg, Schriften, J. 12.
BIBLE: Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your reading have been to you like the blast of triumph out of Shakespeare, Seneca, Moses, John and Paul. - Emerson.
BIBLE: Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but ... the passages that bother me are those I do understand. - Mark Twain - Roy Halliday, Quotations with an Attitude, online.
BIBLE: Of all the one-book people the supposedly meek and loving Christians have probably done the greatest wrongs and harm over the longest periods. JZ, 7.4.94.
BIBLE: Only those love the Bible, who do not know it sufficiently. – JZ, 24.7.11. - RELIGION, CHRISTIANITY, FAITH, IGNORANCE
BIBLE: So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence." - Bertrand Russell. - INTELLIGENCE
BIBLE: The best cure for admiring the Bible is to read it." - Source? – But in full, including all its commanded or tolerated atrocities! – JZ, 8.11.08.
BIBLE: The Bible is one of 27 books for which divine origin is claimed. Christians deny the divinity of all bibles but their own. We deny the divinity of only one more than they do." - Charles Smith. – HOLY BOOKS
BIBLE: The Bible is such a gargantuan collection of conflicting values that anyone can 'prove' anything from it." - Robert Heinlein, The Number of the Beast, p.409.
BIBLE: The Bible was written, and then rewritten, and then edited, and then re-edited, and then translated from dead languages, then re-re-translated, then re-edited, the re-re-re-edited, and then re-translated, then given to kings for them to take their favorite parts out, then re-edited, then re-translated, and then re-edited, then given to the pope for him to approve, then re-re-translated, then re-rewritten, then re-written, re-edited, re-translated, re-edited again, all based on stories that were told orally thirty to ninety years after they happened to people who didn’t know how to write. So I guess what I’m saying is the bible is literally the world’s oldest game of telephone. - Tomas Runnelskova shared Mental Health Verbal Release Therapy's photo. – Facebook, 18.7.12. - CHRISTIANITY
BIBLE: The Bible, like the other "holy" books, still stuffs up many people's brains. - JZ, 16.4.94.
BIBLE: The Bible, the supposed word of God, is so confused and confusing that it is supposed to need interpretations by 'mere' human beings. Naturally, thousands of different interpretations resulted, each claiming the truth for itself. - JZ, 23.10.92. - RELIGION, CHURCHES, CHRISTIANITY
BIBLE: The Church has burned honesty and rewarded hypocrisy. And all this, because it was commanded by a book ... The Bible was the real persecutor. The Bible burned heretics, built dungeons, founded the inquisition, and trampled upon all the liberties of men." - Robert Ingersoll, Heretics & Heresy.
BIBLE: The crazy old book." - Dr. J. J. Martin.
BIBLE: The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.” – Shakespeare. Where in the Bible have e.g. collective responsibility and its atrocious actions been sufficiently condemned? - Mostly they are taken for granted and even as divinely inspired or interpreted as direct actions by the divinity! - JZ, 22. 11. 06. - FAITH, CHRISTIANITY, SCRIPTURES, GOD’S WORD OR THE DEVIL’S?
BIBLE: The dogma of the infallibility of the Bible is no more self-evident than is that of the infallibility of the popes.” - Thomas Henry Huxley, 1825 - 1895.. - GOD'S WORD, CHRISTIANITY, PROTESTANTISM, POPES, CATHOLICISM
BIBLE: The Good Book - one of the most remarkable euphemisms ever coined." - Ashley Montegu.
BIBLE: The inspiration of the Bible depends upon the ignorance of the gentleman who reads it.” - Robert G. Ingersoll, 1833 -1899.. - RELIGION, IGNORANCE
BIBLE: The Marquis de Sade, in his several books, has not described a fraction of the cruelties and atrocities that were committed, supposedly upon God's command, in the Bible. Nevertheless, we classed it as a holy writ, rather than an obscene and sadistic text, while even the libertarian thoughts in Sade's writings are still suffering under the illusion and slander that he had nothing to express but sexual perversions. - JZ, 7.4.94.
BIBLE: The oldest written records, including the Old Testament of the Bible, are records of warfare, Unending warfare. - Harry Harrison, Starworld, Grafton Books edition, 1988, p.98 - CHRISTIANITY, RELIGION & WAR
BIBLE: The revelation of God in the Bible does not even follow from Christian concepts. If he wanted to reveal himself, then, due to his love, which would not have permitted him to mislead human beings, and because of his omnipotence, which would have made it possible for him to deliver a book that would be beyond all misunderstandings, that could be grasped by everybody like himself." - Hebbel, Tagebuecher, 23.7.1835. - In the Bible God has revealed himself - if at all - only as an even worse legislator than our politicians are. Look at the thousands of different interpretations that his 'children' could make out of these "holy" scriptures. - JZ, 21.7.86. – GOD, POLITICIANS
BIBLE: There is only one cure for addiction to the Bible: Read it! Don't leave it to the selectors and commentators to read it for you - and do not start too many of your own interpretations. - JZ, 9.7.85.
BIBLE: Unfortunately, the one-book people are still with us, in their crowds, with their prejudices, myths and dogmas and their voting blocks against rights, reason and facts. - Trust no single book, least of all a "holy" one like the Bible. - JZ, 26.9.02.
BIBLE: Upon close reading all holy books offer more errors, wrong premises, wrong conclusions, fallacies, legends, myths and prejudices and, most of all, false, flawed or incomplete moral principles than truths and genuine moral teachings. – By now it should be possible to offer them online with links inserted to all criticized passages to all the critical comments already uttered in literature, lectures or discussions somewhere, by someone and scanned in somewhere and put online. That could significantly help to limit the wrongful and harmful influence of “holy” writings. – JZ, 9.12.97. - HOLY BOOKS, RELIGIONS
BIBLE: What more dismal a prospect could be imagined than that all the universe's knowledge could be contained in one ancient book? Nothing new to discover? Nothing more to be learned? Never again the excitement of exploring the unknown? How pathetic is the future that some would wish upon themselves! - CHRISTIANITY, HEAVEN, HOLY BOOKS, RELIGION, FAITH, WISDOM, BOOKS, KNOWLEDGE
BIBLE: Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and tortuous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we call it the word of a demon than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind." - Thomas Paine, "The Age of Reason", I. 1794. - Roy Halliday, Quotations with an Attitude, online. – However, it also motivates e.g. the Salvation Army people, the Quakers and other benevolent and harmless people and at least can serve as a sort of history book, although it was often censored, purged and “cleansed”. Not enough cleansed e.g. of ideas like collective responsibility and obedience to authority and wrongful notions of “sin”. Very few basic rights and liberties are clearly enough expressed in it. As a moral code it is certainly very deficient. – JZ, 5.1.08. , THE “HOLY” BIBLE, CHRISTIANITY, GOD, CHRISTIANITY, JUDAISM, RELIGION
BIBLE: While not sharing it, it is far from me to consider the belief in revelations to be stupid. Nevertheless, the extent to which absolute authority is conceded to the Bible in matters of world views and conduct of life, is a measure of intelligence. - Max Kemmerich, Aus der Geschichte der menschlichen Dummheit, 1. Die Bibel as Maβstab der Wahrheit.
BIBLE: You can always depend on … the Bible to be good for matters of the heart but hopeless for those of the head … – Bryce Courtnay, The Power of One, Mandarin, 1989, p.382.
BIG BROTHER: The point is whether we really want Big Brother to decide for us." - Roger McBride, A New Dawn, p.88. - Do we really want Big Brother to decide for us? – JZ.
BIG BUSINESS: A big corporation is more or less blamed for being big. It is big only because it gives service. If it doesn't give service, it gets small faster than it grew." - William Knudsen.
BIG BUSINESS: a power over a man's subsistence amounts to a power over his will." - Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist, No.79. - Note that unemployment is government-made and so the dilemma of some employees is still government produced. Except in times of high unemployment and in Japan, most employees change jobs rather frequently, which reduces their dependence. If they were really interested in self-management, they would have taken up one or the other partnership or productive cooperation option long ago. JZ. – Employees e.g. in America have the choice between ca. 10 to 20 million enterprises, many of them also large. Those, who do work for them, invest with them or buy from them are all volunteers. Big businesses can get some wrongful power, e.g. a protectionist monopoly, only through lobbying the real territorial power mongers or through bribery of some officials. – JZ, 25.1.13.
BIG BUSINESS: All too often the wrong term 'economic power' is given to 'influence, respect, authority, fame, high positions' etc., mixing up decision-making power or influence over volunteers and towards other volunteers (in trading) with dictatorial powers over conscripts and tax victims and against other involuntary victims. - JZ, 1.11.81. - Mind you, I too believe that e.g. share companies are not the optimal forms for free enterprises. As a rule they only utilise the propertarian and innovative talents of a few instead of that of the many or all members of an enterprise. And they manage to build up large bureaucracies, empires and fiefdoms, with privileges for the top people, just like kings and princes did in feudalist times. Genuine free enterprise and free market capitalism is not represented by them, never mind the personality cult and hero worship that is conducted by some of the true believers of "capitalism" like Ayn Rand and her followers. Most of them are far from releasing and encouraging all creative energies. - JZ, 27.9.02.
BIG BUSINESS: Although giant industrial enterprises, both publicly and privately owned, command the centre of attention in Europe, America and elsewhere in the 'capitalist' world, it is still a fact that more goods and services are produced by small enterprises and by the self-employed than by the giant firms. These are the natural free enterprisers, for they have been created by and they live in a market economy...." - H. S. Ferns, The Disease of Government, p.140.
BIG BUSINESS: Big Business caters to the needs of the many; it depends exclusively upon mass consumption. In his capacity as consumer the common man is the sovereign whose buying or abstention from buying decides the fate of entrepreneurial activities. The 'proletarian' is the much-talked about customer who is always right." - Mises, Planning for Freedom, p.170/1. - The luxuries of the rich are usually produced by small specialist enterprises. "Big business" and "economic power" are confused, emotional and prejudicial terms. - JZ
BIG BUSINESS: Big business in America today and for some years past has been openly at war with laissez-faire capitalism. Big Business supports a form of State capitalism in which government and big business act as partners..." - Karl Hess, The Death of Politics.
BIG BUSINESS: big business probably was the best avenue toward providing decent conditions for labor ... it was absurd for liberals to swallow the fiction that all virtue lay in smallness, and that all vice inhered in size." - Adolf A. Berle, Jr., Power Without Property, P.13. - Compare OPTIMAL SIZE
BIG BUSINESS: big business, that is, the enterprises which provide the American common man with the highest standard of living ever reached in history." - Mises, Planning for Freedom, p.169.
BIG BUSINESS: Big business, the target of the most fanatic attacks by the so-called leftists, produces almost exclusively to satisfy the wants of the masses. Enterprises producing luxury goods solely for the well-to-do can never attain the magnitude of big business. And today, it is the people who work in large factories who are the main consumers of the products made in those factories." - Mises, Economic Policy, p.3.
BIG BUSINESS: Big businesses foster small businesses.... For example, the US Steel Co. buys from 50,000 small and medium sized concerns and sells to 100,000 more. ... The fact is that big business gives rise to smaller businesses." - V. Orval Watts, THE FREEMAN, 4/73. - But why let mere facts get into the way of a faith? - JZ, 27.9.02.
BIG BUSINESS: Companies flourish and grow large when they meet the needs of consumers. They fail when their products are not accepted by consumers." - Earl W. McMunn, THE FREEMAN, 7/75.
BIG BUSINESS: Don't big business eat up little ones?" – “Certainly, because we do not have a system of free competition, and the government aids large businesses and harasses small ones.” – SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, 4/80. – Under full monetary and financial freedom as well as free trade and free migration, excessively large businesses would soon be brought down to their optimal size. They prosper unnaturally only under governmental favouritism. – JZ, 15.1.13.
BIG BUSINESS: economic power is exercised by means of a positive, by offering men a reward, an incentive...; political power is exercised by means of a negative, by the threat of punishment, injury, imprisonment, destruction." - Ayn Rand: America's Persecuted Minority: Big Business, p.6.
BIG BUSINESS: Far from large-scale industry forcing the knowledge that regulation and big government were inevitable, it was precisely the effectiveness of free-market competition that led big businessmen seeking monopoly to turn to the government to provide such privileges..." – Murray N. Rothbard, in Outside Looking In, p.73.
BIG BUSINESS: If the government is going to have control over economic power, the cleverest and strongest are going to exercise more influence in the direction of control than the weak and powerless. Therefore, I believe in free enterprise because I believe it is the only kind of system under which the capitalist can be kept from having too much power." - Milton Friedman in Australia, 1975, pp 27/28.
BIG BUSINESS: If the public didn't vote with their dollars, the entrepreneur lost control of the means of production and distribution to those better able to satisfy the public's desires." - PURSUIT, 4/72.
BIG BUSINESS: in every country today, 'Big Business' and 'Labor' - that is to say, the greedy and unscrupulous or ignorant among men of great wealth, and the ignorant or criminal men among labor-union leaders, welcome the Government that gives police protection to their monopolies of wealth and labor." - Rose Wilder Lane, The Discovery of Freedom, p.245.
BIG BUSINESS: it is a mistake to suppose that these concentrated groups are always on different sides. After all, big business and big labour unions have common interests vis-à-vis the consumer. It will be in the self-interest of both groups to operate together to exploit the consumer ..." - Milton Friedman, Galbraith & Economic Freedom, p.16. - Add: big government. - JZ
BIG BUSINESS: It is not true that 'big business' promoted fascism. On the contrary, both in Italy and Germany the proportion of fascist sympathisers was smallest in the industrial and banking classes. It is equally untrue that 'big business' profits from fascism; of all the classes it probably suffers most from totalitarian economics and Wehrwirtschaft. ... The businessman is as unfree as his workers. He can neither hire nor fire without a government permit. He must not try to entice an employee away from a competitor. He is told what wages to pay. The price at which he sells his products is arbitrarily fixed. ... In the case of government orders the industrialist is simply commandeered and told what to produce and at what price. Incidentally, up to 80 % of all orders are government orders. ... In a closed economy like the fascist state, which forbids capital exports and enforces compulsory investment, profits are reduced to the status of a bookkeeping entry." - Peter Drucker, quoted by M. Stanton Evans in "Outside Looking In", p. 19.
BIG BUSINESS: It isn’t big business that’s good – but dynamic business.” – John W. Campbell in: The John W. Campbell Letters, vol. 1, 1985 Eds.: Perry A. Chapdelaine, Sr., et al., AC Projects Inc., ISBN 0-931150-16-7, p. 399.
BIG BUSINESS: Money is power only when the government is up for sale." - Mark Tier, 2/75. - CORRUPTION, CAPITALISM, MONOPOLIES, LAWS, LEGISLATORS, REPRESENTATIVES, POLITICIANS
BIG BUSINESS: Of the 500 largest industrial corporations listed by FORTUNE magazine in 1955, only about 57% were left in the 1975 list. Many of the lost companies disappeared because they could not adapt to the new tomorrow that suddenly faced them." - Susan Hastings, in CREATIVE COMPUTING, Sept./Oct., 1978, p. 66.
BIG BUSINESS: small and medium-size establishments do most of the business in the US, the world's most industrialised country. A firm with less than 500 employees is a small or medium sized business by US standards. Such firms, together with farmers and the self-employed, account for two thirds or more of the total work force outside of government service." - V. Orval Watts, THE FREEMAN, 4/73.
BIG BUSINESS: Small is beautiful', wrote Professor Schumacher, and by this three-word aphorism, acquired more fame than by his big books. Cannot our politicians and economists see that the principle applies to banks as well? When this truth glimmers in on them, they may discover that it was state interference that gave us bank monopoly, and so gave rise to all the other monopolies." - Henry Meulen, THE INDIVIDUALIST, 6/78, p. 27.
BIG BUSINESS: That is your choice. Big Business or a much Bigger Government. There is no other alternative." - Barry Goldwater, 1961. - One could have smaller editions of both - or none of either. - JZ, 30.11.86. Leave it up to individuals to choose either or none of them for themselves. - JZ, 9.4.94.
BIG BUSINESS: The argument that factories must be big is just not true in most cases. The average size of factories is already larger in Britain than in the USA, Germany and Japan, yet our industrial productivity is considerable lower than in any of these countries." – Dr. Rhodes Boyson, Goodbye to Nationalisation, p.7.
BIG BUSINESS: The best historical refutation of this thesis is in socialist historian Gabriel Kolko's The Triumph Of Conservatism and Railroads And Regulation. He argues that at the end of the last century businessmen believed the future was with bigness, with conglomerates and cartels, but were wrong: the organisations they formed to control markets and reduce costs were almost invariably failures, returning lower profits than their smaller competitors, unable to fix prices, and controlling a steadily shrinking share of the market. The regulatory commissions supposedly were formed to restrain monopolistic businessmen. Actually, Kolko argues, they were formed at the request of unsuccessful monopolists to prevent the competition which had frustrated their efforts." - David Friedman, The Machinery of Freedom, p.39.
BIG BUSINESS: The businessman, as such, has no power to coerce. He cannot force people to buy his goods or services. He may call upon government for special privilege and thus obtain a coercive monopoly. But by doing this he forfeits his status as purely a businessman and becomes in part a politician, or at least the junior partner of a politician." - Rev. E. Opitz, THE FREEMAN, 10/75. He can't force people to work for him or to invest with him, either. - JZ - CORPORATIONS, CAPITALISM
BIG BUSINESS: The creation of a big company does not keep new small concerns from springing up, as any comparison of old and new Stock Exchange listings will show. – JZ, n.d.
BIG BUSINESS: The difference between political power and any other kind of social 'power', between a government and any private organization, is the fact that the government holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force." - O'Neil, Ayn Rand, p.47.
BIG BUSINESS: The essence of trade is that one party to a transaction exercises no more power than the other party." - Enoch Powell, THE FREEMAN, 5/73. Individuals and small enterprises can and do deal with large businesses on the basis of equality and mutual advantage, especially when they cultivate a trade relationship with not just one big business. - JZ, 7.4.94.
BIG BUSINESS: The size of a business is determined in the free market by its 'box office receipts'." - FEE - Free Market Economic Syllabus.
BIG BUSINESS: The U.S. is supposed to be the home of big business, yet small business is flourishing there in an amazing way. General Motors have 26,000 different suppliers and more than 60% of them are small businesses". Big business and small business are inter-dependent. They need one another as the community needs them both. - Tom Cappie-Wood, quoted in READER’S DIGEST, 2/77.
BIG BUSINESS: This is not to say that economic bigness is bad. It isn't, if it results from economic efficiency. But it is bad if it results from collusion with political rather than with economic power..." - Karl Hess, The Death of Politics.
BIG BUSINESS: under capitalism, the power of any one individual over his fellow man is relatively small. You take the richest capitalist in the world; his power over you and me is trivial compared with that a Brezhnev or a Kosygin has in Russia. Or even compared in the U.S. with that power that an official of the Internal Revenue Service has over you." - Milton Friedman, PLAYBOY, 2/74.
BIG BUSINESS: We - not the rich people - are the real owners of our largest companies. Most of the profits are paid to our retirement funds and insurance companies and endowment funds of educational institutions..." - P. Dean Russell, THE FREEMAN, 2/78. - These assets, in form of certificates, should be transferred to the real owners! - JZ
BIG BUSINESS: What makes a firm big is its success in best fulfilling the demands of the buyers. If bigger enterprises did not better serve the people than smaller ones, they would long since have been reduced to smallness." - Ron Kitching, in a talk, 11.11.75.
BIG BUSINESS: Whatever big business is doing, there is one thing that it certainly is not doing: It is not defending the free market." - Walter Grinder, LIBERTARIAN REVIEW, 4/79.
BIG BUSINESS: When big business and big government have no monopoly or special privileges then the disadvantages of excessive sizes and bureaucratic centralism will reduce them again to normal proportions, depending on the numbers of their satisfied customers. - JZ, 3.11.81, 7.4.94.
BIG BUSINESS: you saw no difference between economic and political power, between the power of money and the power of guns- no difference between reward and punishment, no difference between purchase and plunder, no difference between pleasure and fear, no difference between life and death." - Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, p.990. - Sometimes the awareness really frightens me how primitive and flawed and over-simplified the ideas of most people are on political, economic and social affairs - and how far removed from the fact and the possibilities of freedom. With such a public opinion man-made disasters are never far away and are likely to become prolonged. - Even their over-simplified "black and white" images rarely ever truly represent either colour or genuine opposites. They are mastered by misleading ideas and words. - JZ, 27.9.02.
BIG GOVERNMENT, FIVE LAWS: The Five Iron Laws of Big Government: 1.) Big Government doesn’t work. 2.) Big Government makes things worse, often hurting the very people it is intended to help. 3.) Big Government creates new problems. 4.) Big Government is costly and wasteful. 5.) Big Government diverts money and energy from positive, productive uses. That’s why we must make government small!” – Small Government Act to End the Income Tax in Massachusetts 02/06/02. - Are small territorial governments really quite rightful and good enough? – Even small governments can still be territorial despotisms and often have been. Absolute kings and Czars constitute small governments of a kind, too, single persons, but with too great powers! – JZ, 6.1.08. - In some respects local governments are even more intolerant and meddling that federal or State governments are. Let's abolish territorialism for all sizes of States. Then they would become relatively harmless and sufficiently limited. That means voluntary membership, enforced by individual sovereignty and individual secessionism, also personal laws and the maximum expansion of the tradition of exterritorial autonomy for volunteers. - JZ, 26. 11. 06. – TERRITORIALISM, SIZE, PANARCHISM
BIG GOVERNMENT: A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away." - Barry M. Goldwater, Speech, in West Chester, Pa., 21.10.1964. - ISIL LIBERTY QUOTE LIBRARY 03. WELFARE STATE, HANDOUTS, GOVERNMENT SPENDING, SUBSIDIES, TAXATION, BUDGET, WAR AGAINST THE POOR, GOVERNMENTALISM
BIG GOVERNMENT: A people that demands perpetual handouts and regulatory coddling inevitably makes big government bigger. A government that takes over all the responsibilities of living must make a people ever smaller." - William E. Simon, A Time for Action, p.22. - RESPONSIBILITIES, STATISM, REGULATIONS, HAND-OUTS, WELFARE STATE
BIG GOVERNMENT: A swelling is one of the infallible signs of a sickness underneath, and the swelling of government in America today merely evidences the moral sickness of the people under it. - Big government is for little people. The better the people, the less necessity there is for government. (*) This simple, vicarious relationship between the citizen and his government is obscured today in the fog of our confused political councils." - Clarence Manion, Cause of Corrupt Government. - (*) The worse the people are, the worse any government tends to be - for the worst tend to get to the top of totalitarian or territorially exclusive organizations. - JZ, 9.4.94.
BIG GOVERNMENT: A weak people makes a strong government and a strong government makes a weak people." - From the book of Lord Shang, ca. 350 B.C.
BIG GOVERNMENT: All the great governments of the world - those now existing, as well as those that have passed away - have been of this character. They have been mere bands of robbers, who have associated for purposes of plunder, conquest, and the enslavement of their fellow men. And their laws, as they have called them, have been only such agreements as they have found it necessary to enter into, in order to maintain their organizations, and act together in plundering and enslaving others, and in securing to each his agreed share of the spoils." - Lysander Spooner, Natural Law.
BIG GOVERNMENT: And as this State power grows, social power shrinks and the ability of individuals to manage their own affairs and control their own lives is inhibited, obstructed and crushed." - Roy Childs, Liberty Against Power.
BIG GOVERNMENT: Any government that's big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you've got." - J. G. Schmitz, CA. Congr. - "Any government that gets so big it can give you everything you want will also be so big it can take everything you've got." - Gerald Ford.
BIG GOVERNMENT: As a result of income taxation, we now have a government with far more power than George III ever exercised. It is self-sufficient, independent of the will of the people." - Frank Chodorov, The Income Tax..., p. 119.
BIG GOVERNMENT: As government expands, liberty contracts. – Ronald W. Reagan, 40th U.S. President. – We are still not free to secede from governments and contract for ourselves the kind of society, community or governance system that we wish for ourselves and like-minded people. Territorial statism makes this impossible. – JZ, 26.4.13. – TERRITORIALISM, STATISM, POLITICS AS USUAL, GOVERNMENT EXPANSION, FORCED GROWTH, INSTEAD OF FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION, CONTRACT & EXPERIMENTATION IN EVERY SPHERE, UNDER PERSONAL LAW OR EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY FOR VOLUNTEERS ONLY
BIG GOVERNMENT: At present nothing is safe from the government - except most criminals, and even among these the lawmakers and bureaucrats are largely exempted from prosecution for major crimes with victims. - JZ, revised 9.4.94, 5.11.10.
BIG GOVERNMENT: Australian labour force, April 1977 – 1976: private, 1977: 3.277 mill., 1976: - 3.316 mill. - - government, 1977: 1.451, - 1976: 1.421 - - Unemployed in %, 1977: 5.3%, 1976: 4.3 %. - Source: WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN, 23.7. 1977. - When will the bureaucrats begin to outnumber the producers? - How many of those in private employment are merely there to collect taxes, realize government regulations and produce statistics for the government? To that extent they are public servants, too, but on private payrolls. - JZ, 27.9.02. – According to an email received today, the US government with the crisis it produced, managed to bring unemployment up to 6.5% - Without any government interventionism and if all the monetary, financial and other economic freedom option were utilized, this unemployment rate could be reduced to zero within a week or even sooner. Then immigrants form South- and Middle America and elsewhere would be invited. – But Obama will certainly not introduce that freedom and the victims of USA statism do not know how to take it and how to practise it. The fear of and the prejudice against freedom is still all too strong. – JZ, 8.11.08.
BIG GOVERNMENT: BIG GOVERNMENT = BIG PROBLEMS. - Nizam Ahmad shared I AM THE TEA PARTY!'s photo. – Facebook, 7.2.13.
BIG GOVERNMENT: Big government is bad government." - ERC WORLD MARKET PERSPECTIVE, Canada, 15.10.75.
BIG GOVERNMENT: Big Government Is Bad Government Because Power Attracts The Corrupt. – CNS News, snsnews.com. – If you think it’s bad now, wait until it takes 60% or 70% of GDP! - Philippe Rouchy via Foundation for Economic Education - http://cnsnews.com/blog/lawrence-w-reed/big-government-bad-government-because-power-attracts-corrupt - Facebook, 26.1.13. - POWER & CORRUPTION
BIG GOVERNMENT: Big government is getting bigger every day, penalising productive work and destroying initiative." - JAG, 31.5.75.
BIG GOVERNMENT: Big government is just another name for State socialism. - JZ - We are all against that - but what are we going to do about it? That is the question. JZ, 25.7.77. - TAX STRIKES, SECESSIONISM, REVOLUTION, RESISTANCE, ALTERNATIVE INSTITUTIONS, MONETARY REVOLUTION, PANARCHISM
BIG GOVERNMENT: Big government is neither benevolent nor paternalistic. It has become the master of the people and not their servant. It must be cut down to manageable size. In particular, it must be cleared out of the economy which it has grossly mismanaged." – Workers Party Platform, ca. 1975.
BIG GOVERNMENT: Big government is not a natural resource. It's an unpleasant disease which we Australians have inflicted upon ourselves by voting for politician who have promised us favours at our own expense." – Workers Party leaflet: Something's Wrong in Australia.
BIG GOVERNMENT: Big government is worse government. - JZ, 9.11.91.
BIG GOVERNMENT: Big government makes for small and poor people - apart from some of its favourites. - JZ, 1.7.92.
BIG GOVERNMENT: Big governments, big business and big unions are holding hands - in your pockets. - JZ
BIG GOVERNMENT: Bigness is not necessarily efficiency or economy." ... "Bigness is not necessarily strength." - Peter A. Wright, Australian Campaign Against Centralisation.
BIG GOVERNMENT: Consistent centralisation creates an attitude of mind that all wisdom resides in a few. It's not only insulting, but also untrue." Mr. Fraser.
BIG GOVERNMENT: Do you know how empires find their end? Yes, the great States eat up the little. ... But how do the great States come to an end? By their own injustices, and no other cause. They would make unrighteousness their law, and God wills not that it be so." - Theodore Parker, Sermon, Thanksgiving Day, 1850. - Allow individuals to "eat up" their portions of all the large and small States - by individual secessionism. - JZ, 9.4.94. - And by a general expropriation of all the governmental bureaucracies for the benefit of all their victims. - JZ, 27.9.02.
BIG GOVERNMENT: Government has gone wild. ... Today, in the land we like to think of as the most free on earth, government at all levels reaches into every level of our lives. It controls and it coerces, it bullies and it brags, it browbeats and it blusters. It grows and it grows, feeding without restraint on the energy, the talents, the hopes, the fears, and the futures of the people." - Karl Hess, The Lawless State.
BIG GOVERNMENT: governments consume wealth, they do not create it. Therefore, the bigger the government, the greater consumption of your wealth and the greater damage to the wellbeing of individual Australians..." John Singleton and Bob Howard, Rip van Australia, p. 230.
BIG GOVERNMENT: I wouldn't mind 'big' government if only it were or could be rightful and sensible government. – JZ. - TERRITORIALISM
BIG GOVERNMENT: If the roads, the railway, the banks, the insurance offices, the great joint-stock companies, the universities, and the public charities, were all of them branches of the government; if, in addition, the municipal corporations and local boards, with all that now devolves on them, became departments of the central administration; if the employees of all these different enterprises were appointed and paid by the government, and looked to the government for every rise in life; not all the freedom of the press and popular constitution of the legislature would make this or any other country free otherwise than in name." - J. S. Mill, On Liberty.
BIG GOVERNMENT: Imagine we would get all the government we are paying for!" - Source? Milton or David Friedman?
BIG GOVERNMENT: In earlier times government provided order, if not freedom and defence if not peace. But now, when nuclear and bacteriological weapons can be rocketed or smuggled into any city on earth, central governments are as obsolete as moats and parapets." - VONULIFE, March 73.
BIG GOVERNMENT: In fact, there are now few, if any, areas of human activity that government is forbidden to enter." - Admiral Ben Moreell, Log I/3.
BIG GOVERNMENT: Individualists should oppose the tendency of nations to combine in great units. Governments are up to no good when they seek to become bigger." - Henry Meulen, THE INDIVIDUALIST, 10/77.
BIG GOVERNMENT: Instead of having governments that govern best when they govern least, we have governments that govern worst when they govern most." - A. Schubert, in GOOD GOVERNMENT, Dec.74.BIG GOVERNMENT: It is ... hardly forgivable naivety to believe that a State can be all-powerful in the economic sphere without also being autocratic in the political and intellectual domain and vice versa." - Wilhelm Roepke.
BIG GOVERNMENT: It is not the size of a government that is the problem but, rather, its monopolistic territorial power. E.g., the Salvation Army also forms a kind of world government society, so does the Red Cross, but they are hardly a threat to anyone. One does not have to join them, pay taxes to them, or fear their rules and actions. Some good test are always: 1.) Is one free to secede from it? 2.) Is one free to compete with it in the provision of services? 3.) Is one free to refuse to pay its charges, subscriptions or tribute levies? – JZ, 15.12.11, ON: Poll: Little love for big gov - www.politico.com - , TERRITORIALISM
BIG GOVERNMENT: It is time to get big government off your back and out of your pocket." - President Nixon, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 3.2.73. - How many politicians have said that so far - in order to get onto your back and into your pockets? None of them has significantly reduced the number of laws and the amount of taxes. - JZ, 8.4.94. - "Richard Nixon said, after the election: 'It is time to get big government off your back and out of your pocket.' A few weeks later he proposed the largest federal budget in the nation's history." - Richard Cornuelle, Demanaging America, p.20. - POLITICIANS, PROMISES, BUDGETS, GOVERNMENT SPENDING, TAXATION
BIG GOVERNMENT: once unconfined, government always takes the same form: the rampant destroyer of the only fuel upon which it thrives - liberty!” - Lewis Stearns, in Leonard E. Read's The Free Man's Almanac.
BIG GOVERNMENT: One Big Government plus One Big Bureaucracy, and it will add up to One Big Mistake; made to order by Canberra." - Peter A. Wright, Australian Campaign Against Centralism.
BIG GOVERNMENT: One of the greatest threats to the people of this country is the threat of big government." - Earl W. McMunn, THE FREEMAN, 7/75.
BIG GOVERNMENT: Our government is supposed to be of, by, and for the people, but lately (last 25-40 years, or so) it seems that the government is of, by and for the government." – Dianne Eastman, letter in ANALOG, 7/74.
BIG GOVERNMENT: Remember that a government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you have.” - Davy Crockett – All governments are certainly pretty good at taking what is yours and ignoring or suppressing many of your rights and liberties. – JZ, 8.2.08.
BIG GOVERNMENT: Sir, consider, for a moment, what an utterly false, absurd, ridiculous, and criminal government we now have. It all rests upon the false, ridiculous, and utterly groundless assumption, that fifty millions of people not only could voluntarily surrender, but actually have voluntarily surrendered, all their natural rights, as human beings, into the custody of some four hundred men, called lawmakers, judges, etc., who are to be held utterly irresponsible for the disposal they make of them." - Lysander Spooner, in A Letter to Grover Cleveland, p.12.
BIG GOVERNMENT: The bigger the government is the more it does and the more it costs. And the more it kicks us around." - Workers Party advocate, in NATIONAL TIMES, 11.11.75.
BIG GOVERNMENT: The era of big government is over.” – Bill Clinton, State of the Union Address, January 23, 1996. - And then he went on to increase the already excessively big US government. – JZ, 23. 11. 06.BIG GOVERNMENT: The federal government is so huge that nobody, including the people supposedly in charge of it, knows how big it really is, what it looks like in its entirety or all the things it does." - William E. Simon, A Time for Action. - Bismarck complained already ca. 1875 that 3/4 of all the letters and decisions he had to sign, he had to sign unread - merely because of lack of time. - JZ - It is not the presidents who rule, in practice, but their advisors and assistants. The same applies, largely, even to senators and members of Congress - to the extent that their vote is not already predetermined by top party committees, under "party-discipline". - JZ, 27.9.02.
BIG GOVERNMENT: The Five Iron Laws of Big Government: Big Government doesn't work. - Big Government makes things worse, often hurting the very people it is intended to help. - Big Government creates new problems. - Big Government is costly and wasteful. - Big Government diverts money and energy from positive, productive uses. - That's why we must make government small! – Small Government Act to End The Income Tax in Massachusetts 02/06/02- Rather: We should make every government, society and community merely exterritorially autonomous for its volunteers. That would, mostly, reduce them to their rightful proportions and in the best cases expand them world-wide, for their volunteers. – JZ, 6.4.12. - Their main flaw does not lie in their bigness but in their territorial monopolism and coercion. – JZ, 25.4.13.– STATISM, TERRITORIALISM
BIG GOVERNMENT: The greater the government, the greater the extent of power, and the greater the rip-offs and machinations." - Lawrence White, LIBERTARIAN REVIEW, 11/77.
BIG GOVERNMENT: the growing centralisation of power can only lead to totalitarianism." - Dean Smith in his book on Conservatism, p. 100.
BIG GOVERNMENT: the introduction of government into any area of legitimate endeavour is NEVER an improvement over any state of affairs." - Larry W. Sarner, THE FREEMAN, 11/75.
BIG GOVERNMENT: The less government you have the more it is possible to live as a human being." - Peter Robertson.
BIG GOVERNMENT: The less the activity, the better the government." - Vinoba Bhave, quoted in GOOD GOVERNMENT, 8/75. - Consequently, the do-nothing government is best. - JZ
BIG GOVERNMENT: The less the government acts, the more the people can. - JZ
BIG GOVERNMENT: The men at the top get further and further removed from what is actually going on at the bottom and are therefore more likely to make costly mistakes." - David Friedman, The Machinery of Freedom, p.41.
BIG GOVERNMENT: The more things a government undertakes to do, the fewer things it can do competently." - Henry Hazlitt, Life and Death of the Welfare State. - From this it follows that the less a government would do, the more competently it would do it and if it did nothing at all and dissolved itself, that would be its supreme achievement. - JZ, 9.4.94. – Anyhow: What rightful and necessary jobs were ever quite competently and economically performed by any territorial government? – JZ, 8.11.08.
BIG GOVERNMENT: The one saving grace: the inefficiency of governments." - Milton Friedman, in comments to film: “The Incredible Bread Machine.”
BIG GOVERNMENT: The only thing worse than a big government is a bigger one!" - Karl Hess, An Open Letter to Barry Goldwater.
BIG GOVERNMENT: The power to enforce absolute evil on a population becomes tremendous - and tremendously tempting - when the entire economic apparatus of a nation becomes an integral part of its machinery of rule. When the State possesses the power to deny bread to a man's family, even potential martyrs will hesitate to go against its edicts." - John Chamberlain, The Morality of Free Enterprise, quoted in WESTERN WORLD REVIEW, Summer 67.
BIG GOVERNMENT: The present struggle seems less about abolishing big government than about who gets to use it. –William Greider, One World Ready or Not. - PARTY POLITICS, POLITICIANS, LEADERSHIP STRUGGLES
BIG GOVERNMENT: The principles of the American government, and, indeed, all government, are force, coercion, and privilege, mingled with an uncontrollable tendency toward growth, behind a facade of necessity and public interest." - THE MATCH, 6/75.
BIG GOVERNMENT: The problem is big government. If whoever controls government can impose his way upon you, you have to fight constantly to prevent the control from being harmful. With small, limited government, it doesn’t much matter who controls it, because it can’t do you much harm. – Harry Browne – Even small but also territorial governments can also do much harm and wrong. – JZ, 25.4.13. – LOGAL GOVERNMENTS, STATE GOVERNMENTS, TERRITORIALISM
BIG GOVERNMENT: The surest way to limit state power is to keep it separate from the people's livelihoods." - John Chamberlain on "The Morality of Free Enterprise", quoted in WESTERN WORLD REVIEW, Summer 67.
BIG GOVERNMENT: There one finds arrogance, no simple dignity, no sign of any humility or any sense of responsibility. The bureaucracy is faceless and all-powerful.” - John C. Grover, The Hellmakers, Veritas Publishing Co., PO Box 42, Cranbrook, WA 6321, 1993, p.274. - BUREAUCRACY
BIG GOVERNMENT: Today we are being stripped of our freedom on a daily basis by both big government and the bureaucrats ..." - Ron Manners, in his bookshop list.
BIG GOVERNMENT: Uncontrolled government becomes malignant." - CHRISTIAN ANTI-COMMUNISM CRUSADE NEWSLETTER, July 4th, 1973. – INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, PANARCHISM
BIG GOVERNMENT: We have no right to destroy big government - some people still like it - but we have the right to secede from it and to form our own exterritorially autonomous communities of volunteers. The most suitable penalty for all advocates of big governments is to make them and them alone bear all their costs, burdens and risks. Individual secessionism, combined with exterritorial associationism would leave only large manure heaps. They would be biodegradable. - JZ, 9.4.94.
BIG GOVERNMENT: What is so bad about big government? My indictment of big government is that it is bad because it attacks liberty, prosperity, progress, harmony, and morality. Thanks to big government, we have significantly less of all of those good things than we would if we had been able to keep government right-sized. Big government is cancerous. Like a cancer, it hurts the body and tends to spread, doing more and more harm as it grows. It is time for some radical surgery.” – George C. Leef, director of FEE’s Freeman Society Discussion Clubs. - All the surgery required on present States is the removal of their exclusive territorial powers, including their compulsory membership and subjugation of dissenters. - JZ 26.11.06. – Rather allow dissenting individuals and minorities to secede and do their own things, tolerantly, under personal laws. – JZ, 21.4.13. – STATISM, POWER, CENTRALIZATION, TERRITORIALISM, MONOPOLISM
BIG GOVERNMENT: When I am President, my number one priority will be to get big government off the back of the American people." - Ronald Reagan. – Promises! Promises! – JZ.
BIGNESS: Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction. – E. F. Schumacher – POWER, COMPEXITY, CENTRALIZATION, LEADERSHIP, TERRITORIALISM, STATISM, HUMAN SCALE, DECENTRALIZATION, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES VS. NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY, NATIONALISM, COLLECTIVISM, BIG GOVERNMENT, BIG BUSINESS, MONOPOLISM
BIGNESS: If big alone is bad, maybe we should begin dismantling the government." - Terry P. Brown, WALL STREET JOURNAL, quoted in SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, p. 7, April 76. - Each individual should be free to begin doing so on his own - by his own individual secession. - JZ, 9.4.94.
BIGNESS: in every country today, 'Big Business' and 'Labor' - that is to say, the greedy and unscrupulous or ignorant among men of great wealth, and the ignorant or criminal men among labour - union leaders - welcome the government that gives police protection to their monopolies of wealth and labour." - Rose Wilder Lane, The Discovery of Freedom, p.245.
BIGNESS: Large organization is loose organization. Nay, it would be almost as true to say that organization is always disorganization." - G. K. Chesterton, The Bluff of the Big Shops, Outline of Sanity, 1926.
BIGNESS: Rousseau ... maintains that the 'grandeur of nations, the extension of state' is the 'first and principal source of human woes... Almost all small states, whether republics or monarchies, prosper for the very reason that they are small, that all the citizens know each other... All the large nations, crushed by their own masses, suffer whether... under a monarchy or under oppressors' (chap. V, Considerations sur le gouvernement de la Pologne.). Also see Contrat Social: 'The larger a state becomes, the less freedom there is" (III/1), 'the larger the population, the greater the repressive forces' (III/2)." - G. Sartori, Liberty & Law, 48. - FEDERALISM, NATIONALISM, UNITY, U.N., CENTRALIZATION
BIGNESS: The cruelty of man increases with the size of countries, ..." - Jean Paul, Bemerkungen ueber die Menschen. - "Reasons of State" or "National Security" or "Public Welfare" or "Ethnic Cleansing" have been advanced by them for any kind of atrocity. But the builders of small local empires, i.e. of territorial rule over others, can be genocidal, too (e.g. Bosnians and Serbs in our times), while large exterritorial rule over hundreds of millions of faithful can be rather mild, like the example of the Catholic Church has shown in modern times. The real evil is the totalitarian territorial claim - and its sanction by all too many of its victims. - JZ, 9.4.94.
BIGNESS: The great concentrations of economic power, which are called monopolies today, did not grow despite government's anti-monopolistic zeal. They grew, largely, because of government policies, such as those making it more profitable for small businesses to sell out to big companies rather than fight the tax code alone. Additionally, federal fiscal and credit policies and federal subsidies and contracts have all provided substantially more assistance to big and established companies than to smaller, potentially competitive ones. The auto industry receives the biggest subsidy of all through the highway program on which it prospers, but for which it surely does not pay a fair share. (*) Airlines are subsidised and so protected that newcomers can't even try to compete. Television networks are fantastically advantaged by FCC licensing, which prevents upstarts from entering a field where big old-timers have been established. Even in agriculture, it is large and established farmers who get the big subsidies - not small ones who might want to compete. Government laws specifically exempting unions from antitrust activities have also furthered a monopoly mentality. And, of course, the 'public utility' and 'public transportation' concepts have specifically created government - licensed monopolies in the fields of power, communications and transit. THIS IS NOT TO SAY THAT ECONOMIC BIGNESS IS BAD. IT ISN'T, IF IT RESULTS FROM ECONOMIC EFFICIENCY. BUT IT IS BAD IF IT RESULTS FROM COLLUSION WITH POLITICAL RATHER THAN WITH ECONOMIC POWER. ..." - Karl Hess, Death of Politics. - Capitalised by me. I knew of small Berlin firms that got bankrupted through their tax debts - while not even permitted to clear them against claims they had against government departments for government orders - while tax debts of large firms were often cancelled, since their bankruptcies would have thrown large batches of unemployed on the street. - (*) In Australia the vehicle owners, in petrol taxes alone, pay about 20 times the amounts spent on road building and maintenance. – JZ.BIGNESS: The working of great institutions is mainly the result of a vast mass of routine, petty malice, self-interest, carelessness and sheer mistake. Only a residual fraction is thought." - George Santayana, The Crime of Galilio. - Compare: Count Oxenstierna, 1648: "You do not realize, my son, with how much stupidity a country is governed!" - GOVERNMENT, STUPIDITY, RULERS, PRIME MINISTERS, POLITICIANS, REPRESENTATIVES, STATESMEN
BIGNESS: There is no such thing as a little country. The greatness of a people is no more determined by their number than the greatness of a man is determined by his height." - Victor Hugo, Speech, Nov. 17, 1862. - "Big people are sometimes small men and little people are often really big." - Dagobert D. Runes, A Dictionary of Thought, p.50.
BIGNESS: Through an unwieldy combination of big government, big military, big business, big labor and big cities, we have created an unworkable mega-nation, which defies central management and control. Not only is the United States too big, but it has also become too authoritarian and too undemocratic, and its states assume too little responsibility for the solution of their own social, economic, and political problems.” – Dr Thomas Naylor, professor emeritus of economics at Duke University. - Not only States and local governments but also individuals are made largely irresponsible and their voluntary, possible and desirable self-help organizations in the political, economic and social sphere are not getting the exterritorial autonomy they would need to freely practise their alternative systems at their own risk and expense. - The territorial statist point of view is always too limited to be quite rightful and sufficient. - JZ, 26. 11. 06. - CENTRALIZATION, STATISM, AUTHORITARIANISM, POWER & RESPONSIBILITY, TERRITORIALISM, IMPERIALISM, NATIONALISM
BILL OF RIGHTS: A Bill of Rights that means what the majority wants it to mean is worthless. – Justice Atonin Scalia– All governmental and territorial bills of rights should become replaced by an as complete and clear declaration of all individual rights and liberties as could and should by now be compiled an published by a sufficient number of private people, interested in tackling this job. However, where are they? I have still to encounter even one, since 1969, when my best friend, Ulrich von Beckerath, died. – To encourage participation in this job and provide raw material for it, I compiled a digitized anthology of over 130 private human rights drafts, produced in the past, as many as I could find. They are online on a CD reproduced at www.butterbach.net - but I have still got no responses to this appeal, either. – Even anarchists and libertarians tend to neglect as important enlightenment jobs. - JZ, 26.4.13. – A DECLARATION OF ALL INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES IS NEEDED – BUT STILL NOT PROVIDED OR COMPILED BY A SUFFICENT NUMBER OF INTERESTED PEOPLE. NEW DRAFT, MAJORITIES, STATISM
BILL OF RIGHTS: Governments restrict or suppress numerous basic rights by their constitutions, laws, regulations and administrative and juridical monopolies. In Australia there is not even a paper bill of rights on the statute book to prevent this. We should try to define what basic rights no government or authority may interfere with and should keep working at extending such a code. I have particularly in mind the rights to issue private money, own, trade and invest freely, not to be subjected to unasked for fees and charges for unwanted services, the right to resist, bear arms, to secede, to commit tyrannicide, to price freely, to engage in any profession, to refuse to join any organisation, to refuse to accept government currency or to discount it freely, to organise with other volunteers in exterritorially autonomous protective associations, to secede from any State, army or union, to travel and migrate anywhere, freely. Compare the over 130 private drafts of human rights codes in PEACE PLANS 589/90, which I offer digitized, hoping to stimulate a discussion and compilation of an ideal human rights declaration. – JZ
BILL OF RIGHTS: The Bill of Rights has lost most of its meaning. There is no effective limit on government's power to tax and command, to destroy the value of our money, to invade our privacy, to wage war and to strap us into our motorcars. But the people can, when they want to, redefine their rights and force the front office to accept whatever definitions they devise." - Richard Cornuelle, Demanaging America, 144. - HUMAN RIGHTS, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS, NATURAL LAW, NATURAL RIGHTS
BILL OF RIGHTS: The Bill of Rights is a born rebel. It reeks with sedition. In every clause it shakes its fist in the face of constituted authority … It is the one guarantee of human freedom to the American people. – Frank I. Cobb (1869-1923), LAFOLLETTE'S MAGAZINE, 01/20. – The US Bill of Rights amendments to the constitution is very incomplete, too and has not really guaranteed any right or liberty against infringements by numerous laws. Against a clear statement in the second amendment an estimated 10,000 to even 30,000 laws have been passed. – JZ, 24.4.13. - BY ALL GOVERNMENTS
BILL OF RIGHTS: The boast of the 19th century was its conquest of these accursed plagues that attack men, women, and helpless infants indifferently. What shall be said of the 20th century, which has recreated them, at great expense and through the efforts of thousands of brilliant but perverted scientific minds, and then stored them live in installations throughout the country, where it is virtually certain, statistically, that an accident will unleash them upon an unsuspecting public, sooner or later?" - Ezra Pound, quoted by R. A. Wilson in Illuminatus III, Leviathan, 249. – ABC MASS MURDER DEVICES, NUCLEAR WAR THREAT, COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY, WAR, TERRITORIALISM, WARFARE STATE
BILL OF RIGHTS: The only guaranty of the Bill of Rights, which continues to have any force and effect, is the one prohibiting quartering troops on citizens in time of peace. All the rest have been disposed of by judicial interpretation and legislative whittling. – H. L. Mencken in www.strike-the-root.com – THE GOVERNMENTAL ONE, LEGISLATION, JURISDICTION, STATISM, TERRITORIALISM
BILL OF RIGHTS: The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy. One's right to life, liberty and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly may not be submitted to vote; they depend on no elections. – Robert H. Jackson (1892-1954), U.S. Supreme Court Justice, West Virginia Board of Education vs. Barnette, 1943. – CONSTITUTIONALISM, VOTING, INDIVIDUAL HUMAN RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, POLITICS, LAWS, FREEDOM
BILL OF RIGHTS: There can be no statute of limitations on crimes against the Bill of Rights.” - L. Neil Smith, Lever Action, A Mountain Media Book, 2001, firstname.lastname@example.org, p. 104. , HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS & STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS
BILL: The term “bill” is equally applied to a law proposal and a club, mostly for laws that act like a club. It is also used for an account due notice, a short-term and sound commercial bill. The term was abused for mere financial bills, pretending to be sound commercial bills. Some bankers were so ignorant that they did not know the difference or did not know their own customers’ business sufficiently to distinguish them. The extra taxes due to any new legal bill and required to cover its other and mostly unintended consequences, will soon follow and they will, ultimately, be enforced with the aid of the policemen’s club or “bill”. All this robbery and violence is being sanctioned by what is misnamed “the law” or the territorialist constitution or official monopoly jurisdiction. – Abuses of power are involved in most cases. The only harmless and even beneficial commercial “bill” of exchange, a “real bill” or “commercial bill”, promising payment or clearing within a short period for goods and services sold, and then competitively turned, temporarily into sound banknotes or clearing certificates, by discounting them, in free turnover credits, notes and certificates, useful especially for wage and salary payments, and for paying for daily required consumer goods and services, once common under at least a degree of full monetary freedom, has been largely discontinued. The kind of free note-issue banking associated with them (Real Bills Doctrine) has been outlawed, largely to make room for the wrongful and coercive as well as unsound note issues of monopolistic central banks. This was done with the support by banking “experts” who never really understood the banking and clearing principles involved in the “real bills doctrine”, including sound value reckoning, and who did imagined, like many still do, that rare metal redemption is required to give banknotes any value. – Once the “real bills doctrine” was widely understood as the “banking principle” of sound banks of issue under the then common and best form of free banking. However, other and flawed forms of “free banking” were pushed by legislators and supposed experts. Especially the various “asset currencies”, comparable to bonds, shares or mortgage letters in money denominations and without a sufficient clearing or reflux foundation, or “shop-foundation” immediately or in the very near future. – And sound issues of e.g. various “shop currencies”, with a sufficient goods and service foundation, were also legally and juridically suppressed, - to support one of the worst monopolies, the issue monopoly of the government’s central bank, a monopoly demanded by Marx and Engels, in their “Communist Manifesto”, to help them overthrow the “bourgeois” or capitalist or free enterprise of free market economy. - In that they succeeded, for all too long and an all too large a degree. – Perhaps the only other quite rightful and harmless bill is the “Bill” of the Christian name. – Not that every carrier of that name is harmless. E.g., Bill Clinton. I do not know how the original Australian’s outback teapot, called “billy” acquired this name. - JZ, 21.9.08, 25.1.13.
BIPARTISAN: The word 'bipartisan' usually means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out." - George Carlin - Absolutely ... bipartisan is when both sides are in on the deal. We're far better off with partisan fighting where at least there is debate. - Steven Greenhut – PARTIES, DEMOCRACY,
BIRTH CONTROL: Some Malthusians believe in birth control (compulsory, bureaucratically run) and in India they practised it, e.g. by compulsory sterilisations and in Red China by enforcing caesarean abortions upon women, 7 1/2 months pregnant. They overlook that parents, who can maintain e.g. 6 or even 60 kids, are entitled to have them. If these parents possess no legal monopolies, then their income, and with it their means to support children, has been democratically voted to them, by satisfied customers, and be they only enthusiastic listeners of a particular rock band. - JZ, 11.3.84, revised 9.4.94. - ABORTION, CHILDREN'S RIGHTS
BIRTH CONTROL: Voluntary and free conception controls by the individuals involved rather than birth controls or abortions, sanctified by official decision-makers. – JZ, 12.11.99. - ABORTION
BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS: I am often and automatically asked to celebrate the birthday of libertarian friends. Why? They are no longer infants or children and many of them, like me, are getting on in age. We should rather celebrate a new libertarian ideas, slogan, publication. At least for libertarians there should be thousands of things much more important than birthdays. – JZ, 3.10.11, on Facebook.
BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS: We should celebrate the discovery and publication of sound ideas, important facts and discoveries - rather than mere personal birthdays, which almost no rational adult takes really serious any longer. – JZ on Facebook, comment to Wall Photos
BITTERNESS: Better, not bitter! 'It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.' Cursing the darkness is harmful, not helpful. Not only does this tactic fail to dispel the prevailing darkness but, worse, it darkens and literally poisons the soul of anyone who so indulges, as most M.D.'s will attest. Be done with bitterness. What then? Accept the fact that neither you nor anyone else has gone very far in understanding the freedom philosophy and explaining it clearly. Frankly, all of us are babes in the woods. The best any of us can do is to concentrate on achieving maturity, on becoming better. Not only is this procedure joyous and psychologically sound but, to the extent it succeeds, to that extent is light increased and darkness dispelled." - Leonard E. Read, NOTES FROM FEE, 3/74. – HATE, ANGER, FRUSTRATION, CURSING, COMPLAINING, SELF-IMPROVEMENT, ENLIGHTENMENT, NEW DRAFT
BLACK MARKET: A free market operating without the government's legal sanction." - Harry Browne, You Can Profit from a Monetary Crisis, p.390.
BLACK MARKET: And then sometimes the government comes out and says 'We forbid you to produce this.' You know what we do? We produce it anyway. We call it a 'Black Market'. A black market is just a free market driven underground by some silly regulation put out by a bureaucrat somewhere. That's all it is. Of course, we call it a criminal act because the government doesn't know the difference between a criminal and a free man. Both of them confuse the people in government." - Robert LeFevre, Good Government, p.10. - PROHIBITION, RESTRICTIONISM, DRUGS, SMUGGLING, FREE MARKET
BLACK MARKET: Black Marketeers'; they're people who allow the market to function in spite of government attempts to kill it off." - Robert Brakeman, OPTION, 2/77.
BLACK MARKET: Black markets are a sure sign of an oppressive regime." - Du Bois, THE CONNECTION 119, p.34, 29 Apr. 84.
BLACK MARKET: Black Markets as the Finest Markets of Them All." - Quoted by Robert Brakeman, in OPTION, 2/77. - In the absence of full publicity and juridical avenues they are not the finest markets but, nevertheless, they are more rightful and useful than the official ones. - JZ, 9.4.94, 9.11.08.
BLACK MARKET: In Germany the Gross National Produce was estimated at ca. 1,800 milliards DM in 1986. Black market transactions were estimated to come to ca. 200 milliards. (In the U.S. 1 milliard = 1 billion.) In Italy in this year the black market was supposedly covering 30% of all transactions. - Once black market transactions come to cover between 50 and 90% of all transactions, we will already be close to liberty, through such alternative supplies of wanted goods and services. Wanted government services should also be supplied competitively and on free markets, based upon voluntary taxation and subscriptions. - JZ, version of 9.4.94.
BLACK MARKET: In his new book, Stealth of Nations: The Global Rise of the Informal Economy, Neuwirth points out that small, illegal, off-the-books businesses collectively account for trillions of dollars in commerce and employ fully half the world’s workers. They see themselves as supporting their family, hiring people, and putting their relatives through school—all without any help from the government or aid networks. It’s based purely on unfettered entrepreneurialism. I’m basically using the term to refer to all the economic activity that flies under the radar of government. So, unregistered, unregulated, untaxed, but not outright criminal. - Ludwig von Mises Institute - Evan Sarver : According to recent estimates, black and grey market activity accounts for 55% of the global economy. – Ludwig von Mises Institute - Today, System D is the economy of aspiration. It is where the jobs are. In 2009, the OECD concluded that HALF the workers of the world - close to 1.8 billion people - were working in System D: off the books, in jobs that were neither registered nor regulated, getting paid in cash, and avoiding income taxes. After the financial crisis of 2008-9, System D was revealed to be an important financial coping mechanism. Studies of countries throughout Latin America have shown that desperate people turn to System D to SURVIVE during the most recent FINANCIAL CRISIS. - Robert Neuwirth, Stealth of Nations: The Global Rise of the Informal Economy, Facebook, 16.10.12. - UNDERGROUND ECONOMY, INFORMAL ECONOMY, 50-55% OF ALL EXCHANGES
BLACK MARKET: in OECD (i.e. broadly free-market) economies the average size of the black economy is 14 % of the GDP, but in Third World African economies it is 54 %.” - Margaret Thatcher, Statecraft, 2002, HarperCollins, – p.418. – For the figures she refers to an address by Professor Friedrich Schneider, published by Centre for the New Europe, Liberty Briefing I, 2001. – These are considerable percentages for people simply taking rightful liberties, even when these are against the laws. – I consider them to be among the positive signs of the times. – My mother, who would have been 100 today, also undertook such free market activities and also sheltered “illegals” during the Nazi regime. - JZ, 9.10.07. – INFORMAL. UNOFFICIAL OR UNDERGROUND FREE MARKETS
BLACK MARKET: No market should ever be made a black market." - Paul Lepanto, Return to Reason, p.130. – Well, I for one do not favour free trade in mass extermination devices. – JZ, 5.11.10.
BLACK MARKET: The black market was a way of getting around government controls. It was a way of enabling the free market to work. It was a way of opening up, enabling people. - Milton Friedman - FREEDOM - ECONOMY
BLACK MARKET: While black markets are better than no markets or official markets, they are not, by themselves, good enough yet - until they have finally become fully free markets. - JZ, 27.4.89, 9.4.94.
BLACK: Black can also be beautiful. - Black is also beautiful. - JZ, 6.9.81. "Nice people come in all colours." - Bumpersticker, that I got once, but have never again seen since. - JZ – What is below the skin colour and what is in the head is what really matters. – JZ, 9.11.08, 25.1.13. - APARTHEID, COLOUR BAR, INTEGRATION, SEGREGATION, PANARCHISM, RACISM
BLAME: the conflict between those who try to fix the problem and those who try to fix the blame." - Michael F. Flynn, Six Astounding Years, ANALOG, Jan. 90, p. 76. - SOLUTIONS, GUILT, PROBLEMS, PERSONAL THINKING, CAUSAL THINKING, SCAPE-GOATISM, COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY, INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY, RESPONSIBILITY
BLAME, UNDESERVED: One says that vain self-praise stinks; that may be: but what smell is produced by another’s unjustified criticism, for that the public has no nose.” – Goethe, Sprueche in Prosa. – JZ rough tr. of: “Man sagt, eitles Eigenlob stinket; das mag sein, was aber fremder und ungerechter Tadel fuer einen Geruch habe, dafuer hat das Publikum keine Nase.”
BLAMING OTHERS? If something goes wrong blame yourself first. You have done something wrong.” – Heard on radio, 17.10.95. – That may not always be true but is a good advice, nevertheless, until the matter becomes clarified. Only sometimes is the blame quite rightly put on one-side only. Often both sides are somewhat to blame. That is almost always true when government authorities are involved on both sides. – JZ, 21.9.08.
BLINDNESS: John Milton's famous saying: "It is not miserable to be blind; it is miserable to be incapable of enduring blindness", applies only to physical blindness. For mental blindness the reverse is true: It is miserable to be mentally blind. It is also miserable to be capable of enduring this blindness. - JZ, in PP 29.
BLOCKADES: An economic embargo was once regarded as an act of war, and for good reason. It is a slow-motion mass murder. We might have learned from history that inflicting mass starvation on a population can come back to haunt us. During World War I the Allies inflicted a devastating hunger blockade on Germany that lasted for months after the armistice. The starving children, who didn't perish, grew up to become Hitler's soldiers.” - Sheldon Richman, www.fff.org, quoted in FREEDOM NETWORK NEWS, No. 57. Did the blockade make the Kaiser or the generals starve or, rather, their German victims? It is one of the crimes committed out of collective responsibility notions. - JZ, 27.2.02. - EMBARGOS
BLOOD BANK: It should not call itself a bank while it asks for charitable deposits. - JZ, 12.12.92. A genuine blood bank would pay market prices for blood and would deduct only the costs of thorough testing or would charge these costs to the recipients. Then demand and supply would always tend to meet. Alternatively, for a fee, it might store quantities of your own blood for your own use and those of your family that could use it. - Why do we never hear how much blood becomes aged and useless in blood banks? - JZ, 9.4.94.
BLOODSHED: It’s going to cost a lot of blood. … anything worth having must be purchased with blood.” - Stephen Coonts, Hong Kong, ORION, 2000, p.100. - How much blood was shed when the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain finally fell? A monetary and a financial revolution would not require any bloodshed and it could, nevertheless, achieve much more than most violent revolutions did. Enterprises could also be profitably bought by their employees, rather than expropriated in a civil war. – Mussolini was finally overthrown with very little bloodshed. In the “glorious” English revolution of 1688 only a skirmish occurred, which could, probably, have been avoided as well. - JZ, 13.2.12. – REVOLUTIONS, SOCIAL REVOLUTION, PURCHASE OF ENTERPRISES BY THEIR EMPLOYEES, MONETARY & FINANCIAL REVOLUTION, VIOLENCE, NON-VIOLENCE,
BLOODSHED: What costs blood is certainly not worth any blood.” – (“Was Blut kosted ist gewiss kein Blut wert.") - Lessing, Ernst und Falk, p.206. - Certainly or only mostly? - JZ - VIOLENCE, SACRIFICES, RESISTANCE
BLOW-OUTS IN GOVERNMENT SPENDING: Auditor-General reveals $4 billion blow-out in Solar Bonus Scheme - www.smh.com.au - Actually, it started with $ 400,000 and only a misunderstanding in a typical political horse-trading deal, turned it into $400 million and then ignorance and prejudice into $ 4 billion. - I mislaid a recent clipping on this. – JZ, 7.11.11, on Facebook. – Intentionally or unintentionally, governments do not even get their accounting right. – JZ, 17.1.13.
BLOWFLIES & HUMAN BEINGS: I do admire the blow-flies. They do know what is good for them and they do go after it – very fast. In this respect they are a thousand-fold better than most human beings are, who are, rather, inclined to choose what is bad for them and cannot make up their “minds” as fast. – JZ, 28.11.11, 23.2.12. – Except when it comes to utter and act upon popular errors, myths and prejudices. – JZ, 12.4.12. - INTEREST IN INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES
BLUEPRINTS: If mankind should become another failed experiment of nature, an experiment to develop rational beings, forming a free, just, tolerant and therefore peaceful society, then I want that failure at least not to be ascribed to the failure to supply blueprints towards the successful development of mankind, which point out all its development options under freedom. - JZ, 3.10.87. - IDEAS ARCHIVE, PEACE PLANS, CD-PROJECT, PROGRAMS, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS DECLARATION, RIGHTFUL WAR-P & PEACE AIMS, LIBERATION & REVOLUTION PROGRAMS
BOARDS: A 'board ... will do everything but get off the producers' and consumers' backs.' - Mrs. E. Serpell, PROGRESS, Sep. 66.
BOARDS: A board is long, hard and narrow. It is made of wood.” - Arthur C. Clarke, A Fall of Moondust, in the beginning of chapter XVI.
BOARDS: Bureaus and laws are the rugs we're sweeping all our dirty problems under. The way to rid ourselves of problems is not to hide them. We should open every problem to the light of the free market and then watch that problem disappear... easily, quickly, efficiently." - Joan Marie Leonard, THE FREEMAN, 4/77.
BOARDS: In our so-called free enterprise economy today, Federal Government Ministers control over 347 different boards, committees, councils etc., which regulate or prevent free, voluntary trade in some way. A further large number of State and Local Government bodies could be added to that..." - "It's no wonder our economy is in such a mess. Imagine over 347 boards, committees, councils, etc. trying to do for various large sections of our economy what the Postmaster-General's Department has done for the Post Office." – Workers Party advertisement, NATIONAL TIMES, 15.12.75.
BOARDS: Lambro names over a 1,000 agencies, offices, bureaus, boards and so on, and then analyses fifty of them in depth, showing that their elimination would save 25 billion dollars. And this is only the beginning: 'The 50 cuts proposed in this book are really intended to represent a cross section of the total cuts that could be made in federal spending.'" - THE FREEMAN, Nov. 75, Edward A. Lewis on: Donald Lambro: The Federal Rathole. - GOVERNMENT SPENDING, BUDGET, TAXATION, BUREAUCRACY
BOARDS: Larger building projects in Australia have to go through ca. 150 bureaucratic steps to gain all the required official approvals. Together these might cost more to acquire than the good building materials that will be needed for the projects. - JZ
BOARDS: Regulatory commissions are used to squelch competition and foster monopoly on behalf of the major businesses in the very industries regulated." - Roy Childs, Liberty Against Power, p.5.
BOARDS: Tariff Board, Milk Board, Egg Board, Wool Board, Wheat Board, etc. We need a Customer's Board for self-defence, with members armed, organized and trained for self-defence against all these usurpers, exploiters and parasites. - JZ, 1966, 9.4.94.
BOARDS: the controlling boards and agencies quickly become dominated by representatives of the very industries and channels of commerce they are supposed to regulate, leading to even greater exploitation of consumer and public, ... a fact well attested by this time..." - Robert A Nisbet, The New Despotism, p.17.
BOARDS: The description of a governmental board as something long, and narrow, and wooden, applies equally to a board of directors which keenly feels the absolutism of its powers." - John Leith, Man to Man, p.203. - HIERARCHIES, BUREAUCRACY, COMMITTEES, CORPORATIONS, RANK, STATUS, POSITION, DECISION-MAKING, CENTRALISATION, MANAGEMENT, REGULATIONS, LAWS, SELF-MANAGEMENT
BOARDS: The fashion of the time is to run to Government boards, commissions, and inspectors to set right everything, which is wrong. No experience seems to damp the faith of our public in these instrumentalities." – W. G. Sumner, What Social Classes Owe to Each Other, p.85. - STATISM, ETATISM, LIBERALISM, WELFARE STATE, BUREAUCRACY, CONTROLS, REGULATIONS, COMMITTEES
BOARDS: The federal government has 1500+ advisory committees (not that it listens to advice); last year 397 did not even hold a meeting, and 303 met only once. 891 issued no reports. All this costs $ 52 million a year." - NE. – SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, 8/77, p.7. - QUANGOS, REGULATIONS, BUREAUCRACY, COMMITTEES, COMMISSIONS
BOARDS: The I.C. is just a board, and a board may be defined as a long, narrow, and wooden thing.” - L. Sprague De Camp, Finished, ASTOUNDING SF, Nov. 1949, p. 146. - BUREAUCRACY, COMMISSIONS, ROYAL COMMISSIONS, BOARDS OF ENQUIRY, PARLIAMENTS, COMMITTEES
BOARDS: There is no lack of machinery for squandering the taxpayer's money. ... establishing a bewildering range of ad hoc bodies to advise, chivy, coax, pressurise, shame, bribe, and coerce private firms into doing what the Government wanted." – Dr. Rhodes Boyson, editor, Goodbye to Nationalization, p.13/14. - BOARDS: Throw the boards overboard! - JZ, 21.10.74.
BOARDS: Under freedom there would no longer be any privileged boards or any of their enforced regulations. Let everyone have his own board or be subject to none. Let agencies be truly agencies, not rulers. Let representatives represent instead of pretending to represent. Beat the egg board, eat the bread board, roast the meat board, feed the wheat board to the birds and let the fruit fly wipe the citrus board out. Board and singe or burn the boards or throw them overboard. Civil disobedience towards all boards. - JZ, n.d. - AUTHORITIES, QUANGOS, REGULATIONS
BOARDS: We can certainly do without Quangos which 'protect' us from cheap air fares, discount petrol or 'dumped' imported goods." - LIBERTARIAN DIGEST, Sydney, 4/83. [Quasi Autonomous Non-Government Organizations. – Alas, they are not panarchies of volunteers but legalized and bureaucratic territorial power-mongers. – JZ, 5.11.10.]]
BOARDS: You can't trust any existing agency of government to protect the interests of the people of this country." - Earl W. McMunn, THE FREEMAN, 7/75.BOARDS: You will rue the day that you handed yourself and us over to the government." - Vic Thomas, on the establishment of the Milk Board.
BODYGUARDS: I had always a healthy suspicion of governments whose chiefs had to surround themselves with bodyguards. - H. Beam Piper & John Mcguire, Lone Star Planet, 259. On my U.S. trip, in 1990, I was told, in Detroit, that the local mayor had 65 bodyguards. Imagine the salary amounts we could save if we abolished the mayor's office - or merely his bodyguards, letting nature, here wronged citizens, take over. However, a more peaceful and less bloody approach would be to let individual citizens secede from municipal authorities as well as from local country governments, State governments and federal governments. Perhaps a special voting should be instituted for any government official? As soon as 100 citizens demand the death penalty for him, he should be presumed guilty enough to be executed! Some might want to bring that number down to 12 jurors. If any voluntary, competing and exterritorially autonomous government were subject to that kind of retaliation, constitutionally established, it would tend to treat the rights and liberties of its subjects as carefully as each of its members does his own eyeballs. In some SF stories the ruler is made to feel himself all of the pain inflicted by his government upon any of its citizens. I wish it could be done. Running for office would no longer be a popular sport then. As it is, we pay them a high salary for ignorant, prejudiced, corrupt and irresponsible actions. - JZ 9.4.94. - LEADERSHIP, POLITICIANS, TYRANNICIDE
BOLDNESS: Honour and fame go to the bold, and the meek are left to haggle over the scraps." - Matt Braun, Black Fox, Coronet Books, London, 1972, p. 115. - Would this world not be a much better place without the conventional honour, fame and boldness? The totalitarian communists and he Nazis had plenty of these "qualities". Much else was lacking in them. - JZ 9.4.94.
BOLDNESS: In grave difficulties and with little hope, the boldest measures are the safest." - Livy, 59 B.C. - 17 A.D. - Provided they are rightful, rational and suitable, too. A MAD: Mutual Assured Destruction “deterrence” policy or a Doomsday Bomb may be bold - but does not fulfil any other sensible requirement. - JZ, 9.4.94. – Perhaps we should boldly establish well trained, armed and organized militias of volunteers, exclusively for the protection of all individual rights and liberties? Such an ideal force has no more existed as yet than a declaration of all such rights and liberties, but it would be the most important and could become the most powerful and yet self-limiting armed force ever. – Can e.g. nuclear disarmament be achieved without it? - JZ, 9.11.08. - ARMS, WEAPONS, MILITIA, RESISTANCE, REVOLUTION, TYRANNICIDE
BOLDNESS: Men of principle are sure to be bold, but those who are bold may not always be men of principle." - The Wisdom of Confucius, Analects, 6th c. B.C., bk. xiv, c.v., 14.5, in tr. James Legge. – PRINCIPLES, CRIMINALS, LEADERSHIP, POLITICIANS, BUREAUCRATS
BOLDNESS: This country was founded by the bold and cannot be maintained by the timid." - unknown newspaper editor. - It should not be maintained as it is, a territorial State - but the road to liberty should be boldly entered again. - JZ, 27.9.02.
BOLSHEVISM: Bolshevism carries to the extreme the authoritarian state-concept of Tsarism by suppressing indiscriminately all free exchange of ideas..." - Rudolf Rocker, Nationalism & Culture, 431. - and of goods and services! - JZ
BOLSHEVISM: Goldman later argued that Bolshevism in practice was not a form of voluntary communism but rather compulsory State communism." - Peter Marshall, Demanding the Impossible, 400, referring to Emma Goldman, Red Emma Speaks, p. 360.
BOLSHEVISM: In March 1920 ... resolution proposed by the Anarcho-Syndicalist Executive Bureau (Maksimov, Iarchuk & Sergei Martens) which censored the Bolshevik regime for inaugurating 'unlimited and uncontrolled domination over the proletariat and peasantry, frightful centralism carried to the point of absurdity ... destroying in the country all that is alive, spontaneous and free.'" - Vmestro programmy p. 28, in Avrich, The Russian Anarchists, p.223.
BOLSHEVISM: Their bitter charge that the Bolsheviks were a caste of self-seeking intellectuals who had betrayed the masses rang forth louder than ever." - Paul Avrich, The Russian Anarchists, p.170. - Not intellectuals but pseudo intellectuals of the lowest order. Like most of the kind and nice Salvation Army people, they even tend to look a bit simple-minded. But as totalitarians and contrary to the Salvos, they were vicious – at least towards proprietors, their main enemy. - JZ, 28.6.92, 27.9.02.
BOMBING, TERRORISM, OFFICIAL & PRIVATE: Terrorists who bomb create terrorists who bomb. - Andy Wright shared his own photo. - Facebook, 6.7.12. – AIR RAIDS BY GOVERNMENTS & PRIVATE TERRORISM
BOMBS: Bombs and rockets, whether used by governments or private terrorists, apply the wrongful and self-defeating "principles" or "collective responsibility" and "territorialism" - tacitly or expressly taught in all government run or supervised schools. These false "principles" are explicitly or implicitly upheld, to the exclusion of their opposites, not only by all "educational" establishments of governments but also exclusively and continuously spread by the mass media, and by most writers of books, and public lecturers, who were mis-educated through the governmental education system. ABC mass murder devices are the inevitable consequence of the thoughtless or uncritical application of these "principles". They can only lead us to the general holocaust. - JZ, 20.9.00, 30.1.02. - AIR RAIDS, TERRORISM, COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY, SELF-DEFENCE, DEFENCE, AGGRESSION, WEAPONS, GUNS, NUCLEAR WAR THREAT, TERRITORIALISM, EXTERRITORIAL IMPERATIVE, INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY, PEACE
BOMBS: The biggest danger of the bomb is the explosion of stupidity that it provokes." - Octave Mirbeau. - The stupidity of most bomb throwers is revealed by their selection of targets. - JZ 29.3.94. - Mass murder devices not only provoke stupidities but are also the result of stupidity and immorality on colossal scale. - JZ, 27.9.02, 5.11.10. - ASSASSINATIONS, TERRORISM, PERSONAL THINKING, COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY, TYRANNICIDE.
BONDS: the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale." - Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1826, in Sprading, p.82. - PUBLIC LOANS, GOVERNMENT SECURITIES, GOVERNMENT BONDS, PUBLIC DEBT.
BONDS: Anybody who has purchased government bonds in Australia has been taken to the cleaners." - Milton Friedman, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 5.4.75.
BONDS: Aussi-bonds keep Aussis in bondage to politicians, bureaucrats and those who voluntarily finance them. - JZ, 19.11.82. They could only be rightful if used only to finance activities of competing governments, which would also mean that they would be paid back only out of their voluntary subscriptions. - JZ, 9.4.94. - GOVERNMENT BONDS, GOVERNMENT SECURITIES, AUSSI-BONDS
BONDS: Bonds do not fight wars. The instruments and materials of war are forged by living labor using the existing stock of capital; the expense must be met with current production. The bonds are issued because laborers and capitalists are reluctant to give their output for the common cause; they put a greater value on their property than on victory. Were confiscatory taxation the only means of carrying on the war its popularity might wane; the war would have to be called off." - Frank Chodorov, Out of Step, p.176. - Here Chodorov overlooks the other "financing" option, namely inflation, whereby the State tends to bankrupt all its own and all other creditors in the country suppressed and exploited by it. - JZ, 10.4.94. – That the wars conducted by governments do not constitute “common causes” for many of their subjects was well demonstrated by the opposition to wars at least from the Vietnam War onwards. – JZ, 9.11.08. - WAR, FINANCE, GOVERNMENT-SPENDING, BUDGETS
BONDS: The bondholder is simply a partner of the tax collector." – Frank Chodorov, The Income Tax, p.26. - I rather call the government bond-holder an investor in tax slaves. - JZ, n.d.
BONDS: When the government sells a bond it sells a share of its taxing powers; the bondholder is a tax-collector, once removed. Therefore, by reducing the power of the government to tax, you discourage people from buying its bonds." - Frank Chodorov, The Income Tax, … p.132.
BOOK BURNINGS BY PUBLIC LIBRARIES: 6 Reasons We're In Another 'Book-Burning' Period in History - www.cracked.com - If the free market were allowed to operate for them, then these books would ALL appear in second-hand bookshop. Actually, many of my second-hand books, which I bought cheaply, came from libraries, which had sold them. Directors of libraries who give such orders should be charged with "book burning", which is, in my opinion, a major crime. They are not the owners but rather the trustees of these books and they abused this trust. – JZ, 17.10.11, Facebook.
BOOKS & PEOPLE, BURNING THEM: Those who begin by burning books will end by burning people. – Heinrich Heine – in www.strike-the-root.com - Whenever they burn books they will also, in the end, burn human beings. – Heinrich Heine, 1797-1856, Almansor: A Tragedy, 1823. – CENSORSHIP, DESPOTISM, TERRITORIALISM, TOTALITARIANISM
BOOKS: A book is a friend that never betrays you." - Jewish proverb. - If you adopt its prejudices, myths and errors, they might induce you to betray your highest aspirations. Be critical even towards "friendly" views. - JZ, 20.4.94.
BOOKS: A book may be as great a thing as a battle." - Benjamin Disraeli, Memoir of Isaac Disraeli: Introduction. - Even the worst book is better than the greatest battle victory. And even the need for the greatest battle could have been avoided by intelligently applying, in time, some of the suitable ideas now buried in various books. - JZ, 6.7.82. - It could never be as murderous, destructive and senseless a thing as a battle, except when the fighting is a rightful and sensible struggle against totalitarians armed with mass extermination devices. - JZ, 10.4.94.
BOOKS: All that mankind has done, thought, gained or been: it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books." - Thomas Carlyle, Heroes and Hero-Worship, v, 1840, Lecture in London, May 19. - So far most books, in most languages and inmost countries have been inaccessible to most people in the world for most of the time and this even after 500 years of printing books. - JZ, 12.7.86, 10.4.90. To my knowledge not a single comprehensive freedom library exists – although books can now be reproduced so very cheaply electronically. Who is to blame for that but the freedom lovers, especially those still insisting on copyrights even for electronic texts! – JZ, 9.11.08. – So far, they haven’t bothered, either, to produce a complete bibliography, abstracts and review collection as well as an alphabetical index to all of them and to combine them on a single large disc. Not wonder, therefore, that so many freedom, peace and justice ideas remain still unknown even to many anarchists and libertarians as well as other peace, freedom and justice lovers. – JZ, 25.1.13. - BOOKS: All worthy books should be continuously revised and added to, by their readers, whether they are followers or critics. Microfilming and computer disk as well as online publishing would allow that. - JZ, 10.6.91, 25.1.13.
BOOKS: Among the damages which the high tide of books causes, by which our part of the world is annually flooded, it is not one of the smallest that the really useful ones, swimming now and then in the wide ocean of bookish scholarship, become overlooked and perish with the rest." - Kant, Bruchstueck aus dem Nachlass. - To me this merely indicates the need for more, better and more comprehensive compilations of abstracts, bibliographies, indexes, reviews, ideas, observations and discoveries. With their aid we could stay afloat on an ocean of books. We could even build our own independent islands with them. Without them we get e.g. the ca. 5,000 books on Kant's philosophy, that appeared already during his life and which mostly misunderstood him and, much later, we get a philosopher like Ayn Rand, who in her moral, economic and political philosophy came very close to Kant - but, nevertheless, managed to consider him to be her greatest opponent, by misunderstanding his arguments - if she ever read them, on pure and practical reasoning. - JZ, 22.7.86, 10.4.94. – I also find the Schopenhauer-Test very helpful to go quickly through a large number of books: Open a book at random 3 times. Read as short passage in each place. If, at least, one of the 3 appeals to you, consider reading or buying the whole book. If none does, put it aside and give the next books the same treatment. In this way you are likely to find many of those books fast which are valuable to you and don’t waste too much time on the multitude of others. – Ulrich von Beckerath, 1881-1969, long-term member of the Schopenhauer Gesellschaft, passed on this tip to me. - JZ, 9.11.08.
BOOKS: Books are like people: one man's revelation is to the other a meaningless bore." - Dagobert D. Runes, A Dictionary of Thought. – Let each individual shop for his own library, his own religion, his own political, economic and social system, just like he does for his kind of consumer goods and services or mixture of them. – Outside those spheres still wrongfully monopolized by territorial governments we do already largely live as panarchists in most countries, doing our own things for or to ourselves, individually or with like-minded groups. Wherever this is permitted peaceful coexistence tends to prevail. - JZ, 9.11.08. – With digitized books and the required guides to them, everyone could accumulate a special comprehensive library, one which is most suitable for him or her. – With it we could come to maximize or personal enlightenment. – As it is now, some titles remain out of our reach for our whole lives or years to decades of them, although they could change and improve our lives – if we had easy and affordable access to them. – JZ, 25.1.13. – PANARCHISM, LIBERTARIAN COMPREHENSIVE & DIGITAL LIBRARY, SPECIAL LIBRARIES MOST SUITABLE FOR EACH INDIVIDIUAL.
BOOKS: Books are the building blocks of civilization, for without the written word, a man knows nothing beyond what occurs during his own brief years and, perhaps, in a few tales his parents tell him. Without books, we would never have known of Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, or Hannibal. George Washington would have been forgotten and Abraham Lincoln a vague memory.” - Louis L’Amour, Education of a Wandering Man, p.217. – Some people are better forgotten anyhow or serve only as deterrent examples. One should also not forget about proverbial wisdom, ancient prejudices and myths, all too long transmitted, memories of old people transmitted to young people, songs and poetry that are remembered, discussions, debates, schools, lectures, conversations, rumours, videos, documents, theatre plays, films, manuscripts, magazines, newspapers, radio, TV, citizen band radio, and now websites, email etc, text disks, anecdotes, jokes, fairy tales, legends and that all too many books are full of lies and fairy tales, myths and errors and tend to perpetuate them rather than truths and facts only. – JZ, 13.9.07. - KNOWLEDGE, CIVILIZATION, HISTORY
BOOKS: Books are the invisible tie between the people of the world. The Torah binds the Jews as the Koran the Moslems and the Gospels the Christian nations. Confucius bound the Chinese and so did Lao-tse and Buddha; until books were replaced by Marx's Capital. - Dagobert D. Runes, A Dictionary of Thought. - But especially the religious books, of ancient and modern prophets, have not only bound people between State boundaries and across some of them, but also set them at loggerheads and even at war with each other, whenever they tried to realize their supposed truths uniformly over large and ever larger territories. - JZ, 10.4.94. - The panarchistic equivalent to freedom of religion or religious tolerance has still to be established for political, economic and social systems. No whole populations are all ever adherents of the same faiths or ideology and compulsory conversions do have their limits. – JZ, 9.11.08. – PANARCHISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, FREE CHOICE AMONG FREELY COMPETING GOVERNMENTS & SOCIETIES, ALL WITHOUT A TERRITORIAL MONOPOLY!
BOOKS: Books hide more truths than they publicise - as long as they are not properly indexed on subjects, ideas, arguments and facts - in an index covering all books that try to be truthful. - JZ, in PP 29, revised 20.4.94. – All their remaining errors and prejudices and their best refutations should be hinted at with URLs within the book or at least easily accessible via a special website mentioned in them, that would either list them by subjects or pages or both. – JZ, 5.11.10.
BOOKS: Books of thoughts, ideas, arguments and facts, to be optimally useful, should not remain merely an author's written records of his few truths and many errors. All errors of a title should be pointed out and refuted, in footnotes and appendixes. Micrographically and electronically this would be affordable. On paper such efforts are limited and costly. Indexes, abstracts, bibliographies and reviews should also more extensively point out the errors in the significant works of all authors. - JZ, 19.5.93, 10.4.94, 9.11.08.
BOOKS: Books, in print, have been trying to win the battle for human minds (enlightenment) for 500 years. In another 5 years they could win it - if only they were all published and read micrographically. For then all could be written down and published upon demand in cheap duplicates, listed in every desired way and interrelated, abstracted and indexed. Why not make a start with all libertarian writings? Why don't anarchists and libertarians jump for such a chance? Why hasn't so far, even the small minority among them, that would be required for this job, taken it up? Books have so far not given me the answer to such questions. - JZ, 6.7.82, 10.4.94. - The same could and should be said for the floppy disk, e-mail and CD self-publishing and reading options for freedom books. - JZ, 27.9.02. – THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT HAS HARDLY BEGUN. AT LEAST WE HAVE THE REQUIRED TECHNOLOGY FOR IT NOW.
BOOKS: Books, like friends, should be few and well chosen. – Quoted in an advertisement, received by email on 14.5.05. – Do the fewest books and the fewest friends constitute the optimum? What is probably meant is the relatively few books and friends which are best for us. But do they have to be few? Especially in form of books? Aren’t there many more good books that one could or should read than close and good live friends that one could interact with? Obviously, the best books of all former generations are also involved - while one can find or choose friends only among living contemporaries - if one should meet them. They are not offered like books in bookshops and libraries. Nor is friendship with others always most important or more important than are free and self-interested exchanges with many people, whom one hardly knows, not even by name. Moreover, sufficient tolerance between very diverse people and their diverse activities might be enough for most purposes or even or more important. According to some reports most people get to know only about 500 people in their lives. Among books they have a much larger choice, ca. 500 million books are offered altogether, at least somewhere. - Proverbial wisdom is often not very wise or complete enough. – JZ, 26.10.07. & FRIENDS, :
BOOKS: Books, not which afford us a cowering enjoyment, but in which each thought is of unusual daring; such as an idle man cannot read, and a timid one would not be entertained by, which even make us dangerous to existing institutions - such call I good books." - H. D. Thoreau, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, 1849.
BOOKS: Endless volumes, larger, fatter, prove man's intellectual climb, but in essence it's a matter just of having lots of time." - THE LONDON TIMES, 1967. And of making all writings as easily and cheaply accessible to all, as is possible, e.g. micrographically or electronically or in print-outs upon demand, including bibliographies, abstracts and indexes, reviews and discussions. - JZ, 8.9.85, 10.4.94. – Why haven’t anarchists and libertarians done this as yet for all the books they pretend to love? – If all knowledge were made readily accessible we could already be so productive that our working time could be greatly reduced and our reading time greatly expanded. - JZ, 9.11.08.
BOOKS: Even books offer knowledge only in fragments. - JZ, 3.12.86. - Microfiche and computers would permit us to collect, integrate, cross reference, summarise, review and alphabetise all their knowledge, with all the relevant knowledge of others into one "super-book". I am a one-book person for such books. – The original book and its size might, finally, amount to no more than the acorn of the later oak tree that grew from it. – Perhaps the first book of this kind should be a general health book or a life-extension “book”, each embracing all relevant knowledge of all mankind in its sphere. Or e.g. an ever growing libertarian encyclopaedia, or an encyclopaedia on how finally to establish peace on earth or overcome territorial despotism. Although it might contain the page equivalents of millions of books, it need not be larger than a normal printed book. Nor need it cost much more. It could and should also be at least annually updated or supplemented online for the latest entries, until a whole new issue appears. - JZ, 20.4.94.
BOOKS: Even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written." - New Testament, John, XXI, 25. On microfiche it could certainly contain many of them. - JZ, 10.4.94. – On external HDs, with a 1 TB capacity, sized no larger than a normal book, up to 3 million books could be offered. – Why haven’t freedom lovers as yet made use of this opportunity, for their kind of writings? – JZ, 9.11.08.
BOOKS: Few books have more than one thought: the generality indeed have not quite so many." - Julius Charles Hare and Augustus William Hare, Guesses at Truth, 1827. - That is a titbit that makes me wish I could see and taste their whole book. - G. C. Lichtenberg said somewhere that for a book that contained a significant idea on every page, he would be prepared to crawl on his knees from Goettingen to Hamburg. - Almost 15,000 books of quotations and proverbs ought to be perused, at least - for worthy observations on liberty. - JZ, 10.4.94. – Imagine all ideas made electronically accessible through an Ideas Archive or Super-Computer Project, i.e. accessible to anyone interested and that there searches for ideas and special talents offered and looked for, would be registered as well, so that demand and supply in these spheres would finally be brought together, world-wide. – No creative output or talent and energy should be wasted any longer. - JZ, 9.11.08. – IDEAS ARCHIVE, SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT, TALENT CENTRE.
BOOKS: Great are the advantages enjoyed by the man of the 19th century. To the greatest and most praiseworthy belongs, quite decisively, the enlarged accessibility to books." - John Lubbock, Die Freuden des Lebens, 3. Kap., Ein Buecherhymnus. - The access is not yet easy, cheap and complete enough! Micrographics, make it so! - JZ, 22.7.86. - And so could floppy disks, e-mails and CD-ROMs, more easily so than websites. - JZ, 27.9.02.
BOOKS: I was told yesterday that I am addicted to books. Well, in a way I am. But give me interested company and I am addicted to talking and listening, too and give me freedom of action and I am addicted to action, too. - JZ, 30.10.85. – And give me access to lectures of interest to me, live or recorded and I am addicted to them as well. – JZ, 9.11. 08.
BOOKS: Many supposed fact books are mostly filled with sentences and paragraphs expressing not valuable ideas or discoveries and proposals, new or old, but rather already all too often refuted fallacies, errors, myths, prejudices and false premises. – JZ, 22.11.04. – Book learning does thus often produce the opposite of real learning, education and enlightenment. – JZ, 21.10.07. – BOOK LEARNING, SCHOLARSHIPBOOKS: Many to most modern books have bypassed too much of the older knowledge on a subject, accumulated in older books, and thus the modern books are often correspondingly flawed and behind the real and much older science on a subject. Especially in the social “sciences”, still all too much under the spell of the mysticism of territorial statism. - J Z, 29.1.89, 9.11.08. – Those, who condemn all older books wholesale, as no longer worth reading, do not know what they are missing and remain unaware that many of the modern books, on many important points, are still behind some of the older books. – JZ, 25.1.13.
BOOKS: Most books aren't worth the eye-strain." - Dagobert D.Runes, A Dictionary of Thought. – But at least free choice for individuals, among all the books offered on the market, is already largely a reality. Who is to blame if an individual makes bad choices for himself? – Seeing that ca. 400 to 500 million books were published and even in a normal lifetime with much time dedicated to reading, one can read only about 20,000 books, one’s choices should be carefully made. - But when I think of the very few books that I had ready access to when I was still very young, I pity all those still in the same position that I was in then. All books ought to be made accessible to all, so that people can make their own individual choice – with the help of some guides and good personal advice. – JZ, Electronically that would now be possible, quite cheaply, with many book lovers acting as publishers and commentators of the books they like most. – Making them freely available online or, very cheaply on disk, would actually promote the sale of the printed books. – For the books one comes to love in these formats one will also wish to possess in printed-out copies. Publishing books on demand is now possible and any copyrights claims should only be made at that stage: The books in print and bound. All the rest is just “advertising” for them! – JZ, 9.11.08. – ELECTRONIC PUBLISHING & COPYRIGHTS
BOOKS: No matter how good another single new freedom book is, it will never make all the difference on its own. "Release all creative energies!" – as Leonard E. Red often stated. That requires e.g. the release of all unpublished manuscripts and all o.o.p. writings at least on cheap microfiche duplicates or disks or online. - JZ, 31.3.84, 10.4.94, 9.11.08. – Most people expect too much from another new freedom book, either of their own or of a friend or of one they do admire. – JZ, 25.1.13.
BOOKS: Not the quantity but the value of books is decisive." - Seneca, Letters to Lucilius, p.45. - Let's first reproduce all books e.g. on cheap microfiche, floppy disks and CDs - and then try to sort out the valuable ones. But, by all means, start with those you consider to be most valuable. Others will do the same. Between us we will almost cover the lot. - JZ, 10.4.94, 27.9.02.
BOOKS: Once it was the rarity of books that held back the progress of sciences. Not it is their multitude, which confuses and hinders original thought." - K. J. Weber, Demokritos, 2. Kap.26. - Few have enough or too many books accessible to them on their special interest subjects. They are not even fully listed, far less abstracted, reviewed, discussed and indexed. - JZ, 10.4.94. –
BOOKS: Our libraries are getting bigger, which makes it more difficult to find a good book. The shelves are groaning under the pressure of clothbound nothingness.” - Dagobert D. Runes, A Dictionary of Thought. – Collaboratively, the worthwhile books could all be listed in bibliographies, abstracts, review collections and reading lists. – JZ, 9.11.08.
BOOKS: Over 400 million books by now - but how many of them are really worth reading - and how many of these are readily and cheaply available? - JZ - Since a CD could contain three thousand books, zipped, a mere 400,000 CD, or even less, could contain all books. - A mere 400 of these might contain all freedom knowledge. Can we afford not to offer it in this way? - JZ, 20.10.01, 31.1.02. - I estimated that a 320 GB. external hard drive, here now costing as little as A $ 150, could come to contain over a million books or their page equivalent, i.e., probably all freedom writings. But, is anyone interested in this possibility? – JZ, 8.2.08. - PUBLISHING, ALTERNATIVE MEDIA, MICROFILM, CD-ROMS, LIBERTARIAN WRITINGS
BOOKS: Some say the answers are all in the books and in libraries. I would say that they are not yet but that they could be and should be, with sufficient and quite affordable alternative media self-publishing efforts. – By now the electronic alternatives are the cheapest for the duplication of large quantities of writings e.g. on DVDs 15,000 and on external 1 TB HDs: up to 3 million books! - JZ, 9.6.79, 10.4.94. – Imagine, a life-time’s special interest reading for an individual printed out for him on a single DVD! If he changes his interests somewhat, he could afford corresponding other DVDs on the other subjects that may come to interest him or her. – JZ, 9.11.08.
BOOKS: The most useful books are those which appeal to the reader to supplement them." - Voltaire, Political Dictionary, preface. – Would it not be wonderful if many people over the centuries had seriously attempted to indefinitely expand his dictionary? – This could still be tried, quite cheaply and electronically. There is not even any copyrights act against this. – As far as this growing encyclopaedia is concerned, the contributors should renounce their new copyrights - JZ, 9.11.08. – SUPPLEMENTS TO ALL FREEDOM, PEACE & JUSTIC WRITINGS COULD NOT BE CHEAPLY & PERMANENTLY PUBLISHED, TURNING EVERY WORTHWHILE BOOK INTO AN ONGOING DISCUSSION.
BOOKS: The revolutions of thought which shape the basic outlook of an age are not disseminated through text-books - they spread like epidemics, through contamination by invisible agents and innocent germ carriers, by the most varied forms of contact, or simply by breathing the common air.” - Arthur Koestler – Alas, so far they were largely confined to those revolutions of the “mind” that are based upon popular myths, errors and prejudices, which persisted throughout the external revolutions and predetermined their all too often negative processes and outcomes. One-man revolutions, all for volunteers only, have still to become seen as rightful and desirable and then institutionalized, so that the revolutionary chaff becomes sufficiently separated from the grain and progress becomes assured, speeded up and maximized and this without unjustified and unnecessary bloodshed and suppression. The best textbooks for such revolutions may still have to be written and they we will see how effective they could be. – JZ, 23.1.08. – The programs for libertarian revolutions should differ very much from those of totalitarian and territorialist revolutions. – All the possibilities for accelerating and assuring the process of enlightenment have also not yet been sufficiently explored or publicized and used. - JZ, 12.11.08. - TEXT BOOKS, REVOLUTIONS OF PUBLIC OPINION
BOOKS: The trouble is not that not enough people read enough books any more but that too few people read the right ones - or have access to the right ones or even know about their existence. - JZ, 25.11.93, 10.4.94, 9.11.08.
BOOKS: The true university of these days is a collection of books." - Thomas Carlyle, Heroes and Hero-Worship, v, 1840 (Lecture in London, May 19. – By now a comprehensive special library could be cheaply offered on a single disk. – JZ, 25.1.13. - LIBRARIES, UNIVERSITIES, TERTIARY EDUCATION, ENLIGHTENMENT
BOOKS: The truly great book does not find its readers, it creates them.” - Dagobert D. Runes, A Dictionary of Thought. – “Does not find”??? It still has to find, at first, those few to whom, for one or the other reason, it appeals already, sufficiently to induce them to read it. Or they will have to find it. Then it will make these readers "grow", individually and in numbers, with each new reader becoming an advocate and developer of its new line of thought or even whole philosophy or system. - JZ, 20.4.94, 9.11.08, 5.11.10. –
BOOKS: The worst thing that ever happened to writing is that it became a business. The purpose of business is to make money, and to achieve that end it is necessary to please as many people as possible, to amuse them, to entertain them - in short, to do everything that will help increase the volume of sales." - Dagobert D. Runes, A Dictionary of Thought. – The mass media effect upon quality has certainly found its equivalent in conventional book publishing. But costs and risk with alternative modern publishing methods are now so low that the authors of books with a worthwhile message could afford to publish their titles on their own accounts and keep them permanently available in cheap alternative media and in on-demand print-outs, through a contractor. Mere entertainers, comics etc. will naturally go on trying to make much money with their efforts, just like e.g. popular musicians, clowns and actors or athletes, and magicians – JZ, 9.11.08. –
BOOKS: There are confidence men in literature as well as in finance, business and politics." - Dagobert D. Runes, A Dictionary of Thought. – And all their tricks etc. have not yet been systematically exposed in a special encyclopedia, in collections of abstract and reviews and in bibliographies. – JZ, 9.11.08.
BOOKS: There is probably no stranger commodity than books in the world. Printed by people who do not understand them, sold by people who do not comprehend them, bound by people, reviewed and read by people who do not grasp them and now even written by people who do not understand what they are writing.” - Lichtenberg, Schriften, K. 283. – Another version: “Books, nowadays, are printed by people who do not understand them, sold by people who do not understand them, read and reviewed by people who do not understand them, and even written by people who do not understand them." - G. C. Lichtenberg, Reflections, 1799. - Make yourself largely independent from printers and binders, publishers, bookshops and libraries, reviewers and even from most readers, by resorting to microfiche self-publishing and reading. Then only your own limitations are decisive. But good books can also be used to gain advice and help from others. - JZ, 10.4.94. – Now we have more and cheaper self-publishing options, especially the electronic ones, than ever before. – There is no good reason whatsoever, apart from copyrights restrictions, why any good book should be kept out of print any longer. Only a few book publishers have so far begun to offer their o.o.p. titles in affordable alternative media. – If they do not do it, within a reasonable period, then anyone interested should be free to do so. At least the copyrights for alternative media publishing should then expire for them. - JZ, 9.11.08.
BOOKS: 'Tis the good reader that makes the good book." - Ralph Waldo Emerson. - Only a good reader will see the goodness of a good book. - JZ 23.8.54. - A good reader cannot make a bad book good - unless he rewrites it, at least in his own mind. If he makes notes, he should share them with others, at least on microfiche or electronically. - JZ, 10.4.94, 9.11.08. – Imagine a giant website or a collection of CD’s that contained reader comments to all significant books, as many as people are willing to offer freely, which could be automatically indexed. – Many like-minded or similarly interested people could thus find each other and engage together in projects of interest to them that do require at least a few people to complete them. - JZ, 9.11.08.
BOOKS: Wear the old coat and buy the new book." - Austin Phelps, quoted in READER'S DIGEST, 11/84. - Wear the old coat and buy 5 old books. Or wear the old coat and buy 20 - 40 books on microfiche. - JZ, 10.4.94. – Or thousands of books on a CD or millions on an external HD! – JZ, 9.11.08.
BOOKS: Whoever constantly and exclusively is occupied with books, is already half lost for the practical life." - Seume, Apokryphen. - What is commonly considered a 'practical" life is also often largely a lost or wasted life. - JZ, 22.7.86. - Is a life hunting for amusements and sensory kicks really preferable? Or a life in which the choice is reduced to becoming anvil or hammer? He may just prepare himself, and reference works for others, for a free life - even if that takes most of his own normal life span. - JZ, 10.4.94.
BOOM PERIODS: Make boom periods permanent and prevent economic crises by introducing, especially, full monetary, clearing and financial freedom. – JZ, 28.1.98. Including free choice of value standards, including e.g. the gold-weigh value accounting or clearing standard and for gold bugs 100% gold covered and redeemable banknotes, competitively issued and free coinage of gold coins – at their expense and risk. – Monopoly monies, legal tender currencies and central banks to become confined to their remaining voluntary victims. – JZ, 29.9.08. - ECONOMIC CRISES PREVENTION, MONETARY FREEDOM VS. MONETARY DESPOTISM, CRISES
BORDERS: A world without borders makes economic sense - www.guardian.co.uk - Free individual choice also for: … under what laws and institutions they wish to live! Frontiers are just for the benefit of our modern feudal lords, politicians and bureaucrats, to keep-in their human cattle, all the more to exploit them. – JZ, on Facebook, 11.9.11. - FRONTIERS, TERRITORIALISM, THE MODERN FEUDALISM & SERFDOM
BORDERS: An end to (*) gated communities. The gate between Slovenia and Italy is opened for the last time (**) as Europe’s border-free zone is extended to nine eastern European countries. – Heading and explanation to a picture in THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD of December 21-13, 2007, page 14. - - (*) governmentally. - - (**) permanently opened! – If only we could “gate” all communities of volunteers against all territorial governmental interventionists! – Will the federation of Europe in the medium and long run become more or less interventionist? – Will it permit communities of dissenters to secede from it & establish exterritorial autonomy for their volunteers? – Or will it be another attempt to establish a territorial empire? - JZ, 3.1.08. – Some people do not even recognize the difference between private property “gated communities” and territorially imposed and centrally controlled ones! – JZ, 12.11.08. - FREE ZONE IN EUROPE, OPEN FRONTIERS, QUESTIONS, EUROPEAN UNIFICATION? GATED COMMUNITIES.
BORDERS: Borders are always part of the problem and never a long-term solution. - JZ, 29.6.79. - Territorial national borders, that is, not proper private property and exterritorial autonomy borders. - JZ, 20.5.80, 11.4.94. - 700 territorial enclaves, with their borders, are not a lasting and permanent peace promoting solution to the Balkanese mix-up of people in the former Yugoslavia, either. Yet, there is no public outlet to propose and discuss the alternative of exterritorial autonomy for all volunteer communities. - JZ, 20.4.94. – Well, by now there are at least two websites dealing with panarchism: www.panarchy.org and www.panarchism.info – JZ, 9.11.08.
BORDERS: Borders are not solutions but problems. Defended borders should exist only around peaceful individuals. - JZ, 29.9.84. - FRONTIERS, PROTECTIONISM, IMMIGRATION RESTRICTIONS
BORDERS: Borders around individuals and their contractual arrangements, not around territorial States. The latter cannot be just, at least not towards all dissenting individuals and minorities. - JZ, 13.4.92. – PANARCHISM & EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY VS. TERRITORIALISM
BORDERS: Boundaries have no existence save on charts or in small minds. Nature does not draw lines.” - Tulisofala, Extracts, CCLXII, vi, translated by Leisha Tanner, quoted in: - Jack McDevitt, A Talent for War, 304. , BOUNDARIES, FRONTIERS
BORDERS: Identifying sports teams is the only real value of borders!” – Prof. Jan Narveson, 25.7.04. , FRONTIERS & SPORTS double? – Another version: “Identifying sports teams – that’s the only value of borders.” – Prof. Jan Narveson. – FRONTIERS, SPORTS
BORDERS: The only rightful borders are those around individuals and their voluntary associations. - JZ, 27.3.87. – PANARCHISM, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY
BORDERS: Time and again the doctors of political science have prescribed some sort of political union for the ills of Europe, on the assumption that such a union will be followed by a customs union. Quite the contrary; the borders between countries lose all meaning (*) if the peoples can 'do business' with one another; which is another way of saying, if the States get out of the way of society. No political union can set up a society in Europe; that can only come from uninhibited 'higgling and haggling" in a common marketplace." - Frank Chodorov, Fugitive Essays, One Worldism, p.126/127. - - (*) Here he overlooked the imposition of territorial constitutions, laws, regulations and bureaucracies that are not confined to economic interventionism. The “higgling and haggling” or contractual options for individuals should be extended to all government services, making them thus exterritorially voluntary, autonomous and competitive. Exterritorially, several competing United Europe, United States and World State or World Federation services could be offered. They would in some respect resemble multinational corporations, but without any territorial privileges granted to them and, at the same time, without any restrictions upon their exterritorial autonomy. - JZ, 11.4.94. - FREE TRADE, PROTECTIONISM, PANARCHISM, UNITY, SECESSIONISM, EXTERRITORIALISM VS. TERRITORIALISM, VOLUNTARISM VS. COMPULSORY MEMBERSHIP &/or SUBORDINATION: PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM ETC.
BORDERS: When goods don’t cross borders, soldiers will.” – Fredric Bastiat, early French economist. - One might likewise say that when immigration for peaceful immigrants is restricted then this may lead to one's military conquest by a dictatorial regime. - JZ, 22. 11. 06. - FRONTIERS, PROTECTIONISM, FREE TRADE, FREE MIGRATION, IMMIGRATION RESTRICTIONS
BOREDOM: Le secret d'ennuyer est celui de tout dire." - “Der Langeweil' Rezept ist: Lass nichts ungesagt.“ – „The secret of boring others consists in saying everything.” - Voltaire, VI, Discours. - Everything - that interests oneself and little that interests others. - JZ, 11.4.94. - With books, microfiche, floppy disks, CDs, audio- and video tapes and on forums and websites on the Internet one can be very selective about the company one keeps, the reading, listening and viewing matter and in one's own outpourings to self-selected audiences, thus minimising boredom among the voluntary participants. Even a free speech centre in the open air gives more options than a lecture room. People move towards a speaker and away from him all the time, according to their special interests or lack of interest. When seated in a lecture theatre they usually suffer a boring speaking to the end. - JZ, 27.9.02. – Consider also how “boring” would be a really comprehensive encyclopaedia, a special libertarian one, one containing the best refutations of all popular errors, myths, prejudices, wrong assumptions and conclusions that are obstacles to progress, a comprehensive archive of the best ideas and register of the greatest talents, a really comprehensive and well edited “Slogans for Liberty” collection, the regular announcement, electronically, of all coming up lectures, forums and discussions in a city? A complete freedom library – on a disk on your desk? – A directory to all those people who seriously share your highest interests? - JZ, 9.11.08.
BOREDOM: What a bore life is! What a cross!" - Napoleon I, to Gaspard Gourgaud at St. Helena, Jan. 16, 1818. - Rather kill another 3 million people for “entertainment”? Some people would do anything for kicks. - JZ, 10.7.86. – Why did Europeans put up with him for so long, instead of reviving the old tradition of tyrannicide? – JZ, 9.11.08. – TYRANNICIDE, LEADERSHIP, RULERS, WARFARE STATES, TERRITORIALISM, WAR CRIMINALS
BORN AGAIN: Fooled-Again." - L.A. Rollins, Lucifer's Lexicon. - RELIGION, BELIEF, FAITH, CONVERSIONS, FINDING GOD, CHRISTIANITY,
BORROWING BY GOVERNMENTS: what's called borrowing is really a form of taxation, too." - Milton Friedman in Australia, 1975, p. 73. – Rather, an anticipation of further compulsory taxation or an investment in tax slaves. – JZ, 9.11.08. - BUDGET, GOVERNMENT SECURITIES
BOSS: A boss whom you, individually, can hire or fire, by agreeing to work for him or giving him notice, is harmless, is your servant, not your master. - JZ, 2.9.75, 11.4.94. – The same applies to governments and societies of volunteers that are only exterritorially autonomous and compete with each other. One might “hire” or “fire” them, like one hires commercial or factory bosses when one joins their firm and fires them, when one gives notice to them. Or one avoids them altogether by organizing one’s own production or service enterprise under one or the other self-management scheme. – JZ, 9.11.08. - Secessionism, Cooperative Production, Capitalism, Self-management, PANARCHISM
BOSS: By working faithfully 8 hours a day, you may eventually get to be a boss and work 12 hours a day." - Robert Frost, 1875-1963, quoted in: Dr. Laurence J. Peter, The Peter Prescription, p.120. – JOKES, BUSINESSMEN, CAPITALISTS, EXPLOITATION, WORKERS, EMPLOYER-EMPLOYEE RELATIONSHIP, COOPERATIVE PRODUCTION, SELF-MANAGEMENT, WORKING HOURS
BOSSISM: I am the boss here and I decide what is to be done!" - is probably one of the most counter-productive statements. - JZ, 14.9.87.
BOSSISM: Unless one listens sufficiently to those actually doing the job and readily accepting genuine improvement suggestions, one will fall behind in the competition with those who do listen to and apply the special knowledge of all others in an enterprise. - JZ, 14.9.87, 11.4.94. - MANAGEMENT, SUGGESTION BOX SCHEMES, MATSUSHITA'S EXAMPLE, IDEAS ARCHIVE, EMPLOYER-EMPLOYEE RELATIONSHIP, COMPETITION
BOUNDARIES: Morality knows nothing of geographical boundaries or distinctions of race." - Herbert Spencer. – EXTERRITORIALISM VS. TERRITORIALISM, RACISM, EQUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES
BOUNDARIES: The only sound boundaries to be respected are those around individuals and their voluntary associations. - JZ, 24.4.87. - BORDERS, FRONTIERS, PANARCHISM, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, VOLUNTARISM, SECESSIONISM
BOUNDARIES: The only sound boundaries to be respected are those around individuals and their voluntary associations. - JZ, 24.4.87. - BORDERS, FRONTIERS, PANARCHISM, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, VOLUNTARISM, SECESSIONISM
BOUNDARY VIOLATIONS: Is everything the government does wrong?" - "Hon, every use of force by means of which people are compelled to do what they wouldn't otherwise have done, or are prevented from doing what they normally would do, is wrong. That's what a boundary violation is all about. To prevent a boundary violation would certainly be a good thing. But government doesn't really prevent that. However, let me grant that the existence of a retaliatory force may inhibit a wrongdoer to some degree. But when we examine this agency of government, what happens becomes very clear. If a criminal violates a boundary, government uses this as a reason to violate the boundaries not only of the criminal, if he can be found, but also of all the other men and women who are made to pay for the action. Government doesn't cure problems. It aggravates them." – Robert LeFevre, Pick Her Up, Tenderly. – CRIME, PRISONS
BOURGEOISIE: Bourgeois is an epithet which the riff-raff apply to what is respectable, and the aristocracy to what is decent." - Anthony Hope (Anthony Hope Hawkins), Dolly Dialogues.BOURGEOISIE: The bourgeoisie has been the first to show what man's activity can bring about. It has accomplished wonders far surpassing Egyptian pyramids, Roman aqueducts and Gothic cathedrals. ... the bourgeoisie ... draws all nations ... into civilization. ... it has created enormous cities and thus rescued a considerable part of the population from the idiocy of rural life. ... the bourgeoisie, during its rule of scarce one hundred years, has created more massive and more colossal productive forces than have all the preceding generations together.” - Karl Marx. - Rod Manis, in Manifesto, 113, quotes Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto, Chicago, Regnery, 1954, p.21-23: "The bourgeoisie, by the rapid improvement of all instruments of production, by the immensely facilitated means of communication, draws all, even the most barbarian, nations into civilization. The bourgeoisie, during its rule of scarce one hundred years, has created more massive and more colossal productive forces than have all preceding generations together." – Praise from an enemy is praise, indeed! – JZ, 9.11.08.
BOURGEOISIE: The bourgeoisie, by the rapid improvement of all instruments of production, by the immensely facilitated means of communication, draws all, even the most barbarian, nations into civilisation. The cheap prices of its commodities are the heavy artillery with which it batters down all Chinese walls, with which it forces the barbarians’ intensely obstinate hatred of foreigners to capitulate. (*) – The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels. As quoted by - FRANCIS WHEEN, How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World, A Short History of Modern Delusions, Harper Perennial, London, 2004, p.254. – Without full monetary and financial freedom and free choice among competing governments and societies it has never and could not achieve this objective. Protectionism & numerous other wrongful territorial interventions are still all too alive, in legislation and in the minds of most people. – JZ, 19.2.1. - PRODUCTIVITY, FREE ENTERPRISE & FREE TRADE
BOURGEOISIE: The Bourgeoisie, the supposed exploiters, are angels compared with state socialist functionaries, bureaucrats and policemen in power. - JZ 1.7.92. - Only to the extent that they are not just entrepreneurs, owners, traders, businessmen but have, instead, obtained legal privileges or monopolies from the State, can they be rightly classed as exploiters and parasites. The existence of the State allows them to do so. But the blue and white collar workers got even with mischief-making and wronging other people, through their legally sanctioned privileges, compulsory unionism and anti-industrial activities, which are often violent. It is doubtful whether the privileged and sometimes violent actions of employers or the privileged and sometimes violent actions of employees have done more wrong and harm. If these two groups were not so irrationally split into employers and employees but rather combined in propertarian and self-managed teams, much of the ideology and destructive practice of class warfare would disappear. - JZ, 13.4.94. – UNIONS, STRIKES, CLASS WARFARE, EMPLOYER-EMPLOYEE RELATIONSHIP
BOXERS: They not only ear bash people (other boxers) but also bash their eyes, nose and chins, causing some brain damages in the long run and hit other sensitive parts of the upper body. But at least their victims are volunteers and they are free to retaliate in kind. Further, their sport is rarely, if ever, government subsidised, and their skills are of some use in self-defence. - JZ, 4.3.83, 13.4.94.
BOXING: A 'sport' in which we pay people for trying to do brain damage to each other (achieving a knock-out), using their fists as clubs. - JZ, 30.9.77.
BOXING: Boxers are people who take money for trying to beat each other up, in public. And imagine what kind of people those are, who pay money to see this kind of show and bet on the outcome. - JZ, in PEACE PLANS 29, revised 20.4.94.
BOXING: Two men slugging it out in public - because others pay them to. - JZ, 30.9.77.
BOYCOTT: But religious people shunned government service and regarded government in general as the very substance of the forces, which opposed God's rule on earth. A pious man would not accept an invitation to dine from a government official. The good offered there could not be regarded as halal, (religiously permissible), in the moral sense of the word since most of the government's revenue was thought to emanate from extortions, law-breakings, and oppression of the weak. But the religious attitude toward commerce was completely different. The income of the honest merchant is regarded in Muslim religious literature as a typical example of halal, as earnings free of religious objections." - S. D. Goitein, Jews and Arabs, p.104. - His book on the Mediterranean Society is excellent e.g. on the large degree of autonomy enjoyed by Jewish communities. Complete exterritorial autonomy for Jews and Arabs, Christians and others, combined with whatever boycott they would otherwise want to practise towards each other, could bring peace to the Middle East and elsewhere. Under these conditions peaceful trading of goods, services and information, between such independent communities, would soon become extensive. Thus, by individual choice, and in the long run, more and more of the unwanted differences would melt away and make a peaceful, just, free and cosmopolitan society grow. – JZ, n.d. – MUSLIMS, OFFICIALS, TAXATION, MERCHANTS, JEWISH AUTONOMY, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, PEACE, MIDDLE EAST
BOYCOTT: Join the Government Boycott. If you're part of what's left of the private sector and are tired of being attacked, taxed, regulated, and harassed by politicians and bureaucrats, boycott them. Refuse to sell them food, or shoes, or pencils, or clipboards. Don't sell them gas. Refuse to print what they say. Avoid all voluntary dealings. If there's one thing a power-hungry politician can't stand, it's to be ignored." - Simon Jester, No.128. How does one recognize a politician or bureaucrat among one's customers, e.g. in a store? The proposal could be realised only for written orders from government departments or for the few government officials personally known to one. To this must be added the fact that an all too high percentage of orders, upon which one's livelihood depends, consists in government orders. If one ignored all these, one's net income would be reduced. - I think a well planned and executed tax strike would be preferable, especially if it were combined with a refusal to accept government paper money while issuing or accepting sound competing currencies. - JZ, n.d., 27.9.02.
BRAIN DRAIN: Let's boost the brain drain from the Soviet Union and Red China and all other dictatorships! - JZ, 10/72.
BRAINPOWER: Only a fraction of mankind's mental capacity is being used. The overwhelming bulk of the world's brainpower perishes unused because of totalitarian executions or war activities, because of a poverty-stunted literacy among seven-tenths of the population, and finally because of premature assignment to dulling labour. We are running the world on one cylinder instead of ten." - Dagobert D. Runes, A Dictionary of Thought. - IDEAS, IDEAS ARCHIVE, MICROFICHE PUBLISHING, CD-ROM PROJECT, CULTURAL REVOLUTION, EDUCATION, ENLIGHTENMENT, STATISM, TERRITORIALISM, ENLIGHTENMENT
BRAINPOWER: We'll also exploit the most valuable resource we've got: brainpower." - Lee Correy, Manna, ANALOG, 7/83, p.158.
BRAINS: Brain cells have the potential to function for 200 to 300 years.” – Prof. Tony Brow, on ABC radio, 22.1.98. – According to this only the rest of the body wears out much earlier. Thus, as brains on life support, perhaps in form of robots, we might come to survive individually to that extent. – JZ, 21.9.08. – However I would object to the life spans of power-mad territorial rulers being extended in this way. – JZ, 26.1.13. - LIFE EXTENSION, LONGEVITY
BRAINS: You need brains, not money." - Anne McCracken, 1.6.90. – Both, in combination, are even better than only one of them. – JZ, 26.1.13.
BRANDS: The worst brand: Made in Washington. - JZ, 10/74. - The worst brand: Made in Canberra. - JZ, 9.8.75. - "Made in Washington" was used in Paul L. Poirot's article in THE FREEMAN, 5/74. - PROTECTIONISM
BREAD: every man has the right to eat." - Heinrich Heine. - No, everyone has the right to EARN his bread or living in his own way. - JZ, 3.11.81. - And the right to dispose of his bread as he pleases. - JZ, 20.4.94. - RIGHT TO LIFE, LIFE, EXISTENCE, RIGHTS, WELFARE STATE,
BREAD: the 450 hidden taxes on each loaf of bread, ..." - Lowell Ponte, LIBERTARIAN HANDBOOK 1973. – How much cheaper would bread, too, be without compulsory taxation? – JZ, 26.1.13. - TAXATION
BREAD: Fourth - Above all, let us resolve that never again will we yield to the seduction of the government panderer who comes amongst us offering 'bread and circuses", paid for with our own money, in return for our sovereign rights!" - Admiral Ben Moreell, Log I, 115. – BREAD AND CIRCUSES, WELFARE STATE, BRIBING THE VOTER WITH HIS OWN TAX MONEY
BREAKING FREE: The unfree person can never fully repress his urge to freedom - whether he considers his jailer to be his family, his job, society, or the government. And so, from time to time, half-hearted attempts are made to break free from the restrictions. But unfortunately, those attempts usually depend upon the individual's ability to change the minds of other people- and so optimism ultimately turns into frustration and despair.” - Harry Brown, How I Found Freedom. - The territorial government is our jailer. Breaking free ought to become an individual option, like one's separation from a spouse, religion, church or sect. -JZ - GOVERNMENT, RESTRICTIONISM, SELF-LIBERATION, SECESSIONISM, PANARCHISM
BREASTS: A gigantic breast is no more useful or beautiful than a gigantic vagina or penis. The question should always be rather: Does it serve its main function, i.e., does it appeal to a baby sucker rather than to an adult sucker? Can it nourish a baby sufficiently? – For everything there is a sufficient and an optimal size. Anything below or above that size is not good enough. – The sex appeal of giant breasts is probably largely due to our clothing and bra habits. Without them the giant breasts would soon tend to hang down like udders on a cow. – How much has our beauty ideal been distorted by advertising and movies? - JZ, 26.4.96, 21.9.08. – BEAUTY, NUDITY, CLOTHING, FASHIONS, OPTIMAL SIZE
BREEDING: I have never heard of a society destroyed by too many superior people. They usually fall apart because of too few." - J. Garwood, THE CONNECTION 64. - If "inferior" people always produced more and "inferior" children, the human race would have been swamped by inferior types long ago. Luckily, out of the vast number of gene mixtures possible, many superior combinations keep occurring. I am particularly concerned that their talents do not become wasted and frustrated. (See Ideas Archive & Talent Centre.) All parents and children should at least be free enough to become self-supporting and should not be forced to support others. That would leave them credit, insurance and mutual aid options, apart from genuine charity. But I do wish more libertarians would meet and would produce more children between them and bring them up as libertarians. - JZ, n.d. - CHILDREN, EDUCATION, LIBERTARIANS, ELITISM, INTELLECTUALS
BRIBERY: Bribes in particular are usually attempts by businessmen to appease the bureaucrats on all levels of the government, federal, state, and local, who wield an extortionist power over trade and production. And many campaign contributions and bribes to politicians are perceived by businessmen as 'insurance policies' against this extortionist power." - Simon, A Time for Truth, p.197.
BRIBERY: Consider the amount of time, space and energies that goes into condemning suspected incidents of political bribery. Then consider the fact that the vast bulk of all political expenditures is used for bribery! It is used to obtain favoured positions and financial benefits for unions, selected farmers, privileged industries, special professional groups, racial interests and the like. Politics has succeeded economics as the means for deciding who gets what, how and how much. We are in the ridiculous position of condemning political bribery at the same time we condone and perpetuate it as our very system of government. We are supposed to worry when a politician golfs with some businessman or spends a weekend with non-political friends. But we accept it as natural and normal when he appears before a farm, labor or businessmen's group and brazenly propounds the favours he will grant them!" - Johan Marie Leonard, THE FREEMAN, 2/77. – POLITICS, WELFARE STATE, GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIES & GRANTS, VOTING
BRIBERY: Given the state of outlawry, bribery is the chief means for the market to reassert itself; bribery moves the economy closer to the free market situation." – Murray N. Rothbard, Power & Market, 58.
BRIBERY: I agree with former Assistant Treasury Secretary Murray Weidenbaum, now an economist at Washington University in St. Louis, that most of the bribery is rooted in intervention. And how! Dispensers of government - repeat, government - favours, whether an investment licence, access to foreign exchange, a government contract, an airline route, or whatever, frequently get to surreptitiously auction their favours to the highest bidders. Also, often the more apt word is not bribery but extortion. In other words, were there no intervention, there would be no favours and hence no opportunity to extort or encourage bribes. ... Wipe out intervention, and then - and only then - will you wipe out bribery." - William H. Peterson, THE FREEMAN, Aug. 76, p. 462.
BRIBERY: in a free society or free market, the briber is acting legitimately, whereas it is the bribee who is defrauding someone (e.g. an employer) and therefore deserves prosecution. What of bribery of government officials? Here a distinction must be made between 'aggressive' and 'defensive' bribery; the first should be considered improper and aggressive, whereas the latter should be considered proper and legitimate. Consider a typical 'aggressive bribe': a Mafia leader bribes police officials to exclude other competing operators of gambling casinos from a certain territorial area. Here, the Mafioso acts in collaboration with the government to coerce competing gambling proprietors. The Mafioso is, in this case, an initiator, and accessory, to governmental aggression against his competitors. On the other hand, a 'defensive bribe' has a radically different moral status. In such a case, for example, Robinson, seeing that gambling casinos are outlawed in a certain area, bribes policemen to allow his casino to operate - a perfectly legitimate response to an unfortunate situation. - Defensive bribery, in fact, performs an important social function throughout the world. For, in many countries, business could not be transacted at all without the lubricant of bribery; in this way, crippling and destructive regulations and exactions can be avoided. A 'corrupt government', then, is not necessarily a bad thing; compared to an 'incorruptible government' whose officials enforce the laws with great severity, 'corruption' can at least allow a partial flowering of voluntary transactions and actions in a society. Of course, in neither case are either the regulations or prohibitions, or the enforcement officials themselves, justified, since neither they nor the exactions should be in existence at all." - Murray N. Rothbard, The Ethics of Liberty, p.185.
BRIBERY: Most people, rightly, abhor bribery, but it is better than brute force.” - John Laws, Book of Uncommon Sense, PAN, 1995, p.39. - CORRUPTION
BRIBERY: Once no one can play favourites with other people's money, bribery will largely come to an end. - JZ, 10.2.88. - CORRUPTION
BRIBERY: promising great masses of men and women financial emoluments in exchange for a favourable vote at the polls. This is nothing more than public bribery on a scale so large that it has become almost invisible through sheer size." - Robert LeFevre, The Power of Congress. - POLITICS AS USUAL
BRIDGES: Three of New York City’s bridges are in dangerous disrepair: the Brooklyn Bridge, the Manhattan Bridge, and the Queensboro Bridge. Three others are in good condition: The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the George Washington Bridge, and the Triborough Bridge. The first three are tax-financed and run by the city; the others are user-financed and run by an independent authority.” - Richard C. Cornuelle, Healing America, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, 1983, p. 191. – “Bridges seem to be the most ‘natural’ government monopoly, but Detroit’s 7490-foot Ambassador Bridge to Canada has been privately owned and operated since it was built in 1929.” – Ibid, p. 192.
BRINKMANSHIP: The policy of brinkmanship is not only extremely dangerous, it is also utterly immoral." - H. N., in PEACE RESEARCH ABSTRACTS JOURNAL, 29 008. – NUCLEAR WAR THREAT, MASS MURDER DEVICES
BRITISH EMPIRE: In a world of war-made empires, the British – with the exception of their few lapses into arbitrary planning and their stupid interference with the early American colonies – have used force primarily to protect the essential functions of industry and commerce.” - Henry Grady Weaver, The Mainspring of Human Progress, revised edition, FEE, 1953, p. 97. – It did never quite consistently support Free Trade, far less voluntary taxation and monetary freedom. But, by some degrees, it was better than many others. – JZ, 13.9.08. - IMPERIALISM
BRITISH: The National Association for Freedom ... declares that a British citizen is not to be judged by his race, colour or creed but by his devotion and adherence to British Freedom. The non-British are those totalitarians, both Fascists and Marxists, who seek to destroy British Freedom..." - Narindar Saroop, in: “In Defence of Freedom”, ed. by K. W. Watkins, pp 118/119. – Let the freedom lovers and the opponents of freedom sort themselves out into their own kind of exterritorially autonomous communities, under their own personal laws, always at the own expense and own risk. The resulting differences between systems will then become obvious to almost everyone and thus the more free systems will gain more and more convinced followers while the others will shrink and may never even gain dangerous proportions. – JZ, 10.11.08. – PANARCHISM, FREE CHOICE FOR INDIVIDUALS AMONG SOCIETIES & GOVERNMENTS
BROADBAND CONNECTION FREE FOR ALL? Why Broadband Is a Basic Human Right: ITU Secretary Hamadoun Touré - www.forbes.com - Is every one also entitled to his own yacht and jet plane? Who is to pay for it, except the users? And they should be volunteers. Numerous people have not yet bothered to get a computer or go online. Should they pay for the users, via taxes? A declaration of all genuine individual rights and liberties is long overdue - but am I the only one interested in it? – JZ, 29.12.11, comment to: Here's What Modern Monetary Theory And Austrian Economics Have In Common - www.businessinsider.com.
BROADCASTING: advances in technology can make increasingly efficient use of increasingly narrow band-widths to the point where radio-wave space can become virtually unlimited." - Filthy Pierre, THE CONNECTION 101, p.18 of 24 Jan. 82. – But under territorialism any abuse, once introduced, has all too much staying power. Essentially, it suppresses individual consumer sovereignty and its consequences. – JZ, 10.11.08. - PANARCHISM
BROADCASTING: Among the tens of thousands of broadcasting stations - is there a single one exclusively dedicated to peace, justice and freedom issues? The broadcasting monopoly must go. - JZ, 10.11.82.
BROADCASTING: citizens who are expected to be capable of choosing their political governors should be capable of choosing their television programmes..." - Wilfred Altman, TV: From Monopoly to Competition.
BROADCASTING: Could it become so automated, by voluntary agreements, sensors and switches, that as soon as interference with other stations would occur and become a nuisance, then strength and reach of a broadcast would go down? Rational beings, in a crowded room, adjust the volume of their speaking. If any broadcasters would not respond in this sensible way then the others should systematically jam their broadcasts - and sue them before arbitration courts. - JZ, 14.6.89, 15.4.94.
BROADCASTING: Eliminate all governmental control of broadcasting." - Walter Cronkite, quoted in REASON 11/72. – It also falls under freedom of expression and information. – By now, luckily, the governmental restrictions are at least partly by-passed by Internet options. – JZ, 26.1.13.
BROADCASTING: Exclusive property rights to certain broadcasting frequencies can rightly neither be given nor taken. Air waves can no more be owned than sound or ocean waves can be. - JZ, in PP 29, revised 20.4.94.
BROADCASTING: Freedom of the air means the right of people to listen to any broadcast of their choice, free from government dictation. To refuse people such freedom simply because unlicensed radio has knocked a hole in the fabric of State protectionism seems an abject denial of consumer wants - and voters' choice." - Thomas, Denis, "Competition in Radio", 1965, quoted in R. Harris and A. Seldon, Not From Benevolence, p.156.
BROADCASTING: If nobody can claim exclusive property rights to gravity or magnetism then nobody can claim such exclusive rights either to electromagnetic waves or to certain frequencies of or modulations of them. At most he can own his particular manipulation or use of them. But that does not give him the right to impose his manipulation or use and to interdict such manipulation or use by others. Nobody's freedom of speech is restricted by nobody owning the sound waves. This leaves everybody free to use them. The same applies to broadcasting waves. With them, too, one may not so increase one's power that one would, in effect, shout others down or interfere with their freedom of expression and information. If no one else were to use a particular frequency, then one might blanket the world with it. Still nobody would be forced to receive it and to listen. To the extent that others use it, one has to restrict one's power and range. That common sense arrangement can become as self-regulating, as it is in free speech, using sound waves. - JZ, in PP 29, revised 20.4.94.
BROADCASTING: If the Western World had fully free broadcasting, the Eastern World (the dictatorships) could soon be liberated also, in all spheres. - JZ, in PEACE PLANS 29.
BROADCASTING: If you support a free press then support free radio." - Robert Carnaghan.
BROADCASTING: It's a democracy, so why can't people run their own radio stations?" - Malcolm Long, New Journalist, Sep/Oct. 75.
BROADCASTING: It's an outrageous situation which most of us have tended to accept simply because it has so long been in existence. 'But what would we think', asks Professor Murray Rothbard, 'if all newspapers were licensed, the licenses to be renewable by a federal press commission, and with newspapers losing their licenses if they dare express an "unfair" editorial opinion, or if they don't give full weight to public service announcements? Would this not be an intolerable, not to say unconstitutional, destruction of the right to a free press? Yet what we all consider intolerable and totalitarian for the press is taken for granted in the medium which is now the most popular vehicle for expression and education: radio and television.'" - Roger McBride, A New Dawn, p.54.
BROADCASTING: Let the people decide through the marketplace mechanism what they wish to see and hear. Why is there this national obsession to tamper with this box of transistors and tubes when we don't do the same for Time magazine? – Mark Fowler, FCC Chairman
BROADCASTING: Let them sell transferable program determination tickets for their time slots to their potential listeners, not only time slots to commercial advertisers. In this way the listeners could get a real say on the programming. They could thus not only finance their running costs – if they are not a bloated governmental broadcasting station – but also achieve programming linked even more directly to the preferences of their listeners and viewers. – JZ, 17.11.97, 21.9.08. - However, perhaps, the whole programming problem will be solved and not only democratized but also individualized, by making all programs permanently available online, in accordance with the preferences of the individual listener or viewer, who will then have the same choice that he has for books, magazines, zines and newspapers and, nowadays, also through e.g. websites, blogs, emails and disks. – That aim is already largely achieved through video and music shops selling tapes and disks, including documentaries. The online availability could be even larger. For news alternatives we have already blogs and websites as well as electronic and emailed newsletters. Ultimately, every important book, pamphlet and periodical should be permanently accessible online or through an email attachment for wanted and paid for texts. – JZ, 21.9.08. – RADIO, TV, ELECTRONIC TEXT, MOVIE. MUSIC & LECTURE & DISCUSSION PROVISION, ACCORDING TO INDIVIDUAL CHOICE, FM STATIONS, COMMUNITY RADIO & TV STATIONS, LIBERTARIAN BROADCASTING, FINANCE
BROADCASTING: No legislation on private stations in Italy since 1975. - Radio news 28.12.93. - Some stations just broadcast "contributions" like jokes and slanders, which were phoned in to their answering machines. 90% of the slanders were just those of people of either Northern or Southern Italy. - "Well, for those who like that sort of thing it is probably just the sort of thing they like." - I would rather favour some more specialised and selective stations. At a humanist - anarchist conference on social control, in Sydney, some years back, it was pointed out that the numerous FM stations in Milan (ca. 140) had been reduced to a few but it was not clarified why this happened and how. - JZ
BROADCASTING: One must bear in mind that throughout the last seven thousand years of human history, the twenty large empires and hundreds of little empirettes were held together mainly by control of all major systems of communication." - Dagobert D. Runes, Handbook of Reason, p.105. - Don't let broadcasting be monopolised any longer. Let's have freedom of the airwaves. No restrictions on cost-free open air meetings. No taxes on the production of books and magazines and newspapers, or on paper, for that matter. No censorship of any kind except self-censorship. - JZn.d. – CENSORSHIP, LICENSING, RADIO, TELEVISION
BROADCASTING: Since we do not always shout each other down, while using a single broadcasting band (sound waves, those directly noticeable for humans ears), with our mouths and lungs or other loud speaking devices, why do you presume that we would, when using electronic broadcasting, where we have many and ever multiplying broadcasting options, depending only upon refinements of our senders and receivers? Ideally, all broadcasters and listeners should form an open cooperative for their kinds of decisions. They should not be subjected to any legislation and subject only to their own arbitration, too. - JZ, 3.2.88.BROADCASTING: The high quality of British broadcasting has obscured the serious dangers of a microphone monopoly which is steadily undermining the peoples' power to think." - Ernest Benn, Modern Government, p.63.
BROADCASTING: We need stations for ideas, reform programmes and innovations, for their presentation and serious discussion of them, rather than merely stations for news and entertainment, that cater to the lowest common denominations. We? Sufficient listeners? That should be decided between free producers and free listeners and their cooperatives. - JZ, 2.2.93, 15.4.94. - At least now we have more affordable and self-selected information exchanges through the Internet. Alas, the other alternative media publishing and reading options, like microfiche, floppy disks and CDs remain still all too neglected, for text reproductions - in spite of their power and cheapness. - JZ, 27.9.02. RADIO, TELEVISION
BROADCASTING: With refined equipment there are more usable broadcasting wavelengths in any locality than people who would want to own and use. - JZ, in PP 29, 20.4.94.
BROTHELS: As long-lasting houses of prostitution operated by madams anxious to cultivate goodwill among customers over a long time span, brothels used to compete to provide high-quality service and build up their 'brand-name'. The outlawing of brothels has forced prostitution into a 'black market', fly-by-night existence, with all the dangers and general decline in quality this always entails." - Murray N. Rothbard, For a New Liberty, 119 - PROSTITUTION
BROTHELS: How many of them would remain without wars, armies, artificial housing shortages, marriage laws, unemployment, the prohibition of child labour, imposed monogamous relationships, sexual prejudices, alcoholism, drug abuse and if all sexual relationships were contractual, mutualist, free and voluntary? - Isn't it high time to find out? - The few remaining free enterprises of this kind might then be outnumbered by sexual therapy centres. - JZ, 16.4.94. - PROSTITUTION
BROTHERHOOD: A low capacity for getting along with those near us often goes hand in hand with a high receptivity to the idea of the brotherhood of man." - Eric Hoffer, The Ordeal of Change, 1964, p.11.
BROTHERHOOD: A more careful look shows, however, that too much concentration on likeness and a neglect of the differences can wreck brotherhood." - R. J. Williams, You Are Extraordinary, p.89.
BROTHERHOOD: All for brotherly love, even if people have to be whipped into it." - Lawrence Meynel, “The Man No One Knew”, Collins, London, 1951. - JOKES
BROTHERHOOD: Be wary of the protagonist for brotherhood of mankind; likely as not, he pleads for love in terms of abstract billions of unknown foreigners because he never learned to love a small handful of his own people." – Dagobert D. Runes, A Dictionary of Thought.
BROTHERHOOD: Brotherhood! Sacred tie that joins the soul to soul, divine spark come down from heaven into the hearts of men, how can thy name be thus taken in vain? In thy name it is proposed to stifle all freedom. In thy name it is proposed to erect a new despotism such as the world has never seen; and we may well fear that after serving as protection for so many incompetents, as a cloak for so many ambitious schemers, as a bauble for so many who haughtily scorn human dignity, it will at last, discredited and with sullied name, lose its great and noble meaning." - Bastiat, in Roche III, 240/41. – FRATERNITY, HUMANITY, FAMILY OF MAN, MANKIND
BROTHERHOOD: But one person cannot generate enough energy. A solitary man on this earth could hardly survive. His enemies are too numerous and too strong; his energy is too weak. To save his bare existence, he must have allies of his own kind. - The brotherhood of man is not a pretty phrase not a beautiful idea; it is a fact. It is one of the brutal realities of human life on this inhuman planet. - All men are brothers, of one blood, of one human race. They are brothers in one imperative desire to live, in one desperate necessity to combine their energies in order to live. Any man who injures another, injures himself, for human welfare is necessary to his own existence. - Many men do not know this fact. It is not the first fact that men have known, nor the only one that they do not know now. There are still people who believe that the earth is flat. Because it is not flat, because it holds them to its surface by the attraction of its spherical mass, they can behave, within limits and for short distances, as if it were flat. - Men who behave as if the brotherhood of man were not a fact, are alive to do so only because it is a fact.” - Rose Wilder Lane, The Discovery of Freedom, XII. - Why use the language of emotional people, muddle-heads and ideologues, unable to really understand facts and draw moral and rational conclusions from them? Why not rather call it e.g.: mutual assistance or mutual aid, insurance, credit, voluntary cooperation, division of labour, contractarianism, voluntaryism, team work, free exchange etc? In this way people can help each other much more than merely by fraternal ties, perceived in the abstract. The very first thing we ought to recognise in one's own brother or sister, in the narrow or widest sense, is their right to their own life and property. And when an atavism, primitive, barbarian or "missing-link" violently attacks us, we are morally entitled to disable or destroy it, in self-defence, even though outwardly it looks like a human being. - JZ, 16.4.94. – One should distinguish being decent, humane, polite and just to others from trying to be a brother or sister or even victims or slave to everybody else. – JZ, 10.11.08. - MANKIND, HUMANITY
BROTHERHOOD: But the free and responsible individual naturally objects to being his brother's keeper - by law. He objects to being made to do good - by law. He objects to being required to sacrifice for others - by law. In all these instances, he is taken for granted - treated as a cog in a state machine." - W. M. Peterson, THE FREEMAN, 2/75. - DO-GOODERS, LAW, WELFARE STATE, SELF-RESPONSIBILITY, SELF-RELIANCE, ALTRUISM, WELFARE STATE
BROTHERHOOD: if all are your brothers, none is." - Aristotle. - Why must it take over 2,000 years for such a basic insight to penetrate? - Compare: "Shared responsibility is none". A nationalised property belongs to nobody. Love spread over millions disappoints the one. - JZ, 16.4.94. - IDEAS ARCHIVE
BROTHERHOOD: If you don't want to be my brother, I'll bash your head in!" - German Proverb.
BROTHERHOOD: It is shameful to find out that in the name of brotherhood more human beings were sacrificed than were saved in the name of Christian love." - K. Peltzer, An den Rand geschrieben.
BROTHERHOOD: It seems easier to “love”, indiscriminately and for humanitarian “reasons”, masses of distant peoples - than any considerable number of concrete people among whom one lives. – JZ, 10.11.08. – Compare: “Familiarity breeds contempt!”
BROTHERHOOD: It's either there or not. It cannot be enforced nor learned nor taught. - JZ, n.d.
BROTHERHOOD: There is always a type of man who says he loves his fellow men, and expects to make a living at it." - Edgar Watson How, Ventures in Common Sense, 1919, 2.5. – CHARITIES, FRATERNITY, WELFARE STATE, LOVE, BROTHERHOOD, SHARING, COMMUNISM
BROTHERHOOD: This is called ... brotherhood: 'You have produced; I have not; we are comrades; let us share.' - 'You own something; I own nothing; we are brothers; let us share.'" ... "Let a merchant begin to sell his goods on the principle of brotherly love, and I do not give him even a month before his children will be reduced to beggary." - Bastiat, in G. C. Roche III, Bastiat, A Man Alone, p. 241. – LOVE, HUMANITARIANISM, FRATERNITY, EGALITARIANISM, COMMUNISM, SHARING, EQUALITY
BROTHERHOOD: To be free, a man must be free of his brothers. That is freedom." - Ayn Rand, Anthem, 101. - FREEDOM
BROTHERHOOD: To say that everyone is one's brother (or sister) is to say that no one is. People just aren't built to develop relationships with millions of other people. (*) Attempts to get them to do so are ultimately as depersonalising and alienating as attempts to get them to treat everyone at arm's length." - Filthy Pierre, THE CONNECTION 73, p.49. - (*) It's as absurd as recommending: Make love to everybody. Eat everything. Drink everything. Use every drug. Do everything. Go everywhere, associate with everybody. – We ought at least to try to live our own lives and to develop as individuals as far as we can. - JZ, 16.4.94, 10.11.08.
BROTHERHOOD: Who is not his brother's keeper belongs not to the family of man." – Dagobert D. Runes, A Dictionary of Thought. - Why is a kept brother any better than a kept woman? Should not one's brothers struggle to maintain themselves? Mutual assistance in cases of emergencies is another matter. Normally, even brothers and sisters should exchange rather than provide hand-outs to parasites and bludgers. - JZ, 16.4.94
BROTHERHOOD: Whoever is everybody's friend is not mine.” – ("L'ami de genre humain n'est point du tout monfait." – “Wer aller Menschen Freund, der ist der meine nicht.” - Moliere, Misanthrope, I.1.) – FRIENDSHIP OR MERELY POLITENESS, COMMON DECENCY & CONSIDERATION & TOLERANCE FOR OTHERS?
BRUSHFIRE WAR: the black magic of violence; and even then the language of the mad foments It ... 'brushfire war', 'limited actions', 'clean atomic bombs'! We are all guilty, because we all co-operate with the illusionists." - Morris West, Proteus, 218. - During the 30 - 60 "brushfire" wars going on in each year since 1945, probably more people were killed already than during WW II. - JZ - ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS FOR COMMONERRORS, MYTHS AND PREJUDICES - WHICH ARE OBSTACLES TO PROGRESS.
BRUTALITY: Brutality is the tool of the dull-witted.” - Jack Reed, in film: One of Our Own, 1995. , ATROCITIES, TERRORISM, VIOLENCE
BUDDHISM: Believe nothing, no matter where you read it or who has said it, not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense. – Buddha - Rachel Mills shared Exposing The Truth's photo. - Facebook, 22.2.12. - BELIEFS, FAITH, RELIGIONS SECTS
BUDDHISM: Blessed are they who earn their livelihood without harming others. – Buddha, quoted by Paata Sheshelidze, on Facebook, 13.3.12.
BUDDHISM: In its essence rests on four great principles, those of kindness, pity, communal joy and equanimity. Unlike Christendom, it managed to gain and retain loyal adherents without benefit of rack and faggot." – Dagobert D. Runes, A Dictionary of Thought, p.12. – Alas, according to the news, by now at least some intolerant Buddhists exist as well. – JZ, 26.1.13.
BUDGET CRISIS & GOVERNMENT SPENDING, DEFICIT FINANCING, INFLATION, CRISES: We don't have a budget crisis. We have a spending crisis. – Jonathan Hill, Citizens for a Sound Economy. – This is almost inevitable under territorial governments. How often do they have a balanced budget and do not resort to inflation or degrees of taxation and “public debts” that amount to tax slavery? – JZ, 6.4.12. Economy – Already the smallest governmental tribute levies are wrong and usually wrongfully spent as well. Fractional slavery is still slavery. Contributions and levies or membership fees and subscriptions in societies and communities as well as governance systems of volunteers only, do fall into a quite different moral and economic category. – JZ, 26.4.13. - GOVERNMENT SPENDING, DEFICIT SPENDING, INFLATION, PUBLIC DEBT, ISSUES OF GOVERNMENT SECURITIES, I.E. INVESTMENT IN TAX SLAVES, OVER-SPONDING BY ALL TERRITORIAL GOVERNMENT.
BUDGET CUT: Formerly, a decrease in government spending. Now a decrease in the rate of increase in government spending." - L. A. Rollins, Lucifer's Lexicon.
BUDGET, BALANCED: I would far rather have total federal spending at $ 200 billion with a deficit of $ 100 billion than a balanced budget at $ 500 billion." - Milton Friedman, 8/78, p.23. - That is merely like preferring a physical assault to being murdered. Both aggressive actions ought to be condemned as quite unacceptable. - JZ, 28.9.02.
BUDGET: A 5,000 million pound budget is Communism, no matter what party levies it.” - Geoffrey Bowles, in CITY POST, quoted by Henry Meulen, THE INDIVIDUALIST, Dec. 1956, p. 70. – BUDGETS OF GOVERNMENTS & COMMUNISM
BUDGET: A budget is a system in which you worry before you spend it instead of afterwards." - Quote in a 1983 calendar. - Should be - but to governments this obviously does not apply. - JZ, 12.1.84. - It supplies you with pre-budget worries regarding taxation and government waste and post budget worries regarding deflation, inflation stagflation and still more broken government promises. - JZ, 8.9.85.
BUDGET: A budget is only a means for a government to determine how much more it is going to rob you via taxation, inflation, the tax slavery of your descendants or via confiscation, exploitation and extortion and how it will bribe, you with your own money, to grant it the consent of the victim. - JZ, 16.4.94.
BUDGET: a heavy budget and liberty are incompatible." – Frederic Bastiat, Economic Harmonies, p.133.
BUDGET: A mathematical confirmation of your suspicions." - A. A. Latimer.
BUDGET: A private citizen ought to budget, whatever he sees fit and wants from a competitive local government service. This local government should allocate from these funds whatever it sees fit towards a state-wide association of some such local service competitors. The competing state-wide service companies, from these allocations, should budget what they see fit towards some competitive federation, continental or world-wide. The lower ranks should always be able to cut off the higher ranks and the individual consumer should retain his consumer sovereignty through freedom to secede from any local, state, federal or world federation. - JZ, 16.4.94. – On the other hand, within communities of volunteers, or at least some of them, the subscribers might also reserve to themselves the decision on which items in the budget of their community they do want to sponsor with the own funds. – JZ, 26.1.13. - AUTONOMY, VOLUNTARISM & SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARY TAXATION, FEDERALISM FROM THE BOTTOM UP
BUDGET: A single and compulsory finance plan for all people in a country is just not right and good enough for everybody in it. Let everyone run his own budget. Government services should be competitively supplied and delivered only to those who ordered them and who are willing and able to pay for them. The despotic allocation of all too much of our incomes by bureaucrats and politicians to their followers and favourites must cease. - JZ, 28.8.93, 16.4.94.
BUDGET: All government budgets to totally depend upon voluntary donations, subscriptions and fees for individually wanted, ordered and delivered competitive services. - JZ, 17.12.93.
BUDGET: Are politicians really budgeting our money better than we could? Have they got a right to even try to do so, without our individual consent? If we have given them permissions, should we be free to withdraw them, individually? If you continue to trust any of them and any of their programmes - you pay them! - JZ,5.9.93, 16.4.94. – Q.BUDGET: Budgets can be rightful and rightfully allocate only the own resources, not the resources that rightfully belong to others. Thus a private or an official robber band cannot have a budget that deserves this name. - JZ, 16.4.94.
BUDGET: Do not let them bring us down through their budgets over our earnings and properties. - JZ, 16.4.94.
BUDGET: Economic policies which will not work at your house and mine, will not work at any government level. They, too, must learn to do without something." - Gladys Vaughn, SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, Winter 75/76. - I would rather say that governments ought to learn to do without everything not granted to them by their individual and free customers or voluntary members. - JZ, 16.4.94, 10.11.08. - VOLUNTARY TAXATION, TAXATION, PANARCHISM
BUDGET: Every government budget disposes of the proceeds of government robberies, in attempts to corrupt the voters still further, pay off favourites and fellow criminals, reward parasites, encourage continued losses and failures - to produce and to support the own powers, privileges and more or less wrongful and mad schemes and programmes. - JZ, 24.11.93, 16.4.94.
BUDGET: Every government budget is wrongful for every single dollar not quite voluntarily given. - JZ, 13.8.89, 16.4.94.
BUDGET: Every government budget wrongfully runs and mismanages all too much of my own budget. - J. Z., 16.8.89, 20.4.94.
BUDGET: Everybody has a vested interest in the system and it is hard to think of a politician who ever got elected on a platform of promising people less. So one is faced with this dilemma: the only (*) way to solve the problem is to spend less, yet the only government that can be elected is one that promises to spend more." - Patrick M. Boarman, Money, Employment and the Political Process, 14. - (*) Repeal Legal Tender. Permit Individual Secessionism and Exterritorial Autonomy. Distribute all Government Assets among the Taxpayers. Organise sensible tax strikes. – JZ
BUDGET: Everybody is entitled to a clear account on how much he contributed and how his money was spent, at least in percentages. Everybody has the moral right to cross out expenditures he disapproves of and demand a refund or reallocation. Moreover, every taxpayer has the right to opt out from any budget policies and to run his own budget. Everybody has the right not to be taxed, directly, indirectly or by deficit financing or inflation (in which cases taxation takes place without even any pretence of consent). The current budget also proceeds on the old fraud that the government could give more than it takes, that it could increase expenditures while cutting back taxes. What a condemnation of the public education system - when citizens accept such big lies without any protest! - JZ, ca.1972, slightly revised 16.4.94. - It is true, however, that really sharp cuts of high taxes can altogether increase the tax revenue. To reduce or abolish the total take of the bureaucracy, we would have to replace compulsory taxes by voluntary contribution schemes or by voluntary citizenship membership in exterritorially autonomous and competing communities, which would make all their taxes automatically voluntary. - JZ, 20.4.94. – PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARY TAXATION
BUDGET: federal budget: a work of fiction about government spending." - Thomas Sowell, 1985. - JOKES
BUDGET: Go, write your own budget." - from Budget jokes on radio, 7.9.93. - This is a serious matter, one of our basic rights and liberties. Only the government budget is a joke, a crime and the greatest waste basket of them all. - JZ, 16.4.94. - JOKES
BUDGET: Government budgets are parasitic, coercive, wrong and harmful towards all private, voluntary and productive budgets. Thus why put up with them? - JZ, 19.12.93.
BUDGET: Government budgets based on compulsory taxation, or forced loans or sales of investments in tax slaves, amount to a wrongful interference with private budgets of all citizen subjects. – JZ, 12.11.96, 21.9.08. – BUDGETS OF GOVERNMENTS VS. PRIVATE BUDGETS
BUDGET: Government budgets spend loot. They indicate most of the crime rate. - JZ, in PEACE PLANS 29.
BUDGET: Government budgets to become, rather, catalogues of competitive services and goods for sale, individually or in wanted batches. - JZ, n.d.
BUDGET: Here is an idea on how to balance the budget - tilt the country." - T. H. L., THE READER'S DIGEST, 8/68. - That is not as absurd as it sounds. "Balancing" a budged by further robberies: taxation, inflation and government bonds upon future tax slaves, do tend to tilt a country at the edge of an abyss, into which it can finally be easily tipped. - JZ, 16.4.94. – Tilt the country back from the abyss. Repudiate all government debts. Repeal all taxes or engage in a general tax strike – and prepare for paying competitive suppliers for all the services you still want from them. – JZ, 26.1.13. - JOKES
BUDGET: How the State misspends your money without your consent. - JZ, 2.8.93. - JOKES
BUDGET: Husband: 'Do you know what it takes to make a good budget work?' Wife: 'No." - Husband: 'Right!'" - Dick Browne, READER’S DIGEST, 11/82. - Even on the smallest scale there are difficulties with budgeting the earnings of others. But here at least individual consent, if not love, are present and a considerable exchange of services is involved. - JZ, 29.9.02. - JOKES
BUDGET: I favour freedom for you to draw up and follow your own shopping list - in every respect. You should not have to pay any other debts than your own. - JZ, in PEACE PLANS 29.
BUDGET: I have to live within my earned income. Why shouldn't the government have to do so, too? Why should it be free to tax me through inflation? Why should it have the power to tax me at all, to cover its expenditures? - JZ, in PEACE PLANS 29, revised 20.4.94.
BUDGET: I have to pay my bills from my earnings. All governments, communities and societies should do the same by offering their services competitively to voluntary and satisfied customers, thus advancing upon their merits, as judged by sovereign consumers, or failing, because they disappointed too many of their customers, or muddling along for a while, based upon various delusions. In the long run and in fully free competition all large-scale package deals of "public services" are likely to go bankrupt when they exceed their optimal sizes. - JZ, 28.9.02. - PANARCHISM
BUDGET: I won't be satisfied with any government budget until every cent in it has been voluntarily allocated by voluntary taxpayers, all of whom having an individual choice between competing government services. I will never be satisfied with being a tax slave owned by bureaucrats and politicians in "their" turfs. (In the largest and most common protection rackets. - JZ, 28.9.02.) Each should be at liberty to finance his own political, economic and social system, church or faith, with his own money. One could begin such a freedom system by allowing each taxpayer to allocate himself his own tax money to those budget items only which he personally favours - and then eliminating all budget items that are not sufficiently or not at all voluntarily financed by such individual and voluntary contributors. - JZ, 18.8.93, 16.4.94. - E.g.: When this first step is introduced and less than 5 % of the tax payers voluntarily contributed to a budget item, then, for the next tax year, that item should be eliminated from the government budget, i.e., that government activity should be ended. - How many government activities would then remain, after 10 or 30 years? - JZ, 28.9.02. – PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARY TAXATION, GRADUALLY & PARTLY INTRODUCED
BUDGET: If a common budget were generally beneficial for the participants, then why not one for all of one's friends and acquaintances, for all of one's relatives? Or would you still prefer your own shopping basket to one that is collectively filled or limited? - JZ, 10.10.91.
BUDGET: If the taxpayers were left in possession of their money - would they spend it as foolishly as the government does? Even if they did, wouldn't they have the right to do so? - JZ, n.d. - BUREAUCRACY, GOVERNMENT SPENDING, TAXATION, TRANSFER SOCIETY, VOLUNTARY TAXATION, WELFARE STATE, WELFARE STATE. Q.
BUDGET: If we cannot always trust ourselves or our wife or our husband or our co-operators, to budget rightfully, reasonably and economically, why should we trust any bureaucrats or politicians to budget properly vast sums of money that they had stolen from us in the first place? - JZ, 16.4.94. – Q.
BUDGET: It makes me angry on hearing others talk and decide about how to allocate my involuntary contributions. - JZ, 23.8.88.
BUDGET: Let each budget for his own expenditures, savings and investments, i.e., no one to budget for any income earned by others or property coercively taken from them. - JZ, 10.10.91. – Except in communities of volunteers. – 5.11.10.
BUDGET: Let each not only choose his friends and companions freely but also, let each spend his own money freely, without interference by any bureaucrat. In other words, let each choose HIS politician - OR NONE, and let each run HIS OWN budget for all his earnings. Let each be his own and independent finance minister, a finance minister so independent that he does not have to crawl to any superior for a hand-out - from funds which he had accumulated himself and of which he was robbed. Introduce true democracy by letting each citizen fully dispose of or vote his own funds. - JZ, revised 16.4.94.
BUDGET: My dollars subjected to their decisions. - JZ, 13.8.89, 16.4.94.
BUDGET: No government to be authorised to interfere, unilaterally, with its budgets in all private budgets. All government budgets, on the contrary, to depend totally upon voluntary and individual private budget allocations, in exchange for those services, which they would supply, services which are wanted, ordered and competitively delivered, either individually or in the wanted batches individually subscribed to. - JZ, 19.12.93.
BUDGET: No politician is good enough to be authorised by me to confiscate over half of my income and to control me in spending the rest. - JZ, 8.7.87.
BUDGET: Not only secret service expenditures are hidden in the budget. How much of the budget consists of lies and cover-ups? - JZ, 16.4.94.
BUDGET: Not politicians and bureaucrats but WE should budget our livelihood - and theirs - to the extent that we think them necessary at all. - JZ, 8.8.93. - With the easy and thoughtless use of words like budgets, taxation, selective service, nuclear weapons, etc., etc., we accept the great wrongs and losses that are their consequences, granting, the "sanction of the victims". For all too long even open slavery was all too widely accepted as natural and inevitable. - JZ, 28.9.02.
BUDGET: Our controllers, not we, control the budget made up of our confiscated earnings. That's why they waste our money much more so than we ever would. Return all budget funds to the taxpayers and rob them no more. Let each man budget for himself. - JZ, 8.9.85.
BUDGET: People discuss government budgets as something alien to them, as if it were not their own money that is thus being mismanaged and wasted. At least they always presume that others would pay more per head so that they themselves would come out in front. - JZ, 18.9.81, 16.4.94.
BUDGET: Private budgets ought to rule supreme over government budgets - rather than government budgets over private budgets. - JZ, 19.12.93.
BUDGET: Robin Hood, according to the legend, retook and redistributed stolen money among the victims. Governments, on the other hand, steal the money in the first place and then budget it - among their favourites. - JZ, 16.4.94.
BUDGET: that most corrupting and demoralising of all things, a common purse; ..." - Auberon Herbert, in Mr. Spencer: The Great Machine, p.46. – PROPERTY RIGHTS, COLLECTIVISM, COMMUNISM, STATISM, TERRITORIALISMBUDGET: The budget is an open but criminal conspiracy against the productive people, exploiting their ignorance and prejudices, to empty their pockets, returning to them, in the average, if anything, only a fraction. - JZ, 30.7.91.
BUDGET: The budget is the nerve of the State. Thus it must be withdrawn from the profane eyes of the subject.” - Richelieu. - Has it got a nerve! Now it even dares to present its robberies and favouritism for public approval, through the democratic "representative" system (not the direct democratic one, in most States), relying on the ignorance and prejudices spread by its mis-education system. - JZ, 16.4.94.
BUDGET: The government has only one wrongful and stupid answer to economic problems: more taxes on top of the inflation tax indicated by deficit budgeting and somewhat postponed through government borrowing. But it has learned, as a successful confidence trickster, to finally settle for a lesser increase than it had threatened with at first. That remaining increase it then dares to call a tax reform or even tax reduction. It is the reform of a drunkard, whose alcoholism increases at a less steep rate than he first said that it would and who continues to steal in order to maintain and worsen his habit. - JZ, 20.8.86, 16.4.94.
BUDGET: The more you spend for good value, the greater your Economy. The essence of Economy is that the individual must decide for himself, not for anybody else or anybody else for him." - Ernest Benn, in D. Abel, ERNEST BENN, p. 70.
BUDGET: the notion that it was right and proper for politicians to handle large sums of money for purposes strangely called 'economic'..." - Sir Ernest Benn, Account Rendered, p.41.
BUDGET: The old science of political economy concerned with the study of the results arising from the ordinary actions of ordinary people has been submerged in a new science of public expenditure strangely known as economics. A new profession has emerged concerned with the collection and distribution of rates and taxes, and while the old science remains in its natural home, the cloisters, there are no longer any ordinary actions by ordinary people, for these have nothing to do but to pay and obey." - Sir Ernest Benn, The State the Enemy, 63/64. - ECONOMIZING, PUBLIC SECTOR, PLANNING, GOVERNMENT SPENDING, MACROECONOMICS, INTERVENTIONISM, MIXED ECONOMY, SECESSIONISM, PANARCHISM.
BUDGET: The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the disposition of public money." - Thomas Jefferson. - Should, but it does not. - E. M. Shaw, 12 Jan. 84.
BUDGET: The total take from us is increased, once again, and those who do this to us want to be praised for achieving a surplus through that robbery! Their revenues are our additional losses! They are "handing down a surplus", while we are forced to hand it over and up! And they speak of a "surplus" of 5 billions, while the external debt was increased by close to 15 billions. - JZ, 23.8.88.
BUDGET: The very notion of having a common budget with strangers or even enemies (our Prime Minister just announced a $ 100 million aid package to the communist regime in Vietnam!), just because they are living in the same country (or are, supposedly, our socialist allies), is an absurdity. To have this budget administered by politicians and bureaucrats, financed out of coercive levies, makes the situation worse. To each his own budget! From each only voluntary and contractual contributions. - JZ, 21.7.87. - FOREIGN AID, TAXATION, GOVERNMENT SPENDING, COLLECTIVISM, COMMUNISM
BUDGET: Their decision, your dollar." - ABC adv., 13.8.89.
BUDGET: There is a great difference between a private budget that disposes of the own income and a public budget that disposes of the income of others. The public budget compilers are much more "generous" or wasteful - with the money earned by others. - Moreover, they allocate all too much to themselves and their fellow looters. - JZ, 28.9.02. – And to those, who vote for them. – JZ 10.11.08.
BUDGET: there is nothing worse that can happen to money than that it should get into the public purse." - Sir Ernest Benn, speech, 27.1.31, in D. Abel, Ernest Benn, 154. - GOVERNMENT SPENDING, TAXATION
BUDGET: They are the government troughs into which all too much of the earnings and savings of productive and creative citizens are thrown, for the pigs. And the latter are not even good enough to eat, although many of them deserve to be slaughtered. - JZ, 16.4.94. - TYRANNICIDE.
BUDGET: Those who earn and own should be free to make their own budgets. That would include the freedom to include in their own budgets allocations and orders and subscriptions, to private, competitive and voluntary associations, including all government levels, for all kinds of governmental services they want for themselves, competitively supplied at competitive prices. - JZ,19.12.93, 16.4.94.
BUDGET: Thrift, it would seem, is a word that has been expurgated from the Treasury's vocabulary and those who keep something back for a rainy day are likely to be soaked for their troubles." - Reg Hall, THE SUNDAY HERALD, financial editor, 22. Sep. 74. - Even if a government were thrifty with the money it took from me, that would not justify it or indemnify me for my loss. - JZ, 16.4.94.
BUDGET: We brought down this budget". - Some politician, quoted on radio 4.9.84. - Bring down the budgeteers! - JZ 4.9.84. – Their budgets bring us down! – JZ, 10.11.08.
BUDGET: We will never get anywhere with our finances until we pass a law saying that every time we appropriate something we got to pass another bill along with it stating where they money is coming from." - Will Rogers. - Coming from? Does it move on its own? Government money income is not voluntarily and joyfully ejaculated into its bowels but coercively and painfully extracted or extorted. - Without correcting our language we will not clarify our minds. - JZ, 28.9.02. - GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURES, BALANCED BUDGET, DEFICIT FINANCING, INFLATION
BUDGET: We, as free individuals, should be free to budget from our own resources for any political services and servants - if we want any at all, rather than permitting these "public servants" to dispose of our earnings and property at their convenience and for their own purposes. - JZ, 14.9.93.
BUDGET: Wealth comes from work and not from Parliamentary Budgets. These things destroy, they do not create." - Ernest Benn, Honest Doubt, p.206.
BUDGET: Who is in charge of handing out these massive sums of money? Well, for one, Senator S. I. Hayakawa. But his appointment to the Budget Committee perplexed even him, since he admitted to having 'the greatest difficulty balancing (his) own check-book.' - Hayakawa himself considered his appointment 'appallingly irresponsible on the part of the US Senate.' - If you are nervous about WHO is handling your money, listen to Senator Hayakawa's description of HOW it is handled: 'A member of the committee will say, for instance, Here's an appropriation for such-and-such. It was 1.7 for 1977. So for the 1978 budget we ought to make it 2.9. So all we do is add 1.2; that's not hard. - The next item is 2.5. The members discuss it back and forth, and someone says, Let's raise it to 3.7. Yes, sir. Okay. So in 5 minutes we have disposed of 2 billion bucks (*) - 2 billion, not 2 million. I never realized it could be so easy. It's all simple addition. You don't even have to know subtraction.'" (**) - Robert Ringer, Restoring the American Dream, 121. - (*) - 2.4 billion! – (**) Or what it is really for and how it is going to be used! - JZ, n.d.
BUDGET: Would there be as many civil wars (really, usually, very uncivilised ones) and international wars (wars between governments, at the risk and expense of their subjects) without compulsory common budgets, taxation, constitutions, laws, bureaucracies and jurisdictions? - JZ, 20.4.94, 28.9.02. – Q.
BUDGET: You will never get economy while everybody is thinking for millions in millions. ... Big figures and little minds don't fit." - Ernest Benn, Speech, 27. Jan., 1931.
BUDGET: yxz ... framed the budget..." - and, thereby, us. - JZ, 26.10.83.
BUILDING CODES: building codes … are used by the building trades unions to make technological innovation illegal and thus force builders to build badly and expensively." - David Friedman, in Manifesto, p.55.
BUILDING CODES: Of the 3,000 counties in the U.S., less than one-half have any form whatever of building code regulation." - FREEDOM TODAY, April 76. - Why does one often hear of liberty practices only after they have been further or already fully suppressed? - JZ, 16.4.94. - Building codes should be a matter merely for credit and insurance companies, not for governments. - JZ, 28.9.02.
BULLYING IN SCHOOLS: In one case a 15 year old prepared a bomb and armed himself with a gun to commit a revenge killing of bullies at his school. How come that in schools, supposedly supervised by numerous teachers, bullying can still occur, so brutal and prolonged, that it can leading to such hatreds and revenge attempts? That 15 year old was prepared for murder – or what he might have considered to be tyrannicide, and subsequently to a life on the run! Compulsory schooling, lack of choice among schools, and other aspects of territorialism, e.g. limited employment opportunities for young people, may be partly to blame. Also lack of moral knowledge and training among pupils as well as teachers, and parents, who, usually, at most know only the all too flawed UN human rights declaration, or that of their State or Federation, - these may be some of the factors. Perhaps self-defence training in schools, in place of some sports activities would also help. So would competing educational systems under full freedom in education and easy to get jobs for young people under monetary freedom, freely agreed wage rates and other economic liberties. Those interested could always acquire any further education later and a better one, too, from the various adult education options. – That case was reported and somewhat discussed in THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH of 12.3.06 but the article had nothing to say on some aspects that I mentioned above. – Too many people are bullied by their parents, teachers, other pupils, policemen, criminal street gangs - that the police forces apparently cannot cope with, in the armed forces and, generally by politicians and bureaucrats - for the rest of their lives. – How many of the mass murderers and school and university shooters were formerly victims of bullies? – Naturally, they, too, hold notions of collective responsibility and act on them. - JZ, 26.3.06, 31.10.07.
BULLYING, CHILDREN, HUMAN NATURE, GOVERNMENTS & TERRITORIALISM: If you have ever seen a four-year-old trying to lord it over a two-year-old, then you know what the basic problem of human nature is – and why government keeps growing larger and ever more intrusive. – Thomas Sowell – How much less immature and aggressive would human beings be if they were not territorially and compulsorily institutionalized? E.g., compulsory school attendance causes much bullying and vandalism, also much juvenile delinquency. Territorialism creates “enemies” and uses tax slavery and conscription to fight them. Human nature exists also in the members of peaceful primitive tribes, which are not conditioned by their customs and traditions to engage in wars. – JZ, 6.4.12. – PEACEFULNESS OR AGGRESSION IN HUMAN NATURE?
BULLLYING: If you have ever seen a four-year-old trying to lord it over a two-year-old, then you know what the basic problem of human nature is – and why government keeps growing larger and ever more intrusive. – Thomas Sowell – However, there are peaceful children and adults as well. Are they not also human beings? Dozens of native tribes practised no war. – Volunteers for armed forces are often so rare that governments introduce conscription. - JZ, 26.4.13. -POWER & DOMINATION INSTINCTS OR HABITS, AGGRESSIVENESS, STAND-OVER TACTICS, TERRITORIALISM, POLITICIANS, POWER ADDICTION, AGGRESSIVENESS.
BULLYING: Must men be bullied forever?" - H. G. Wells: Boon. - Wells himself strongly promoted his own kind of statist bullying, on a national to world-wide scale: State socialism. - JZ, 16.4.94.
BUNGLING: I hate all bungling like sin, especially in State affairs from which nothing but ill to thousands and millions results." - One of Goethe's last sayings to Eckermann, quoted by Dr. G. T. Wrench, in Land and Motherland, p. 108. - PLANNING, PROTECTIONISM, RESTRICTIONISM, COMMAND ECONOMY, SOCIALISM, COMMUNISM, STATISM, BUREAUCRACY, PUBLIC AFFAIRS, CENTRALISATION, POWER, POLITICS
BUNGLING: States assure centralised bungling. - JZ, 22.5.80. – States that are only exterritorially autonomous could do so in a decentralized way – only at the expense of their volunteers – and they deserve it, as voluntary subscribers to statism, who have not yet learnt their lesson about it. – J. Z., 10.11.08. – PANARCHISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM
BURDENS: If it were ever true that we grow strong by bearing burdens, it's true today. It follows, and is equally true, that we grow weak and flaccid when our burdens are taken away." - Vollie Tripp, quoted in The Free Man's Almanac. - One should distinguish between chosen and self-imposed burdens and burdens like taxes. - JZ, 1976. - I doubt that anyone has ever become strong through the imposition of tax burdens upon him and weakened through the abolition of taxes upon his labour and property. - JZ, 16.4.94. - OBSTACLES, NEED, EMERGENCIES, GROWTH, STRENGTH, TAXATION