Quotes, Notes, Comments & Slogans
for Individual Liberty & Rights
against Popular Statist Errors & Prejudices
Index - E1
EARTH FIRST: We must make this an insecure and uninhabitable place for capitalists and their projects. This is the best contribution we can make towards protecting the earth. - Environmental organization, Earth First! offshoot, 'Ecotage' .“ – They seem to love animals and plants while hating human beings and a free and prosperous human society. – Genghis Khan showed the same religious fanaticism against farmers and city people and, as a result of his warfare against them, ca. 50 million people may have been murdered. These terrorists may be prepared to murder even more of us. Ghenghis Khan wanted to save “mother” Earth, “uninjured” by ploughs, as a paddock for animal herds! – Some “eco-freaks”, while living off the products and services of the degrees of capitalism which interventionists laws still permit, are really adherents of the ancient cult of an Earth Goddess and prepared to make human sacrifices to it. Like other priests and true believers they pretend to know the will and intentions of that God and simply obey it! - JZ, 3.12.08. - ENVIRONMENTALISTS, ANTI-CAPITALIST MENTALITY, ECOLOGY VS. POP ECOLOGY, RADICAL LEFTIST GREENIES
EASY: If it was easy, everybody would be doing it.” - Levinson's Law No.1. - Microfiche self-publishing via a micrographic service bureau, in on-demand publishing of small batches only, is easy, free and very affordable, so is text scanning on cheap scanners and freedom text publishing on floppy disks and CDs and via some free online options, but how many freedom lovers do engage in such publishing and reading? - There are many other pro-freedom options that are still quite legal and could be taken up or realized among a few libertarians - but they are not taken up or only quite insufficiently. Our movement has its popular errors prejudices and myths as well, especially on the best ways of promoting its ideas and talents. - JZ, 29.5.00, 3.12.08. Compare my digitized book manuscript: NEW DRAFT. – JZ, 16.11.10.
EASY: Life isn't always easy - but in one's own interest one should try to make it easier - for oneself and others.” - JZ, 21.7.94. - "Easy does it." - Common saying.
EASY: There are easy roads - but most people are not ready to seriously consider them. - JZ, 30.3.88. – “Why do things the easy way when you can do them the hard way?” - asks an old proverb. - JZ, 29.5.00. Most freedom lovers ignore them or make the wrong decision to put them into the “too hard” basket, merely because they, on their own, could not finish e.g. most of the collection and editing efforts involved and have not considered mobilizing market forces among libertarians for this, especially division of labor and free exchange of information. All too few have so far considered those alternative libertarian resources, which could be built up with relative ease in digital form and then make the remaining libertarian enlightenment and liberation effort also relatively easy. Some of these options are described in my 2010 digitized book manuscript NEW DRAFT. – JZ, 26.2.13. – LIBERTARIAN REFERENCE RESOURCES & LIBERTARIAN COLLABORATION TO PROVIDE THEM, IDEAS ARCHIVE, BIBLIOGRAPHY, DIGITAL LIBRARY, ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF REFUTATIONS, ABSTRACTS & REVIEW COMPILATIONS
ECCENTRICITY: Eccentricity has always abounded when and where strength of character has abounded; and the amount of eccentricity in a society has been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric, marks the chief danger of the time.” - J. S. Mill, quoted in Sprading, Liberty and the Great Libertarians, p.140. The term “eccentric” can, mostly, be considered a description of individuals, rightful, tolerant and rational activities, while the term “radical” is by now all too often ascribed to wrongful and irrational people, intolerantly trying to enforce their “radical” views upon whole populations. Eccentrics are individualists rather than territorial collectivists, while most of the under-informed “radicals” are territorial collectivists and as such wrongful and coercive interventionists. – JZ, 26.2.13.
ECCENTRICITY: Freedom is also for the eccentric.” – William F. Buckley, Up from Liberalism. – At least he is, usually, tolerant, while too many of the “radicals” are intolerant. – JZ, 26.2.13. – FREEDOM, TOLERANCE, RADICALISM
ECCENTRICITY: No society in which eccentricity is a matter of reproach, can be in a wholesome state.” - John Stuart Mill, On Liberty. - Most States are characterized by tolerating eccentricity in relatively trivial matters while suppressing it regarding the most important affairs - in which they enforce territorial uniformity, in accordance with their own monopolized decision-making. - JZ, 8.4.89 & 29.5.00. - DIVERSITY, VARIETY, NONCONFORMISM, DECENTRALIZATION, INDIVIDUALISM, FREEDOM, LIBERTY, ODDBALLS, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, FREE CHOICE, GOVERNMENTS, TERRITORIALISM VS. EXTERRIAL AUTONOMY OR PANARCHISM
ECCENTRICITY: Precisely because the tyranny of opinion is such as to make eccentricity a reproach, it is desirable, in order to break through that tyranny, that people should be eccentric.” - J. S. Mill, quoted in Sprading, Liberty and the Great Libertarians, p.140. - TOLERANCE
ECOLOGISTS: Physicist J. Peter Vajk commented on this near universal rejection of solar satellites by eco-puritans: "They seem to want to concentrate on all possible problems and reject all possible solutions." - Robert Anton Wilson, Right Where You Are Sitting Now, p.138. – ENERGY VIA SOLAR SATELLITES
ECOLOGY: Eco-myths kill people.” - Lance Kennedy, 2004 at Rotarua ISIL conference. He referred to Peru, which stopped water chlorination for a while. As a result, cholera occurred in Peru and people died. (In 1971 or 1971 people died?) – But chlorination is certainly not the only effective means for disinfecting drinking water and, probably, not the most harmless one. – L. K. also stated that ca. 60 million people died, mostly from Malaria, as a result of DDT being outlawed. Again, DDT was and is certainly not the only defence against mosquitoes. - JZ, 20.12.07. [TIME, Nov. 22.10, reports about a gadget that automatically zaps them and only them, with a laser. – JZ, 16.11.10.] How many million unborn children are aborted compulsorily or voluntarily, every year, under the wrong assumption that the world or their country is already overpopulated or because the lack of full economic freedom makes their support too difficult for the parents? – JZ, 2.12.08, 26.2.13. – CHOLERA, WATER CHLORINATION, MALARIA, DDT
ECOLOGY: Ecological science, like all science, is relativistic, evolutionary and progressive; that is, it regards all generalizations as hypothetical and is always ready to revise them. It seeks truth but never claims to have attained all truth. Pop ecology, or ecological mysticism, is the reverse in all respects. It is absolutist, dogmatic and fanatical. It does not usually refer its arguments back to ecological science (except vaguely and often inaccurately); it refers back to emotions, moral judgments and the casual baggage of ill-assorted ideas that make up pop culture generally. Ecological mysticism, in short, is only rhetorically connected with the science of ecology, or any science; it is basically a crusade, a quasi-religion, an ideology.” - Robert Anton Wilson, Right Where You Are Sitting Now, p.137. - ECOLOGY VS. POP ECOLOGY
ECOLOGY: nature herself never heard of a balanced ecology. There have always been more extinct species than live ones. The natural environment has always been changing, and what benefits one life form will harm or destroy another. - The difference today from the past is twofold. First, modern technology has enabled man to wreck parts of his world much faster, on a much larger scale, than ever happened before. But second, this same technology - still more, the science that gave birth to it - has at last enabled him to see what he's been doing, and has given him the means to make restoration.” - Poul Anderson, NEW LIBERTARIAN, May 78, 11. – How many new species and sub-species have been created by human intervention, not only when it comes to cats, dogs, grains and flowers? Did the Greenies ever express their thankfulness for this creativity of man? – JZ, 16.11.10. – NATURE, MAN AS A CREATOR, WHO IMPROVES UPON NATURAL DEVELOPMENTS
ECOLOGY: Strange though it may seem, there are actually people who insist that even barren rocks have a right to exist undisturbed by humanity. They forget that rights are a human invention.” - Tom Easton, ANALOG 5/96. - And that rights make only sense for living and active beings and their interactions. - JZ, 15.5.96. – Freedom to migrate and free speech for rocks? – JZ, 1.12.08. - GREENIES, CONSERVATION, EARTH FIRST, RIGHTS, HUMAN BEINGS
ECOLOGY: the first society to practice the scientific method. Thus we have garnered more knowledge about nature in the past 100 years than humanity and pre-humanity learned in the earlier five million years. We actually have the potentiality of creating something nature never did - a truly balanced ecology, that can last as long as the sun does.” - Poul Anderson, NEW LIBERTARIAN, May 78. - And then we could transfer it to other, dead or even artificial planets. - JZ, 31.5.00. - NATURE & THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD, PLANETARY ENGINEERING
ECOLOGY: The free market, as opposed to a rigged and distorted market, e.g. a slave market and a price-, wage-, rent- and interest-rate controlled market, amounts to an economic and human ecology. Every deviation from it tends to be unproductive or even counter-productive and also destructive of human lives and efforts. All spheres of human activities, in which this ecology is not permitted to operate freely, do suffer. The suffering is greatest in those spheres preempted from market actions by governments, namely the political, economic and social system spheres, now territorially, centrally, monopolistically and coercively mismanaged by governments. - Naturally, a free market requires relatively civilized people, rather than primitives, savages or barbarians who believe that might makes right. No one who does not understand free market relationships is sufficiently enlightened and civilized. - JZ, 10.7.91 & 22.5.00, 25.7.13. - THE MARKET
ECOLOGY: there began a movement, which has now become the Religion of Ecology. It was the idea that we should submit to the supposed laws of nature. (Were they true laws of nature, we would have to submit to them. That's what a law of nature means.)” - DIAGONAL RELATIONSHIP 10. - It might also mean: Take account of undesirable and unexpected side-effects. Do not disturb a natural balance more than you have to. - JZ, 7.6.80. – Ecologists should start exploring the ecology for humans and their societies, starting with their genuine individual rights and liberties, which would eliminate the destructiveness and murderousness of despotism, violent revolutions, civil wars, conventional wars and would even prevent nuclear wars. – Alas, they are, all too often, more concerned about preserving some plants or frogs than human beings. – JZ, 16.11.10, 25.7.13. - RELIGION OF ECOLOGY, NATURE & THE LAWS OF NATURE
ECOLOGY: When James Lovelock’s now classic work, “Gaia”, suggested that life systems spontaneously maintain a balance between oxygen and carbon-dioxide levels in the atmosphere that are appropriate for all life, many environmentalists were aghast.” - Butler Shaffer, The Wizards of Ozymandias, chapter 61. – In other words, most of the statist ecologists still assume that ecology can only be maintained through the kind of statist interventionism, which they do favor. – JZ, 26.2.13. – If only the “tree huggers” were to hug ONLY trees, they would die out within a few decades, thereby improving the quality of mankind. Nobody prevents them to plant and care for as many trees as they like, on their own properties, with their own labor and savings. – There are whole deserts, which they could turn into forests, if they wanted to. But, probably, they are foolish enough to wish to preserve the deserts as well. - JZ, 25.7.13. - ECOLOGICAL BALANCE, NATURALLY MAINTAINED, GREENHOUSE GASES, EARTH WARMING, POLLUTION
ECONOMIC & POLITICAL FREEDOM: Economic freedom is … an indispensable means toward the achievement of political freedom." — Milton Friedman
ECONOMIC CONDITIONS: It seems absurd to me to accept economic conditions as given and then try to develop messed-up economic systems by government to government aid, without discussing first and then removing the underlying major causes of poverty in underdeveloped and developed country, mainly economic interventionism and among these monetary and financial despotism, including compulsory taxation and protectionism, at the top of a very long list. - The slogan "Trade, not Aid!" does not go far enough. - JZ, 7.12.92 & 23.5.00, 25.7.13. - FOREIGN AID, DEVELOPMENT, FREE TRADE, MONETARY & FINANCIAL FREEDOM
ECONOMIC CONTROLS: Economic control is not merely control of a sector of human life, which can be separated from the rest; it is the control of the means for all our ends. And whoever has sole control of the means must also determine which ends are to be served, which values are to be rated higher and which lower - in short, what men should believe and strive for. Central planning means that the economic problem is to be solved by the community instead of by the individual; but this involves that it must also be the community, or rather its representatives, who must decide the relative importance of the different needs.” - F. A. Hayek The Road to Serfdom. - CONTROLS & PLANNING, STATISM, REGULATIONS,
ECONOMIC CRISES: Could an economic lottery or betting system be organized in which people all over the world would be asked to submit their proposals to overcome inflation, deflation, stagflation and their associated mass unemployment and this without any coercion subsidies and sacrifices? The betters or the lottery ticket buyers would have to submit their plans together with a price for this lottery or their betting amount, mainly upon the own proposals submitted, and with the funds finally allocated to those, who do make the best proposals? How could a wide-enough participation in such a scheme be achieved? How and by whom and in what way should the winners be determined? Should also those, who do not themselves submit any proposals but would like to bet on particular proposals, be allowed to participate and share somehow if their favorite proposal wins? For human progress it is quite indifferent, who wins in the usual lotteries or which football- or other sports- team wins in a competition or who wins an Olympic gold medal or which dog or horse wins a race. But such a price competition could change the future of mankind for the better. Nobel and other Foundations may have had something similar in mind. But have their prizes really unearthed and helped along great ideas and talents and programs or merely rewarded some of them, afterwards? Could such an ideas-competition be successful on a large scale? Would it be worth a try? I heard that margarine was invented as a result of one of the prize competitions organized by Napoleon I. Most of those who made social reform proposals are not after money but rather want their ideas published widely, recognized and accepted. Their money contribution might merely and be used to assure that their proposal, together with any criticism and supplementary proposals would be published electronically, either on line or on a disk or both. If a well organized Ideas Archive and Talent Centre, a libertarian projects list, a comprehensive libertarian library or at least a comprehensive electronic encyclopedia did already exist, then such a competition might become superfluous. I have long believed that we need something like an “Ideas Olympics”, one for brains, much more than we do need one for muscles, sinews and bones and their speedy or skillful and well trained uses. Merely publishing all ideas on this subject, together with all the pros and cons submitted, could already be a valuable effort and discredit many flawed ideas now still advanced, especially by territorial governments, as if they were panaceas or at least workable and useful. Imagine millions of unemployed and others, being sufficiently interested in cause and cure for unemployment, systematically and between them unearthing and publishing all relevant information and discussing it at least between themselves, mutually enlightening each other. Between them they should and could also become free to experiment with one or the other proposal. Millions of participants could sponsor many such experiments. Then the most successful experiment would decide the outcome of the bet. – Could they employ their spare time and energy any better? – JZ, 4.10.98, 29.9.08. – CRISES & THEIR SOLUTION, IDEAS ARCHIVE ON CDs OR ONLINE, IDEAS OLYMPICS, IDEAS EXHIBITIONS, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, LIBERTARIAN PROJECTS ONLINE, IDEAS & TALENTS OLYMPICS, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM IN EVERY SPHERE
ECONOMIC CRISES: Obama Ag Secretary Vilsack: Food Stamps Are A Stimulus - www.realclearpolitics.com - Economic problems cannot be solved by power but only by ethics and rationality. The best that all power-holders can do in this respect is to abdicate - after repealing all the anti-economic laws they or their predecessors have passed. – JZ, 20.8.11. – The above reference is a good example of the ignorance and stupidities of our territorial rulers. All more or less enlightened people have to become free to secede from them, to look after the own affairs. They could hardly do any worse – and would then also rapidly learn from their own mistakes or from the successes of others all around them. – JZ, 10.10. 12, 8.1.13. STIMULUS PAYMENTS & FOOD STAMPS INSTEAD OF MONETARY & FINANCIAL FREEDOM & ALL OTHER ECONOMIC LIBERTIES AS WELL, PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM FOR ALL IN ALL SPHERES
ECONOMIC CRISES: The economic problem is in reality not a problem of consumption or of production. Instead, it is a problem of circulation. The most powerful turbine, constructed out of thousands of tons of steel, will become a useless heap of rubble, if the oil is missing which avoids friction and makes possible its rotation. The economic crisis of the world is thus in an exchange crisis. …” - “Ueberwindung der Wirtschaftsnot”, unsigned. Views ascribed to Staatssekretaer a.D. Dr. Bang, speaking before the members of the “Deutsche Weltwirtschaftliche Gesellschaft.” – From a November 1939 German newspaper, 14.11.1939 or later, according to an adv. – I would like to see the ca. 150 economic crisis theories, mentioned by Henry Meulen in his THE INDIVIDUALIST and also in the German ZEITSCHRIFT FUER DAS GESAMTE KREDITWESEN - combined in one book, all with sufficient criticism. – Most people know only their own favorite hypothesis or at most a few others and haven’t sufficiently examined all the others because they are still largely inaccessible. - JZ, 31.10.07. – In a Google search for economic crisis how to solve”, without quotation marks, I just got 23.2 million results. The flawed to nonsensical ones do obviously constitute the majority and the rightful and sensible ones are not yet sorted out and sufficiently proven and publicized. – JZ, 25.7.13. - ECONOMIC PROBLEM, CONSUMPTION, PRODUCTION, CIRCULATION, MONEY, EXCHANGE MEDIA, CLEARING
ECONOMIC CRISES: Worst of both worlds: High prices, stagnant growth - www.marketwatch.com - End inflation, deflation and stagflation almost instantly, by abolishing the legalized money-issue monopoly, legal tender power and other wrongful powers of all central banks. Wrongful laws cannot only be passed out of ignorance, prejudices, errors and vested interests - they can also be repealed or ignored. Sooner or later monetary despotism crashes anyhow, due to its numerous flaws and inabilities. Alas, in the meantime, it does immense wrong and harm, not only in economics. Moreover, being based on a despotic monetary religion, popularized by Marx, it is likely to be re-established once again, for a while, just like collapsed territorial States are, for people who cannot think beyond territorialism. – JZ, 30.9.11, on Facebook. - INFLATIONS, DEFLATIONS, STAGFLATIONS, MASS UNEMPLOYMENT
ECONOMIC EMANCIPATION: President Ford, our first unelected President, came up with a real gem in his Lincoln's Day speech on February 12, 1975, when he said: "We are confronted with the need to achieve economic emancipation." - REPORT ON FREEDOM, 3/75. (Liberty Amendment Committee.) - Alas, like "political emancipation", it is subject to many interpretations and misunderstandings. - JZ, 31.5.00. – E.g., the extreme protectionists, the autarchists, claim the same aim for themselves! – I doubt that any US President ever clearly stood up for monetary and financial freedom or even merely Free Trade of voluntary taxation. And none favored individual and group secessionism from their rule and exterritorially autonomous competition by communities of volunteers. - JZ, 3.12.08. . – LEADERSHIP, PRIME MINISTERS, PRESIDENTS
ECONOMIC FALLACIES: Most economic fallacies derive ... from the tendency to assume that there is a fixed pie, that one party can gain only at the expense of another.” - Milton Friedman. – Almost every free exchange proves the contrary, by benefitting all the participating exchangers. – JZ, 26.2.13, 25.7.13. - ZERO SUM GAME THINKING, EXPLOITATION NOTIONS, DISTRIBUTIONISM
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: a major source of objection to a free economy is precisely that … it gives people what they want instead of what a particular group thinks they ought to want. Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.” – Robert Ringer, Restoring the American Dream, p.94, quoting Milton Friedman. - ANTI-CAPITALIST MENTALITY, NEEDS, STATE SOCIALISM, FREEDOM, FREE MARKET, CONSUMER SOVEREIGNTY VS. PLANNING, NEEDS, WANTS
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: All laws or regulations interfering with the liberty of trade or industry (such as license and inspection laws) should be abolished, and their enactment for the future prohibited." - John Bigelow, quoted in Arthur A. Ekirch, Jr., JLS, Fall 77, 322. – LAWS, LICENSING, INSPECTIONS, CONTROLS, PERMITS
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: As (Aaron) Director said: 'the bulk of mankind will for the foreseeable future have to devote a considerable fraction of their active lives to economic activity. For these people, freedom of choice as owners of resources in choosing within available and continually changing opportunities, areas of employment, investment, and consumption, is fully as important as freedom of discussion and participation in government.” - R. H. Coase, The Market for Goods and the Market for Ideas, p 2. – The market for consumer goods is already reasonably well developed but the market for competing “public” services and that for ideas and talents, is still woefully underdeveloped. – JZ, 3.12.08. – IDEAS ARCHIVE, SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT, PANARCHISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, FREEDOM OF ACTION, VS. TERRITORIALISM
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: But the slave-holder would not quibble about owning the man, provided he owns the products of the man's labor! A slave, in other words, is a man to whom the right of economic freedom is denied. From this premise the denial of all other rights follows. Therefore, in any realistic discussion of freedom, what happens in the economic realm is basic.” - Admiral Ben Moreell, The Admiral's Log, II, p.122. (Certainly not yet an optimal formulation! – Help to optimized all pro-freedom statements! - JZ) - PROPERTY, SELF-OWNERSHIP & SLAVERY
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: But there is no evidence of any intention, on the part of the constitution, to preclude the people from the enjoyment of their natural right freely to buy and sell, from hand to hand, any other articles of property which the parties might agree upon - whether those articles should be notes of hand, certificates of stock, bills of exchange, drafts, orders, checks, or whatever else might happen to be convenient for such purposes.” – Lysander Spooner, Constitutional Law Related to Credit, p.26, after discussing coins. - The case for free and honest coinage is even more obvious. - JZ, 31.5.00. – But we should certainly not be confined to them and to their redeemable certificates. Free clearing, combined with free choice of value standards, offers many more options. – JZ, 3.12.08. - MONETARY & FINANCIAL FREEDOM
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: Complete economic freedom exists when the decision-making power of the primary economic groups is restrained only by the market (and not by non-market constraints)." - A.Q., 3/72, age 73. – FREE MARKET, SELF-RESPONSIBILITY, DECISION-MAKING, LAWS, REGULATIONS
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of production and trade.” - Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, p.1083. - & LEGISLATION, LAWS, LAISSEZ FAIRE, MONETARY & FINANCIAL FREEDOM
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: Conservatives have failed to alert the community to the interconnection between economic freedom and - freedom. No government would dare to be so abusive as ours is of our economic freedoms if we were alive to the relationship. It is a part of the conservative intuition that economic freedom is the most precious temporal freedom, for the reason that it alone gives to each one of us, in our comings and goings in our complex society, sovereignty - and over that part of existence in which by far the most choices have in fact to be made, and in which it is possible to make choices, involving oneself, without damage to other people. And for the further reason that without economic freedom, political and other freedoms are likely to be taken from us.” – William F. Buckley, Up from Liberalism, p.179. – Up from statist and territorialist liberalism. Completion of the classical liberalism! – JZ, 3.12.08. – CONSERVATISM, CLASSICAL VS. MODERN STATIST LIBERALISM
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: economic freedom as the indispensable basis of all other freedoms…” - From the cover of Ludwig von Mises: Planning for Freedom.
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: Economic freedom is an essential requisite for political freedom. By enabling people to cooperate with one another without coercion or central direction, it reduces the area over which political power is exercised.” – Milton Friedman. - So far both of them have not yet been sufficiently developed, coded and proclaimed. Government declarations of them are quite insufficient and often contrary to rightful objectives. - For this the 1948 UN declaration is quite typical. - Compare PEACE PLANS 589/590. - JZ, 26. 11. 06. – An enlarged edition of its over 130 private human rights drafts appears online as part of a CD reproduced on www.butterbach.net - We need full laissez faire and laissez-passer for political and social systems as well, not only in in economics. - JZ, 4.4.12. - FREE MARKET ECONOMICS, ANARCHO-CAPITALISM VS. CENTRAL PLANNING & DIRECTION, LAISSEZ FAIRE ECONOMICS, POLITICAL FREEDOM
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: Economic freedom is essential to the maintenance of a high level of life.” - Max Eastman, Reflections on the Failure of Socialism, p.75. - The operative term is, rather: "long term maintenance" - JZ, n.d. - What good is a government-ordered wage rise for a closed union shop when, thereupon and soon, that enterprise goes bankrupt and all the successful strikers and collective bargainers find themselves on the street? - JZ, 1.6.00. – Is the highest level of life possible under monetary and financial despotism and other kinds of wrongful and irrational governmental interventionism with free exchanges between sovereign individuals? – JZ, 3.12.08.
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: Economic freedom is important in itself, and it is doubly important because every other freedom is related to it.” - Edmund A. Opitz, Thinking about Economics, THE FREEMAN, 5/1979, p.293. - & GENERAL FREEDOM
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: Economic freedom is inseparable from political freedom. - JZ, n.d. - If economics is comprehensively understood as embracing the provision and distribution of all goods and services, then it covers all rightful, i.e., all voluntary political activities as well and it condemns all wrongful and involuntary political activities as it condemns them in all the other economic spheres. - JZ, 1.6.00. - & POLITICAL FREEDOM
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: Economic freedom is supposed to be unnecessary for political and cultural freedom. But if, in the extreme alternative to a free economy there remained in a country only one employer, one landlord, one education bureaucracy, one sex allocation authority, one entertainment organizer, one board allocating rations to everyone for everything, then what liberties would remain secure? - JZ, n.d. & 1.6.00. - & ALL OTHER FREEDOMS
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: Economic freedom means the right that each of us should have to decide how he is to earn his daily bread.” - Earl Zarbin, THE FREEMAN, 6/73. – That right requires among other things mostly full monetary and financial freedom – and the right to secede from any territorial State or other compulsory and monopolistic organization. – JZ, 3.12.08.
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: Economic freedom or free enterprise denotes a set of circumstances in which the participants in the process of production are able to decide for themselves whether and on what terms they will exchange an asset, be it the capacity to work or a sum of purchasing power, or a portion of space and / or resources for another asset which they need or want, be it a wage or salary, a share in profit, a sum of interest or any other object of their need or want. This freedom is not an absolute freedom. It is contingent upon there being at least two parties to the transaction and that there is a two-way flow of satisfaction.” - H. S. Ferns, The Disease of Government, 53/54. - As if that did not apply also to every other individual right or liberty! - JZ, 31.5.00.
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: Economic freedom requires, primarily, that we free and fully mobilize the exchange of goods, services and labor, while respecting property rights. Capital can be mobilized under monetary and financial despotism only to a limited extent and its volume remains also all too limited under these conditions. But once the turnover credit potential is fully mobilized capital comes fully into its own potential and all remaining financial despotism, starting with taxation and the control and regulation of capital markets, with its “guaranties”, prohibitions and subsidies should also be fully destroyed. Except for such restrictions still maintained among volunteers, believing in them, within their own communities. Freedom for prejudiced, ignorant and foolish people to do their own things to themselves. – JZ, 16.9.99, 6.10.08 – PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, FREE EXCHANGE OR MERELY MOBILIZATION OF CAPITAL UNDER MONETARY DESPOTISM? FINANCIAL FREEDOM
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: Every free man may choose the work he likes, to specialize in it, to trade his product for the products of others and to go as far on the road to achievement as his ability and ambition allow.” - THE AUSTRALIAN G.P., Sept. 1974. – Also the economic, social and political system that he prefers for himself! – JZ, 3.12.08. – All genuine individual rights and liberties for all, who want them and to the extent that they do want them for themselves! – However, who is seriously interested in such a declaration of human rights? – My compilation of PRIVATE Human Rights declarations, in PEACE PLANS 589/590, later digitized and enlarged, has so far failed to arouse any interest! What can one do with people not even interested in all their genuine individual rights and liberties to wish to compile them and to publish them, as a first step to realize them as far as possible, at least among themselves? - JZ, 16.11.10. – PP 589/90 are online as part of a disc at www.butterbach.net/lmp/cd2/ - PANARCHISM, HUMAN RIGHTS DECLARATIONS
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: Freedom for ‘capitalist acts between consenting adults’.” – Robert Nozick. – Any condition of un-freedom or statism or governmentalism, between consenting adults, as well – as long they manage to prefer it for themselves! – We only demand that they remain free to secede as soon as they become disappointed with their all too flawed choices for themselves. - JZ, 3.12.08. - CAPITALISM, CONSENT, PANARCHISM, META-UTOPIA
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: Freedom is the right of anyone to do anything, so long as it is peaceful. Government is freedom's peace-keeping agency; its role is limited to codifying and prohibiting all unpeaceful or destructive activities. - Given this freedom arrangement, each citizen is free to produce anything he pleases, to exchange on mutually agreeable terms with whomever he pleases, to do as he chooses with what is his own and without trespass against others. - We have in this ideal situation only willing exchanges, whether of goods or services. Each citizen gains in his own judgment or he would not make the exchanges. Each owns; no one is owned. There is neither thievery nor enslavement; both are impossible. Each is behaving toward the others as he would have them behave toward him. In a word, the Golden Rule is observed as freedom is practiced. - How to own rather than be owner? Learn the freedom philosophy and how to live by it!” - Leonard E. Read, Having My Way, p.147. - - Territorial government, not even in its limited form [remember what the USA developed into!] is not a rightful or efficient peace-keeping agency, either. Here a monopoly, compulsory membership, centralization, in short, territorialism, are as wrongful and harmful, if not more so, than in all other spheres, precisely because security, protection and jurisdiction are very important services. - Read never learned to live and teach the freedom philosophy quite consistently because of his notion of a supposedly ideal territorial limited” government, one not subject to market competition, free enterprise, free trade, free pricing, voluntary membership, consumer sovereignty and individual secessionism. - JZ, 31.5.00. - & LIMITED GOVERNMENT OR PANARCHIES
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: Freedom of worship is an empty thing if we are denied the financial freedom to erect churches, pay our clergy, print religious literature and propagandize for our faith. Freedom of the press means nothing if we are deprived of the means to buy presses, type, and newsprint. And what meaning can be attached to free speech if we know that we must speak in a certain way or else lose favor with those who control the food, clothing and shelter which we need to survive? Unless we have full freedom in the economic realm we cannot have full freedom in any other.” - Admiral Ben Moreell, Log I, 148. - And the political sphere should not be excluded from the principles and practices of free market economic relationships. - JZ, 31.5.00. – After all, only another kind of either wanted or unwanted services is involved. There is not right to a territorial domination over a whole population, regardless of the democratic or republican or limited government pretenses. – JZ, 3.12.08. – PANARCHISM
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: Fundamental values - Enlightenment values - were involved in the issue of economic freedom, most notably man's right to determine his own fate, his right to be treated not as a ward of supremely wise government but as an autonomous being.” - Peter Gay, quoted by Chris R. Tame, The Revolution of Reason, JLS, Sum. 77, p. 219. - ENLIGHTENMENT, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, SELF-GOVERNMENT, SELF-RESPONSIBILITY, PANARCHISM
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: I view economic freedom as the freedom to determine and to seek to satisfy one's own wants as he sees them.” - Darryl R. Francis, FREEDOM, 10/75. - Pirates, highwaymen and modern thieves and robbers, including politicians and bureaucrats, do that, too. So there must be more to a sound definition. Leonard E. Read's "Release all creative energies!" is a much wider and also much more limited concept of economic freedom, because it already includes the concept of equal freedom for others. It excludes arbitrary, coercive and legally sanctioned monopoly actions at the expense and risk of non-consenting others. - JZ, 31.5.00. – PANARCHISM, EQUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES – TO THE EXTENT THAT VOLUNTEERS WANT THEM AMONG THEMSELVES.
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: If a regime of complete economic freedom be established, social and political freedom will follow automatically; and until it is established neither social nor political freedom can exist. Here one comes in sight of the reason why the State will never tolerate the establishment of economic freedom. In a spirit of sheer conscious fraud, the State will at any time offer its people 'four freedoms,' or six, or any number; but it will never let them have economic freedom. If it did, it would be signing its own death-warrant, for as Lenin pointed out, 'it is nonsense to make any pretence of reconciling the State and liberty.' Our economic system being what it is, and the State being what it is, all the mass verbiage about 'the free peoples' and 'the free democracies' is merely so much obscene buffoonery." - Albert J. Nock, Memoirs of a Superfluous Man, now available in the Mises Store. If the State is really a service organization then it should fall under all the natural rules, rights, liberties and practices of genuine free market economics, with e.g. fully free enterprise to offer any or any package deal of its services and full freedom of contract, including free choice of consumers between all competitively offered public services, in other words, complete consumer sovereignty towards them. – However, then even state-socialist communities would be possible for those, who still believe in it and as long as they do. That would at least help to get them off our backs. - JZ, 1.11.07. - POLITICAL FREEDOM, STATE, HUMAN RIGHTS, PANARCHISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, VOLUNTARISM
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: If the millions of workingmen in this country, who are patiently paying their social security dues, could glimpse the bureaucratic absolutism which that act presages for themselves and their children, they would repudiate the whole monstrous and dishonest business overnight. When a government takes over a people's economic life it becomes absolute, and when it has become absolute it destroys the arts, the minds, the liberties and the meaning of the people it governs. It is not an accident that Germany, the first paternalistic State of modern Europe, was seized by an uncontrollable dictator who brought on the second world war, not an accident that Russia, adopting a centrally administered economy for humanitarian reasons, had arrived at a tyranny bloodier and more absolute than that of the Czars. And if England does not turn back soon she will go the same way. Men who are fed by their government will soon be driven down to the status of slaves or cattle.” - Maxwell Anderson, in a preface to: Knickerbocker Holiday. - SOCIALISM, THE GUARANTEED LIFE, WELFARE STATE, SOCIAL SECURITY
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: In a spirit of sheer conscious fraud, the State will at any time offer its people "four freedoms", or six, or any number; but it will never let them have economic freedom. If it did, it would be signing its own death warrant, for as Lenin pointed out, "it is non sense to make any pretense of reconciling the State and Liberty." - Albert Jay Nock. – Isn’t it high time to replace all the governmental declarations of “rights” and “liberties” by an ideal one, privately compiled, discussed and published? As a start in this direction I offer over 130 private drafts as an email attachment, this collection appears online or on a CD. - www.butterbach.net/lmp/cd2/ – Will anarchists and libertarians finally demonstrate sufficient interest and initiative in this direction? – JZ, 3.12.08. -STATE & FREEDOM, PANARCHISM, LAISSEZ FAIRE, TOWARDS AN IDEAL DECLARATION OF INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: Individual liberty cannot in the long run survive unless the economic base of society is independent and separate from the State and firmly buttresses the brittle self-restraint of men in power.” - Philip van der Elst, in the anthology edited by Dr. Rhodes Boyson: 1985, p.132. - Men are in power only if their "services" are not subject to market discipline, i.e., competition, free pricing, free contracts, full consumer sovereignty, which includes ignoring or boycotting them, refusing to pay them taxes or seceding from them. The territorialist notion of a coercive monopoly state, however otherwise "limited", is a spook remaining in the heads of all too many libertarians, unable to apply economic principles and practices to the "government" "service" suppliers. - JZ, 31.5.00. – TERRITORIALISM, LIMITED GOVERNMENT, POWER
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: It all comes down to this basic premise: if you lose your economic freedom, you lose your political freedom and, in fact, all freedom.” - Lang Hancock.
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: It is no accident that wherever the State has taken economic decision away from the citizen, it has deprived him of his other liberties as well." - Enoch Powell. – ECONOMIC FREEDOM & OTHER LIBERTIES VS. TERRITORIAL POLITICS
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: it is well to remember that freedom feeds on itself. People with a little economic freedom want more freedom, and they will automatically move in that direction until stopped by the police powers of government.” - Dean Russell, THE FREEMAN, Nov. 85, p.653. – Who could stop them, if they organized themselves into an ideal militia of volunteers for the protection of all their individual rights and liberties, provided they have bothered, at first, to produce, discuss and publish, sufficiently, an ideal declaration of all these rights and liberties? – JZ, 3.12.08. – MILITIA, HUMAN RIGHTS,
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: It rests with men whether they will make the proper use of the richer treasure which this knowledge provides them or whether they will leave it unused. But if they fail to take the best advantage of it and disregard its teachings and warnings, they will not annul economics, they will stamp out society and the human race.” - Ludwig von Mises, quoted in SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, 9/81. - If it really "rested with men", with individuals, then via individual secessions and exterritorial minority autonomy, economic freedom could be almost generally realized, after first being only realized by and among freedom lovers. - JZ, 25.3.82, 31.5.00. - SURVIVAL, EXTERRITORIALISM VS. TERRITORIALISM
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: Just as thought control is the great enemy of the freedom of inquiry in academia, economic controls are the great enemy of economic freedom and the entrepreneurial spirit which is needed to solve our problems.” - D. R. Francis, THE FREEMAN, 10/75. - The thought control options are still rather limited, even for totalitarian governments. Only the publicly expressed thoughts can be somewhat controlled and thinking can be somewhat reduced by reducing the free opportunities for the publication or exchange of thoughts. Thought control is not a suitable term in this connection. - JZ, 31.5.00. - VS. CONTROLS
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: Libertarians believe that a totally unregulated economy is the only moral, non-coercive means for people to trade with each other, as well as the most efficient economy devised.” - Eric Geislinger, NEW LIBERTARIAN I, March 78. – The economy of nuclear families, of monks and nuns or of leftist intentional communities or utopian colonies of volunteers are not the most efficient ones but for their volunteers one can hardly deny its inherent morality. – JZ, n.d. & 16.11.10.
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: Libertarians say that personal and economic freedom go hand in hand; they are inseparable.” - From a leaflet of the Society for Libertarian Life. - Freedom has not separate economic, personal, social and political spheres, even though we might use terms, ideas and definitions that seem to indicate such a separation. Freedom is a continuum. - JZ, 31.5.00. - Panarchism for all political, economic and social systems, all only practised among volunteers and exterritorially! – JZ, 16.11.10. - PERSONAL FREEDOM, POLITICAL & SOCIAL FREEDOM & RIGHTS
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: No amount of political freedom will satisfy the hungry masses.” - Nikolai Lenin, Draft of Bolshevik Theses, March 17, 1917. – (*) That is why we need economic freedom, too, as a choice for those who want it for themselves and as a teaching example to others. Every other system tends to produce hunger for the masses. How many would have left Lenin’s State socialist despotism if emigration had been free? How many would have left it if individual and group secession had been free and if there had been no restrictions upon volunteer communities that are only exterritorially autonomous? How long would State socialism have lasted in the USSR if it would have had to compete, internally, against all other systems, tolerantly practised among volunteers, including one system with full free market freedom for its members, e.g., without any monetary despotism and coercively levied tributes upon capital, earnings, goods, services and labor? History would certainly have taken another course. – (*) As if that statement would have justified his political and economic repression! - JZ, 12.7.86 & 23.5.00. - PANARCHISM, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, FREE MIGRATION, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, TERRITORIALISM, SOVIET REGIME
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: Objectives of Our Economic System: When a nation sets out on the road of re-conversion it must have a destination. The following objectives, stated in general terms, constitute that destination for purposes of this discussion: 1. Free enterprise and individual freedom shall be preserved. - 2. There shall be production of a maximum of goods and services, up to the point where people as individuals prefer leisure to more of them; the goods and services shall be those of the people's choice as individual consumers and producers. - 3. Rewards in the form of goods and services to each individual shall be, as nearly as possible, equivalent to his contribution to their production. - 4. Individuals shall have equal access to markets, jobs, business ventures, and opportunities to invest their savings. - 5. Law shall protect the right of voluntary contract, encourage private savings, & protect the rights of property and other forms of wealth that have been acquired fairly in the eyes of the law. (? JZ) - 6. Measures shall be avoided that have the effect of arbitrarily altering the real worth of savings, property or incomes.” - F. A. Harper, Writings, p.25/26.
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: Political freedom is impossible without economic freedom.” - Workers Party, Platform draft, 1975. - & POLITICAL FREEDOM, MONETARY & FINANCIAL DESPOTISM IS STILL DOMINANT IN ALL PRESENT STATES, EVEN THOSE WITH DEGREES OF ECONOMIC FREEDOM, TERRITORIALISM
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: Political freedom is not worth having without economic freedom. - JZ, 3.10.92. - & POLITICAL FREEDOM
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: since libertarianism considers force and coercion as a wrongful act, the philosophy of voluntary action in the economy between consumers and producers is a logical inclusion.” - From leaflet of the Society for Libertarian Life. - That should be applied to the consumers and producers of all kinds of governmental or society services as well, not just to a supposedly limited sphere of the economy as opposed to a "limited" but still monopolistic sphere for territorial government actions. - JZ, 31.5.00. - VOLUNTARISM, LIBERTARIANISM, FORCE, COERCION, PANARCHISM
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: Strike from the books all legislation that denies economic freedom to any individual and at least three-fourths of all activities now undertaken by government would be eliminated.” – The Incredible Bread Machine, p.154. (Probably only in the later pop version, in pocketbook form. It is not in the original edition by Richard Grant, or at least not on that page. – JZ, 16.11.10.)
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: The economic freedom which is the prerequisite of any other freedom cannot be the freedom from economic care which the socialist promise us, and which can be obtained only by relieving the individual at the same time of the necessity and of the power of choice: it must be the freedom of economic activity which, with the right of choice, inevitably also carries the risk and the responsibility of that right.” - Friedrich Hayek, The Road to Serfdom. – The “Road to Freedom” lies in letting the various freedom-lovers as well as the diverse statists go their own ways, always at the own risk and expense. E.g., laissez-faire economics for consenting adults as well as State socialism for volunteers – and any other ism for their believers. That would really speed up enlightenment and progress. As it is, the few somewhat enlightened people are always territorially dragged down into the fate of the ignorant, prejudiced and misled and territorially organized masses. – JZ, 26.12.07. – PANARCHISM, ECONOMIC FREEDOM VS. STATE SOCIALISM, TERRITORIALISM
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: The economic miracle that has been the United States was not produced by socialized enterprises, by government-union-industry cartels or by centralized economic planning. It was produced by private enterprises in a profit-and-loss system. And losses were at least as important in weeding out failures, as profits in fostering successes. Let government succor failures, and we shall be headed for stagnation and decline. – Milton Friedman- & ECONOMIC “MIRACLES”, PROSPERITY, WEALTH, CAPITALISM, DEVELOPMENT, PROFIT & LOSS, PROPERTY, FREE ENTERPRISE, FREE TRADE, FREE EXCHANGE, FREE BANKING, CHOICE OF CURRENCIES & VALUE STANDARDS, PROSPERITY
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: The fact throughout history is that whenever government dominates the economic affairs of its citizenry, a free society is eroded, then destroyed, and a minority government ensues. Personal liberty without economic liberty is an absolute contradiction; the one cannot exist without the other.” - William E. Simon. – ISIL LIBERTY QUOTE LIBRARY 03. - However, one’s own ideal of personal liberty may not include economic freedom at all. It does not e.g. for monks and nuns and for many of the leftist utopians. One should also have the personal freedom to choose for oneself as little or no economic freedom and the liberty lovers should also recognize and respect this personal choice in those, who do not agree with them. – JZ, 10.1.08. - PERSONAL LIBERTY
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: The idea that political freedom can be preserved in the absence of economic freedom, and vice versa, is an illusion. Political freedom is the corollary of economic freedom. It is no accident that the age of capitalism became also the age of government by the people. If individuals are not free to buy and to sell on the market, they turn into virtual slaves dependent on the good graces of the omnipotent government, whatever the wording of the constitution may be.” - Mises, Planning for Freedom, p.78. - And when citizens are not sovereign consumers towards all kinds of government services, competitively supplied, then governments become inevitably the greatest and most dangerous monopolies even when they start out from limited government concepts. Their territorialism makes them, right from the beginning, somewhat authoritarian and totalitarian, at least monopolistic in all "public affairs", which are thus preempted by governments, taken out of the market, the law of supply and demand, free pricing, free contracts, full self-ownership, full property rights etc. - Mises made still too many concessions to territorial governments, however "limited" the ideal government was to be otherwise. - Consumer-sovereignty towards the limited and other "ideal" governments offered by Miseans and all other kinds of believers in governments. - JZ, 31.5.00. - & POLITICAL FREEDOM, DEMOCRACY, TERRITORIALISM, LIMITED GOVERNMENTS
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: The meaning of economic freedom is this: that the individual is in a position to choose the way in which he wants to integrate himself into the totality of society.” - Ludwig von Mises. – That does not express clearly enough that the totality of a free society does embrace numerous and very diverse societies, all with voluntary members only and with full exterritorial autonomy for them. Otherwise, the notion of a "totality of society" becomes a totalitarian notion and practice. - JZ, 30.1.02. - Let all kinds of socialists have their kind of socialist options, too, all under full exterritorial autonomy and at their own expense and risks. Tolerance for all kinds of people as long as they are tolerant enough. – We do not clash e.g. with non-profit foundations, monasteries or nunneries. – JZ, 1.12.08. - INDIVIDUALISM, VOLUNTARISM, CHOICE, INTEGRATION, DIVISION OF LABOUR, CHOICE OF JOBS OR PROFESSION, EXCHANGE, SOCIETY, INTEGRATION, TOLERANCE
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: The most important part of the case for economic freedom is not its vaunted efficiency as a system for organizing resources, not its dramatic success in promoting economic growth, but rather its consistency with certain fundamental moral principles of life itself. … If economic freedom survives in the years ahead, it will be only because a majority of the people accept its basic morality.” - Benjamin A. Rogge, in: The Free Man's Almanac, Sept. 16. - & MORALITY
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: Therefore, the watchword of Socialism is: 'Economical freedom, as the only secure basis for political freedom.' " - Kropotkin, in 19th CENTURY OPINION, 243. - Just to show how different the notions of "economic freedom" are between e.g. communist anarchists and free market libertarians: As far as I know, Kropotkin was rather "economical" in his advocacy of particular economic rights and liberties and rash in advocating the suppression of many of them. In the minds of many leftists economical equality, no matter how coercively achieved, and at how low a level, due to this distributionism, amounts to "economic freedom" or economic independence, which just goes to show how little they understand of real economic freedom. - JZ, 31.5.00. – SOCIALISM, STATE SOCIALISM, COMMUNISM & COMMUNIST ANARCHISM, FREEDOM, PROPERTY RIGHTS
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: This country would explode with activity - under economic freedom.” - Bob Howard, 1975. – “Explosion” is the wrong term here. It confirms the fear many have of liberty. However, once a few pioneers are free to apply it among themselves, while others still experiment with various statist “solutions”, the successes of these pro-freedom pioneers will speak for themselves and more and more people, faster and faster, will adopt the successful methods for themselves, one by one, group by group, to the extent that they have lost their fear of freedom. – JZ, 3.12.08, 25.7.13. - PANARCHISM, INDIVIDUAL CHOICE, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, CONSENT, FEAR OF FREEDOM, DEVELOPMENT, DEPRESSION, BOOM ECONOMY
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: To think that the bells that tolls for economic freedom does not toll for academic freedom or for freedom of the press, is a delusion and a dangerous one. The vigilance of the press, which helped smoke out some of the misdeeds of Watergate, should be equally focused on the economic non sequiturs coming from some of Washington's prominent citizens.” - Walter B. Wriston, THE FREEMAN, 9/75, p.564. - POLITICAL & ACADEMIC FREEDOM, FREEDOM OF THE PRESS, UNIVERSITIES
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: True economists are generally agreed, on the one hand, that the government should restrict itself to guaranteeing the security of its citizens, and on the other hand, that the freedom of labor and of trade should otherwise be whole and absolute.” – Gustave de Molinari, The Production of Security. - It is a classical treatment of the government problem, asserting that security is also a service that could and should be provided competitively and the market. - Here, once again, opinion is split among those who believe that only security services should be so provided, separately or in limited government batches, while panarchists assert that volunteer communities, that are exterritorially autonomous (panarchies), may authorize their leadership, directors etc. as they please, to offer whatever batch of "public services" the members desire from them and are willing to pay for. Free choice of governments and free societies would, initially, result, most likely, in a number of peacefully competing welfare states and societies. Bargain hunting and free enterprise would occur in this sphere and counteract any ideologies and faiths that might otherwise mislead the multitudes. As a rule, government incomes and spending and budget items would be more and more reduced via individual secessionism. - JZ, 31.5.00. - LAISSEZ FAIRE, LIMITED GOVERNMENT, PANARCHISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, PERSONAL LAWS, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY FOR ALL. - Look up the excellent and ever-growing website of the outstanding MOLINARI INSTITUTE! – JZECONOMIC FREEDOM: Ultimately, the libertarian sees the whole dichotomy of economic freedom versus personal freedom as a false one. The decision to allocate some of one's personal resources to purchase narcotics or the services of a prostitute is an economic matter, just as the choice to work for less than the minimum wage is a matter of personal freedom.” - Philip B. Dematteis, What Is Libertarianism? p.5. - & PERSONAL FREEDOM, HUMAN RIGHTS, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS, CITIZEN RIGHTS & CIVIL LIBERTIES
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: We need to drive home the point that every new rule of the game involves the loss of some freedom and that one cannot erode freedom in one sector of society without adversely affecting all others. In other words, we must insist that public policy be based on a recognition of the desirability, efficiency, and interdependence of political, social, and economic freedom.” - D. R. Francis, THE FREEMAN, 10/75. - Why should there be a territorial and therefore compulsory, monopolistic and centralistic "public policy" at all, for all people living in a country, especially those who do disagree with it? - "To each his own!" - public policy, among his voluntary associates, in his own "government" or more or less free "society". - As many different policies as are wanted by volunteer groups and as they can manage to practise at their own risk and expense could and should peacefully coexist in the same country and at the same time, or even on a continental or world-wide scale. A free and world-wide market for all "public services". - JZ, 31.5.00. - VS. REGULATIONS, TERRITORIALISM, PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: We stood for absolute economic freedom (a simple expression of individual freedom that, miraculously, is not recognized by the left) (*) and absolute social freedom.” - Bob Howard, AUSTRALIAN PLAYBOY, May 1979. - Unfortunately, the Australian libertarian WORKERS PARTY did not stand for absolute political freedom, i.e. a free market for political "services" and "enterprises" as well, i.e., competing governments, and competing non-governmental societies, under personal laws and full exterritorial autonomy for their voluntary members. - JZ, 1.6.00. – (*) Not so simple when you think of the great variety of views on monetary and financial freedom and all that relates to it. Precisely because of this complexity full freedom to experiment, among volunteers, should exist in this sphere as well. – JZ, 16.11.10. -ABSOLUTE ECONOMIC FREEDOM – BUT ONLY FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR IT! PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM
ECONOMIC HARMONIES: Collectivists, who doubt the free market out of economic ignorance and prejudices, do believe often in harmonious human relations, as if free economic relations were based upon anything else than free human relations - that would also tend to be harmonious in the absence of economic or rather political and anti-economic interventionism. - Free economic relationships are among the most free human relationships that can be imagined. In spite of the huge degrees of interdependency involved, they leave every participant largely independent, doing, under division of labor and consumer sovereignty as well as he can, whatever he is most interested in and can do, as producer and trader, as well as consumer, not even knowing most of the people with whom he has, indirectly, a free-market relationship. He benefits from the labors of millions and millions of people benefit from his labors. The activities of millions of people are automatically harmonized, in accordance with free individual choices, sufficiently guided by free prices for goods, services, labors and assets. - JZ, 11.8.87 & 29.5.00. As Leonard E. Read has clearly stated, in short stories, nobody can, quite on his own, produced a can of beans or a pencil – and yet billions of them are freely produced and distributed through market-like free enterprises and the free collaboration achieved through division of labor, all quite voluntary, without coercion or a monopoly, central planning and direction. – JZ, 26.2.13. - HUMAN RELATIONS, FREE MARKETS, FREE CONTRACTS FREE EXCHANGES, FREE PRICING
ECONOMIC ILLITERACY: People are mostly, wealthy or well-off or poor, without knowing why or wanting to find out. - JZ, 31.5.84. – APATHY, LACK OF INTEREST EVEN IN INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, STATISM, SUBMISSIVENESS, TERRITORIALISM, GOVERNMENTALISM, POVERTY, WEALTH
ECONOMIC INDEPENDENCE: It is as appendages of organizations that contemporary man is most vulnerable to the thrust of gradualist socialism. It is by way of his dependence on organization - for his job, for his education, for his pension, for his sustenance - that the individual is drawn into the maw of the State. Economic independence underlies all independence. "For economic independence," as C. S. Lewis said, "allows an education not controlled by Government; and in adult life it is the man who needs, and asks, nothing of Government who can criticise its acts and snap his fingers at its ideology…." - THE FREEMAN, 6/79, p.356/357.
ECONOMIC JUSTICE: Only in a free market can economic justice prevail.” - Workers Party, platform draft, 1975. - And only in a quite free market can the rightful objectives of "social justice" be best and easiest attained, without doing any injustice to anybody. - JZ, 1.6.00. - FREE MARKET
ECONOMIC LIBERTY: Complete economic liberty would mean a system like Honk Kong’s under John Cowperthwaite with no barriers to trade or capital flow, and no barriers to labor flow, either; no check on immigration, no minimum wage, no cost controls, and no attempts to create a fair society.” - P.J. O’Rourke, Eat the Rich, A Treatise on Economics, Picador, 1998, p. 238/39. - - Alas, even Hong Kong did not have full monetary freedom or voluntary taxation and it obstructed free immigration from Communist China. – JZ – ECONOMIC FREEDOM, LAISSEZ FAIRE, FREE ENTERPRISE, FREE TRADE, FREE BANKING, MONETARY FREEDOM, NON-INTERVENTIONISM, ANARCHO-CAPITALISM, FREE MARKET
ECONOMIC LIBERTY: It is no accident that wherever the State has taken economic decisions away from the citizen, it has deprived him of his other liberties as well.” - Enoch Powell. – INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES
ECONOMIC LIBERTY: The solution? Economic prosperity demanded economic liberty - men must be freed from the deadly hand of government control.” - G. C. Roche III, Frederic Bastiat, A Man Alone, p.20. - GOVERNMENT CONTROLS & INTERVENTIONISM, MIXED ECONOMY, WELFARE STATE, LAISSEZ FAIRE
ECONOMIC LIFE: If government regulates our economic life, there is nothing to prevent it from regulating every other area of our existence.” - Earl Zarbin, THE FREEMAN, 6/73. – CONTROLS, GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION & REGULATION
ECONOMIC MAN: I would go as far as Henry George in saying that "man tends always to satisfy his needs and desires with the least possible exertion." - ALBERT JAY NOCK, A Journal of These Days, June 1932 - December 1933, William Morrow, 1934, p.65. - To do so, he would have to know the options for least possible exertion. If, e.g., anarchists and libertarians knew it, regarding their publishing efforts, then they would publish much more or even all their writings on e.g. microfiche, floppy disks and text-only CD-ROMs. If they were sufficiently informed on and interested in their monetary freedom and free trade options, they would clearly aim at them and realize them as far as they could, wherever and whenever they are given a chance to do so. They would also push rather for individual secession from the territorial State than for the destruction of the territorial States. All too often they have chosen the path of greatest resistance and costs and labor requirements – even of human sacrifices, even when it was the most futile, costly and inefficient one. - JZ, 28.4.00 & 4.5.00, 3.12.08.
ECONOMIC MANAGEMENT: Economic Management" is an anachronism. It is based on the erroneous supposition that the economy is a system or organisation created by politicians and requiring political management to keep it stable and constantly expanding. The truth is, of course, as Adam Smith, and Henry George after him, demonstrated, the economy is a natural organism arising out of a community engaged in the natural business of exchange in the mutual satisfaction of their various material desires and needs and responding to the natural law of the distribution of wealth, by which labour receives its full and proper reward, invested capital its true interests …” - GOOD GOVERNMENT, Feb. 1979. - THE ECONOMY AS A NATURAL ORGANIZATION UNDER NATURAL ECONOMIC LAWS, PLANNING, GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS, MEASURES, INTERVENTIONS, FREE MARKET, LAISSEZ FAIRE, FREE ECONOMY, FREE EXCHANGE
ECONOMIC MEANS: By the economic means is meant the satisfaction of desires with the fruits of one's own labor.” - Leonard E. Read, Instead of Violence, p.16. - VS. POLITICAL MEANS
ECONOMIC MEANS: Franz Oppenheimer "pointed out that there are two and only two mutually exclusive means for man to obtain wealth. One, the method of production and voluntary exchange, the method of the free market, Oppenheimer termed the 'economic means'; the other, the method of robbery by the use of violence, he called the 'political means'. The political means is clearly parasitic, for it requires previous production for the exploiters to confiscate, and it subtracts from instead of adding to the total production in society. Oppenheimer then proceeded to define the State as the 'organization of the political means' - the systematization of the predatory process over a given territory area.” – Murray N. Rothbard, For A New Liberty, p.54. POLITICAL MEANS, TERRITORIALISM
ECONOMIC MIRACLES: The economic miracle that has been the United States was not produced by socialized enterprises, by government-union-industry cartels or by centralized economic planning. It was produced by private enterprises in a profit-and-loss system. And losses were at least as important in weeding out failures as profits in fostering successes. Let government succor failures, and we shall be headed for stagnation and decline.” - Milton Friedman, ISIL LIBERTY QUOTE LIBRARY 03. – At least fragments of monetary freedom rather then monetary despotism were involved as well. – JZ, 8.1.08. – While there are no genuine economic or other miracles, full economic freedom, which goes much further than most people, even M. F. have so far imagined, would produce its own kind of “miracles”, i.e. astonishingly large and fast successes. Alas, many to most of these possibilities remained so far territorially outlawed - even in the best of countries. – The world-wide system of statist territorialism amounts to the greatest and worst kind of man-made disasters, producing other man-made disasters, not only economic crises but also e.g. violent revolutions, civil wars, wars and the threat of a general nuclear holocaust. - JZ, 26.2.13. - PROFIT & LOSS SYSTEM, PRIVATE ENTERPRISE, SUBSIDIES, BAIL-OUTS, GOVERNMENT GUARANTEES – PREVENT THE FREE MARKET FROM WORKING PROPERLY. LET FAILURES FAIL & DO NOT PENALIZE SUCCESS WITH TAXES, TERRITORIALISM, WAR
ECONOMIC POLICY: Economic policy is a complicated system of governmental measures that are so balanced that in bad times they do little good and in good times they can't do much wrong.” - Helmar Nahr. - Unfortunately, all economic measure of governments are derived from unbalanced minds and do unbalance the economy. They cause economic crises in the first place and do prevent really good times: a permanent boom economy. - JZ, 25.5.00. - OF TERRITORIALIST GOVERNMENTS
ECONOMIC POLICY: It is more sensible to rely on the division of free labor and capital and on free exchange, i.e. on the decisions of hundreds of millions of producers and traders on a free market, than on the economic policies of governments, i.e. a handful of ideologues and true believers, addicted to power over all others in a territory, although they have quite insufficient knowledge and appreciation of economic liberty and other individual rights and liberties. - JZ, 1973 & 31.5.00. - OF TERRITORIAL GOVERNMENTS VS. NATURAL HARMONIES, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, NATURAL ORDER, NATURAL ALWS
ECONOMIC POLICY: Let's be sure that our economic policies and goals in this country are set BY us, and not FOR us.” - Edgar B. Speer, THE FREEMAN, 3/74. – CENTRAL PLANNING VS. SELF-DETERMINATION, ECONOMIC INDEPENDENCE & FREEDOM, INDIVIDUAL VS. COLLECTIVE & ENFORCED DECISION-MAKING
ECONOMIC POLICY: The government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidise it.” - Ronald Reagan. – Alas, under his rule the government did not go sufficiently in the opposite direction, either, - JZ, 3.12.08. - TAXATION, STATE, GOVERNMENT, SUBSIDIES, INTERVENTIONISM, DICTOCRACY, PLANNING
ECONOMIC POLICY: The main economic decisions by the government (more correctly: anti-economic decisions) are not made by well trained economists but by power brokers of the parties, the unions, the bureaucrats, under the influence of powerful vested interests, and also more often by lawyers rather than by economists and if by economists then mainly by some of the majority of them, namely those who are statist interventionists at heart. - JZ, 9.3.85 & 1.6.00. - OF GOVERNMENTS, VESTED INTERESTS, POWER GROUPS, LOBBIES, LEGALIZED MONOPOLIES
ECONOMIC POLICY: The State cannot manage the economy 'competently', it can only create distortions. Moreover, it cannot 'correct' distortions it has already made - it can only create new distortions.” - Stan Lehr and Louis Rossett, Jr., THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, 10.1.71. - GOVERNMENT MANAGEMENT & CONTROL & INTERVENTIONISM & REGULATIONS
ECONOMIC POLICY: We live UNDER economic policies, instead of ABOVE THEM, as we would, if they were reduced to a matter of individual choices among freely competing ones, all practised only within different volunteer communities. - JZ, 9.11.93, 31.5.00, 26.2.13. - VS. INDIVIDUAL CHOICE & PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM
ECONOMIC POWER: Economic power is only another name for property. So I will accept the argument that no society can be politically free, at least for long, unless there is also a degree of economic freedom, that is property, privately owned and diffused throughout society, and providing a relative security for all independence of the policies of government. Thus, the continuance of a system of free enterprise is a fundamental condition of a free society.” - Lord Hailsham, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 13.5.78. – Alas, he did not speak up for free enterprise, freedom of contract, freedom of association and consumer sovereignty and free individual choice towards whole different political, economic and social systems, under which the quite flawed and inferior systems would rapidly be discarded, by more and more people disappointed with them, in favor or the quite rightful, tolerant and successful ones. – JZ, 16.11.10. – PROPERTY, COMPETITION, FREE ENTERPRISE, FREE TRADE, FREE SOCIETY, FREE EXCHANGE, MONETARY FREEDOM, DECENTRALIZATION,
ECONOMIC POWER: The dogma that economic power is the root of all evil must be discarded. Its place must be taken by an understanding of the dangers of any form of uncontrolled power.” - Karl Popper. - To the extent that "economic power" is uncontrolled, it is not economic but politically established and maintained monopoly power. - JZ, 4.4.89. – POWER, STATISM, GOVERNMENTALISM, TERRITORIALISM
ECONOMIC PRINCIPLES: Adam "Smith's economic principles, says Billet, "are fundamentally moral principles. They are favorable neither to robbers nor to barons.” - THE FREEMAN, 12/78, on Leonard Billet, of the University of California. – MORALITY, DIS., “ROBBER BARONS”, “ECONOMIC POWER”
ECONOMIC PROBLEMS: All the major economic problems we have experienced can be traced directly to government intervention in the market, including depressions, unemployment, surpluses, shortages, high prices and many more.” - Kenneth W. Ryker, Freedom in a Nutshell, THE FREEMAN, 9/77, 528. – GOVERNMENTAL INTERVENTIONISM VS. LAISSEZ FAIRE OR FREE MARKET ECONOMICS, CRISES
ECONOMIC PROBLEMS: Economic problems are best solved by the marketplace doing its impartial duty.” - William F. Buckley, Jr., The Governor Listeth, Putnams, 1975-78, p.223. - The same applies for political and social problems, by establishing a market place for political and social communities, expressing freedom of contract, free enterprise, free exchange, free trade and consumer sovereignty in this sphere as well. - JZ, 29.4.00. - GOVERNMENT & THE MARKETPLACE
ECONOMIC PROCESS: So, Ms. Pryor writes, "We adopted a new rule: we would only reward those actions that had not been rewarded before." The results were astonishing. "Within a few days we had used up all the normal casual actions of a porpoise. Then Malia [the female porpoise they used in these demonstrations] began doing serial flips, gliding with her tail out of water and skidding on the tank floor… Some of Malia's spontaneous stunts were so unusual that the trainers couldn't imagine achieving them with the shaping system." - And that is what the economic process does. It invites and rewards behavior that can exceed the imagination (*). It is open-ended. No shaping system could have produced Henry Ford. No shaping system could produce another Henry Ford. The economic process is not a shaping system. It is the opposite. That is why the free economic process is super-productive. It has much less to do with the nature of the incentives it provides - money or mackerel or medals - than with the kind of behavior it "chooses" to reward.” – Richard C. Cornuelle, Demanaging America, p.90. – (*) JZ: of many to most people, but, apparently, not that of individual performers! - LEARNING FROM DOLPHINS, INCENTIVES, DEVELOPMENT, FREE MARKET, FREE EXCHANGE, MONETARY FREEDOM, FREE TRADE, CENTRAL PLANNING & DIRECTION, CONTROLS, INTERVENTIONISM
ECONOMIC RATIONALISM: Most "economic rationalists" are not rational enough in their economics. E.g., they still prefer monetary despotism to monetary freedom compulsory taxes to voluntary taxes and the territorial imposition of an economic system to free economic experiments among volunteer under exterritorial autonomy. - JZ, 30.1.98.
ECONOMIC REVOLUTION: Universal suffrage is the materialism of the Republic. The longer this system is employed, the longer the economic revolution remains an unaccomplished fact, the more we shall go backwards towards royalty, despotism and barbarism, and that all the more certainly in so far as the votes are more numerous, more reasoned and more free.” - Proudhon, in George Woodcock, Proudhon, p.126. - REVOLUTION, ECONOMIC LIBERATION, ECONOMIC FREEDOM, MONETARY FREEDOM, VOTING, POLITICS, DEMOCRACY, WELFARE STATE, COLLECTIVIST & COERCIVE VOTING & POLITICAL POWER VS. CONSUMER & ENTERPRISE SOVEREIGNTY & INITIATIVES, FREEDOM OF ACTION, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, FREE MARKET, PLANNING, CONTROLS, INTERVENTIONISM
ECONOMIC RIGHTS: The conclusion reached by reasoning and experience is an abiding conviction that government - the national government particularly, and the State governments to a less degree - cannot be trusted to be the guardian of our individual economic life which, in turn, conditions the balance of our liberties.” - Thomas Hews, Decentralize for Liberty, p.75/76. - I do not trust local governments, either, in this or other respects. - JZ, 13.7.94.
ECONOMIC SECURITY: Anyone who says that economic security is a human right, has been too much babied. While he babbles, other men are risking and losing their lives to protect him. They are fighting the sea, fighting the land, fighting disease and insects and weather and space and time, for him, while he chatters that all men have a right to security and that some pagan god – Society, The State, The Government, The Commune – must give it to them. Let the fighting men stop fighting this inhuman earth for one hour, and he will learn how much security there is.” - Rose Wilder Lane (1886-1968 American Author and Journalist), ISIL LIBERTY QUOTE LIBRARY 03. – There is much to be said for voluntary insurance and it can offer much more much cheaper and safer than any compulsory government insurance can, provided the territorial government can be prevented from meddling with it. – JZ, 1.12.08. - SOCIAL SECURITY A HUMAN RIGHT?
ECONOMIC SYSTEMS: Should we be proud of any economic system in which most people no longer expect to become well off by hard work, excellent services, clever investments, good management, innovations and training but, rather, by betting, gambling and lotteries? - JZ, 24.12.89 & 23.5.00.
ECONOMIC SYSTEMS: The faith in a uniform economic system is to be rejected already because such a system would destroy the economy.” – Rudolf Rocker. (“Der Glaube an ein einheitliches Wirtschaftssystem ist schon deshalb verwerflich, weil ein solches System die Wirtschaft toeten wuerde.” – Quoted in: Uwe Timm, Gesammelte Schriften, 44. ) - UNIFORMITYECONOMIC SYSTEMS: The future details of these stunningly complex systems are unknowable, but their basic architecture and historical direction are quite clear and similar.” – Michael Rothschild, Economy as Ecosystem, in David Boaz, ed., The Libertarian Reader, The Free Press, 1997. (Claiming copyrights even to the writings of Paine, Madison, Tocqueville, Mill, etc.! – JZ), p.246. – Something similar could be said about the diverse panarchies and the panarchism they form. But in spite of their great variety they are not necessarily stunningly complex systems. They require unanimous support from their members and thus will tend to become greatly simplified. The panarchistic framework for all the diverse panarchies is also rather simple: Voluntary membership, mutual tolerance. Personal laws for all panarchies and individual rights and liberties – to the extent that they are claimed by members of diverse panarchies, would be generally recognized as the essential guides for their international relations. – JZ, 3.10.07, 26.2.13. – ECONOMIC, ECOLOGICAL & OTHER SYSTEMS, PANARCHIES, POLYARCHIES
ECONOMIC TURMOIL: Another misnomer! It is not genuine economics that is in turmoil but, rather, “anti-economics” or “non-economics” is legally, juridically, bureaucratically, in short, territorially, enforced. Such notions bring even our language into turmoil and uncertainty and do deteriorate it. – JZ, 10.9.11.– LANGUAGE ABUSE, WORDS, DEFINITIONS, ECONOMIC “POLICIES”
ECONOMIC WARFARE: Pundits are accustomed to utilizing the language of war and strife to depict economic relationships. This is confusing, irrational and misleading. For the dismal science addresses mutual benefit, or positive-sum games. All participants gain whenever a trade, a purchase, sale, rental agreement, job, etc., gets consummated; necessarily so in the ex ante sense, and in the overwhelming majority of cases ex post. For example, if I purchase a newspaper for $ 1, it is an apodictic undeniable truth that at that moment, I ranked the periodical more highly than the money I had to pay for it. - Economic Warfare -- by Walter Block (Building Blocks for Liberty, 2006, 2010) MISES DAILY, 22.3.11. – PROTECTIONISM VS. FREE TRADE, CLASS WARFARE, STRIKES, UNIONS, TAXATIONECONOMIC, SOCIAL & POLITICAL FREEDOM: the great truth, which apparently must forever remain unlearned, that if a regime of complete economic freedom be established, social and political freedom will follow automatically; and until it is established neither social nor political freedom can exist. Here one comes in sight of the reason why the State will never tolerate the establishment of economic freedom. In a spirit of sheer conscious fraud, the State will at any time offer its people "four freedoms" or six, or any number; but it will never let them have economic freedom. If it did, it would be signing its own death warrant, for as Lenin pointed out, 'it is nonsense to make any pretense of reconciling the State and liberty.' " – Source? - Even after, out of necessity, the State permitted some limited economic liberties, it can go on, for years to decades, to hold on to power - via repression or terrorism. Instances: Taiwan, Hong Kong, Red China, USSR and the post-1989 Russia. But, on the other hand, the sudden introduction of full economic liberty, perhaps by a monetary freedom revolution, might bring forth sudden "miracles" in other spheres as well. Alas, it is as yet not sufficiently recognized, not even among most anarchists and libertarians, how far economic, social and political liberty can and should go, that, for instance, it must also include the option for oneself not to be free or fully free, together with like-minded people, i.e., to continue, among such people, a system of economic restrictionism and egalitarianism, that corresponds to their "ideals" or beliefs, never mind how uneconomic and unnecessary such restrictions objectively are and how they infringe the economic rights of those who practise them among themselves. - JZ, 25.4.00. – PANARCHISM, TOLERANCE
ECONOMICS & ANARCHISM: Anarchism minus economics equals nonsense. - JZ, 14.7.94. - What usually passes among most anarchists as economics is nonsense. - JZ, 23.5.00, 16.11.10. – ANARCHO-CAPITALISM, ANTI-ECONOMICS, INTERVENTIONISM, FREE ENTERRISE, FREE TRADE, FREE EXCHANGE, MONETARY FREEDOM, FREE MARKET
ECONOMICS & CHARITY: turn a hand for a sound and just economic system which would make charity forever unnecessary.” - ALBERT JAY NOCK, A Journal of These Days, June 1932 - December 1933, William Morrow, 1934, 95. - Let each turn a hand for a system that he thinks to be a sound and just economic system… In free competition, rather than under the laws of a territorial government, the better ones would gain most of the satisfied customers. - JZ, 28.4.00. - I still do get frequently somewhat annoyed when as an alternative to government welfare only charity is mentioned, without even mentioning the insurance and credit options and the savings potential towards the own security, which a free economy would provide, apart from various mutual aid and fraternal organizations. In this as in other spheres all too many freedom lovers do not show enough imagination about the potentials of liberty. - JZ, 4.5.00. – PANARCHISM
ECONOMICS & EDUCATION: Only 16.6% of the high schools in the U.S. offer a course in economics; they have 22.6% of the total students (because they are mostly larger), of whom 0.7% actually take the course. (WOMAN CONSTITUTIONALIST ). That's not the worst of it - too often it's a course in statism. - THE SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, 4/85.
ECONOMICS & EGALITARIANISM: Egalitarianism & economics don't mix. - JZ, 25.11.96. But totalitarian and territorial statism mix all to well with egalitarianism and economics, in a destructive way, creating and preserving poverty rather than wealth. – JZ, 3.12.08. – TOTALITARIANISM, TERRITORIALISM, EGALITARIANISM
ECONOMICS & GOVERNMENTS: The fact throughout history is that whenever government dominates the economic affairs of its citizenry, a free society is eroded, then destroyed, and a minority government ensues. Personal liberty without economic liberty is an absolute contradiction; the one cannot exist without the other. – William E. Simon– Any economy that is dominated by a government is no longer a rightful, efficient and economical system. – JZ, 4.4.12. – PLANNING, COMMAND ECONOMIES, STATE SOCIALISM, NATIONALIZATION
ECONOMICS & LIFE: no part of human life can be divorced from economics.” - Mark Tier, FREE ENTERPRISE, Dec. 74 - Jan. 75.ECONOMICS & MORALITY: Good economics is good morality and vice versa.” - Joseph P. Martino, editor, Defending a Free Society, p.71.
ECONOMICS & MORALITY: It is an easy mistake to suppose that there is no connection between economics and morals, and wholly false to believe that bad economics can be good morals or good economics bad morals.” - Ernest Benn, Modern Government, p.242/243.
ECONOMICS & NEO-COMICS: Economics or neo-comics.” - Dr. H.G. Pearce. - Sometimes he added "or anti-economics" to "neo-comics". - JZ, 22.5.00.
ECONOMICS & POLITICIANS: politicians haven't the faintest idea what they're talking about when it comes to economics ...” - from Max Brand's Liberty email 10 7 04.
ECONOMICS & POLITICS & SOCIETY: Doesn't almost everything eventually boil down to economics? - Robert B. Pierce, ANALOG 9/73, 174. - Compare Proudhon on this and the remark by Bastiat: Society is exchange! – JZ – Q,
ECONOMICS & POLITICS: A new generation arises threateningly. It well notices mistakes of politicians but ascribes them, essentially, to the normal running of economic life. It does not notice that politics always crosses and disturbs this life. Contemptuously it rejects the suggestion to first of all study the foundations and eternal laws of economic life. It believes in the existence of a "modern economy" ruled by the technical economic forms of our times. It does not comprehend that this modern technology, in order to be able to achieve something worth while, must obey the economic laws that are valid for all times.” – H. L. Follin, Paroles d’un voyant. - He was a friend of Ulrich von Beckerath (1882-1969), and, in spite of his poverty, he published much of interest to freedom and peace lovers - in French. But I have never been able to get any of his other writings, although I have looked for them for decades. What B. had of them was burnt with his library in 1943. I asked several times at Alliance Francaise centers about him. They had never even heard of him and he was not mentioned in their references. When will all freedom lovers, at least those of the major language areas, finally get all their texts together? - JZ, 1.6.00. By now they would easily fit onto a single large external HDD! – JZ, 3.12.08, 25.7.13.
ECONOMICS & PRIORITIES: Each person has a different order of priorities. Economics is the study of the process by which these priorities are best satisfied. It is a servant of society, a system of making things (including quality, service, ideas, etc.) and exchanging them, so that "social priorities" are satisfied. To talk of a conflict between economic things and social things is like saying there's a conflict between a rocket and the moon. One helps us to get to the other.” - Terry Arthur, 95% Is Crap, p.186.
ECONOMICS & PROGRESS: The “human condition” is always to push forward for the better and economics is the study of that process.” - Brian S. Wesbury. – Alas, so far we have not yet systematically studied the economics of communities of volunteers when they are exterritorially autonomous. – JZ, 23.1.08. – The exterritorialist or panarchist road to progress was territorially blocked by the usual blockheads in charge. – JZ, 1.12.08. – PANARCHISM, LEADERSHIP, POLITICIANS, LEGISLATORS, PRIME MINISTERS, PRESIDENTS, REPRESENTATIVES
ECONOMICS & STATE SOCIALISM: the phrase 'socialist economist' is a contradiction in terms. Economics deals with consumer and producer choice in a market economy; socialism deals with the arbitrary edicts of officials in a controlled society. Economics is to socialism as astronomy is to astrology. Economists are scientists who search for cause and effect in their field, without prejudice. Socialists, without exception, have a preconceived notion of what a society of men should be. - Dean Russell - Roy Halliday, Quotations with an Attitude, online. – DIS.ECONOMICS & STATISM: All "economics" based upon statist premises is wrong and false. - JZ, 15.4.01. - TERRITORIALISM
ECONOMICS DEPARTMENTS AT UNIVERSITIES: I’m prepared to say that nearly every economics department in the world could be shut down without having an ill-effect on the world of ideas." - Sudha Shenoy, quoted by Mark Tier on Facebook, 24.7.12. – http://mises.org/journals/aen23_4_1/pdf mises.org - Copyright © 2003 by the Ludwig von Mises Institute • 518 West Magnolia Avenue, Auburn, Ala. 36832-4528 Phone (334) 321-2100 • Fax (334) 321-2119 • Email email@example.com • Website www.mises.org - Published quarterly by THE LUDWIG VON MISES INSTITUTE
ECONOMICS VS. GOVERNMENT: It is now necessary to eliminate government from the economic sphere. …” - Mike Oliver, Libertarian Handbook 1973. – Under territorial rule this cannot be done. It requires a market and voluntarism or sovereign consumers for all kinds of “public” services and their organization and charges. – JZ, 3.12.08 – PANARCHISM, CONSUMER SOVEREIGNTY, COMPETITION, FREEDOM OF CONTRACT, FREE EXCHANGE, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, SEPARATION OF THE STATE FROM THE ECONOMY, TAXATION, GOVERNMENT BUDGETS,TERRITORIALISM
ECONOMICS VS. INTERVENTIONISM: Just as Galileo as a scientist studying the pendulum could never have effectively studied it if some prankster or enemy (or well-meaning assistant) had constantly diverted the pendulum by physical interference, so no economic scientist can effectively study the economy if well-meaning politicians, even with the best intentions, are constantly interfering with it.” - W. A. Dowe, GOOD GOVERNMENT, 2/80. – INTERVENTIONISM, CONTROLS, REGULATIONS, LAWS, MIXED ECONOMY
ECONOMICS VS. INTERVENTIONISM: The economic system works best when the State refrains from intervening.” - REASON, July 1976, in review of Roger Leroy Miller, The Economics of Public Issues, 1971.
ECONOMICS VS. POLITICS: Living by basic, simple principles of economics makes for a stronger, healthier, and more fruitful society than any number of politicians can conjure up.” - Carl Helstrom, letter to THE FREEMAN, 6/89. – POLITICIANS, LAISSEZ-FAIRE OR FREE MARKET ECONOMICS & SOCIETY, PROSPERITY, DEVELOPMENT
ECONOMICS, GOVERNMENT, POLITICS, POWER, LEGISLATION, PRIVILEGES, SUBSIDIES, PROHIBITIONS, LICENSING, REGULATIONS, INTERVENTIONISM: The inauguration of a systematic science of economics, an achievement of the social philosophy of the Enlightenment that also begot the doctrine of popular sovereignty, was a challenge to the powers that be. Economics shows that there prevails in the succession and interdependence of the market phenomena an inescapable regularity that man must take into full account if he wants to attain ends aimed at. Even the most mighty government, operating with the utmost severity, cannot succeed in endeavors that are contrary to what has been called "economic law." - Ludwig von Mises. The Economic Point of View - Ludwig von Mises Institute
ECONOMICS, MONEY, WEALTH, WAGES, CAPITALISM, ANTI-CAPITALIST & ANTI-MARKET MENTALITY: Ramon had a similar contempt for money. At one level he abhorred it as the symbol and the foundation of the capitalist system. He hated to be dictated by the laws of economics and wealth, which he had dedicated his entire life to rearing down. – Wilbur Smith, GOLDEN FOX, Pan Books, 1990, p. 57. – Did he also hate the law of gravity, those of electricity, of biology, chemistry and physics, of common sense, of rationality and morality and all other genuine individual human rights and liberties than those involved in economics, capitalism and free markets? – JZ, 26.2.12. – DIS., STATISM, STATE SOCIALISM, PROPERTARIANISM, PROPERTY, EARNINGS, SELF-OWNERSHIP, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, FREEDOM OF CONTRACT & ASSOCIATION, FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT & MIGRATION, FREEDOM TO EXCHANGE, PRODUCE, FREE ENTERPRISE, PRODUCTIVITY, WAGES, PROFIT, COMMUNISM, COLLECTIVISM
ECONOMICS: All economies based on statist premises are wrong and false. -JZ, 15.4.01. Especially all notions on "national economies" or "local economies", as if they could be, economically, separated from the world economy. Compare e.g. the irrational opposition to "globalism". - JZ, 31.1.02. – Economically the whole world should be one free market, with no State barriers to it anywhere. – Within that general freedom the restrictionists and controllers should be free to restrict and control themselves – as much as they like, just like e.g. monks and nuns do. - JZ, 1.12.08. - STATISM, TERRITORIALISM, NATIONAL ECONOMIES, GLOBALISM
ECONOMICS: All rational action is economic.” – Ludwig von Mises. - Can one rightly add: All irrational action is anti-economic? Can one even conclude that all economic actions are moral actions while all anti-economic actions are at least somewhat immoral, e.g. by offending against the duty one owes to oneself as a rational being? For instance, one can burn one's car or one's house, but this is, in most cases, hardly a rational, economic and moral action, compared e.g. with selling these values or giving them away. At the same time, using one's already read newspaper to light a fire with, can hardly be termed an uneconomic, irrational and immoral action. - JZ, 1.6.00. - ACTION & RATIONALITY
ECONOMICS: Almost everyone wants a high standard of living but without, if possible, having to work himself close to death to achieve it. But few are willing to admit that knowledge of and application of true economics, if not generally then at least extensively, is one of the preconditions for this? Most still satisfy themselves by subscribing to economic prejudices, errors and myths rather than studying economic truths, which they hold to be boring or wrong. - JZ, 4.9.88 & 24.5.00, 26.2.13.
ECONOMICS: Also consider the marriage of politics with the science of economics. (*) This marriage has not brought the millennium to any country. Instead, it has gradually converted economics from a science into a 'dismal science', and then into a batch of incoherent slogans - while perverting political philosophy into the orgy of good intentions which are paving the way to hell of labour monopolies, industrial cartels, declining industrial productivity, unemployment, confiscatory taxation, inflation and a bankrupt currency.” - Eugene Guccione, in National Press Club, Canberra, Sep. 76. – (*) A forced marriage! Based upon territorialism, compulsory membership or subordination! JZ, 3.12.08. - VS. POLITICS, MIXED ECONOMY, INTERVENTIONISM VS. THE FREE MARKET, TERRITORIALISM, STATISM
ECONOMICS: Anarchism does not confuse means and ends, theory and practice. As a theory it relies on reason alone, and if the conception of society which it thus arrives at, seems utopian and even chimerical, it does not matter, for what is established by right reasoning cannot be surrendered to expediency. Our practical activity may be a gradual approximation towards the ideal, or it may be a sudden revolutionary realization of that ideal, but it must never be a compromise. Proudhon was often accused of being an anarchist in theory, but only a reformist in practice: he was, in fact, an anarchist all the time, who refused to commit himself to the hazards of dictatorship. He would not play the game of politics because he knew that economics were (is - JZ) the fundamental reality. - Modern Publishers, Indore, Social Relations. - POLITICS, ANARCHISM, REASON, EXPEDIENCY, GRADUALISM, REVOLUTION, COMPROMISE, THEORY & PRACTICE, DICTATORSHIP, AUTHORITARIANISM, ENDS & MEANS
ECONOMICS: Any walk through and browsing in any large economics library will reveal a lot of stored wisdom - and a lot more of stored nonsense. One finds almost endless compilations of facts and opinions or interpretations but all too little sound economic wisdom, based upon sound principles and natural economic "laws". Worse still, if one compares what is practised as "economics" by governmental policies or severely restricted and exploited private economic policies, one becomes aware that only a tiny fraction of genuine economic wisdom is applied so far - while an avalanche of economic errors, myths and prejudices are realized in economic "policies", and that the same kind of stupid and wrongful measures are repeated by practical politicians and their economic advisors over and over again. True economic teachings had all too little and all too short influence so far on economic policies. Territorial governments tended to adopt the worst economic policies rather than the best ones - and still do, to a very large extent. One of the reasons for the backwardness of economics is that governments have preempted the political, economic and social spheres by their constitutions, laws, jurisdictions and bureaucratic administrations, i.e., they have not permitted free and responsible experiments among volunteers in these spheres. Consequently, progress in them has been all to slow, while progress in spheres where experiments are permitted has been fast: Instance: natural sciences and technology, literature and the arts, sports and entertainment. - JZ, n.d., & 1.6.00.
ECONOMICS: But much more than a sound economic system is necessary; you have to have sound people to work it. … Our people are incapable of managing even the bad economic system that they have, and it would be utter lunacy to entrust them with a good one.” - ALBERT JAY NOCK, A Journal of These Days, June 1932 - December 1933, William Morrow, 1934, 30. - Interventionism depends much more on good people than does a free economy and even with good people it would lead to economic failures. A free and therefore sound economic system is very educational and thus produces more and more self-responsible, mature, honest and rational people. War, oppression, monopolies, dirigism etc. produce crooks, ignorance, prejudices and helplessness. Free pricing, free trade, monetary freedom, free enterprise, competition, free contracts, are all parts of a self-managing system, largely maintained by no more than sufficient publicity. Those who know and use all their remaining economic freedom options openly and the rest in underground or free market dealings, can bring down any economic meddling. Lastly no more than a peaceful monetary revolution and tax revolt might be required, supported by rightfully organized and armed militias, but without having to fire a shot. From better institutions better people come and better people produce better institutions. The best institutions are still largely unknown, even among those who consider themselves to be radical anarchists or libertarians. They were unknown to Nock as well. - JZ, 4.5.00.
ECONOMICS: Economic Expression and "Reciprocal sociality". For those who intend to engage their fellows in "reciprocal" rather than "coercive" or parasitic sociality, the economic mode of expression opens the prospect of achieving far greater satisfaction at lower cost in time and trouble...” - James Dale Davidson & William Rees-MOGG, The Sovereign Individual, MacMillan, & Simon & Schuster, 1997, p.322. – Alas, I looked in vain in this book for them applying individual sovereignty in all spheres now monopolized by territorial governments. Did I overlook something of that kind? – JZ, 26.2.13. - SOCIAL ARRANGEMENTS
ECONOMICS: Economic knowledge, now dispersed over ten-thousands of books and magazines, dissertations and articles, most of which are, inevitably, unknown and inaccessible under present conditions, should become systematically integrated, e.g. via an ideas archive, alphabetical index, collections of different definitions, reviews, bibliographies and abstracts, in an encyclopedic effort that is open to all dissent. The best refutations should be included as well and all input should be continuously supplemented and corrected by wide-spread participation of all people interested in economics. - JZ, 27.4.95, 22.5.00. – Most economic textbooks so far offered and encyclopedias on economics and e.g. money and banking, are, rather, texts on territorial statism than texts on genuine economics. – JZ, 16.11.10.
ECONOMICS: Economic life no longer followed the policy of "give and take" upon which the natural exchange of goods is based: it became a bureaucratic preserve with endless forms, formalities, restrictions & prohibitions which blocked the channels of trade with paper regulations.” - Kurt Lachmann, 1947, The Renaissance of the Individual, p.112. - FREE EXCHANGE, LAISSEZ FAIRE, BUREAUCRACY, REGULATIONS
ECONOMICS: Economic realities (*) tend to bring people to their senses. But if continuously ignored or misinterpreted by many to most, then man-made economic disasters become inevitable. - JZ, 23.3.91, free after Walter Williams, 4/90. - Communist governments managed to ignore most of genuine economics for decades and by now they have only recognized parts of it - and that only in the economic sphere, not in the social and political spheres, which ought to be also subject to genuine economics. But, in the political sphere democratic governments do not recognize economics, or free markets, free enterprise, free competition, freedom of contracts, freedom to experiment, freedom to associate and full consumer sovereignty, even for political and social service offers, competitively made. - JZ, 24.5.00, 26.2.13. – The territorial monopoly maintained by politicians is, essentially, a totalitarian institution. – JZ, 3.12.08, 16.11.10. - (*) IF seen and recognized rather than ignored. – JZ - TERRITORIALISM
ECONOMICS: Economic relationships are so different from political relationships, and so much more complex, that no government could regulate them all without such an enslaving bureaucracy …” - Durant, Herbert Spencer, p.44. - Why assume that an economy could benefit from more regulation than that supplied already by the competition between free producers and free consumers, i.e., by the discipline of free market pricing, contracts etc.? Only those, who have not yet realized that economic harmonies exist under freedom, do dream of trying to "improve" upon a free economy, which as such is, usually, quite unknown to them. - JZ, 1.6.00, 26.2.13. - POLITICS, REGULATION & BUREAUCRACY
ECONOMICS: Economics … is the science of tracing the effects of some proposed or existing policy not only to some special interest in the short run, but on the general interest in the long run.” - Henry Hazlitt, quoted in: Champions of Freedom, vol.4, 24. - THE TIME FACTOR, THE LONG RUN, THE LONG TERM VIEW, CONSEQUENCES, EFFECTS, GENERAL INTEREST, COMMON INTEREST, PUBLIC INTERESTECONOMICS: Economics and the biological sciences, as we have seen in the foregoing chapters, now give a good account of the self-organising processes, and we have sketched a partial rational reconstruction of some of their history and beneficial effects in the rise and spread of civilisation in chapters 2 & 3 above (see also Hayek, 1973).” – F. A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit. - ECONOMIC HARMONIES, MARKET, BIOLOGY, SELF-ORGANIZATION
ECONOMICS: Economics explains how human beings adjust their actions and expectations to accommodate what each person in the world knows, without anyone or everyone having to know what very many other people know.” - Ascribed to Israel Kirzner, in THE OPEN NETWORK, Fall 79. - KNOWLEDGE, PUBLICITY, FREE PRICING, SPECIALISATION, DIVISION OF LABOUR
ECONOMICS: Economics has often been called "the dismal science." Yet economic theorists are often trying to do almost exactly what science fiction writers do: present glimpses of potential futures, to give us an idea of what tomorrow might be like if certain assumptions are granted. Sometimes these views of the future are in the nature of tantalizing promises. Sometimes they are somber warnings.”. - Ben Bova, ANALOG, editorial, 10/78. - SCIENCE FICTION & FUTURISM
ECONOMICS: Economics is all about engaging in transactions that make both sides better off.” – Jeremy Siegel, in article “Greenback Mountain” (on the ca. U.S. $ 5.5 trillion held by governments around the world in reserves.) in TIME, July 30, 2007. What will happen to the purchasing power of the U.S. dollar once these governments find out that they do not need them as reserves and start spending them in the U.S.A.? – These “reserves” are certainly not economic transactions. They represent goods and services or capital assets sold to the U.S.A. for which no equivalent values have as yet been obtained by these dollar hoarders. - JZ, 10.9.08. – CENTRAL BANKING, FOREIGN EXCHANGE HOARDS AS “COVERS”
ECONOMICS: Economics is not one means among many, Hayek has pointed out, it is the means to all our ends.” - Edmund E. Opitz, THE FREEMAN, 7/73, p.401. – Well, without e.g. freedom of action, freedom of association, transport, publicity, information storage and communication facilities, tools, machines and buildings, economic knowledge alone could not make us prosperous. – JZ, 26.2.13. -ENDS & MEANS
ECONOMICS: Economics is split into almost as many different schools of thought as are the arts, religion and philosophy. The ruling school's jargon and its main concerns, like that of most others, are largely meaningless or irrelevant, useless to explain the past and present or to predict the future. Wherever real insights, principles, ideas and understanding are lacking, a new word is coined and a new "economic law" is rapidly proclaimed, another one quite contrary to natural economic laws. The quacks among the economists are in charge and regarded as experts, without objective proof of their qualifications. Territorial politics puts them in charge and prevents the free competition between different economic systems and their experiments among volunteers, at their risk and expense. Only territorial and political experiments are permitted in the social sciences, when it comes to whole systems or particular reforms of them - and they are, almost inevitably, done under the rule of many errors, prejudices and restrictions. - JZ, 29.3.88 & 29.5.00, 26.2.13.
ECONOMICS: Economics is the science of tracing the effects of some proposed or existing policy not only on some special interest in the short run, but on the general interest in the long run.” - Henry Hazlitt, in The Free Man's Almanac, Sep. 22. - Also in: Leonard E. Read, Having My Way, p.93. - Likewise in Hazlitt's Economics in One Lesson. - EFFECTS, SPECIAL INTEREST, SHORT TERM & LONG RUN, TIME FACTOR, GENERAL INTEREST
ECONOMICS: Economics or neo-comics.” - Dr. H. G. Pearce.
ECONOMICS: ECONOMICS.ORG.AU: A Modest Proposal For Taxpayer Relief By Enabling Australians to Show Their Respect to Politicians i - economics.org.au - Economics.org.au is the only consistently pro-freedom publication that I know of in Australia at present. On some aspects of freedom it is not as explicit as I would like it to be - but I rather blame myself for it, for I haven't provided such input myself. I rather prepare some large files on my favorite subjects and then leave it to anyone to extract from it whatever the like. Howard, too, was one of the great mis-leaders, under the pretence of liberalism. – JZ, on Facebook, 2.1.11. – I had joined Facebook on 1.1.11, upon recommendation by Benjamin Marks, its still very young editor, a voracious reader of libertarian writings. He already made his mark already as a successful and humorous speech writer: firstname.lastname@example.org , libertarian essayist and book writer. – JZ, 11.10.12.ECONOMICS: Economy subordinated to ethics and not controlled by power - that is the anarchist formula.” - Baldelli, Giovanni, Social Anarchism, p.6. - Alas, with that formulation they can introduce all kinds of egalitarian and other notions as priorities, which to them seem to justify coercion against basic rights, like property rights, free trading etc. - There are all too many unsound ethical theories about. They can be defused, at least with regard to a whole territory and all its population, only by reducing their application to volunteer communities that are only exterritorially autonomous. Thus nobody's economic "ethics" or anti-economics could be forced upon anyone. Baldelli rightly condemns territorial power but has no right to condemn the self-management powers of volunteer communities or what he or others like him wrongly define as "economic power" even when practised among consenting adults. - JZ, 25.5.00. – All individual rights and liberties are still not sufficiently declared and understood. Not even the concept of “rights” is. – JZ, 3.12.08.ETHICS, ANARCHISM & POWER
ECONOMICS: especially economic questions can never be solved forcefully.” - St. Ch. Waldecke, Gedanken ueber Anarchie, S.7. – ECONOICS & FORCE, COERCION, COMPULSION
ECONOMICS: For authority and politics I substituted the notion of ECONOMICS - a positive, synthetic idea, which, as I see it, is alone capable of leading to a rational, practical conception of social order. Moreover, in this I was simply taking up Saint Simon's thesis, …” - Proudhon, in: S. Edwards, Proudhon, p.90. - VS. POLITICS AUTHORITY, TERRITORIALISM, SOCIAL ORDER, PEACE, HARMONY
ECONOMICS: For economics is the science of allocating limited resources (time, energy, and money) in a way that will bring you the most of what you want.” - Harry Browne, You Can Profit from a Monetary Crisis, p.12.
ECONOMICS: Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” - Ronald Reagan (1986). – Was his government really exceptional in this respect? – JZ, 1.12.08. - ECONOMICS OF TERRITORIAL GOVERNMENTS, JOKES, SUBSIDIES, BAIL-OUTS, TAXATION, REGULATION, CENTRAL BANKING, INFLATION, DEFLATION
ECONOMICS: Henry Hazlitt has called economics a science of recognizing secondary consequences.” - George C. Leef, THE FREEMAN, 1/78. - SECONDARY CONSEQUENCES, LONG TERM VS. IMMEDIATE EFFECTS
ECONOMICS: If one steps of a high building one does not stop the operation of the law of gravity, but suffers a broken neck; so, defiance of the laws of economics brings results not contemplated by the defier.” - Frank Chodorov, Out of Step, p.64. - & CONSEQUENCES OF ACTIONS
ECONOMICS: If only all atheists were as critical towards economic, political and social dogmas, prejudices and myths as they are towards the religious ones! - JZ, 26.9.94. – RATIONALISTS, ATHEISTS, FREE-THINKERS, HUMANISTS, AGNOSTICS, SKEPTICS, DISBELIEVERS
ECONOMICS: If there is any dismal science, it is politics, not economics.” - Fred Foldvary, article: The Economics of Peace and Property, Summer 1990. - Politics that is still stuck upon the territorial model does not yet deserve the name of a science. - JZ, 28.5.00. – The same could be said about what usually passes now as economics. It has more to do with statism than with genuine economics – in all too many of its aspects. – JZ, 16.11.10. - A DISMAL SCIENCE? POLITICS IS
ECONOMICS: If these people would understand that Socialism is the control of economic forces by political power, they would approach with a different prejudice many of the proposals for "doing things" which now find an illegitimate favour by masquerading as the offspring of Conservatism or Liberalism.” - Sir Ernest Benn, Honest Doubt, p.203. - POWER, GOVERNMENT, POLITICS & SOCIALISM
ECONOMICS: Imagine a permanent economics conference, open to all conventional and unconventional, recognized and obscure economists, one that would scan and access all such writings micrographically and or electronically, on any subject, pointing out all contradictions, refutations, so far ignored references and questions and proposals remaining unanswered or ignored. On some questions e.g. 250 approvals might be registered as well as 360 dissents, making the need for further research rather obvious. Neither economics lectures, nor courses, essays, books or anthologies or short encyclopedias, or the multitude of economics periodicals, are a good enough substitute for such a general and all-embracing effort. They merely indicate many of the remaining schisms - and are, obviously, unable to settle them fast. - That "conference" could be done via written contributions towards an ever-growing digitized encyclopedia of economics, published in affordable alternative media and in any desired extracts. - Perhaps it should be accompanied by a complete bibliography and alphabetical index to all such writings and a collection of all such reviews and of all the different definitions of terms. The bibliography would, probably, have the following entry regarding many titles: Contains no new or valuable facts, insights and proposals. Merely repeats many long refuted errors and prejudices. - JZ, 27.4.95, 22.5.00. - Indeed, this is not a slogan on liberty but a thought on how to promote economic liberties. Use of the electronic “argument mapping” as developed by Paul Monk et al, could also do much good in this sphere. – JZ
ECONOMICS: In political economy, I think Smith's Wealth of Nations the best book extant; in the science of government, Montesquieu's Spirit of Laws is generally recommended.” - Thomas Jefferson, letter to Thomas Randolph, 1790. – At least by now we do have a much larger choice, although few of the additional titles are of the quality of the former two. – JZ, 26.2.13.
ECONOMICS: In present-day economics truths are more often drowned and covered up under old and new rubbish than generally and fasts recognized and accepted. - JZ, 24.5.76 & 29.5.00.
ECONOMICS: It is no accident that many abstract rules, such as those treating individual responsibility and several property, are associated with economics. Economics has from its origins been concerned with how an extended order of human interactions comes into existence through a process of variation, winnowing and sifting far surpassing our vision or our capacity to design. Adam Smith was the first to perceive that we have stumbled upon a method of ordering human economic cooperation that exceeds the limits of our knowledge and perception. His 'invisible hand' had perhaps better have been described as an invisible or unsurveyable pattern. We are led - for example by the pricing system in market exchange - to do things by circumstances of which we are largely unaware and which produce results that we do not intend. In our economic activities we do not know the needs, which we satisfy, nor the sources of the things, which we get. Almost all of us serve people whom we do not know, and even of whose existence we are ignorant; and we in turn constantly live on the services of other people of whom we know nothing. All this is possible because we stand in a great framework of institutions and traditions - economic, legal, and moral - into which we fit ourselves by obeying certain rules of conduct that we never made, and which we have never understood in the sense in which we understand how the things that we manufacture function. - Modern economics explains how such an extended order can come into being, and how it itself constitutes and information-gathering process, able to call up, and to put to use, widely dispersed information that no central planning agency, let alone an individual, could know as a whole, posses or control. Man's knowledge, as Smith knew, is dispersed. …” Hayek, The Fatal Conceit, p.14. - It seems, sometimes, that knowledge of our ignorance, or the limitations of our knowledge, is the most important economic knowledge that we can have. - JZ, 27.5.00, 26.2.13. - ORDER, COOPERATION, PRICING, KNOWLEDGE, INVISIBLE HAND
ECONOMICS: It says something about the present stand of official science of economics that most of the powerful economic disaster makers have degrees in economics. - JZ, 23.12.74, 26.2.13. Take central bank presidents and finance ministers to the top of the list. - JZ, 29.5.00.
ECONOMICS: Let us "unshackle economics" (John A. Davenport, THE INTERCOLLEGIATE REVIEW, Spring 1973) or free man's economic life. And that should embrace the freeing of all political "services" as well, e.g. by reducing all territorial governments to freely competing ones, for voluntary subjects, under exterritorial autonomy and personal laws only. - JZ, n.d., & 1.6.00. – In other words, reducing them to competing enterprises, businesses, insurance, protection and juridical service companies, none with a territorial monopoly, all as different as the common ideology of their voluntary members. – Competitively supplied and voluntarily chosen “public services” - JZ, 3.12.08. – PANARCHISM, UNSHACKLED ECONOMICS, ECONOMIC FREEDOM
ECONOMICS: Men in general are meant to have economic views for, as Chesterton observed, if men are not competent to discuss life how comes it that they are competent to conduct it?” - H. G. Pearce, GOOD GOVERNMENT, Jan. 1966. - ECONOMIC EDUCATION
ECONOMICS: Moral philosophy is the study of right and wrong. Economics is a branch or moral philosophy: the study of what is right and wrong in coping with scarcity.” - Leonard E. Read, Meditations on Freedom, p. 20. – Does this brochure, the other called something like ABC’s of Freedom and his The Free Man’s Almanac contain all the slogans and quotes that Read collected? – JZ, n.d.
ECONOMICS: Most intellectuals show no interest in or knowledge of economics. The economic knowledge of the average voter is even less. And the supposed “experts”, even when they really are experts, which is only rarely the case, do have to try to remain popular with the masses of ignorant and prejudice people, including most intellectuals, when it comes to economics. – No wonder then - that the economy is in such a mess everywhere. – JZ, 21.6.91, 19.9.08. – EXPERTS, PEOPLE, VOTING, INTELLECTUALS
ECONOMICS: Neo-Comics.” - Expression by Dr. H. G. Pearce, n.d.
ECONOMICS: No economic question should be politically decided but merely by the free votes of producers (including investors and traders) and consumers in their daily, free, individual and group transactions. The only third parties with a role to play are the freely chosen arbitration courts. - JZ, 23.10.87, 3.12.08.
ECONOMICS: No political decisions on economic questions. Environmental issues to be settled among private and cooperative owners, i.e., among people who put their money where their mouths are. If anyone pollutes the air, waters or food stuffs (without a warning about the latter action) then he should be subjected to rapid class actions before competitive juridical systems, to safeguard individual rights and liberties. - JZ, 19.11.87, 29.5.00. - LAISSEZ-FAIRE VS. GOVERNMENTS & POLITICS
ECONOMICS: not to know political economy is to allow oneself to be dazzled by the immediate effect of a phenomenon; to know political economy is to take into account the total of all effects, both immediate and future.” - Frederic Bastiat, in G. C. Roche III, Bastiat, A Man Alone, p. 239. - ALL FACTORS, LARGE AND SMALL, OVER TIME, TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION
ECONOMICS: nothing done by the government in the economic sphere ever has either the desired effect or increases the wealth of the nation as a whole.” - Sir Ernest Benn, Modern Government, p.41. - ECONOMICS & GOVERNMENT
ECONOMICS: Now I fully realize that if one misses the boat on economics, he misses the boat on the issue of freedom. And I am sorry to say that by far the majority of Americans (and people throughout the world) do seem to miss the boat on economics.” – Robert Ringer, Restoring the American Dream, p.72.
ECONOMICS: Now the problems have accumulated, and the economy that is supposed to pay for the political program is being suffocated.” - Harry Browne, New Profits from the Monetary Crisis, p.39. – ECONOMICS UNDER POLITICS, MIXED ECONOMY, INTERVENTIONISM, CONTROLS, REGULATIONS, LAWS, TAXATION, MONETARY DESPOTISM
ECONOMICS: One cannot expect great economic understanding from people who are basically still hunters, food gatherers, herdsmen and sod-busters. If they come across and understand any economic viewpoint, then it is probably only a neo-comical or vulgar economic or anti-economic one. Luckily, once a fully free market is established, this would not matter greatly. Insufficient knowledge of an interest in it would then have its inbuilt penalties and sufficient knowledge its reward and complete economic knowledge would not be required from anyone. - JZ, 24.9.77, 16.3.78, 26.5.00. - PEOPLE, ENLIGHTENMENT & THE FREE MARKET
ECONOMICS: Only 200 years have elapsed since the concept of separation of church and state really took root. This concept was, at that time, thought to be completely unworkable. Yet, wherever it was accepted, religious wars and repression were greatly reduced. Now free enterprise scholars are telling us that not only must government be separated from religion, but also, it must be separated from economics and limited in function only to protect against force and fraud.” - Mike Oliver, Libertarian Handbook, 1973. - Not only must government be deprived of all economic and religious power but also of all territorial and thus centralized, monopolistic and coercive power. It must be reduced to exterritorial autonomy over its voluntary followers only and to personal laws rather than territorial legislation for whole populations. Thus it must permit the individual and group secession of all dissenters. - Separate government and all societies from territorialism, and do not permit territorial and, to that extent, totalitarian rule, to be continued by anyone and any group. - JZ, 1.6.00. - SEPARATION FROM THE STATE, EXTERRITORIALITY, PANARCHISM
ECONOMICS: Only laissez faire economics is economics. - JZ, 14.9. 1973. – All enforced “exchanges” are no longer genuine exchanges but e.g. tribute extortions, expropriations and robberies – and yet the “economics” of all territorial States are based upon such compulsory or coercive actions. – JZ, 25.7.13. - LAISSEZ FAIRE ECONOMICS, STATISM, TERRITORIALISM, GOVERNMENTALISM, TAXATION, MONETARY DESPOTISM
ECONOMICS: Our economy is presently run more by economic myths, prejudices and ignorance than by economic knowledge. Until economic freedom is achieved, for all who desire it, this will remain so. One of the worst instances is the present ignorant and prejudiced opposition against the "global economy", as if a world-wide free market economy had to be governed by officials or legally privileged corporations. Even the few steps, which some official made, towards liberating the world economy, are opposed, with the ancient and often refuted "arguments" of protectionism. Instead of trying to free the world economy further, the opponents try to reduce it again to national economies, mismanaged by national territorial governments. - The road to fully free trade for almost all people can and should begin with: Fully free trade for all free traders, together with protectionism for protectionists - but at their expense and risk. - JZ, 12.12.92 & 23.5.00. - KNOWLEDGE, INTERVENTIONISM, PLANNING, NATIONAL ECONOMIES, FREE MARKETS VS. DICTOCRACY, GLOBAL ECONOMY, PROTECTIONISM & FREE TRADE
ECONOMICS: Political economy, he declares, is "the key to history, the theory of order, the Creator's last word," and it will provide the means to organize the whole of society - government as well as work, family relationships as well as education.” – George Woodcock, Proudhon, p.79.
ECONOMICS: Politics is nothing. Economics is everything. - JZ, 25.8.75. - At least as far as rightful and sound public affairs and policies are concerned. - JZ, 29.5.00. – Territorial politics is inherently wrongful and anti-economic. Only the exterritorial politics of volunteers can be right, at least for them. – JZ, 26.2.13. – Territorial politics has to become dissolved through the free competition between public service providers to their voluntary customers, under personal law or exterritorial autonomy, realizing free market exchanges, freedom of contract, association, experimental freedom, free enterprise and consumer sovereignty in this sphere as well, doing away only with the enforced monopolism and collectivism of statism over involuntary subjects. Confined to their own personal law and ruling over volunteers they could remain as long as they can retain any voluntary victims. – JZ, 25.7.13. - VS. POLITICS, TERRITORIALISM, STATISM, GOVERNMENTALISM
ECONOMICS: Politics makes you dependent upon the decisions of others, with your own vote counting very little on your own affairs and all too much, nevertheless, on the affairs of others. In economics the opposite occurs. It sets you free as a producer and trader, working competitively on the market and your own vote, on your own economic affairs is all-important for you while whatever vote you make, with your labor and dollars, on your own affairs, has very little and no wrongful effect upon the free actions of others. All you can do and that is a rightful action, is to influence the general price level a tiny little bit, to everybody's advantage. - JZ, 26.8.76 & 1.6.00. - VS. POLITICS, DEPENDENCE VS. FREEDOM
ECONOMICS: politics must give way to economics.” - Proudhon, in Edwards, Proudhon, p.22. - "… and that the end result is the substitution of economic organizations for political machinery, … "- Proudhon, Progress, 1853, p. 74, quoted in: S. Edwards, Proudhon, 91. - VS. POLITICS, MARKET INSTEAD OF POWER, PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, COMPETING GOVERNMENTS
ECONOMICS: Proudhon showed a particular eagerness to discuss German philosophy, and Gruen told him of the ideas of Feuerbach, declaring: "And thus anthropology is metaphysics in action," to which Proudhon replied, "As for me, I am going to show that political economy is metaphysics in action." – George Woodcock, Proudhon, p.88. - METAPHYSICS
ECONOMICS: Ramon had a similar contempt for money. At one level he abhorred it as the symbol and the foundation of the capitalist system. He hated to be dictated by the laws of economics and wealth, which he had dedicated his entire life to tearing down. – Wilbur Smith, GOLDEN FOX, Pan Books, 1990, p. 57. – Did he also hate the law of gravity, those of electricity, of biology, chemistry and physics, of common sense, of rationality and morality and all the genuine individual human rights and liberties that are involved in economics, capitalism and free markets? – JZ, 26.2.12, 25.7.13. – MONEY, WEALTH, WAGES, CAPITALISM, ANTI-CAPITALIST & ANTI-MARKET MENTALITY DIS., STATISM, STATE SOCIALISM, PROPERTARIANISM, PROPERTY, EARNINGS, SELF-OWNERSHIP, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, FREEDOM OF CONTRACT & ASSOCIATION, FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT & MIGRATION, FREEDOM TO EXCHANGE, PRODUCE, FREE ENTERPRISE, PRODUCTIVITY, WAGES, PROFIT, COMMUNISM, COLLECTIVISM
ECONOMICS: Some, if not most mass media journalists and supposed experts, treat economics as if it were merely a question of interest rates or exchange rates, or share prices, or goods prices and wages, falling or rising, with mere speculations as to what causes them and on their future movements. They talk about some symptoms and rarely mention fundamental issues and solutions. The mixed economy is largely taken for granted and also that it ought to be territorially imposed upon all dissenters. - JZ, 29.8.98, 22.5.00. – COMMENTATORS, TERRITORIALISM, COMPULSORY COLLECTIVISM & MONOPOLISM IN ALL TOO MANY IMPORTANT SPHERES, STATISM
ECONOMICS: Taking off from where Barnhill left off, Fulton saw individualism as the common ground upon which all libertarians stand. Fulton saw no basic contradiction between the respective viewpoints held by individualists and communists, at least so far as economic questions were concerned. "Economic forms or ways of life are matters of individual choice," he held, "and anarchism covers any form that does not deny or infringe on non-invasive individual liberty." - Comment by Reichert, in Partisans of Freedom, p.194/195, on Edward H. Fulton. - CHOICE, ANARCHISM, TOLERANCE, LIBERTY, NON-INVASIVENESS, VOLUNTARISM, INDIVIDUALISM, LIBERTARIANISM, INDIVIDUALISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY
ECONOMICS: The animals that depend on instinct have an inherent knowledge of the laws of economics and of how to apply them; Man, with his powers of reason, has reduced economics to the level of a farce which is at once funnier and more tragic than Tobacco Road.” - James Thurber.
ECONOMICS: The economy and its laws are rarely known by those ambitious and powerful men who are presumed to be able to run it. - JZ, 27.6.85. – It would be an almost safe bet to assert that none of them knows and appreciates all individual rights and liberties. – JZ, 3.12.08. - POWER, POLITICIANS, LEADERSHIPECONOMICS: The economy can be forced to support territorial politics. Territorial politics cannot support the economy but can restrict and partly and temporarily destroy it. A truly free economy would not support territorial politics at all but would just allow all people to do their preferred and different things to and for themselves, all as a matter of individual choice, not of territorially enforced collectivism and power politics. - JZ, 22.6.91, 23.5.00. - POLITICS, & PANARCHISM
ECONOMIES: The fact throughout history is that whenever government dominates the economic affairs of its citizenry, a free society is eroded, then destroyed, and a minority government ensues. Personal liberty without economic liberty is an absolute contradiction; the one cannot exist without the other. – William E. Simon– Any economy that is dominated by a government is no longer a rightful, efficient and economical system. – JZ, 4.4.12. – & GOVERNMENTS, PLANNING, COMMAND ECONOMIES, STATE SOCIALISM, NATIONALIZATION
ECONOMICS: The healthy economy is the economy that works without restrictions imposed in the name of one theory or the other.” - E. P. Middleton, GOOD GOVERNMENT, 12/80. - In this way it is like a motor, which is all the more efficient the more friction and dead weight are eliminated. - JZ, 4.6.82. – Hypotheses for interventionism do not deserve the term “theories”, for the latter are largely based upon facts. – JZ, 26.2.13. - RESTRICTIONS VS. HEALTHY ECONOMY, INTERVENTIONISM
ECONOMICS: The inauguration of a systematic science of economics, an achievement of the social philosophy of the Enlightenment that also begot the doctrine of popular sovereignty, was a challenge to the powers that be. Economics shows that there prevails in the succession and interdependence of the market phenomena an inescapable regularity that man must take into full account if he wants to attain ends aimed at. Even the most mighty government, operating with the utmost severity, cannot succeed in endeavors that are contrary to what has been called "economic law." - Ludwig von Mises. The Economic Point of View - Ludwig von Mises Institute - GOVERNMENT, POLITICS, POWER, LEGISLATION, PRIVILEGES, SUBSIDIES, PROHIBITIONS, LICENSING, REGULATIONS, INTERVENTIONISM
ECONOMICS: The whole of economics can be reduced to a single lesson, and that lesson can be reduced to a single sentence. The art of economics consists in looking not merely at the immediate but the longer effects of any act or policy; it consists in tracing the consequences of that policy not merely for one group but for all groups.” – Henry Hazlitt in Economics in One Lesson. - The advocates of central banking and all too many others have certainly not taken that lesson. - JZ, 24. 11. 06. – Henry Hazlitt’s bibliography contains over 10,000 entries, according to a recent Mises Institute daily article. Why aren’t the full texts offered on a disk, indexed and with abstracts? – JZ, 1.12.08. – – TAKING THE LONG-TERM & COMPREHENSIVE VIEW, CONSEQUENCES, CAUSE & EFFECTS
ECONOMICS: We already have strict restrictions against infringements on freedom of speech and of religion. It is now necessary to eliminate government from the economic sphere and to limit its functions only to such activities which an individual can rightly delegate.” - Mike Oliver, Libertarian Handbook 1973. – Can? - HAS actually delegated to it and as long only as he has done so! - JZ, 1.6.00. - GOVERNMENT & LIMITED GOVERNMENT
ECONOMICS: We cannot safely leave … political economy to college professors. The people themselves must think.” - Frank Chodorov, in GOOD GOVERNMENT, 12/77. - The very notion of "national economics", i.e., territorial politics, territorially imposed upon all people of a "nation", is already a very uneconomical concept. And "the people" as a whole are unlikely to ever think as one entity. Only individuals and small groups of individuals do something that deserves the name of self-thinking or group thinking. - JZ, 1.6.00. - COLLEGE PROFESSORS, ECONOMISTS, PROFESSORS, ACADEMICS, EXPERTS
ECONOMICS: We cannot safely leave politics to politicians, or political economy to college professors”. - Henry George, Social Problems, p.9. - POLITICIANS & ACADEMICS, ECONOMISTS
ECONOMICS: What, concretely, is wrong with the economy of the crisscrossing dollar? Well, for one thing there is the well-known fact that any time a Cayugan sends a dollar (*) down to New York, it is going to stop at Albany for an expensive night out on the town. (Business expense.) But aside from the leakage, what is awry in a political economy in which dollars are exchanged by political negotiation? - The principal objection is that we have here an economics of illusion, made possible by the systematic mystifications of politicians. The second is that it permits economic profiteering by politically mobilized economic groups at the expense of those not mobilized.” – William F. Buckley, Up from Liberalism, p.133/134. - What he calls "economic" groups are rather "anti-economic" groups, who are afraid of the competition from more economically operating competitors and thus want to restrain them from serving the consumers better. This procedure they call then the government protection of the consumer from "inferior" services. - Apart from all this, the government's paper dollar is wrong as a monopoly good, as a forced and exclusive currency, as something whose acceptance and value is coercive rather than voluntary. - It is a major feature of despotism and prevents fully free market relationships. - JZ, 1.6.00. – (*) One dollar, even a century ago, could not cover such expenses but taxes and government spending did already diminish it then, although by far not as much as today. – JZ, 25.7.13. - ECONOMICS PLUS POLITICS ISN'T ECONOMICAL, POLITICAL ECONOMY VS. NON-POLITICAL ECONOMY, TAXATION, GOVERNMENT SPENDING, TRIBUTE EXTRACTIONS
ECONOMISTS: A man who tells you what to do with the money you would not have if you had followed his proposals in the first place.” - Kelvin Throop III, The Management Dictionary, ANALOG 1/83. – JOKES
ECONOMISTS: A person who can tell you what is going to happen next month and explain later why it didn’t.” – Source?
ECONOMISTS: Apart from the work of a few disinterested and honest men, the literature of modern economics is entirely written by persons whose living depends upon the adoption of their ideas and it is therefore, for the most part, worthy of no more respect than the draper's catalogues. Both drapers and economists offer us goods and services at a price, and both offers should be approached with customary market caution.” - Sir Ernest Benn, Modern Government, p.18. - INTELLECTUALS, REFORMERS
ECONOMISTS: Be your own economist.” - Prof. James L. Green. M.M.
ECONOMISTS: Economic policies are too important to be left to the economists.” - Hazel Henderson, quoted by Ronald Gross, The Independent Scholar's Handbook, p.155. – Panarchism would permit every individual to follow only the economic advice of the economist or economists of his own choice, together with like-minded people, in their own panarchy or polyarchy. – JZ, 3.12.08.
ECONOMISTS: Economist: A man who'll figure out tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today.” - Kirk Kirkpatrick, READER'S DIGEST, 11/78.
ECONOMISTS: Economists are people who can't agree on an explanation for the past, don't know what is going on at present and are unable to predict the future.” - Dale Speirs, in GEGENSCHEIN 61. – Possibly the weather prophets get their long-term forecasts of the weather right more often than most economists get their forecasts. – JZ, 3.12.08.
ECONOMISTS: Ever met a competent economist? - JZ, 12.6.73. - It is so rare an occurrence that you are not likely to forget it. - JZ, 26.5.00.
ECONOMISTS: I don't know as much as an economist knows - and gosh knows, he doesn't know anything.” - Will Rogers. – Does “gosh” stand here for “God”? – JZ - JOKES
ECONOMISTS: If all economists were laid end to end - it would be a damn good idea.” - Quoted by John Pearce, 23.4.88.
ECONOMISTS: If all economists were laid end to end, they would still point in every direction.” - Source? - "If the nation's economists were laid end to end, they would point in all directions." - Arthur Motley, n.d. - "The wide disparity of opinion among economists once prompted an observer to say that if all the nation's economists were laid end to end, they would point in all directions."- Robert Ringer, Restoring the American Dream, p.73.
ECONOMISTS: If all the world's economists were laid end to end - they would not reach a conclusion. - G. B. Shaw.
ECONOMISTS: If medial schools turned out doctors as competent as the economists turned out by our universities, Americans would undoubtedly have the highest death rate of any nation on earth. It's frightening how some economists who know nothing about economics acquire such awesome reputations.” - Schiff, The Biggest Con, p.218.
ECONOMISTS: If we had only "economists" as legislators rather than predominantly lawyers, who are economically illiterate, would they bring about an even worse economic mess? - JZ, 5.8.91. - LEGISLATORS, LAWYERS
ECONOMISTS: Many economists could blow the lid of many government lies, pretenses and cover-ups - but do they? - JZ, 22.6.91. - COVER-UPS & CORRUPTION
ECONOMISTS: Many economists, like diplomats, lie for their governments. Others are so ignorant or prejudiced that, like many religious people with their doctrines, they do not even notice that they are not telling the truth. - JZ, 22.6.91, 28.5.00.
ECONOMISTS: Most "economists" are not economizers but coercive distributionists and wastrels. - JZ, 17.1.78. - Just compare how often government economists, estimating the costs of new government programs, are right and how often they are wrong. Cost over-runs by a factor of 10 are not quite unusual. Sydney's Opera House is one of the instances. Yesterday I read about a tunnel project in Boston, that has already become the most expensive public works project in U.S. history. - In Buffalo, in 1990, I saw a subway project, finished after several years of building, during which time it destroyed the main-street businesses it was supposed to serve. - But then pyramid building at the expense of forced labor and tax slaves is not a new invention. The High Court building in Canberra, at an expense of A $ 4 billion, so I was told, was at least then the most expensive building ever put up in Australia. - Perhaps it is also the most useless one. - And how many economists have thoroughly criticized parliamentarism and its destructive and wasteful revenue collection and spending methods? - JZ, 1.6.00.
ECONOMISTS: Most economists are like evangelists. You either come to believe in their doctrines or you do not. Neither can predict the future (If the economists could, they would be rich.) any better than the other or has a better ethics to offer. There are almost as many wrong economists and schools of economists as there are different religions. But while there are probably no correct religions at all, there are at least some genuine economists, scholars of a growing science. They can, after a very prolonged experience and discussion of it, predict the inevitable results of certain wrong and irrational interventions and institutions, like e.g. the legal tender legislation, central banking, protectionism, compulsory taxation and immigration restrictions. But they are confronted and dominated by a much large number of "economists" who defend economic interventionism at least to some degrees, rather than attack it. - JZ, 29.4.90, 5.8.92, 24.5.00. – RELIGION, IDEOLOGIES
ECONOMISTS: Most economists are not even good enough economists to produce better books on economics and to sell them well. - JZ, 24.8.91. - Probably not one in a thousand has sound ideas on the cause and cure of inflation, unemployment and stagflation and wants to abolish all taxation and other government interventionism and turn governments into service institutions for voluntary subscribers. - JZ, 30.5.00.
ECONOMISTS: Most economists have been wrong, and still are, on all too many subjects, just like most religious people and most philosophers and psychologists and most political scientists are wrong on all too many fundamental issues. - JZ, 15.4.01. - I predict either a great book burning or paper recycling for the future, once their texts are finally recognized as worthless. - JZ, 26.1.02.
ECONOMISTS: One who is skilled at keeping sheep calm while they are being shorn. A person who is trained and hired to confuse everyone including himself about inflation. See 2 Tim 3-13.’ - Dave Wilber, Fool's Gold Is Green, 1982, Awake America, p.22.
ECONOMISTS: Politicians and economists deserve each other.” - Headline in THE AUSTRALIAN, Dec. 4, 1971. - "But do we deserve either?" - Editor of GOOD GOVERNMENT, April 1972. - Yes, because as yet we haven't even criticized them sufficiently, far less resisted them or opted out from under them! We granted them, as Ayn Rand called it, the "sanction of the victims". - JZ, 1.6.00. – POLITICIANS, CITIZENS, OBEDIENCE, STATISM, PREJUDICES, LACK OF INTEREST
ECONOMISTS: Sign in the rear window of a car in London: "Hans Christian Andersen is alive and well and working as an economist." - Peterborough, in THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, London, quoted in READER'S DIGEST, May 1983. - THEIR FAIRY TALES, JOKES
ECONOMISTS: Since all economists can read only a tiny fraction of their total literature and since they start with prejudices and acquire more of them during their studies, from other students and their teachers and from the literature they are forced to read or choose to read, few of them can develop into sufficiently enlightened economists. So far no economics reference works have been compiled that are complete and respected by all genuine economists. - JZ, 27.4.95, 16.11.10.
ECONOMISTS: So far most "economists" considered it to be their task to legally restrict many free peaceful and non-fraudulent actions of producers and free consumers - and thereby helped to continue and spread poverty. - JZ, 22.6.91. - Most of the professional economists favor restraining the productive capacities of free producers and exchangers and thus are opposed to the natural and true economists, who could do much better without the fetters imposed by the "professionals" and their "guidance" and territorial " and legally imposed systems. - JZ, 28.5.00, 31.12.08.
ECONOMISTS: Someone who can’t see something working in practice without asking whether it would work in theory. – The Economist defines an economist.” - The Times Quotes of the Week, p. 46, March 20, 1999. - JOKES
ECONOMISTS: The central problem of the economist during the past century, in my opinion, is his inability to explain fundamental economic principles with an economy of words.” - Alfred Anderson Kennedy, THE FREEMAN, 12/77, 707. - Do most economists still subscribe to fundamental economic principle or do they rather try to deny them? - JZ, 31.5.00.
ECONOMISTS: The practitioners of the dry-as-dust science must not altogether be absolved from a share of responsibility for the universal distress. The masters of what used to be known as the science of political economy were almost unanimous in their condemnation of State action and in their advocacy of freedom. They examined and explained the working of natural forces which, playing upon the actions of the ordinary man, would produce the greatest good of the greatest number, not only in terms of money but in meat and malt. Their successors, the modern economists, have, for the most part, become the servants of politicians and devote themselves to the study and development of political arrangements designed to control and regulate the ordinary work of the ordinary man. A powerful and all-pervading vested interest has thus arisen, for today there are many thousands of well-paid posts available to "experts", who have given up the study of nature's ways and presume to tell us how nature itself should be made to behave.” - Sir Ernest Benn, The State the Enemy, p.64/65. - STATISM & THE NATURAL ECONOMY
ECONOMISTS: The Uneconomists: There is a lot more to Mr. Schiff's book than a recital of our overwhelming debt problems. (1) Having coined the term un-money, Mr. Schiff goes on to speak of our uneconomists. ( The Keynesians, of course. )” - John Chamberlain, review of: Irwin A. Schiff: The Biggest Con, THE FREEMAN, 5/76, 313. - (1) If we were free to pay our own debts (not the debts others took up in our name but without our consent) with easily transferable assignments upon our own goods and services, in convenient money denominations, using a sound value standard, and a limited circulation period as well, then most of our debts would no longer constitute an overwhelming burden for us. - JZ, 1.6.00. - Compare the terms Dr. H. G. Pearce used: "neo-comics" and "anti-economics" for the "economics" of most economists. - JZ - VS. UN-ECONOMISTS
ECONOMISTS: There are more fools among economists than there are among average citizens. – The difference is only that they are able and willing to present their errors, prejudices, false assumptions and conclusions in a way that seems to be scholarly. - JZ, 6.9.86, 25.7.13.
ECONOMISTS: There is but one way to remedy this situation. True economists must be given the same opportunity in our faculties, which only the advocates of socialism and interventionism enjoy today. This is surely not too much to ask as long as this country has not yet gone totalitarian.” – Ludwig von Mises, Planning for Freedom, p.172. – UNIVERSITIES, FACULTIES, STATE SOCIALISM, STATISTS
ECONOMISTS: there is something to be learnt from the experience of the last few thousand years, and that the whole sum of wisdom is not always to be found in the latest speculation of every young professor of economics.” - Ernest Benn, speech, 27. Jan. 1931. (Page 153 of Deryck Abel: Ernest Benn, Counsel for Liberty.)
ECONOMISTS: Too many of them only learned about government interventionism and only pass on this counter-productive knowledge. Many are actively supporting the government in exploiting its tax slaves and keeping the majority of them relatively happy. To that extent they are accessories and advisors of the official robber band. - JZ, 29.4.00, 22.4.00.
ECONOMISTS: Uneconomists: Irwin Schiff's word for Keynesians who believe in the universal solvent of the free lunch. – Source?
ECONOMISTS: Whether in helping us plan our future as individuals, or in finding ways to take care of the increasing numbers of poor in our society, virtually the only thing that our so-called experts – our economists – can agree on is that they can no longer agree on almost anything. Economists have taken to qualifying their predictions and prescriptions with phrases such as “on the other hand …”, a state of affairs that once led President Truman to remark that what the United ‘States needed was a good one-handed economist.” – Paul Zane Pilzer, Unlimited Wealth, updated edition, Crown Publishers, New York, 1994, p.226. – JOKES. DIS., EXPERTS
ECONOMISTS: You don't know yet what money is? " R. asked sardonically, setting up a joke which was older than Croesus. "No. Would I kid you?" - "Then you must be an economist." - Richard Condon, Money Is Love, p.24/25. – JOKES, MONEY
ECONOMY: Economy is not parsimony, not cheese-paring, nor hoarding. I would define it by the single word 'Value'. 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.” - Sir Ernest Benn, Speech, 27. 1. 1931. - In Deryck Abel: Ernest Benn, Counsel for Liberty. – Alas, he did not stand up for monetary freedom as opposed to monetary despotism. Even now, during the current crisis, how many people are aware of its fundamental cause and cure? – JZ, 4.12.08.
ECONOMY: Economy is the art of making most of life. The love of economy is the root of all virtue.” - G. B. Shaw, Man & Superman, p.279.
ECONOMY: Economy is the careful and frugal use of land, labor, and capital, e.g. resources, energy and ingenuity, and productive devices, so as to realized the greatest return of goods and services from them.” - Clarence B. Carson, What Is Economy? THE FREEMAN, July 1976, 425.
ECONOMY: Economy, says one dictionary, is "thrifty management, frugality in the expenditure or consumption of money, materials, etc."
ECONOMY: Get government clear out of the economy.” - Duncan Yuille, 1.3.75. - VS. GOVERNMENT
ECONOMY: Henry George, the great American economist and reformer, described the economy in these words, written a hundred years ago: ‘It is the spontaneous unconscious cooperation of individuals, which going on in the industrial body, conjoins individual effort in the production of wealth to the enormous increase in productive power, and distributes the product among the units of which it is composed. All this productive activity goes on, says George, under the compulsion of natural laws, laws governing man's own nature and behaviour, independent of any man-made law applied by government or any of its agents, usually only hindered by such laws, which are political in their character and intent and usually provide or protect some privilege favouring a special group against the whole society. … - GOOD GOVERNMENT, Dec. 1980.
ECONOMY: Not the world is our fate but the economy.” – Walther Rathenau, 1867-1922. - Since free economic actions are, in combination, forming the genuine economy of the world, one not distorted by territorial governments, this means that our free actions would and should determine our “fate”, our economic situation. Anti-economic actions of governments – (are they capable of any others, apart from repeal of their laws and cessation of their "actions"?) - are not our fate but territorial statist impositions. - The "world" is an abstract, which cannot act. "Fate" is the abstract of an imagined force. As G. C. Lichtenberg said: "What people call "fate" is nothing but the result of their own stupid mistakes." Genuine economics is important and should not be messed around with, least of all by territorial governments for millions of involuntary victims. Economics is too important to be left to territorial governments and their "experts". What Walter Rathenau, as a state socialist, had in mind, was statist "economics" or, what Dr. H. G. Pearce used to call: "anti-economics" or "neo-comics". - So, what else is new? - If the Weimar Republic, by continuing the prior monetary despotism (legal tender paper currency and a monopoly money issuer, the Reichsbank) , had not caused the Great Inflation and the Great Depression in Germany, Germany, under full monetary and other economic freedom, could have demonstrated a much greater "economic wonder" than ever happened before and since. Hitler would not have come to power and WW II and its mass murders would not have taken place. Nevertheless, monetary despotism is still believed in and continued in all "democratic" countries and still causes havoc everywhere. - JZ, 25.5.00. - FATE & THE WORLD, MONETARY DESPOTISM VS. MONETARY FREEDOM, INFLATION, DEPRESSION
ECONOMY: Relax the controls and the economy can prosper. When the economy prospers the State withers away. - JZ, n.d., free after a remark by John Wesley Young, in: Madison's Answer to Machiavelli, THE FREEMAN, July 1977, on decontrolling religion. – Rather: Abolish all governmental controls – except those practiced only among their voluntary victims. – JZ, 8.3.13. - PROSPERITY, STATE, INTERVENTIONISM & CONTROLS
ECONOMY: The economy is a sphere that can least bear arbitrariness.” - Djilas.
ECONOMY: The economy is in poor shape not for lack of government action but because government has acted too much.” - Kenneth McDonald, THE GLOBE AND MAIL, Toronto, April 13, 1977, quoted in THE FREEMAN, 8/77. - GOVERNMENT
ECONOMY: The essence of Economy is that the individual must decide for himself, not for anybody else or anybody else for him.” - Sir Ernest Benn, Speech, 27 Jan. 1931, in Deryck Abel, Ernest Benn, Counsel for Liberty, 153. - INDIVIDUAL DECISION-MAKING, CONSUMER SOVEREIGNTY, FREE ENTERPRISE, FREE CONTRACTS, FREE EXCHANGE, FREE PRICING, FREE WAGES
ECONOMY: the only way to get the economy of this country back to health is to get the government out of it.” - John Singleton with Bob Howard, Rip Van Australia, p.171. - HEALTHY ECONOMY, FREE ECONOMY, LAISSEX FAIRE, FREE MARKET ECONOMY VS. GOVERNMENT INTERVENTIONISM, CRISES
ECONOMY: The role of government in the economy causes more problems than acts of God like floods or plagues. Governments can mess up a lot more for a lot longer than God apparently chooses to.” - Dr. William A. Dunn, THE FREE MARKET, Dec. 86. - GOVERNMENT MEDDLING, INTERVENTIONISM, MIXED ECONOMY
ECONOMY: there is in reality only one economy no matter in which national area the participants happen to be.” - J. Brandon, 28.1.1973, in GOOD GOVERNMENT, June 1973. - VS. NATIONAL ECONOMY, WORLD MARKET VS. INTERNAL MARKETS, FREE TRADE, PROTECTIONISM
ECONOMY: To act economically means nothing else but continually choosing between different possibilities and economics is fundamentally nothing but the science of alternatives.” – Wilhelm Roepke. – Under territorial rule by any government the economic choices are all too limited. – JZ, 4.12.08. Under panarchism any economic system could be chosen by and for the volunteers of any panarchy. That would, gradually, teach them genuine economics rather than the statist meddling resulting in the “mixed economies”, which are, usually, all too uneconomic. – JZ, 16.11.10.
ECONOMY: what is wrong with the economy is that too many non-producers are using it for their own ends, whether they are protectionists, bureaucrats, politicians or unionists.” - E. P. Middleton, GOOD GOVERNMENT, Dec. 1980. – ECONOMY UNDER POLITICAL CONTROLS, PLANNING, TAXATION, CENTRAL BANKING
ECONOMY: When a government takes over a people's economic life it becomes absolute and when it has become absolute it destroys the arts, the minds, the liberties and the meaning of the people it governs.” - Maxwell Anderson, The Guaranteed Life, quoted in Seldes, The Great Quotations. - I wouldn't say the people or its individuals become meaningless, by their own standards, but rather meaningless by government standards. At the same time, such a government becomes rather meaningless by any moral or economic and rational standards. But the same could be said for any territorial government that imposes its "standards" upon all dissenters as well as its followers. - JZ, 1.6.00. - PLANNING, NATIONAL ECONOMY, GOVERNMENT, ECONOMIC FREEDOM, INTERVENTIONISM, DIRIGISM, STATE SOCIALISM
ECONOMY: You will never get Economy while everybody is thinking for millions in millions. There is nothing so expensive as the modern political ideal of Economy. If our public debts and liabilities, if all the obligations which our legislators and our bureaucrats have put upon us, are calculated in the way that the City (1) has to render its accounts, then our liabilities exceed our assets. - Big figures and little minds don't fit." - Ernest Benn, speech, 27.1.1931, in Deryck Abel: Ernest Benn, Counsel for Liberty. - (1) Under the "City" Benn understands here not the local government of the city of London but the "City" as a national and world centre for businesses, especially finance businesses. - I had a good laugh once when I got an invitation to a conference of the "City", perhaps because of the imposing name on one of my hats: “Research Centre for Monetary & Financial Freedom.” I must have been the least financial addressee. - JZ, 1.6.00. - BUDGETS, GOVERNMENT SPENDING, WASTE, BUREAUCRACY, TAXATION, DEFICIT SPENDING, INFLATION, BAIL-OUTS, SUBSIDIES, HAND-OUTS
EDITORS: An editor is one who separates the wheat from the chaff and prints the chaff.” – Adlai Stevenson - Anarchists and libertarians should at least seriously try to provide the opposite service as well. – JZ, 3.4.12. - What is necessary for the mass marketing for mass media is not true for quality publishing houses that publish quality writings. – Mass media do have to take popular errors myths and prejudices into account, e.g. by publishing astrology predictions. - JZ, 27.2.13. – JOKES, MASS MEDIA, PRESS, WEBSITES, BLOGS, NEWSPAPERS, RADIO-BROADCASTING, TV
EDITORS: An editor should never come between an author and his readers – unless both desire it. The choice to self-publish unedited and lengthy writings and to read them should always be open for authors and readers. Naturally, there should also be a free market for selected and edited writings. Only when great costs and risks are involved with publishing are editors an economic necessity. Many authors, like myself are also so aware of their own limitations that they welcome any editorial help they can get. – JZ, 4.6.04 & 19.10.07. – By now microfilming and digital publishing options have reduced the production costs and risks, in publishing only upon demand, to close enough to zero. Nevertheless, only a fraction of all that ought to be published thus has so far been published in these formats. – JZ, 16.11.10. - FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION & INFORMATION & EDITORIAL IMPROVEMENTS & CENSORSHIP, AUTHORS & READERS, COMPLETE ORIGINAL WORKS & SELECTIONS FROM THEMEDITORS: Editor: a person employed on a newspaper, whose business is to separate the wheat from the chaff, and to see that the chaff is printed.” - Elbert Hubbard, 1856-1915. - MASS MEDIA, FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, PRESS
EDUCATION: 8 to 10 years of compulsory association with “teachers” conditions us to the subsequent lifelong compulsory association with territorialist politicians and bureaucrats. – JZ, 25.10.08. – TEACHERS, SCHOOLS, POLITICIANS, BUREAUCRATS, STATISM, COMPULSORY SCHOOLING, TERRITORIALISM: PROVIDING NATION-WIDE KINDERGARTENS FOR ADULTS.
EDUCATION: A child educated only at school is an uneducated child. - George Santayana - Roy Halliday, Quotations with an Attitude, online. - & SCHOOLS
EDUCATION: A classic treatise contrasts the propagandist in education, who is interested in WHAT people think, to the true educator, who focuses on HOW people think.” - CIE in pamphlet: "Liberal Education vs. Propaganda”, by Everett Dean Martin. – Does the distinction between the “what” and “how” of thinking clearly enough distinguish between e.g. statist thinking and libertarian thinking, prejudiced and enlightened thinking? – JZ 26.76.13.
EDUCATION: A college education seldom hurts a man if he is willing to learn a little something after he graduates.” – Bob Phillips, The World’s Greatest Collection of Clean Jokes. Over 1000 Jokes. Vision House Publishers, Santa Ana, Cal. 92705, 1974, p.81. – If it was a governmental tertiary education then he has also to be able and willing to unlearn quite a lot. – I found only three jokes in it that appealed to me. - JZ, 2.3.12. – ACADEMIC-, UNIVERSITY- or COLLEGE EDUCATION
EDUCATION: A confirmed believer in the free market would no more endorse government education than state religion.” – Leonard E. Read, Then Truth Will Out, p.29. – Why should education at any level be treated different from the competitive supply of any other needed or wanted service? – JZ, 26.7.13. - LIKE A STATE RELIGION, FREE ENTERPRISE, FREE EXCHANGE, FREEDOM OF INFORMATION, FREEDOM OF ASSOCIAITON, FREEDOM OF CONTRACT – IN THIS SPHERE AS WELL!
EDUCATION: A father who wants his children to get an education these days may have to pull a few wires - the television wire, the hi-fi wire and the radio wire.” - Lavonne Mathison. - By now you may have to pull a few more wires: E.g., the video-recorder wire, the telephone wire, the computer-wire, and the walkman wire. - JZ, 29.5.00.
EDUCATION: A free education that enslaves the mind is a very high price to pay.” - Stormy Mon, Imagine Freedom, p.25. - ENSLAVING MINDS
EDUCATION: A general state education is a mere contrivance for moulding people to be exactly alike. It establishes a despotism over the mind, leading by natural tendency to one over the body.” - John Stuart Mill, 1865. – A more complete and prior version: A general State education is a mere contrivance for moulding people to be exactly like one another; and as the mould in which it casts them is that which pleases the predominant power in the government - whether this be a monarch, a priesthood, an aristocracy, or the majority of the existing generation - in proportion as it is efficient and successful, it establishes a despotism over the mind, leading by natural tendency to one over the body.” - John Stuart Mill, speech, 1859. - Even a totalitarian State cannot achieve that. However, the Soviet system, in a few generations, managed to turn about 30% of the population into converts to at least some of its ideology. - JZ, 29.5.00. – And many of its or other State socialist and flawed to false notions still stick in most heads even in the supposedly free Western populations. – JZ, 26.7.13. - EDUCATION BY THE STATE? CONDITIONING OF CHILDREN TO BECOME STATE SUBJECTS.
EDUCATION: A good starting point might be to try to make everyone understand the difference between schooling and education - either of which can, and often does, happen without the other.” - Stanley Schmidt, in reply to letter, ANALOG, Oct. 1999, p. 141. - SCHOOLS
EDUCATION: A government which can mould the people from their youth upwards, can do with them whatever it pleases.” - J. S. Mill. - We got total wars under totalitarian school systems. ABC mass murder and anti-people "weapons" are tolerated by minds brought up under this system. - JZ, 11.6.00. - When will that message finally sink in? – JZ, 3.12.08. INDOCTRINATION BY GOVERNMENTS
EDUCATION: A governmental education policy is not any better than a governmental religious policy or a governmental ideological propaganda policy or a governmental science policy. It is even largely identical with these other policies and thus similarly abused. – JZ, 9.5.03, 21.10.07. – GOVERNMENT, COMPULSORY EDUCATION, TAX SUBSIDIZED EDUCATION
EDUCATION: A highbrow is a person educated beyond his intelligence.” - Attr. Brander Mathews, Stevenson's Book of Quotations.
EDUCATION: A house of prostitution is voluntary, a grade school is not.” - Raymond Cyrus Hoiley, in Curt Gentry: The Last Days of the Late Great State of California, p.239. - COMPULSORY SCHOOLING & PROSTITUTION OF MINDS
EDUCATION: A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, con a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyse a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialisation is for insects.” - Robert Heinlein. – Should or could everyone become a brain surgeon or an acrobat, too, or a gold medallist in the Olympics? - My minimum requirement for free citizens: knowledge and appreciation of all genuine individual rights & liberties. – JZ, 27.2.13. – Should anyone plan an invasion? – JZ, 26.7.13. - ALL-ROUND, GENERAL, RATHER THAN SPECIALISATION, SUFFICIENT COMPETENCY
EDUCATION: A liberal education," he writes, "is one which enables us to live freely. It is a training, not for a particular job or service, but for a whole life." - A. J. Baker, Anderson's Social Philosophy, 74. – The whole life will always require at least some continuing education. – JZ, 27.2.13.
EDUCATION: A Magic Word: An alarming percentage of our citizens, it is to be feared, stop with the word "education" itself. It is for them a kind of conjuror's word, which is expected to work miracles by the very utterance. If politics becomes selfish and shortsighted, the cure that comes to mind is "education". If juvenile delinquency is rampant, "education" is expected to provide a remedy. If the cultural level of popular education declines, "education" is thought of hopefully as the means of arresting the downward trend. People expect to be saved by a word when they cannot even give content to the word.” - Richard Weaver, Life Without Prejudice, quoted in THE FREEMAN, 10/71. - That should not surprise anyone who realizes how many people still believe to be saved by a "savior", a "great spirit" or "God" or one or the other "great leader", party or ism. - JZ, 29.5.00.
EDUCATION: A recent study indicates that many teenagers are opposed to sex education in the schools. They say it's a plot by parents and educators to make the subject dull and uninteresting.” - Edward Stevenson, READER'S DIGEST, 1/79. – Since they are going to make their own experiments anyhow, at least methods to prevent conception should be taught, to prevent all too many teenage girls from becoming involuntarily pregnant. – Apart from learning to read and write and discussing all basic rights and liberties, any curriculum item should be subject to individual choice for pupils. Their compulsory attendance in xyz classes is mainly for the benefit of trade-unionist teachers and their jobs and careers in Schools and universities. – JZ, 3.12.08. - SEX EDUCATION
EDUCATION: a sort of sanhedrin, a leveling agency, prescribing uniform modes of thought, belief, conduct, social deportment, diet, recreation, hygiene; and as an inquisitional body for the enforcement of these prescriptions, for nosing out heresies and irregularities and suppressing them.” - Albert J. Nock, quoted in an article of THE FREEMAN, date? author? p. 565, titled: Educating for Freedom. - COMPULSORY & "FREE"
EDUCATION: A tax-supported, compulsory educational system is the complete model of the totalitarian State.” - Isabel Paterson, The God of the Machine, N.Y., 1943, p. 257. & TOTALITARIANISM
EDUCATION: Abolition of compulsory attendance laws would end the schools' role as prison custodians of the nation's youth, and would free all those better off outside the schools for independence and for productive work.” - Murray N. Rothbard, For a New Liberty, p.159. - WITHOUT COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE & FINANCING
EDUCATION: All rational education is at bottom nothing but the progressive immolation of authority for the benefit of freedom, the final aim of education necessarily being the development of free men imbued with a feeling of respect and love for the liberty of others.” - Michael Bakunin, The Knouto-Germanic Empire, 1871. - Some Anarchists read this and other writings as if one should not love the liberty and rights but only the equality of others. - JZ, 4.8.87, 26.7.13.
EDUCATION: All State education is a sort of dynamo machine for polarising the popular mind; for turning and holding its lines of force in the direction supposed to be most effective for State purposes.” - Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams, 1907. - STATISM
EDUCATION: All the King's horses and all the King's men - government compulsion - cannot make me think; indeed, force stifles thought. Once this point is comprehended, it becomes apparent that 'government education' is a contradiction in terms.” - Leonard E. Read, Meditations on Freedom, 12. - EDUCATION BY THE GOVERNMENT?
EDUCATION: Almost all schools, as they are run today, teach basic knowledge very much more slowly, if at all, than it could be acquired without compulsion and much more cheaply e.g. by the Joseph Lancaster monitor method. - JZ, 27.5.00. – The best curriculum options, teaching methods and resources, for all kinds of pupils, could now be offered by the best teachers and extremely cheaply, online or on disc, to all pupils and students and for all adults in continuing education on all wanted subjects – by a small fraction of the present teachers, lecturers and writers, wherever hands-on methods are not required – and this at home. – JZ, 26.7.13. - SCHOOLS
EDUCATION: America's fastest growing bubble company - public education.” - Ray L. Colvard, THE FREEMAN, 1/73. - EDUCATION VS. SCHOOLING
EDUCATION: American educators naturally try to compensate for the counter-revolutionary compulsion in this school system. They do not subject American children to rigid German discipline. On the contrary, they try to make schools so enjoyable that the children will not realize that the police compel them to be there. (But the children know it.) The teachers try to make learning easy, a game. But real learning is not easy; it requires self-discipline and hard work. The attempt to make learning effortless actually keeps a child from discovering the pleasure of self-discipline and of the mental effort that overcomes difficulties and does a thoroughly good job. - This is cruel treatment of the new generations of Americans, who must come out of this compulsory and yet too softly pampering schooling to face the realities of a world in which human beings are free (*) and living is not easy. And it is not the best preparation for inheriting the leadership of the World Revolution for freedom. (**) - Rose Wilder Lane, The Discovery of Freedom, 260. - - (*) If they were free, living would be relatively easy. (**) Can an individual inherit part of a collective "leadership" of the World Revolution for freedom? Here her meaning does not come across to me. - JZ, 4.8.87.
EDUCATION: Among the most promising of these solutions is the 'deferred tuition' system of education. Under this plan, schools educate children in return for a small percentage (perhaps 2%) of their future earnings. This plan is now being applied at a number of well-known colleges, Yale among them, and there is no reason why it can not be extended down into elementary and secondary schools. The cost of education would be born by those who receive it, and when they are in a position to pay for it. The system, equally important, creates tremendous incentives to educate children better. The better educated they are, the more money they will pay back to the school.” - Libertarian Yearbook, 1972, p.12. Moreover, payment of teacher's salaries in this way will almost assure that teachers will not fill the heads of their pupils with anti-capitalist ideas. - JZ (How can one express such notions in attractive slogans? JZ) - DEFERRED TUITION CHARGES, FINANCING, STUDENT LOANS
EDUCATION: An educated man cannot become so on one study alone, but must be brought under the influence of natural, civil, and moral modes of thought.” - Quoted by Lord Action, Lectures on Modern History, p.34. - MORALITY, GENERAL VS. SPECIALIZED EDUCATION ONLY
EDUCATION: An education, which does not begin by evoking initiative and end by encouraging it, must be wrong. For its whole aim is the production of active wisdom.” - A. N. Whitehead. - Quoted in C. Bingham, Men & Affairs, p.217. - INITIATIVE
EDUCATION: An end to the fascist school system!” - Source? L.C.?, n.d. – It is a communist one as well. – JZ, 17.11.10. – It is, essentially, a State socialist system and as such wrong and irrational for human beings. – JZ, 26.7.13.
EDUCATION: An inventor is simply a fellow who doesn't take his education too seriously.” - Charles Kettering – INVENTORS, INNOVATORS, REFORMERS, LIBERATORS, REVOLUTIONARIES
EDUCATION: And it is most undesirable to let government, while it is diffusing darkness, pretend it is busy with the enlightenment of the people. It is doing this now, by means of all sorts of pseudo-educational establishments which it controls: schools, high schools, universities, academies, and all kinds of committees and congresses...” - Tolstoy, on Civil Disobedience and Non-Violence, 142. - EDUCATION BY THE STATE?
EDUCATION: And potentialities mean not just skills, but the full range of the capacities for sensing, wondering, learning, understanding, loving, and aspiring. In this light, the ultimate goal of the educational system is to shift to the individual the burden of pursuing his own education.” - Quoted by Leonard E. Read, NOTES FROM FEE, 11/76. - However, this does not apply to the government's coercive and monopolised educational system. - JZ, 11.6.00.
EDUCATION: And why do political parties aspire to take over the direction of education? Because they know the saying of Leibnitz: "Make me the master of education, and I will undertake to change the world." Education by governmental power, then, is education by a political party, by a sect momentarily triumphant; it is education on behalf of one idea, of one system, to the exclusion of all others.” - Bastiat, in G. C. Roche III, Frederic Bastiat, A Man Alone, p.228. - By now public mis-education is largely in the hands trade-union organized teachers with a statist mentality, largely due to government training and payment of teachers, regardless of which party happens to be in power. All the parties in power are manned by statists, anyhow. If the curriculum were to change with each different party in power, then at least some intellectual stimulation would occur in schools, however unintentionally. - JZ, 29.5.00. - PARTIES & POLITICS, EDUCATION VS. MIS-EDUCATION BY GOVERNMENTS
EDUCATION: Another (interim) measure, a variant of the performance-contract system, is the 'voucher system'. Under this approach, money normally spent for public schools is distributed to parents with the proviso that they use it to send their children to a private school of their choice. Generally, a 'voucher' of about $ 800 per child is suggested. In this system, parents and children are able to select that school they think is best suited for their wants - and bad schools are forced out of business for lack of patronage. Some libertarians believe, however, that there is more harm than good in the voucher system, because it would invite state regulation and eliminate the small amount of freedom remaining to private schools today." Libertarian Yearbook, 1972, p.15. - This is what happened in the US in recent legislative proposals. Thus this proposal should be made in a way to eliminate this danger. But the tendency that whoever pays the piper calls the tune, will still indirectly apply in this voucher system. Parents will have the full influence only (or children will decide on the own education) when they themselves pay for it. Only then will the incentive to get the most for one's money be maximised. - JZ - VOUCHER SYSTEM
EDUCATION: Any education which aims at making human beings other than machines, in the long run makes them claim to have control over their own actions.” - John Stuart Mill, Representative Government. – FREEDOM OF ACTION, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, PANARCHISM, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY & SECESSIONISM
EDUCATION: Any self-education in any shape, in the most restricted sense, is preferable to a system of teaching which, professing so much, really does so little for the mind.” - Cardinal James Henry Newman, quoted in LIBERTARIAN OPTION, 1/75. - SELF-EDUCATION RATHER THAN TEACHING
EDUCATION: As a State-controlled enterprise (*) maintained by taxation, virtually a part of the civil service (like organized Christianity in England and in certain European countries) the system had become an association de propaganda fide for the extreme of a hidebound nationalism and of a superstitious servile reverence for a sacrosanct State …” - Albert Jay Nock, Memoirs of a Superfluous Man, Harper, 1943, p.263/264. – (*) A bureaucracy, rather than an enterprise! JZ – STATISM, TERRITORIALISM, NATIONALISMEDUCATION: As for raising the general level of intelligence, the sluicing-out of any amount of education on our citizenry would simply be pouring water on a duck's back.” - Albert Jay Nock, Memoirs of a Superfluous Man, Harper, 1943, p.261. - Teaching reading, writing and reckoning to children needs only 3 weeks to 3 months and the costs could be reduced to insignificance, e.g. with the Joseph Lancaster method. From there each child, on its own or guided by guardians, could take its further education wherever it liked and as far as it liked to take it, in accordance with its interests and abilities, at the own expense and initiative. With this step and the additional steps of a genuinely cultural revolution, involving optimal use of all alternative media as well, much more could be achieved than with the present costly, time- and manpower consuming official education system. Alas, anarchists and libertarians, even those mainly interested in educational options, have so far explored and utilized only a fraction of the freedom options in this sphere. - How much of our brain potential could we come to use, with or without chemical stimulants? We still do not know? - Moreover, even the worst kind of education provides a limited kind of brain stimulation which otherwise might not take place. Without sufficient brain stimulation the brain deteriorates, inside and outside of schools and universities. Have the official and private education systems done more harm than good in this respect? - Have proper comparisons been made? -JZ, 6.5.00. - INTELLIGENCE
EDUCATION: As practised now, is largely a waste of time, manpower and resources. – JZ, n.d.
EDUCATION: Assume that I am the ignorant one, the victim of communistic error, and that you rue my miserable plight. Merely have one fact in mind: At the human level, I alone am in control of such doors of perception as I possess. Your wisdom is admitted to my mind, if at all, on my say-so, not yours. The chances are that the more aggressively you try to displace my ignorance with your wisdom, the more airtight will by doors of perception be sealed against your "injections". Reverse the roles and see if you do not arrive at the same conclusion.” - Leonard E. Read, Let Freedom Reign, p.102.
EDUCATION: At the low cost at which educational texts could be provided e.g. on microfiche, floppy disks and CDs, everybody could afford even a higher education - to the extent that it can be transmitted and acquired by the written word. Add to this audio- and video tapes, free broadcasting and on-line options, and there are no longer educational limits except those imposed by the educational bureaucracy. - JZ, 14.10.87 & 25.5.00. - HIGHER EDUCATION, ACADEMIC KNOWLEDGE, UNIVERSITY EDUCATION, MICROFILMED LITERATURE
EDUCATION: Attendance of schools should be non-compulsory and be a parental responsibility.” - Workers Party, platform draft, 1975. - NO MORE COMPULSORY SCHOOLING
EDUCATION: Australia must now seriously question whether it should continue to spend a couple of thousand million dollars a year on an education system which appears to be turning out an increasing number of undisciplined, irresponsible, greedy, often nearly illiterate, lawless individuals, who don't give a tinker's damn for the country, their mates or anyone else.” - Prof. Harry Messell, in speech "Excellence in Education". - SCHOOLING JUDGED BY ITS RESULTS
EDUCATION: Back on Earth you were being strangled by the biggest, most inefficient, best-entrenched bureaucratic system in the history of the world. You were in public school, adrift within an education system that has itself lost any interest in the value of knowledge, of truth, or discipline, or self-evaluation. Like all big monopolies, it is more interested in perpetuating and protecting its own territory than in anything else. The men and women who emerge from the school system know less and less - and then wonder why they find themselves unemployable.” - Jerry Pournelle & Charles Sheffield, Higher Education, in the anthology FUTURE QUARTET (with Ben Bova & Frederik Pohl), p. 291. - TEACHERS, SCHOOLS, UNIVERSITIES
EDUCATION: Because adults take the schools so much for granted, they fail to appreciate what grim, joyless places most American schools are, how oppressive and petty are the rules by which they are governed, how intellectually sterile and ethically barren the atmosphere, what an appalling lack of civility obtains on the part of teachers and principals, what contempt they unconsciously display for children as children.” - Charles E. Silberman, Crisis in the Classroom. – One book title calls it “The Twelve Year Sentence. - SCHOOLS
EDUCATION: Bodily exercise, when compulsory does no harm to the body, but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.” - Plato, 428-348 BC, in The Republic. – Alas, popular errors, prejudices, false assumptions and conclusions, indoctrinated in schools and universities, hold their power over all too many minds. – JZ, 4.12.08. - KNOWLEDGE, COMPULSION
EDUCATION: Both the gifted and the backward bear the burden of an outmoded educational system.” - Clarke/Watts, in Playboy interview. - A BURDEN UPON ALL EXCEPT THE BUREAUCRATS
EDUCATION: bring the field of education into the marketplace.” - Nathaniel Branden, OBJECTIVIST NEWSLETTER, June 1963. - IN & ON THE MARKETPLACE:
EDUCATION: build men, ... intelligence, willingness to think, willingness to shoulder responsibility for their own mistakes, ... help them grow up.” - Mark Clifton, When They Come From Space, p.138.
EDUCATION: But education costs money; hence, he who does not have the money to pay for it has no right to it any more than he has a right to an automobile or a TV set, if he does not have the money to buy them.” - Marshall Bruce Evoy, LIBERTARIAN OPTION, 1/75. - Basic education can be ridiculously cheap, e.g. via broadcasting, microfiche, CDs and the Joseph Lancaster method. Higher education costs could be covered by personal credits. Almost all other things can be bought on credit, why not a worthwhile education, which will tend to increase one's future income? - JZ, 11.6.00.
EDUCATION: By affirming the legitimacy of tax-supported education, voters have attempted to transfer their responsibilities for the education of their children to another agency, the state. Yet at the same time, they affirm their own sovereignty over the content and structure of the educational system. That they have lost almost every battle in their war with tenured, state-supported educational bureaucrats, is the direct result of the public's abdication of personal responsibility, family by family, for the education of their children. The war was lost on the day that parents, as voters, decided to transfer the financial responsibilities of educating their on children to other members of the body politic.” - Gary North, THE FREEMAN, 5/76, p.264, in criticising even the voucher scheme. - THROUGH THE STATE?
EDUCATION: Ca. 1900, about 4% of the population of the U.S. had attended college. Circa 1970, it was 40%.” - Hugh Kenner. The Pound Era. - Now, if this were REAL education ... - JZ, 26.7.92.
EDUCATION: children ... forced to attend local slave schools or else 'private' schools which 'meet State standards'.” - Rayo, in VONULIFE 9. - EDUCATION VS. SCHOOLING
EDUCATION: Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves.” - Ernst Dimnet, The Art of Thinking, 1928, 2.5. - CHILDREN
EDUCATION: Children should be convinced, not compelled.” – T. Charlest Sprading, Freedom and its Fundamentals, p. 92. - EDUCATION WITHOUT COMPULSION
EDUCATION: Classical education should not only have introduced Greek and Latin writings but also the literature of Judaism & Christianity, that of the "heretics" and disbelievers as well, and that of India and China, at least, all in good translations, with selections up to the students rather than a prescribed curriculum. - JZ, 1.5.00. - CLASSICAL EDUCATION
EDUCATION: collectivists ... for twenty years have propagated the idea that a consideration of education in terms of personal financial rewards is morally wrong and ... imposed levels of taxation on companies and individuals that remove their ability to make their own choices.” – Dr. Rhodes Boyson, Goodbye to Nationalisation, p.60.
EDUCATION: Compulsory mis-education is not "free" as the corresponding taxation amounts to a high fee. - JZ, 13.8.75, after a suggestion by D.Z. - FREE & COMPULSORY
EDUCATION: compulsory mis-education' which tends to turn students into carbon copies of so-called teachers." - Leonard E. Read, Who's Listening?" p.134. – SCHOOLING, TEACHERS
EDUCATION: Compulsory school attendance, finance and curriculum are by themselves already a kind of fascist schooling. - JZ, n.d.. – When we allow territorial governments to mess up the education of our children and to tax or to conscript them for their wars, then what else can be expect from such governments? – JZ, 4.12.08 - FASCISM, NATIONAL SOCIALISM, NAZIS
EDUCATION: Compulsory schooling is the moral equivalent of compulsory brainwashing.” - Eric Lindsay, GIRL'S OWN FANZINE, 3. - AS BRAINWASHING
EDUCATION: concentration camps called Schools,” … T. H. White, The Book of Merlyn, p.35. - EDUCATION VS. SCHOOLING
EDUCATION: Continuing education" is a misnomer because it assumes that in a State controlled system a genuine education has already begun and has achieved what may be rightly called an education. - JZ, 20.11.92. - Moreover, continuing education of adults by the same people and methods that messed up the first part, the compulsory primary and the secondary part of governmental "education", is bound to bring worse results than voluntary education, self-selected and self-run, under free market conditions. Perhaps essentially no more is involved than an employment scheme for underemployed or unemployed and, possibly, least capable teachers, removed even from the government school system. - If school pupils and students have not learned in 8-20 years of governmentally run or guided education that their education is not finished with their final examinations, and if it does not motivate them to try to learn ever more, for the rest of their lives, then this, on its own, does already indicate a major flaw in the government's education system. - JZ, 23.5.00. - CONTINUING EDUCATION
EDUCATION: contrary to public opinion, mass education was already an accomplished fact many decades before that monopoly finally became established.” - R. W. Grant, The Case Against Public Education, SIL leaflet. - MASS EDUCATION WITHOUT COMPULSION
EDUCATION: Cuis regio, eius religio: The subjects are to follow the religion of the ruler. Now we have public schools compulsorily covering national or State territories - and educationism is the modern religion. - JZ, 25.7.77. – What is mainly taught is the modern religion of territorial statism. – JZ, 27.2.13. - INTOLERANCE IN EDUCATION & RELIGION
EDUCATION: data indicate that no known changes in school inputs - teacher salaries, more expensive facilities, bigger school libraries - are likely to have any significant effect on student output.” - Gary North, THE FREEMAN, 2/75, p.83. - EDUCATION VS. SCHOOLING
EDUCATION: De-collectivise education.” - William F. O'Neill, summing up Ayn Rand in "Ayn Rand's Philosophy", p.220. – COLLECTIVISM, COMPULSORY & STATE CONTROLLED EDUCATION
EDUCATION: Denationalise schooling! – Free after Milton Friedman, Capitalism and Freedom. - Denationalise the education industry.” – Free after Milton Friedman, Capitalism and Freedom. - PRIVATISATION, DENATIONALIZATION
EDUCATION: Did You Know: Today, inflation adjusted spending on education has increased by 225% since 1960, while SAT scores have dropped by 80 points. The US Census Bureau reports that 29 percent of the combined state and local government expenditures in the 1991 fiscal year went to education, a nine percent increase over 1990. Secrets of the Sentient Did You Know: The Hearst Corporation conducted a poll revealing that 45% of those asked believed that the Marxist slogan, "from each according to his ability, to each according to his need," is part of the US Constitution, and that 59% could not correctly identify the Bill of Rights as the first ten amendments to that Constitution.” - SECRETS OF THE SENTIENT.
EDUCATION: Diplomas are common and education rare.” - Otto J. Scott, CHALCEDON REPORT No. 212, 1983. – CERTIFICATIONS, TEACHERS, LECTURERS, PROFESSORS, ACADEMICS, PROFESSIONALS, SCHOOLS, UNIVERSITIES
EDUCATION: Do taxes get us better education?” - George Hardy, The Doom of the Welfare Society, p.36. – FINANCE, Q.
EDUCATION: Does a father grade his children? Does he mark them low and high, passing and failing? They are his to teach and love alike. And if teachers lack the color of speech or the power of persuasion to entertain the interests of the young, perhaps they should seek for other fields of work instead of holding school over a heard of uneasy scholars, and leave teaching to those who feel the calling and have the cordiality of the teaching mind.” - D. Runes, A Dictionary of Thought, p.49. - Love of learning is much more likely to come from parents rather than from teachers - who are and largely remain unloved strangers to children and youths. - JZ, 26.7.92. - EXAMINATIONS, TEACHERS & PARENTS
EDUCATION: Does one need to know anything more than the twenty-four letters in order to learn everything else that one wishes? - Stone, the Duke of Argyle's gardener, Smiles, Self-help, p.413. - I always thought that there were 26 in the alphabet. - Joseph Lancaster's monitor system permitted one teacher to teach 1,000 slum kids reading, writing and reckoning in as little as 3 weeks to 3 months. - Anybody can take it from there to wherever he wants to go, by his own efforts. - JZ, 11.6.00. - BASIC EDUCATION
EDUCATION: Does the government have to provide clothing for its people? Of course not. Then why education? How about streets, roads and other 'public services'? - Walter Grinder, Books for Libertarians, 4/73. – EDUCATION VS. FREE EDUCATION. - Q., STATISM
EDUCATION: Don't confuse those years at school with education.” - Headline of article by Lyndsay Connors in THE NATIONAL TIMES, Oct. 23-28, 1972. - SCHOOLING DOES NOT PROVIDE IT
EDUCATION: Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy.” - Robert Heinlein. – CHILDREN, SPOILING THEM
EDUCATION: Drawn on the top of a student's desk, which is, in reality, the prison cell of the captive inmate of the educational institution, was the sketch of a tombstone on the face of which a student had written: "In memory of all those who have died waiting for the bell." - John Singleton with Bob Howard, Rip Van Australia, p.13, quoting Thomas Johnson: The Foundation of Freedom, "REASON", April 71. - BOREDOM RATHER THAN STIMULATION IN COMPULSORY SCHOOLS
EDUCATION: Economic, political, religious and moral real knowledge can't be officially taught. Only the officially certified consensus on such subject can be taught in this way - and it is all too far removed from the truths on such subjects. An official education is as absurd as is an official religion and an official science. - JZ, 30.12.96 & 21.5.00.
EDUCATION: Educated is he who knows where to find what he does not know.” - Georg Simmel. (Gebildet ist, wer weiss, wo er finded, was er nicht weiss.)
EDUCATION: Educated is he who solves problems reasonably.” - Steinbuch. - By now we should have compiled a log or archive of all reasonable solutions - and have made it accessible to all. - JZ, 25.5.00. – The unstated assumption is that there are only problems that can already be solved by individuals studying them and then solving them on their own. But there are many solutions that require many like-minded participants. One person cannot do more than advocate, if he is free to do so, e.g. freedom of press, free migration, individual secessionism, individual sovereignty, and xyz other libertarian proposals and projects. – JZ, 4.12.08. - IDEAS ARCHIVE, LIBERTARIAN ENCYCLOPEDIA & LIBRARY, COMPLETE LIBERTARIAN PUBLISHING, USING AFFORDABLE ALTERNATIVE MEDIA, REASON
EDUCATION: Educated men are as much superior to uneducated men as the living are to the dead.” - Aristotle, quoted by Diogenes Laertius. - GENUINE
EDUCATION: Education – compulsory schooling, compulsory learning – is a tyranny and a crime against the human mind and spirit. Let all those escape it who can, any way they can.” – John Holt. - See also the book: Dr. Walter Borgius, Berlin, "Die Schule - ein Frevel an der Jugend" (“The School, a Crime against Youth"), in 1930 & 1980 published by my father and later micro-fiched by me in PEACE PLANS No. 331. Alas, it has not yet been translated. I also offer it as an email attachment of 450 KB zipped, 1124 KB in WORD, until it, too, appears online or on a CD. Under present conditions even such an important book can remain largely unnoticed in Germany and in the rest of the world, for 76 years! - JZ, 23. 11. 06. - A review of this book is at http://regenbogen.kraetzae.de/ausgaben/21/frevel - COMPULSORY SCHOOLING, COMPULSORY LEARNING, COMPULSORY CURRICULAE & COMPULSORY EXAMINATION SCHEMES,FREE & COMPULSORY?
EDUCATION: Education – compulsory schooling, compulsory learning – is a tyranny and a crime against the human mind and spirit. Let all those escape it who can, any way they can. – John Holt - FREE & COMPULSORY?
EDUCATION: Education and intelligence are not synonymous.” - Charles Heath, The Golden Egg, p.49. - INTELLIGENCE
EDUCATION: Education and welfare are rapidly coming to be viewed as the "right" of every person. But just as the right to life does not mean someone has to provide us with food, water and shelter, and the right to property does not mean that someone has to provide us with land, a house, car, TV set and so on, so the right to education does not mean that someone has to provide us with a school, books, teachers and living allowance.” - R. A. Howard, FREE ENTERPRISE, 4/75. - EDUCATION NOT A RIGHT, RATHER A PERSONAL DUTY OR OBLIGATION, SELF-RESPONSIBILITY
EDUCATION: Education as a matter of competitive service by teachers, lecturers, writers etc., attracting and encouraging individuals to studies and also a matter of sovereign consumer choice by individuals wanting to be educated, would be likely to bring the best results. - JZ, 1.5.00, 5.5.00.
EDUCATION: Education bewildered me with knowledge and facts in which I was only mildly interested.” - Charles Chaplin, My Autobiography, 1964.
EDUCATION: Education by Choice.” A new group mentioned in INFORM, May 79. – CHOICE & FREEDOM
EDUCATION: Education by the state is not just, it is not free and most of all, it is not in the interests of those being educated ... it serves the purposes of the state only. That is their justification, ultimately, for the imposition of their coercive educational institutions.” - Greg Lindsay, FREE ENTERPRISE, 4/75. In short, it is not education but mis-education. JZ, 30.10.76. – EDUCATION BY THE STATE?
EDUCATION: Education can train, but not create, intelligence.” - Edward McChesney Sait. – When government-run it can and also does mislead most minds when it comes to the social sciences, which are then almost always taught with a statist bias. – JZ, 26.7.13. – INTELLIGENCE, STATISM
EDUCATION: Education cannot function when the consumers of education do not buy it, the sellers do not sell it and the owners of educational facilities do not control them. No business could operate well under such restrictions. – JZ, n.d. - TO BE BOUGHT ONLY BY FREE CONSUMERS
EDUCATION: Education comes from within; it is a man's own doing, or rather it happens to him - sometimes because of the teaching he has had, sometimes in spite of it.” - The Free Man's Almanac. - EDUCATION IS SELF-EDUCATION
EDUCATION: Education consists mainly in what we have unlearned.” - Mark Twain, Notebook, 1935. - SCHOOLS
EDUCATION: Education follows its own way, independent of schools.” - Leo Tolstoy, On Popular Education. - EDUCATION VS. SCHOOLING
EDUCATION: education for personal responsibility ... too often is neglected.” - Eleanor Roosevelt: Let Us Have Faith in Democracy, LAND POLICY REVIEW, Department of Agriculture, Jan. 1942. – Territorial political leadership can only offer a pretense of personal responsibility. – JZ, 4.12.08. - PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY
EDUCATION: Education has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.” - George M. Trevelyan, English Social History, 1944. - Rather: Compulsory mis-education has … - JZ, 21.6.92. - Also in his: History of England, 1926. - Consequently, the market is flooded with garbage literature, widely read, which can thus pay for the high costs of conventional publishing. – JZ, n.d. - READING, LITERACY, JUDGMENT, UNDERSTANDING, COMPREHENSION, COMPULSORY MIS-EDUCATION, SCHOOLS, READING MATTER
EDUCATION: Education in its finest sense can only be the product of self-seeking; the initiative has to be with the individual and the accompanying expansion of the faculties - every step personally taken and, thus, earned. This is the drawing forth or eductive process, each turning his own eye to such lights as he can discover. Actually, the educated man - a finished product - has never existed; there is, at best, only the educable man!” (*) – Leonard E. Read, Then Truth Will Out, p.85. - (*) - who seriously tries to educate himself to the best of his ability. - JZ, 4.8.87. - A SELF-RESPONSIBILITY
EDUCATION: Education in school has provided many tools of thought and some guides to action. It has led the student to recognize certain basic principles. To say at this point: That is it; I am educated", is merely another way of saying: ‘I have stopped learning.’" - THE FREEMAN, 5/75, 304, reproducing from MONTHLY LETTER, The Royal Bank of Canada, Dec. 74. – EDUCATION, AN ENDLESS PROCESS THAT SHOULD NEITHER BEGIN NOR END IN GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS
EDUCATION: Education in the hands of politicians and bureaucrats is a very bad joke.” - JZ, 7.12.93.
EDUCATION: Education is a method by which one acquires a higher grade of prejudices.” - Laurence J. Peter. - An encyclopaedia of the best refutations could do much to counter-act the influence of official mis-education. - JZ, 3.7.00. - PREJUDICES
EDUCATION: Education is a pre-condition for any meaningful increase in freedom.” - Ron Manners. - But State education is the major obstacle. - JZ, 11.6.00.
EDUCATION: Education is a voluntary taking of ideas freely offered by others, not a police process of stuffing information into a captive audience.” - Leonard E. Read, THE FREEMAN, 2/75. – VOLUNTARY EDUCATION
EDUCATION: Education is a weapon, whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.” – Joseph Stalin. - Also whether it is genuine education or genuine mis-education. - JZ, 23. 11. 06. - BY GOVERNMENTS. PROPAGANDA, CONDITIONING
EDUCATION: Education is altogether too important a thing, being the development of the individual, for government to have anything to do with it.” - Charles R. LaDow, - THE FREEMAN, 2/75. - GOVERNMENT
EDUCATION: education is driven by the syllabus, not by our enthusiasms.) The mid-term, the final, the grade, the credits, the diploma - somehow your spark of intellectual excitement gets lost in the shuffle.” - Ronald Gross, The Independent Scholar's Handbook, p.6. - Formal education is driven by the formal and prescribed syllabus, not by our enthusiasms. Informal education could be driven by our enthusiasms, not being interfered with but, rather, supported by an informal syllabus for all educational facilities and events in a large city. - JZ, 21.6.89. - Nor need certification of degrees of competence be monopolized. It can be supplied by competing services, which will also tend to become graded in this competition. - JZ, 24.5.00. - FORMAL & INFORMAL, ENTHUSIASM & PRIVATE INTERESTS VS. COMPULSION
EDUCATION: Education is exceedingly important - and one of its most important parts is the recognition that it's never complete.” - Joe Martino, The Iceworm Special, 131 of ANALOG, July 20, 81.
EDUCATION: Education is helping the child realize his potentialities.” - Erich Fromm. - Government education does all too little of that & often it does, probably, demolish that potential. One of my sons was turned off reading much, for pleasure and information, through the compulsion at school to read and comment upon poetry, which he utterly disliked. That kind of mis-education turned him into a drop-out. Then he began a long process of self-education and training and gradually learned to appreciate some books in his spheres of interest. - JZ, 11.6.00. – Are present schools really doing this or, rather, largely preventing this? – JZ, 4.12.08. - CHILDREN & THEIR POTENTIALITIES, GROWTH, DEVELOPMENT, MATURITY
EDUCATION: Education is no substitute for intelligence. That elusive quality is defined only in part by puzzle-solving ability. It is in the creation of new puzzles, reflecting what your senses report, that you round out the definition.” - Frank Herbert, Chapterhouse Dune, p.105. - Without judgment, moral sense and creative ability neither education nor intelligence are of great value. We have had and still have all too many educated barbarians and intelligent crooks. - JZ, 11.6.92 & 28.5.00. - INTELLIGENCE
EDUCATION: education is not a 'natural right' of man. There are no such free gifts.” - Nathaniel Branden, Intellectual Ammunition Department. - THE OBJECTIVIST NEWSLETTER, JUNE 63. - There exists only a right to acquire an education, through one's own efforts and expense in hiring educational aids and or teachers. - JZ, 11.6.00. - NOT A RIGHT
EDUCATION: Education is Not a Free Birth Right!” - Marshall Bruce Evoy, LIBERTARIAN OPTION, 1/75. - Education is Not a Free Birthright.” - Terry Hill, Toronto, 1966 speech. (OPTION, vol. III, No.1.) - NOT A RIGHT
EDUCATION: education is not neutral ... education cannot be neutral ...” - Gary North, THE FREEMAN, 5/76. - NOT NEUTRAL OR VALUE-FREE
EDUCATION: Education is the ability to distinguish the essential from the unessential and to take the former seriously.” - de Lagarde. - ESSENTIALS, INESSENTIALS, IMPORTANCE, SIGNIFICANCE, JUDGMENT, WISDOM
EDUCATION: Education is the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.” – From an email advertisement. Source not noted down. – JZ - RED., DOUBT
EDUCATION: Education is the process of driving a set of prejudices down your throat.” - Martin H. Fisher, 1879 - ? - What is true of much of governmental education is not necessarily true for all other kinds of education. Moreover, popular prejudices have never been properly listed and confronted with their best refutations, in an encyclopedic and ever growing effort. On alternative media such an encyclopedia could be portable and could be taken along to all public discussions. - JZ, 23.5.00. - PREJUDICES
EDUCATION: Education is the pursuit of knowledge that pays off in the enjoyment of it; if it does not yield that kind of profit, you quit the pursuit, and you keep at it only in proportion to returns.” - Frank Chodorov, Fugitive Essays, p 226, on the educational theory of Albert Jay Nock. - THE SELF-RESPONSIBLE PURSUIT OF KNOWLEDGE
EDUCATION: Education is the voluntary taking of ideas freely taken by others, not a police process of stuffing information into a captive audience.” - L. E. Read, The Love of Liberty, p.98. - EDUCATION REQUIRES VOLUNTARISM
EDUCATION: Education is what you have left when you forget what you learnt at school.” - Bob Howard, 10/72. - EDUCATION VS. SCHOOLING
EDUCATION: Education makes a greater difference between man and man than nature has made between man and brute.” - John Adams, letter to Abigail Adams, Oct. 29, 1776.
EDUCATION: Education makes free! … from delusions.” - Charles Tschopp. - The right kind of knowledge can liberate us. - 29.5.00. – Governmentally controlled schools are, largely, indoctrination centers, handy tools for any authoritarian to totalitarian regime. – Are there any statist prejudices that are NOT spread in the schools and universities? - JZ, 4.12.08. - ILLUSIONS, PREJUDICES, ERRORS, MYTHSEDUCATION: Education may not commonly be thought of as a marketable commodity like soybeans or television sets, but it nevertheless is. Constructing facilities and paying teachers requires scarce resources that could be allocated to provide other goods or services. If these resources go to education, they are not available elsewhere. In this respect, education is an economic good very similar to soybeans and TVs.” - Robert Love, in The Free Man's Almanac. – EDUCATION AS A MARKETABLE COMMODITY OR SERVICE
EDUCATION: Education must be a major instrument in the development of a just world.” - Everett Reimer, School Is Dead, 99. - How much is correctly taught in schools about justice, rights, liberties, natural law, if anything? - JZ, 11.6.00. – JUSTICE, ETHICS, MORALITY, KNOWLEDGE & APPRECIATION OF GENUINE INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES
EDUCATION: Education never helped morals. The smarter the guy the bigger the rascal.” - Will Rogers. - Compare the education of the ancient Persians. They were trained in arms and by discussion of ethical cases. Modern schools teach very little, if anything, about most individual rights and liberties. - JZ, 29.7.92, 31.5.00. – What applies to governmental or government-controlled “education” does not apply to genuine education or enlightenment, which would include genuine moral development and education as well. – JZ, 18.10.07. – All individual rights and liberties are not part of any school curriculum, as far as I know. Are they sufficiently discussed in any university? – JZ, 1.12.08. – To my knowledge, no genuine enlightenment on ethics, based on all individual rights and liberties, is so far offered in any school or university. Please, do prove me wrong. – JZ, 26.7.13. - MORALITY, ETHICS, KNOWLEDGE OF ALL INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, INTELLIGENCE
EDUCATION: Education now: Doing things for the examiner, not for yourself. – D.Z. – EXAMINATIONS, CERTIFICATION SYSTEM
EDUCATION: Education of the people by the state' is altogether objectionable." - Karl Marx, 1875. – Quoted by Gian Piero de Bellis in his Beyond liberalism and antiliberalism. – Facebook, 18.9.12. - BY THE STATE
EDUCATION: Education ought to bring man to himself, not to society...” - John Carroll. – Why not both? – Economic freedom, free political and social institutions, developing sufficiently knowledge and appreciation of individual rights and liberties are not only tasks for individuals but for much of the whole of free societies and they are the basic moral rules for free societies. -JZ, 4.12.08. - FOR ONESELF ONLY/, NOT FOR SOCIETY?
EDUCATION: Education rears disciples, imitators, and routinists, not pioneers of new ideas and creative geniuses. The schools are not nurseries of progress and improvement, but conservatories of tradition and unvarying modes of thought.” - Ludwig von Mises. – It does not even preserve and teach the best of the tradition but rather the worst, e.g. the territorialist and the central banking tradition and that of Warfare States! – JZ, 1.12.08.
EDUCATION: education removed from the hands of politicians, …” - Tibor Machan, Liberty & Culture, p.265. - One should add: "and bureaucrats". Already years ago, in two of the largest education departments of the world, those of California and N.S.W., the administering teachers outnumbered the teaching teachers. - With the Joseph Lancaster system one teacher could teach 1,000 kids at a time, at least the basics, much faster than they are taught now in class rooms. On the Internet and e.g. with interactive CD-ROMs, the best teachers in the world could teach millions to hundreds of millions of people at a time. - And this could be done at a tiny fraction of the present costs per pupil and in accordance with the pupil's speed and special interests. - JZ, 23.5.00. – Not to speak of correspondence schools and the xyz computer options for quite individualized education. – JZ, 5.12.08.
EDUCATION: Education requires diligence, hard work, and human sensibility. Attempts to design programs that will meet the needs of all schools in all places are destined to achieve, at the very best, only modest success. Good education is not created by government bureaucracies any more than great art is created by a committee. - Government can pay for education (*), government can give it structure and overarching purpose (**), but if education is subjected to the tender mercies of bureaucracies, it will wither and die.” - Denis P. Doyle and Terry W. Hartle, JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY STUDIES. - Quoted in some issue of ANALOG. - (*) Governments do not pay for education. Involuntary taxpayers do, and some charities and foundations. - (**) Two more conditions which would permit governments to completely mess up education! - JZ, 24.5.00.
EDUCATION: Education requires precisely the kind of diversity that state-run educational systems cannot provide. It must be something provided by free men and women to other free men and women voluntarily, with value for value instead of with guns and at gunpoint.” - Tibor Machan, Liberty and Culture, p.247. - Are knives and guns as often used within voluntary education as they are now used within compulsory education systems? - The burning of libraries by pupils is much rarer than that of compulsory schools, precisely because attendance at libraries is not compulsory. If children are enslaved, supposedly for their own good, one must expect some destructive and murderous slave rebellions. - JZ, 23.5.00. – Juvenile delinquency is largest among those still subjected to compulsory schooling. – JZ, 17.11.10. - STATE & DIVERSITY
EDUCATION: Education run by the State must be less than what education could otherwise amount to. This is because education requires full attention and care, not the half-way dedication that political projects are blessed with.” - Tibor Machan, Liberty and Culture, p.246. - EDUCATION BY THE STATE?
EDUCATION: Education should be free (of government interference, NOT free of cost) and returned to private enterprise.” - E. J. Dugdale, in PROGRESS, 12/75. - FREEDOM IN EDUCATION VS. FREE EDUCATION
EDUCATION: Education should be liberated from the control of intervention of government, and turned over to profit-making private enterprise, not because education is unimportant, but because education is so crucially important.” - Nathaniel Branden, OBJECTIVIST NEWSLETTER, June 1963. - WITHOUT GOVERNMENT INTERVENTIONISM
EDUCATION: Education should not be separated from work and the rest of life, but integrated with them.” - Everett Reimer, School is Dead, p.89. - WORK & LIFE
EDUCATION: education should not be used to freeze minds into stultified obedience to public or other authority; ...” - Silvert, Man's Power, p.93. - OBEDIENCE TO AUTHORITIES
EDUCATION: Education teaches how much there is to learn, and the most perfect educated man is one who knows how dreadfully ignorant he is.” - Ernest Benn, Producer vs. Consumer, p. 5. – Also in his: Honest Doubt, p.160. - KNOWLEDGE & IGNORANCE
EDUCATION: Education versus Entertainment,” chapter heading by L. E. Read in Who's Listening? p.146. – EDUCATION VS. ENTERTAINMENT
EDUCATION: Education via picture books and illustrated papers, TV and video clips, poetry and songs, election campaigns and electioneering slogans and popular journalism do mostly support popular prejudices, errors and myths and thus mislead rather than lead to enlightenment. - JZ, 10.4.97. – ENLIGHTENMENT, PROPAGANDA
EDUCATION: Education will not fairly have commenced until each child has its own little INDIVIDUAL sphere of personality, property, of time and responsibilities, over which he or she has supreme or sovereign control, disintegrated from the control of its parents (except as counsellors), who, by a watchful regard to its legitimate sovereignty within its own little sphere, teaches it, by example, to respect the same rights in its parents and all others. It is only within these conditions that the child begins to be prepared for successful future life.” - Josiah Warren, True Civilization, p. 172/3, point 523.
EDUCATION: Education, being a process of individualisation, diversification and specialisation, not of indoctrination, why should it begin with a school uniform? - JZ, 3.2.76.
EDUCATION: Education, like love and philosophy and creativity, is too sensitive a flower to bloom under compulsion. - JZ, 31.8.81. - VOLUNTARY VS. COMPULSORY EDUCATION
EDUCATION: education, which deforms the brains of our children.” - Jean Grave, Anarchy, Its Goals, Its Means, 1899. - CHILDREN
EDUCATION: Education, which was first made universal in order that all might be able to read and write (*), has been found capable of serving quite other purposes. By instilling nonsense it unifies populations and generates collective enthusiasm. - Bertrand Russell, An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish, Unpopular Essays, 1950. - (*) Actually, in some cases only after 90% literacy had already been achieved by voluntary means. - JZ, 23.5.00. – NATIONALISM, COLLECTIVISM, PREJUDICES, STATISM
EDUCATION: Education; how shall the wisdom of the world be distributed?” - Ralph Borsodi, in: - Loomis, Mildred, ed.: Moving into the Frontlines of Social Change, p.54. - Wrong question! Education is not a matter of mere distribution but of opening minds so that they search for truths themselves and become able to distinguish them from lies. It cannot be provided by pouring it through a "Nuremberg Funnel" into every head. The second wrong assumption in this statement is that the wisdom of the world is already sufficiently assembled somewhere and merely needs to be either systematically spread or made accessible to anyone interested. But we haven't even a world library yet. Not even a comprehensive libertarian library or comprehensive libertarian encyclopedia or libertarian ideas and project collection or even libertarian directory, bibliography, abstracts and review compilation, far less a comprehensive index to all freedom writings. Even libertarian bookshops are few and far-in between. - JZ, 31.1.02, 26.7.13. - WISDOM
EDUCATION: Education: ... hampered free choice in an area where freedom of choice is vital.” - Charles M. Hepburn, THE FREEMAN, 3/76. - EDUCATION REQUIRES FREE CHOICE
EDUCATION: Education: A succession of eye-openers, each involving the repudiation of some previously held belief.” - G. B. Shaw. – Genuine education: Yes. – School education: No! – JZ, 4.12.08.
EDUCATION: Education: Largely a matter of choosing one's company and listening.” - Anonymous. – Including the “company” of printed matter and all kinds of other media offers! – JZ, 4.12.08. -INDIVIDUALIZED EDUCATION
EDUCATION: Education: most desirable thing on which people must not spend their own money but on which too much of other people's money can never be spent.” - Ralph Harris, quoted in GOOD GOVERNMENT, Dec. 72. - JOKES
EDUCATION: Education: What you must acquire without any interference from your schooling.” - Mark Twain. - OUTSIDE OF SCHOOLS
EDUCATION: Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.” - Malcolm S. Forbes. - What is true for genuine education is not necessarily true for State education or State controlled education. This, all too often, amounts to replacing open minds of children with closed minds to everything but statist prejudices and trivial concerns. - JZ, 22.11.02.
EDUCATION: Educationism. - Term used by Clarence B. Carson, THE FREEMAN, April 79.
EDUCATION: Educators know, or are expected to know, writes Dr. Herbert Lowry, ‘how vital colleges and universities are in giving leading ideas to ... national life - all down the line. They know that education is eventually a kind of dynamite.’ Which exploded in our day, in various parts of the world, in socialism, fascism, and communism.’ - Dr. I. L. Kandel has conceded the lamentable truth that ‘education is the most Fascist aspect of the Fascist Revolution, the most Communist feature of the Communist Revolution, and the most Nazi expression of the National Socialist Revolution.’ The correlation, in other words, doesn't automatically hold. It is not safe to say: ‘Knowledge is wisdom’. In terms of sheer knowledge, sheer book learning, Lenin and Trotsky had few peers. Yet it would greatly have relieved the world had their teachers refrained from cultivating the minds, and hence the powers, of these men.” - William F. Buckley, Jr., Rumbles Left and Right, p.132. - STATISM
EDUCATION: Educators such as John Holt, A. S. Neill, George Denison, and many others have seen and reported that it is discipline and order, not education, to which teachers devote most of their energy. The destruction of curiosity and initiative is the result.” - Rod Manis, in OUTSIDE LOOKING IN, p.430. - VS. DISCIPLINE & ORDER UNDER COMPULSION
EDUCATION: Equality of Opportunity’ is the cry used to condemn all our children to years of slavery. And we have the hide to wonder why they burn the schools down, rebel, drop-out, smoke pot, answer back, leave home, are unhappy, lazy and dissatisfied. We have taught them that no-one considers them. They have learned that at least, and have responded in kind.” - R. A. Howard, FREE ENTERPRISE, 4/76. - OPPORTUNITY
EDUCATION: Even in my day, education had begun decreasing in importance in the school system. Today, education has no place at all in the American classroom.” - Karl Hess, in PLAYBOY interview, 7/76. - SCHOOLS
EDUCATION: Even more demoralising, perhaps, has been the increase in statist control of the schools, control which deprives parents of both the means and the feeling of responsibility for educating their own offspring.” - V. Orval Watts, THE FREEMAN, August, year? (p. 482). - EDUCATION UNDER STATIST CONTROL
EDUCATION: Every human being has the right to develop, at his own expense, all his faculties which do not endanger the human rights of others and, furthermore, the duty to acquire a certain minimum education. The absolute minimum education gives knowledge of and respect for the individual rights and liberties of others. - From human rights drafts in Peace Plans 4, with some later amendments. - SELF-DEVELOPMENT
EDUCATION: Every individual is born with the right to the OPPORTUNITY to seek his education, but this does not give him the moral right to force from others the MEANS OF IMPLEMENTING THAT OPPORTUNITY, nor a moral right (even if he has the objective prerequisites) to force a teacher to teach him, since a teacher has also rights.” - Marshall Bruce Evoy, LIBERTARIAN OPTION, 1/75. - FINANCE
EDUCATION: Every person has two educations, one which he receives from others, one, more important, which he gives to himself.” - Gibbon. - SELF-EDUCATION
EDUCATION: every politically controlled educational system will inculcate the doctrine of state supremacy sooner or later, whether as the divine right of kings or the "will of the people" in "democracy". Once that doctrine has been accepted, it becomes an almost super-human task to break the stranglehold of the political power over the life of the citizen. It has had his body, property, and mind in its clutches from infancy. An octopus would sooner release its prey. ...” - Isabel Paterson, The God of the Machine, N.Y., 1943, p. 257/58. - DIMINISHED BY POLITICAL CONTROLS, STATISM
EDUCATION: Every training and education should be paid for either by the recipient or by his voluntary supporters, through their subscription, insurance or credit arrangements. If they do not achieve sufficient productivity to enable them to support themselves and pay their debts, then they should not be subsidized out of compulsory taxes, unless this is done by the own members of their voluntary communities. - JZ, 10.9.98, 21.5.00.
EDUCATION: Feed a man a fish today, and he is hungry tomorrow. But teaching a man to fish won't help much if he lives in a country where the government takes it away from him or regulates fishing so much as to make it impossible.” - Diogenes of Panarchia, THE CONNECTION 129, p.6 of 28.7.85. - We do not so much need more education or help but freedom to creatively apply, at our own risk, whatever knowledge we do already have or imagine to have, to our own advantage, without having to share the results, by law or custom, with others. Individual responsibility under individual freedom. That's the ticket. - Under this condition knowledge and wealth are likely to increase fast. - To convey most of the knowledge of e.g. intermediate technology in form of a comprehensive and compact library, on microfiche, costs only a few thousand dollars. Online and on CD-ROMs it could be even cheaper. But knowledge is no good unless it can be freely and self-responsibly applied. - JZ, 27.6.89 & 24.5.00. - FREEDOM, KNOWLEDGE OF FREEDOM & FOREIGN AID & DEVELOPMENT, SELF-HELP, INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY
EDUCATION: Few people are patient and interested enough to learn only from one other individual. To advance further, they need a whole learning environment and mostly they do experience only an environment of rationalised prejudices and contradictions or unrelated facts.” - JZ, 13.12.83, - 3.7.87. - Especially in government schools! - My main teacher in high school spouted protectionist nonsense which even some class-mates and I were already able to refute. - JZ, 11.6.00.
EDUCATION: For anyone interested in the dignity of human life, the progress and development of the individual in a free society, the choice between parental control and state control over the children should be easy to make.” - Murray N. Rothbard, Education, Free & Compulsory, p. 12. - PARENTAL VS STATE CONTROL
EDUCATION: For those of us who value freedom for its own sake, compulsory education is not defensible.” - Chuck Hamilton, LAISSEZ FAIRE REVIEW, May, June, 1974. - NON-COMPULSORY
EDUCATION: For those people who pay for private schooling, taxes for education are a double payment, and for those with no children, an unnecessary expense. They are told that they must still pay for the education of others because an educated society benefits all – even when the government schools fail to educate students.” - Ken Schoolland, The Adventure of Jonathan Gullible, Leap Publishing, Cape Town, with Commentaries by Ken Schoolland and Janette Eldridge, 1981 ff, 2004 ed., www.jonathangullible.com email@example.com p.114/15.
EDUCATION: For twelve years and more, public schools are given the freedom in this country to pummel away at the liberty of American children, to pounce on their every display of independent thought, every trace of a sound value system, every concern with their own sovereignty, of their own rights.” - LIBERTARIAN REVIEW, 3/78, p.5. - THE 12 YEAR SENTENCE
EDUCATION: For twelve years and more, the butchers of the classroom are given virtually totalitarian powers over the minds and lives of children.” - LIBERTARIAN REVIEW, 3/78, p.5. – One should not malign even a devil. As far as I know, most public schools do not send their victims to the gas chambers or otherwise mass murder them. Admittedly, they indoctrinate them for the participation in the wars between territorial warfare States. But under the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia everyone even with primary education was often paying for it with his or her life, to these “freedom fighters” and “liberators”. – In other words, there are worse “butchers” than schools and teachers. - SCHOOLING
EDUCATION: Free education - Compulsory indoctrination in government schools.” - Dave Wilber, Fool's Gold Is Green, Awake America, 1982, p.24. - Or in private schools under government regulation, controls and subsidies. - JZ, 1.5.00, 5.12.08.
EDUCATION: Free education is purchased from revenues from regressive property taxes, sales taxes, and from many other taxes that the poor are not able to avoid.” – E. G. West, The Perils of Public Education, THE FREEMAN, 11/77, 693. - EDUCATION VS. FREE EDUCATION
EDUCATION: Freedom for Learning.” - Hal Jindrich, in REASON, 8/74. – Also for teaching! – JZ, 26.7.13. - FREEDOM & LEARNING
EDUCATION: Freedom is in no way violated by an educational overseer's insistence that the teacher he employs hold a given set of values.” - W. F. Buckley, God & Man at Yale, p.194. – If anyone has the right to indoctrinate children it is their parents rather than some politician, bureaucrat or teacher. – JZ, 4.12.08, 26.7.13. - VALUES
EDUCATION: From 12 years of class schooling and x years of later class participation, I do not remember a single case of ever having been constructively and cooperatively employed with all my class mates trying to clear up some interesting knowledge problem, idea or question. I doubt that we had a single really interesting discussion during any of our lessons. Mostly our brains were parked in idleness, if we did not manage to engage in day-dreams. We had only more or less useless, and boring exercises, tests and competitions imposed upon us and in response played silly, or even destructive games among ourselves and sometimes against the teachers. Only towards the end did we finally dare, a few times, simply to walk away from some of the later class lessons on the program. The teachers involved were probably too ashamed to complain about it. Among the few intellectual stimulations we experienced during classes were chess games, played, unknown to the teachers, on the back benches, using wallet sized boards with small paper chess men. I don't think we were ever caught doing it. I found class lectures sometimes so boring that I had difficulties staying awake. Most of my reading was done with books - outside the school's prescribed literature. The small school library, in my last high school years, contained nothing of interest to me. - The saying: "When one talks and everybody else sleeps, then this is called a lesson!" („Wenn alles schlaeft und einer spricht, dann nennt man dieses Unterricht.“) - did somewhat apply to us. If the hours wasted upon most of us, in attempts to teach us Latin and French, had rather been freely spent on reading, according to our own preferences, among good translations of all ancient Roman and French literature, we could have really learned something about the rise and fall of once great civilizations and it would have been of some interest to most of us. Confinement to a few pages of Latin texts taught us almost nothing and probably deterred most from ever taking up the reading of such texts in good translations - later on. The English knowledge we acquired (in German schools) was also rather superficial and boring. We learned more from reading books that interested us, in English, or through visits to England as harvest workers, than through the class lessons. - JZ, 4.7.87, 24.5.00. - SCHOOLS, CLASS INSTRUCTION, TEACHERS
EDUCATION: From a perspective of free men in a free and republican government, the federal government has the responsibility to leave the education of children entirely to the parents and the market, with education provided as the parents see fit and make arrangements according to whatever value system they wish to promote.” - Prof Tommy W. Rogers, quoted in NEWS DIGEST INTERNATIONAL, 12/74. - A MATTER FOR PARENTS AND CHILDREN
EDUCATION: Germans produced Hitlerism and Russians Stalinism not so much because of what they were teaching, but rather because of what they failed to teach.” - D. Runes, Handbook of Reason, p.173. - SCHOOLINGEDUCATION: Get the government out of the educational process.” – Murray N. Rothbard, For a New Liberty, p.159. - GOVERNMENT
EDUCATION: Get the police out of education except to identify any and all misrepresentation and impose appropriate penalties! Leave education - as we leave religion - to citizens acting freely, cooperatively, competitively, privately, voluntarily.” - L. E. Read, THE FREEMAN, 2/75. - EDUCATION WITHOUT COERCION
EDUCATION: Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.” - V. I. Lenin, quoted by Walter Duranty, N.Y. TIMES MAGAZINE. & TOTALITARIANISM
EDUCATION: Give us the child for eight years, and it will be a Bolshevist forever.” - Nikolai Lenin, Speech to the Commissars of Education, Moscow, 1923. - Well, he was right for about one third of the population and that is one third too much, especially seeing that as little as 5-10% of population can manage to establish another dictatorship, the communist way. - JZ, 23.5.00. - SCHOOLS, GOVERNMENT EDUCATION
EDUCATION: Godwin, perhaps more than any other thinker, recognizes that freedom is the basis of education and education is the basis of freedom.” - Peter Marshall, Demanding the Impossible, p.212. - FREEDOM
EDUCATION: Good education is not created by government bureaucracies any more than great art is created by committee. … if education is subjected to the tender mercies of bureaucracies, it will wither and die.” - Denis P. Doyle & Terry W. Harlte, JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY STUDIES, quoted in ANALOG, Mid-Sep. 83, p. 91. - One might add: But when conducted through governments it will cost ever more, in manpower, money and pupil-hours. - JZ, 17.8.02. – Under full competition relatively few teachers will suffice, it will cost less and less in money and sitting hours in class rooms. See e.g. the monitor system of Joseph Lancaster. – JZ, 1.12.08.
EDUCATION: Government 'providing' schools is government controlling schools. This means the fate of our children is ultimately decided by politicians. I believe in the complete separation of School and State, much as I believe in the separation of Church and State.” - Richard Boddie's Sound Bites. – Government providing schools does produce fools – in all too many cases and on all too many subjects. – JZ, 8.3.13. - SCHOOLS, GOVERNMENTS, CHILDREN
EDUCATION: Government education has three forms of domineering: compulsory attendance, government dictation of the curricula, and the forcible collection of the wherewithal to pay the bills.” - Leonard E. Read, THE FREEMAN, 11/72. It has also control of the training of teachers. - JZ, 4.8.87. - THROUGH COMPULSION?
EDUCATION: Government education" is a contradiction in terms.” - Leonard E. Read, Meditations on Freedom. - Rulers tend to be the most ignorant, prejudiced and conceited people, thus they and those they select, are usually least suitable as teachers of facts, truths and understanding. - JZ, 11.6.00. - GOVERNMENT
EDUCATION: Government is not an educational organization.” - Chuck X. & GOVERNMENT
EDUCATION: Government schools never teach that government is the source of our problems.” - Dr. William A. Dunn, THE FREE MARKET, Dec. 86. – GOVERNMENT, TERRITORIALISM
EDUCATION: Government should be kept away from the educational process ... to prevent the child from being trained to serve the state.” - Glen G. Cooper, CONTEMPORARY REALISM, 16. - WITHOUT GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION
EDUCATION: Governmental education ought to be discontinued rather than continued, to make room for continuous real- and self-education. - JZ, 29.7.87. - CONTINUING EDUCATION
EDUCATION: Governments ... have long since instituted ... educational projects that not only do not prevent the spread of ignorance, but do everything to increase it.” - Leo Tolstoy, Civil Disobedience, p.240. - EDUCATION BY GOVERNMENTS?
EDUCATION: Governments are frequently carrying out a delaying action against work with their sponsorship of formal education. Compulsory attendance in schools is the counterpart to the child labor laws, a tacit opposition to work. Government support of higher education has greatly extended the period of unproductive activity for many people. This is not to deny the many values of formal education, but it is to point to some of the dangers of it. - In many respects, formal education belongs in the category of games and contests rather than work.” … - Clarence B. Carson, THE FREEMAN, 8/78, 488. - EDUCATION VS. PRODUCTIVE WORK
EDUCATION: Governments have ever been careful to hold a high hand over the education of the people. They know better than anyone else that their power is based almost entirely on the school. Hence, they monopolise it more and more.” - Francisco Ferrer, The Renewed School, 1909. - GOVERNMENTS
EDUCATION: Grading: That we have great men in our time and recent times is not because of our educational system but rather in spite of it. They are the ones the teachers couldn't spoil. At least they couldn't spoil them altogether, although some important figures of our times bear the mark of moral confusion and anti-social behaviour ...” - Dagobert R. Runes, Treasury of Thought, p.56.
EDUCATION: Graduation and the beginning of earning should never be a signal to quit learning. Anyone whose council is worth seeking is a student through his adult years and into maturity.” - Leonard E. Read, Let Freedom Reign, p.127.
EDUCATION: Hand-outs are not the solution to mental poverty either. For the abolition of both types of poverty at least some self-help effort is required. - JZ, 8.6.83. - SELF-HELP
EDUCATION: Have our schools become a 12 year sentence with easy labour and little learning? - Progress Party adv., 1977. - A PRISON SENTENCE, COMPULSORY SCHOOLING
EDUCATION: Have you been able to learn anything from your children and grandchildren through their teachers? - JZ - SCHOOLING, TEACHERS
EDUCATION: He correctly asserts that in the schools ‘What children really learn is Practical Slavery’." - John Holt, The Underachieving School. - SLAVERY
EDUCATION: He cursed the sterility, the rote memorization which passed for learning.” - Mark Clifton & Frank Riley, They'd Rather Be Right, Part II, ASTOUNDING SF, August 1954, 31. - LEARNING, SCHOLARSHIP, EXPERTS, PROFESSIONALS, KNOWLEDGE, SCHOOLS, UNIVERSITIES, ACADEMICS, UNDERSTANDING, COMPREHENSION, JUDGMENT, RATIONALITY, CREATIVITY, REASONING
EDUCATION: He proposed that formal education be limited to the few who are actually qualified as scholars. From the democratic point of view, this is profound heresy. But Lawrence's educational theories are not unlike those proposed by Albert Jay Nock … It is now familiar to hear radical scholars suggest that mass education has failed. Lawrence's suggestion that trade schools and technical education take the place of universal education is being heard more frequently today than ever before…” - James D. Davidson, in INDIVIDUALIST 6/72, 17/18, quoting D. H. Lawrence. - I hold that basic reading, writing and reckoning are a basic education that parents ought to provide directly or indirectly to their children, apart from moral or ethical education. With these they can raise themselves to any level that they want to achieve. And the 3 R's can be taught, at least with the Joseph Lancaster methods, very fast, easily and cheaply in 3 weeks to 3 months. - JZ, 24.5.00. – As for ethical education, it should begin with some adults, preferably libertarians, finally attempting to produce, between them, an ideal declaration of all individual rights and liberties. – JZ, 4.12.08. - SCHOOLS
EDUCATION: He shows why government should have nothing to do with the mails or with education, contrasting State 'education for the sake of others' with the free market's 'education for one's own sake'.” - R. A. C., in BOOKS FOR LIBERTARIANS, Jan. 73, on Leonard E. Read's Anything that's Peaceful. - WITHOUT GOVERNMENTS
EDUCATION: How can one expect children to become sufficiently educated in schools when their teachers, too, are still quite uneducated or mis-educated products of a State-run education system and their teachers were, too? - JZ, 10/84, 23.5.00. - TEACHERS
EDUCATION: How can we distinguish the perverted from the unperverted forms? If, as Bruce Smith has noted, "one man's 'propaganda' may be another man's 'education', then socialisation can be indoctrination, and psychotherapy can be menticide. When Lenin urges his comrades to be 'engineers of the human soul', he can be understood to be echoing Pestalozzi or anticipating Goebbels." - Benjamin R. Barber, Superman and Common Man, p. 73. - Take your own pick, at your own risk. JZ, 4.8.87. - GENUINE VS. FALSE
EDUCATION: How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it.” - Alexander Dumas, Fils, quoted in L. Treich's L'Esprit d'Alexandre Dumas. - INTELLIGENCE & CHILDREN
EDUCATION: How much more genuine education would have taken place without all that extensive "reform" of education by compulsory attendance, tax subsidies, government training of teachers, prescribed curricula, monopolistic certification system, rough separation of pupils by age, outlawry of child labor, prohibition of competing school and education systems, and without that unionized and self-interested group of expensive teachers? - I believe that at a fraction of the costs and time and energy wasted in our schools, almost everyone would have had a chance to get himself educated or to educate himself and to remain on a track of self-education for the rest of his life, on any subject and to any level that he is capable of. Free choice among all educational institutions, programs, teachers, lecturers and other educational facilities, all competitively offered, could have achieved much more. Education should be a self-selected process for teachers, schools, pupils and students alike. - "Freedom in education rather than 'free' education!" - Panarchy in education as in all other spheres! - JZ, 5.5.00. – Through panarchy in education to panarchy in all other spheres as well! – JZ, 17.11.10. - PANARCHISM
EDUCATION: Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.” - H. G. Wells, Visions, Journalism & Prophecy, p. 286. Another version runs: “Civilisation is a race between education and catastrophe.” – We should try to accelerate the process of enlightenment through a genuinely cultural revolution. The technical means to do so exist – but not yet the will. – JZ, 4.12.08. - TO PREVENT MAN-MADE CATASTROPHES, LIKE E.G. COMPULSORY EDUCATION, NUCLEAR HOLOCAUST, CIVILIZATION, NWT
EDUCATION: I am convinced that constraint arises only from ignorance, and that the educator who is really worthy of the name will obtain his results through the spontaneous response of the child, whose desires he will learn to know, and whose development he will try to further by giving it every possible gratification.” - Francesco Ferrer, quoted in Sprading, Liberty and the Great Libertarians, p. 488.
EDUCATION: I am profoundly thankful that during my formative years I never had contact with any institution under State control; not in school, not in college, nor yet in my three years of irregular graduate study. No attempt was ever made by anyone to indoctrinate me with State-inspired views — or any views, for that matter — of patriotism or nationalism. I was never dragooned into flag-worship or hero-worship, never was caught in any spate of verbiage about duty to one's country, never debauched by any of the routine devices hatched by scoundrels for inducing a synthetic devotion to one's native land and loyalty to its jobholders. Therefore when later the various aspects of contemporary patriotism and nationalism appeared before me, my mind was wholly unprepossessed, and my view of them was unaffected by any emotional distortion." - Albert J. Nock, Memoirs of a Superfluous Man, now available in the Mises Store. - STATE EDUCATION, SCHOOLS
EDUCATION: I do not think the coerced mind ever really learns an art.” - Poul Anderson, The Enemy Stars, p. 23. – Or a science or sufficient about individual rights and liberties. – JZ, 4.12.08. EDUCATION THROUGH COERCION?
EDUCATION: I don't think you should ever set out with the assumption that the best way to bring up children is to have schools.” - Prof A. H. Halsey, Oxford University, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 12.1.74, Sayings of the Week. - EDUCATION VS. SCHOOLING
EDUCATION: I don't want my children fed or clothed by the state, but I would prefer that to their being educated by the state. – Max Victor Belz, Grain dealer, Grundy County, Iowa - BY GOVERNMENTS
EDUCATION: I have ... come to the conclusion that "tax-supported education tends to make of our schools and colleges a collection of non-students under the tutelage of non-teachers and the administration of the incompetent." - B. R. Rogge, THE FREEMAN, 3/75. – SUBSIDISED EDUCATION
EDUCATION: I have been maintaining for several years that American higher education has developed into an engine for the imposition of the prevailing orthodoxy, and that the same people, by and large, who are involved in this operation, do not hesitate to instruct the community about the imperatives of academic freedom.” – William F. Buckley: Up from Liberalism, p.51. - ACADEMICS, INDOCTRINATION, ORTHODOXY, UNIVERSITIES, ACADEMIC FREEDOM, EDUCATION IN ORTHODOXY
EDUCATION: I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” - Mark Twain. - EDUCATION VS. SCHOOLING
EDUCATION: I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly.” - Michel de Montaigne, 1533-1592. - INTELLECTUALS, ACADEMICS, SCHOLARS, REASON, ERRORS, PREJUDICES, MYTHS
EDUCATION: I see on all sides immense establishments where they bring up youth at great cost, and teach them all things except their duties.” - Rousseau, The Cultivation of the Arts and Sciences, quoted in Against the Grain, p.69. – As if their individual rights and liberties were thoroughly taught in school classes! – JZ, 4.12.08. - DUTIES, RIGHTS, RESPONSIBILITIES - WHERE ARE THEY TAUGHT?
EDUCATION: I spoke with one 78-year old farmer. ‘How much education do you have?’ I asked. ‘Six years of schoolin’, he replied, ‘and 72 years of learnin’.” – S. G. H., in READER’S DIGEST, July 98, p. 69. – LEARNING, JOKES, SCHOOLS
EDUCATION: I think it is absolutely not the business of the state to say what people shall learn.” - John Holt, OUTLOOK, 1/73. - NOT A STATE RESPONSIBILITY
EDUCATION: I want education to be as separate from the State as is the Church itself ...” - Proudhon. - S. Edwards, Proudhon, S.109. - SEPARATE FROM THE STATE
EDUCATION: I will never forget the joke picture of a little boy being handed back a slip of paper by his teacher with the words: "I am sorry, John, but I cannot accept your resignation." JZ - The fact that a teacher cannot accept a pupil's resignation, that we have the equivalent to military police and slave masters' henchmen in truancy officers, is really nothing to laugh about but, rather, a tragedy. - JZ – JOKES, LET PUPILS SECEDE OR RESIGN, COMPULSORY SCHOOLING, COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE
EDUCATION: I would rather favour "diseducation" than the present "education" - precisely because I do favour education. - JZ, 4.2.77.
EDUCATION: If a foreign nation had imposed this system of education on the U.S., we would rightly regard it as an act of war.” - Glenn T. Seaborg, quoted in NEW DESTINIES, Fall 90, 184.
EDUCATION: If a man's education is finished, he is finished.” - E. A. Filene, 1860-1937. – It seems that we have many walking dead or zombies around, all with a “finished” education. – JZ, 4.12.08. MAN, GROWTH, PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT, LEARNING, EDUCATION IS NEVER FINISHED
EDUCATION: If an ideal, like an educated citizenry, has merit, people need not be forced into it.” - LIBERTAS REVIEW, vol. 5, No. 3. - THE BETTER IT IS, THE LESS IT REQUIRES COMPULSION
EDUCATION: If an individual cannot be inspired to learn, only harm will result from using force.” - Glen G. Cooper, CONTEMPORARY REALISM, 16. - WITHOUT FORCE
EDUCATION: if common folks should not be made to pay for uncommon schools, why should uncommon folks be made to pay for common schools?” - Benjamin R. Tucker. – Also used as a Byington Sticker. – “FREE” & COMPULSORY, FINANCE, TAXES, Q.
EDUCATION: If education be a preparation for living, rather than for getting a living; …” - Albert Jay Nock, Memoirs of a Superfluous Man, Harper, 1943, p.80. – So far and, all too often, it is neither. – JZ, 5.12.08.
EDUCATION: If education could be freed from the dead hand of the great corpse of bureaucracy, there is no limit to what might be achieved.” – Duncan Yuille, On Public Education. - There is not much bureaucracy for libertarians and anarchists on the Internet but there is still lack of coordination and cooperation to provide sufficient enlightenment. Each group, like a party or sect, offers only a segment of the required knowledge and largely ignores the offers of others, with some other ideas of articles of faith. – JZ, 4.2.08. – Upon request I offer free of charge, as an email attachment, my 2010 book on libertarian alternative enlightenment options, still only entitled “New Draft”. Gian Piero de Bellis reviewed it on www.panarchy.org - EDUCATION WITHOUT BUREAUCRACY
EDUCATION: If education were run on the principle of "fee for service" or "user pays" and if real education were offered in return for payments, then its financing would not be a problem, at least not once monetary and financial freedom is achieved. - JZ, 30.6.77, 3.8.87. An educational services currency, redeemable in educational services and issued by their providers – would be part of the local currencies. – JZ, 17.11.10. - FEE FOR SERVICE, OR USER PAYS
EDUCATION: If every citizen could be brought up to appreciate the beauty and harmony of the laws inherent in nature, he would be as incapable of establishing a tyranny as of enduring one. The society in which he lived would ... be ... a society of free consent in which law and liberty are but two aspects of the same reality ...” - Herbert Read, Anarchism And Order. - Obviously, the official education system has been a huge failure in this respect, too. - JZ, 11.6.00.
EDUCATION: If government aid, even State and federal funding, is as free as the politicians would have us believe it is, then how come we are taxed so heavily to provide it?” - J. Kesner Kahn. - FREE & COMPULSORY
EDUCATION: If government is supposed to provide everyone with an education, why isn't it also supposed to provide everyone with a new car, a home, food to eat, clothes to wear and a baby sitter? And if government is not supposed to furnish these things, why is it supposed to furnish education? No one can successfully answer that riddle. One must either favor COMPLETE GOVERNMENT DOMINATION AND CONTROL OVER OUR LIVES AT EVERY POINT … or one must favor the removal of government domination and control of our lives at every point.” - Robert LeFevre, Feb. 28, 1956, quoted in Carl Watner: LeFevre, p.47. - GOVERNMENT
EDUCATION: If government were capable of directing the development of individuals, its products would not be free men. We have seen the effort made, not too long ago, in Germany, Italy, and Japan; and the GULAG ARCHIPELAGO is available to all readers. States "shape" people. Individual efforts may enlighten them.” - Charles R. LaDow, THE FREEMAN, 2/75. -
EDUCATION: If he (the teacher) is indeed wise, he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.” - Kahlil Gibran.
EDUCATION: If I had learned education I would not have had time to learn anything else.” - Cornelius Vanderbilt, 1794-1877.
EDUCATION: If it had done nothing to raise the general level of intelligence, it had succeeded in making our citizenry much more easily gullible. It tended powerfully to focus the credulousness of Homo sapiens upon the printed word, and to confirm him in the crude authoritarian or fetishistic spirit which one sees most highly developed, perhaps, in the habitual reader of newspapers. By being inured to taking as true whatever he read in his schoolbooks and whatever his teachers told him, he is bred to a habit of unthinking acquiescence, rather than to an exercise of such intelligence as he may have. In later life he puts this habit at the unreasoning service of his prejudices. Having not the slightest sense of what constitutes a competent authority, he tends to take as authoritative whatever best falls in with his own disorderly imaginings. - Thus a system of State-controlled compulsory popular instruction is a great aid in making Homo sapiens an easy mark for whatever deleterious nonsense may be presented to him under the appearance of authority.” - Albert Jay Nock, Memoirs of a Superfluous Man, Harper, 1943, p.262.
EDUCATION: If only those who wanted to learn had to go to school, that would make education what it should be. Compulsory education has run the course of its usefulness, and become a prison.” - Carl Rogers, "REASON", 3/79. - VOLUNTARY VS. COMPULSORY EDUCATION
EDUCATION: If parents were not taxed, education services for their children would be among the first competitively supplied market services that they would be able and willing to purchase. Anyhow, competitively supplied education could be so cheap that it would hardly be a burden at all. It could cost less than parents are willing to spend upon toys for their children. And free work opportunities for children could also cover the costs. - JZ, 30.5.00. - EDUCATION UNDER FREEDOM VS. FREE EDUCATION
EDUCATION: If the child is constantly acting at the command of the teacher, or at her suggestion, his own psychic activity may fade away and disappear under the stronger will of another; the personality may become broken and depressed; and alternative developments will begin to appear.” - Maria Montessori. - TEACHERS VS. PUPILS
EDUCATION: If the education departments were totally neglecting our education then we could take care of it ourselves and could ignore them. - JZ, 30.6.77. Thus we should wish for a permanent strike by all teachers employed or regulated by the government and should insist upon a corresponding tax reduction. - JZ, 3.8.87 - WITHOUT EDUCATION DEPARTMENTS
EDUCATION: If the only motive was to help people who could not afford education, advocates of government involvement would have simply proposed tuition subsidies. – Milton Friedman – Private and competing student loan systems were successful, government-run ones were not. – Are there any spheres in which subsidies were ever fully successful? - JZ, 4.4.12. - PERSONAL LOANS FOR EDUCATION RATHER THAN HANDOUTS.
EDUCATION: If the only motive was to help people who could not afford education, advocates of government involvement would have simply proposed tuition subsidies.” – Milton Friedman - Even that assumes that education has to be expensive. That has not been the case e.g. for the Joseph Lancaster education system, since the early 19th century. It taught slum kids the three basics: reading, writing and reckoning in 3 weeks to 3 months. If their education was extended to a year then its price was just 15 shillings. As little the kids could have earned easily, even then, under freedom, by part time work. - By now a whole reference library could be supplied on a 50 cents disk, legible in a cheap second-hand computer. - JZ, 23. 11. 06. - Private and competing student loan systems were successful, government-run ones were not. – Are there any spheres in which subsidies were ever fully successful? - JZ, 4.4.12. - PERSONAL LOANS FOR EDUCATION RATHER THAN HANDOUTS, FREEDOM & COMPETITION IN EDUCATION, IN EVERY POSSIBLE WAY
EDUCATION: If the parents continue to capitulate to the philosophy of public education, then they will continue to be defeated in their attempts to gain the kind of education they want for their children. There is only one way that all parents can gain such satisfaction: They must pay for the education of their children. They can earn the money or they can convince some third party to give them or their children the necessary funds on a voluntary basis, but the parents must pay. If they want to get what they pay for, they must pay directly, rather than paying through the coercive means of state taxation.” - Gary North, THE FREEMAN, 5/76, p.226. - A PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY
EDUCATION: If the same efforts were expended to help the best instead of the worst, what progress could be made! But at least one can demand that the best are not obstructed by burdened with or packed together with the worst ones. - JZ, 17.5.76.
EDUCATION: If there is anything we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.” - Carl Gustav Jung, Swiss psychiatrist, 1875-1961. – CHILDREN, PARENTS, GUARDIANSHIP
EDUCATION: If you want to do something in this world, and you need the help of other people, there are two ways in which you can get it - and only two ways. They are forced cooperation and voluntary cooperation. That's the choice. The people responsible for setting up and perpetuating our educational system have opted for forced cooperation. Let there be no mistake about that. The money for education comes from the legalized robbery called taxation. The schools are filled with draftees called students, and are opened, closed, built and generally organised under the absolute control of the Government. The NSW Minister for Education, for example, has complete control over which schools are opened or closed in this State, and that includes so-called private schools. The Health Department slaps all sorts of regulations on all schools, as do the local councils.” - R. A. Howard, FREE ENTERPRISE, 4/75. - VOLUNTARY VS. FORCED COOPERATION
EDUCATION: Improve Education: Fire The Experts: The best thing we can do for American education is to abolish university education departments, abolish the U.S. Department of Education, and fire education ‘experts’.” - Walter E. Williams, More Liberty Means Less Government. Our Founders Knew This Well, Hoover Institution Press, 1999, http://www-hoover.stanford.edu – p.124. – FREE ENTERPRISE, FREE TRADE, FREE COMPETITION, FREE MARKETS, VOLUNTARISM, CONSUMER SOVEREIGNTY, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY IN EVERY SPHERE.
EDUCATION: In 1940, teachers were asked what they regarded as the three major problems in American schools. They identified the three major problems as: Littering, noise, and chewing gum. Teachers last year were asked what the three major problems in American schools were, and they defined them as: Rape, assault, and suicide. – William Bennett (1993) - SCHOOLS, PROGRESS IN GOVERNMENTAL EDUCATIONS
EDUCATION: In 1982 a Presidential Commission on Education, headed by Nobel Prize winner Glenn T. Seaborg, concluded that “if a foreign nation had imposed this system of education on the United States, we would rightly consider it an act of war”. There have been significant changes in the education system since that report; alas, they are changes for the worse. - In 1991 the United States had a lower literacy rate than Iraq. Colleges teach elementary algebra instead of physics. High schools struggle with illiterate students who know no arithmetic.” - Jerry Pournelle, Democracy in America, p. 213/214, in Future Quartet, Earth in the year 2042, A Four-Part Invention by Ben Bova, Frederick Pohl, Jerry Pournelle, Charles Sheffield - EDUCATION BY THE STATE
EDUCATION: In a free society, a student is free to choose his educators.” - Mark Spengler, THE FREEMAN, July 1977, 420.
EDUCATION: In all this the individual ceases to have meaning. He is educated in a system that is not of his choosing, which binds his mind as the Chinese bound feet. His wishes do not matter...” - I. R. Ibarra & Fred Woodworth, THE MATCH, June 75. - EDUCATION VICTIMISES INDIVIDUALSEDUCATION: IN CONVENTIONAL SCHOOL CLASSES: Just shut up and listen, expert tells teachers. JOHN HATTIE has spent his life studying the studies to find out what works in education. His advice to teachers? Just shut up. – Professor Hattie [John Hattie, according to picture inscription. – JZ], appointed this year as the director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, says teachers need to stop spending 80 per cent of their time in class talking and start listening. – “When teachers stop talking deep learning takes place”, he told a conference … “It’s our concept of ourselves as teachers that we have knowledge and we need to impart it. Speaking 80 per cent of the time in conversation means I’m waiting for you to stop to have the chance to talk. In counseling you have to do the opposite, you have to listen and that’s what I want teachers to do. … says the research of how long teachers should talk has not been done. – “But I know it’s not 80 per cent.” … Instead, they needed to share teaching with their students, which Professor Hattie said could begin from the first school years. Children should know the intention of each lesson and how to know if they were successful. … Professor Hattie said teaching children “how to play the game of learning” produced dramatically higher improvements than solutions typically sought by politicians, such as smaller classes, on which he “wouldn’t spend a penny”. – Andrew Stevenson, education editor, firstname.lastname@example.org - THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 10.6.11, p.1. - End the “class warfare” between teachers and “mere” pupils in school classes. – JZ, 10.6.11, 11.3.12. - When one speaks and everyone else dozes, then this is called a lesson. – Old German proverb in my rough translation. – JZ, 11.3.12. – TEACHERS, PUPILS, OPTIMIZING TEACHING & LEARNING
EDUCATION: In education, as in everything else, nothing fails like something-for-nothing.” - L. E. Read, Then Truth Will Out, p.86. - FREE & COMPULSORY
EDUCATION: In general, children, like people, and people, like children, prefer entertainment to education.” - Denis Diderot. - But does basic education have to be as boring and prolonged for years, as it is offered in most government schools? Compare the Joseph Lancaster system! - Compare also the self-education opportunities of good libraries and the Internet and the whole sphere of educational activities already offered in large cities outside of the educational establishments. Unfortunately, this sphere is still not sufficiently publicized, e.g. by a periodical meeting calendar and directory, although it caters to almost every special interest. - JZ – EDUCATION VS. ENTERTAINMENT
EDUCATION: In general, government services are usually of very low quality. I often wonder, for example, if NO education might not be better than some of the "free" education.” - Harry Brown, How I Found Freedom, p.185. – EDUCATION BY THE GOVERNMENT?
EDUCATION: IN GOVERNMENT-RUN OR GOVERNMENT-CONTROLLED SCHOOLS: The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to down dissent and originality." - H. L. Mencken
EDUCATION: IN GOVERNMENT-RUN OR GOVERNMENT-CONTROLLED SCHOOLS: The theory behind the public schools, which cost the taxpayers hundreds of millions every year, is that they manufacture hordes of enlightened and incorruptible voters, and so safeguard and mellow democracy. The fact is that they are mainly manned by half-wits and bossed by shysters ... - Facebook, 26.9.12, quoted by Nizam Ahmad
EDUCATION: In New York City even a garbage collector needs a diploma.” - E. Reimer, School Is Dead, 26. - CERTIFICATION MADNESS
EDUCATION: In our own day it would not be an unfair description of education to define it as the art which teaches men to be deceived by the printed word.” - Prof. H. J. Laski, Liberty in the Modern State. - What liberty? How much liberty? Are there to be no others? - JZ, 27.5.00. - More prejudices are in print than truths. - JZ, 22.6.92. – None of them recognizes all individual rights and liberties. Thus no existing territorial State should be recognized as rightful for all but its remaining volunteers. – JZ, 28.2.13. - THE PRINTED WORD, TRUTHS, ERRORS, PREJUDICES & MYTHS
EDUCATION: In Portland, Emma joked with reporters: 'Do not be alarmed. I have no dynamite in my pocket…' - Education, she said, was the only bomb sanctioned by true anarchism." – p.76, Roger A. Bruns, The Damndest Radical, The Life & World of Ben Reitman …, Univ. of Illinois Press, 1987, on Emma Goldman. - ANARCHISM & BOMBS
EDUCATION: In the 19th century, under the Joseph Lancaster system of assistant monitors, operating in the same very large room, each only with a small teams, and each monitor quickly changing from teacher to student and then teacher again etc., ONE teacher was able to teach a 1000 kids basic reading, writing and arithmetic skills within a few weeks to a few months - and this in relative silence and under great discipline and eagerness to teach and to learn. Towards the end of his career the system was adapted to high school subjects. The special professional and also unionized and State subsidized interest of vast armies of teachers has stifled teaching and learning so much that only rarely has anyone achieved as much as Lancaster did. Perhaps e.g. Montessori. – JZ, 20.7.11, on Facebook. - SCHOOLS, MONITOR SYSTEM OF JOSEPH LANCASTER, TEACHERS, UNIONS, COMPULSORY EDUCATION
EDUCATION: In the end, the question is whether people are to be used for purposes other than their own.” - Everett Dean Martin, Liberal Education vs. Propaganda, a CIE pamphlet. - FOR THE OWN PURPOSES RATHER THAN THOSE OF THE STATE
EDUCATION: In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then he made school boards.” - Mark Twain, Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar, "Following the Equator", 1897, 2.25. - Mark Twain, quoted in Poole, Cut Local Taxes, p.13. - SCHOOL BOARDS, SCHOOLS
EDUCATION: In the full sense of the word, a free school is one that has no truck with the state, via its taxing powers. The more subsidised it is, the less free it is. What is known as "free education" is the least free of all, for it is a state-owned institution; it is socialised education - just like socialised medicine or the socialised post office - and cannot possibly be separated from political control. As for being "free" in the sense of being without cost, that is one of those impostor terms we like to use to hide ugly facts from ourselves; our public education is fully paid for, with all its deficiencies and inadequacies. And it is paid for mainly by the poor, not the rich, because the poor in the aggregate constitute the largest segment of society and therefore pay the most taxes.” - Frank Chodorov, Fugitive Essays, p. 238/9. - FREEDOM IN EDUCATION VS. FREE EDUCATION
EDUCATION: In the interests of the men in power, a statist education has been practised already for centuries.” - St. Ch. Waldecke, Gedanken ueber Anarchie, S.8.
EDUCATION: In the interim period, before government financing of schools ends, a "performance contracting" approach would probably go far in eliminating the wastes and lack of achievement which characterises public schools. Under this system, a community would invite private, profit-making educational organizations to handle its children's teaching. The private groups would be told that they wouldn't be paid unless the children reached certain levels of verbal and mathematical competence each year - with additional proviso that they receive increasing bonuses if the children's achievement surpasses the minimum set. The children's achievement would be monitored by any one of a number of independent testing services. The "performance contracting" system would thus create strong incentives for educators to find the best ways to help children learn, unlike the current system which rewards good and bad alike." - Libertarian Yearbook, 1972. - The disadvantage would still be that those acquiring the education, the children, or their parents, would not have the strongest incentive to go for the best education. Educational aims would still be externally set and thus some cheating and corruption are inevitable in order to make these kids pass the set examinations. - JZ - PERFORMANCE CONTRACTING
EDUCATION: In the old South, when men were compelled by force to serve the needs of others, we called it slavery. Today, however, when men are forced to serve others (through tax support of programs such as public education), we call it ‘fulfilling one's duty to society’. Call it what we will, however, compulsory support of schools is ethically no more defensible than any other form of involuntary servitude.” - R. W. Grant, The Case Against Public Education, SIL leaflet. - SLAVERY
EDUCATION: Indeed, present experience as well as past history suggest that today we would have better and more abundant educational facilities for rich and poor alike - had education never become a concern of the state.” - Duncan Yuille, On Public Education. - WITHOUT THE STATE
EDUCATION: Indeed, this is the greatest evil of monopoly state education: it assumes that most citizens are incapable of showing mature judgement in this domain despite their unrivalled knowledge of their own children's needs and capabilities.” - Philip Vander Elst, in: Dr Rhodes Boyson, editor, "1985: An Escape from Orwell's 1984", p.140. - EDUCATION VS. PARENTS
EDUCATION: Innovators and creative geniuses cannot be reared in schools. They are precisely the men who defy what the school has taught them.” - Ludwig von Mises. - EDUCATION VS. SCHOOLING
EDUCATION: Instead of producing the kind of pupil that society wants, society is being told by teachers the kind of pupils it will have to accept.” - Barrie Partridge, BULLETIN, 26.6.76. - TEACHERS & PUPILS
EDUCATION: Instead of putting masks on students - blanketing their minds with someone else's "wisdom" - real teaching is an unmasking process, helping boys and girls, men and women to find their own hidden aptitudes, potentialities, uniqueness. The teacher and the student experience a togetherness; they are in harmony or accord. Enlightenment is the mutual goal.” - Leonard E. Read, Who's Listening? p.134.
EDUCATION: Instead of thousands of outlets of educational services for parents to choose from, government regulates the market for learning and reduces it to one source. The result: instead of a variety of alternatives, lowering education costs, refinement in teaching techniques, individually tailored programs, improved services and the general expansion of knowledge, we have a disintegrating system, higher and higher costs, less and less service, more and more political intrusion (bussing and the like), uniformly low standards, teacher strikes and collusion, classroom disruption, the general confinement of knowledge and the deterioration of behavior.” - Joan Marie Leonard, THE FREEMAN, 3/77. - MONOPOLISED
EDUCATION: Intelligence appears to be the thing that enables a man to get along without education. Education enables a man to get along without the use of his intelligence.” - Albert Edward Wiggam. - INTELLIGENCE
EDUCATION: is there an instance, in the history of the world, where slaves have been educated for freedom by their task-masters? - William Lloyd Garrison. - FOR FREEDOM IN AN UNFREE INSTITUTION? TERRITORIALISM
EDUCATION: Is there no end to the propaganda needed to continue kidnapping children on a daily basis and forcing them into the mind prisons called schools? The day I was first legally allowed to quit school was the first day of freedom of my life. I then went back long enough to start college … and realized within a semester that quitting college was as necessary to my ability to think and learn as quitting school in the first place. – J. Neil Schulman, email@example.com - His books, quotes, articles, blogs and Facebook entries are online but copyrighted. - SCHOOLS, COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES
EDUCATION: Is your child ready for school? – From an advertisement. – Is “your” school ready and good for your child? – JZ, 16.7.11, 24.10.12.
EDUCATION: It has been very difficult to demonstrate any measurable benefit from the very large increases in expenditure on education over the last quarter of a century. I suspect this conclusion might be equally applicable to many other parts of government expenditure.” - R. Harris & A. Seldon, Not from Benevolence, p.145, "The Dilemmas of Government Expenditure". - EXPENDITURES & THEIR BENEFITS
EDUCATION: it is "free" education that seems to be at the root of all the present perils of public education.” - E. G. West, The Perils of Public Education, THE FREEMAN, 11/77, p.699. - FREE EDUCATION
EDUCATION: It is a known fact that the learning one acquires outside the lecture hall sticks closer to the ribs, especially if that learning is officially declared off limits.” - FRANK CHODOROV, One Is A Crowd, 6. – LEARNING – To the ribs? Robert Heinlein, in one of his SF stories, assumed that even after a brain transplant the body would remember much of the old personality. – JZ
EDUCATION: It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.” - Albert Einstein – It does not, often enough and extensively enough! – JZ, 1.12.08. - SCHOOLS
EDUCATION: It is better to educate than to terrify.” - Source? - I would rather try to terrify than try to educate a private criminal and try to escape from or remain invisible to an official one. - JZ, 11.6.00, 26.7.13.
EDUCATION: It is better to tolerate the rare instance of a parent refusing to let his child be educated, than to shock the common feelings and ideas by forcible asportation (*) and education of the infant against the will of the father.” - Thomas Jefferson. – Rothbard wrote an excellent article: “Education, Free and Compulsory”. - (*) Look it up yourself and learn something. For me it was the first time, too, that I came across this word. – JZ, 4.1.08. – EDUCATION OR MIS-EDUCATION SYSTEM OF TERRITORIAL GOVERNMENTS
EDUCATION: It is contended here, then, that compulsory support of public education is (1) wrong in principle and (2) has actually impeded rather than hastened educational progress.” - R. W. Grant, The Case Against Public Education, SIL leaflet. - If these contentions are correct, what measures should be taken? Further expansion of the public system should be opposed, and demands for increased revenue rejected. The most important issue, however, is restoration of freedom of choice.” - Duncan Yuille, on public education. - COMPULSORY EDUCATION
EDUCATION: It is contradictory to argue that parents are too negligent or ignorant to make educational choices, even when provided with adequate finance and ample information, and at the same time to concede that they can be trusted to elect the sort of officials who would make sound educational choices.” - Mark Blaug, Education: A Framework for Choice. – PARENTS, VOTING
EDUCATION: It is easy to substitute our will for that of the child by means of suggestion or coercion; but when we have done this, we have robbed him of his greatest right, the right to construct his own personality...” - Maria Montessori, in E. M. Standing, Maria Montessori, Her Life and Work. - EDUCATION VS. CHILDREN
EDUCATION: It is generally assumed that an education is good and necessary, and that is used as the justification for the wholesale slaughter (*) carried out in the schools.” - R. A. Howard, FREE ENTERPRISE, 4/75. – (*) of intelligence, initiative and independent thinking! – JZ) – The main lesson taught by all government schools is: submission to authority. – JZ, 26.7.13. - EDUCATION VS. SCHOOLING
EDUCATION: It is neither right nor possible to think of schools and academic learning as something apart from the life of the people of the community which the educational system is supposed to serve.” - J. A. Scott, quoted in The Peter Plan by L. J. Peter, p.115. - WORK & LIFE
EDUCATION: It is no accident that the strongest motive for compulsory tax-supported schools in the U.S. a century ago, when they were imposed, was not better education (literacy was already substantial and fast rising) but destruction of minority cultures through forced association and indoctrination of children.” - VONULIFE, 3/73. – STATISM, NATIONALISM, TERRITORIALISM, UNIFORMITY, CONFORMISM
EDUCATION: It is not at all clear that we are wiser, more just, or more free, for having been educated by the state. The objections to public education are both ethical and practical.” - Duncan Yuille, On Public Education. - EDUCATION BY THE STATE?
EDUCATION: It is not endurable that a government should have complete control over ... education ... To possess such control, and actually exert it, is to be despotic.” - J. S. Mill. - BY GOVERNMENTS
EDUCATION: It is not important how much is spent on education but, rather, how effectively each dollar is spent, by whom and upon what and who pays each dollar in the first place. - JZ, 18.10.91 & 27.5.00.
EDUCATION: It is not only necessary to educate others; continual self-education is also (and equally) necessary.” - Murray N. Rothbard, For a New Liberty, revised edition, p.298, Collier Books, 1978, ISBN 0-02-074690-3.
EDUCATION: It is not possible to spend any prolonged period visiting public school classrooms without being appalled by the mutilation visible everywhere - mutilation of spontaneity, of joy in learning, of pleasure in creating, of sense of self.” - Charles E. Silberman, Crisis in the Classroom. - SCHOOLS, CLASSROOMS
EDUCATION: It is not surprising that education by the State becomes education for the State.” - Byron Fraser, to Henry Rosenblum, 15.10.1980. - EDUCATION FOR THE STATE?
EDUCATION: It is nothing short of a miracle that modern methods of instruction have not yet strangled the holy curiosity of enquiry.” - Albert Einstein, Autobiography.
EDUCATION: It is one of the paradoxes of our time that modern society needs to fear ... only the educated man.” – William F. Buckley, God and Man at Yale, p.178. - Society always benefits from genuine education of individuals. Only the territorial State has to fear truly educated men. This is the reason why it mis-educates as many as possible. - JZ, 11.6.00. – FEAR, GOVERNMENTS
EDUCATION: It is something like rape, in education, when one is forced to learn something one does not want to learn, from someone one does not like, at a place and time not of one's choosing. - JZ, 78. - COMPULSORY EDUCATION
EDUCATION: it is the educational institutions and teachers that are evaluating the customers, and not vice versa. Therein lies the problem, and the reason why schools can operate as prisons.” - Thomas L. Johnson, THE FREEMAN, 11/73. – PUBLIC EDUCATION, PART OF THE PRISON SYSTEM - FOR INNOCENTS
EDUCATION: It is the most costly, time-consuming and most useless education for almost all taxpayers. - JZ, 5.4.93, 22.5.00. – FREE EDUCATION
EDUCATION: It is the trapping of students in classrooms that results in boredom, unrest, frustration and anger (that leads to drug-taking and the destruction of property).” - Thomas L. Johnson, THE FREEMAN, 11/73. - As someone once pointed out: libraries, since there exists no compulsion to attend them, are rarely burned down while schools, with compulsory attendance often suffer from arson attempts. - JZ, 11.6.00. - DRUGS, DELINQUENCY
EDUCATION: It is these innumerable periods of torturous boredom that turn students into somnambulant robots ready to be led by any assertive individual who grabs a position of power.” - Thomas Johnson, REASON, April/May 1971. - EDUCATION WITHOUT BOREDOM
EDUCATION: It is time for our schools to get themselves, or us to get them, out of the jail business.” - John Holt, in The Underachieving School. - SCHOOLS AS PRISONS
EDUCATION: It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of FREEDOM; without this it goes to wrack and ruin without fail. It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty. To the contrary, I believe that it would be possible to rob even a healthy beast of prey of its voraciousness, if it were possible, with the aid of a whip, to force the beast to devour continuously, even when not hungry, especially if the food handed out under such coercion, were to be selected accordingly.” - INFORM, May 79. - SCHOOLS STRANGLE CURIOSITY & SELF-MOTIVATED LEARNING IN ALL TOO MANY
EDUCATION: It should be a self-justified activity designed to help man gain and maintain control of himself, his society and his environment.” - Everett Reimer, School Is Dead, p.89. - Self-selected and self-paid as well! - JZ, 11.6.00.
EDUCATION: It's immoral to force the elderly and retired to pay for schools that are no use to them.” - Murray N. Rothbard, LIBERTARIAN REVIEW, 11/77 – TAXATION – Schools would be useful – if they became open, in late afternoons and evenings, for all kinds of adult education activities. – But, usually, they do remain closed to them, i.e., to those, who were forced to pay for them. - JZ, 17.11.10.
EDUCATION: John A Howard, president of Rockford College, has argued that separation of state and school is as important as separation of state and church.” - A IS A NEWSLETTER, Feb. 72. - STATE
EDUCATION: Judgment is not only his capability, but his right, and if this be denied the child, by placing him in an authoritarian school, where he is obliged not to judge and choose, but obey, he must experience serious harm.” - Thomas L. Johnson, THE FREEMAN, 11/73. - SCHOOLS, OBEDIENCE RATHER THAN JUDGMENT
EDUCATION: Just shut up and listen, expert tells teachers. JOHN HATTIE has spent his life studying the studies to find out what works in education. His advice to teachers? Just shut up. – Professor Hattie, appointed this year as the director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, says teachers need to stop spending 80 per cent of their time in class talking and start listening. – “When teachers stop talking deep learning takes place”, he told a conference … “It’s our concept of ourselves as teachers that we have knowledge and we need to impart it. Speaking 80 per cent of the time in conversation means I’m waiting for you to stop to have the chance to talk. In counselling you have to do the opposite, you have to listen and that’s what I want teachers to do. … says the research of how long teachers should talk has not been done. – “But I know it’s not 80 per cent.” … Instead, they needed to share teaching with their students, which Professor Hattie said could begin from the first school years. Children should know the intention of each lesson and how to know if they were successful. … Professor Hattie said teaching children “how to play the game of learning” produced dramatically higher improvements than solutions typically sought by politicians, such as smaller classes, on which he “wouldn’t spend a penny”. – Andrew Stevenson, education editor, firstname.lastname@example.org - THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 10.6.11, p.1. - End the “class warfare” between teachers and mere pupils in school classes. – JZ, 10.6.11, 11.3.12. - When one speaks and everyone else dozes, then this is called a lesson. – Old German proverb in my rough translation. – JZ, 11.3.12. – IN CONVENTIONAL SCHOOL CLASSES, TEACHERS, PUPILS, OPTIMIZING TEACHING & LEARNING
EDUCATION: Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion has no hold on the mind. Therefore, do not use compulsion but let early education be rather a sort of amusement; this will better enable you to find out the natural bend of the child.” – Plato, 4th c. B.C., 7, tr. Benjamin Jowett, The Republic, sect. 536. - COMPULSORY EDUCATION & LEARNING
EDUCATION: Kozol sees school as a consumer fraud. It advertises education but instead offers indoctrination and provides a training ground for atrocities like My Lai, blasts innovations that "make the prison cells more pleasant - and the bars less visible." - Laissez Faire bookshop review of Jonathan Kozol, The night is dark and I am far from home, 1976. - SCHOOLS AS A CONSUMER FRAUD & INDOCTRINATION
EDUCATION: Lawrence felt that modern education left the average person stifled, his spontaneous emotions, his vital inner feeling suppressed. Lawrence proposed that the State say to each parent: "Parents, the State can no longer be responsible for the mind and character of your children. From the first day of the coming year, all schools will be closed for an indefinite period of time. Fathers, see that your boys are trained to be men. Mothers, see that your daughters are trained to be women." - James D. Davidson, in INDIVIDUALIST 6/72, 17/18, quoting D. H. Lawrence. - SCHOOLS
EDUCATION: Learning makes a man fit company for himself.” - Thomas Fuller, M.D., Gnomologia, 1732, 3163.
EDUCATION: Learning occurs only when discomfort is relieved.” - "Brain Mechanism and the Control of Behaviour", p. 363. – Author? – LEARNING, PAIN, COMPULSION
EDUCATION: Learning which is forced can't be considered education.” - Chuck Hamilton, LAISSEZ FAIRE REVIEW, May/June, 1974. - EDUCATION VS. LEARNING
EDUCATION: Let education go commercial.” - Thomas L. Johnson, in THE FREEMAN, 11/73. - AS A BUSINESS
EDUCATION: let free trade reign in the educational market-place.” - Tibor Machan, Liberty & Culture, p.252.
EDUCATION: Let good teachers drive out the bad - by stopping compulsory attendance and finance of the present bureaucracy in education. Allow pupils and parents the right to refuse attendance and the right to refuse to pay for bad education and bad education will soon be driven out and be replaced by the kind of education, which more or less satisfies and serves its consumers or participants in the learning and teaching process. – JZ, n.d. & 26.7.13. - GRESHAM'S LAWEDUCATION: Let pupils rather play and work freely, at their own expense and risk, and on their own account, under guardianship of their parents. They will thus learn more and faster and we would save all the expense for compulsory schooling. - JZ, 9/12/78, & 11.6.00. - BY PLAY & WORK, RATHER THAN COMPULSORY SCHOOLING
EDUCATION: Let teachers be free to really teach.” - LP Lawyer, in talk, 1990. - FREEDOM & TEACHERS
EDUCATION: Let us at least try to provide them with what they ask for, and leave them as free as possible. Give them Bildung (for which he produces a Russian equivalent, and points out with pride that there is none in French or English) - that is to say, seek to influence them by precept and by example of our own lives; but do not apply "education" to them, which is essentially a method of coercion, and destroys what is most natural and sacred in man - the capacity for knowing and acting for himself in accordance with what he things to be true and good - the power and the right of self-direction.” - Isaiah Berlin, Russian Thinkers, 258, on Tolstoy. - VS. BILDUNG
EDUCATION: Let us have educational free enterprises instead of over-regulated and over-subsidised educational institutions. - JZ, 25.12.73. - THROUGH FREE ENTERPRISES
EDUCATION: Let us have freedom in education by ending "free" education and let us make all education costs tax- (not income) deductible. (This would still promote uneconomic use of the saved funds - but they are less likely to be wasted by private people than by government bureaucrats.) - JZ, n.d. - COSTS SHOULD BE DEDUCTIBLE FROM TAXES, NOT TAXABLE INCOMES
EDUCATION: Let us rather deduct all education costs from our taxes than get part of our taxes back in form of education subsidies. JZ, n.d. - FULL DEDUCTION OF EDUCATION EXPENSES FROM TAXES
EDUCATION: Let us replace education subsidies by the freedom to deduct education expenditures from the income tax (not from the taxable income). – JZ, n.d. - FINANCE, TAXATION & TAX DEDUCTIONS
EDUCATION: Liberate Education!" - not: "liberal education!". – Source? - LIBERATION IN EDUCATION
EDUCATION: Liberate Education.” - Campus Free College, slogan in NEW BANNER, 25 Feb. 1972.
EDUCATION: Like the best government being that which rules least, so the best education is that which least educates.” – (Wie die beste Regierung die ist, welche am wenigsten regiert, so ist die beste Erziehung die, welche am wenigsten erzieht.) – John Henry Mackay, Abrechnung, S.30. - THE BEST EDUCATION IS THAT WHICH LEAST “EDUCATES”.
EDUCATION: made me wish someone would write a perfectly dignified presentation of our educational practice in the light of a racket. It is time that somebody went after the scandalous organized rascality in our educational system…." - ALBERT JAY NOCK, A Journal of These Days, June 1932 - December 1933, William Morrow, 1934, 66. (*) - For instance, about 60 % of the teachers in N.S.W. and California do not teach but "administer" education and the quality of so many teachers and their methods are so poor that one could wish that they would not only go frequently but permanently on strike. Their unionist vested interest has largely buried knowledge of the successes of Joseph Lancaster's Monitor system, in which 1 teacher taught 1000 slum children reading, writing and arithmetic in 3 weeks to 3 months, each advancing at the own speed. To teach them more, for a full year, required then per child only 15 shillings p.a.. Even accounting for inflation since then, as little most children could earn by a few hours or productive labor. - The savages appearing under totalitarian and authoritarian regimes were, among other influences, the products of "free" public education, dished out mostly by teachers trained in State colleges, paid mostly by governments and bound to a curriculum prescribed by the State. The full range of individual rights and liberties are certainly not taught there. - JZ, 4.5.00. – (*) Dr. Walter Borgius has done this in his book “Die Schule, ein Frevel an der Jugend”, (The School, a Crime against Youth), published in German by my father in 1930 and again in 1980. To my knowledge not yet translated into English. – JZ, 17.11.10.) - http://www.google.com.au/language_tools?hl=en. Borgius's Die Ideenwelt des Anarchismus, I got from http://userpage.fu-berlin.de/~twokmi/texte/Borgius_Ideenwelt_des_Anarchismus
The book review for Borgius's Die Schule, ein Frevel and der Jugend is at http://regenbogen.kraetzae.de/ausgaben/21/frevel. I have not been able to find the book itself on the Internet, though I could look harder. – Benjamin Marks, in an email to me, recommending the use of the Google translation program. – I had forgotten that in 2004 I had scanned in the German text myself, coming to 1.2 MBs in Word 97 and 460 KBs zipped. It’s online at www.butterbach.net/lmp/cd2/
EDUCATION: Majority of states lining up to ditch No Child Left Behind - www.msnbc.msn.com - An individualist Anarchist, Dr. Walter Borgius, wrote a book, in German: Die Schule, ein Frevel an der Jugend. (The School, a Crime Against Youth.) My father published it, ca. 1930 and 1980. I could only afford to put it on microfiche and did get around to scan it in back in 2004 but not to translate it. I hope, that somebody will, soon. – JZ, 6.10.11, on Facebook. – The German edition is online, with 1.1 MBs, as part of a CD reproduced at: www.butterbach.net/lmp/cd2/ - JZ, 26.7.13. - SCHOOLS, YOUTH, DR. WALTER BORGIUS
EDUCATION: Make the whole school system private … Get the government out of it. Let parents send their kids to get whatever education they choose. The market can decide what's wanted. - You mean everyone has to pay fees? … - Why not? They do anyway, through taxes. But this way they'd have more say in how it gets spent. - Wouldn't that penalize kids from poorer families? - We don't want kids from poor families to starve either, but that doesn't mean the government has to run the supermarkets, …” - James P. Hogan, The Mirror Maze, p.84. – Education and upbringing loans could become the most profitable personal loans. They would be attracting large funds if they could be offered on a stable value basis and tax-free. – By now the technical possibilities for cheap self-education are almost unlimited. - JZ, 1.12.08. - POVERTY, SCHOOLS, STARVATION
EDUCATION: Man had better be without education than be educated by their rulers. – Thomas Hodgskin – in www.strike-the-root.com – Should be either Men instead of Man or his instead of their. – JZ - PUBLIC EDUCATION, GOVERNMENTAL EDUCATION, SCHOOLS
EDUCATION: man-produced ignorance.” - Ernest Benn, Murmurings, I/18. - FREE PUBLIC & COMPULSORY EDUCATION
EDUCATION: Man's going forward from cocksure ignorance to thoughtful uncertainty.” - Kenneth G. Johnson. - Unfortunately, our liberal to socialistic "educators" have also managed to cast much doubt upon some certainties. - JZ, 3.8.87. – Moreover, they uphold all too many false or flawed ideas. – JZ, 4.12.08.
EDUCATION: Mark Twain was right on the money when he said: "Some people get an education without going to college; the rest get it after they get out." – JOKES
EDUCATION: Meek young men grow up in colleges and believe it is their duty to accept the views which books have given, and grow up slaves.” - Emerson, Journals, 1836.
EDUCATION: Men are born ignorant, not stupid; they are made stupid by education.” - Bertrand Russell. – Eight to twelve years, sometimes more, are, largely, wasted for everybody through official “education”! – JZ, 1.12.08. - STUPIDITY, IGNORANCE, MEN
EDUCATION: Mental just as well as material poverty does not require hand-outs but, rather, self-help efforts to abolish them and these must be based on personal interest and motivation. - JZ, 8.6.83. - EDUCATION THROUGH SELF-HELP, POVERTY
EDUCATION: Minds are self-creative. They are not born, they are made.” - Quoted by Leonard E. Read, NOTES FROM FEE, 11/76. - But, as a rule and as at least somewhat free minds, they are self-made rather than made by parents or teachers. - JZ, 11.6.00, 26.7.13.
EDUCATION: more education in its current form is to invite further stultification of personality and the eradication of autonomy.” - B. R. Barber, Superman & Common Man, 117. - EDUCATION VS. MIS-EDUCATION
EDUCATION: More will mean worse.” - Kingsley Amis, Encounter.EDUCATION: Most countries try to improve their education system by pumping more money into it, which usually makes schools more efficient at doing the wrong things.” - Alvin Toffler, quoted in THE AUSTRALIAN, 5.12.1972. - Government spending is a failure in every other respect. Why should we expect it to be successful there? - JZ, 11.6.00. - GOVERNMENT SPENDING, SCHOOLS, UNIVERSITIES
EDUCATION: Most importantly, we are faced with an epidemic of unhappiness, of not knowing what we want or what we want to do. How many people, who have degrees, like what they are doing? What's the point of a good education, good qualifications, a good job with a sound company, and all the security that brings, if you hate the job? Many people will say that the answer is to leave the job and take one that is what is wanted. But that's the whole point - there is no job that is wanted. I think, without any exaggeration, only a minute number of people REALLY KNOW what they want to do, really know of an occupation that they would love and become totally absorbed in. And that, to me, is the most damning indictment of our educational system that I know of. The purpose of life is the achievement of happiness. The effect of our educational system is the general destruction of it.” - R. A. Howard, FREE ENTERPRISE, 4/75. - EDUCATION VS. HAPPINESS
EDUCATION: Most of the errors and terrors of territorial nationalism in modern times rose to extremes with the absurdity of a compulsory and government controlled education or rather mis-education system. Then mass media and compulsory education spread the nationalistic myths of the territorial Warfare States even into the underdeveloped countries. - JZ, 25.8.98. - TERRITORIALISM, NATIONALISM
EDUCATION: Most significant basic educational steps should be finished before puberty sets in. Mental stagnation, from then on, is all too common and will not be overcome by compulsion. - For the minimum education: Reading, writing and reckoning, only 3 weeks to 3 months are required under Joseph Lancaster's monitor system. On that basis all further education can be self-determined and acquired. Moreover, it could then be financed out of a few hours of productive labor every week, which in many cases would be more educational than are class sessions. - JZ, 7.11.96, 22.5.00.
EDUCATION: Much learning does not teach understanding.” - Heraclitus, Fragment, ca. 500 B.C., 6, tr. Philip Wheelwright. - LEARNING, JUDGMENT, WISDOM & UNDERSTANDING
EDUCATION: My degree was a kind of inoculation. I got just enough education to make me immune from it for the rest of my life.” - Alan Bennett, Forty Years On. - JOKES
EDUCATION: My grandmother wanted me to have an education, so she kept me out of school.” - Margaret Mead, SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, 12/76. - EDUCATION VS. SCHOOLING, JOKES
EDUCATION: My research into literacy in ...village schools near Bolton in the 1830s gives surprisingly high rates of literacy ... It was estimated that in 1870, when there were not enough schools for all, literacy had reached at least 90 per cent. Yet after a century of increasing state expenditure and interference in education, it is still estimated that 7 per cent of adolescents are illiterate or near illiterate.” – Dr. Rhodes Boyson, Education: A Framework for Choice, 1970, quoted in R. Harris & A. Seldon: Not from Benevolence, p.132. – COMPULSORY EDUCATION, ITS INTRODUCTION
EDUCATION: national service is kidnapping and/or slavery; ditto compulsory education.” - John Singleton with Bob Howard, Rip Van Australia, p.60. - VS. EDUCATIONAL SERVITUDE
EDUCATION: Neither class room and teacher and pupil relationships, nor self-educational groups, nor the discussions in parliaments, nor the mass media, nor the public libraries or conventional publishing and bookshops, not to speak of the churches and sects, have so far formed a sufficiently educational and enlightening environment. Not even the Internet has achieved that objective as yet. Most educational efforts so far, apart from specialized training, have resulted in more mis-education than education. – Many additional or alternative steps have to be taken to arrive at enlightenment. I call them a genuinely cultural revolution. - JZ, 29.8.87, 29.5.00, 5.12.08. In my 2010 digital book manuscript, still only called New Draft, not yet online but reviewed at www.panarchy.org - I described some details of such a “revolution” for libertarian enlightenment. Until it appears on a CD or online, I offer it as a zipped email attachment. It is not copyrighted. – JZ, 26.7.13.
EDUCATION: Never has so much been spent on so many with so little effect.” - FREEDOM NETWORK NEWS, April/May 1989.
EDUCATION: Never let the public schools interfere with your education.” - Mark Twain. – Private schools are today also under government controls. – JZ, 4.12.08. - PUBLIC SCHOOLS
EDUCATION: Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained.” - James A. Garfield, Letter of Acceptance, July 12, 1880. - How much is correctly taught about freedom and justice, in our schools and universities, especially on political, economic and social matters? - JZ, 23.5.00. - FREEDOM & JUSTICE, DIS.
EDUCATION: No amount of state education will make a really intelligent nation.” - Auberon Herbert, Mack, edition, p.179 – Both, “nations” and “intelligent nations” are, anyhow, mere figments of the imagination. – To subscribe to them one would first have to accept the wrongful and flawed premises of territorial statism. - JZ, 4.12.08, 26.7.13. – EDUCATION BY GOVERNMENTS? STATISM, TERRITORIALISM, NATIONS, PEOPLES
EDUCATION: No child under the age of fifteen should receive instruction in subjects which may possibly be the vehicle of serious error, such as philosophy or religion, for wrong notions imbibed early can seldom be rooted out, and of all the intellectual faculties, judgement is the last to arrive at maturity.” - Arthur Schopenhauer, On Education, 1851. - INDOCTRINATION & JUDGEMENT
EDUCATION: No citizen should have any portion of his wealth appropriated to support any sort of educational program or to pay for the education of other people's children.” - Nathaniel Branden, OBJECTIVIST NEWSLETTER, June 63. - EDUCATION WITHOUT TAXES
EDUCATION: No one can be made to learn. Only those who wish to learn can or ever will do so.” - Leonard E. Read, Comes the Dawn, 1976, 4. – Prolonged military discipline can turn out what territorial governments would call “good soldiers”. – JZ, 4.12.08. - LEARNING
EDUCATION: No one should be forced to support this primitive, counterproductive system of mass obedience and indoctrination.” - A friend of Thomas Paine, A Personal Declaration of Independence, 1996, Zeone Press, Sedalia, Col. - SCHOOLS, COMPULSORY EDUCATION
EDUCATION: No wonder teenagers become confused. While half the parents are telling them to find themselves the other half is telling them to get lost.” - W.G.P. - JOKES
EDUCATION: nobody learns anything unless he wants to learn it. We are turning the pursuit of knowledge from an exciting prospect into an exercise in almighty boredom.” - Henry Meulen, THE INDIVIDUALIST, 10/75. - IMPOSED VS. VOLUNTARY LEARNING
EDUCATION: Nobody should be a minister for education. Nobody can even educate himself sufficiently, far less all others. To pretend to be able to do so reveals an extreme lack of education, one that disqualifies for every important position. - JZ, 5.2.83. - All they can do is waste taxpayers' money under the pretence of promoting mass education. - JZ, 11.6.00. - MINISTERS FOR EDUCATION
EDUCATION: Not a penny for government schools! - JZ, Not, at least, out of my pockets, if I can help it! JZ - FINANCE, TAX SUBSIDIES
EDUCATION: Not all schooling is education nor all education schooling.” - W. von Humboldt, who was once Prussian Minister for Education and wrote a book entitled: The Limits of the Effectiveness of the State, which is still worth reading. - JZ, 31.1.02. – SCHOOLSEDUCATION: Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts. - Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams, 1907, p.25, quoted in: Albert Jay Nock, Memoirs of a Superfluous Man, Harper, 1943, p.258. - If only unrelated and misunderstood facts were accumulated, the situation would not yet be so bad. However, there is also the vast accumulation and mutual confirmation of popular errors and prejudices - which all those who hold them seem to understand quite fully and can rapidly relate to all other prejudices accumulated in their heads. The accumulation of prejudices and errors unrelated to facts is at least a close second. - JZ, 15.11.78, 3.8.87. – KNOWLEDGE, IGNORANCE, FACTS, JUDGMENT, UNDERSTANDING, COMPREHENSION
EDUCATION: Nowadays almost nobody but teachers gets anything worthwhile out of school education. - JZ, 7.7.78. – However, while monetary and financial despotism are being continued, the job chances for those without a school certificate are so much worse that for that reason alone, individuals should not drop out of it. If they did, then under present conditions they would greatly reduce their future employment chances, although not always, as was proven e.g. by my second son Thomas and my eldest grandson Keiran. – JZ, 282.13. - EDUCATION FOR THE BENEFIT OF TEACHERS
EDUCATION: Oh education! What crimes are committed under thy name! - JZ, 26.2.78. - "Oh, Liberty, what crimes are committed in thy name!" - Madame Roland, shortly before her execution? – JZ - SCHOOLING, A FORM OF CRIME, COMMITTED WHOLESALE AGAINST THE NEW GENERATION
EDUCATION: Oh, what have people not expected, what do they not expect still, from education! The majority of progressive men expect everything from it, and it is only in these later days that some begin to understand that it offers nothing but illusions ... the organization of the school, far from spreading the ideal which we imagined, has made education the most powerful means of enslavement in the hands of the governing powers today.” - Francisco Ferrer, The Modern School.
EDUCATION: On one occasion Aristotle was asked how much educated men were superior to those uneducated: ‘As much,’ said he, ‘as the living are to the dead.’” - Diogenes Laertius, Lives of the Philosophers (Aristotle), ca. 150 B. C. – Yes, for the truly educated persons. But these are, as a rule, not produced by governmental education. – JZ, 28.2.13.
EDUCATION: Once everyone could read and write various popular errors, spleens, hypotheses and prejudices tended to prevail more than ever before, regardless of their lack of truth contents, and this in the academic world almost as much as among the men on the street, at least within the “social sciences”. I am not sure whether a wider spread literacy is to blame, among those unable or unwilling to make the best use of it, or the conditioning received in government schools, re-enforced by mass media. Popular errors, myths and prejudices are, by their very nature, much easier to accept and spread than truths. Schools, literacy and mass media facilitated their maintenance and spread. - JZ, 21.12.92 & 23.5.00, 14.12.08, 26.7.13. - Compare what Albert Jay Nock wrote on education. - SCHOOLING, MASS MEDIA & LITERACY
EDUCATION: Once public money walks into education, schools are on their way to sure politicisation.” - Charles R. LaDow, THE FREEMAN, 2/75. - PUBLIC FUNDING & POLITICISATIONEDUCATION: One can easily see by looking at the results of our educational system that never was so much spent on so many with so little result.” - Marshall Bruce Evoy, LIBERTARIAN OPTION, 1/75. - SPENDING BY GOVERNMENTS, WASTEFUL RATHER THAN EFFECTIVE
EDUCATION: One can't talk sense to our "educated" people. They would not understand it. - JZ, 1.6.78. - They "know" their popular prejudices are "the truth". - JZ, 3.8.87. - Where are the really educated people? - JZ, 11.6.00.
EDUCATION: One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.” - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum. - BY PARENTS RATHER THAN TEACHERS
EDUCATION: One has always to educate oneself in the end.” - Listener, in public meeting lecture on education. - EDUCATION THROUGH SELF-EDUCATION!
EDUCATION: One is taught in accordance with one's fitness to learn.” - From film: The Circle of Iron. - TEACHING, LEARNING
EDUCATION: One of the few cases of inferior bargaining positions is that of school-children. They are unable to escape harsh treatment, petty rules, or uncongenial conditions by shopping around between schools.” - Samuel Brittan, Capitalism and the Permissive Society. - SCHOOLS, CHILDREN, BARGAINING, EDUCATIONAL SLAVERY
EDUCATION: One of the worst effects of compulsory schooling: the aura or vibes of boredom emanating from a class. - JZ, 13.3.73. – How much of the compulsory schooling time is simply wasted for its victims? – JZ, 4.12.08. - BOREDOM IN CLASSROOMS
EDUCATION: One should be at liberty to discriminate in one's educational relationships at least as much as one should be in one's sexual relationships. - JZ, 3.8.87. - BY CHOICE, UNDER FULL FREEDOM & COMPETITION
EDUCATION: Only the educated are free.” - Epictetus, 2nd c., Discourses, II, 1. - Are they? Are primary, secondary and tertiary education really roads to individual liberty or at most to some private liberties? - JZ, 24.11.02. - Only the truly educated can become free and remain free. - JZ, 15.11.85, 23.5.00. - FREEDOM
EDUCATION: Only under an educational system where there is freedom of choice, not a government monopoly of schools and taxes, can parents give their children the kind of education they feel is best for them.” - PARENTS RIGHTS, INC., 12 571 Northwinds Drive, St. Louis, Mo. 63 141, according to FREEDOM TODAY, March 1976. - FREE CHOICE
EDUCATION: Our children are compelled to attend institutions that restrict and destroy their potentialities, their desire to learn.” - Hugh Frazer, LIBERTARIAN OPTIMISM, 4/78. – At least in all too many cases. – JZ, 28.2.13. - SCHOOLS AS DESTROYERS
EDUCATION: our culture's great learning disability, an educational system that emphasizes being "right" at the expense of being open. … the fear of learning - and transformation - is the inevitable product of such a system.” - M. Ferguson, The Aquarian Conspiracy, p.306. - The attempt to be right does not preclude openness to anything worth examining. And "rights", especially individual rights and among those the ones omitted in governmental declarations of human rights, are very much neglected in government-run formal schooling and, as far as I know, even in most universities. - JZ, 6.4.89 & 29.5.00. - BEING RIGHT & OPENNESS
EDUCATION: Our educational system is accepting the philosophy of the convoy – ‘Proceed at the maximum pace of the slowest member’ - with disastrous results. - John W. Campbell, Jr., ANALOG, June 1980, from editorial of Aug. 58. - State education has the “strength” of its weakest links in its chains. - JZ, 11.6.00. – At least in some cases its weakest links are some of the “teachers”. – JZ, 26.7.13.
EDUCATION: Our major threat today is a world-wide monopoly in the domination of men's minds.” - E. Reimer, School Is Dead, p.20. – MONOPOLY, ENLIGHTENMENT, IDEAS ARCHIVE, ENCYCLOPEDIA OF REFUTATIONS, IGNORANCE, PREJUDICES, SCHOOLS, UNIVERSITIES
EDUCATION: Our primary problem as libertarians seems to be: How to educate libertarians sufficiently. We haven't even got, as yet, a libertarian encyclopaedia to help us in this educational project. - JZ, 1977, 3.8.87. – No comprehensive abstracts and review collection, bibliography, refutations file, collection of diverse definitions, complete electronic library, directory, projects list, not even a complete list of libertarian texts already online, collection of libertarian jokes, poems, songs. – JZ, 4.12.08. - EDUCATION OF LIBERTARIANS, LIBERTARIAN BASIC RESOURCE TOOLS
EDUCATION: Parental instruction was downgraded. The State had declared war with parents over control of their children.” - M. N. Rothbard, Education, Free & Compulsory. As if bureaucrats loved children more than parents do their own children. Some teachers saw to it that all their graduates volunteered for WW I! They had readied them to slaughter or be slaughtered, with unquestioning obedience, falling for some “patriotic” catch-phrases. - JZ, 11.6.00. - EDUCATION UNDER STATE CONTROL
EDUCATION: Parents Rights Inc. is fighting for the right of parents to educate their children as they see fit. - FREEDOM TODAY, 3/76. - THE RIGHTS OF PARENTSEDUCATION: peasants in India, sharecroppers in Alabama and dish washers from Harlem do not need more education until the world is ready to absorb them into better jobs.” - Everett Reimer, School Is Dead, p.16. - With better education on their basic rights and liberties they could soon come to provide themselves with much better paying and productive jobs, paid in competing private and cooperative currencies, issued by themselves or people and associations whom they will trust because they can redeem with them these monies in the goods and services they want. - JZ, 11.6.00. – UNEMPLOYMENT, EDUCATION & MONETARY FREEDOM
EDUCATION: people appreciate what they must pay for, but seldom adequately value what they get for nothing. - INFORM, May 79. - FREE EDUCATION IS NOT ATTRACTIVE ENOUGH
EDUCATION: People have a way of becoming what you encourage them to be - not what you nag them to be.” - Scudder M. Parker, In All Love and Honor.EDUCATION: people like to say, for example, that no one should have the right to choose to be illiterate - a right I have any time I travel to a foreign country. A global schoolhouse would be a world, which we seem to be moving towards, in which one group of people would have the right through our entire lives to subject the rest of us to various sorts of tests, and if we did not measure up, to require us to submit to various kinds of treatment, i.e., education, therapy, etc., until we did. A worse nightmare is hard to imagine.” - John Holt, Instead of Education. – “CONTINUED EDUCATION", ILLITERACY
EDUCATION: People should not be forced to be educated, nor should teachers be forced to submit to a moral standard set by the State.” - LIBERTAS REVIEW, vol. 5, No. 3. - That might leave "free" education - out of coercive taxes and coercive curriculum standards and coercive training systems for teachers untouched. – JZ, n.d. & 26.7.13. - FREEDOM FOR PUPILS & TEACHERS
EDUCATION: Perhaps the greatest cost of wave conflict in America will be paid by the millions of children currently compulsorily enrolled in schools that are attempting to prepare them - and not very successfully at that - for jobs that won't exist. Call that stealing the future." - Alvin Toffler – The provision of jobs is also under major government-imposed monopolies, like monetary and financial despotism – and thus, correspondingly, insufficient or misdirected (as into the bureaucracies or the military). – JZ, 17.11.10.
EDUCATION: Philip Brenner ... views the present educational system as one that fosters competition and one that denies self-fulfilment to children, thereby tending to incapacitate people from challenging the existing political order...” – “Outside Looking In.”, p. 329. - It fosters only the "competitions" of e.g. compulsory races! - JZ, 11.6.00. Not the competition between people who got to know, appreciate and practise all or most of the individual rights and liberties. – JZ, 26.7.13.EDUCATION: PLAYBOY: You dropped out of school at 15. Before that, you were an irredeemable truant. Didn't you like education? HESS: I LOVED education, which is why I spent as little time as possible in school.” (7/76.) - EDUCATION VS. SCHOOLING, JOKES
EDUCATION: Police type education: This is featured by three forms of police coercion: (1) compulsory attendance, (2) police dictated curricula, and (3) the forcible collection of the where-withal to pay the enormous bill. The police have no more place in education than in religion.” - Leonard E. Read, The Love of Liberty, p. 97. – The training of teachers and the testing and certification of the results are also, largely, monopolized. – JZ, EDUCATION VIA THE POLICE?
EDUCATION: Presently the publicly educated victims of the system almost never doubt compulsory attendance, finance and curriculum. At least to that extent their real education was an almost total failure. – JZ, n.d. - ITS FAILURE
EDUCATION: Presently, a parent who sends a student to a private school pays twice; he is taxed to support public schooling and pays tuition for private education. Under the "voucher system", parents, who elect to send their children to a private school, would receive taxpayers' money equal to the cost of keeping a child in the public school. In brief, this would amount to government financing of students for private school education. - Is such a scheme an escape from socialism? While it appears to offer the student his choice among government and private schools, the fact is that the taxpayers, with or without children, are still forced to pay the bill and are afforded no choice: they are still the victims of socialism.” – Leonard E. Read, Then Truth Will Out. - Moreover, compulsory school attendance, government-chosen curriculum, governmental teacher training or standards and other standards tied to the grants might or would be involved. - JZ, 4.8.87.) - EDUCATION VS. PARENTSEDUCATION: Private education is far cheaper than public schooling. In New York, the Catholic schools typically spend 1/3 rd as much per student in the classroom as the government schools, and 1/100 as much on administration. … Yet, before government schooling, literacy in America was 90%. Now over half of the students graduating from government schools emerge functionally illiterate.” – Source? - SCHOOLS, PRIVATE VS. PUBLIC
EDUCATION: Properly defined, education is the most revolutionary of all human activities and the State is the least capable of all in structuring it.” - William Thurston Brown, quoted in W. Reichert, Partisans of Freedom, p.456. – EDUCATION, BUT NOT THROUGH THE STATE
EDUCATION: Public schooling suppresses the diversity among individuals.” - Mark Spengler, Education in a Free Society, THE FREEMAN, July 1977, 419. – In spite of all such prolonged and wide-spread criticism we have still not seen panarchism significantly or completely introduced in the sphere of education. – Territorial compulsion and tax-subsidies have largely prevented freedom in education. - JZ, 17.11.10. - SCHOOLS
EDUCATION: Public schools are a prison system and the teachers its wardens.” - LIBERTARIAN CONNECTION, 6.5.71. – Just like “nations” are, largely, territory-wide prisons and governments their wardens. – JZ, 17.11.10. - PUBLIC SCHOOLS, SCHOOLS AS PRISONS
EDUCATION: Public Schools too often fail because they are shielded from the very force that improves performance and sparks innovation in nearly every other human enterprise – competition. – Robert Lutz/Clark Durant
EDUCATION: Pupils are in effect conscripted for the State system by governments which tax all equally to pay for schooling and then confer a great price advantage on those who choose their "free" schools.” - Mr G. E. F. Hughes, THE BULLETIN, June 26, 1976. - PUPILS AS CONSCRIPTS, EDUCATIONAL SLAVERY
EDUCATION: Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man.” – Benjamin Franklin’s "POOR RICHARD", 1738. - And schooling all too often produces ignorant or prejudiced people and fools. - JZ, 21.5.80, 26.7.13. - SOME ALTERNATIVES TO SCHOOLS
EDUCATION: Real education is not to be had to any great degree from school.” - Christine McGowan, in WOMBAT, 4. EDUCATION, OPTING OUT. - To opt out of this rotten and corrupting system is the only hope for us. And those who have opted out, like previously the religious dissenters and nonconformists did, should not have to pay, in any way, for the old educational system. End the compulsory aid to public schools. Let them continue on the market only or fail on the market. – JZ, n.d. - NOT THROUGH SCHOOLS
EDUCATION: Real education must ultimately be limited to one who really insists on knowing; the rest is merely sheep-herding.” - Ezra Pound, ABC of Reading, 1934. – SCHOOLS, SELF-EDUCATION, INTELLECTUAL CURIOSITY, WILL TO LEARN
EDUCATION: recognize that learning is a life-long process. In the future, much more of the burden will be on the student than on the teacher.” - Newt Gingrich, Window of Opportunity, A Blueprint for the Future, 3. – As far as possible it should be turned from a burden into an individual and also a shared and attractive adventure. – JZ, 1.12.08. - KNOWLEDGE, LEARNING
EDUCATION: Religious people should not be forced to pay tributes to government schools via general taxes. - JZ, 10.8.80. - If religious people can rightly be forced to pay for government schools then non-religious people could rightly be forced to pay for religious education. - JZ, 11.6.00. - RELIGION
EDUCATION: Research has seriously discredited the public schools. From the famous Coleman Report (with a $1.25 million HEW grant and a sample of 600,000 students) and dozens of other studies, no correlation has been found between either expenditure per pupil or teacher-pupil ratio and results on standardised tests. The fundamental dogma of the public schoolmen, that more money and smaller classes would solve any problems, simply isn't true.” - Rod Manis, in: Outside Looking In, p.430. - PUBLIC SCHOOLS
EDUCATION: School certificates are largely certificates of incompetence - under the present system. - JZ, 11.6.00.
EDUCATION: School is the advertising agency, which makes you believe that you need the society as it is. – Ivan Illich, quoted by - Lily Pink shared Beware of Disinformation's photo. – Alas, even he mixed up society with the territorial State. – JZ, 6.3.13. – SCHOOL, SOCIETY, STATE
EDUCATION: School is the place where family prejudices are replaced by public ones.” – Dagobert D.. Runes, A Dictionary of Thought. - PREJUDICES & SCHOOLS
EDUCATION: School usually drums the lust to learn out of kid's heads and even as adults most do not recover from this treatment. - JZ, 7.6.83. - Learning can and should also be a pleasure, not only a chore, but it rarely is in government schools. - Mostly teachers and pupils are just bored with each other and go through the prescribed motions. - JZ, 11.6.00. - EDUCATION VS. SCHOOLING
EDUCATION: Schooling is not a good substitute for education. - JZ, 28.5.00.
EDUCATION: Schooling, to be successful, MUST be non-compulsory.” - Bob Howard, PROGRESS PARTY NEWSLETTER, 12/77. - NON-COMPULSORYEDUCATION: Schoolism isn't inherently better than any other ism. But, at least temporarily, in form of "compulsory schooling", it enslaves more people than any other ism. - JZ, 29.4.92. - And it wrongly conditions them into obedient subjects - at this “opportunity”. - JZ, 27.5.00. - SCHOOLS
EDUCATION: Schoolmasters and parents exist to be grown out of.” - John Wolfender, SUNDAY TIMES, July 23, 1958. - SCHOOLS, TEACHERS & PARENTS
EDUCATION: Schools - "the churches of democracy" - quoted by Carl J. Friedrich, A New Belief in the Common Man, 283. – EDUCATION - A RELIGION
EDUCATION: schools ... to be dissolved and replaced by educational businesses, that is, businesses that operate like other enterprises in a competitive and open manner with the intention of satisfying customers.” - Thomas L. Johnson, THE FREEMAN, 11/73. - BY COMPETITIVE ENTERPRISES
EDUCATION: Schools are among the very few "enterprises" … "whose customers must attend under force of the law", ... - Thomas L. Johnson, THE FREEMAN, 11/73. - COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE LAWS
EDUCATION: schools give them powers which corrupt their judgement.” - Everett Reimer, School Is Dead, p.117. – TEACHERS
EDUCATION: Schools have little to do with education and even less to do with life.” - Ivan Illich, according to Michael Macklin, in COLD COMFORT, Dec. 72. - EDUCATION VS. SCHOOLING
EDUCATION: Schools rather shut up than open up children's mouths and minds. - JZ, 29.4.92. - SCHOOLSEDUCATION: Schools, which operate like giant bureaucracies, with their administrators increasing like rabbits...” - Thomas L. Johnson, THE FREEMAN, 11/73. - SCHOOLS & BUREAUCRACY
EDUCATION: Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is. – Isaac Asimov, 1920-1992. – Quoted by Asia Barberini and 4 other friends - who shared Free Your Mind and Think's photo on Facebook, 13.4.12.
EDUCATION: Separation of state and school is as important as separation of state and church.” - John A. Howard, pres. of Rockford College, A IS A NEWSLETTER, 2/72.
EDUCATION: Shall there be a free society with parental control of the child's education, or an authoritarian society with state-controlled education? - Murray N. Rothbard, Education, Free & Compulsory, p.11. - UNDER PARENTAL CONTROL
EDUCATION: She contends that what schools mostly do is practise rigid age segregation, socialize children into narrow roles, label people into limiting categories, create meaningless problems, value obedience & compliance above all other virtues, teach that life is segmented by ringing bells, & worse.” - Leslie Graves in reviewing Grace Llewellyn, The Teenage Liberation Handbook. - SCHOOLS
EDUCATION: Should we make "it our business to see that the child from his birth has every comfort lavished upon him and every personal responsibility removed from him?” - Ernest Benn, Why Freedom Works, p.74. - SELF-RESPONSIBILITY, Q.
EDUCATION: So long as children remain full-time students, they remain children - economically, politically, even legally.” - E. Reimer, School is Dead, p.24. - SERVITUDE OF CHILDREN
EDUCATION: So long as education remains the province of politics, however democratic the process, it will not be possible to approach this issue without someone or some group believing, rightly, that it is being coerced into having its ideas rejected. Parents, who know in their bones if not in some intellectually impressive way that they must be responsible for the moral and intellectual rearing of their children, will not sit still for such tyranny. – With education removed from the hands of politicians [who are themselves the most mis-educated and conceited of the lot! – JZ, 11.11.12.], it may appear first that some of the poorer children will not receive a good education. [See on this the cheapness and effectiveness of the Joseph Lancaster system, in which one teacher, with the help of monitors among the pupils, can teach in quietness and discipline up to 1,000 pupils in one large room, and this rather fast. – JZ, 11.11.12.] However, this is a myth and easily overcome with some ingenuity, especially in a free society where the creative energies of people can explore various ways to solve problems. So the road should be open to the solution of the controversy about what to teach to whom in our schools. Let there be a wide-open educational marketplace, just as there is such a marketplace in the publishing of magazines, books, newspapers, in the establishment of churches, and in the development of scientific theories. Then, under the protection of the First Amendment, the search for the truth about the development of the human species can continue in peace. – Tibor Machan, Liberty and Culture, 265.
EDUCATION: So-called educational programs designed to repair the ignorant, when applied to the high-level freedom area, are less than useless. They only activate the existing ignorance, better left dormant.” – Leonard E. Read, Elements of Libertarian Leadership, p.132. - EDUCATION OF OF THE MASSES? PROPAGANDA, MASSES, OUTREACH, IGNORANCE, PREJUDICES, SPREADING THE WORD, ENLIGHTENMENT, PROPAGANDA, PUBLICITY,
EDUCATION: Some experts believe that the cost of providing direct-broadcast TV education to a medium-size country would work out at around a dollar per pupil per year. That's only the cost of the satellite and the TV sets; the software and personnel would work out at several times as much. Nevertheless, one can envisage an educational satellite system covering the whole world...” - Arthur C. Clarke, Man, Space, and Destiny, ANALOG 1976. - COST REDUCTIONS VIA SATELLITE TV
EDUCATION: Something Worth Taking: Once we realize that education is a taking-in process, we can then readily see that this presupposes that someone possesses something worth taking in. Nothing can be extracted from zeros. Is it not therefore fortunate that all we can do, indeed, all that we need to do to improve the social environment, is to "grow mature"? How? Listening!” - Leonard E. Read, Who's Listening? 4. – Read and watch, too! And do not forget speaking and writing either, to develop your mind. – JZ, 4.12.08.
EDUCATION: Sometimes I wonder why we still have teachers - when nothing worthwhile seems to be taught any more. - JZ, 6.6.77, 4.12.08. - TEACHERS
EDUCATION: Soon you'll be able to get a formal school certificate by being able to sing the first two lines of ‘God Save the Queen’, and a Ph.D. for being able to WRITE OUT - without punctuation, of course - the whole of ’advance Australia Fair’.” - Prof. Harry Messell. - JOKES
EDUCATION: State education is a mere contrivance for moulding people to be exactly alike one another; ... in proportion as it is efficient and successful; it establishes a despotism over the mind, leading by a natural tendency to one over the body.” - John Stuart Mill, 1859.
EDUCATION: State education stifles genius in both teacher and student.” - Carl Watner, A Voluntary Political Government, p.38, on Charles Lane.
EDUCATION: State education, introduced 100 years ago by men and women concerned first to provide the benefits of universal literacy and later to develop leisure and cultural pursuits, is more and more coming under control of the trendy 'expert', who seeks to make his name at the children's expense while he gathers his money from the state.” – Dr Rhodes Boyson, Down With The Poor, p.3. - EDUCATION BY THE STATE?
EDUCATION: Statist teachers can't teach non-statist solutions.” - JZ, 3.5.92. - TEACHERS, CURRICULUM, STATISM
EDUCATION: Still another way to benefit business is to shift the burden of teaching from people to reproducible objects, be these books or computers.” - Everett Reimer, The School Is Dead, p.147.
EDUCATION: Stop "the enforced government program against school children". - Anderson / Miles, Constitution, p.39. - SCHOOLS
EDUCATION: Stop the "compulsory public babysitting system". - LIBERTARIAN CONNECTION, 6.5.71. - EDUCATION VS. SCHOOLING
EDUCATION: Studies have shown that rising public school expenditures lead to no increase in student achievement.” - Libertarian Yearbook, 1972, p.12. - EXPENDITURES INCREASE BUT NOT ACHIEVEMENTS, RISING COSTS, FALLING ACHIEVEMENTS
EDUCATION: such schooling as they get emphasises how they must fit themselves to the basic system. - Poul Anderson, The Long Way Home, p.64. - VS. CONDITIONING
EDUCATION: Suppression of free instruction should be regarded with even greater horror than suppression of a free press because here the unformed minds of children are involved.” - Murray N. Rothbard, Education, Free and Compulsory, p.16. - COMPETITIVE
EDUCATION: Taxpayers don't owe anyone an education.” - L. E. Spangler, LIBERTARIAN DIGEST, Sydney, 7/81.
EDUCATION: Teachers - a front group for those officious bureaucrats who terrorise American children.” - LIBERTARIAN REVIEW, 3/78, p.5. - TEACHERS AS TERRORISTS
EDUCATION: Teachers are among the few professionals whose "customers" are forced to attend and even forced to pay (via their guardians) when they get no services, incomplete ones or even disservices. - JZ, 30.6.77. - TEACHERS & THEIR SLAVES, THE PUPILSEDUCATION: Teachers, schools and universities have largely become obstacles to true education. - JZ, 8.10.82.
EDUCATION: Teaching at ANY level consists in INITIATING others into activities, modes of conduct and thought which have STANDARDS written into them, by reference to which it is possible to act, think, and feel with varying degrees of skill, relevance and taste. If teachers are not convinced of this, they should be otherwise employed.” - R. S. Peters, quoted by R. Conway in QUADRANT, 4/76. - TEACHERS, TEACHING, SELF-EDUCATION VS. NUREMBERG FUNNEL EDUCATION
EDUCATION: That erroneous assumption is to the effect that the aim of public education is to fill the young of the species with knowledge and awaken their intelligence, and so make them fit to discharge the duties of citizenship in an enlightened and independent manner. Nothing could be further from the truth. The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardised citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. That is its aim in the United States, whatever the pretensions of politicians, pedagogues and other such mountebanks, and that is its aim everywhere else.” - H. L. Mencken.
EDUCATION: that gift that exists in every child until it is suppressed or poisoned by the schools.” - James Blish, Welcome to Mars, p.15. - SCHOOLS AS A THREAT TO THE GIFTED
EDUCATION: That is what school teaching is all about: Destruction of creativity and spontaneity.” JZ, 2/75. - EDUCATION VS. SCHOOLING
EDUCATION: That to compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical.” - Thomas Jefferson, To Roger C. Weighman, 24.6.1826. - COMPULSORY EDUCATION
EDUCATION: That we have great men in our time and recent times is not because of our educational system, but rather in spite of it. They are the ones the teachers couldn't spoil. At least they couldn't spoil them altogether, although some important figures of our times bear the mark of moral confusion and anti-social behavior. Some of them use their gifts and talents to sing the praise of totalitarian dictators. Others do not hesitate to undermine and betray the welfare of the democratic community they live in.” – Dagobert D. Runes, A Dictionary of Thought, p.49. – Also in: Dagobert D. Runes, A Book of Contemplation, p.54. - GREAT MEN
EDUCATION: That which any one has been long learning unwillingly, he unlearns with proportionable eagerness and haste.” - William Hazlitt, On Personal Character, The Plain Speaker, 1826. - SCHOOLS
EDUCATION: That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding.” - Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1911). - WISDOM & UNDERSTANDING, JUDGMENT
EDUCATION: The aim of education is the knowledge not of facts, but of value.” - William R. Inge, Dean of St. Pauls, The Church in the World. - KNOWLEDGE & VALUES, FACTS, MORALITY, ETHICS
EDUCATION: The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think - rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with the thoughts of other men.” - James Beattie, in The Free Man's Almanac. - SELF-THINKING
EDUCATION: The aim of education should never be to be better than others but to be closer to realising one's own best potentials. - JZ, 4.8.87.
EDUCATION: The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to down dissent and originality." - H. L. Mencken - IN GOVERNMENT-RUN OR GOVERNMENT-CONTROLLED SCHOOLS:
EDUCATION: The American public school system has come to resemble a vast civil service, in which the trend is toward a policy of considering everything about a teacher's qualifications ... except his teaching ability; and of considering everything about a student's qualifications ... except his intellectual competence.” - Nathaniel Branden, THE OBJECTIVIST NEWSLETTER, June 1963. - TEACHERS
EDUCATION: the application of coercion to education is turning out what a vast majority of us do not want: millions of "educated" coercionists, annually - exactly what any capable diagnostician would have predicted. It is unrealistic to believe that institutions founded on coercion can, in the long run, advance an understanding of freedom. The record is already speaking for itself.” – Leonard E. Read, Deeper Than You Think, p.12. – Or, rather, against itself! – JZ, 4.12.08. - EDUCATION THAT IS COERCIVE & THAT PRODUCES COERCION
EDUCATION: The best part of every man's education is that which he gives to himself.” - Sir Walter Scott. - EDUCATION THROUGH SELF-EDUCATION
EDUCATION: The best thing that education can create in us is consideration and responsibility.” - Graff. – As if the families had no role in supporting good character traits and as if government schools were not enforcing obedience, conformity, submissiveness to authority, prescribed rules and scheduled lessons and rote learning. – Do any of them teach genuine individual rights and liberties? - JZ, 27.2.13. -CONSIDERATENESS & RESPONSIBILITY, DIS.
EDUCATION: The better part of every man's education is that which he gives himself.” - J. R. Lowell, My Study Windows: Lincoln, p.14. - EDUCATION THROUGH SELF-EDUCATION
EDUCATION: The business of education is already under too many legal restraints. Let these be removed.” - Joseph Priestley, An Essay on the First Principles of Government, published in 1771.
EDUCATION: The care which governments have taken to direct the education of the people, and the bankruptcy of the hopes of the believers in liberty. The education of today is nothing more than drill...” - Francesco Ferrer, quoted in Sprading, p.490. - THE STATE
EDUCATION: the century-old Australian illusion that education is something confined merely to teachers and to nice, shiny, custodial barracks, while parents and society loiter impatiently at the end of some certified conveyor belt.” - Ron Conway, QUADRANT, 4/76. - VS. COMPULSORY SCHOOLING:
EDUCATION: The chief object of education is not to learn things but to unlearn things.” - G. K. Chesterton. - ERRORS, PREJUDICES, MYTHS
EDUCATION: The chief reason why the schools seem to be doing everything wrong is that they are wrong, in themselves.” - Michael Macklin, summing up Ivan Illich's ideas, COLD COMFORT, Dec. 72.
EDUCATION: The chief wonder of education is that it does not ruin everybody concerned in it, teachers and taught.” - Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams, p.55. - THE WONDER OF STATE EDUCATION IS THAT IT DOESN'T RUIN EVERYBODY
EDUCATION: The child who is likely to benefit from study, needs neither school nor university, but only access to good library. If he does not willingly make use of such a library, academic education is not for him, and parents will be wise merely to impress upon him that some day he will have to earn his own living.” - Henry Meulen, quoted in SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, 12/76.
EDUCATION: The children were seized by the State and educated in barracks to the ideals of State obedience.” – Murray N. Rothbard, Education, Free & Compulsory, p.18. - FREE & COMPULSORY
EDUCATION: The collectivist jargon issuing from classrooms accounts, in no small measure, for collectivistic practices in all walks of life.” - Leonard E. Read, THE FREEMAN, 2/75. - COLLECTIVISM
EDUCATION: The consumer has been misled and tricked. It is unfortunate that in our misplaced trust, we have accepted state education as a near-monopoly so that we have become captive customers without easy alternatives or protection.” - George Hardy, The Doom of the Welfare Society, p.38. - A STATE MONOPOLY
EDUCATION: the continuing "crisis in education" ... actually is a crisis in government-operated education.” - Gary North, THE FREEMAN, 5/76. – CRISIS IN EDUCATION
EDUCATION: The crowning monopoly power of all, of course, is the compulsory education laws. Few other monopolists enjoy the privilege of being able to compel by law the attendance of customers in the monopolist's "store". The public education "stores" (schools) have enjoyed this privilege for about a century. Whether they have served children as well as alternative methods of providing education is not a subject for considerable doubt. What is clear is that compulsion has served the private interests of public school personnel (*) very well.” - E. G. West, The Perils of Public Education, THE FREEMAN, 11/77, 685. – (*) And that of the mere bureaucrats of the “Education Department”. How many do actually teach and how many do merely “administrate” teaching? – JZ, 26.7.13. - COMPULSORY EDUCATION
EDUCATION: the curious number of original thinkers educated at home - Mill, Edison, Einstein, etc....” - Eric B. Lindsay, GEGENSCHEIN 31. - It is not so curious if one ponders that only intelligent and successful people can afford and are able and willing to teach their children at home. - JZ, 11.6.00. - HOME SCHOOLING
EDUCATION: The desideratum is not to redistribute income but to make capital available at comparable terms for human and physical investment. Individuals should bear the costs of investments in themselves and receive the rewards.” - Milton Friedman, Capitalism and Freedom, p.105. - FINANCE
EDUCATION: The educated man is mature. His maturity is based on articulation; an understanding of general principles, not gadgets; and on truth, not boosterism. The educated man seeks more truth - more education all his life. His love of humanity is not sentimental but honest, and he expresses it by the way he acts. He can be trusted. And he serves himself by serving liberty, which is his fundamental principle.” - Philip Wylie, READER'S DIGEST, 10/47. – What is the percentage of as mature people in the population? – JZ, 4.12.08. - MATURITY
EDUCATION: The educated man, or what we now call the educated man, knows a vast amount which is not so.” - Robert Conquest, We & They, Civil & Despotic Cultures, Temple-Smith, London, 1980, p 184. - PREJUDICES
EDUCATION: The education business is a multi-billion dollar industry. Few industries in America have delivered as shoddy a product at as great a cost as has the American school system.” - Jack Semmens, THE MATCH, July/August 75. - AN EXPENSIVE AND SHODDY MONOPOLY PRODUCT
EDUCATION: The education establishment does not know what is best for your child...” - "REASON", 1/79, p.51. – Just like the territorial political establishment does not know what is best for you. – JZ, 26.7.13. -THE RIGHTS OF CHILDREN
EDUCATION: The education he had received bore little relation to the education he needed. Speaking as an American of 1900, he had as yet no education at all. He knew not even where or how to begin.” - Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams, 1907, ch.3.
EDUCATION: The education of a man is never completed until he dies.” - Robert E. Lee, 1807-1870. - Unfortunately, with the short life-span we are presently still confined to, it is still far from being completed when we die. - JZ, 28.5.00. – LIFE SPAN, LIFE EXTENSION
EDUCATION: The education of mankind by rightful ideas and facts and through the only educational methods that work well enough, those of a free market, has barely begun. It must replace the mis-education, especially in the humanities, which now passes for education. - JZ, 27.1.82.
EDUCATION: the educational system, a system which suffocates, numbs, and, in some instances, brings about the death of the mind.” - Thomas Johnson, REASON, April/May 1971. - WITHOUT KILLING MINDS
EDUCATION: The educator must be educated.” - Jos Kingston. - Yes, indeed, but by whom, how and in what? By the government, by its methods and ends? Here, too, nothing but free competition can help, reducing it from a government public service, practised in reality against the interest of the public, to genuine services, hired and fired by members of the public, in their own interest and that of their children. - Government educated teachers will, mostly, stay uneducated or mis-educated - unless they manage to educate themselves, which is not made easy for them. - JZ, 29.5.00. - TEACHERS
EDUCATION: The educators (or teachers) and their vested interest are the real problem. They stand in the way of genuine education through a free market. - JZ, 5.2.74. - Most of them fear the market - and could not survive on it - as teachers. Thus they oppose it. - JZ, 3.8.87. - TEACHERS AS OBSTACLES TO GENUINE EDUCATION
EDUCATION: The elements of instruction ... should be presented to the mind in childhood, but not with any compulsion.” - Plato, The Republic, sect. 536. - EDUCATION WITHOUT COMPULSION
EDUCATION: The fact that education is necessary does not make "free" state education necessary, on the contrary! - JZ, 23.5.82. - EDUCATION IS NECESSARY, STATE EDUCATION IS NOT
EDUCATION: The fact that schools are operated as 'jails', which do not function to please customers but to satisfy those in charge, is very likely the explanation of the vast number of problems that permeate all levels of education, both private and public.” - Thomas L. Johnson, THE FREEMAN, Nov. 73. - SYSTEM LIKE A PRISON SYSTEM – FOR INNOCENTS
EDUCATION: The final and critical component of a strategy for peaceful revolution is education itself.” - Everett Reimer, The School Is Dead, p.150. - Revolutionaries try to abuse schools as much as ruling governments do. - JZ, 11.6.00. – Compare the revolting behaviour of many students, who imagine that the taxpayers owe them a university education, with which later they will earn more than the average tax-slave does. – JZ, 17.11.10.
EDUCATION: The financing of a pluralistic culture must be voluntary, springing from the deeply felt needs of the various religious, intellectual, and cultural groups.” - Gary North, THE FREEMAN, 5/76, p.262. - PLURALISTIC, VOLUNTARISTIC, FINANCING
EDUCATION: The first thing education teaches you to do is to walk alone.” - Alfred Aloysius Horn, 1861-1931. - That requires only a very basic education - and some respect for knowledge and understanding. - JZ, 11.6.00. - FOR SELF-EDUCATION
EDUCATION: The forcible collection of the wherewithal to pay for government education compels freedom devotees to subsidize their opponents.” - Leonard E. Read, How Do We Know? p.108.
EDUCATION: the freedom to educate one's own children as one thinks best.” - Sen. Robert A. Taft. - FREEDOM IN EDUCATION, FOR PARENTS & CHILDREN
EDUCATION: The fundamental theory of liberty, upon which governments in this Union repose, excludes any general power of the state to standardize its children by forcing them to accept instruction from public teachers only. The child is not the mere creature of the state.” - Decision of the Supreme Court of the U.S. in the Oregon school case, 1925. - Well, even this court of injustice cannot get it wrong in every case! Chance favors some exceptions. - JZ, 23.5.00. - LIBERTY
EDUCATION: the government educational system is supported by a system of slavery (involuntary servitude via taxation).” - Glen G. Cooper, CONTEMPORARY REALISM, 16. - It also constitutes an educational slavery under education pretences. - JZ, 11.6.00. - TAX SLAVERY
EDUCATION: The government says the schools need money. But many education experts disagree. “Education is weak, but it is not undernourished”, writes Ernest van den Haag. “It is weak partly from obesity, partly from faulty diet, and above all, from lack of exercise,” And the late Beardsley Ruml, liberal inventor of pay-as-you-go income taxes, wrote, “New money is not needed in anything like the amounts presently estimated. Many of the necessary funds are already at the disposal of the colleges, but are being dissipated through wastes in the curriculum and methods of instruction.” – Richard C. Cornuelle, How to Compete with Government, in: Old Government New People, Readings for the New Politics, ed. by Alfred deGrazia, R. Eric Weise & John Apple, 1971 by Scott, Foreman & Co, Glenview Ill & London, page 27. - SCHOOLS, UNIVERSITIES
EDUCATION: The great end of education is to discipline rather than furnish the mind; to train it to use its own powers, rather than to fill it with the accumulation of others.” - Tyron Edwards, quoted in The Peter Plan, by L. J. Peter, p.117.
EDUCATION: The highest function of the teacher consists not so much in imparting knowledge as in stimulating the pupil in its love and pursuit.” - The Free Man's Almanac. - How many of the teachers love knowledge for the sake of knowledge? If they lack it, how can they inspire it? - JZ, 11.6.00. - THE LOVE OF KNOWLEDGE TEACHERS SHOULD STIMULATE RATHER THAN TRAIN
EDUCATION: The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn.” - John Lubbock (Lord Avebury), The Pleasures of Life, x, 1887. - How widespread is that wish now, among adults? - JZ, 23.5.00. - LEARNING, CURIOSITY
EDUCATION: The inevitable result is to postpone a child's growing-up. He passes from the authority of his parents to the authority of the police. He has no control of his time and no responsibility for its use until he is sixteen years old. His actual situation does not require him to develop self-reliance, self-discipline and responsibility; that is, he has no actual experience of freedom in his youth. - This is ideal education for the German State, whose subjects are not expected ever to know freedom. The discipline in German schools is strict; it tends to train the young into the obedient submission that men in German Government demand from their subjects.” - Rose Wilder Lane, The Discovery of Freedom, p.259/60. - IRRESPONSIBILITY
EDUCATION: The issue that should really be debated today, however, is whether we should have a state-run, compulsory system at all. Throughout history, genuine progress in every other area - science, industry, medicine, the arts - has been the product of the free society, not of state monopoly. It is not at all clear that we are wiser, more just - or more free - for having been educated by the State.” - R. W. Grant, The Case Against Public Education, SIL leaflet. - COMPULSORY EDUCATION
EDUCATION: The learned fool writes his nonsense in better language than the unlearned, but still 'tis nonsense. - Benjamin Franklin - Roy Halliday, Quotations with an Attitude, online. - SCHOOLING, ACADEMICS, SCHOLARS & FOOLS
EDUCATION: The learner must be his own teacher. - Ass. Prof Howie in The Union Recorder, July 25, 1968. - LEARNING, SELF-EDUCATIONEDUCATION: The less teachers the more genuine education will take place. - JZ, 7.3.94. - Self-education would prevail or a few good teachers would become much more efficient, each teaching perhaps millions with modern means of communication and recording. - JZ, 31.5.00. - SCHOOLS & TEACHERS
EDUCATION: The literatures of Greece and Rome comprise the longest, most complete and most nearly continuous record we have of what the strange creature known as Homo sapiens has been busy about in virtually every department of spiritual, intellectual and social activity. That record covers nearly twenty-five hundred years in an unbroken stretch of this animated oddity's operations in poetry, drama, law, agriculture, philosophy, architecture, natural history, philology, rhetoric, astronomy, logic, politics, botany, zoology, medicine, geography, theology, - everything, I believe, that lies in the range of human knowledge or speculation. Hence the mind, which has attentively canvassed this record, is much more than a disciplined mind, it is an experienced mind. It has come, as Emerson says, into a feeling of immense longevity, and it instinctively views contemporary man and his doings in the perspective set by this profound and weighty experience. Our studies were properly called formative, because beyond all others their effect was powerfully maturing. Cicero told the unvarnished truth in saying that those who have no knowledge of what has gone before them must forever remain children…” - Albert Jay Nock, Memoirs of a Superfluous Man, Harper, 1943, 81. - Here Nock makes a strong point for using that experience but I believe that good translations would do just as well, save time and energy and would not deter all too many from reading these classics on their own initiative. In school they are forced to study closely only a few of these texts, and this in the original languages, and that turns off all too many from these sources - beyond the reading they are obliged to do in class. - If, instead, each member of a class for classical studies were permitted to make his own choices, from good translations, told to read them thoroughly, then report upon his findings and recommendations in class, and answer some questions by his class mates, much more of this history and literature would become appreciated by these students. Moreover, good translations could or would also contain some interesting commentaries including some new knowledge of our times. - JZ, 5.5.00. - CLASSICAL LANGUAGE STUDIES, GREEK & LATIN
EDUCATION: The man who has ceased to learn ought not to be allowed to wander around loose in these dangerous days.” - M. M. Coady. – Thus what percentage of the total population ought to be locked up? – Territorial governments think so, too, thus they push for “continuing education” over one’s whole life-span. (Naturally, also controlled by them! – JZ, 17.11.10.) – Among whom is juvenile delinquency at the highest rate? Among those still forced to attend schools! - JZ, 4.12.08. – LEARNING, DIS.
EDUCATION: The method of instruction, "tell-'em-and-test-em", increasingly convinces students that school is mainly a place where by following meaningless procedures you are able to get meaningless answers to meaningless questions.” - Michael Macklin, in COLD COMFORT, Dec. 72. - EDUCATION VS. SCHOOLING
EDUCATION: The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.” - Plutarch. - How many pupils do get inspired now, rather than bored? - JZ, 21.8.02. – In how many young minds is the natural fire of curiosity and initiative quenched, rather than maintained and increased in schools? – JZ, 1.12.08. - SCHOOLS
EDUCATION: The modern certificate proves only that the pupil was competent to endure a certain number of years’ schooling. - Laurance J. Peter and Raymond Hall, The Peter Principle, 1969ff, 142. – CERTIFICATION SYSTEM
EDUCATION: The modern child, when asked what he learned today, replies, Nothing, but I gained some meaningful insights.” - Bill Vaughan. - The pupil learns how to talk like an "educated" teacher - for whatever that is worth. - Is there any more boring literature around than that of most teachers about teaching? - JZ, 11.6.00.
EDUCATION: The more conscripts in the class, the more difficult it is (for the teacher) to deal with those who want to learn.” - L. Chipman, 29.5.77. - VOLUNTEERS VS. CONSCRIPTS
EDUCATION: The more distant the source of the school's funds from the family, the less control the family has over the selection of the teachers and equipment.” - Gary North, in THE FREEMAN, 5/76, p.265. - FINANCE
EDUCATION: The more you study, the more you learn. The more you learn, the more you forget. The more you forget, the less you know ... so why study?” - Old schoolboy conundrum, quoted in ASTOUNDING, March 54, U.K. edition, p. 119. (Possibly going back to the ancient Greeks or even Egyptians.) - JOKES
EDUCATION: The most ‘atrocious’ of all that stand in the way of our social liberation, according to MacLow, is the system of public schools with which America has subverted the natural spontaneity and creativity of the young.” - Jackson MacLow, quoted in Reichert, Partisans of Freedom, p.547. - OBSTRUCTED BY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
EDUCATION: The most difficult educational task of all is teaching our infant children to speak our impossible language. It isn't accomplished by a handful of technicians, but almost unconsciously by millions of fond, involved parents.” – Richard C. Cornuelle, Demanaging America, p.42. - LANGUAGE, TEACHERS & PARENTS
EDUCATION: The natural inclination of a child is to take pleasure in the use of the mind no less than of the body. The child's primary business is learning. It is also the primary entertainment. To retain that orientation into adulthood, so that consciousness is not a burden but a joy, is the mark of the successfully developed human being.” - Nathaniel Branden – EDUCATION VS. SCHOOL EDUCATION UNDER GOVERNMENT CONTROL
EDUCATION: The object of education in the Grand Tradition was not to train technicians but to pick out of the ruck those who were endowed with questing minds. It was quite undemocratic, to be sure, in that it took cognisance of an intellectual elite. For that minority breed the democratic system has no place, and anyone suffering from intellectual curiosity is compelled to get his education in any way that he can find outside that system. This theory of the educable elite is the essence of Nock's individualism.” - Frank Chodorov, Out of Step, 146.
EDUCATION: The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.” - Robert Hutchins, READER’S DIGEST, 12/73. - Do present schools achieve that? Look at the entertainment, votes and reading matter of the masses, almost all government "educated". - JZ - FOR SELF-EDUCATION
EDUCATION: The object of school education is to prepare the young to educate themselves. – JZ, n.d. & 4.12.08. – A fragment. The rest got lost in the sorting process. – JZ, 4.12.08. - SELF-EDUCATION
EDUCATION: The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without his teacher.” - Source? - They would mostly get along fine, with some help from their parents and helpers hired by their parents, if almost all teachers went permanently on strike. How can we induce them to do so? - But teachers seem to be aware that not many of them would be hired under freedom conditions. They can at most satisfy school boards & supervisors. - JZ, 11.6.00. - TEACHERS
EDUCATION: The one real object of education is to leave a man in the condition of continually asking questions.” - Bishop Creighton, quoted C. A. Alington, Thinks Ancient and Modern. - Do religious people ask enough questions? - JZ, 27.5.00.
EDUCATION: The only people who seem to have nothing to do with the education of the children are the parents.” - G. K. Chesterton. - PARENTS
EDUCATION: The only real object of education is to have a man in the condition of continually asking questions.” - Bishop Mandell Creighton. - Do priests ask enough questions? - JZ, 29.5.00. - DOUBT, QUESTIONS, ENQUIRING MINDS, CURIOSITY
EDUCATION: The only really educated men are self-educated.” - Jesse Lee Bennett, Culture and A Liberal Education. - EDUCATION THROUGH SELF-EDUCATION
EDUCATION: the only thing you have to do to get kids educated is abolish the school system.” - Karl Hess, PLAYBOY interview, 7/76. - EDUCATION VS. SCHOOLING
EDUCATION: The only way to modernize our educational system is to do away with schools.” - F. M. Esfandiary, Up-Wingers, p.48. - SCHOOLS
EDUCATION: The ordinary man under our present unjust system has ... his education stopped before his mind is fully opened.” - Herbert Read Anarchism and Order, p.88. - THE STATE AS THE MAJOR OBSTACLE RATHER THAN HELPER
EDUCATION: The point that education commences at the cradle and ends with death is surely a banality to any thoughtful person. Yet there is almost a conspiracy on the part of self-interested groups in our society to keep education confined to so-called 'professionals', whose fitness as human beings does not always match their touted credentials. Parents, moulded for the most part in the closed state school monoliths of previous generations, are still reluctant to move into an area where they feel either uneasy or incompetent.” - Ron Conway, QUADRANT, 4/76.
EDUCATION: The praise and rewarding of the gifted and diligent is as demoralizing as the public criticism of the less endowed and less patient, because the goal of education does not lie in the subject, but rather in the student. It isn't what you put in the student that matters so much as what you bring out of him. You may pour into his brain with (a) Nuremberg funnel all the seven wisdoms, up to the rim; if you can't get out of him the spark of human kindness and the yearning to raise the standards of mankind in a life of co-operation, you may have gained him a whole array of honors and medals, but you have rendered no service to youth and society.” - Dagobert D. Runes, A Dictionary of Thought. Also in his: A Book of Contemplation, p.116.
EDUCATION: The price of processing people is intrinsically high. They tend to resist.” - Everett Reimer, School Is Dead, p.42. - SCHOOLS
EDUCATION: The problem of our time is not the education of kids but rather that of adults, especially teachers of all kinds - who aren't even aware of their ignorance. Such adults can never sufficiently teach kids - or other adults. - JZ, 77/87. - EDUCATION OF TEACHERS & PARENTS
EDUCATION: The public provision of education facilities provides no obvious guarantee against the imposition of values.” - Alan T. Peacock & Jack Wiseman, Education for Democrats. - INDOCTRINATION
EDUCATION: The public school made chattels of us all.” - Questioner at Libertarian Supper Club, 8.1.91. - SCHOOLS
EDUCATION: The Public School System serves the visions of the bureaucracy and the politicians rather than the needs of individuals.” - Joseph De Jan, The Freedom Adventure, p.8.
EDUCATION: The Public School! The colleges and other institutions of learning, are they not models of organization, offering the people fine opportunities for instruction? Far from it. The school, more than any other institution, is a veritable barracks, where the human mind is drilled and manipulated into submission to various social and moral spooks and thus fitted to continue our system of exploitation and oppression.” - Emma Goldman, at the Congress of the Anarchist International, Amsterdam, 1907. - SCHOOLS AS DRILL BARRACKS
EDUCATION: The public schools - those "killers of the dream", to appropriate a phrase of Lillian Smith. - SCHOOLS
EDUCATION: The public schools became the institutionalised churches of the local communities, and recent court decisions indicate that they are about to become national churches.” - Gary North, THE FREEMAN, 7/72, ascribes this concept to R. J. Rushdoony. - THE NEW INTOLERANT RELIGION
EDUCATION: The public schools have bungled their job. They have spawned a generation of illiterates.” - REASON, 1/79, p.51. – I met one Australian teacher who openly advocated that reading and writing should no longer be taught! I suppose that he himself was not good at it, either, and that he did not inspire his pupils to improve themselves in this sphere. – JZ, 4.12.08. - ILLITERACY THROUGH SCHOOLS
EDUCATION: The purpose of "liquidate illiteracy" is only that every peasant should be able to read by himself, without help, our decrees, orders and proclamations. The aim is completely practical.” - Vladimir Ilyitch Lenin. – He also made sure, as far as he could, just like Stalin, Hitler and Mao did, that they had nothing else to read that would really be worthwhile. – JZ, EDUCATION BY THE STATE?
EDUCATION: The question of education is for the present society a question of life and death.” - Ernest Renan. (From the German version! - JZ) - SOCIETY, A LIFE & DEATH QUESTION, ENLIGHTENMENT, NUCLEAR WAR THREAT
EDUCATION: the REAL reference points in schooling lie where they have always lain - in society, in the homes from whence children and teachers come, in the values, beliefs, ambitions and fixations the world outside the school desires to uphold ...” - Ronald Conway, QUADRANT, 4/76.
EDUCATION: the reason for getting an education - to take care of yourself, not society. While that tradition prevailed, socialism made little headway on the campus.” - Frank Chodorov, Out of Step, p. 242.
EDUCATION: The reason teaching has to go on is that children are not born human; they are made so.” - Jacques Barzun, - Is their human potential really sufficiently developed in the present school system? – JZ, 1.12.08. - TEACHING, CHILDREN, HUMANITY
EDUCATION: The rod produces an effect which terminates in itself. A child is afraid of being whipped, and gets his task, and there's an end on't; whereas, by exciting emulation and comparisons of superiority, you lay the foundation of lasting mischief; you make brothers and sisters hate each other.” - Dr. Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784. – on’t = of it? - FEAR VS. FAVOUR, PHYSICAL PUNISHMENT, CORPORAL PUNISHMENT
EDUCATION: The same set of arguments which condemns a national religion also condemns a national system of education.” - Auberon Herbert. (Mack 73) – NATIONAL EDUCATION
EDUCATION: the scandal of compulsory under-education, …” - John C. Grover, The Hellmakers, Veritas Publishing Co., PO Box 42, Cranbrook, WA 6321, 1993, p.136. - SCHOOLS
EDUCATION: The school - a gap in our education.” - Chris Misere, 22.11.86. (Die Schule - eine Bildungsluecke.)
EDUCATION: The school imprisons children physically, intellectually, and morally, in order to direct the development of their faculties in the paths desired. It deprives them of contact with nature, in order to model them after its own pattern.” - Francesco Ferrer. (In Sprading, p.490.) - SCHOOLS AS PRISONS
EDUCATION: The school passes obtained are largely equivalents to work permits. - JZ, 19.11.78. - But employers value them at close to zero in many instances and have to provide basic internal education themselves, if they accept one of a school's graduates. - JZ, 11.6.00.
EDUCATION: the schools are in four different businesses. One is education in the broadest sense. I mean learning, growth, understanding, awareness, development, skill, competence, choice, freedom. The trouble is, they are also in three other businesses. They are in the jail business. They are in the indoctrination business, making people think or think they think what someone else wants them to think. And they are in the racetrack business running children against each other...” - John Holt, quoted in SCHISM, Summer 72. - EDUCATION VS. SCHOOLING
EDUCATION: The schools became the front lines of defence and the teacher was equated with the soldier in serving the needs of the state.” - J. H. Spring, Sociological & Political Ruminations. - Education by the government has become as wrong and useless as defence by the government. - JZ, 11.6.00. - DEFENCE
EDUCATION: The secret of Ben Franklin's scholarship or of Abe Lincoln's high level of literacy and breadth of learning: an individual becomes truly educated only as he learns to educate himself.” - V. Orval Watts, WALL STREET JOURNAL, Aug. 20, 1971, p.1. - EDUCATION THROUGH SELF-EDUCATIONEDUCATION: The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882. - To respect teachers and pupils both must be respectable. Is that now, often enough, the case? - JZ, 11.6.00. - RESPECT, PUPILS & STUDENTS
EDUCATION: The silent majority, that is so often referred to, does exist, and it is silent because it consists of humans who have been dehumanised, whose minds have been either turned down (in which case the individuals choose to restrict their thinking to a few areas - their work, hobbies, or other special interests) or turned off, and who quietly recede into their own frightened corner of our world and almost beg for some authority to tell them what they can and cannot do. (*) It is only natural that individuals who were subjected to twelve to sixteen years of a completely controlled, dictatorial environment, as they were in school (as students, they were most assuredly the SILENCED majority), would continue to remain silent as adults. - Thomas Johnson, REASON, April/May, 1975. - (*) As a silent minority can also be considered those whose views are largely shut out from the mass media because they do not correspond with the schools of thought held by those who run the mass media. Likewise, during election campaigns, the views held by the majority, on most important subjects, often do not enter the campaign discussions, either, not to speak of the diverse views of many minority groups. - JZ, 5.8.87, 14.12.08. - INCAPACITATES THE MAJORITY & THE MINORITIES
EDUCATION: The simple truth that experience has taught us is that the most potent and significant expression of statism is a State educational system. Without it, statism is impossible. With it, the State can, and has, become everything.” - Samuel L. Blumenfeld, REASON, March 1979, p.23. - STATISM
EDUCATION: The single merit of the political process is that it is a method which includes education. Unfortunately, political education is much too costly and much too slow. - LEFEVRE'S JOURNAL, Winter 75. – And much too misleading! – JZ, 4.12.08. Governmental education is just another governmental mess. – JZ, 27.2.12. - EDUCATION THROUGH THE POLITICAL PROCESS?
EDUCATION: The so-called private educational system will be swallowed up in a mountain of red tape. How much imagination does it take to see what is coming? Isn't it sufficient to look at what our independent private colleges are now going through? Can you imagine the kinds of controls in store for schools that are set up to permit an escape hatch for the crumbling state educational monopoly - the most horrendous visible failure of socialism in America?” - George North, THE FREEMAN, 5/76. - VOUCHER SYSTEM
EDUCATION: the state educational system - what a massively well-designed mind destroyer.” - Bybanker, LIBERTARIAN CONNECTION, 10.7.72. - EDUCATION BY THE STATE DESTROYS MINDS.
EDUCATION: The State is the worst possible teacher and controller of teachers, schools and pupils. - JZ, 11.6.00. - STATE
EDUCATION: The State school system, which is an abject failure and produces graduates at the bottom of the list of industrialized nations, now has 129 "education bureaucrats" for every 100 teachers.” - Vincent Miller, FNN, Summer 1992. - TEACHERS
EDUCATION: The state should not be allowed to take children forcibly from their homes in order to subject them to educational training of any sort whatsoever...” - OBJECTIVIST NEWSLETTER, June 63. - THE STATE
EDUCATION: The state’s ability to gull most of its citizens into an acceptance of politically defined reality has been made possible by one of the few successful state institutions: the government school system. Contrary to those who look upon government schools as failures, I have long regarded them as shining accomplishments for state purposes: to produce herd-oriented men and women incapable of making independent judgments, and who are thus prepared to submit to external authorities for direction in their lives. In the words of Ivan Illich, "[s]chool is the advertising agency which makes you believe that you need the society as it is." - Butler Shaffer, The Wizards of Ozymandias, chapter 34. – (I believe the whole of Shaffer’s book is online! – JZ) - COMPULSORY SCHOOLING, STATE CONTROLLED
EDUCATION: The student productivity is devised and artificial, bearing no immediate relation to providing goods and services. The student does not bear an integral immediate relation to society; too long a period in school, cut off from productive relationships with people, breeds opposition to society.” - Clarence B. Carson, THE FREEMAN, 8/78, 488. - Remember, schools, teachers, students, their very text books etc. are all subsidized. Consumer sovereignty towards them is eliminated. Rather, bureaucracy rules, at the expense of taxpayers. Thus intelligences, labor and resources are inevitably misdirected and wasted. - JZ, 26.5.00.
EDUCATION: The supreme end of education is expert discernment in all things - the power to tell the good from the bad, the genuine from the counterfeit, and to prefer the good and the genuine to the bad and the counterfeit.” - Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784. - How little of this is achieved by government schooling and mass media can be seen in every election campaign. Even the low quality of the mass media can be ascribed to the low quality of government education. - JZ, 11.6.00. - The statist values taught in government-controlled schools are often the opposite of genuine values. – JZ, 4.12.08. DISCERNMENT, JUDGMENT, MORALITY
EDUCATION: The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher regard those who think alike than those who think differently.” - Friedrich Nietzsche - But the mere fact that one thinks differently does not assure that one thinks rightly. Many of those, who think differently, do rightly end up in nut houses. There are so many ways to go wrong with one’s thoughts, and so relatively few right ways. To that extent, if all others or great numbers do agree, among them many scholars, there is a pretty good chance, and if the few dissenters do not advance very good arguments and facts, then, in most cases, the majority may be right. But even their truths ought to be doubted or questioned, now and then, at least by some, or at least once or occasionally by enough dissenters. In this world almost nothing can be taken for granted except, so far, that none of us will get out of it alive, as someone once said. – JZ, 8.8.08.
EDUCATION: The system provides for instruction in almost any field excepting human conduct. In some schools they even teach you how to use a camera and how to collect stamps, but how to life a free man's life is left to latchkey parents and the older gang around the block. …” - Dagobert D. Runes, A Dictionary of Thought.
EDUCATION: THE TASK OF THE EDUCATOR is primarily that of LIBERATION. The individual needs to be freed from his limitations in order to develop his potentialities and become a better man than he would otherwise have been. This is the most radical presumption of all. If we assume that the individual can develop his unique potentialities only in freedom, implicit in that assumption is that different people have different capacities and varying rates of progress. Thus, genuine education implies discrimination and difference as distinguished from the dead level of equality. - Once this individual quality of education is understood, it becomes apparent that 'social utility' is not an appropriate measure of the student's achievement. Respect for the individual requires that his education be measured in terms of his growth, his BECOMING. The object and the measure of genuine education remains the individual. Development of individual personality, not social conformity, should be education's concern. Education is the process by which the individual gains possession of his soul and becomes a human being fully responsive to his capacities.” - George C. Roche III, Education in America. - LIBERATION
EDUCATION: The theory behind the public schools, which cost the taxpayers hundreds of millions every year, is that they manufacture hordes of enlightened and incorruptible voters, and so safeguard and mellow democracy. The fact is that they are mainly manned by half-wits and bossed by shysters ... - Facebook, 26.9.12, quoted by Nizam Ahmad - IN GOVERNMENT-RUN OR GOVERNMENT-CONTROLLED SCHOOLS
EDUCATION: The three characteristics of government education. They are: (1) Compulsory attendance. (2) Government prescribed curricula. (3) Forcible collection of the wherewithal to defray costs. - Compulsion is freedom's most antagonistic behavior! Instruction cannot be forced into another's head. Good ideas are to be attained by freely searching for the thoughts of superior mentors, past and present. - As to government-prescribed curricula: this is indoctrination, not education, and presupposes that those in political office think of themselves as know-it-alls. …” - Leonard E. Read, How Do We Know? 107/108. - There are at least 3 other significant factors involved: (4) Child labor laws, (5) Compulsory and monopolistic training of teachers and (6) A monopolized certification system. - JZ, n.d.
EDUCATION: The thrust of our policies has been to place the public school systems among the liabilities rather than among the assets of the wealth of the nation.” - Ray L. Covard, THE FREEMAN, 1/73. - EDUCATION VS. SCHOOLING
EDUCATION: The trouble with the educational system today is that the people chosen to remedy its wrongs are the educators who are responsible for what's wrong with it in the first place.” - CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, 1978. That is like entrusting the abolition of crime to the crime syndicates. - JZ, 11.6.00. - REFORM THROUGH PRESENT PROFESSIONAL EDUCATORS?
EDUCATION: The truth is that decades of research and argument have produced scarcely a single indisputable rule about schooling.” - Ronald Conway, QUADRANT, 4/76. – Thus in this sphere, too, free competition is essential. – JZ, 4.12.08. - SCHOOLING
EDUCATION: The truth is that schools don't really teach anything except how to obey orders.” - John Taylor Gatto, in: Dumbing Us Down. – SCHOOLS, OBEDIENCE
EDUCATION: The values they transmit are the values of docility, passivity, conformity, and lack of trust.” - Charles E. Silberman, Crisis in the Classroom. - WITH FALSE & HARMFUL "VALUES"
EDUCATION: The vilest abortionist is he who attempts to mould a child's character.” - G. B. Shaw, Man & Superman, p.273. - SCHOOLS ABORT MINDS
EDUCATION: The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.” - Anatole France, The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard, 1881, 2, tr. Lafcadio Hearn. - Sometimes, I am under the impression that an abundance of toys, combined with much TV watching, has killed off most of the "natural curiosity" in my grandchildren. - JZ, 23.5.00.
EDUCATION: The worst cost consists in the popular errors, myths and prejudices that it implants in most or the rather still defenceless young minds. Most of the teachers are leftists and trade unionists!" – JZ, 9.10.11, on Facebook, comment to: The True Cost of Public Education - www.youtube.com - DIS., COMPULSORY & POPULAR ERRORS, MYTHS & PREJUDICES, ESPECIALLY THOSE OF THE STATIST & TERRITORIAL KIND
EDUCATION: The youth go to schools on all levels of education, giving time and attention to sundry subjects, serious and frilly as well, but the subject of ETHICS is anathema; it is left to the discretion of parents, who inherited their prejudices from generations of slavers or other bigots, unwashed by social progress. There seems to be time left in all our schools for sports and recreation, but none for the study of ethics.” - D. Runes, Handbook of Reason, p.173. - WITHOUT ETHICS, MORALITY & SERIOUS VALUES
EDUCATION: their ability to learn anything worthwhile is constantly being hampered by "formal education". - Robert J. Ringer, Winning through Intimidation, p.46.
EDUCATION: There are many different theories and practices of education, at every level. That means, that the own ones or the ones that one prefers, may not be the best ones and, obviously, none of them, to the extent that they were practically tested, has so far led to a sufficiently enlightened mankind. Mothers are usually much better at filling young bellies and spoiling their children than filling or stimulating their young minds. Fathers are not much better in this respect, especially since they are no longer working together with their children. And yet they are on the spot, apart from the all too long compulsory school periods and at least believe they know what is best for their children. – Nevertheless, they are given very little choice and say in the matter. Even less choice is usually left to the children themselves. - For most teachers it is just a job. Really good teachers are rare and they are not allowed to employ e.g. Bell’s and Joseph Lancaster’s monitor system, which had very good results. The government-employed teachers have a vested interest against the monitor system because it would make most of them superfluous. - Child labor laws also prevent the older children from financing their education themselves. And value-preserved education loans are not yet widely offered and often outlawed. – Certainly, education and government should be as much separated from each other as are religion and government and as economics and government should be. – Panarchistic competition between the various education systems would probably have good results in this sphere as well. – Thus panarchism might also lead to the best education system, not only the best monetary and financial system. - JZ, 25.12.05, 31.10.07. - FREEDOM & TOLERANCE FOR ALL KINDS OF EDUCATIONAL EXPERIMENTS, INSTITUTIONS & METHODS, PANARCHISM
EDUCATION: There can never be reality of encounter, truthfulness, honesty, when one person holds power over another.” - John Holt, Instead of Education, p.28. – COMPULSORY EDUCATION, TEACHERS & PUPIL RELATIONSHIP IN GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS OR GOVERNMENT CONTROLLED PRIVATE SCHOOLS
EDUCATION: There is a degree of resilience already in the spirit of children which makes them somewhat resist indoctrination towards conformity in government schools and their resistance and growth as individuals will tend to be successful, if they find at least as much interest, support, encouragement and stimulation at home as parents would otherwise have to spend in time and effort on private schools. - JZ, 5.12.83.
EDUCATION: There is an old definition of an educated man which holds that “He is someone who can entertain himself, entertain others, and entertain a new idea.” (Here one should not confuse mere schooling with education; that is as bad as confusing plumbing with culture.)” – Henry M. Boettinger, Moving Mountains, p. 155. - IDEAS, NEW IDEAS, RED.
EDUCATION: There is no disgrace in illiteracy and there is no God in education. - Vic Thomas, 20.4.76. – Can most illiterates really develop their minds and their knowledge and judgement sufficiently without being able to read some of the best writings of man? – JZ, 4.12.08.
EDUCATION: There is no justification for using compulsion in education.” - Glen G. Cooper, CONTEMPORARY REALISM, 16. - EDUCATION WITHOUT COMPULSION
EDUCATION: There is nothing so stupid as an educated man, if you get off the thing that he was educated in.” - Will Rogers, quoted in Will Durant's On the Meaning of Life, 1932. – What he was taught, apart e.g. from reading, writing and arithmetic and some unimportant facts was mainly an assortment of popular statist errors and stupidities. – JZ, 4.12.08. – Ortega Y Gasset even spoke of the “barbarism” of the specialists”. – JZ, 10.12.08. – PROFESSIONALS, SPECIALISTS, STUPIDITY, IGNORANCE, PREJUDICES, KNOWLEDGEEDUCATION: There's a new tribunal now, Higher than God's - the educated man's.” - Robert Browning. - O.K. for the truly educated man - but an educated lout is still a lout. Moreover, anyone, no matter how well educated he is otherwise, who imagines that he ought to be given god-like powers not only over himself but over his fellow men, that he ought to sit in the highest tribunal over all of them, is outright mad. - JZ, 8.9.85, 3.8.87. – GOD & MAN
EDUCATION: This learning process happens naturally, and nearly constantly. For government to take credit for the fact that learning continues to transpire under its supervision (though at a far slower rate than otherwise) is a fraud only slightly less brazen than collecting a huge "oxygen tax" on the threat that we'd soon be unable to breathe if the state didn't keep manufacturing new oxygen, at secret factories which of course we're never allowed to see for security reasons.” - Vin Suprynowicz, in his nationally-syndicated column.
EDUCATION: Those people who do master the educational system and receive their paper prize, too often are "robot products". They are well trained, as distinct from educated, and can do their sums. But when it comes to independent thought, initiative, making decisions, creativity and a little bit of common sense and appreciation of the real world, they are usually a dead loss. Any employer will testify to that.” - R. A. Howard, FREE ENTERPRISE, 4/75. - CERTIFIED TRAINING, TEACHERS
EDUCATION: Those who can, do; those who can't, teach, those who can't teach, teach teachers.” - Saying quoted in THE BULLETIN, 26.6.76. – TEACHERS, JOKES
EDUCATION: Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” - George Santayana (1863-1952), in 1906. - HISTORY, REMEMBER
EDUCATION: those who have been educated beyond their intelligence.” - Arthur C. Clarke, ANALOG, 12/83. – Without sufficient intelligence and judgment even masses of drummed-in facts are, usually, rather useless. – JZ, 4.12.08. - INTELLIGENCE, JUDGMENT
EDUCATION: Those who usually oppose violence against children do, nevertheless, generally approve of compulsory school attendance - which many children perceive as a kind of special torture. - JZ, 11.2.73, 4.8.87. - VIOLENCE & COMPULSION
EDUCATION: to attempt to compel the pursuit of knowledge is as ludicrous as attempting to impose a taste for caviar.” - Susan Fain, THE FREEMAN, 7/77, p.566.
EDUCATION: To begin with, the government has arbitrarily decided that everyone has a right to an education, whether or not he has the means to pay for it, whether or not he has the intelligence to benefit from it, and whether or not he has the desire for learning and is thus willing to do the work involved in acquiring an education.” - Marshall Bruce Evoy, LIBERTARIAN OPTION, 1/75. - GOVERNMENT
EDUCATION: To each the education system of his (the parent's or even the pupil's - after a minimum of maturity is reached) choice. Parents and pupils (with the aid of creditors in many cases) are to pay for the costs of education. However much or little they would have, e.g. in form of competitive examinations, would be up to them. - JZ, 8.6.84. - FREE CHOICE, PANARCHISM
EDUCATION: To educate is to inform. To school is to indoctrinate. - Philippe Rouchy shared The Angel Clark Show's photo.- Eduquer, c'est informer; Scolariser, c'est endoctriner... - The Angel Clark Show - http://www.radiofreedom.us/ - Facebook, 2.3.13. - SCHOOLS
EDUCATION: To entrust the government with the power of determining the education, which our children receive is entrusting our servant with the power to be our master. – David Nasaw – Compare Rothbard’s excellent essay EDUCATION, FREE & COMPULSORY. – JZ.
EDUCATION: To have survived the average parental and school upbringing without too many physical, emotional and mental scars is no mean achievement. - JZ, 10.9.88 & 24.5.00.
EDUCATION: To pervert the human mind - that is the problem which seems to have been posed and which has been solved by those to whom the monopoly of education has been handed over.” - Frederic Bastiat, in G. C. Roche III, Frederic Bastiat, A Man Alone, p.228. - GOVERNMENT-RUN “EDUCATION”, WHY THE MONOPOLY?
EDUCATION: To stay young requires the unceasing cultivation of the ability to unlearn old falsehoods.” - Lazarus Long, the Robert Heinlein SF character. - FALSEHOODS, UNLEARNING, PREJUDICES, MYTHS, USING ONE'S MIND
EDUCATION: To teach means to encourage.” - Max Stirner, quoted in MINUS ONE, No. 30, P.15.
EDUCATION: To the degree that each of us allowed our parents, our teachers, or others to write our destinies for us, is the degree to which we must grow up all over again.” - Caroline Willis-White, NEW LIBERTARIAN WEEKLY, No. 98, Nov. 13, 1977. - GROWING UP
EDUCATION: To the extent that government run or controlled education systems exist, they do practise and teach, quite inevitably, statism, governmentalism or statism and thus they do provide to education but mis-education and indoctrination and help to perpetuate themselves and all other governmentalist wrongs and evils. - JZ, 27.11.93, 31.5.00.
EDUCATION: Today nearly everyone can read, but only a few people can think.” - Cardinal Alfredo Ottaviani, Speech, 1956. - Since he is still religious, he is a good example for what he says and also for reading confined to all too few and limited sources. - JZ, 27.5.00. - READING & THINKING
EDUCATION: Too often ... I believe that institutionalized schooling ... tends to rob the parents and young people of their sense of responsibility for developing the individual's power of self-development.” - V. Orval Watts, WALL STREET JOURNAL, Aug. 20, 1971. - RESPONSIBILITY & SELF-DEVELOPMENT
EDUCATION: Tradition had a grip on the school as a parcel of princely property, and to use such property on behalf of the crown was the scope of tradition. Such scope is unchanged in the lands, which are vassals to totalitarian masters, where the youth is no more than a chunk of state property manipulated, like all of life, limb and holdings, for the benefit of a demagogic clique. But in the free lands, youth is not a means but a goal, each person to be respected as a body and mind in his own right, to be dealt with not in competition and tasteless comparison.” – Source? Dagobert D. Runes (?) In a quick search I could not find it in my collection of his books. – JZ, 5.12.08.
EDUCATION: True education makes for inequality; the inequality of individuality, the inequality of success, the glorious inequality of talent, of genius; for inequality, not mediocrity, individual superiority, not standardization, is the measure of progress in the world.” - Felix E. Schelling, Pedagogically Speaking. - INEQUALITY
EDUCATION: Under compulsory schooling schools are concentration camps with educational pretences. Indeed, they keep children captive only for a few hours every day - but for children and their indoctrination with statism that is already enough. - JZ, 20.5.00. - SCHOOLS
EDUCATION: Under the present "educational" system the ignorance of the potential for individual liberty may be greater and prejudices on this subject more numerous than ever before. - JZ - IGNORANCE, PREJUDICES & MYTHS ARE MULTIPLIED & ENFORCED IN OUR PRESENT SYSTEMS
EDUCATION: Universal education?” - Universal mis-education! - JZ, 18.8.91.
EDUCATION: Victor Hugo, who began life as a schoolmaster, said that common sense exists not because of but despite education.” - Frank Dupuis, in PROGRESS, 11/75. - COMMON SENSE
EDUCATION: We are born in the company of men and shaped by them before we appreciate the intellectual rape that is occurring - known as the 'process of education'.” - Scepticus in MINUS ONE, No. 36, 1975, p14. - SCHOOLS PERFORM INTELLECTUAL RAPES
EDUCATION: We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought.” - Bertrand Russell, Sceptical Essays, p. 163. - EDUCATION, AS PRACTISED, A MAJOR OBSTACLE TO MATURITY
EDUCATION: We are students of words: we are shut up in schools and colleges and recitation-rooms for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bag of wind, a memory of words, and do not know a thing.” - Emerson, Essays, Second Series: New England Reformers.
EDUCATION: We don't need no thought control. / Hey, teacher, leave the kids alone, / All in all, you're just / Another Brick in the Wall.” - Pink Floyd, "The Wall", 1979. - TEACHERS
EDUCATION: We go through life without seeing most of the world around us. Ours are but infinitesimal peeks. If fortunate, our horizons are broadened whenever someone says, in effect, "See that!" And we behold THAT for the first time. This expanding perception is the expanding Universe and the ones who point out to us that which we have not seen before are our teachers. This pointing-out process is education.” - Leonard E. Read, Let Freedom Reign, p.142.
EDUCATION: We have found that the best way is for the teacher and the student to produce the teaching together.” - From film: The Circle of Iron. - TEACHERS, STUDENTS, LEARNING
EDUCATION: We have institutionalised learning and locked it up in dull, monotonous, deadening schools.” - R. A. Howard, FREE ENTERPRISE, 4/75. - EDUCATION VS. SCHOOLING, INSTITUTIONALISATION
EDUCATION: we have merely succeeded in organizing and subsidizing it pretty well off the face of the earth." - Albert Jay Nock, 1870-1945, Free Speech and Plain Language, William Morrow, N.Y., 1937, 30.
EDUCATION: we have thousands of teachers who function mainly in trying to keep order in schools that are not wanted by students who might be better off in a system that would allow for teen-age apprenticeships in going trades.” - John Chamberlain, introducing Schiff: The Biggest Con. - TEACHERS AS PRISON OFFICERS
EDUCATION: We learn not for life but for the school.” - Seneca, Episteln, 106. (Non vitae, sed scholae discimus.) - LEARNING & SCHOOLS
EDUCATION: We like learning but not being taught.” - Robert Mende, quoted in "Best Cartoons from the Editors of Male & Stag", Aug. 74. – If we really liked learning, then the occasion or excuse for attempting to educate us in governmental institutions would never have arisen. – JZ, 4.12.08. - GOVERNMENT-CONTROLLED “EDUCATION” PREVENTS SUFFICIENT LEARNING
EDUCATION: We pride ourselves on an educational system that quite deliberately holds back the bright while rushing the dull into abject failure.” - Merritt Clifton, The Akwesasne's Fight for Freedom, DANDELION, Fall 79. - EDUCATIONAL LEVELLING
EDUCATION: We shall one day learn to supersede politics by education.” - Emerson. - EDUCATION VS. POLITICS
EDUCATION: we should abolish the distinction between learning and the rest of life.” - John Holt, Instead of Education, p.113. - LEARNING & LIFE
EDUCATION: We should not forget that parental incompetence to choose, which many sociologists and educational bureaucrats make the excuse for perpetuating the present system, is largely the result of the denial of choice to generations of parents in educational questions.” - Utley/Udal, Vouchers for Education, in "Down With The Poor", p.97, an anthology edited by Dr. Rhodes Boyson. - EDUCATION OF PARENTS, ALSO A FAILURE
EDUCATION: We support the repeal of all compulsory education laws, and an end to government operation, regulation, and subsidy of schools ...” - Libertarian Party Platform. - EDUCATION VS. GOVERNMENT SCHOOLING
EDUCATION: Were government to step aside in education, as it has in religion, education would be left to the free market where the wisdom is.” - Leonard E. Read, How Do We Know? p.108.
EDUCATION: What ‘students’ are taught in the public schools is not reading, writing and arithmetic - it's docility, obedience and the capacity to tolerate a life of stupefying boredom.” - Jeff Riggenbach, "LIBERTY", vol. 1, No. 1, Sep./Oct. 1978. – EDUCATION FOR SUBORDINATION
EDUCATION: What education - seeing the intellectual level of advertisements at which masses of fools are pulled in to buy goods and services which, as educated people, they would not purchase? But these advertisements continue, at huge expense, because, apparently, they remain successful. The same applies to most slogans advanced in election campaigns. Would masses of educated people fall for them? - JZ, 24.8.94, 22.5.00. – ADVERTISEMENTS AS INDICATORS OF FAILED EDUCATIONEDUCATION: What if the Joseph Lancaster system of education could save us at least 10 years of a 12 year long class education and, in the same time, could teach us about 6 times as much? Are we game to permit such experiments and to begin in saving most of our present expenditures upon teachers & schools? - JZ, 3.9.95, 22.5.00.
EDUCATION: What is needed is not another election but new education. The single merit of the political process is that it is a method, which includes education. (*) Unfortunately, political education is much too costly and much too slow. And it creates a false image of the libertarian position. …” - LEFEVRE'S JOURNAL, Winter 75. - The level of election campaigns indicates the low level of "education" which governments provided for the masses. - JZ, 11.6.00. - (*) Rather, systematic misinformation! - JZ ELECTIONS, VOTERS
EDUCATION: What is needed more than anything else is real education for TEACHERS, in ECONOMICS, POLITICS, MORALITY & TECHNOLOGY. - JZ, 11.5.84. - EDUCATION FOR TEACHERS
EDUCATION: What makes for adolescent revolt is the fact that our society keeps the younger generation too long dependent in terms of mature responsibility and a striving for independence.” - PAIDEIA, Spring 1972. & THE YOUTH REBELLION
EDUCATION: What might the educational facilities of this nation be today had private, voluntary effort not been pre-empted by state force? In considering this intriguing question, one might ponder this highly significant fact: the goods and services provided today on a free market basis - automobiles, entertainment, food, etc., - are available in abundance at steadily declining (real) costs, while the goods and services provided through state monopoly (education) are in chronic short supply, while the taxes to pay for those services go up and up and up. Indeed, present experience as well as past history suggest that this nation would have better and more abundant educational facilities today for rich and poor alike, had education never become a concern of the state.” - R. W. Grant: The Case Against Public Education, SIL leaflet. - EDUCATION UNDER FREE ENTERPRISE, DEVELOPMENT & CHOICE?
EDUCATION: What remains when we have forgotten all that we have been taught.” - Marquis of Halifax.
EDUCATION: What runs now as education in the social sciences is mostly either funny or tragic - in its effects. - JZ, 26.11.78. - And it could hardly be further removed from essential truths in the social sciences. - JZ, 3.8.87.
EDUCATION: what they have managed to do, mostly ... was to educate youth on how to be stupid! Really, doesn't the condition of the world seem to bear out this contention?” - Laurance Labadie, Selected Essays, p.28. - Stupidity can't be taught, either but ignorance can be maintained and strengthened, likewise numerous prejudices, especially against the voluntary acquisition of much rightful and important knowledge. Government schools do largely achieve that aim. - JZ, 11.6.00.
EDUCATION: What they taught me in school durn near ruined me, before I got wise and started teaching myself.’ - Robert Heinlein, Space Family Stone, p.40. - SCHOOLS
EDUCATION: What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.” - G. B. Shaw. - SCHOOLS, CHILDREN, KNOWLEDGE
EDUCATION: What's done to children, they will do to society.” - Dr Karl Menninger, quoted in READER'S DIGEST, 7/80. - For 100 years we have penned them in, to be indoctrinated by statists with a vested interest in statism. And for 100 years they have turned society into a prison. - JZ, 5.6.82. - STATISM
EDUCATION: When a man teaches something he does not know to somebody else who has no aptitude for it, and gives him a certificate of proficiency, the latter has completed the education of a gentleman.” - Shaw, Man & Superman, p.273. – JOKES, SCHOOLS
EDUCATION: When an opponent declares, “I will not come over to your side,” I calmly say, “Your child belongs to us already. ... What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community.” - Adolf Hitler (1889-1945), German dictator. speech, on public education, Nov. 6, 1933. Quoted in William L. Shirer, “Education in the Third Reich,” ch.8, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (1959). – Some of the 12 to 15 year old “soldiers” coming out of his “education” system were really fanatics. The older ones, mostly, soon became more sensible - if they survived. – Most universities are under government controls, too! – JZ, 4.12.08. – SCHOOL EDUCATION BY THE STATE IN THE INTERESTS OF THE STATE, GOVERNMENT SCHOOLING
EDUCATION: When the pupil is READY, the teacher will appear.” - Ancient Hindu saying. – Rather than rely on this prophecy, it would be wise to list and advertise all those with some teaching ability and willingness and also those who seek knowledge on certain subjects. E.g., to mobilize all libertarians sufficiently in their sphere of interests, all their already initiated or proposed projects should be listed in a common list and a directory to libertarians, who can afford to be publicly listed and do seek more contacts, should indicate their special interests. – JZ, 14.12.08 – If the Internet were working effectively already and all, pupils, teaches and parents were free to choose, the teachers who are suitable and interesting for certain pupils, would soon find each other and education cold become very much individualized. – As it is, too much remains monopolized, compulsory and misdirected. - JZ, 10.12.08. - STUDENTS, PUPILS & TEACHER
EDUCATION: When the state or federal government controls the education of all of our children, they have the dangerous and illegitimate monopoly to control and influence the thought process of our citizens." - Michael Badnarik
EDUCATION: When you don't have an education, you've got to use your brains.” - Anonymous. - SELF-THINKING, SELF-HELP
EDUCATION: When you turn education into a race, which is essentially what we do, you have many more losers than winners. That's how races work. We really have to award 100 loser labels in our schools for every winner label we put on. The trouble with putting loser labels on people is that they begin to feel like losers, and think like losers, and act like losers, and human growth stops.” - John Holt, Deschooling Society, "REASON", April 1971. - Top scores in schools rarely relate to top scores in life. Losers in schools are not necessarily losers in life. Thus, why have compulsory schooling at all? - JZ, 11.6.00. - CERTIFICATION SYSTEM
EDUCATION: Whenever is found what is called a paternal government, there is found state education. It has been discovered that the best way to ensure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery.” - Benjamin Disraeli, 1874.
EDUCATION: Where is the evidence that people will not purchase education and become literate in the pursuit of their own private benefits, and in sufficient quantities to make the marginal benefits to society not worth the marginal cost of further encouragement?” – E. G. West, The Perils of Public Education, THE FREEMAN, 11/77, 693. - People living in abject poverty often cannot afford a decent education for their children, as they cannot afford many other goods and services. The solution does not consists in enforcing school attendance and providing schooling free of direct charges but, rather, in freeing up the economy so that with a small fraction of the earnings of parents (or even of children working a few hours every week), an efficient education can be provided by free market services, using e.g. Joseph Lancaster's "Monitor System". And if better guardianship is required to safeguard the rights and interests of some children than their parents are willing to supply, then other guardians would be more suitable than most teachers are. In classical Athens anybody could make himself the guardian of a child - but only to safeguard its rights. - JZ, 30.5.00.
EDUCATION: Where once a tyrant had to wish that his subjects had but one common neck that he might strangle them all at once, all he has to do now is to 'educate the people' so that they will have but one common mind to delude." - Richard Mitchell (1929-2002) Professor at Glassboro State College, NJ, author, founder and publisher of THE UNDERGROUND GRAMMARIAN. Source: THE UNDERGROUND GRAMMARIAN – Emailed by C. B. – TYRANNY, STATISM, TERRITORIALISM
EDUCATION: Wherever is found what is called paternal government, there is found state education.” - Benjamin Disraeli, Commons, June 15, 1874. – Paternal government? There is no such thing. Governments can’t reproduce. They can only pretend to be caring fathers, mothers or Gods. And, obviously, they charge heavily for their “care”. Especially in their wars, civil wars, oppression and for their hand-outs with their transaction costs also imposed. What father taxes his children, conscripts them and sends them to wrongful wars? What father prepares mass extermination devices for his children? – JZ, 4.12.08. - PATERNALISM, STATISM, TAXATION, WARFARE STATE
EDUCATION: Whether we like to recognise it or not, it is a fact of human nature that we cannot force people to learn, and the sooner we stop this insane attempt at it the better.” - R. A. Howard, FREE ENTERPRISE, 4/75. - WITHOUT FORCE
EDUCATION: Who in society - the parent or the State - is in a better position to know the educational needs of a child? Naturally, parents know their children best and should be able to decide what type of schooling is suited for the children. Yet, public schooling virtually deprives parents of this right. School authorities tax away parents' income and operate the school system as they see fit.” - Mark Spengler, Education in a Free Society, THE FREEMAN, July 1977, 419. - PARENTS & SCHOOLS
EDUCATION: Why not separate school and State? - Leonard.E. Read, Vision. - EDUCATION BY THE STATE?
EDUCATION: Why should a childless couple be compelled to pay for the education of their neighbor's child?” – Richard C. Ringer, Restoring the American Dream, p.153. – SUBSIDISED EDUCATION
EDUCATION: Why should I be robbed of my property to pay for teaching another man's children?” - quoted by T. H. Huxley, in "19TH CENTURY OPINION" an anthology by M. Goodman, p. 205. - FINANCE THROUGH TAXES?
EDUCATION: Why should not education be just as self-determining as religion?” - Leonard E. Read, Government, an Ideal Concept, p.118. - FREEDOM IN EDUCATION AS IN RELIGION
EDUCATION: Why should someone be forced to contribute to an education system which he opposes and (when he) wants his children to be educated in a different way?” - George Hardy, The Doom of the Welfare Society, p.12. - FINANCE
EDUCATION: Will you stand by a kid whose parents refuse to pay for its education?” - Bob Cowin, some years ago. Yes, as a member of a cooperative savings association that makes personal education loans, or as a talent scout for some other personal loan association. - JZ, 4.8.87. - Anyhow the basic education necessary to reach any educational standard - one is capable of achieving - need cost so little that most children with very few hours of work per week could pay for it themselves. If parents would refuse them this option then, apparently, they are no longer suitable guardians for them. Under the ancient Athenian Constitution any adult could make himself the guardian of a child - but only to uphold the rights of that child. - JZ, 11.6.00. - FINANCE
EDUCATION: With an educational system that does not educate and a system of mass communications that does not communicate, we have become incapable of the discussion by which political issues are determined.” - Robert M. Hutchins, quoted on p. 160 of: - John Wilkinson, The Civilization of the Dialogue, p.159, in: The Dissenting Academy, ed. by Theodor Roszak, Pelican. , ACADEMIES, UNIVERSITIES & MASS MEDIA
EDUCATION: With the Joseph Lancaster system for basic or elementary or primary education, possibly also for secondary education, it can become so cheap, fast and effective that government subsidies for it become obviously superfluous, as superfluous as most teachers, except the very top ones, would then be as well. – JZ, 9.11.04, 7.10.07. - LANCASTER SYSTEM & GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIES FOR EDUCATION
EDUCATION: Without education we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.” - Gilbert Keith Chesterton
EDUCATION: You can ‘put people in the way of learning, but you cannot educate them; that is a private operation. If the people are fools, they have a right to be and you have no right to disturb them against their will.” - Frank Chodorov, Fugitive Essays, p. 319. - EDUCATION VS. LEARNING, VOLUNTARISM VS. COMPULSION
EDUCATION: You can't teach people anything they don't want to know.” - G .B. Shaw.
EDUCATION: You cannot have human liberty, and the sense of all persons' uniqueness, dignity, and worth on which it must rest, if you give to some people the right to tell other people what they must learn or know, or the right to say officially and 'objectively' that some people are more able and worthy than others. Let any who want to make such judgements make them privately, knowing that such judgements can only be personal and subjective. But do not give them any permanent or official sanction, or the liberty and dignity of your citizens will soon be gone.” - John Holt, Instead of Education, p.12/13/
EDUCATION: You don't have a right to my property - A really competitive basic education system, for reading, writing and arithmetic, could be so cheap, short and effective that subsidies or charities to finance it would not be needed at all. Through a little free and unexploited labor the kids could pay for it themselves. When it comes to higher and worthwhile education, it should also pay for itself, during one's life, to enable one repay a personal loan for it. one with a value-preserving clause and paying a market rate of interest for it. Read up on the "monitor system" of Joseph Lancaster. – JZ, 7.6.11, on Facebook, rev. 11.10.12. – By now there should be much more on this monitor education system online than I was able to offer in my PEACE PLANS series. – JZ, 11.10.12. - FREE & EFFICIENT, VIA SUBSIDIES?
EDUCATION: You find ignorant and aggressive louts everywhere. (*) Our education system sees to that. - JZ, 9.1.86. – (*) Even among teachers! – JZ, 27.2.13. - LOUTS, VANDALS, BRUTES, BULLIES, SCHOOLS
EDUCATION: Your remark that the kingdom of the blind exists because the parents put out their children's eyes is startling, memorable and accurate.” - Pyrrho, to Joe Fulks, THE CONNECTION 112, p.30, 30 May 83.
EDUCATION: Your school days are over. Your education will now begin.” - Isaac Asimov, Thiotimoline to the Stars. - EDUCATION VS. SCHOOLINGEDUCATION: Your sons and daughters are beyond your command, …” - Source? - Certainly, on certain points, when they have already the right to make their own decisions. But as long as they are supported by their parents, they ought to give some labor and obedience in return - for their parents are not their slaves, either. - JZ, 25.5.00. - CHILDREN, PARENTS, OBEDIENCE, COMPULSORY SCHOOLING, EDUCATION BUREAUCRACY, TEACHERS
EFFECTIVE MONETARY DEMAND: Today this demand depends upon the all too inelastic supply of a monopoly good, the government’s forced and exclusive currency and also on the all too much regulated, persecuted and even penalized supply of private capital funds and on the supply of official funds coercively taken from their private earners and owners. Furthermore, on the officially all too restricted clearing and credit options. In some countries even value preserving clauses for capital certificates are not permitted. Thus much less capital is offered than would be offered for capital made safe to that extent. – JZ, 7.11.82, 6.10.08. – How much development capital would be available competitively priced, under stable value standards, full monetary and financial freedom and in the absence of compulsory regulation and taxes? – JZ, 17.11.10. – CENTRAL BANKING, FREE BANKING, MONETARY FREEDOM
EFFICIENCY: An efficient government is most efficient in suppressing our liberties and rights and robbing us of our properties and incomes and, sometimes, of our very lives. - JZ, 7.4.93, 22.5.00. - GOVERNMENT
EFFICIENCY: Efficacy can be determined only by freedom of trial and in no other way. - Henry Hazlitt, in NEWSWEEK column on drug laws trying to keep some drugs off the market.” - Quoted in: O. V. Garrison, The Dictocrats, p.14. – Under territorialism, i.e., in the absence of competition for governance or societal services, we cannot get efficient governmental or societal services. – JZ, 17.11.10, 28.7.13. - EFFICACY, TRIALS, TESTS, EXPERIMENTS
EFFICIENCY: Efficiency, in the sense of the rehearsed repetition of established procedures, is the end of growth and the beginning of death.” – Richard C. Cornuelle, Demanaging America, p.78. - BUREAUCRACY, PROCEDURES, RULES
EFFICIENCY: EFFICIENT GOVERNMENT: An efficient government is an even worse enemy of individual liberty than an inefficient one. (Somebody said, was it David Friedman? something like: Thank God that we do not get all the government we pay for!) - JZ, 3.6.00. – How efficient has any government been in disarming criminals rather than their victims? Has it solved the drug problem or made it worse? It “fights” inflation and unemployment – while causing both! – JZ, 10.12.08.
EFFICIENCY: EFFICIENT GOVERNMENT: Whenever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship.” – Harry S. Truman (1884-1972), U.S. President, Speech, Columbia University, 4/28/59. - Are dictatorships really efficient? - JZ, 23. 11. 06. – With their increasing size and power their inefficiencies do also increase. – JZ, 1.12.08. – Even dictatorships are not efficient, apart from being immoral and irrational. – However they are “efficiently” mismanaging, wasting, killing, imprisoning, suppressing on a vast scale. – Resistance, revolutions and military insurrections against them have not yet become similarly effective for liberation purposes, - JZ, 6.4.12. – DICTATORSHIPS, COERCION VS. VOLUNTARISM, TOTALITARIANISM, CENTRALIZATION, OPTIMUM SIZE
EFFICIENCY: Governments tend to tax efficiency and subsidize inefficiency.” - Ken Schoolland, The Adventure of Jonathan Gullible, Leap Publishing, Cape Town, with Commentaries by Ken Schoolland and Janette Eldridge, 1981 ff, 2004 ed., www.jonathangullible.com email@example.com p. 29. – Alas, it is efficient in promoting and maintaining territorial statism! – JZ, 10.12.08, 28.7.13. – Also bureaucracy and political power – all on the backs of all too many involuntary victims. – JZ, 17.11.10. - TAXATION, SUBSIDIES & GOVERNMENTS
EFFICIENCY: It is the interaction of consumers, resource owners, and entrepreneur-producers in free competitive markets which achieves the allocative efficiency and the affluence we take for granted in capitalist societies.” - Israel M. Kirzners, Champions of Freedom, p.69. – Alas, we do not have as yet and never had any fully capitalistic societies. – JZ, 17.11.10.
EFFICIENCY: once the system of profit maximization under competitive conditions is abandoned, there is no available criterion of efficiency to put in its place.” - Russell Lewis, in Dr. Rhodes Boyson, editor, Right Turn, p.54/55, referring to the teachings of Mises. - PROFITS
EFFICIENCY: Only in a free market, where businessmen face constant competition, can business efficiency be tested, for only in a free market can consumers encourage efficient production with profits and discourage inefficient production with losses.” - Brian Summers, THE FREEMAN, 5/75. – UTILITARIANISM, PRAXEOLOGY, VS. INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES
EFFICIENCY: The highest and best form of efficiency is the spontaneous cooperation of a free people.” - Woodrow Wilson, SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, 12/77. - Sometimes one has to wait all too long for it to occur spontaneously. Some projects have to be strongly promoted by individuals or small groups, with sufficient foresight, planning, persistence and good methods to succeed. How, otherwise, will we ever get a complete libertarian publishing, library and information service established, complete bibliographical, abstracting, review and indexing services as well as directories, projects lists, a libertarian encyclopedia, a libertarian ideas archive etc.? Such things do not just "happen" spontaneously, not even on the Internet. - The free market does not yet work well enough for new ideas, innovations and talents - because new and special free markets for them have not yet been set up. - JZ, 1.6.00, 17.11.10. – Not even libertarian jokes have been spontaneously collected sorted and published so far a single website or on a CD. – JZ, 28.7.13. - COOPERATION, SPONTANEITY, NEW DRAFT
EFFICIENCY: the most efficient government is despotism.” - Jackson Pemberton, On the Constitution, THE FREEMAN, 7/76. - Efficiency in imposing the central plan of a few in power is not the same as the efficient pursuit of each or most free people of their own plans. Centralized and coercive planning and direction destroy or prevent most individual efficiencies. - JZ, 31.7.92. –DESPOTISM, CENTRALIZATION, PLANNING, DIRIGISM, INTERVENTIONISM, DICTOCRACY, GOVERNMENT
EFFICIENCY: What's the point of arguing over whether or not (the) government(s) perform(s) certain operations efficiently or not, when it can be shown that they really have no right to be performing them at all?” - John Singleton with Bob Howard, Rip Van Australia, p.263. - EFFICIENCY OF GOVERNMENTS VS. MORALITY & IMMORALITY OF GOVERNMENT ACTIONS
EFFORTS: I never said my way was easy. I said that Man was not meant for defeat, however many individuals may be defeated. I said that the effort to be conscious enough and brave enough was admirable, whatever the consequences.” - Robert Anton Wilson, Schroedinger's Cat, II: The Trick Top Hat, p.109. - While "life was not meant to be easy", freedom lovers could and should cooperate internationally to make their struggle much easier and victorious much sooner, by providing themselves with all the tools and machinery for freedom, all the "weapons" and intellectual ammunition for the struggle. Then it would be much less of a struggle. So far, in most cases, they just could not be bothered or made only all too limited individual and small group efforts. - JZ, 1.6.00. - EASINESS, DEFEAT, STRUGGLE, SOLUTIONS, SUCCESS, NEW DRAFT
EFFORTS: The price of liberty is eternal effort.” - Robert LeFevre, LEFEVRE'S JOURNAL, Fall 77. – I hold that libertarian enlightenment could be greatly speeded up and made much easier by the various steps recommended in my 2010 digital book manuscript called “New Draft”, not yet online but only reviewed at www.panarchy.org and available from me as a zipped email attachment, free of charge upon request. Zipped it comes only to 306 KBs. – JZ, 28.7.13. – firstname.lastname@example.org - VIGILANCE & LIBERTY
EGALITARIANISM: A fixed rule, like that of equality, might be acquiesced in, and so might chance, or an external necessity; but that a handful of human beings should weigh everybody in the balance, and give more to one and less to another at their sole pleasure and judgement, would not be born unless from persons believed to be more than men, and backed by supernatural terrors.” - John Stuart Mill, Political Economy, I, ii, 4. - Quoted by Anthony Flew, The Politics of Procrustes, p.90.
EGALITARIANISM: A proverb heard everywhere in the Orient has it that the nail that stands above its fellows is always hammered down.” – Joseph R. Garber, In A Perfect State, p.94. - EQUALITY FANATICS, ENVY, IDEAS ARCHIVE
EGALITARIANISM: A society that puts equality - in the sense of equality of outcome - ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom. The use of force to achieve equality will destroy the freedom, and the force, introduced for good purposes, will end up in the hands of people who use it to promote their own interests. On the other hand, a society that puts freedom first will, as a happy by-product, end up with both greater freedom and greater equality" - Milton and Rose Friedman, Free to Choose. – Even with free choice for individuals regarding political, economic and social systems, so that each can get the society, community or government of his dreams and is no longer tied to the different dreams of others. – JZ, 26.12.07. - LIBERTY & PROGRESS, FORCE & POWER, TERRITORIALISM
EGALITARIANISM: Egalitarianism (the doctrine of equality) is unjust because it "forbids capitalist acts between consenting adults". That is, it deprives people of their natural right to pay for what they want in order to be "different". - Jim Downard, ascribing this view to Robert Nozick, THE CONNECTION 127, p.47.
EGALITARIANISM: Egalitarianism is one of the favorite myths of our century. No thinking person can fail to see that as human societies become more civilized and complex, inequalities are bound to increase in various ways.” - Ludwig Lachmann, LIBERTARIAN REVIEW, 4/78.
EGALITARIANISM: Egalitarianism may be motivated by a sincere desire to abolish poverty but it is one of the most efficient poverty-creating ideologies of our century.” - Irving Kristol, WALL STREET JOURNAL, 1976. - POVERTY
EGALITARIANISM: Egalityranny, n. A state of comprehensive, compulsory egalitarianism in which it is illegal to discriminate against anyone or anything for any reason. Is this not where we are now headed?” - L. A. Rollins, Lucifer's Lexicon. - I wish that all who "think" like this would become addicts to eating mushrooms, which they themselves have picked, without discrimination! Equal rights for poisonous mushrooms to be eaten by careless humans?! - JZ, 25.5.00, 17.11.10.
EGALITARIANISM: He appears nevertheless equally insensitive to the extreme inequalities, under what he too describes as egalitarian socialism, between the party elite of equalizers and the broad masses of those who are equalized.” - Anthony Flew, The Politics of Procrustes, p.181.
EGALITARIANISM: I have never known of an egalitarian who actually, voluntarily practiced his own doctrine of the redistribution of wealth.” - Tibor Machan, Liberty and Culture, p.278. - However, if you try them, they are willing, as the old English proverb says, to share with you their penny and your shilling! What they object to and do not initiate voluntarily, is share their shilling with your penny. - JZ, 23.5.00.
EGALITARIANISM: I have no respect for the passion for equality, which seems to me merely idealising envy.” - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Holmes-Laski letters. - ENVY
EGALITARIANISM: In the 5th century B.C., the Roman dictator Cincinnatus was asked about the secret of his success as a ruler. He took his interrogator into a nearby wheatfield and with his sickle proceeded to lop off the tops of wheat stalks, which had the temerity to grow taller than the average. So have rulers generally tended to lop off the heads of individuals whose success has threatened their power, wealth and social prestige. This reactionary policy of egalitarianism for the masses is fundamental to communist and socialist doctrine.” - Harry Lee Smith, THE FREEMAN, Sept. 76, 546. - COMMUNISM, SOCIALISM
EGALITARIANISM: It is all wrong to believe that egalitarians are generally well meaning, decent, compassionate people; if this were so, there would be no poverty anywhere, since the egalitarians would have eliminated it through sustained private, voluntary effort. (*) No, the point is that their concern for the poor is largely a pose and their real goal is political power. The motivation, although quite difficult to generalized, seems to be envy.” - Tibor Machan, Liberty and Culture, p.278. - (*) Only a widely shared poverty would be the result, with total output greatly reduced in the absence of positive incentives to increase it. - JZ, 23.5.00. - DISTRIBUTION, REDISTRIBUTION, PROPERTY & POVERTY
EGALITARIANISM: It is the most egalitarian armed forces ever created. As of today it consists of 51% females, 47% males, 1% transsexuals, and 1% transvestites. It is, furthermore, 8% black, 26% Hispanic, 1% Amerind, 28% Catholic, 2% Jewish, 1% Muslim, 4% lesbian, 6% gay, 11% bisexual, 14% handicapped and mentally retarded, 7% criminal, 9% pacifist, 21% illiterate, and 100% unionized.” - Hayford Peirce, OMNI, 4/79, 62. - He forgot e.g., the Protestants - and their schisms, the Atheists, Deists, Rationalists, Humanists, Mormons, and thousands of other sectarians, also all the different ideologies and hundreds to thousands of ethnic differences! - Moreover, if there are to be officers at all, they ought to be rotated or drawn by lot, rather than appointed or elected by their subordinates. - Then there are the soldiers who like or dislike drugs, who like or dislike discipline, those who like nuclear weapons and those who oppose them, those who like fighting and those who don't. Where are we to draw the lines? - JZ, 1.6.00. – Are there any or many staunch defenders of all individual rights and liberties in the governments’ military forces? – JZ, 10.12.08. - DEFENCE, ARMED FORCES, NON-DISCRIMINATION
EGALITARIANISM: People obsessed by egalitarian thinking are not equal enough in knowledge and intelligence to others to see its flaws. - JZ, 12.6.89 & 25.5.00. Our value as persons, thinkers, creators, producers and consumers lies largely in being not equal to but different from most others. – If we were all equal, we would be exchangeable like the spare parts in any particular model of a car. We would wear the same clothing, eat the same foods, play the same sports, earn our living in the same way, amuse ourselves in the same way, watch the same movies, read the same books, etc. and our life partners would be freely exchangeable. The rightful core, but usually all much overlooked, is equal rights and liberties, including the many important rights and liberties left out of all governmental bills of rights and even out of most private human rights drafts. – JZ, 28.7.13.
EGALITARIANISM: Procrustes is alive and well. His victims aren't. - JZ, 25.4.86.
EGALITARIANISM: Some people obviously do think you can have a totally egalitarian system. But no one has achieved one yet above the level of a tribal society.” - Prince Philip. - I doubt that it could be total even there. - JZ, 4.4.89. – Equal rights and liberties for babies, infants and adults are not possible. The practice of many rights and liberties requires a minimum of rationally, which babies and infants do not, as yet, possess and all do many adults do not demonstrate, either, by their behavior. – JZ, 28.7.13. - TOTALITARIANISM & TRIBALISM
EGALITARIANISM: The "ethics" of egalitarianism must be repudiated. Achievers must not be penalized or parasites rewarded if we aspire to a healthy, productive, and ethical society. Able-bodied citizens must work to sustain their lives, and in a healthy economic system they should be enabled and encouraged to save for their own old age.” - William E. Simon, A Time for Truth, p.220. – At least partly quoted in THE FREEMAN, 8/78. – ETHICS, TERRITORIALISM, STATISM, ACHIEVEMENTS, SUCCESS, FAILURES, PENALTIES, PARASITES, WELFARE STATE, DISTRIBUTIONISM, TAXATION
EGALITARIANISM: The cure-all they hit upon was the doctrine of egalitarianism. Curiously, they promoted this new idea (*) in the name of natural rights: if we are all endowed with an equal amount of natural rights, then it follows that we all have an equal right to what everybody else had. That was, at bottom, not only a revolt against the injustice of privilege, but also a rationalization of covetousness. At any rate, egalitarianism called for an extension of privilege, not the abolition of it; and since privilege is impossible without political enforcement, the egalitarians turned to state power for help. All kinds of reforms were advocated, and all of them strengthened political power at the expense of social power. …” - Frank Chodorov, Fugitive Essays, p.409. – (*) Ulrich von Beckerath rather called it the inherent sin of mankind, the tribal and herd communism, under which it lived for all too long and from which it somewhat liberated itself only in relatively recent history. - JZ
EGALITARIANISM: The economic egalitarianism of the liberal ideology implies ... the reduction of Westerners to hunger and poverty.” - James Burnham. – Without rightful incentives for productive behaviour much less would be produced, distributed, saved and invested in increased productivity, more poverty and hunger would be the inevitable result. – JZ, 28.7.13. - HUNGER, POVERTYEGALITARIANISM: The egalitarian seeks a collective equality, not of opportunity but of results. He wishes to wrest the rewards away from those who have earned them and give them to those who have not. The system he seeks to create is the precise opposite of meritocracy. The more one achieves, the more one is punished; the less one achieves, the more one is rewarded. Egalitarianism is a morbid assault on both ability and justice. Its goal is not to enhance individual achievement; it is to level all men.” - William E. Simon, A Time for Truth, p.200. - OPPORTUNITY VS. RESULTS, COMMUNISM, COLLECTIVISM, SOCIAL JUSTICE, COMMUNIST ANARCHISM
EGALITARIANISM: The perceived ill of discrimination has produced the new egalitarianism. Its purpose is to redress old wrongs with new wrongs.” - J. J. Kilpatrick, THE FREEMAN, 12/75. - DISCRIMINATION, ANTI-DISCRIMINATION, REVERSE DISCRIMINATION, INEQUALITY, EQUALITY
EGALITARIANISM: The personal security that individuals spent a lifetime working to attain, suddenly disappears in a rising tide of prices that take his savings, dissolve his pension and leave him defenceless. Egalitarianism is indeed produced - but it is the egalitarianism not of affluence but of poverty.” - Morris Shumiatcher, THE FREEMAN, 8/75. - SECURITY & INSECURITY, INFLATION & POVERTY
EGALITARIANISM: the very unequal egalitarians who nowadays flourish in the plush pastures both of Whitehall and of Washington, as well as of those who in other countries control ruling Marxist-Leninist parties.” - Anthony Flew, The Politics of Procrustes, p.98, chapter: Who are the Equals? - GOVERNMENTS
EGALITARIANISM: The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal." – Aristotle, quoted by - Luca Fusari – on Facebook, 6.3.12. - The egalitarians are, as a rule, least interested in genuine equal individual rights and liberties. – JZ, 6.3.12. - EQUALITY
EGALITARIANISM: There exist in the human heart a depraved taste for equality which impels the weak to attempt to lower the powerful down to their own level, and reduce men to prefer equality in slavery to inequality with freedom." Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America. - Territorialism gives them more votes and power, indirectly, through their likewise prejudiced representatives and legislators. – JZ, 26.12.07. – EGALITARIANISM VS. FREEDOM, ENVY, THE MASS OF UNDER-ACHIEVERS VS. THE ACHIEVERS
EGALITARIANISM: There is all the difference in the world between treating people equally and attempting to make them equal.” – F.A. Hayek - EQUALIZING PEOPLE ARTIFICIALLY, EQUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES
EGALITARIANISM: They who have reasoned ignorantly, or who have aimed at effecting their personal ends by flattering the popular feeling, boldly affirmed that “one man is as good as another”; a maxim that is true in neither nature, revealed morals, nor political theory.” - James Fenimore Cooper
EGALITARIANISM: Those who urge egalitarianism in the name of "justice" must remember that every movement which seeks to make men the "same" has only made them similar in their servitude.” - Allen C. Brownfeld, THE FREEMAN, 2/74.
EGALITARIANISM: To dogmatic and authoritarian anarchists their communist, socialist, collectivist and egalitarian notions are closer to their hearts and ideas than are their anarchist commitments to voluntarism and non-domination. They, too, like the archists, insist that their own favorite political, economic and social system ought to be uniformly and territorially enforced, upon all dissenters, rather than peacefully and gradually realized only among volunteers and only at their expense and risk. Tolerance just towards some other anarchist experiments is not enough tolerance for freedom options or individual preference choices for all individuals, most of whom are still statists. - JZ, 6.12.94, 28.7.13. – ANARCHISM, COMMUNIST ANARCHISM
EGALITARIANISM: We, by contrast, should not fail to challenge the authenticity of an "egalitarianism" which can marry with a commitment to absolute power for Guardian elites.” - Anthony Flew, The Politics of Procrustes, p.133. - Compare George Orwell, in 1984, saying something like: “Some pigs are more equal than others.” – EGALITARIANISM, ITS GUARDIAN ELITES, & POWER
EGALITARIANISM: With regard to the fundamental immorality of all egalitarianism I will here point only to the fact that all our morals rest on the different esteem in which we hold people according to the manner in which they conduct themselves. While equality before the law - the treatment of all by government according to the same rules - appears to me as an essential condition of individual freedom (*), that different treatment which is necessary in order to place people who are individually very different into the same material position seems to me not only incompatible with personal freedom, but highly immoral. But this is what unlimited democracy is moving to.” – F. A. Hayek, Wither Democracy? in QUADRANT, 11/76. – (*) provided they are voluntary governments, exterritorially competing, under diverse personal law systems, not territorial, centralistic and coercive monopolies. Even the limited but still territorial governments, which Hayek aspired to, are good enough, at least for the time being, only for their adherents. Once they are exposed to fully free and tolerant competition, many of their members will secede from them and make still better choices for themselves. – JZ, n.d. & 27.7.13 - EFFICIENCY OF GOVERNMENTS VS. MORALITY & IMMORALITY OF GOVERNMENT ACTIONS
EGALITARIANISM: Your levelers wish to level down as far as themselves, but they cannot bear leveling up to themselves.” - Samuel Johnson, Boswell's Life of - S. J., - DISTRIBUTIONISM, WELFARISM, LEVELING
EGG BOARD: If democracy is to survive, if forty million people are really to govern themselves, they must have the wisdom to allow the hens to govern the price of an egg.” … - Sir Ernest Benn, Modern Government, p.14. – Some wisdom or at least common sense is required from the hen keepers and the consumers of hens and eggs as well. – JZ, 28.7.13. – EGG BOARDS, PRICE CONTROLS
EGG BOARD: There are 799 people employed to "look after" 1,000 poultry farmers.” - Tim Daly, GOOD GOVERNMENT, 2/78, from THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 11/2/78. – EGG BOARD, BUREAUCRACY
EGGS & OMELETS: Eggs of the world dis-unite! You have nothing to lose but your omelets! You have your egg-hood to win!” - Jack Schwartzman, FRAGMENTS, April-June 1963, 4. – A rather unsuitable analogy! – JZ, 28.7.13. - Collectivists think very different. They subscribe to the slogan: "To make an omelet you have to break some eggs." They treat people as their property, to use and abuse as they please. - as if they were merely poultry eggs. Obviously, not the people or the eggs win in that situation but their users or abusers. - JZ, 28.5.00, 27.7.13 - EGGS & OMELETS, INDIVIDUALISM & COERCIVE COLLECTIVISM, UNITY THROUGH COERCION, MIXED ECONOMY, COMPROMISES
EGO: An inflated ego is preferable to a deflated one. - JZ, 3.8.78. – RED., EGOISM
EGOCRACY: I will determine the manner of my defense wherever I can and whenever it is expedient for me to do so. I am for my egocracy even if Mr. Meulen and "the people" are not!” - S. E. Parker, THE STORM, 1977.
EGOISM: A race of altruists is necessarily a race of slaves. A race of free men is necessarily a race of egoists.” - Max Stirner - Der Einzige und sein Eigentum. - (The Ego and his Own) - Seldes. – Egoists do not constitute a separate race but, rather show, quite clearly, a personal characteristic, which is somewhat represented in every race. It is even one of the necessary survival traits for human beings. At least a degree of social cooperation is another such trait. – JZ, 1.3.13, 28.7.13. - ALTRUISM, FREE MEN VS. SLAVES
EGOISM: An egoist has greater self-respect than a supposedly superior "god" has, who requires worship from his inferior subjects and believers.” - JZ, 20.8.97 & 21.5.00. - SELF-RESPECT, ALTRUISM & WORSHIP, GOD-COMPLEX, SELF-ESTEEM
EGOISM: Beware Altruism. It is based on self-deception, which is the root of all evil.” - Lazarus Long. - ALTRUISM
EGOISM: Communism is a community under compulsory equality. “I, however, would rather depend upon the egoism of men than upon their mercy or charity…” - Stirner, quoted in: John Henry Mackay, Max Stirner, p.146. - COMMUNISM, EQUALITY & GENEROSITY, ALTRUISM OR BENEVOLENCE
EGOISM: Comte invented the term altruism as an antonym for egoism, and it found its way at once into everyone's mouth, although it is utterly devoid of meaning, since it points to nothing that ever existed in mankind.” - Albert Jay Nock, Memoirs of a Superfluous Man, Harper, 1943, 305. - Consideration for others is a force in some people, e.g. in pilots of a jet, that has lost power and would crash into a village, if the pilot jumped out to save themselves. Sometimes they did not and steered it still away, beyond a village, although that action has cost them their lives. Many somewhat similar cases are on record. More than a mere herd-instinct is involved. - JZ – Men are neither absolute altruists nor absolute egoists. We are solitary individuals and also social beings with considerations for others, not only in family and friendship circles, or, of necessity, in our production and exchange efforts to support ourselves under free market relationships. – JZ, 5.12.08. ALTRUISM, SELFISHNESS
EGOISM: Destroy a man's altruism, and you get a savage orangutan, but if you destroy his egoism you generate a tame monkey.” - Alexander Herzen, quoted in: Isaiah Berlin, Russian Thinkers, 201. - ALTRUISM
EGOISM: Each serves others because that is the easiest way of serving himself.” - Louis F. Post, Social Service, p.320. - SELFISHNESS & ALTRUISM
EGOISM: Egoism … says that every man knows what is best for himself and should not live his life according to the beliefs of another.” - Ron Chusid, LIBERTARIAN CONNECTION, 23.11.72.
EGOISM: Happiness can only be defined in the free play of egoism. It is not a condition that is possible for someone who has overcome his ego.” - Keyserling, Reisetagebuch eines Philosophen, Peking, 5. - HAPPINESS, ALTRUISM
EGOISM: He is a fool that will forget himselve." - Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde, Bk. v, I, 97. – SELF-INTEREST
EGOISM: If you do not value yourself, why should I value you? - JZ, 20.8.97. – EGOISM VS. ALTRUISM, SELF-RESPECT, SELF-ASSERTION, SELF-THINKING, SELF-RESPONSIBILITY
EGOISM: In defending others against aggressors, we lessen the chances of being attacked ourselves. In pursuing such egoistic conduct, our sympathetic natures are developed - i.e., we get direct pleasure out of the interest we take in others, in subserving our own welfare. As a consequence, the witnessing, or even the knowledge of the infliction of pain upon others, produces pain in ourselves. So intimately is our own happiness bound up with the happiness of others.” - Badcock, Slaves to Duty. - SYMPATHY, HAPPINESS, SELF-INTEREST, CONSIDERATION FOR OTHERS, VOLUNTARY COOPERATION, MUTUAL AID, SOCIAL CONTRACT, AID, HELP
EGOISM: involves a positive goal - the enhancement of one's own human life. This isn't achieved by single-minded pleasure seeking or running roughshod over others, however, but by bettering oneself as a rational being, by fostering mutually beneficial relations with others, and by securing political principles for one's society that protect the rights of everyone.” - Tibor Machan, Liberty & Culture, p.136/137. – SELF-DEVELOPMENT, SELF-IMPROVEMENT
EGOISM: It is the duty of the free man to live for his own sake, and not for others. …” - Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900. - FREE MEN, LIVING, ALTRUISM
EGOISM: It's no accident that capitalism has brought with it progress, not merely in production but also in knowledge. Egoism and competition are, alas, stronger forces than public spirit sense of duty.” - Albert Einstein.- CAPITALISM, COMPETITION, PROGRESS & KNOWLEDGE
EGOISM: Nothing is more to me than myself.” - Stirner, The Ego and His Own. - FIRST PRINCIPLES, PRIMARY VALUES, SELF-APPRECIATION, SELFISHNESS
EGOISM: Rational egoism is a philosophy whose basic premise is that life (and in particular the individual's life) is the base point from which all else is measured. This distinguishes it from mystical philosophies and religions …” - Eric Geislinger, NEW LIBERTARIAN, I, March 1978, 9. - LIFE, INDIVIDUALISM, RATIONAL EGOISM
EGOISM: Self-love is a necessary, indestructible, universal law and principle, inseparable from every kind of love. Religion must and does confirm this on every page of her history. Wherever man tries to resist that human egoism, whether in religion, philosophy, or politics, he sinks into pure nonsense and insanity; for the sense which forms the egoism of all human instincts, desires and actions, is the satisfaction of the human being, the satisfaction of human egoism.” - Feuerbach. – SELF-APPRECIATION, SELF-ESTEEM
EGOISM: The essence of a self-reliant and autonomous culture is an unshakable egoism.” - H. L. Mencken, Prejudices, ser. ii, p. 93.
EGOISM: The fact is that there are stupid egoists who are not acting in their own best interest. The wise person is an egoist, but the converse is not true. Actually, I think Rand would say that an egoist is a person who is in fact acting in his best interests, not one who thinks he is but is wrong.” - Mike Hughes, THE CONNECTION 73, p 17(?)12(?)
EGOISM: The important achievements of man are made out of egoistic motives. The State, the Welfare State as well, is an egoistic institution. …” - Uwe Timm, Gesammelte Schriften, S.48. - ACHIEVEMENTS
EGOISM: The long-sighted, rational egoism is morally acceptable and in accordance with natural rights, libertarianism and individualism. It includes voluntary associations and cooperation for mutual benefit - and, naturally, all economic liberties. - JZ, n.d. & 1.6.00.
EGOISM: The only "ism" for me.’ - L. A. Rollins, Lucifer's Lexicon, p.39.
EGOISM: The true egoist does not establish his happiness upon the misfortunes of others. He knows that the happiness of his fellow men is his happiness, their misfortune is his misfortune and their freedom is his freedom and that the one without the other is unthinkable.” - John Henry Mackay, Abrechnung, quoted in K. H. Z. Solneman, Der Bahnbrecher, J. H. Mackay, S.39. (Kurt H. Zube)
EGOISM: The true egoist tolerates egoism in others, too. - JZ, 8.4.79. - TOLERANCE
EGOISM: Those are called egoists who do not let themselves be ruthlessly exploited by others.” - FLIEGENDE BLAETTER, EXPLOITATION, MONOPOLIES
EGOISM: To preach egoism is to practice altruism.” - G. K. Chesterton. - One can tacitly practise egoism without preaching it at all. Anyhow, in economics, egoism benefits everybody much more than any conscious altruism possibly could. - JZ, 1.6.00. - ALTRUISM
EGOISM: to tear egoism from a man's heart is to rob him of his living principles, of the yeast and salt of his personality.” - Alexander Herzen, quoted in: Isaiah Berlin, Russian Thinkers, p.201.
EGOISM: What should they do? - (Always the same question.) - They have only to be Egoists, as their oppressors are!” - John Henry Mackay, Abrechnung, S.163.
EGOISM: Why should one value people who think that the highest value consists in serving other people? (They usually do that excluding the mutual benefit relationships on the free market, confining their point of view to charitable actions, or benefits unilaterally granted to others.) If the altruists were consistent, then they should fully enslave themselves in the service to other people, considering this action to be the highest virtue. And whom would they serve? Supposedly also those people, who derive their market value only from serving others. So one slave serving other slaves would be the most virtuous person? Or would the altruists argue that the highest virtue of a person consists in serving others, who are egoists? Those communists who believe that their needs ought to be gratified by the actions of others are the supreme egotists. Their party leaders and dictators are the extreme examples of this egotism. All others are treated as if they only existed to serve them. - JZ, 20.8.97 & 21.5.00. – Only the building up of productive capital made wide-spread prosperity possible. Wherever savings were customarily shared and consumed with friends and relatives or the whole tribe, stagnation and poverty would remain. – JZ, 15.11.08, 17.11.10. - EGOISM VS. ALTRUISM, COMMUNISM, PARASITISM, SHARING, EGALITARIANISM, MUTUAL SLAVERY, Q.
EGOIST: A nation of one. A Max Monad.” - L. A. Rollins, Lucifer's Lexicon, p.39. – INDIVIDUALISM, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY
EGOTIST: A person of low taste, more interested in himself than in me.” - Ambrose Bierce, 1842-1914. - An inferior person who has more interest in himself than for me.” - Bierce, retranslated from the German version, when I did not have the original on hand. – JZ
EGOTISTS: The nice thing about egotists is that they don’t talk much about other people.” – Lucille S. Harper. – JOKES
ELECTION CAMPAIGNS: For the next few weeks there will be no political discussions in America: we have entered the Season of Platitudes - an election campaign. - All issues, principles and definitions vanish during an election campaign. They dissolve in a fog of rubber terms that can mean anything to anyone - while the candidates compete for how to be misunderstood in the greatest number of ways by the greatest number of people.” - Ayn Rand, The Season of Platitudes, LA TIMES, October 7, 1962. – Also in: “The Ayn Rand Column”, revised edition, 1998, p.50, Second Renaissance Books, New Milford, Connecticut, www.rationalmind.com -VOTING, PLATITUDES, PREJUDICES, POLITICIANS, THEIR PROMISES, LIES, PEOPLE, DEMOCRACY, REPUBLICANISM, PRINCIPLES, DEFINITIONS
ELECTION CAMPAIGNS: Hang politicians, rather than their posters, up on trees. - JZ, 8.11.95.
ELECTION CAMPAIGNS: Politics is a strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles." - Ambrose Bierce. - VOTING, DEMOCRACY, POLITICS & PRINCIPLES
ELECTION CAMPAIGNS: You cannot fly any higher after an election than you did during your campaign.” - Leonard Reed, ISIL LIBERTY QUOTE LIBRARY 03. – Leonard E. Read? – Correct for territorial but not for competing or voluntary governments and societies. - Contracts between sovereign individuals and freely competing political, economic and social systems, all offering only their various types of exterritorial autonomy for volunteers and under free competition with each other, should be able to offer more and more progress, like other free enterprises, subject to the preferences of sovereign consumers. – JZ, 10.1.08. - PROMISES, VOTING, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, VOLUNTARISM, COMPETITION, CHOICE, CONSUMER SOVEREIGNTY & FREE ENTERPRISE IN EVERY SPHERE, FREEDOM OF CONTRACT, FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY FOR VOLUNTEERS VS. TERRITORIALISM, POLITICIANS, PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM
ELECTION PROMISES: Campaign promise: The promise of a politician to transform taxes into subsidies.” - Lothar Schmidt. - Neither are rightful or sensible. - JZ, 25.5.00. - Compare the other saying on this: "Elections are advance auctions of stolen goods." –They often promise what is impossible, especially for them. – Communities of volunteers would usually insist on the fulfillment of promises by their leaders. If that is not done, they would get rid of them, fast. - JZ, 5.12.08. - POLITICS, GOVERNMENTS, POLITICIANS, ELECTIONS, TAXES, SUBSIDIES, HANDOUTS, PANARCHISM VS. TERRITORIALISM, POLITICIANS, JOKES
ELECTION PROMISES: Election promises are nothing but political siren songs. - JZ, 1973/74.
ELECTION PROMISES: Every election is a very promising phenomenon. - JZ, 6.12.76. - By the time the next election comes around most of the previous promises have been broken. Nevertheless, the voters seem ever hopeful that in future the elected will keep their promises. - JZ, 26.5.00. – In panarchies the disappointed ones would not be stuck with the promise breakers, possibly for several years, but, simply, secede from them, individually or in whole groups, to try someone or something better, a.s.a.p. – JZ, 5.12.08. - VOTING, TERRITORIALISM
ELECTION REFORMS: Not reformed and better election systems for all people in a state territory are needed but, rather, free choice among all the various voting systems, for individuals and also among all the other offerings of the exterritorially autonomous volunteer communities that they do prefer for themselves. Compared with that fundamental vote and choice all other changes of election systems, e.g. from "first past the post" to "proportional representation" are rather trivial. - To each his own preferred election, societal, community or governance system. Neither one's vote nor one's preferred election system should be imposed upon anyone. - JZ, 11.12.92 & 23.5.00, 28.7.13. – PANARCHISM, VOTING
ELECTION SYSTEMS: Whatever one does, in every election system there will always be excluded, missing, invalid, mistaken or unfree votes.” - Proudhon, Democracy & Republic, p.5 of a German edition. – Also some forged ones and some bought ones. – JZ, 1.3.13. - VOTING, REPRESENTATION
ELECTIONS: A choice between the bad and the worse.” - Quoted on radio, 13.7.87. - VOTING, PARTIES & POLITICIANS, PLATFORMS AND PROGRAMS
ELECTIONS: A man that'd expict to thrain lobsters to fly in a year is called a loonytic; but a man that thinks men can be turrned into angels be an iliction is called a rayformer an'remains at large.” - Mr. Dooley, in Benjamin R. Tucker's Catalogue, p.113. Also quoted by David Friedman, The Machinery of Freedom, p.142. - POLITICIANS, VOTING, REFORMERS
ELECTIONS: American parties were so disorganized that every presidential campaign was increasingly a beauty contest.” - Tom Clancy, Clear and Present Danger, p.495. - Replace "disorganized" by: "short of rightful and sensible ideas"! - JZ, 24.1.02. - VOTING, PARTIES
ELECTIONS: An election is an advance auction sale of stolen goods."- H. L. Mencken. - The Workers Party election campaign should be an advance return system for these stolen goods. - JZ, 10/76. - See PEACE PLANS No. 19c for details. – “… an advanced auction of stolen goods.” - H. L. Mencken. - quoted by Richard C. Ringer, Restoring the American Dream, p.64.
ELECTIONS: An elective despotism is still a despotism. - JZ, 5/74. - DEMOCRACY, VOTING, MAJORITY DESPOTISM, TERRITORIALISM
ELECTIONS: As we know at election time, parties make promises. This always ensures that the next government will spend more money than the last one. And this means there must always be new taxes.” - GOOD GOVERNMENT, 12/80. - And, as a result, everybody, in the average, will be worse off, while, for a short time, imagining being better off! - JZ, 4.6.82. - PROMISES, PARTIES, GOVERNMENT SPENDING, TAXATION, DEMOCRACY, WELFARE STATE, VOTING, DEMOCRACY
ELECTIONS: At best you get one sort of con-men out - only to get another lot in. - JZ, 20.3.88. - POLITICIANS, VOTING, OF CONFIDENCE TRICKSTERS
ELECTIONS: become matters of form rather than content and serve as a convenient means to facilitate the abuse of power.” - Kevork Ajemian, The Fallacy of Modern Politics, Books International, PO Box 6096, McLean, Virginia 22106, 1986, Tel. (703) 821-8900, p.118. – REPRESENTATION
ELECTIONS: Besides, who cares nowadays who is elected to anything, they are not in office three days till we realize our mistake and wish the other one had got in?” - Will Rogers, Letters of a Self-made Diplomat. - POLITICIANS, VOTING, PARTIES
ELECTIONS: But, when we oust the rascals do we not, as a matter of course, invite a new crowd? It all adds up to the fact that by voting them out of power, the people put the running of their community life into the hands of a separate group, upon whose wisdom and integrity the fate of the community rests.” - Frank Chodorov, Fugitive Essays, 198/199. – This is then quite wrongly called Self-Government, although at most the views of the majority are thus represented. – JZ, 28.7.13. - VOTING, POLITICIANS, TERRITORIALISM VS. PANARCHISM, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM
ELECTIONS: Can you remember any of the government's election promises? - No, they went in one year and out the other!” - From a comic strip. Source? author? - PROMISES, JOKES, POLITICIANS
ELECTIONS: Each individual to run his own election, i.e., to select and pay his service providers himself - and to represent himself in all matters that are of great importance to him. - JZ, 4.7.95, 21.5.00. - REPRESENTATION VS. SELF-GOVERNMENT
ELECTIONS: Economic incompetence is the central issue of each election campaign - and it requires at least the "none of the above" option for the voters. - JZ, free after John Howard, who used "competence" instead, according to ABC News, 4.10.92. - Each election proves the past, present and future economic and political incompetence of the elected and the majority of the voters. - JZ, 6.4.00, 21.5.00. - ECONOMIC INCOMPETENCE, VOTING, DEMOCRACY
ELECTIONS: Election year: When the outs (*) want to help the people out of all the trouble the ins got us into. - Don Bennet. - (*) say that they - JZ, n.d.
ELECTIONS: Elections are a very poor method of transferring data to a control system.” - Nat Hall, THE CONNECTION 64, p.20. - Actually, neither a direct transfer is involved, nor data in the best sense, nor something that deserves the name of a control system. It is all false pretences, from the beginning to the end, and of unjustified beliefs, hopes and expectations. In a supermarket and other shops, with his own dollars, shopping cart and bags, a person gets most of his individual choices - while in territorial political elections he almost never gets what he wants, only what he wants, and this in quantities and qualities that he desires and at prices that he is prepared to pay for. There is neither any moral nor any utilitarian reason for continuing this absurd method of "choice" and "selection". Why should we hand over so much of our lives in form of a "ticket" or "blank cheque" to politicians, bureaucrats and policemen? We don't know them. They do not know us. We do not trust them. They do not trust us. So, why should we continue this ridiculous "relationship" and "dependency", at our own risk and expense to maintain and promote these rascals or the next lot of them? - JZ, 2.6.00. – Why should free human beings be subject to any territorial, political and bureaucratic rule and control system rather than enjoy all of their individual rights and liberties, including individual free choice of the kind of protection, insurance, money, credit, and clearing system that they prefer for themselves? – JZ, 1.3.13. – Q., CONTROLS, LIBERATION, TERRITORIALISM, PANARCHISM, INDIVIDUAL CHOICE, DOLLAR VOTE, CONSUMER SOVEREIGNTY, VOTING
ELECTIONS: Elections are one way to prevent most rightful and sensible innovations and reforms - JZ, 5.6.92, 1.3.13. – TERRITORIALISM, POLITICS AS USUAL? BETTER: BUSINESS AS USUAL. FREE ENTERPRISE & CONSUMER SOVEREIGNTY IN EVERY SPHERE. NO MORE TERRITORIAL MONOPOLIES, VOTING, ELECTIONS, STATES & OTHER INSTITUTIONS
ELECTIONS: Elections are only free when each and everyone can elect or select his own fate, i.e. can freely direct his own actions towards his own aims, regardless of the votes and elected representatives of others, and their laws and institutions, as long as he does not interfere with the choices others have made for themselves. - JZ, 2.2.90 & 23.5.00. – TOLERANCE TOWARDS ARL TOLERANT PEOPLE, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, PERSONAL LAW, FULL FREEDOM OF CONTRACT & ASSOCIATION, INDIVIDUAL SELF-DETERMINATION, TERRITORIALISM, DEMOCRACY, MAJORITIES, VOTING, PANARCHISM
ELECTIONS: Elections are options for the parties and politicians rather than individual citizens. They limit rather than expand the subjects’ choices, during and after the elections. - JZ, 9.10.89 & 25.5.00, 28.7.13. – They sanction rather than abolish territorial monopolism and coercive collectivism. – JZ, 1.3.13. - VOTING, DEMOCRACY, TERRITORIALISM
ELECTIONS: Elections are parodies on free choice.” - JZ, 5.7.82. – Under panarchism or polyarchism we would have free individual choices not only among all the diverse parties, for our own affairs and interests, but also between all other kinds of movements, reform- and advocacy groups, religions, ideologies, philosophies, systems, racial or ethnic or traditionalist or extremist groups, all kinds of methods, tools and principles, organizations, legal systems, institutions, public services, always at our own risk and expense, together with like-minded people, under our own personal law and with full exterritorial autonomy and always the individual secession option. It would be a choice between lots of different “social” parties, all doing their own things, not only drinking, dancing, drugging or otherwise amusing themselves, but experimenting with the ideas, convictions and opinions they share in xyz work and exploration and experimentation groups, all quite free to do their own things, among themselves, i.e. as long as they do not interfere with the rights and liberties of the other groups, societies or communities of volunteers. – JZ, 5.12.08, 1.3.13, 28.7.13. – CHOICE, PANARCHISM, FREEDOM TO EXPERIMENT, PARTYING, QUITE FREELY
ELECTIONS: Elections are secret; therefore, you cannot call representatives legal agents, since they do not know specifically whom they do represent.” - Introduction page 3 to Lysander Spoooner, No Treason, VI, Works, I. - BALLOT, SECRET VOTING, AGENTS, REPRESENTTIVES
ELECTIONS: Elections are won by men and women chiefly because most people vote against somebody rather than for somebody.” - Franklin P. Adams, Nods and Becks, 1944.
ELECTIONS: Elections deliver us into evil. - JZ, 8.6.91. - By voting upon the fates of others we do ourselves already commit an evil or wrongful act. And by secret voting we protect ourselves from the consequences of such actions, retain anonymity and with this immunity from prosecution for our votes, to the extent that they authorized criminal actions. - JZ, 28.5.00. - VOTING, POLITICIANS, DEMOCRACY
ELECTIONS: elections do not alter that fact; these are merely periodic changes of the guard. Whoever is elected retains the power vested in the office and, as usual, tries to augment it. The end in clear sight is the liquidation of all social power and the advent of a regime of absolutism.” - Frank Chodorov, The Income Tax, Root of All Evil, p.119. – There are, obviously, some evils not caused by the income tax or any other tribute system. – JZ, 1.3.13.
ELECTIONS: Elections should cease to be territorially collectivized and become exterritorially individualized. - JZ, 30.7.98. - Then the votes of others could not bother us any more than the votes of others do, in their football or cricket clubs, while we are members of a tennis club. - JZ, 21.5.00. - VOTING, MAJORITIES, MINORITIES, DISSIDENTS, PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, EXTERRITORIALISM VS. TERRITORIALISM
ELECTIONS: Elective despotism is still despotism. - JZ, 30.7.78. - VOTING & DESPOTISM, TERRITORIALISM
ELECTIONS: Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.” - H. L. Mencken., CAMPAIGNS, PROMISES OF POLITICIANS
ELECTIONS: Every election is only another forecast of numerous disasters caused by further political interventionism. - JZ, 6.2.97.
ELECTIONS: Every election, like any armed victory, is a disaster for the winner and the loser alike. "Politics is merely the continuance of war by other means." - However, this applies to territorial politics only, not to voluntary States and societies, which are only exterritorially autonomous and do allow each individual to secede and re-associate with others or establish new personal law communities. - JZ, 5.2.97, 1.3.13, 28.7.13.
ELECTIONS: Free elections are often offered as "the" solution to problems arising from territorialism, under the pretence that they really are quite free elections for all people. But they mean a degree of freedom (rather: arbitrary power! – JZ, 1.3.13) only for the minority of elected politicians and their appointed bureaucrats, their parties and legal monopolies and interventionist institutions. Either a minority or a majority still dominates over all dissenters and individuals are still not in charge of their own lives, with their own freely made contracts and associations but, rather, made dependent upon the territorially collected votes and decisions by others. Territorial elections restrict rather than liberate free choices for individuals and minority groups. At best the latter can organize themselves into powerful lobbies which themselves try to lord it over others and often do succeed in doing this, to that extent establishing minority rule over the majority. Territorial elections are part of a wrongful method to make and impose collective decisions upon all people in a territory. As such they are not so far removed, as is commonly thought, from the collective to dictatorial decision-making by a few for all, as practised by communist, socialist, fascist, Nazi and other dictatorial States. In all of them politicians and parties, demagogues and dictators are the winners, not the diverse peoples and all their peaceful individuals. To the individual only a rather trivial option is offered by them, under the pretence that it would constitute "THE" right to vote, while in reality, in all public affairs, it reduces the individual's political vote to this one, very limited choice, one vote among millions of others. On most personal preferences in the “public sphere” (wrongfully sanctioned by constitutions, laws and monopolistic jurisdiction!) the individual voter is thus outvoted by collectivist choices of the majority or powerful minorities, lobbies, vested interest groups etc. Thus, inherently, it is not a "free" vote but a very restricted vote. - JZ, 9.8.90, 24.5.00, 1.3.12. - VOTING, TERRITORIALISM, FREE CHOICE, INDIVIDUALISM, AUTONOMY, DEMOCRACY
ELECTIONS: Labor won the election, yes, and now we are like a conquered province, in the same situation as if the Liberals had gained the victory. - JZ, 1974.
ELECTIONS: New York that seethes with frustration while the politicians conduct their quadrennial charade.” - William F. Buckley, The Unmaking of a Mayor, Viking Press, 1966, 109. - POLITICIANS, & THE FRUSTRATION OF VOTERS
ELECTIONS: Nobody wins elections - except politicians. All but politicians lose by elections. - JZ, 8.6.82. - POLITICIANS VS. VOTERS, PEOPLES, POPULATIONS
ELECTIONS: One trouble with political jokes is that they sometimes get elected.” - W. G. P. – JOKES, POLITICIANS
ELECTIONS: personal will is no longer embodied in the person of the sovereign, but in the person of the leader of a party; and privilege no longer belongs to an aristocracy of birth, but to a majority ruling in Parliament and controlling the State. - On the pediment of this edifice is inscribed: "All for the Public Good." This is no more than a lying formula: Parliamentarism is the triumph of egoism - its highest expression. All here is calculated to the service of the ego. In the Parliamentary fiction, the representative, as such, surrenders his personality, and serves as the embodiment of the will and opinions of his constituents; in reality, the constituents in the very act of election surrender all their rights in favour of their representative. In his addresses and speeches the candidate for election lays constant emphasis upon this fiction; he reiterates his phrases about the public welfare; he is nothing but a servant of the people; he will forget himself and his interests for its sake. But these are words, words, words alone - temporary steps of the staircase by which he climbs to the height he aspires to, and which he casts away when he needs them no longer. Then, so far from beginning to work for society, society becomes the instrument of his aims. To him his constituents are a herd, an aggregation of votes, and he, as their possessor, resembles those rich nomads whose flocks constitute their whole capital - the foundation of their power and eminence in society.” - K. P. Pobedonostsev's Indictment of Democracy, Reflections of a Russian Statesman, p.175, REPRESENTATIVES, VOTING, RIGHTS, POLITICIANS, PUBLIC GOOD, DEMOCRACY, PEOPLE AS PROPERTY, TERRITORIALISMELECTIONS: succeeding in the most difficult, by electing ourselves and thus coming into the condition of freedom…” - F. Lohenbill, in DINGE DER ZEIT. (… indem uns das Allerschwerste gelaenge, naemlich, dass wir uns selbst waehlen und dadurch in den Zustand der Freiheit kommen. …) - Elect yourself! You can do that, upon recognizing individual sovereignty, in practice, by individual secessionism combined with an extended form of individual associationism or freedom of association in form of exterritorially autonomous communities of volunteers only. This is not a difficult way do achieve your dreams for yourself and help to promote peace, freedom and justice in the world, also progress, prosperity, happiness and satisfaction among the largest number of people, but an easy way, for it permits peaceful on-man revolutions and one-man reforms. In this way all rational and adult human beings could practise a universal franchise but one that is confined to their own affairs. Their fate, in the last and important spheres, now still preempted by territorial and, at least to that extent also despotic governments, because they also rule over all the dissenters in the population, would, at last, be in the hands of individuals. - JZ, 2.6.00, 28.7.13. – The prerequisite for this change is, naturally, a wide-spread understanding of these rightful, liberating, rational, voluntary, beneficial, tolerant and economic alternatives. No more and no less is involved than full freedom of voting on all of the own affairs, freedom of contract, of association, choice and experimentation or complete voluntarism and tolerance for all tolerant people. Once realized, this would offer to each the governance, or non-governmental society of his or her choice. What more could anybody ask for and what less should anybody ask for? A wide-spread comprehension of this rightful and tolerant personal law or exterritorial autonomy opportunity is, alas, still missing at present. However, under full utilization of all modern recording, publishing, communication, recall and search options – this kind of enlightenment could be achieved rather fast, IF enough libertarians collaborated in this enlightenment process. – Some details on how this process could be speeded up are described in my 2010 digital book called New Draft. It is not online as yet and only reviewed at www.panarchy.org but freely available form me as an email attachment, zipped down to 306 KBs. - JZ, 1.3.13. - PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, PERSONAL LAW, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY & SECESSIONISM
ELECTIONS: The defeated voters ought to be free to follow the leaders, party or program they voted for, in their own voluntary communities, under personal law or exterritorial autnomy. – JZ, 2/75, 26.5.00, 28.7.13. - EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY FOR VOLUNTEER COMMUNITIES VS. TERRITORIAL & COLLECTIVIST VOTING FOR THE WHOLE POPULATION, PANARCHISM
ELECTIONS: The elective branches of the government in the U.S. have been in considerable degree displaced in the government by the bureaucracy and the judiciary.” - Clarence B. Carson, The World in the Grip of an Idea, THE FREEMAN, Jan. 1977, 14. – It is not only in the grip of ONE wrongful, false or flawed idea or opinion but tens of thousands of them. That is what make enlightenment so difficult and a comprehensive encyclopedia of the best refutations of these errors and prejudices, which are obstacles to progress, a necessary and efficient reference work. Add a libertarian encyclopedia, complete freedom library, electronic “argument mapping” and many other alternative enlightenment steps – especially the experimental freedom of panarchies for communities and societies of volunteers, and we might, finally, get somewhere, fast. – Why don’t the millions of people with the Anti-American mentality set up governments in exile, to the present American government, everywhere, outside of the USA, all of them for present and future volunteers only and under personal laws? Then, according to the best features of “Americanism”, they should compete with each other and the present territorial American government, for followers, based on whatever achievements they would manage with their platforms, always at the own risk and expense and with none of them claiming a territorial monopoly, either in America or anywhere else on Earth or in Space. – These kinds of panarchies might even be the first ones that could be easily set up, unobstructed by many regimes that are Anti-American in their outlook. – Naturally, these voluntary, competing and non-territorial governments in exile should fully recognize and tolerate not only each other but also the existing USA government – for all of ITS volunteers. If the existing territorial US government recognized its own long-term interest and reciprocated, then these Anti-American governments in exile might even become recognized by the US government, not only those governments and societies in exile established as alternatives to the open tyrannies and despotisms still existing and would consider them and those of its opponents as allies for this kind of voluntaristic, non-territorial, non-imperialistic and even individualistic reshaping of the politics of the world. No more attempts to territorially impose even a democracy on all the too different mixtures of nations, ethnic groups and ideological aspirations in the populations of whole countries. The equivalent of religious liberty in the political, economic and social sphere for everyone! – I must confess that so far I thought only of governments in exile in the “free” West, as alternatives to the still more un-free other regimes in the world. But voluntaristic and exterritorial autonomy in form of diverse governments in exile, could also be utilized against the ruling and dominating American territorialism and its imperialism. Not only Negroes and Red Indians, Libertarians, Anarchists and, currently, Republicans in the U.S.A., might consider that offer to be a very attractive alternative for them. – And the US Democratic Party could then rule is remaining followers as long as it still has any. To each the system of his or her dreams – as long as they can manage to maintain it together with like-minded people, independent of the preferences of all others. - JZ, 5.12.08, 28.7.13. - GOVERNMENT, JUDICIARY & BUREAUCRACY, PANARCHISM, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, ALTERNATIVE TOOLS & METHODS & REFERENCES FOR SUFFICIENT ENLIGHTENMENT, GENUINE EDUCATION, MANY DIFFERENT GOVERNMENTS IN EXILE FOR THE U.S.A., BY ALL ITS ENEMIES & INTERNAL & EXTERNAL CRITICS BUT ALL FOR THEIR OWN VOLUNTEERS ONLY, TOLERANCE FOR ALL TOLERANT COMMUNITIES OF VOLUNTEERS.
ELECTIONS: The English people fancy they are free; it is only during the election of Members of Parliament that they are so. As soon as these are elected, the people are slaves, they are nothing. In the brief moments of their liberty the use made of it fully deserves that it should be lost.” - Rousseau, Social Contract, Bk iii, ch.15. - Another translation: The English people thinks itself free; but it is greatly mistaken; it is free only during the elections for members of Parliament; so soon as they are elected the people is enslaved and becomes a zero.” - And even on election day it is still enslaved by a host of previously passed laws and by being conditioned and indoctrinated by them. - JZ, 28.8.92. - FREEDOM, PEOPLE, VOTING
ELECTIONS: The people have spoken like a drunken man.” - Proudhon, upon the election which brought Napoleon II into power. - Woodcock, Proudhon, 141. - THE PEOPLE
ELECTIONS: The political machine, however, keeps turning its wheels incessantly (fuelled by compulsory taxes! – JZ), voting governments in and out, replacing one ruling party by another; and making a lot of noise all along. This unique comedy, the farce of election (a pretence of genuine individual consent and choice – JZ) is taken so seriously that one always gets the impression of being involved and participating in the most significant, epoch-making events of his country. He is made to believe that this is it, the running point, the long-awaited miracle, the ultimate change for the better, the final and decisive victory of the people. The triumph of justice, equality, freedom and the advent of better, happier days. A victory that heralds affluence, wealth, peace and everlasting happiness. This is what man has always sought and hoped to deserve, and understandably he has always been promised the same.” - Kevork Ajemian, The Fallacy of Modern Politics, Books International, PO Box 6096, McLean, Virginia 22106, 1986, Tel. (703) 821-8900, p.99/100. – Compare: “No matter who you vote for, always a politician gets in.” I.e., a territorial politician, who, as such, rules over dissenters and not only over those, who were foolish enough to vote for him or his party. Since preachers got away with promising paradise in heaven for thousands of years, politicians try to exploit the same kind of credulity by promising heavens on earth. And by now they have got away with this for centuries already. No one is held immediately responsible for breaking such promises. – JZ, 17.10.07 - FREE ELECTIONS, VOTING, DEMOCRACY, POLITICS AS USUAL & ITS PROMISES, STATISM, TERRITORIALISM
ELECTIONS: The ritualistic worship of the territorial democratic State, supposedly representing the voters but not allowing them to vote e.g. on taxes and the use of taxes, on war and peace, nuclear armaments and reactors, monetary systems of their choice, on free trade or protectionism for themselves, on who is to be their enemy, what kind of treaties ought to be concluded, what are rightful war and peace aims, etc. Even a monopoly post office is imposed upon the people supposedly represented in a democracy. Moreover, this "representative" State does not permit individuals and minorities to secede and to form competing governments with full exterritorial autonomy. Nevertheless, we are in the habit of considering them to be democracies, i.e., self-governing organizations, although they offer only a parody of genuine self-government. Given the complete individual choice, most members of the present majorities and minorities would prefer to rather rule themselves only in the way they prefer and with the aims that they prefer for themselves. Only territorial domination of dissenters would no longer be an option for them. But they would be free to try to realize their own dreams or ideals among themselves, as long as they still believe in them, regardless of what their opponents would to at the same time and in the same country – among themselves. - JZ, 13.3.93, 22.5.00. – DEMOCRACY, VOTING, VOLUNTARISM, PERSONAL LAW, SECESSIONISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM
ELECTIONS: The silly season has begun in France. No - not the renowned magic springtime of Paris … that can evoke the sigh of love from even stone statues. Instead, it's that insidious madness called "election time" … when people get excited about the course of their own destruction and rush to the polling booths like lemmings to the sea … when staid accountants and grey-fringed grandmothers (those we expect will maintain some last remnant of human dignity in any bedlam … even of soccer games), when even THEY can be suckered into seriously debating which deranged criminal is best suited to lead them over the cliffs.” - FREE MARKET REPORTER, 12/77. - ELECTIONS, VOTING, POLITICIANS
ELECTIONS: The theory is that election to Congress is tantamount to being dispatched to Washington on a looting raid for the enrichment of your state or district, and no other ethic need inhibit the feeding frenzy.” - George Will. - REPRESENTATIVES, CONGRESS, FAVOURITISM, PLUNDER, LOOT, PIGS AT THE COMMON TROUGH FILLED BY COMPULSORY TAXES
ELECTIONS: The unjust, ignorant and prejudiced elect those who are like them, by majority voting, and the elected will have promised to represent all people in a country, while in reality following their own interests first and then the false or all too flawed ideas for which they were elected. - JZ, 25.8.98, 21.5.00, 5.12.08. - POLITICIANS
ELECTIONS: There is only one redeeming thing about this whole election. It will be over by sundown.” - Will Rogers, Autobiography, 299. - But we may be stuck with its results for 4 years! - JZ, 30.5.00.
ELECTIONS: There's not a particle of doubt / We've turned a bunch of rascals out, / And put a nice clean aggregation / In very serious temptation.” - Keith Preston, Post-election Misgivings. - VOTING, POLITICIANS, POWER
ELECTIONS: they all want to turn the rascals out … and put their own rascals in.” - Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love, p.7. - VOTING, POLITICIANS, VOTERS, PARTY RULE
ELECTIONS: They express the vain hope that the next elected government will be better, not worse. - JZ, 20.7.91.
ELECTIONS: They know that there are always enough stupid, ignorant, dishonest voters to carry any election; they know that demagogues, liars, hillbilly bands, popular actors and orators, free picnics and vote-buying can always corral enough voters. They know that these extensions of the franchise have broken down the moral standards of American politics, and have so overcome the moral character of American politicians that both parties use these methods of getting votes. And that therefore an election is merely a sporting event, like a ball game, its outcome depending on luck as well as on skill, and its object being no more than to get ballots into boxes, and men into office. - Unquestionably, these extensions of the franchise are dangerous to individual liberty and human rights.” - Rose Wilder Lane, The Discovery of Freedom, p.211. - VOTING, POLITICIANS, FRANCHISE, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS, MORALITY
ELECTIONS: True to form, the November elections elevated those who promised the maximum and spoke truth to the minimum.” - Thomas Winslow Haxlett, in REASON, 2/79. - POLITICIANS, PROMISES, LIES, TRUTH
ELECTIONS: We forget what the history of American politics has shown repeatedly: that there is only the vaguest connection between the issues debated in an election campaign and those ultimately decided by the government.” - Howard Zinn, Disobedience & Democracy, p.65. – DEMOCRACY, REPRESENTATION, DECISION-MAKING MONOPOLY, TERRITORIALISM, GOVERNMENT
ELECTIONS: What difference does it make whether con man A or con man B wins an election? - JZ, 1974 & 26.5.00. – POLITICIANS, Q.
ELECTIONS: When the two leading parties each try to steal the program of the other then every election must tend to be very close or like a game of chance. - JZ, n.d. & 26.5.00. - The two major parties have automatically something like a 50:50 chance. - JZ, 30.7.78. - Such outcomes always suggested to me and even one of my boys, when he was still very young: Why should the 51 rule the 49 or the 49 the 51, rather than the 51 the 51 and the 49 the 49? - JZ, 26.5.00. - ELECTIONS & CHANCES
ELECTIONS: Whether the ALP or the LP elephant moves about in our China store - does not make much difference. I want both out of my way. - JZ, 7.7.87. - I read recently that, judged by membership numbers and their age structure, both are aging mice rather than young elephants: A positive sign of the times. Nevertheless, these machines have enough energies, momentum and prejudices left, in their favor, to permit them to hold on to territorial powers. - If all freedom lovers subscribed to exterritorial tolerance for themselves and for all of their competitors and opponents, then they could effectively outnumber and overcome these party machines and proceed according to the slogan: To each the government or non-governmental society of his or her choice. - How can one launch such a radical freedom idea among libertarians and anarchists? I tried with xyz panarchistic essays on my website, while it was active and since then mainly on two others: www.panarchy.org and www.butterbach.net - So far with very small results only. - JZ, 24.5.00. – Libertarian enlightenment efforts must become much more comprehensive, systematic and organized, as I suggested in my 2010 NEW DRAFT (towards libertarian enlightenment) digital book manuscript. Alas, it is not yet online at least somewhere and for this I am to be blamed. In the meantime, I can only offer this book free of charge as a zipped email attachment of 306 KBs. PARTIES, POLITICIANS, NEW DRAFT, ENLIGHTENMENT, PROGRAM FOR A GENUINELY CULTURAL REVOLUTION
ELECTIONS: Who ever heard that succeeding legislatures were, on the whole, more honest than those that preceded them? What is there in the nature of men or things to make them so? If it be said that the first body were chosen from motives of injustice, that fact proves that there is a portion of society who desire to establish injustice; and if they were powerful or artful enough to procure the election of their instruments to compose the first legislature, they will be likely to be powerful or artful enough to procure the election of the same or similar instruments to compose the second.” - Lysander Spooner, Trial by Jury, Works, II/13. - PARLIAMENTS, POLITICIANS, PARTY RULE, IGNORANCE OF ALL TOO MANY IMPORTANT INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, & OF A MILITIA FOR THEIR PROTECTION, TERRITORIALISM, STATISM
ELECTIONS: Why should anyone be elected at all? - JZ, 1974. - GOVERNMENT, STATE, TERRITORIALISM, LEADERSHIP, RULERS, REPRESENTATIVES, POLITICIANS, PANARCHISM, ANARCHISM
ELECTIONS: Why should someone be elected by some to lord it over all, sometimes for several years? - JZ, 19.5.74, 26.5.00. - POLITICIANS, GOVERNMENT, VOTING, MAJORITIES, TERRITORIALISM, MAJORITARIANISM, DEMOCRACY – AS A FALSE PRETENSE “SELF”-GOVERNMENT
ELECTIONS: Why shouldn't everyone win in an election - and get what he elected - for himself? - JZ, 23.12.76. - TOLERANCE & TRUE SELF-RULE OR SELF-GOVERNMENT OR PANARCHISM, CONSUMER SOVEREIGNTY & FREE ENTERPRISE COMPETITION IN EVERY SPHERE
ELECTIONS: You get into government not by saying how good you are or are going to be but by stating how bad your opposition, the government, is or has been or will be. That's easier and after some years of experience with any government many people will agree with you - not realizing that whatever else you have in mind is merely a still unknown quantity and quality and very unlikely to be any better. - JZ, 12/75. – EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM & CONSUMER SOVEREIGNTY OR VOLUNTARISM & FREE ASSOCIATIONISM & FREE CHOICE IN EVERY SPHERE, UNDER PERSONAL INSTEAD OF TERRITORIAL LAW
ELECTRONIC CASH: Electronic payments favor robberies by the biggest criminal organizations of all, the territorial governments. – Your cash is not so easily traced. - JZ -18.9.00, 1.12.08, 17.11.10. –FREE BANKING, MONETARY FREEDOM, FREE MARKET MONIES, TAXATION, STATE, GOVERNMENT, CRIME
ELECTRONIC MEDIA: They measuring themselves by themselves," the Apostle says, "and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.'" - Albert Jay Nock, 1870-1945, Free Speech and Plain Language, William Morrow, N.Y., 1937, p.123. – At least the mass media did not ignore, in most cases, the digital publishing options as much as they did the microfilm publishing and reading options – for more than a century. – JZ, 1.3.13. - BENCHMARK TESTING, A SELF-SERVING PRACTICE, IN WHICH THE EFFICIENCIES OF OTHER MEDIA ARE IGNORED, MASS MEDIA: ALTERNATIVE MEDIA, PUBLISHING, INTERNET, EMAIL, E-BOOKS, WEBSITES, BLOGS, MEDIA STUDIES
ELECTRONIC NATIONS: Electronic nations are not far-off experiments that may or may not work’, he said. ‘They have already begun, they’re already at work, and they exist this moment around us, invisible networks of those, who share the same values and ideas, thank your Harry Atkin for opening the way for me so well! The citizens of these nations may be American or Spanish or Japanese or Latvian, but what holds their unseen countries together is stronger than the borders of any geography …” [page 282] – ‘… found that citizens of these nations forge loyalties to each other that are stronger than loyalty to their geographical countries. [Possibly also stronger than ordinary family ties and friendships. – JZ, 1.3.12.] This without ever having met in person or even expecting to meet, they grow to love one another for the quality of their thought, their character … - - ‘These people, they’re us in other bodies!’ Leslie whispered. ‘They’ve always wanted to fly seaplanes, we’ve done it for them. We’ve always wanted to talk to dolphins, explore electronic nations, they’re doing it for us! People with the same loves aren’t strangers, even if they’ve never met!’ – page 283 of: Richard Bach, ONE, a novel.Pan Books, 1989. - INTERNET NATIONS, VIRTUAL NATIONS, VIRTUAL CANTONS, EMAIL, WEBSITE, BLOGS & FACEBOOK ETC. CONECTIONS, EXTERRITORIALLY AUTONOMOUS COMMUNITIES, PANARCHISM
ELECTRONIC PUBLISHING OF MAJOR WORKS, IN PROGRESS, REQUIRING COLLABORATION WITH MANY OTHERS: Thomas Greco recommended here: A good collaboration tool for the monetary freedom handbook you propose would be docs.google.com. That allows several people to work on the same documents that reside on a common server. Compare the already large alphabetized collection on www.butterbach.net/freebank.htm - still requiring very much input from others. Also my ABC Against Nuclear War: www.butterbach.net/epinfo/abc.htm - Works like a libertarian encyclopedia, bibliography, abstracts and review collection, and an ideas archive can also be compiled only with many collaborators. Benjamin Marks pointed out as free publishing options: Here are those free book sites I mentioned: www.scribd.com ; books.google.com ; http://www.archive.org/details/texts - - I haven’t as yet got around to check out either of these URLs but intend to do so for several digitized books and the beginning of large works, like this slogans compilation. A libertarian peace, defence, liberation and revolution program, containing only quite rightful aims, would also require much input and discussion. I had hoped to start this off with my first peace book, a systematic treatment, online at www.butterbach.net/epinfo/peace.htm, not merely an alphabetized materials collection, but it encountered largely only dead silence so far. A comprehensive libertarian projects list, put online, and also a libertarian ideas archive, could lead to many world-wide collaborations which, in extensive division of labor, could finish all such projects fast. – Christian Butterbach, email@example.com, some time ago, mentioned three or four URLs, mainly French ones, which do already tackle the large project of a libertarian encyclopedia. I cannot find that reference quickly among almost 3000 emails. - I tried to list libertarian books that are already electronically offered on www.panarchy.org/zube/list.index.html - but this compilation, too, still needs very much input from others. - We have still no directory to all libertarians, indicating their special interests and a contact address, for those, who can afford to be mentioned. Fruitful electronic networking between libertarians, to promote particular libertarian projects, seems still to be only in its beginnings! And this in spite of probably already ten thousands of libertarian websites and blogs. – JZ, 2.12.08. – Alas, I did not get around to follow-up the above suggestion by Thomas Greco. As far as I could, I compiled a free banking bibliography, a free banking A to Z compilation and a panarchy A to Z one and they are now on www.panarchy.org - If they were made open via e.g. docs.google com, to improvements by others, I would welcome that. – JZ, 1.3.13. – NEW DRAFTELECTRONIC PUBLISHING: Electronic Internet solutions or options are promoted with religious faith and fervor and a selective blindness, as an almighty and very jealous new God whose first command seems to be: “Thou shalt not have other Gods beside me.” - JZ, 3.8.99 & 22.5.00. – Thus not only microfilm alternative but also floppies and CDs and HDs for masses of freedom, peace and justice text publishing, were and still are largely ignored. – JZ, 5.12.08, 1.3.13. – However, in spite of all its remaining flaws and omissions, the Internet is one of the greatest things and opportunities for mankind. In many spheres it advances faster than an individual can become aware of, e.g. in the number of search results too large already for an individual on his own to explore. Alas, these are still largely sorted by words with their xyz meanings rather than by particular ideas. – Hopefully, sooner or later some search engines will also be able to search for particular ideas and talents. – JZ, 28.7.13. – SEARCH ENGINES, IDEAS ARCHIVE & SEARCHES, COMPUTERS & INTERNET
ELECTRONIC PUBLISHING: These texts should carry short hints to appendixes, e.g.: 1. (A 123), referring to entry 123 in the appendix for approving voices, 2. (O 160), for opposing comment Nr. 160, 3. (D 81), as hint to a doubtful note, and 4. (Q 65) as hint to a question raised by a statement in the original text. Naturally, the author or authors and the readers should have the right to reply to the comments in the appendixes. Thus each important work would be under continuous discussion until the possibly far-off or never-never day – when, finally, all disagreements about it have ceased. These 4 and other such appendixes could also be linked. In print this procedure would prove to be too expensive when e.g. a book is much discussed, but online there is room for very much in comment. (I welcome very much the practise of e.g. FEE, to open all their articles of THE FREEMAN, for many decades, to digital comments. That is a great step in the right direction. – JZ, 1.3.13.) If the comments become too numerous for this, then either they or the excess could be transferred via URL to special websites dealing with them. If, finally, they should become too extensive, even for websites, then from a certain point onwards, the comments could be offered on CDs, for a bearable price, with the CDs occasionally updated, e.g. annually. A special annual updating website might also be offered for each significant book. Naturally, sufficiently good automatic translations into the major languages would also be desirable. The comment notes could be dated and carry also the number of their entry up to that date. All comments to have the option of further comments to them. Excluded should be merely remarks like “yes, no, bravo, rubbish etc” personal attacks or insults. The title might indicate the total number of comments received so far. The authors should also be given the right to reply, generally or to some specific criticism, at some length, at intervals desired by them. In other words, interaction between authors, who have something important to say, and their readers, should be intensified and speeded up, electronically. However, the authors should be free to keep their email addresses secret, to avoid becoming flooded by personal emails. Discussions should, as far as possible, be transferred to such a public forum and might thus advance at hundredfold the speed and spread that was possible under print on paper publishing. – Some of the already existing discussion groups online may offer an even better method. I have not tried to systematically examine them and their procedures. – Imagine works like e.g. the Bible being subjected to such a discussion – or any other work that you believe to be important, including your own writings. – If many different definitions of the same word are involved then e.g. an entry Def. 34, next to a term, might lead to the definition No. 34 of that word in an encyclopedia of diverse definitions, for which merely the URL might be given in the appendix, or the entry Def. 34 might be offered as a link to that definition. On a disk that might be easier and faster than online. - JZ, n.d. & 19.10.07. – ELECTRONIC PUBLISHING OF ESSAYS, LECTURES, BOOKS, WITH COMMENTS BY READERS, AS ONGOING WORKS IN PROGRESS, OR WORKS CONTINUOUSLY DISCUSSED, WORLDWIDE
ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT: The Eleventh Commandment: Mind your own business. – American proverb. Author unknown. – By now it should be supplemented by e.g. Mind your own personal law society, community or governance system – and tolerate all those, which others have established for their own affairs. – JZ, 28.7.13. – MYOB, PIOT, TOLERANCE, VOLUNTARISM, PERSONAL LAW, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, PERSONAL LAW, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, FREE ENTERPRISE, IN ALL SPHERES, FREEDOM OF CONTRACT, FREEDOM OF ASSOCIAITON, FREEDOM TO EXPERIMENT, CONSUMER SOVEREIGNTY – IN ALL SPHERES!
ELITE: The real elite should lead by seceding, doing its own things, exterritorially and autonomously, thus setting shiny pioneering examples for others to follow. - JZ, 29.6.96. - And the conceited idiots usually considered as great leaders, together with all their followers, should be given the chance to disprove themselves, by their own exterritorially free experiments, undertaken likewise only at their own expense and risk. - JZ, 21.5.00. - LEADERSHIP & EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, PANARCHISM & FREEDOM TO EXPERIMENT FOR ALL KINDS OF VOLUNTEERS
ELITISM: It is an elite, with interests different from those of the people. In the interests of its own welfare, the State must always expand its despotism, internally as repression and externally as conquest. It matters little whether this elite is chosen by ballots, birth, or blows, for it is the nature of any elite - "public servants" or capitalist masters - to oppress and exploit those whom it controls.” - Paul Berman, Quotations from the Anarchists. - Some anarchists have still not learned to distinguish between a politician with political powers and a businessman who has not been granted any privileges by the State but, rather, suffers like his and other workers, under numerous State-imposed burdens and restrictions. - How anarchistic is an anarchist who does neither recognize obvious statist imposition nor the absence of any statist privileges in concrete cases, one who can't distinguish between voluntary and coercive actions, free exchanges and robberies, who remains blind to the anarchism of free market relationships, because he sees everything through the colored glasses of dogmatic egalitarianism? We are free to secede from a businessman - not to work for him, invest with him, buy from him, and free to boycott everything he offers us, but, are we so free to secede from the clique of politicians? May we refuse to work for them, much of every working year, may we refuse to buy their "goods and services", refuse to subscribe to the debts they take up in our name? Are we free to repudiate them, are we free to ignore them altogether and to do our own things to and for ourselves? Are we free, e.g. to refuse their deteriorated paper money and supply ourselves with alternative and sound currencies? - Do they permit us to engage in tax strikes, to refuse to fight and die for them? Are we free to choose our own enemies and allies, make our own treaties, declare our own rightful war and peace aims, decide upon war and peace for ourselves? - Whoever does not take notice of such significant differences ought to get his head examined. - JZ, 2.6.00. – Legally privileged corporations and companies should also be clearly distinguished from unprivileged ones, protected, bailed-out and subsidized ones from private and competitive ones. – JZ, 1.3.13. - RULERS, POLITICIANS & THE TERRITORIAL STATE, BUSINESSMEN, CORPORATIONS, ECONOMIC POWER? MONOPOLIES, CORPORATIONS, ANTI-CAPITALISM, EGALITARIANISM, IDEOLOGICAL BLINDNESS OR INTOLERANCE, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM & SOVEREIGNTY, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, Q., TOLERANCE FOR ALL TOLERANT PEOPLE
ELITISM: Long live statism, we the elite will take care of you.” - Anderson / Miles, Constitution, p.9. – STATISM, TERRITORIALISM, LEADERSHIP, WELFARE STATE, POWER, POLITICIANS, PRESIDENTS
ELITISM: modern elites, which tend to be recruited from various types of psychopaths, are a final illustration of the absurdity of practical politics. The desire to serve one's fellow-men is "practically" of no avail against the psychopathic will-to-power.” - Herbert Read, Anarchy and Order, p.115. - The notion that one can "serve" one's fellow men, through territorial political power, better than they could serve themselves, through freedom of contract, is itself already an indication of psychopathic madness. - JZ, 2.6.00. – LEADERSHIP, POLITICIANS, EXPERTS
ELITISM: what you typically find in a laissez-faire, free-market society, as Pareto said, is that the rise and fall of elites is characteristic of that kind of free society. In a free society the circulation of elites takes place in the form of a natural process; whereas in a socialist society this would be an artificial process, determined by the State.” - Ludwig Lachman, LIBERTARIAN REVIEW, 4/78.
ELOQUENCE: The finest eloquence is that which gets things done; the worst is that which delays them.” - David Lloyd George, 1863-1945. - FREEDOM OF SPEECH, TALK, TALK, ENDLESS TALK, ACTION, FREEDOM OF ACTION, COLLECTIVE DECISION-MAKING PREVENTS SENSIBLE INDIVIDUAL ACTIONS
ELOQUENCE: True eloquence consists in saying what is necessary and to say nothing but what is necessary.” - Source unknown. - CONCISENESS, SLOGANS FOR LIBERTY, SPEECH
EMANCIPATION: According to a film that I saw, with permission of a court and signatures of parents, minors can be emancipated, at least in Michigan. - JZ, n.d. - The arbitrarily selected same age limit for all never made much sense for at least some of the young people. Perhaps better qualification tests or methods can be found and practised than these. - JZ, 28.5.00. - EMANCIPATION OF MINORS BEFORE 18 YEARS OF AGE
EMANCIPATION: Arthur Seldon … believes that the market would emancipate the working classes and does not mind which party or coalition or new Whig-Social Democrat alignment has the conviction, imagination and inspiration to introduce it.” - Dr. Rhodes Boyson, editor,1985: An Escape from Orwell's 1984, p.144. - EMANCIPATION OF WORKERS THROUGH THE MARKET
EMANCIPATION: Emancipation from the arbitrary rule of other men.” - Mortimer J. Adler, The Idea of Freedom, Doubleday, 1958, 380/81. - Seldes. – Every territorial rule is more or less arbitrary rule over many different group of dissenters, all outvoted by the current majority. – JZ, 17.11.10.
EMANCIPATION: I cannot see how you may emancipate an individual by first creating an omnipotent State.” - T. H. White, The Book of Merlyn, p.125. - COMMUNISM, ANARCHISM & THE STATE, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY OR PERSONAL LAW FOR VOLUNTEERS, PANARCHISM FOR ALL KINDS OF PANARCHIES, TOLERANCE, VOLUNTARISM
EMANCIPATION: I want the masses of humanity to be truly emancipated from all authorities and from all heroes, present and to come.” - Mikhail A. Bakunin, 1814-1876. - That is only a tertiary aim for me. Firstly, I want to be free myself, then become free together with like-minded people. The rest may then copy or ignore these examples to their own advantage or disadvantage, by doing their own things for or to themselves. People who are merely emancipated by others will not automatically turn into free and responsible people. They ought to take and manage their own steps towards liberty - as soon and as far as they are ready for them. - JZ, 21.4.00, 17.11.10. - AUTHORITIES, GOVERNMENTS, STATES, POLITICIANS, RULERS, MASSES, PEOPLES, LIBERATION, PANARCHISM, INDIVIDUAL & GROUP SECESSIONISM
EMANCIPATION: one may say that the real and complete emancipation of every individual is the true and great objective and the supreme end of history.” - Michael Bakunin, The Knouto-Germanic Empire, 1871. - Is history an entity? If so, does it have objectives or ends? - JZ, 2.6.00. – Alas, economically and territorially, even Bakunin remained a collectivist. – JZ, 5.12.08. - INDIVIDUALISM, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, FREEDOM, LIBERTY, RIGHTS, HISTORY, MAN, INDIVIDUALISM, ANARCHISM
EMANCIPATION: The emancipation of conscience from authority, to quote Acton again, is the main content of modern history.” - G. P. Gooch, Dictatorship in Theory and Practice, p.37. - Not only of conscience or freedom of expression but also of freedom to experiment and freedom of choice, contract and voluntary action, in every sphere. - JZ, 2.6.00. - EMANCIPATION OF CONSCIENCE FROM AUTHORITY, FREEDOM OF ACTION: PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, PERSONAL LAW, ETHICS, MORALITY, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, HUMAN RIGHTS
EMANCIPATION: The need for economic emancipation is with us again. This time we do not have a Washington, Jefferson, Jackson or Lincoln to lead us to a "rebirth of freedom." We must do it ourselves.” - REPORT ON FREEDOM, 3/75, by the Liberty Amendment Committee. – ECONOMIC EMANCIPATION
EMANCIPATION: The problem of the age is how to get individuals involved in their own emancipation. - Source? - It is hard enough even to get libertarians and anarchists involved to work, systematically, in dozens of still legal and useful alternative ways, towards libertarian and anarchist enlightenment and towards freedom of action for themselves and for all others, always only at the own risk and expense. It is hard even to get them to accept and use easy and cheap alternative media, like microfiche, floppy disks and text-only CD-ROMs for the complete, permanent, cheap and easy publishing of all their writings! - JZ, 2.6.00. - Thomas Greco recommended here: A good collaboration tool for the monetary freedom handbook you propose would be docs.google.com. That allows several people to work on the same documents that reside on a common server. – EMANCIPATION OF INDIVIDUALS, NEW DRAFT
EMANCIPATION: The solution is emancipation from the State.” - Alan Reynolds, contributing editor to REASON, in REASON, 8/74. - Since full emancipation from the territorial State does require individual and group secessionism, combined with voluntary associationism under full exterritorial autonomy, to provide for oneself and like-minded people the government or non-governmental society of one's own dreams, one should clearly say so. The term "emancipation" is too general and too little understood in its widest possible sense, particularly in a time when most people still believe that a "free" vote in a territorial State or the "right" to strike and to engage in "collective bargaining" are emancipatory steps rather than new traps for genuine rights and liberties. - JZ, 2.6.00. – Emancipation is needed only from the territorial State. The exterritorial State can remain for its believers. – JZ, 5.12.08. - EMANCIPATION FROM THE STATE
EMANCIPATION: Universal emancipation!” - Garrison. - He had largely only black slaves in mind. But "universal emancipation" means very much more. At the same time, it should not be made dependent upon universal introduction at the same time, in all countries, but, rather, become a matter for individual choice and self-concerned actions, with each individual free to choose for himself, as much or as little freedom as he wants to enjoy, together with like-minded people, after he had individually seceded from the imposed prior territorial and involuntary connection. It also means the replacement of territorial laws by personal laws and of territorial States by exterritorially autonomous communities. - JZ, 2.6.00, 28.7.13. – It certainly should not mean setting free all convicted prisoners who are criminals with victims. – JZ, 15.12.08.
EMANCIPATION: We anarchists do not want to emancipate the people, we want the people to emancipate themselves.” - Errico Malatesta, L'AGITAZIONE, June 18, 1897. – Quoted by Wally Conger on Facebook, 9.4.12. - ANARCHISM, SELF-HELP, SELF-RESPONSIBILITY, SELF-LIBERATION ETC.
EMANCIPATION: you have to emancipate yourself and our society from all tyranny.” - Wilhelm Reich, Listen, Little Man, p.46.
EMERGENCIES: In The Event of Emergency Keep The President Away From Me.” - Peter F. Hamilton, Judas Unchained, 2005, McMillan, p.81. - PRESIDENTS, STATISM, GOVERNMENT HELP, AID
EMERGENCIES: The truth was that the government was in peril solely because it was not fit to exist. It, and the State governments - all but parts of one and the same system - were rotten with tyranny and crime. And being bound together by no honest tie, and existing for no honest purpose, destruction was the only honest doom to which any of them were entitled. And if we had spent the same money and blood to destroy them, that we did to preserve them, it would have been ten thousand times more creditable to our intelligence and character as a people.” - Lysander Spooner, A Letter to Grover Cleveland, Works I, 73. - EMERGENCIES OF GOVERNMENTS, SECURITY, DEFENCE, PRESERVATION, TERRITORIALISM, DEFENCE, STATE, FEDERALISM, CENTRALIZATION, DECENTRALIZATION, VOLUNTARISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY OR PERSONAL LAW FOR ALL, WHO DESIRE IT. NO TERRITORIAL MONOPOLY FOR ANYONE OR ANY SYSTEM.
EMERGENCY DECLARATION: Necessity is the excuse for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of the tyrant and the creed of the slave.” - William Pitt, 1763. - EMERGENCY DECLARATION, NECESSITY, CRISIS PROCLAMATIONS, TYRANNY
EMERGENCY DECLARATION: the old trick of turning every contingency into a resource for accumulating force in the government…” - Madison, in 1794. - EMERGENCY LAWS, EMERGENCY POWERS
EMERGENCY DECLARATION: Thus the State "turns every contingency into a resource" for accumulating power in itself, always at the expense of social power; and with this it develops a habit of acquiescence in the people. New generations appear, each temperamentally adjusted - or as I believe our American glossary now has it, "conditioned" - to new increments of State power, and they tend to take the process of continuous accumulation as quite in order. All the State's institutional voices unite in confirming this tendency; they unite in exhibiting the progressive conversion of social power into State power as something not only quite in order, but even as wholesome and necessary for the public good.” - A. Jay Nock, 1935, quoting James Madison, 1794. - EMERGENCY DECLARATIONS BY GOVERNMENTS, POWER, TYRANNY, DICTATORSHIPS, STATISM, TERRITORIALISM
EMERGENCY LAWS: The Constitution of the United States is a law for rulers and people, equally in war and in peace, and covers with the shield of its protection all classes of men, at all times, and under all circumstances. No doctrine, involving more pernicious consequences, was ever invented by the wit of man than that any of its provisions can be suspended during any of the great exigencies of government. Such a doctrine leads directly to anarchy or despotism … – U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Davis, Ex Parte Milligan (1866) - Compare: EMERGENCY LEGISLATION: No doctrine involving more pernicious consequences was ever invented by the wit of man than any [constitutional] provisions can be suspended during any of the great exigencies of government. – Roger B. Taney, 1777-1864, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Ex parte Milligan, 1866.
EMERGENCY LEGISLATION: In 1795 James Madison commented on an interesting phenomenon, which he described as "the old trick of turning every contingency into a resource for accumulating force in the government." Madison knew what he was talking about. - The Incredible Bread Machine, p.57.
EMERGENCY LEGISLATION: No doctrine involving more pernicious consequences was ever invented by the wit of man than any [constitutional] provisions can be suspended during any of the great exigencies of government. – Roger B. Taney, 1777-1864, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Ex parte Milligan, 1866.
EMERGENCY POWERS: Emergencies Forever: The striking feature of both lists is the tenacity with which so-called "emergency measures" hang on long after the emergency has passed. There are many which have been carried forward from the first World War! It appears that those who believe in concentration of power in the hands of a central government take advantage of every emergency to achieve greater centralization; and they never let go!” - Admiral Ben Moreell, The Admiral's Log, II, p.119. - Even Nazi legislation was largely continued after WW II, instead of being repealed wholesale! - JZ, 2.6.00. – If there were really one or two rightful and rational laws among them, they could have been revived later. – I believe Ulrich von Beckerath, a radical enemy of Nazism, somewhere, mentioned ONE such law. - JZ, 17.11.10.
EMERGENCY POWERS: Emergency does not increase granted power or remove or diminish the restrictions imposed upon power granted or reserved. The Constitution was adopted in a period of grave emergency. Its grants of power to the federal government and its limitations of the power of the States were determined in the light of emergency, and they are not altered by emergency. – Charles Evans Hughes, 1862-1948, Chief Justice, U.S. Supreme Court, Home Building & Loan Assn. v. Blairsdell, 1934. - Emergencies do not require extra powers for their abolition but more or even full liberty. Volunteers should be free to practise it among themselves, thus demonstrating it to the others. – JZ, 10.12.08.
EMERGENCY POWERS: No doctrine involving more pernicious consequences was ever invented by the wit of man than any [constitutional] provisions can be suspended during any of the great exigencies of government.” – Roger B. Taney (1777-1864), U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Ex parte Milligan, 1866.
EMIGRATION: Jumping out of the frying pan. The correlative of emigration is immigration, jumping into the fire.” - L. A. Rollins, REASON, 4/77. - Well, some emigrants did so, e.g. those who fled from Nazi Germany to Soviet Russia. The rest are looking for the lesser evils and, sometimes, do somewhat succeed. Almost none look for full exterritorial autonomy, so that they would not have to obey or flee. - The idea must come before the practice. It must even become sufficiently wide-spread. - JZ, 2.6.00. – PANARCHISM, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, PERSONAL LAW, VOLUNTARISM
EMIGRATION: On Freedom Day we demand the right of any man to seek freedom by leaving his own country if he chooses.” - Douglas Darby, Oil for the Lamps of Freedom, p.7. - Why confine freedom-seeking to emigration? What is wrong with seeking freedom for oneself, as a peaceful person (not a violent criminal, with victims), while staying in one's country, claiming full freedom to experiment there, e.g., with "capitalism for consenting adults" or with any other ism of one's free individual choice, all within the framework of full exterritorial autonomy? People who continue to think about freedom only in terms of territorialism are unlikely to achieve full freedom soon enough. - JZ, 2.6.00. - EMIGRATION PLUS EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, Q., EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM FOR ALL!
EMIGRATION: The Right to Leave any country, including one's own, is guaranteed by Article 13(2) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” - NEWS DIGEST INTERNATIONAL, 12/74. – (This right is countered, almost everywhere, by immigration restrictions, which are, inherently, as wrongful as are emigration restrictions. – JZ, 1.3.13.) - What real guaranties does this Declaration and the following international treaties offer? The good will of – at least in this respect - despotic regimes: the governments of the potential immigration countries! - JZ, 2.6.00, 1.3.13. - A good will towards many individual rights and liberties does not even exist in the best democracies and most important rights are left out or are wrongly defined in the UN's declaration, while non-rights are included there as if they were genuine rights. A right to immigrate, declared by some government would be more interesting. A limited right of that kind was granted by West Germany - but this government, too, under the territorial governmental system, could not cope with the influx of refugees and deserters. - If refugees were fully freed in their guest countries then they could undertake e.g. all the monetary, financial and organizational steps to supply themselves and others with free, well paid and unexploited (untaxed and unregulated) labor, paid for in sound and competing privately or cooperatively issued currencies. They could then also live in their own and exterritorially autonomous communities, which, at the same time, would constitute rightful governments in exile. - JZ, 2.6.00. – INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, HUMAN RIGHTS, UN, BILLS OF RIGHTS, REFUGEES, MONETARY FREEDOM, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, PERSONAL LAW, GOVERNMENTS-IN-EXILE
EMIGRATION: The ultimate protection against the tyranny of government is that at least a large number of able people can emigrate when they can no longer stand it.” – F. A. Hayek, Denationalisation of Money, p.96. - What about all the rest of the victims, the conscripts, forced laborers and concentration camp inmates? - What about the immigration barriers against those who did have an opportunity to flee their oppressors? What he suggests here is obviously not the ultimate and only solution. As an advocate of "limited government" Hayek remained an advocate of the inherently totalitarian form of territorialism, i.e., he excluded free contracts, free competition, free pricing, free market relationships from most important spheres. Territorialism is the main problem, not a final solution, not even when, with good intentions, it is somewhat limited but remains a territorial imposition upon all dissenters in a territory. The threat of a general holocaust from ABC mass murder and anti-people "weapons" is based upon the foundation of territorialism combined with the notion of collective responsibility. How libertarian, anarchistic or free-market like are these two features? In spite of otherwise being a famous free marketeer and, probably, often having met up with anarchists like Rothbard, Hayek remained a dogmatic territorialist, but, probably, without ever using this term. He considered territorial government as an ideal, if limited, not even as a "necessary" and far less as an unnecessary evil. - A comprehensive public discussion of this subject has barely begun. To the extent that it already exists in my PEACE PLANS series, it still remains out of sight, hearing and awareness of most freedom lovers in the world. - JZ, 2.6.00. – The ultimate protection of our individual rights and liberties consists in the right to secede, to organize oneself together with other volunteers under personal law or full exterritorial autonomy and to defend these rights and liberties in self-fence actions and through volunteer militias established, motivated, trained and organized only for their protection. – JZ, 8.3.13. - TERRITORIALISM VS. PANARCHISM
EMIGRATION: We shall experience the final defeat of liberalism not when immigration but when emigration is forbidden.” - Jo Grimond, The Bureaucratic Blight. - When most States impose immigration restrictions then there remains hardly any freedom to emigrate, either. Half a freedom is never enough. - JZ, 3.4.89. - In practice immigration restrictions do restrict free migration even more than do emigration restrictions. - JZ, 29.5.00. – FREE EMIGRATION VS. EMIGRATION RESTRICTIONS, IMMIGRATION RESTRICTIONSEMINENT DOMAIN: Mr. Celine: Your honor, we speak the tongue of Shakespeare, of Milton, of Melville. Must we go on murdering it? Must we tear it away from its last umbilical connection with reality? What is going on in this room, actually? Defendants, the U.S. government and its agents, want to steal some land from my clients. How long do we have to argue that they have no justice, no right, no honor, in their cause? Why can't we say highway robbery is highway robbery, instead of calling it eminent domain? Why can't we say shit is shit, instead of calling it excrement? Why do we never use language to convey meaning? Why must we always use it (to? - JZ) conceal meaning? Why do we never speak from the heart? Why do we always speak words programmed into us, like robots?” - Wilson / Shea, Illuminatus I, 159/160. - CONFISCATION, NATIONALIZATION, SOCIALIZATION, THE CONTINUANCE OF ROYAL PRIVILEGES & ABSOLUTE MONARCHIC POWERS IN DEMOCRACIES & REPUBLICS, EMINENT DOMAIN
EMOTIONS TO FOSTER PEACE: Emotions can be manipulated towards war - if they are not sufficiently directed by reason. Do you believe that they can be manipulated and used for peace - if they are not sufficiently guided by reason? - JZ, 23.8.84. - So far most peace movements and peace activists were largely guided by emotions rather than reasons, facts and morality. - That is one of the reasons why they mostly failed. - Most of their members still subscribe to most of the factors making for war. See e.g. my ABC AGAINST NUCLEAR WAR, in PEACE PLANS 16-18. - JZ, 2.6.00. – www.butterbach.net/epinfo/abc.htm - Q.
EMOTIONS: As Leary says so precisely, ‘Emotions are the lowest form of consciousness … Emotions are caused by biological secretions in the body to serve during the state of acute emergency. An emotional person is a blind, crazed maniac.’" - R. A. Wilson, The Illuminati Papers, p.139, in article by Mervin Gardens. - FEELINGS, NEEDS
EMPERORS, PRESIDENTS, PRIME MINISTERS, RULERS, LEADERSHIP: We live in troubled times and it would be worthwhile to calm them in a way that would require neither money nor military efforts – which, in recent history, have done little good and much harm. – Isaac Asimov, Prelude to Foundation, Grafton Books, 1988/89, p.18. – All truths are somewhat interlinked and so are all popular errors and prejudices. Nevertheless, neither all the truths are so far archived and made easily and fast accessible to the public nor are all refutations of popular errors and prejudices. An immense enlightenment effort is still required, using all modern options for it. – JZ, 28.7.13. - ALLIANCES, APPEALS, BUREAUCRACY, COMPULSION, DECENTRALIZATION DEFENCE, DESERTION, DISOBEDIENCE, ENLIGHTENMENT, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, EXTERRITORIALISM, FRATERNIZATION, GOVERNMENTS IN EXILE, HUMAN RIGHTS, IDEAS ARCHIVE, INDIVIDUAL HUMAN RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, IMPERIALISM, INTERVENTIONS VS. LIBERATION, INVASIONS, LIBERTARIAN ABSTRACTS, ARGUMENT MAPPING, BIBLIOGRAPHIES, REVIEW COMPILATIONS, ENCYCLOPEDIAS, MILITARY INSURRECTIONS, MILITIA, OCCUPATIONS, PANARCHISM, PEACE AIMS, PEACE NEGOTIATIONS, POLITICIANS, PRISONER OF WAR TREATMENT, PUBLIC SERVANTS, PUBLICITY, QUITE RIGHTFUL WAR- & PEACE AIMS, RECOGNITION, REVOLUTIONS, RIGHTS OF SOLDIERS, SEPARATE PEACE TREATIES, TERRITORIALISM, TOLERANCE, TYRANNICIDE, UNILATERAL PEACE DECLARATIONS, UNITY, VOLUNTARISM, WAR
EMPIRES: All empires die of indigestion.” - Napoleon Bonaparte, 1769-1821, Sayings of Napoleon. - IMPERIALISM, CONQUESTS, CENTRALIZATION, CONTROL, TERRITORIALISM, GREATNESS, GLUTTONY, OVERWEIGHT, OVER-SIZE, WORLD STATE, WORLD GOVERNMENT, WORLD FEDERATION, UNITED NATIONS, EUROPE, SOVIET REGIME, CHINA, USA, BRITISH COMMONWEALTH
EMPIRES: Empire and unity claims are based upon fleeting moments in human history, moments of temporary imperial expansion, often very much against the will of many so subjected. What is a 12 or 1200 year empire and its unity against the background of a development of man for, say, 120 million years? The cry for unity is all the louder the stronger real disunity makes itself felt. A natural and voluntary unity is missing. Sooner or later each empire falls due to the centrifugal forces, which its establishment has created. - JZ, 1.3.00, 22.5.00. – Alas, usually not soon enough. All should be free to secede from them as soon as they want to. – Let us have a world-wide alliance or “empire” of diverse panarchies, all confined to their volunteers, i.e. only exterritorially autonomous. – But wall would be united in their strong animosity to any remaining or upcoming territorialist movement. - JZ, 17.11.10. - UNITY, FROM THE HISTORICAL POINT OF VIEW, UNIFICATION, STRENGTH, FORCE, COERCION, COMPULSION VS. VOLUNTARISM, TERRITORIALISM VS. DECENTRALIZATION UNDER EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY OR PERSONAL LAW
EMPIRES: Magnanimity in politics is not seldom the truest wisdom; and a great empire and little minds go ill together.” - Edmund Burke, 1729-1797. - E.g., Alexander the Great did not try to force e.g. the Persians to become Greeks. The Roman Empire left to most of its subject people many of their local laws and institutions. - Tolerance, experimental freedom, individual rights, exterritorial autonomy, voluntarism, individual secessionism and individual sovereignty rather than magnanimity! - JZ, 2.6.00. – Some local governments can be more despotic than empires. However, it is easier to escape from them. – JZ, 10.12.08. - PANARCHISM, TOLERANCE, EMPIRES, LOCAL GOVERNMENTS
EMPIRES: The Terran Empire is a huge melting pot. However, what appears to be melting is the pot. - Poul Anderson, The Game of Empire, 105. – For decades now we have had a movement from large territorial States to small territorial States, with the latter also still and inevitably all too full of dissenters. Consistent decentralization would go much further and would be more radical and satisfactory and also peace-promoting if it were confined to volunteers. Among volunteers even rightful centralization steps could be taken, exterritorially, without stepping on the toes of involuntary members. – All the world could become “united” under exterritorialism for all! – United in diversity! – JZ, 18.11.10. IMPERIALISM, MELTING POT, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY OR PERSONAL LAW OR VOLUNTARISM OR COMPETING GOVERNANCE VS. TERRITORIALISM, UNITY
EMPIRES: To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make a desert, they call it peace.” - Tacitus, 55-117, Of the Romans. - PEACE, WARFARE, STRENGTH, NUCLEAR WEAPONS, SCORCHED EARTH, NUCLEAR WAR THREAT
EMPIRES: What is an empire? It is a lot of people who are under compulsion to hand over a good part of what they produce to a handful of people who employ the soldiery that does the compelling. There never was an empire of a different character; so, we are justified in calling this an overall definition.” - Frank Chodorov, Land, Labor, and Empire, in: Fugitive Essays, p.340. – This remark does not apply to an exterritorial empire with voluntary members and subjects only. – JZ, 17.11.10.
EMPIRICISM: The palliatives and opiates of political empiricism ladled out like Mrs. Squeers' brimstone and treacle every morning of the next two decades turned out to be sheer quackery.” - Albert Jay Nock, Memoirs of a Superfluous Man, Harper, 1943, 164. - EMPIRICISM IN POLITICS, TERRITORIALISM
EMPLOYEE-SHAREHOLDING: to find a way in which capitalism can be made more general, with the bulk of our people participating in individual ownership – not the collective ownership by way of government that is advocated by some and practised in some countries – is necessary.” - Ronald Reagan, p. 105, in “Sincerely, Ronald Reagan”, a collection of his letters, compiled by his secretary Helene von Damm, 1976. - PROPERTY, OWNERSHIP, CAPITALISM, COOPERATIVES
EMPLOYEES: EMPLOYEE MENTALITY IN JAPAN: The Japanese usually get to their work half an hour early and leave half an hour late in order to gain face with their employer and to show keenness and gratitude for their jobs. – Ian Fleming, James Bond. You only Live Twice. – Pan Books, 1965, p.159. - Are their ideas of self-ownership and of work contracts still as much retarded and almost feudalistic by now? – Partnerships, large employee-share-holding, cooperative ownership of the capital assets, extensive sub-contracting, autonomous group-work, the purchase of enterprises by their employees, on terms and through the issue of their own industrial bonds, as well as other form of self-employment and self-management or shared ownership should, gradually, do away with this submissiveness. - JZ, 27.2.12. – EMPLOYER-EMPLOYEE RELATIONSHIP, SELF-MANAGEMENT, PRODUCTIVE COOPERATIVES
EMPLOYEES: No hard and fast rule for employees. – John Quiggin, an ARC Federation Fellow at the University of Queensland. His book “Zombie Economics” was published in 2010 by Princeton University Press. – THE AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW, www.afr.com, 18.8.11, p.63. – Yes, there is: Become self-employed, a co-owner, cooperator, partner or employee-shareholder to a significant extent and do care about the abolition of monetary and financial despotism, also of all forms of protectionism and immigration restrictions, to assure your productive employment anywhere in the world and this at ever increasing returns, due to self-management, and free exchange, under sound and free value standard reckonig and ever increasing scientific and technological knowledge and improvements in production and exchange. Otherwise you will remain, more or less, a zombie victim of territorial governments and trade union bosses and of their wrongful labor- industrial and trade legislation passed at best only with good intentions but unexpected, unforeseen and harmful results. – Do acquire the minimum economic and human rights knowledge to understand what is happening to you and others employees now and why. In other words: Do take a sufficient interest in your own affairs and your own genuine individual rights and liberties. - JZ, 15.9.11, 26.2.12, 28.7.13.
EMPLOYEES: They receive salaries in their own self-interest but the actual work they do is not in their own self-interest. - Karl Hess, Dear America, p.216. – Neither is their self-interest sufficiently appealed to in that position. Dubreuil called that relationship an organized antagonism. The employees want as much money as possible for as little work as possible while the employers want to pay as little in wages as possible for as much work as possible. It should not surprise us that this relationship has led to class warfare actions. – JZ, 17.11.10. - EMPLOYEES & THEIR INCENTIVES & DISINCENTIVES, WORK, LABOR, UNIONS, THE EMPLOYER-EMPLOYEE RELATIONSHIP VS. PRODUCTIVE COOPERATIVES, PARTNERSHIPS, EMPLOYEE SHAREHOLDING AND OTHER SELF-MANAGEMENT SCHEMES, CLASS WARFARE ACTIONS, ANTI-INDUSTRIAL WAR, STRIKES
EMPLOYER-EMPLOYEE RELATIONSHIP - Provided it is not in the hierarchical form of the employer-employee relationship, which amounts to an "organized antagonism" as H. Dubreuil said. (*) There are so many rightful and businesslike alternatives to it, which are still insufficiently explored and realized. To my knowledge, all of them have never been listed and published together and also sufficiently discussed. The power of bosses rarely brings out the best in the employees and the subordination of employees all too often reveals their worst side. - (*) Maximum pay for minimum work vs. minimum pay for maximum work. – JZ, Facebook, 6.10.11, comment to: The Firm and the Division of Labor - mises.org. - OR HIERARCHY VS. GENUINE SELF-MANAGEMENT & DIVISION OF LABOR EVEN WITHIN ENTERPRISES
EMPLOYER-EMPLOYEE RELATIONSHIP: any system based upon the permanence of the division of producers into masters and workmen is incapable of resolving their antagonism. It cannot do so because it organizes this antagonism.” - Hyacinthe Dubreuil, A Chance for Everybody, Chatto & Windus, London, 1939. - LABOUR TROUBLES & LEGISLATION, STRIKES, LOCK-OUTS, WAGE BATTLES, UNIONS, CLASS WARFARE, ANTI-INDUSTRIAL WARFARE, SELF-MANAGEMENT, AUTONOMOUS GROUP WORK, INTERNAL CONTRACT TEAMS, LABOR COOPERATIVES, DECENTRALIZED ONES
EMPLOYER-EMPLOYEE RELATIONSHIP: Free laborers relate to employees like love to prostitution. Employees are the prostitutes of labor. Laborers are the prostitutes of employers. The employer-employee relationship is the prostitution of labor and management. It is as free and loving. An employer gets as little labor out of employees as patrons get love out of prostitutes. - An employee gets as little out of an employer as he gets love out of a prostitute. - As Hyacinthe Dubreuil said: The employer-employee relationship is an organized antagonism. The employer wants to pay as little as possible for as much labor as possible. And the employees wants to be paid as much as possible for as little labor as possible. They pull in different directions. Even the best compromise agreements, which they do, temporarily, arrive at do not get the best out of both of them. - JZ, 9.4.93 & 23.5.00. - EMPLOYER-EMPLOYEE RELATIONSHIP VS. FREE LABOUR, UNIONS, CLASS WARFARE NOTIONS, PROPERTY RIGHTS, FREEDOM OF CONTRACT WITH ENTERPRISES
EMPLOYER-EMPLOYEE RELATIONSHIP: How can people see the value of independence and self-propulsion when they work in a system in which they are dependent and subordinate? There is little in their daily experience that would cause them to conclude that a society is kept alive by a continuous process of adaption, led by independent, enterprising people. They see society as something static - something to be administered. Employed people can scarcely be expected to revere qualities they have been carefully instructed to repress. Instead, they tend to become what the way they work requires: politicized, unimaginative, unenterprising, petty, security-obsessed, and passive. Thomas Jefferson, enchanted as he was by labor-saving machinery, still feared that industrialization would produce a breed of working people so altered by daily subordination that they would be unfit for self-government.” - Richard Cornuelle, The Power and Poverty of Libertarian Thought, in: David Boaz, ed., The Libertarian Reader, The Free Press, 1997, p.360. - SELF-MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
EMPLOYER-EMPLOYEE RELATIONSHIP: In return for wages, workers normally have to accept what is euphemistically termed the “employer-employee relationship”, which means employer control over the work process, the work purpose, and the work output. The resulting frustration of human creativity is the root cause of the widespread and growing workers unrest and alienation we see now in the United States, Western Europe, and the USSR. - - This proposition is born out by the results of more than 100 studies done in the past 20 years, which show that the worker’s chief desire is to become master of his or her own immediate environment. Workers want responsibility and a sense of achievement, so that they can feel that their work and they themselves are important – the twin ingredients of self-esteem. … it is rather the constant supervision and coercion that accompany them – the generally servile relationship that management demands of workers.” - L. S. Stavrianos, The Promise of the Coming Dark Age, 1976, p.59. - Nevertheless, the vast majority of workers, not to speak of trade union functionaries and labor parties or democratic parties as well a republican ones, show no serious interest in the various forms of self-management options that workers could organize among themselves, e.g. after purchasing the enterprise that they work in on terms. This is also a freedom option that the have shown very little interest for. It is much easier to blame the employers and the capital owners. – JZ, 16.9.07, 28.7.13. – CREATIVITY, PERSONAL THINKING RATHER THAN CAUSAL THINKING, LOOKS FOR “GUILTY” PERSONS, BOSSES, CLASS WARFARE NOTIONS, ANTI-CAPITALIST MENTALITY, ANTI-CORPORATIONS BIAS
EMPLOYER-EMPLOYEE RELATIONSHIP: Outside of the plant gate or office door is the new American: A future-oriented, demanding, expectant, educated, freedom-loving individual. Inside that gate or door this interesting, creative, inventive American is expected to conform to a past-oriented, authoritarian, hierarchical, class-based, freedom-fearing social system. Is there any wonder then that, in the past two years, the national media have given us example after example of the grinding effects of old-style jobs on new workers? … In spite of more pay and benefits than ever before, all kinds of working men and women, “blue collar” and “white color”, are unhappy in their work and thus unhappy and unfulfilled in a large and very important part of their lives.” - Senator Charles H. Percy, former president of Bell and Howell Company. (CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, April 2, 1973, Series No. S6327.) – However, I have also observed the rise in self-created independent small business and contractor enterprises. Only the problem of how to convert large enterprises into employee-owned and employee-run enterprises, e.g. through purchase, on terms, has not yet been extensively tackled, although the capital market provides all the necessary methods for this, once the employees of a firm resolve upon and organize themselves for this. All too often they lack the entrepreneurial spirit in this direction. They also love the more or less guaranteed wage or salary income and fear the uncertainties and risks of owning an enterprise and are all too much prepared to leave them to others. (While, under monetary and financial despotism the threat of unemployment is all too real. – JZ, 28.7.13.) After all, enterprises do daily change hands every day, under mutually satisfactory conditions. That is just one feature or free enterprise capitalism. – In some cases workers have even admitted that they prefer a lower annual income of the same wages to a higher annual income with fluctuating income levels per week or month. - JZ, 16.9.07. – CREATIVITY, PURCHASE OF ENTERPRISES BY EMPLOYEES, INTERNAL CONTRACTING WITH AUTONOMOUS WORK GROUPS, EMPLOYEE SHAREHOLDING TO A SIGNIFICANT EXTENT, COOPERATIVES, PARTNERSHIP, SELF-MANAGEMENT OPTIONS IN ALL THEIR VARIETIES
EMPLOYER-EMPLOYEE RELATIONSHIP: Why do most unionists accept the employer-employee relationship as if it were something divinely ordained or naturally inevitable - seeing that there are hundreds of other forms of productive organizations, either proposed or somewhat practised already, at least temporarily, in some countries? - JZ, n.d. & 26.5.00. – UNIONS, SELF-MANAGEMENT, COOPERATIVE PRODUCTION, Q.
EMPLOYER-EMPLOYEE-RELATIONSHIP: The economic consequences of regimentation are enormous: productivity is undoubtedly much lower than it could be. … A nation of employees, subordinated to a hierarchy, however restrained or benign, is politicized in the sense that much of (the? – JZ) employees’ efforts must be spent pleasing the powers that be, in ways that are entirely unrelated to the work itself. In a society that is forever boasting of it dedication to democratic ideals, employees are, however affluent they may have become, members of a subordinate, unmistakably lower class. - The regimentation of work has created a political majority whose attitudes about themselves and their world are heavily conditioned by a lifelong habit of subordination – what Hayek has called an ‘employee-mentality’ “. - Richard Cornuelle, The Power and Poverty of Libertarian Thought, in: David Boaz, ed., The Libertarian Reader, The Free Press, 1997, p.369. - They become all too conditioned to becoming bossed around, at least for 40 hours a week, to obedience to those set above them, – How much of their dissatisfaction with their lives and their statism would disappear without that foundation? - JZ, 4.10.07.
EMPLOYER-EMPLOYEE-RELATIONSHIP: When freemen went to work in factories, their status was not unlike that of the iron-collared serfs who had preceded them. Their employment was a kind of voluntary indenture, tacitly renewed each day, in which the workers agreed to submit to supervision for a certain number of hours for an agreed-upon amount of pay. Workers were free in one sense but painfully unfree in another. Feudalism had only moved indoors. The movement to civilize this relationship began immediately and has been more or less continuous. Workplaces have been made safer, lighter, warmer and more agreeable. Wages are higher, hours shorter and an accumulation of law and custom has elaborated the rights of employees and put limits on the prerogatives of employers. But the system has never been altered elementally. Working people are far, far freer than slaves or indentured servants, but they are not as free as their bosses and not nearly as free as they might be.” - Richard Cornuelle, The Power and Poverty of Libertarian Thought, in: David Boaz, ed., The Libertarian Reader, The Free Press, 1997, p.368/69. - FEUDALISM MOVED INDOORS:
EMPLOYERS, EMPLOYEES & EMPLOYMENT: Employers are not fully employers, at least under present exchange conditions – for what do they do for the employment of millions of unemployed? They can act largely only as the agents of the consumers, who indicate with their buying habits in shops what kinds of goods and services they want offered and in what quantities. The employers respond to these wishes as fast, economically and profitably as they can and employ in the process as many people as they need for this. Since the employees constitute the largest class of consumers, one can even say that it is they who indirectly employ the employers to fulfill the wishes of the employees as a class. Some trade unionists seem to think that this wish fulfillment option is unlimited and that their wages do not depend on their own productivity but merely upon the good will of the employer or on the concessions one can force him to make. But the employers are really depending upon what the class of employees, as consumers, are prepared to pay them for their output. All participants in this division of labor and free exchange are dependent upon all their exchanges being really free. This could but is not being assured by sound exchange media, clearing certificates and other clearing options and turnover credits always being made competitively and sufficiently available. Most of the medium and long term capital required to make today’s productivity and high standard of living possible did already exists in the same form before and after a crisis with mass unemployment. During such a crisis it is merely also unemployed, or under-employed, or working below its capacity, or is standing still. This result is only possible when the provision of exchange media, clearing certificates, turnover credits and clearing avenues and of value standards is monopolized, i.e., when monetary despotism of central banking prevails instead of the monetary freedom of free banking, including all kinds of other potential exchange media and clearing certificate issuers than formal banks of issue. It is also a consequence of the value standards used not being freely chosen but imposed and manipulated. The inflationary as well as the deflationary manipulation of value standards and exchange media causes unemployment. Monetary despotism assures only bad or worse exchange media, clearing processes and value standards and coercively suppresses the alternative and sound ones of full monetary freedom. It is thereby the main dis-employer for all kinds of goods and service providers, employees, employers and self-employed people like tradesmen, contractors, professionals and retailers. Only from full monetary freedom is full employment to be expected for all able and willing to work at market rates. Only then can the existing needs and wishes be expressed into effective monetary demand, limited only by one’s ability to provide values in return. - This requires freedom for the issue of market-rated private exchange media and clearing certificates, by all able to do so effectively, and also for all other clearing avenues, together with privately chosen value standards, free choice among all such options, including refusals to accept them at all, or to accept them only at a discount. Only the issuers themselves will always have to accept their own money tokens or clearing certificates and other IOUs from anyone, at any time to any amounts and this at their nominal value, for all they have ready for sale. None would then be monopolized exchange media or clearing avenues any longer. Under this freedom all desired and economically possible exchanges will take place at free market prices, wages, fees etc. to the limits of the productive capacity of the people involved and their willingness to use these capacities. There will be no more artificial and legalized limits to free exchanges, resulting in unemployment, sales difficulties and idle machines and factories and numerous bankruptcies. – Should we delay the introduction of these liberties and rights any longer? Should we not at least allow their practice among their first volunteers? - JZ, 21.12.92. – UNEMPLOYMENT, INFLATION, DEFLATION, CURRENCY FAMINES, CRISES, CENTRAL BANKING, FREE BANKING, MONETARY FREEDOM, FINANCIAL FREEDOM, FREE EXCHANGE, FREE INVESTMENTS, PROPERTY RIGHTS VS. COMPULSORY TAXATION OR TRIBUTE LEVIES
EMPLOYERS: Behind the prevailing fallacy is the false assumption that generosity towards workers comes out of the hide of management and owners. This overlooks that the physical act of hiring is really an agency procedure, in which the employer acts in (JZ: on?) behalf of the customer, who is the real user of labor. Management attempts to prejudge whether the consumer will later ratify the judgment of the businessman as to what new costs will prove acceptable.” - M. S. Rukeyser, THE FREEMAN, 1975. - All, employers, employees and consumers, investors, professionals, shop keepers, etc., fail to consider how they have left themselves exposed to the wrongful but legalized powers, inabilities and misdeeds of monetary and financial despotism for all the exchanges that they desire and are capable of. Unless they emancipate themselves in this respect, via full monetary freedom and financial freedom, they will not experience a permanent boom economy but be subject to one government caused crisis after the other, and a host of counter-productive laws and regulations and enormous tax burdens. - JZ, 2.6.00, 1.3.13, 28.7.13. – CONSUMERS, CRISES, MONETARY DESPOTISM, MONETARY DEMAND FOR LABOR IS MONOPOLIZED, EMPLOYERS DEPEND UPON CENTRAL BANK POLICIES FOR THEIR SALES, MONTARY FREEDOM OPTIONS ARE LEGALLY OUTLAWED FOR THEM.
EMPLOYERS: Employers are neither miracle workers nor devils, who, at their whim could somehow and miraculously provide jobs or would maliciously refuse to provide them, although they are supposed to profit from exploiting their workers and would have difficulties in exploiting the unemployed. On the whole they are almost as ignorant and disinterested in the main causes and cures for mass unemployment and economic crises as their employees are, and unionists, voters, politicians and bureaucrats, journalists, writers and even academic economists. - JZ, 21.8.95. – BOSSES AS MERE MIDDLEMEN
EMPLOYERS: He has the functions of a president of a cooperative with the exception that he is much more independent. He has the qualifications which are amiss in most workers to such an extent that the workers would starve to death like animals in front of machines and raw materials - if the employers ceased to organized production and exchange.” - Ulrich von Beckerath, n.d. – How many workers are seriously interested in all of their self-management options, enough to at least begin to study them? – JZ, 28.7.13. – WORKERS, LEFTIST MENTALITY, ANTI-CAPITALISM MENTALITY DIRECTED AGAINST ALL PROPRIETORS & BOSSES, ENTREPRENEURS, CAPITALISTS, PATRONS, MANAGERS, BUSINESSMEN, FREE ENTERPRISE, INITIATIVE, SELF-MANAGEMENT
EMPLOYERS: Let employers employ. - JZ, 2/75. - Do not restrict them by protectionism, monopolies and regulations, especially, not by monetary and financial despotism. - JZ, 2.6.00, 28.7.13.
EMPLOYERS: No employer is genuinely an employer who cannot employ unemployed people but refuses them jobs they are capable and willing to perform. - JZ, 23.1.74 & 2.6.00. - Employers aren't employers as long as there is involuntary unemployment. - JZ, Nov. 1983. - Naturally, an employer is, in a way, nothing but an agent for the consumers and cannot be expected to produce, with additional labor, and other costs, the extra goods and services, which the consumers at present are unable or unwilling to buy. However, if he is more than a mere cog in the wheels of an economy in crisis, one partly broken down, then he will ponder not only why many of his potential customers are unwilling to buy from him but also why they are unable to buy from him, although they would love to buy from him if they could. Then he will be concerned not only with the quantity and quality of his product or services but also with the means of exchange and value standards that are used, or have to be used, under current legislation, by his potential customers and how well or badly they are supplied with them. When he finds that sphere dominated by monetary despotism rather than full monetary freedom, then, as an entrepreneur, on his own, or with others in the same position, he would ponder and finally introduce all monetary freedom alternatives, even in the face of strong political, bureaucratic and juridical opposition, together with his employees and potential employees, in something like a monetary freedom revolution, one that would go for beyond the primitive self-help steps, quite unsatisfactory still, which were tried again and again and also opposed under the name of truck system. Obviously, if his customers are unable to pay him, then he cannot pay, directly, his own employees - otherwise than in his own goods or services or primitive tickets for them. However, if he thought a bit further, then he could and would exchange many of his goods and services, in form of his tickets, already for the tickets, or goods and services, of many other employers, who are in the same position. In this way he could establish and fill the shelves of a works canteen or consumer coop that could already offer the own employee a considerably larger variety of goods, which his employees could then buy with his own tickets. Next step would be to involve all local shops and department stores and super-markets in the production of ticket-money or shop currencies for what they have to offer, which could, if issued by an association of them, and used to grant short-term wage credits with them, result already in a rather useful local currency. But without expanding his sales concerns into the sphere of making his potential customers more able to pay, independent of the deflationary, inflationary or stag-flationary policies of the government's central bank, he will continue expose himself and his employees and potential employees to these risks and difficulties. He must concern himself not only with freeing the sphere of production but also that of exchange from all kinds of monopolies. The same obligation rests on the shoulders of the employees. They should become concerned about the means of payment they are paid with - or not paid with, and the value standards imposed and should ponder alternative and better ones. Then they should publicly agree that they would be willing and ready to accept them in payment for their labors. If they bothered to set up a perfect clearing system, they could even issue their own labor clearing certificates, based only on their readiness to accept them for their work, and thereby provide themselves with paid labor. Their own sound issues would anticipate part of their near future earnings. They would only have to accept them at par in payment of all wages due to them. They would be nothing more and nothing less than efficiently used IOU or clearing certificate options. - JZ, 2.6.00, 28.7.13. – MONETARY FREEDOM, FREE BANKING INITIATIVES, MONETARY SELF-HELP MEASURES DURING DEFLATIONS & CREDIT RESTRICTIONS & ALSO DURING SEVERE INFLATIONS, REALIZING FREE CHOICE OF VALUE STANDARDS, ABILITY TO PAY, MONETARY DESPOTISM, CENTRAL BANKING, MONEY ISSUE MONOPOLY & FINANCIAL DESPOTISM – EXTORTING PURCHASING POWER FROM EVERYBODY, TAXATION, FINANCE REGULATIONS
EMPLOYERS: Not all employers are entrepreneurs any longer. All too many are just bureaucrats, working to rules imposed by unions and governments. All too often they are even subsidized and do no longer know how to finance employment, production and sales otherwise. - JZ, 26.12.76 & 26.5.00, 28.7.13.
EMPLOYERS: Our economy operates under about ten million separate private business budgets. No regimented economy can hope to compete in dynamic drive with an economy which possesses nearly ten million independent centers of initiative.” - H. Slichter, Harvard economist, May 17, 1947, quoted by Leonard E. Read, Castles in the Air, p.57. - 250 million self-employed or self-managed people would be even better still! - JZ, 11.11.82. - Neither will attain sufficient economic independence under the monetary despotism of a single central bank and its branches. - JZ, 2.6.00, 17.11.10. – Or under the financial despotism of tribute levies called taxation and financial regulations. – Even value-preserving clauses in credit contracts and capital certificates are, largely, outlawed. – In these cases honesty in financial transactions is to that extent outlawed. – Finance ministers are ministers against free financing, just like transport ministers are ministers against freedom in transport and trade ministers are ministers against freedom in trading. - JZ, 28.7.13. - ENTREPRENEURS, SELF-MANAGEMENT, SELF-EMPLOYMENT, PLANNING, INITIATIVE, DECENTRALIZATION, BUSINESSMEN, COMPETITION, EMPLOYMENT, FREE ENTERPRISE, LEGAL TENDER, FINANCIAL DESPOTISM, OUTLAWRY OF VALUE PRESERVING CLAUSES, INFLATION, HONESTY, MONEY ISSUE MONOPOLY, CENTRAL BANKING
EMPLOYERS: Owners of small business employ the world, asking only the right to compete. But the only real employer is the purchaser in the market place. (*) All other supposed employers are mere agents and intermediaries - glorified clerks to the purchasers.” - Royal D. Rood. - CONSUMERS & THE MARKET – (*) And they are held back by monetary despotism, i.e. a monopolistic supply of exchange media and of clearing avenues. – JZ, n.d. & 1.3.13.
EMPLOYERS: So many legal and financial burdens and risks are put upon employers that I hardly know why anyone would still want to become an employer. The end result of all this interventionism is that at least some degree of unemployment results from this. There should be no legal restrictions at all upon employing people and upon becoming self-employed. - JZ, 5.9.92 & 23.5.00. – UNEMPLOYMENT
EMPLOYERS: The entrepreneur in a capitalist society depends upon the market and upon the consumers. (1) He has to obey the orders, which the consumers transmit to him by their buying or failure to buy, and the mandate with which they have charged him can be revoked at any hour. Every entrepreneur and every owner of means of production must daily justify his social function through subservience to the wants of the consumers.” - Mises, Omnipotent Government, p.53. - (1) And the market is dependent upon the supply of sound exchange media and value standards. When both are monopolized then the market is obviously not free enough to function without major difficulties and frictions. Confining it to the classical gold standard and partly or fully covered and redeemable gold weight certificates, as an exclusive and forced currency, does not fully liberate it in this respect, either. Although there would be some advantages in this reform, especially with regard to the value standard, there would also be some considerable disadvantages, especially in the supply of exchange media, which are ignored by the "gold bugs". Even a well-intentioned monopoly is still a monopoly and to that extent despotic and nor responding to the supply and demand situation which would exist in this sphere as well, under full freedom. - JZ, 2.6.00. – Then add to this the wrongs and irrationalities of financial despotism, primarily compulsory taxation, which continues the ancient Feudalism, in which workers work largely for the their feudal lord, now the Federal-, State- and Local governments, instead of exclusively for their own benefit, that of their employers and for the general market, in which they should be sovereign consumers, also when it comes to exchange media, clearing options and value standards. – JZ, 28.7.13. - UNEMPLOYMENT, CENTRAL BANKING, MONETARY FREEDOM, GOLD STANDARD REDEMPTIONISM OR FREE CHOICE OF VALUE STANDARDS & FREE CLEARING USING A GOLD WEIGHT UNIT AS A VALUE STANDARD, GOLD
EMPLOYERS: the most flint-hearted employer the Eastern European workers ever knew - the Soviet Union.” - Salvador de Madariaga, The Blowing Up of the Parthenon, p.37. – CAPITALISTS, STATE SOCIALISM, SOVIETS
EMPLOYERS: when the employer is thrown out, the government will step in; and that government, with its power of the gun over their lives, is a far worse enemy than even the worst employer had ever been.” - John Hospers, REASON, 9/72. - Rather than throwing the employer out and expropriating him, he could and should be bought out in many cases. There are uncounted numbers of self-employment schemes, and some of them are quite in accordance with property rights and responsibilities and could out-produce most enterprises still held back by the employer-employee relationship. Only genius type employers, with full teamwork backing from their employees, as well as some family enterprises would not have to fear that kind of free and sufficiently informed competition. - JZ, 2.6.00, 28.7.13. – MANY & COMPETING EMPLOYERS VS. THE STATE AS ONLY EMPLOYER, NATIONALIZATION, STATE SOCIALISM, PURCHASE OF ENTERPRISES BY THEIR EMPLOYEES
EMPLOYERS: Yet the most rudimentary analysis of competitive markets (1) confirms the truth of Professor W. H. Hutt's claim that the employer of labour is himself more accurately regarded as the employee of the consumer (2) who ultimately determines the success of the enterprise.” - Ralph Harris, in: Dr. Rhodes Boyson, editor, 1985, p.16. - (1) Markets, employers and employees subjected to monetary despotism aren't really free and competitive! - (2) Consumers aren't really free, either, when they can be paid only and pay themselves only with the means of exchange and value standard of monetary despotism and this after what is left to them in purchasing power after xyz forms of compulsory tribute levies, called taxes. - JZ, 2.6.00, 28.7.13. - EMPLOYERS AS AGENTS OF CONSUMERS
EMPLOYERS' CONTRIBUTIONS: I suggest that employers' contributions to workers' social services be abolished forthwith.” - Henry Meulen, THE INDIVIDUALIST, 10/75. - Economically, they were never paid by the employer but were part of his total wage bill, whose cash component to the workers was correspondingly reduced. That should be revealed by honest accounting, rather than by this cover-up scheme that was to prevent the employees from realizing that they themselves have to pay for all of their legally prescribed fringe benefits. The politicians won't like this, because it will lose them votes. In my own case of government-run superannuation, for a state employee, my own contributions had to be paid fortnightly and could, theoretically, have earned interest over 28 years. And the employer was permitted to pay the lot in a lump sum only upon my retirement, thus "his" share couldn’t have earned interest during these 28 years. As irresponsibly and uneconomically are such schemes run, in other aspects as well. - JZ, 2.6.00. – For instance, this superannuation fund for public servants bragged at one stage that it made very cheap housing loans available to OTHERS than the members, the public servants. – High interest charges, upon productive in investments, would have increased the fund or low interest loans to public servants, as members would have made some sense. But the way it was managed was simply quite wrongful absurd. However, most public servants remained quite complacent about this, their own interest, their own fund! – By now trade union officials have great influence upon old age insurance funds. That will assure also that the wrongs and irrationalities in this sphere will be continued. – The absurdity of “investing” in governmental “insecurities”, which these “investors” have themselves have to repay, as taxpayers, instead of in the most productive enterprises, is still continued almost everywhere, as far as I know. And this under the monetary despotism of central banking, which assures deflations, inflations and stagflations. - JZ, 5.12.08, 28.7.13. – Just like soldiers, whose lives and limbs are risked by their generals and politicians, rarely ponder how they themselves could and should radically change that situation, the taxpayers only rarely ponder whether they could or should replace compulsory taxation by voluntary subscription schemes, and most slaves and serfs never pondered the abolition of slavery or serfdom and most of the billions of victims of territorialism do not challenge it and try to replace it by exterritorial autonomy or personal law for volunteers. – JZ, 1.3.13. Even those under threat of a nuclear war have not yet bothered to ponder the causes and cures for this threat, even if they are written up and accessible online, as they are, e.g., in my two peace books at www.butterbach.net. Most of the remaining abuses in the world are due, as my friend Ulrich von Beckerath often stressed, to insufficient interest in the own affairs – when they go beyond daily chores or amusements. – JZ, 28.7.13. – INTEREST IN THE OWN AFFAIRS OR THE LARGER KIND, SOCIAL SECURITY ABUSES, VOLUNTARY TAXATION, MONETARY FREEDOM VS. FINANCIAL & MONETARY DESPOTISM, DISOBEDIENCE INSTEAD OF OBEDIENCE