Quotes, Notes, Comments & Slogans
for Individual Liberty & Rights
against Popular Statist Errors & Prejudices
Index - T4
(2013 - 2014)
TOOLS: American workers have been provide with more and better tools than have any other workers in the world, with the result that output and wages are higher here than anywhere else. It has been estimated that our superior tools (mechanical power an labor-saving devices) have expanded our natural human energies to the equivalent of a billion extra workers!” - Henry Grady Weaver, The Mainspring of Human Progress, revised edition, FEE, 1953, p.240. - MACHINES, AUTOMATION, ENERGY, POWER
TOOLS: I don’t like to contradict your friend. Especially since he’s not here to defend his position. But the fact is, Gigi, that there are no jobs at all without tools. Every job in the world is tool connected. There aren’t any exceptions. Of course, it’s true that when a new tool is introduced, right at the place where that tool is applied to the job, some people may be ‘dis-employed’. I use that term rather than unemployed because, in fact, more employment occurs just on account of that tool. While the tool displaces some, it causes jobs for others who make that tool – and for those who sell it and who service it. And since tools do a better job than we do by hand with our very limited time and energy, we begin to reduce the critical scarcity of all those scarce things we’ve been talking about.” – Robert LeFevre, Lift Her Up, Tenderly, p.90. - JOBS, MACHINES, UNEMPLOYMENT, MACHINES, AUTOMATION, SCARCITY, SHORTAGES
TOOLS: Man is a tool-using animal … without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.” – Thomas Carlyle, 1795-1881. – The Super-Computer Project or Ideas Archive and Talent Centre is an ultimate tool. With it man will be almost tooled-up to be god-like. – JZ, 7.4.77, 1.8.08. – MAN, SUPERMAN, GOD, IDEAS ARCHIVE, SUPER-COMPUTER-PROJECT, TALENT CENTRE
TOOLS: Proof of Worthiness. Profit is the proof of the worthiness of production; loss is the proof of its unworthiness, of the waste of the energy and thrift that provided wrong tools of production, or of the job destroying rapacity of the tax gatherers or of workers employed in their operation. The greater the profit, the greater the incentive for expanding production and progress while loss is the proof that progress has stopped. It is not profit that is evil, it is the enemies of profit who are evil, for if they prevail, millions must die as a spreading dearth of tools blights capacity for survival production. - - With tools men can produce ten to twenty times as much as without them, with the tool providers getting but one-twentieth to one tenths of the multiplied production.” – Enders, M. Voorhees,”The Uncommon Man”, quoted in THE FREEMAN, 2/78. - PRODUCTION, PROFIT, WASTE, LOSS, MACHINES,
TOOLS: The tool shapes the user.” – Robert Shea, NEW LIBERTARIAN, 8/78, p.11. – And the potential user should be free to shape the tools for his purposes. Including societies, communities, associations and States or governments, all only for their own volunteers and only at their risk and expense. – JZ, 23.10.08.
TOP-DOWN APPROACHES, CENTRALIZATION, TERRITORIALISM, COMMAND ECONOMY, DESPOTISM, TYRANNY, UNIFORM LAWS & LEGISLATION IMPOSED UPON WHOLE POPULATIONS: Top-down approaches do not work. The bottleneck is at the top of the bottle." - Iqbal Quadir
TOPLESSNESS, BREASTS, BOSOMS, UNCOVERED: We should be much more concerned about other hidden and really important truths. – JZ, 29.1.11, 25.10.12. - Comment to: Topless protesters detained at Davos forum - finance.yahoo.com – However, I read recently that doctors finally found out that women who are physically active, especially in sports, need special supports there, otherwise they suffer physical troubles by excess and frequent movement of these soft tissues, when they are without sufficient support, troubles which were so far ignored by physicians. It is not just a matter fashionable appearances and covers against the elements and sexual appeals or appreciation. – JZ, 5.10.12.
TORTURE: Are terrorists sufficiently moral and rational people to have the right not to be tortured even when the lives of many others are at stake and the silence or the lies or the terrorists risk the lives of many innocent people? – Not in my books. – JZ, 3.8.85. – Individual rights and liberties are meant only for moral and rational people, not for the enemies of individual rights and liberties, rights and liberties which they only want to claim for themselves, when they are caught, but which they do not recognize in others, their victims. – JZ, 18.7.08, 25.3.11. – OF TERRORISTS, HUMAN RIGHTS, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES FOR RATIONAL & MORAL PEOPLE ONLY.
TORTURE: Nature is beset with suffering, but of all beasts, only man makes a business of prolonging it.” – Dagobert D. Runes, A Book of Contemplation, p.134. – Only torturers deserve to be tortured. – But who would be willing to inflict that upon them? And some of them might be sado-masochists. – I would certainly not welcome some former torturers within the panarchy of my own choice. - JZ, 30.3.94, 19.7.08. – TAXATION IS ALSO A KIND OF TORTURE! – JZ, 23.10.08.
TORTURE: To abstain from condemning a torturer, is to become an accessory to the torture and murder of his victims.” – Ayn Rand in A. R. Organization Newsletter, July 62, p.15.
TORTURE: We call torture and secret murder inhuman acts. We do so precisely because they dehumanize the perpetrator. The perpetrator becomes less capable of sympathizing with the pain of others.” – Rob Chilson & William F. Wu, Be Ashamed to Die, ANALOG, July 86, p.119. – DEHUMANIZATION
TORY: A dogmatic, ideological, paternalist who thinks he is a rational, pragmatic paternalist.” – J. C. Lester. – PATERNALISM
TOTAL WAR: Better a desert than a country full of heretics.” – Words ascribed to the fanatical Austrian Emperor who launched the Thirty Years’ War, according to: Fred J. Cook, The Warfare State, Jonathan Cape, 1962, p.165. - TOTAL INTOLERANCE, TERRITORIALISM
TOTAL WAR: The American historical memory of a non-threatening world combines with the moral (*) demand for a total war or total peace, creating the illusion that we must be either abstinent or outrageously overwhelming in our application of force.” - Newt Gingrich, Window of Opportunity, A Blueprint for the Future, p.233. - Like most libertarians, he failed to develop a libertarian defence, liberation, revolution and military insurrection program and did not even show any interest in it. – (*) ? - JZ, 23.1.02. – OR TOTAL PEACE?
TOTALITARIAN COMMUNISM & STATE SOCIALISM, VOTING & DEMOCRACY: There is no difference between communism and socialism, except in the means of achieving the same ultimate end: communism proposes to enslave men by force, socialism -- by vote. It is merely the difference between murder and suicide. – Ayn Rand, LA TIMES, 9/2/62.
TOTALITARIANISM & TERRITORIALISM: Totalitarianism is an extreme expression in the shift of balance between state and nation. – Bronislaw Malinowski, An Anthropological Analysis of War, in WAR – Studies from Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, rev. and enlarged edition, ed. by Leon Bramson & George W. Goethals, Basic Books, Inc., Publishers, New York, London, 1968, p.266. – All territorial States do already have THIS totalitarian feature. From there to complete totalitarianism only a few steps are required. E.g. central banking, compulsory taxation and imposed public debts and wrongful legislation in whole avalanches, by politicians pretending to be representatives of the whole population, are already common almost everywhere, depriving whole populations of basic and necessary individual rights and liberties. – JZ, n.d. & 20.2.13.
TOTALITARIANISM, STATISM, MODERN LIBERALISM, DEMOCRACY: The tragedy of so many intellectuals in the contemporary world is that while opposing extreme forms of totalitarianism, they are themselves half-totalitarian; that is to say, they express a desire for a society which is half-controlled, half-regimented, half-planned, part capitalist, and part socialist. This strange hybrid they will find (indeed, have found) to be a Frankenstein monster which, ironically, they have a great responsibility for creating. - George S. Schuyler, Black and Conservative , quoted in FFF Email Update of Tuesday, September 18, 2012
TOTALITARIANISM, TERRITORIALISM & EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY FOR VOLUNTEERS, NUCLEAR WAR THREAT: The Road to Totalitarianism - mises.org - To be able to come to enjoy liberty and rights one has to remain alive. Victims of e.g. an accidentally unleashed nuclear holocaust or one caused by one of the ruling madmen, will not have that chance. The greatest threat, internally and externally, in my opinion is all that which can be summed up with "territorialism" and its statist governmentalism in every sphere. The rightful alternatives might be started by a great variety of governments and societies in exile, all only for their present and future volunteers. – JZ, 25.11.11, Facebook. – GOVERNMENTS & SOCIETIES IN EXCILE
TOTALITARIANISM: A North Korean military officer has been executed with a mortar shell blast for disrespecting late “dear leader” Kim Jong-il by drinking alcohol during the 100p-day mourning period. … anyone who raised a glass of alcohol was in danger of receiving a death sentence. – Kim Chol was the most senior official who failed to forgo alcohol but other generals were shot for drinking … - THETELEGRAPHL.COM.AU - 26.10.12, p. 38. – LEADERSHIP CULT, NORTH KOREA, COMPULSORY MOURNING, RIDICULOUS & ALSO VERY DANGEROUS GOVERNMENTS
TOTALITARIANISM: After the defeat of the totalitarian Nazi regime in WW II did German minds finally and quite consistently turn to the opposite of all totalitarian institutions, namely to individual liberty and rights in every sphere, to voluntary communities under full exterritorial autonomy only? Far from it. For the victors were territorialists too, even though most of them were democratic ones. The very moral and intellectual morass and the resulting laws and institutions that led from the Weimar Republic to the Nazi regime, in the first place, kept their minds captive and allowed them no more than to establish another territorialist federal democracy and Welfare State system, which, during future man-made crisis times could lead to the rise of another totalitarian regime, with much hatred against foreign competitors or groups of immigrants as scapegoat for the results of the own still all too popular wrongs and mistakes, in Germany as well as almost anywhere else in the world. - If you consider that far-fetched, consider the proliferation of mass murder devices, whose use would be even more indiscriminately mass murderous than were the mass murder camps of the Nazis. And contemplate central note issuing banks with legal tender powers as the preconditions for further inflations, deflations, stagflations and their mass-unemployment, without which the Nazis could never have risen to political and war-making power. – They also had taxation, imposed territorial legislation and public debts in common with all the other democratic states, and the decision-making monopoly power on war, peace and international treaties. Consider also their mass murders via indiscriminate air raids. The difference is only one of degrees. – JZ 23.2.95, 18.7.08, 25.3.11. – DEMOCRACIES, TERRITORIALISM, PANARCHISM
TOTALITARIANISM: All my life I’ve liked totalitarianism even less than what passes for democracy.” – Poul Anderson, Conquests, Wildcat, p.65.
TOTALITARIANISM: All totalitarian system get into difficulties as soon as public opinion no longer tolerates the liquidation of dissenters.” – Robert Muthmann – (“Alle totalen Systeme greaten in Schwierigkeiten, sobald die oeffentliche Meinung es nicht mehr zulaesst, Andersdenkende zu liquidieren.“) – Alas, public opinion is not armed, trained and organized to uphold the rights and liberties of the majority and also those of all minorities. Therefore, official terrorism works, for all too long, unless the official armed forces themselves get sick of it, too. – JZ, 21.7.08, 24.10.08.
TOTALITARIANISM: Although few people, if anybody, in England, would probably be ready to swallow totalitarianism whole, there are few single features which have not yet been advised by somebody or other.” – F. A. Hayek, The Road to Serfdom, XIII.
TOTALITARIANISM: And in the end, the Government would be the only property owner and the only employer on the planet, and everybody else would be slaves, working at assigned tasks, wearing Government-issued clothing and eating Government food, their children educated as the Government prescribes and trained for jobs selected for them by the Government, never reading a book or seeing a play or thinking a thought that Government had not approved. …” - Beam Piper, Space Viking, p.150/51. – STATISM, GOVERNMENTALISM, TERRITORIALISM, WELFARE STATE
TOTALITARIANISM: As Franz Neumann demonstrated, the key to totalitarian practice has been to eliminate as systematically as possible all competitive sources of social decision. To spread the power of the ruler or ruling class pervasively, it is necessary to close off all practical alternatives. Thus the striking affinity of all the totalitarians for highly centralized controls of economic life. Just as each is relativist and nihilist in ethical theory, so each is collectivist in matters of politics and economics.” – M. Stanton Evans, in the anthology, ed. by Dorothy Buckton James, “Outside Looking In”, p.18. - I is just an extreme and consistent form of the territorialist monopoly practised presently by every State. – JZ, 15.708. – STATE, TERRITORIALISM
TOTALITARIANISM: But as Camus points out, ‘none of the evils which totalitarianism claims to remedy is … worse than totalitarianism itself.’ He might have added, that, on the record, it does not even remedy those evils against which it particularly declaims – except, sometimes, in a purely superficial sense. That is, it may cure unemployment as such, as in Russia in the thirties. However, it is not unemployment as such but the hunger and misery it may cause which is the objection to it; and the Russians substituted for the temporary mass unemployment of the West the far greater misery and hunger of the more enduring and more heavily populated labor-camp system.” - Robert Conquest, We & They, Civil & Despotic Cultures, Temple-Smith, London, 1980, p.162. – The unemployment in the West is largely due to the central banking system proposed by Marx and Engels in their Communist Manifesto of 1848! – JZ, 10.10.08. – COMMUNISM, UNEMPLOYMENT
TOTALITARIANISM: but why concern ourselves as to how the firing squad is organized? It is tyrannical by whatever name.” – Leonard E. Read, The Love of Liberty, p.12. – Only when organizing ourselves in the opposite way, volunteers only, all only exterritorially autonomous and otherwise very differently organized, will we maximize our common strengths against all totalitarian regimes, while, at the same time weakening them by preparing all their centrifugal forces for their release on liberty day. – JZ, 16.7.08.
TOTALITARIANISM: Civilization cannot long survive half totalitarian and half free.” – Max Eastmann, Reflections on the Failure of Socialism, p.126. – Unless both halves consist only of volunteers and both do their things only among their own voluntary members. – Can there be any doubts on which half will then be the stronger one, in the long run? And which half will come to shrink, more and more, through defectors, deserters and refugees seeking asylum – especially when the more free side is free enough to be able to offer fully employment not only to its own citizens but also to masses of escaped victims and new converts to freedom? - JZ, 16.7.08.
TOTALITARIANISM: Democratic totalitarianism works via monopolistic and coercive (majoritarian) territorial sovereignty, taxation, conscription and multitudes of laws and regulations. – JZ, 1.8.92, 28.7.08.
TOTALITARIANISM: For the totalitarian mind, adherence to state propaganda does not suffice: one must display proper enthusiasm while marching in the parade. –Noam Chomsky
TOTALITARIANISM: For the totalitarian mind, adherence to state propaganda does not suffice: one must display proper enthusiasm while marching in the parade. –Noam Chomsky
TOTALITARIANISM: For the totalitarian mind, adherence to state propaganda does not suffice: one must display proper enthusiasm while marching in the parade.” – Noam Chomsky - STATISM, PUBLIC DEMONSTRATIONS OF FAITH IN THE DICTATORSHIPS
TOTALITARIANISM: If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever.” – George Orwell, 1984. – One boot could not do that forever. It does not exist that long. Neither does the face. But many different boots kicking, for all too many years, on all too many different faces, comes closer to the reality. – JZ, 16.7.08. – One wrongful and irrational law, democratically passed, for all the people in a territory, can be just as bad! – JZ, 23.10.08.
TOTALITARIANISM: In a totalitarian system there is nothing to which the attribute “free” could be attached but the unlimited arbitrariness of the dictator.” – Ludwig von Mises. – Unfortunately, with his philosophy Mises did not recognize all their or individual human rights and liberties. His utilitarianism or praxeology was not a good and attractive enough alternative to totalitarian ideologies and his economics, although going very far in the right direction, did not go far enough; nor did his politics go sufficiently beyond limited, but still territorial governments, quite wrongly assumed to be the best choice for all human beings, not only his own voluntary followers. – JZ, 4.4.89, 28.7.08.
TOTALITARIANISM: It doubt if there are many people who really want a group of total strangers telling them where they can live and work, what they may eat, read, and hear and how many children they will be allowed to have – as in China today.” – Brian Wilshire, The Fine Print, published by Brian Wilshire, PO Box 209, Round Corner, NSW 2158, Australia., 1992., p.5. – And then producing in one country like China up to 200 million unemployed. Only by relaxing its economic restrictions has its situation been somewhat improved. JZ, 1.10.07. - CHINA
TOTALITARIANISM: It is not how the Soviet Union will find a way out of totalitarianism, but how the West will be able to avoid the same fate.” – Prince Philip, THE FREEMAN, 2/78. – Both aims should be our concern. Not fate is involved but a genuine liberation platform for the remaining dictatorships and totalitarian regimes. – JZ, 15.7.08. – Already voluntary state membership and voluntary taxation would go a long way towards ideal, free, just and peaceful societies. – Territorialism is already inherently totalitarian and has, in our times, totalitarian institutions like central banks. - JZ, 23.10.08. - DICTATORSHIPS, LIBERATION, DEFENCE, PANARCHISM, TOTALITARIANISM
TOTALITARIANISM: It is vain to fight totalitarianism by adopting totalitarian methods. Freedom can only be won by men unconditionally committed to the principles of freedom.” – Ludwig von Mises, Omnipotent Government, p.14. – Territorial laws and institutions do not commit us to the principles of freedom but to the errors, spleens and prejudices of the masses, of the supposed experts and of political “leaders”. Obviously, these “leaders” and “experts” do not even know how to prevent mass unemployment and inflation – but only how to cause them, and this without being aware of the fact! – Nor are they receptive to good advice and information on such and many other important subjects. No more so than are the inmates of mental asylums. – Thus let us opt out from under them and engage in our own free experiments, under personal laws and self-chosen institutions, quite independent from them! - JZ, 23.10.08. - FREEDOM, DEFENCE, VICTORY, STRENGTH, PANARCHISM
TOTALITARIANISM: It is widely assumed that there is little to choose between authoritarian and totalist governments; yet in one important sense, they are mutually antithetical. Authoritarian governments seek to abolish politics; totalist governments seek to involve the whole population in (*) politics.” - Brian Crozier – Both have in common with each other and with representative or direct democracies the territorialist decision-making machinery, i.e., the government of a few over all too many involuntary subjects and dissenters. If, instead, they ruled only exterritorially and over volunteers then they would be relatively harmless and could not grow to very dangerous proportions for all other populations as well. - (*) the narrow path of territorial politics. – JZ, 6.5.89, 28.7.08. - AUTHORITARIANISM, TERRITORIALISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, PANARCHISM, PERSONAL LAWS, VOLUNTARISM,
TOTALITARIANISM: It’s hard enough to die for an ideal, but to give up your life for a lie …” - Frank Herbert, The Priests of Psi, p.41. – Statists and Totalitarians have never as yet been exposed to competition from fully free societies and communities. If they were, they might lose their popular support very fast. Their powerful regimes might shrink to powerless small sects. – JZ, 23.10.08. - THE WEAKNESS OF TOTALITARIANISM, DESERTION, WAR AIMS, LIBERATION, REVOLUTION, DEFENCE
TOTALITARIANISM: Let us never allow ourselves to think that poverty is an excuse for an invitation to totalitarianism, and if we should be tempted to think as much, let us remind ourselves that totalitarianism not only extinguishes liberty but institutionalizes poverty as well.” – THE TIMES, July 28, 1976. – POVERTY, LIBERTY
TOTALITARIANISM: None of the evils which totalitarianism claims to cure is worse than totalitarianism itself.” – READER’S DIGEST, Dec. 60. - None of the evils which totalitarianism claims to remedy is worse than totalitarianism itself.” – Albert Camus.
TOTALITARIANISM: Nothing more exactly identifies the totalitarian or closed society than the rigid and, more often than not, brutish direction of labor at all levels.” – John F. Kennedy, State of the Union Message, Jan. 14, 1963. - He doubled the nuclear arsenal of the USA and, to my knowledge, did never anything against monetary despotism, which suppresses not only labor but all other participants in an economy. Did he do away with Protectionism or taxation? How many new and wrongful laws were passed while he was President? Did he question the voting system? Did he permit individual or group secessions? Was his politics not also full of all the wrongs and irrationalities of territorialism? – JZ, 25.7.08. –
TOTALITARIANISM: Obviously, their programmes end with a totalitarian machine, like that of Russia and other such countries, which does not satisfy need or solve problems but which has the advantage of rigorously preventing the discussion of its inadequacy.” – Patrick Cosgrove, in Dr. Rhodes Boyson, editor, 1985, p.74.
TOTALITARIANISM: Once unquestioning obedience, once fully enslaved; // Once fully enslaved, no nation, state, city of this earth, ever afterward resumed its liberty.” – Walt Whitman, Caution, 1860. – This overlooks e.g. that even totalitarianism is not all-powerful, although it attempts to give that impression. It has to rely much on censorship and propaganda, has never completely eliminated all opposition, black markets and bribery of its officials – to prevent them from doing the wrong thing. It inevitably creates more and more enemies, internally and externally, finally far outnumbering the adherents of the regime. Towards a quite rightful and sensible resistance, revolution, military insurrection and liberation program it would be relatively helpless. It could then be overthrown almost without any bloodshed and destruction. – Obviously, Whitman used too much poetic licence here. - In my own life span four major totalitarian regimes disappeared: That of Mussolini’s Italy, Hitler’s Germany, Stalin’s Russia and Mao’s China. But nowhere have so far all degrees and forms of totalitarianism disappeared, which include e.g. territorialism and monetary despotism. But these and other omissions are largely due to lack of interest in sufficiently and publicly criticizing such major liberty and rights restrictions where this is still quite possible. – JZ, 10.7.86, 25.7.08. – , LIBERTY
TOTALITARIANISM: One may put the matter even more simply by saying that under conditions of political liberty a certain pattern of economic activity will emerge. This pattern is the free market. The economic aim of a totalitarian state is to annul the decisions of the free market by replacing un-coerced personal choices with political directives and overall plans.” – Admiral Ben Moreell, Log I, p.150. - Do we not also have authoritarian regimes under which at least degrees of economic liberty emerged? And have we not experienced that under “representative” government and legislation ever more economic interventionism occurred? The essential requirement for totalitarianism is the territorial monopoly, with its outlawry of individual and group secessionism and of exterritorial autonomy for voluntary communities. – JZ, 15.7.08. – Our “democracies” never fully unshackled individuals and minority groups. – JZ, 23.10.08. - PANARCHISM, DECISION-MAKING MONOPOLIES, LEGALIZED MONOPOLY INSTITUTIONS, POWER VS. CHOICE
TOTALITARIANISM: One of the proper answers to the emigration restrictions of totalitarian and authoritarian regimes are unlimited asylum and free immigration to all political, economic and other victims of such regimes who managed to escape them. Other answers are the rightful and necessary law repeals to achieve full employment, paid for in sound competitive currencies, an abundance of housing, even if initially only in form of emergency shelters, which can be cheaply mass produced, starting with tents and sheds, in the long run by a quite free building and housing market, numerous untaxed and unregulated profitable investments, free enterprise, free trade, especially in the monetary and financial sphere. – JZ, 25.2.86, 25.7.08.
TOTALITARIANISM: Our consistent and just answer to totalitarianism should be full minority autonomy for all, on an exterritorial and voluntary basis, allowing each the government or non-governmental society of his or her dreams. With this alternative realized on our side and to that extent uniting the diverse groups in a common front with a common platform against all totalitarian regimes and offering, obviously, a much more just, peaceful, free, progressive, diverse and tolerant alternative, the remaining flaws of a single territorial democracy model could no longer be effectively exaggerated in totalitarian propaganda. Fear would turn into attraction, especially when “democratic” mass murder devices are very publicly disarmed and destroyed as far as possible and quite rightful war-, peace- and liberation aims are proclaimed and demonstrated already through various governments in exile. Then all the various dissenters in totalitarian regimes would unite in their resistance against it and it would soon and relatively easily be overthrown. Defectors and deserters from it should be welcomed with open arms, everywhere. They could even retain and practise their remaining ideological spleens among themselves, anywhere, with unanimous support by all their volunteers. They would only be deprived of the territorial opportunity to impose them any longer upon dissenters. I would also favor disarming them, until they have, obviously, become sufficiently peaceful. Against such a program they would have no motive to engage in a desperate resistance. Thus internal and external peace could be relatively easily and fast assured. – JZ, 25.2.86, 27.7.08. - NWT, WAR AIMS, GOVERNMENTS IN EXILE, CAPTIVE NATIONS & MINORITIES AS NATURAL ALLIES
TOTALITARIANISM: Planned Economy and the Welfare State are but varying labels for the same devilish thing – totalitarianism – ALL government.” - Leonard E. Read, The Love of Liberty, p.12. – PLANNING. WELFARE STATE
TOTALITARIANISM: Proudhon … said … that an alliance of Socialism with Absolutism would produce the worst tyranny of all times.” – Rudolf Rocker, Nationalism and Culture, p.546.
TOTALITARIANISM: reversing our present stampede into a totalitarian state.” – Robert A. Howard, FREE ENTERPRISE, 4/75.
TOTALITARIANISM: Russia employing Communist doctrine 100 per cent, is very weak. We must stop being frightened of her. (*) The best answer to Russia and all totalitarian states is to surround them with free markets. This will break down the totalitarian walls and enrich the free countries to a point where they become too strong to be attacked.” – Antony Fisher, The Case for Freedom, - P.47. - Free markets also for competing governments and societies, all for volunteers and only exterritorially autonomous, starting with corresponding governments in exile. – J. Z., 16.7.08. - (*) Of nuclear “weapons” in anyone’s hands? – JZ, 16.7.08. FREE MARKETS, PANARCHISM, GOVERNMENTS & SOCIETIES IN EXCILE, AS ALLIES OF DEMOCRACIES AGAINST DICTATORSHIPS
TOTALITARIANISM: Seeing the past crimes of totalitarian regimes and how many of their henchmen are still free or even in office somewhere and how widely degrees of despotism were continued or renewed, mere relapses or thaws of despotism are just not good enough. A complete reversal and open enunciation of all territorially enforced policies, laws and institutions is required. Only those ignorant, prejudiced and foolish enough - to individually and freely vote for the restriction of their own liberties and rights – should be free to continue them among themselves, at their own expense and risk. All others should become quite free to individually and exterritorially disassociate themselves from all territorial statists and associate voluntarily to practise among themselves whatever system, laws, institutions and ideologies they prefer, in free and peaceful competition with all other such systems, societies and communities. – JZ, 3.7.87, 28.7.08. - THAWS, LIBERATION, PANARCHISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, VOLUNTARISM, SANCTION OF THE VICTIMS.
TOTALITARIANISM: The “essence of totalitarian government, and perhaps the nature of every bureaucracy”, writes Hannah Arendt, “is to make functionaries and mere cogs in the administrative machinery out of men, and thus to dehumanize them.” – Hannah Arendt, Eichman in Jerusalem, N.Y., Viking, 1963, p.289.
TOTALITARIANISM: The great strength of the totalitarian state is that it forces (*) those who fear it to imitate it.” – Adolf Hitler, Koenigsberg, September 1933. – George Seldes, The Great Quotations. – Mere territorial democracies, with some rights and liberties for their subjects, that try to imitate totalitarian regimes, do not, thereby, become militarily as strong as totalitarian regimes. Only once they do, quite consistently, realize all individual rights and liberties and all minority rights and institutions and do clearly respect also all those of the suppressed individuals, captive nations and other victimized groups under totalitarian governments, can the then fully free societies and all those societies which are then as free as they want to be, all only of volunteers, certainly and easily defeat totalitarian governments. – Just a little bit of freedom and rights is not enough against such powers. The rest keeps them partly enchained. – and does not prove attractive enough to all the victims of territorial regimes. The contrast must become much greater to be quite unmistakable and thus powerfully attractive to the victims of totalitarianism, including its conscripts. – Only the attempt to imitate totalitarian regimes and to refuse to go beyond democratic rights and liberties does keep democracies relatively weak. - JZ, 23.6.91, 9.7.92, 28.7.08. - - (*) Those who fear it do so only because they do, quite wrongly, imagine that they would have to imitate it, rather than using their freedom as their greatest strength against it. - - (**) However, if, instead, they demand unconditional surrender of the whole population and conduct a total war against the primary victims of a totalitarian regime, namely its captive peoples, then they might get, once again, the equivalent of the wrongful, bloody, destructive and prolonged fighting of WW II. - JZ, 15.7.08. – (**) They might e.g. welcome deserters and refugees from them with open arms, and offer them jobs at wages and salaries they had so far hardly dared to dream about. Also the kind of communities of their own individual dreams. – Alas, the territorialism of democracies, too, makes them unable to achieve very fast, by free experimentation among volunteers, all the solutions that are required. – As the present crisis demonstrates, governments cannot even manage the mortgage business correctly but, rather, prevent it from operating soundly. - JZ, 23.10.08, 25.3.11. - , SEPARATE PEACE WITH THE CAPTIVE PEOPLES, DESERTION, LIBERATION, REVOLUTION, PANARCHISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, DEMOCRACY, RIGHTS, DEFENCE, LIBERATION, CAPTIVE NATIONS, REVOLUTIONARY WARFARE, WAR & PEACE AIMS, LIBERTIES, MILITARY STRENGTH
TOTALITARIANISM: The greatest threat to mankind and civilization is the spread of the totalitarian philosophy. Its best ally is not the devotion of its followers but the confusion of its enemies. To fight it, we must understand it. - - Totalitarianism is collectivism. Collectivism means the subjugation of the individual to a group – whether to a race, class or state does not matter. Collectivism holds that man must be chained to collective action and collective thought for the sake of what is called ‘the common good’.” - Ayn Rand, The Only Path to Tomorrow, in: “The Ayn Rand Column”, revised edition, 1998, p.114, Second Renaissance Books, New Milford, Connecticut, www.rationalmind.com – It also makes extreme use of the opportunities which territorialism grants it against its victims. – - Democrats and Republicans have, territorially, the same opportunities but just do not take them as far. With one significant exception: They, too, are “armed” with mass extermination devices, which, essentially, as small and portable “extermination camp” packages or anti-people or genocide “weapons”. Ponder, what a Hitler would have done with them and what any mentally unstable democratic leader could do with them, especially when suffering from exhaustion, sleeplessness or under the influence of tranquilizers. – JZ, 17.9.07. - COLLECTIVISM, TERRITORIALISM & THE NUCLEAR WAR THREAT
TOTALITARIANISM: The ideal setup by the Party was something huge, terrible, and glittering - a world of steel and concrete, of monstrous machines and terrifying weapons - a nation of warriors and fanatics, marching forward in perfect unity, all thinking the same thoughts and shouting the same slogans, perpetually working, fighting, triumphing, persecuting - three hundred million people all with the same face." - George Orwell, from his book 1984. – Sent by C. B. - At least that is the impression – almost unanimous support for a totalitarian regime, that the totalitarians want to convey. In reality the different points of view are merely suppressed, temporarily, in their public utterance, not extinguished. However, the repression makes further enlightenment very difficult and limited. When one cannot freely express and inform oneself, listening, publishing and reading according to one’s interests, then enough information can neither be offered nor received while the official lies and misinformation are all too much spread and upheld. – JZ, 30.12.07.
TOTALITARIANISM: the Inquisition can never rest. A little spark may ignite a thousand acres.” – Robert Anton Wilson, The Earth Will Shake, p.144. – His title should not have, verbally, included earth quakes. – The best revolutions or resistance and liberation actions are shaking only the victimizers and bring calmness, peace, justice, liberty, progress and prosperity to the former victims. - JZ, 28.7.08. - INQUISITION, DESPOTISM, INSURRECTIONS, REVOLUTIONS
TOTALITARIANISM: The most absolute authority is that which penetrates into a man’s innermost being and concerns itself no less with his will than with his actions.” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau – The utmost in enlightenment and in individual freedom are needed against the utmost in governmentalism: territorial totalitarianism. – JZ, 28.7.08, 25.3.11.
TOTALITARIANISM: the only thing about which the extreme right and the extreme left see eye to eye: shooting people. Purges. Spectacular trials where everybody confesses to screwing his own eighty-five-year-old grandmother.” – Frank Yerby, The Old Gods Laugh, p.328. – EXTREMISM, TERRORISM, PURGES, MASS MURDER, SHOW TRIALS
TOTALITARIANISM: the phenomenon is invariably marked by nihilism in the realm of value, and collectivism in the sphere of political organization. … At our own pace and in terms of our own institutions, we have been traveling the totalitarian road.” – M. Stanton Evans, in the anthology “Outside Looking In”, p.19. (Edited by Dorothy Buckton James.) – Even the most democratic States practise the territorial monopoly, monetary despotism via their central bank system, financial despotism via taxation, protectionism via numerous interventionist laws and most have also severely restricted initiative and referendum options for their populations. All outlawed individual and minority group secessionism and the exterritorial autonomy option for their groups of volunteers. Thus it is no miracle at all that some of them turned into totalitarian States but, rather, a natural development under these conditions. – JZ, 15.7.08.
TOTALITARIANISM: The proximate source of all this misery is of course well known – the fact that ours has been the century of totalitarianism, of movements that claim an absolute lien on the energies and affections of man, that in pursuit of this claim have wrought the characteristic horrors of the age. But totalitarianism itself is not a final cause, an unmoved mover without further source or origin. Its repeated appearance on the stage of modern history suggests, on the contrary, that it is the result of certain fundamental tendencies of our time and place – tendencies that are by their nature hostile to freedom. If we would preserve the liberties we have and entertain the hope of enlarging them, we must set about to understand these forces and repel them.” – M. Stanton Evans, in the anthology, ed. by Dorothy Buckton James: “Outside Looking” in, p.16. - TERRITORIALISM, COMPULSORY STATE SUBORDINATION VS. INDIVIDUAL & GROUPS SECESSIONISM & PANARCHISM, OR EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, MONETARY & FINANCIAL DESPOTISM, PANARCHISM
TOTALITARIANISM: The spiritual damage inflicted by the totalitarian State – the stunting of individuality, the dragooning of the mind, the dwarfing of human stature – is only gradually realized, for it is beyond the crude appraisement of weights and scales.” – G. P. Gooch, Dictatorship in Theory and Practice, p. 46.
TOTALITARIANISM: the total state has only been approximated, never fully achieved. There is always a leakage of free human energy.” - Leonard E. Read, The Love of Liberty, p.12.- Even with totalitarian means did the Soviet regime not succeed in suppressing all black market activities and corruption. – And millions defected or let themselves be taken prisoner even by the Nazis. If the Nazis had really tried to liberate them … - JZ, 16.7.08. – DESERTION, DEFECTION, REFUGEES, GOVERNMENTS IN EXILE
TOTALITARIANISM: The totalitarian State stands for force naked and unashamed. For only by violence or the threat of violence can the infinite variety of human types be dragooned into the mechanical unity which the Dictator demands. – He knows that adult citizens do not change their convictions at the word of command, and he therefore concentrates on the capture of the child. …” - G. P. Gooch, Dictatorship in Theory and Practice, p.39. – Not that most “democratic” territorial legislators proceed so very differently. They do merely somewhat recognize some individual rights and liberties. – All too many of them did also acquire mass murder devices and keep them in readiness! - JZ, 15.7.08, 25.3.11. - TERRITORIALISM
TOTALITARIANISM: The totalitarian world is weak internally and strong externally … The free world is strong internally and weak externally.” – Jaspers. (“Die totalitaere Welt ist schwach nach innen und stark nach aussen. ... Die freie Welt ist stark nach innen und schwach nach aussen.“) - Not really - if only it were free enough and well enough informed to fully utilize all individual rights and liberties for all its defence, revolution and liberation efforts against totalitarian and despotic regimes. Then it could easily win, together with all its secret allies on the other side, the captive nations and suppressed minorities, even with the help of the suppressed majority. But, so far, this was only very rarely systematically tried and is not even studied at the military and revolutionary academies. – JZ, 21.7.08. – DESERTION, DEFECTORS, REFUGEES, LIBERATION, RIGHTFUL WAR & PEACE AIMS, SEPARATE PEACE TREATY WITH THE CAPTIVE NATIONS, UNILATERAL PEACE DECLARATION TOWARDS THE VICTIMS, DEFENCE, LIBERATION, GOVERNMENTS IN EXILE, PANARCHISM, , NWT
TOTALITARIANISM: The very notion of initiating and preparing for aggressive military actions, even when they are called defensive ones (just like almost all war departments are called defence departments, rather than aggression departments), is a totalitarian one. It amounts to a mass murder conspiracy and all too often results in mass murderous or warlike actions, under all kinds of false pretences. It indicates, as a rule, all too much power resting in or entrusted to one person or, at most, a small number of them. Curiously, even democracies and republics have retained that power, instead of reserving it to the subjects, those who suffer most in every war. And such systems are falsely called free States or self-governing nations. According to Kant, every State in which this monopoly is retained, is still a despotism. – By now all too extremely aggressive wars are being prepared by stockpiling ABC mass murder devices, bringing the war making power to the heights of self-defeating absurdity, even to a general holocaust, the Mutually Assured Destruction of the MAD policy, on the hypothesis that under this threat it would never happen and ignoring accidents, miscalculations, drunks or drug addicts with their fingers on the corresponding buttons. No fail-safe system is absolutely safe against this threat, nor any computerized system. - JZ, 15.8.86. - WAR, DECISION-MAKING MONOPOLY ON WAR & PEACE & INTERNATIONAL POLICIES & TREATIES, TERRITORIALISM, MASS MURDER, NWT
TOTALITARIANISM: This granite earth we live on could be a bed of roses were it not for the scheming Procrustes and his fellow henchmen, be their shorts black, brown or red.” - Dagobert D. Runes, A Book of Contemplation, p.134.
TOTALITARIANISM: This is not the first time that political confusion has preened itself as toughness.” – Eugene Lyons, Our Secret Allies, the Peoples of Russia, London, Arco, 1954, p.51/52. – Why were the predictable results of terror combined with extreme censorship so often misinterpreted as unity and strength and the victims of such regimes held responsible for its crimes? – Even the propaganda terms used by totalitarian regimes were and are still all too often quite uncritically repeated. - JZ, 16.7.08. – COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY, MASS MEDIA SUPERFICIALITY, PROPAGANDA.
TOTALITARIANISM: This is not to say, of course, that totalitarianism is right around the corner or that we have already passed the corner. That particular corner is one of the most difficult of all political landmarks to recognize. (*) History strongly suggests, as a matter of fact, that the time when most persons recognize it is precisely the time when it is too late to do anything about avoiding it.” – Karl Hess, The Lawless State, p.26/27. - (*) Just let individuals and minorities secede and organize voluntarily under exterritorial autonomy and then see what happens! – JZ, 15.7.08.
TOTALITARIANISM: Totalitarian societies ( territorial States! – JZ ) are built on the premise that very high orders of specialization, and thus of complexity, should be subsumed under an all-encompassing political structure, which effectively inhibits institutional differentiation. Indeed, we call such societies “totalitarian” precisely because they stand the individual citizen up straight and naked before the state, with no intervening and arbitrating structures in which he can hide. Families are to breed for the good of the nation, the economy is to be organized for the same purpose, education inculcates worship of the Fatherland, and God (as is usual with man) is passed into the service of aggrandizing the state. The final turn is taken when the citizen is told that politics is the duty of the governor only. Perón made this point to his Argentine descamisados, telling them that in his role as “First Worker” it was his responsibility to decide, their to support and obey. He added, that they were lucky to avoid his headaches.” – Silvert, Man’s Power, p.31. – As if all democracies had not monopolized e.g. the right to decide upon war or peace – and much else besides. – JZ, 15.6.08.
TOTALITARIANISM: Totalitarianism is much more than mere bureaucracy. It is the subordination of every individual’s whole life, work, and leisure, to the orders of those in power and office. It is the reduction of man to a cog in an all-embracing machine of compulsion and coercion. It forces the individual to renounce any activity of which the government does not approve. It tolerates no expression of dissent. It is the transformation of society into a strictly disciplined labour-army (as the advocates of socialism say) or into a penitentiary (as the opponents say). At any rate it is the radical break from the way of life to which the civilized nations clung in the past.” – Ludwig von Mises, quoted in ERC WORLD MARKET PERSPECTIVE, 15.10.75.
TOTALITARIANISM: We are now engaged in a contest between our philosophy of living and that of a totalitarian state. We have said again and again that it is our free way of life that gives us both spiritual and material superiority over Russia and communism. Yet, when the crucial test between these two philosophies is imminent, we apparently feel compelled to adopt their system in order to prove that ours is best. We feel compelled to reject freedom and embrace the communist idea of the planned economy and a controlled people. Thus we surrender in the most vital battle, the battle of ideas, even before a shot is fired. What will it profit us to defeat aggressive foreign nations (? Despotic regimes! – JZ) who believe in a regimented people and government ownership of the means of production, if, in the process, we accept the validity of their doctrines for use here in the United States? That would indeed by a Pyrrhic victory!” – Admiral Ben Morreel, THE FREEMAN, 4/75. - FREEDOM THE BEST DEFENCE AGAINST TOTALITARIANISM
TOTALITARIANISM: We must oppose all forms of totalitarianism, even those appearing in our own country.” – Chuck Brookes, 9/72. – Unless they are exterritorially confined to volunteers only. – Let them do their own things to themselves! Could there be a more fitting punishment? – JZ, 16.7.08.
TOTALITARIANISM: When in fact government supplies most everything we need, then we find that we cannot get anything we need except from government, and we are trapped.” – J. Kesner Kahn, THE FREEMAN, 6/75, p.373.
TOTALITARIANISM: When men cannot compete for wealth, they compete for position, for authority, for influence in the right places. When they cannot own a palace, four automobiles, and ten servants, they manage to get themselves appointed to jobs in connection with which these things are assigned them. More dreadfully still, when these same men find themselves no longer required to pay the common man to do their work for them, they quickly discover than when the profit motive has been abolished, the fear motive affords a very handy substitute.” – Joseph Wood Krutch, quoted in “The Free Man’s Almanac” for August 14. - BUREAUCRACY, CAPITALISM, POWER, PROFIT, AUTHORITY, INFLUENCE
TOTALITARIANISM: Whenever they burn books they will also, in the end, burn human beings. – Heinrich Heine (1797-1856), Almansor: A Tragedy, 1823. – Frombook burnings to burning or otherwise murdering human beings, is but one step. – JZ, 24.4.13. – TYRANNIES, TOTALITARIANISM, DESPOTISM, MASS MURDERS BY GOVERNMENTS
TOTALITARIANISM: While under territorialism the totalitarians coercively united their forces and fought their opponents down, the democrats and republican forces tended to largely fight each other rather than their common totalitarian or dictatorial enemy. Examples from Russian and Spain are numerous. Freedom, peace and justice-lovers are much more likely to unite sufficiently and to win under the flags of exterritorial autonomy and tolerance for all communities of volunteers than under the flags or exclusive territorial domination for only one group of them. – JZ, 8.11.93, 19.7.08. - TERRITORIALISM, DEMOCRACIES, REPUBLICANS, TERRITORIAL UNITY OR MUTUAL TOLERANCE? PANARCHISM, PEACE, VICTORY, RESISTANCE, DICTATORSHIPS
TOUGHNESS: Way ahead will be tough.” – Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, in headline in THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 13.3.76. - It need not be tough if it were free and honest, e.g. under fully free trade, voluntary taxation and full monetary and financial freedom, with all legalized monopolies and privileges done away with. Only territorialism makes it hard, slow, even impossible or retrogressive. - JZ, n.d. & 25.3.11. - Compare PEACE PLANS 19 B: “The Soft Option”.
TOUGHNESS: What lies beneath all this is simply an ancient fact, noted long ago by William James, and before him by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, and before him by the Greeks, and before the Greeks by the first human politicians. It is the fact that the race of man is divided sharply into two classes: those who are what James called tough minded, and demand overwhelming proofs before they will believe, and those who are what he called tender minded, and are willing to believe everything that seems pleasant.” – Mencken quote, from “The Believing Mind”, reprinted in THE BATHTUB HOAX. - Or merely plausible or in accordance with popular errors, prejudices and myths. – JZ, 1.8.07. - PREJUDICES, ERRORS, FALLACIES, IGNORANCE, MYTHS, JUDGMENT, CRITICISM, CRITICAL VS. NAÏVE MINDS, POLITICIANS &THE AVERAGE VOTER, DEMOCRACY, TENDER-MINDEDNESS, TOUGH-MINDEDNESS
TOURISM: All these people going from nowhere to nowhere, journeying from the dark into the dark. Their eyes looked empty. They did not understand yet that spiritual fulfillment was the greatest and simplest thing in the world.” – Page 141 of Edmund Cooper, (Sorry, but I forgot to enter the title – probably some SF story. – JZ) - Mostly they come to understand even less of the conditions they see in other countries than they comprehend of their own, at home. How much or how little enlightenment comes from it? And yet, tourism has become the largest single “industry” in the world! – JZ, 17.9.07. - SIGHTSEERS, TRAVELERS
TOURISM: Most of it amounts only to mindless gawking. To that extent it is a waste of time and money for the tourist, reducing only his boredom. Only as relaxation plus some exercise does it have some value to him. - JZ, Tourists who mainly frequent bookshops, libraries and lectures are hardly a significant part of the tourism industry. - JZ, 21.8.02.
TOURISM: Problems are not solved by merely gawking at them. Or making snapshots for one’s albums. Does it really enlighten, i.e. reduce multiply errors, prejudices and misunderstandings? – It has become the world’s greatest and probably most unproductive industry - just after politics and bureaucracy. – It does not acquaint the tourists and the natives with the right and the wrong ideas and opinions involved everywhere. JZ, 11.8.05, 29.10.07, 25.3.11.
TOURISM: Tourism today is a more dynamic force than revolution, swaying, as it does, crowns and thrones; Thomas Cook and the American Express, not the Internationale, unite the human race.” – Malcolm Muggeridge, Jesus Rediscovered. - Has it really united mankind in a cosmopolitan way? Has it done away with territorial errors and prejudices? Has it sufficiently enlightened public opinion? Even the Internet has not yet achieved that, so far. - JZ, 25.3.11. -
TOWN MEETINGS: But how many of your neighbors do you really feel would spend all of their time plotting a war or plotting to gain power? Even if you think most of them would, could they, in a world in which political sovereignty was right there at home, where everyone can see and understand ambition, greed, and craftiness? When the town meetings dominated America, local matters were well served, but national ambitions were difficult. Is that so bad?” – Karl Hess, Dear America. - LOCAL GOVERNMENT, DIRECT DEMOCRACY, SELF-GOVERNING NEIGHBORHOODS, DECENTRALIZATION, NATIONAL AMBITIONS, POWER-HUNGRY POLITICIANS, CENTRALIZATION
TOWN PLANNING: I wonder what would happen if council planning officers simply washed their hands of the run-down sections of our inner cities? Suppose they said, “Look, we don’t know what to do with this place. We had it earmarked for a new Olympic-length swimming pool but that’s fallen through. Do what you like with it. Open up the shops, renovate the houses – paint the whole area bright blue if you want to. Either it’ll work or it won’t. And if it doesn’t, it couldn’t be a worse mess than it is now.” - - Some areas flourish exactly on this principle. (*) London’s Soho, for example, would defy all planning, yet it teems with life round the clock. Another such are is the old Covent Garden. For years this once-exuberant neighborhood stood forlorn and empty while one development scheme after another was considered and rejected. – Without the assistance of the planners, Covent Garden is coming back to life. Restaurants and shops are opening, old warehouses are being converted into offices, and someone has had the ingenious idea of turning one of the market halls into a market. – Snowdrops, I believe, are noted for being able to force their way up against heavy odds. People, if left alone, have the same ability. And that’s how we can save our cities.” – Keith Waterhouse in DAILY MIRROR, London, quoted in READER’S DIGEST, 7/78. – Hold-outs in dilapidated old buildings would tend to die out or be bought out. – JZ - INDIVIDUAL & DECENTRALIZED DECISIONS-MAKING VS. CENTRALIZATION, AUTONOMY, SLUMS, DEVELOPMENT. - (*) Sydney’s suburb Paddington, as well. – JZ - LEAVING IT TO THE PEOPLE
TOWN PLANNING: The temptation of architects or planners or developers is to impose their own bias, their own aspiration, assuming that they know what people ought to want, but this kind of arrogance is brought down to reality by a continuing examination of market voting.” – James Rouse, Private Capital for New Towns, 1969, quoted by Ralph Harris and Arthur Seldon, Not From Benevolence, p. 153? 158? – Central planners often cannot perceive how whole suburbs can be transformed, gradually, just by individual owners being free to do their own things for themselves. – Take-over bids would then also tend to put run-down houses there into hands of people who will make better use of these sites or renovate the old buildings. – JZ, 16.7.08. – PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT VS. SLUM CLEARING & PUBLIC HOUSING, SLUMS, ZONING, BUILDING RESTRICTIONS, CITIES
TRADE BALANCES: Active and passive trade balances exist only in the imagination or in the faults of trade statistics.” – Ulrich von Beckerath, Die Durchfuehrung der Vorschlaege von Milhaud, 1934, p.5. – They can at most come into existence, as artificial and enforced non-market phenomena, under protectionism and exchange rate and currency controls and would disappear without them. They seem to exist only under the wrongs and absurdities of monetary despotism and foreign aid instead of monetary freedom, free investments and free trade. – In the long run all sound credits are paid back and all unsound one are more or less lost. – Under full freedom there would not be too many unsound exchanges and credits. - JZ, 16.7.08. - ACTIVE & PASSIVE TRADE BALANCES, EXCHANGE RATE CONTROLS, SHORTAGES OF FOREIGN EXCHANGE
TRADE BALANCES: As long as the real individual trade balances are O.K., externally and internally, we don’t have to worry about the fiction of international trade deficits. – JZ, 29.1.88. – While even under full economic freedom some debtors and some creditors will go bankrupt, the whole economy cannot then go bankrupt or excessively go into debt. It takes much governmental interventionism to “achieve” that situation. – JZ, 31.7.08.
TRADE DEFICIT: Then why are we worried about a trade deficit? If we traded, then we must have traded something. Then why do we call it a trade deficit? It is defined as a deficit in the value of the manufactured goods that have been exchanged within the time period of one calendar year. It is not a trade deficit of value. Value is given for value received. (In other words, trade is trade.) What foreigners have valued is investment opportunities in the U.S. But the government statisticians do not count the value of these investments in the figure called “the trade deficit.” Are we worrying too much?” – Gary North, THE FREEMAN, 11/85. – Ulrich von Beckerath called the unbalanced trade balance or the trade deficit simply “a fault in the trade statistics.” The statisticians also know almost nothing about money changing hands in black market transactions or on the cash which tourists carry across frontiers. The supposed national trade imbalances do not appear in the books of the traders on both sides. In most cases they do make a profit on both sides. They also make profits from most sound investments, if governments have not seen to it that all too many investments were made or became unsound. – Wrongful manipulations of the foreign exchange rate can also either boost imports or exports, by making goods appear cheaper or more expensive than market prices, reckoned in a freely floating exchange rate. - JZ, 1.8.08. - TRADE BALANCES
TRADE PRACTICES ACT: as with the Trade Practices Act and many other man-made laws, there is one law for the government and another law for the rest of us.” – Duncan Yuille, PROGRESS PARTY NSW BULLETIN, Oct. 76.
TRADE PRACTICES ACT: It is really a shame that the Trade Practices Act doesn’t apply to government agencies.” – TANSTAAFL, Feb. 76.
TRADE PRACTICES ACT: Rather than pruning “restrictive trade practices” by laws and bureaucracies we need a pruning of trade practices restrictions. – JZ,1973. – The best cure for wrongful and harmful trade practices would be e.g. full publicity and class action suits before genuine courts of justice. – JZ, 1.8.08.
TRADE TALKS: They are usually anti-trade talks between interventionist governments. Each trade between individuals and groups of individuals, if quite free, “talks” or negotiates sufficiently by itself, between its voluntary participants. It does not need governmental talks, summit conferences, diplomacy or visits by heads of State at all or any governmental treaties but, rather, liberation from all kinds of government interventionism with voluntary economic activities. – JZ, 22.9.92, 25.7.08,
TRADE UNIONS: See Unions.
TRADE, FREE TRADE, TRADERS, PEACE, PROSPERITY: The philosopher and lover of man have harm much to say of trade: but the historian will see that trade was the principle of liberty; that trade planted America and destroyed Feudalism; that it made peace and keeps peace, and it will abolish slavery. We complain of its oppression of the poor, and of its building up a new aristocracy on the ruins of the aristocracy it destroys. But the aristocracy of trade has no permanence, is not entailed, was the result of toil and talent, the result of merit of some kind, and is continually falling, like the waves of the sea, before new claims of the same sort. - Ralph Waldo Emerson - Roy Halliday, Quotations with an Attitude, online. – Alas, most people still overlook that fully free trade requires also e.g. full monetary and financial freedom and consumer sovereignty and free enterprise when it comes to exterritorially autonomous communities, societies and governance systems. – JZ, 26.3.12.
TRADE, OWNERSHIP, PROPERTY, FREE EXCHANGE, MARKETS, VOLUNTARISM & MORALITY: For trade to make sense, something must be owned by someone, and ownership is a moral phenomenon. ... Accordingly, the moral dimension of life touches economics at a very basic level, in the definition of market exchange, of trade. - Tibor R. Machan - Roy Halliday, Quotations with an Attitude, online.
TRADE: A shopkeeper will never get more custom by beating his customers, and what is true of a shopkeeper is true of a shop-keeping nation.” - Josiah Tucker, Four Tracts on Political and Commercial Subjects. – If the British Empire had dealt with all its subjects as if they were customers, i.e. people free to deal with other suppliers of State or societal services, then how would history have been changed? – JZ, 15.10.08. – PANARCHISM, WAR, MARKETS, POWER, FIGHTING, Q., IMPERIALISM, TERRITORIALISM, COMMONWEALTH, FEDERALISM, VOLUNTARISM
TRADE: A trader does not ask to be paid for his failures, nor does he ask to be loved for his flaws.” - Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, p.948.
TRADE: A trader does not squander his body as fodder or his soul as alms.” - Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, p.948.
TRADE: A trader is a man who earns what he gets and does not give or take the undeserved.” - Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, p.948.
TRADE: a trader is the entity they dread - a man of justice.” - Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, p.948.
TRADE: A world torn apart by trade barriers.” - C. R. Batten, THE FREEMAN, 3/73. – And by territorialism and its coercions, monopolies and power “games”, instead of full experimental freedom for all - of panarchies, all only exterritorially autonomous for their voluntary members. – World unity or cosmopolitanism through tolerance for all tolerant diverse communities, just like it is already widely practised by churches and sects in their sphere. - JZ, 15.10.08, 25.3.11. – PANARCHISM VS. TERRITORIALISM, STATISM, INTOLERANCE
TRADE: Abolish all forms of governmental restrictions on trade and exchange of goods and services.” - JAG, Aug. 22, 1972. – Why not remove all territorial government restrictions on all other peaceful, tolerant and creative activities as well? And why not allow e.g. all Protectionists to suffer under it - as a matter of their individual choice? – JZ, 15.10.08.
TRADE: All credits granted to regimes like the Soviet Union did at least indirectly strengthen its military power and its bureaucratic despotism and prolonged their lives, while they weakened our wealth, liberty and defensive strength. Only dollar for dollar, quit pro quo, free exchanges can leave the military strength relationship untouched. But we can presume that we will make better use of the products and raw material received in exchange from them than they will with whatever they receive from us. Naturally, we should not supply them with technology that would strengthen them militarily or sharpen their repression. – As far as possible we should rather trade with their subjects than with their regimes, especially when it comes to potentially liberating information. That we could and should offer even free of charge. - JZ, 31.5.07, 20.9.08. - WITH DICTATORSHIPS
TRADE: All professions are conspiracies against the laity.” - G. B. Shaw. - BUSINESSMEN, TRADE ASSOCIATIONS, PRIVILEGES, CONSPIRACIES, MONOPOLIES
TRADE: American producers - both owners and wage-earners - were mistaken in believing that the obstruction of trade increased American prosperity.” - Rose Wilder-Lane, The Discovery of Freedom, p.247. – Just like the nationalists and patriots among the American free enterprise advocates imagined that free enterprise in “public affairs”, when limited to territorial monopolies like the federal, State and local government “enterprises”, could really exemplify free enterprise in these spheres, sufficiently. – JZ, 15.10.08. - PANARCHISM
TRADE: Between making money and war, the choice is clear. Mutually exclusive. It's more profitable to sell things to people than to kill them, (*) and those occupied with the former are usually too busy to bother with the latter.” - L. Neil Smith, Contact & Commune, p.86. - (*) But it is much easier to sell arms to a government than ideas, consumer goods and services! - Governments rarely sell arms to people. They rather disarm them. But to sell them to another governmental criminal that is considered to be "good business" - by a government or its favored arms industry. - JZ, 6.10.01. - VS. FORCE, SELLING VS. KILLING, STRENGTH VS. EXCHANGE, PROFIT VS. PLUNDER & THEFT, MONEY VS. WAR
TRADE: Civilized people would not coerce each other but rather trade or exchange gifts with each other or, apart from politeness, ignore each other – JZ, 10.7.95, 18.7.08. – PEACE, FREE EXCHANGE, POLITENESS, NEUTRALITY, CIVILIZATION
TRADE: Commerce is the great civilizer. We exchange ideas when we exchange fabrics.” R. G. Ingersoll, 1833-1899. Reply to the Indianapolis Clergy.
TRADE: Continuing trade between two individuals or groups must be mutually beneficial; each party expects to improve its well-being as a result of the transaction. Were that not so, trade would not continue, for who would voluntarily and knowingly make himself worse off?” - Professor Russell Shannon , "The Tyranny of Minorities", in THE FREEMAN, 1/78.
TRADE: Correct ideas, work, trade and rightfully used force, these four move the world - in a positive direction. – Force can be rightfully used only to uphold individual rights and liberties. Alas, these have still not been compiled and clarified enough in an ideal declaration. Why is there insufficient interest in compiling and publishing such a declaration? - JZ 27.12.76, 15.10.08.
TRADE: Doctors are traders, like everyone else in a free society, and they should bear that title proudly considering the crucial importance of the services they offer.” - THE AUSTRALIAN GP, Sept. 74.
TRADE: Dr. Yale Jay Lublin, in "OPTION", 6/77, introduced a similar term as Don Werkheiser did with his "single and mutual convenience relationships": "In this article, I introduce a tool for analyzing common problems in personal relationships, economics and politics. This is the notion of ONE-WAY and TWO-WAY deals, and the inferences which flow from the notion. ... The test of effectiveness and liberty is : "is this a two-way deal?".. "A two-way deal is seen to be a general form of a classic economic transaction in an ideal free-enterprise system." … "A TWO-WAY DEAL is a deal in which both parties feel that they are satisfied by it."... "In a classic free-enterprise economy, all economic deals are two-way, and no coercion is involved." - MUTUALISM, FREE EXCHANGE, VOLUNTARISM
TRADE: Each gave the thing he least required, // And gained the thing he most desired!” – Ralph Bradford, in THE FREEMAN, July 78, p.392. – Not “least” and “most” but, rather, “less” and “more”. – JZ, 25.10.08.
TRADE: Each Party Gains: Adam Smith did not spend much energy on the gainer-loser in transactions idea. He simply stated that where a trade had been freely effected, it was assumed to be to the mutual advantage of the parties. (The Austrian School has since buttressed this point with extensive theoretical demonstrations.)” - Clarence B. Carson, THE FREEMAN, 4/76.
TRADE: Everyone gains in free trade. Except in the case of gambling and thievery (illegal), or state exploitation (legal, but identical in an economic sense), every gain of mine is someone else's gain as well. I value your product or service more than the cash paid or I would not have made the exchange. You value the cash more than the product or service or you would have retained your wares. Whenever and wherever there are voluntary exchanges, each party gains in his own judgment - the sole basis of assessing value. (For an explanation of this point see "Value and Price" by Boehm-Bawerk, South Holland, Illinois, Libertarian Press, 1960.) No sheltering ideology here! No hint of exploitation! Each doing for others that which he would have them do for him - the free market way.” – Leonard E. Read: Who's Listening?, p.42.
TRADE: For each voluntary and informed participant the exchanges that he engages in are of for him lesser values against for him greater values. The subjective value theory applies here, too. From this point arise many of the errors of the trade and payment statistics. – JZ, 11.10.91. – TRADE BALANCE, PAYMENT BALANCE, FREE EXCHANGE
TRADE: Freedom in transactions is an absolute principle.” – Leonard E. Read, Who Is Listening? p.153. - That means, full freedom in transactions with territorial governments as well and that requires individual secessionism and voluntary associationism under personal laws, i.e. full exterritorial autonomy for such communities. R. never arrived at that conclusion but stuck with the limited government concept applied to a whole territory and all its population and, to that extent he remained still an authoritarian or statist. – But he did stand up for the kind of panarchism, voluntarism and experimental freedom that is involved in monetary freedom. - JZ, 15.10.08. - TRANSACTIONS, COMMERCE, CONSENT, PURCHASE, PRICING, SELF-OWNERSHIP, SELF-DETERMINATION, SELF-HELP, FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION, FREEDOM OF CONTRACT, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, PANARCHISM, ETC.
TRADE: Go and take up some honest trade.” - Makhno, quoted by Voline, The Unknown Revolution, in The Essential Works of Anarchism, ed. by Marshall S. Shatz. – Panarchistic trade and community relationships and exterritorialist revolutions are still among the great unknowns. – JZ, 15.10.08. - PANARCHISM
TRADE: However wealthy or poor and skilled or unskilled the respective traders, each finds a comparative advantage in trading - if it is voluntary.” – Leonard E. Read, THE FREEMAN, 8/73.
TRADE: If every man in the country trades beneficially for himself, he trades beneficially for the community, which does not exist independently of the individuals who compose it.” - Thomas Cooper, who died in 1839.
TRADE: If, for those things that people are not willing to do for free, trade is replaced by anything, it must be by force. Instead of people being selfish and doing things because they want to, they will be unselfish and do them at the point of a gun.” - David Friedman, The Machinery of Freedom, p.20.
TRADE: In making a trade each of us gains.” - Paul Lepanto, Return to Reason, p.115.
TRADE: In transactions of trade it is not to be supposed that, as in gaming, what one party gains the other must necessarily lose. The gain to each may be equal. If A. has more corn than he can consume, but wants cattle; and B. has more cattle, but wants corn; exchange is gain to each; thereby the common stock of comforts in life is increased.” - Benjamin Franklin , quoted in Leonard E. Read, The Free Man's Almanac, for January 10 and in Having My Way, p.102.
TRADE: It is almost a general rule that wherever the ways of man are gentle (moeurs douces) there is commerce; and wherever there is commerce, there the ways of men are gentle.” - Montesquieu, quoted 12/78 (?) in Reason (?)
TRADE: It is an error to believe that he who buys a thing wishes to give for it an equivalent value or that he who pays two hundred dollars for a cow thinks that a cow has the same value as two hundred dollars, or vice versa. In the market the buyer as well as the seller gives less than he gets. Whoever pays two hundred dollars for a cow does so because for him the cow that he gets is worth more than the sum that he gives for it, and whoever sells a cow for two hundred dollars does so because for him that sum is worth more than the cow. If this were not so, no exchange would take place: each one of them would keep what he already has.” - F. Ballve, Economics, p.17.
TRADE: It is perfectly true that any honorable commercial transaction between consenting adults is legitimate.” Richard C. Cornuelle: Demanaging America, p.115
TRADE: It takes two to make trade and only one to make war.” - Murray Leinster: First Contact. – In an extreme case, e.g. to avoid a “modern” and “scientific” “war” with mass murder devices, like nuclear “weapons”, the intended victim of an aggressive regime might formally surrender and then, , through its rightful and rational ideas ultimately “conquer” or overthrow the aggressive regime, together with its former victims. - - Libertarian ideas, consistently applied, could lead to a bloodless and successful revolution or military uprising against any totalitarian or despotic regime. Such ideas could be made very infective and spread like a positive plague, knowing not borders. But have libertarians so far bothered to develop their ideas to that extent? I found even advocates of nuclear “weapons” among them! – On the other hand, the development and sufficient publication of quite rightful and peaceful war and peace aims could lead to the overthrow of any despotic regime before it can engage in an aggression. – All alternatives to territorialists “war games” have not yet been sufficiently explored and discussed, not even by libertarians and anarchists. - JZ, 15.10.08. - NWT, LIBERATION, REVOLUTION, SURRENDER, DEFENCE
TRADE: Japan, too, has achieved much through technology, science, education and trade – and nothing through war. – JZ, 20.8.04. – WARTRADE: Just as he does not give his work except in trade for material values, so he does not give the values of his spirit - his love, his friendship, his esteem - except in payment and in trade for human virtues, in payment for his own selfish pleasure, which he receives from men he can respect.” - Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, p.948.
TRADE: Libertarian theory argues, instead, that all relationships between strangers and mere acquaintances should be trading relationships, and that authoritarian relationships are illegitimate.” - Duncan Yuille, in leaflet Free Trade.
TRADE: Liberty to trade goods or services at freely negotiated prices between buyer and seller is essential.” - Henry Meulen, THE INDIVIDUALIST, 12/74. – Not only for ordinary consumer goods and services but also for all “public services”. – JZ, 15.10.08. – PANARCHISM
TRADE: Man is an animal that engages in trade. No other animal does that. No dog trades bones with another one.“ – Adam Smith, retr. by JZ of the German version: “Der Mensch ist ein Tier, das Geschaefte macht; kein anderes Tier tut dies – kein Hund tauscht Knochen mit einem anderen.“- FREE EXCHANGE, MAN. Compare Bastiat: Society IS exchange.
TRADE: Man, an animal which makes bargains.” - Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations. – We haven’t bargained or negotiated or fought as yet sufficiently for all of our individual rights and liberties or even shown a strong enough interest in them! – JZ, 15.10.08.
TRADE: No nation was ever ruined by trade.” - Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790, “Thoughts on Commercial Subjects.” - Wasn't the USA largely ruined through the slave trade and couldn't the trade in weapons of mass destruction or of means for their production ultimately produce only ruins everywhere? - JZ, 24. 11. 06. - Many peoples where ruined by confining their trade for “public services” to those offered by territorial States, i.e., by not taking up their panarchist or polyarchic options and, instead, paying tributes and obedience to a territorial master. –JZ, 15.10.08. – PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, TERRITORIALISM,
TRADE: no state has the right to regulate commerce in any way.” - Wilson/Shea: Illuminatus I, p.86. – Not even the commerce with itself, for the “services” it offers. – JZ, 15.10.08. - PANARCHISM
TRADE: So long as the war with France lasted, trade prospered between the English colonists and the French; ...” - Rose Wilder-Lane, The Discovery of Freedom, p.167. – TRADE DURING WARS
TRADE: Society Is Exchange! - Bastiat.
TRADE: The best service our politicians can do for trade and for us is to leave it to the traders. Governments are not fitted to trade.” - "GOOD GOVERNMENT", 4/76. – They best service each State, politician and party could provide would be, if they confined themselves, with all their constitutions, laws, jurisdictions, institutions, policies and measures to their own consenting victims, their own volunteers. Then all statists utopias would be exposed to free competition from all non-statist ones and full individual sovereignty and consumer sovereignty, freedom of contract, freedom of association and free enterprise would be realized in that sphere as well. – JZ, 15.10.08. – PANARCHISM, FREE CHOICE OF GOVERNMENTS, COMPETING GOVERNMENTS & COMMUNITIES, ALL UNDER PERSONAL LAWS ONLY, LAISSEZ FARE
TRADE: the common bond among men is not the exchange of suffering, but the exchange of GOODS. Money demands that you sell, not your weakness to men's stupidity, but your talent to their reason; it demands that you buy, not the shoddiest they offer, but the best that your money can find. And when men live by trade - with reason, not force, as their final arbiter - it is the best product that wins, the best performance, the man of best judgment and highest ability - and the degree of man's productiveness is the degree of his reward. This is the code of existence whose tool and symbol is money. Is this what you consider evil?” - Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, p.388.
TRADE: The craft of the merchant is this bringing a thing from where it abounds, to where it is costly.” Emerson, Conduct of Life: Wealth. – As suppliers of freedom, peace and justice ideas we should ask ourselves: Why are they as yet not sufficiently in demand everywhere, so that their “sale” would be easy and could be achieved fast? What are the remaining major obstacles to marketing them and how could these obstacles be overcome? How can we become effective and successful traders in freedom ideas? Obviously, expecting each of us to become, on our own, without suitable tools, aids, references, a perfect salesman for such ideas, is expecting too much. The free market for ordinary goods and services does operate otherwise, e.g. with very extensive division of labor and publicity. Have we established all the libertarian equivalents as yet – for our own enlightenment and that of all others, at our individual speed, in our own ways, respecting fully free enterprise and consumer sovereignty in all others, in this sphere as well? – Which tools, aids and references are still amiss? I believe that to list them all would require a rather long list! – “Slogans for Liberty” – when finally completed, is just one of many such tools. - JZ, 15.10.08. – ENLIGHTENMENT, MARKETING FREE MARKET OPTIONS, Q., PROPAGANDA, EDUCATION, SPREADING IDEAS, SALESMANSHIP
TRADE: The elimination of all trade barriers would have three very beneficial effects: 1.) It would permit our economy to gain from the specialization and comparative advantage in production to be found all over the world. – 2.) It would help the so-called underdeveloped countries of the world to help themselves. It would give them a better chance to produce and trade. – 3.) It would be the best way to cement friendly relations between Australians and other people all over the world. How can one individual be angry with another when they are permitted to trade freely and voluntarily, knowing that both parties to the deal will benefit? In such a trade there is no danger of secret diplomacy, of playing special favorites, of handling other nations as pawns - pitting one against the other to seek a gain or even to attempt a precarious balance.” - Patrick Brookes, in FREE ENTERPRISE, 11/74. - FREE TRADE
TRADE: The evidence is complete and conclusive that if trade is left alone, progress never stops. From this it follows that the shortage of housing and the persistence of slums are entirely due to the fact that houses and slums have not been left alone. For seventy years Parliament has been legislating for “the housing of the working classes”. Four hundred Acts of Parliament encumber the Statute Book, all of them purporting to provide houses, and in the result housing is the great necessity. I should be noted that no attempt has ever been made to provide motors, cycles, books, clothes, sweets, or amusement “for the working classes”. … “ - Sir Ernest Benn: Modern Government, p.200. - The unregulated goods and services are, usually, provided in abundance. - Shortages and quality difficulties arise, usually, only with the governmentally regulated ones. - JZ, 25.3.11. - BUREAUCRACY, SHORTAGES, PUBLIC SERVICES, INTERVENTIONISM, POVERTY, WELFARE STATE, HOUSING POLICY OF GOVERNMENTS, LAISSEZ FAIRE, POVERTY POLICIES, WELFARE STATE, LAWS
TRADE: The greatest ameliorator of the world is selfish, huckstering trade.” - Emerson - Another version: The greatest meliorator of the world is selfish, huckstering trade.” - Emerson, Society and Solitude: Works and Days. – Let us also bargain, individually and as members of minority groups, for the political, economic and social systems that we do want to belong to. – JZ, 15.10.08 - PANARCHISM, PROGRESS
TRADE: the historian will see that trade was the principle of liberty; that trade planted America and destroyed Feudalism; that it makes peace and keeps peace, and it will abolish slavery. We complain of its oppression of the poor, and of its building up a new aristocracy on the ruins of the aristocracy it destroys. But the aristocracy of trade has no permanence, is not entailed, was the result of toil and talent, the result of merit of some kind, and is continually falling, like the waves of the sea, before new claims of the same sort.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson: THE YOUNG AMERICAN, 1844. – But why confined “Free Trade” only to free trade in consumer goods and services? – JZ, 15.10.08.
TRADE: The liberty to sell one’s goods and services was and is a right of continuing vitality simply because it is the right to eat and live.” – Thomas Hews, Decentralize for Liberty, p.69. EXCHANGE, FREE TRADE VS. PROTECTIONISM
TRADE: The MNC's are getting out of control. In the past few years, while the bureaucrats of different countries were fighting each other, the traders were cooperating internationally and now comprise 50 of the largest 100 economic units on earth. … The evidence is growing that trade rather than coercion is the wave of the future.” - Skye d'Aureous & Natalie Hall, Multi-National Corporations - Cause for Optimism, INDIVIDUALIST, June 72, 25. - & MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS
TRADE: The principle of trade is the only rational ethical principle for all human relationships, personal and social, private and public, spiritual and material. It is the principle of justice.” - Alan Greenspan, THE OBJECTIVIST, July 66, quoted in O'Neill: Ayn Rand, p.49. (Also in: Ayn Rand: The Virtue of Selfishness, p.31.) And then Alan Greenspan worked for decades in the powerful, monopolistic and coercive central banking system of the U.S.A., mostly acting and speaking as if “proper” interest rate manipulation for its monopoly money would be all that is required for a free and healthy economy. By how much did the value of the US dollar decline under his chairmanship? - To that extent he, too, acted like a totalitarian. – Seeing just one aspect or fragment of liberty and rights is simply not enough. - JZ, 15.10.08. - CENTRAL BANKING., INFLATION
TRADE: The quantity of a particular product that can be produced from resources found at a particular place may depend on the availability of a very much smaller quantity of another substance (such as mercury or phosphor, or perhaps even a catalyst) that can be obtained only at the other end of the earth. Trade thus creates the very possibility of production.” – F. A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit, p. 94. - On a large scale, for many people in many places. – JZ, 19.7.08. – Hayek, ibid, p.101: “… mankind owes the supplies on which it lives as much to trade as to production.” – PRODUCTION & FREE EXCHANGE, MARKETS
TRADE: The Realist is not afraid of commerce; for trade promotes more than material benefits - it bears the light of knowledge, elevates the arts and animates good will, which is the essence of brotherhood. Trade opens the resources of the world to the world, and is the natural process by which, ultimately, the myriad peoples of the world will evolve to one harmonious society. For trade is the "Diffuser of Knowledge, the Eradicator of Prejudice, the Extinguisher of War." - I. A. Akeroyed, in GOOD GOVERNMENT, 10/77. - Trade can never be quite free without full monetary and financial freedom. - JZ, 25.3.11.
TRADE: The right to trade includes the right not to trade.” – Stormy Mon, A Liberty Book, p.35. - FREE TRADE, BOYCOTTS
TRADE: The second method of cooperation is trade. I agree to help you achieve your end if you help me achieve mine.” - David Friedman, The Machinery of Freedom, p.19.
TRADE: The symbol of all relationships among rational men, the moral symbol of respect for human beings, is the trader ... who earns what he gets and does not give or take the undeserved.” - Ayn Rand, quoted by O'Neill: Ayn Rand, p.50. – Why should our trading choices become confined to those offered by limited but still territorial governments? – JZ, 15.10.08.
TRADE: The task of western countries is therefore clear. It is to use the instrument of trade not only to meet the Communist challenge on neutral territories in Africa and Asia but also to take their own economic challenge into the most remote cities of the Soviet Union itself.” - Desmond Donnelly, Trade with Communist Countries, 1960, quoted in R. Harris & A. Seldon, Not From Benevolence, p.135. – If the exterritorial autonomy for all kinds of governments in exile, all for volunteers only, had been fully recognized in the West, then much more than Western export goods and services would have peacefully competed in the Soviet Empire for the minds of its victims. Ideas know no borders. No censorship can keep them out completely. But the territorialist West was not yet ready for this kind of competition, free enterprise and consumer sovereignty, either. Thus the prolonged “cold war” and the nuclear arms race and brinkmanship. – Freedom, contract and voluntary alternatives in every sphere, as a radical alternative to territorial totalitarianism and democracies. - JZ, 15.10.08. - PANARCHISM
TRADE: There are too many government barriers between people who want to trade something.” - Alan Reynolds, "REASON", 8/74. – Trade in governmental services should be free, too. Then barriers to other trades will fall to the extent that the volunteers of exterritorially autonomous communities want them abolished for their private exchanges. – To that extent “public affairs” would become private, individual and voluntary affairs, too. - JZ, 15.10.08. - PANARCHISM
TRADE: There is nothing so useful to man in general, nor so beneficial to particular societies and individuals as trade. This is the alma mater, at whose plentiful breast all mankind are nourished.” - Henry Fielding, in THE FREEMAN, 1976.
TRADE: They think of themselves as having a right to your and my trade.” – Leonard E. Read, THE FREEMAN, 7/73. – PROTECTIONISM, TERRITORIALISM VS. PANARCHISM, FREE CHOICE, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, CONSUMER SOVEREIGNTY, VOLUNTARISM, FREE TRADE
TRADE: they’ll discover it’s easier to trade than raid.” – Lee Correy, Manna, ANALOG, May 83.
TRADE: This claim (against non-involvement) rests upon the very serious error that world intercourse and world interchange of the elements of civilization require (*) political interference and intermeddling. This is not only false, but it is so false as to be highly mischievous and harmful. Outside of this lies the whole free realm of trade, commerce, science, literature, art and social relations, things which bring all parts of the world together in friendly and helpful interchange, while political intermeddling almost always provokes hatred, enmity and war.” - John W. Burgess, quoted, in Leonard E. Read's Free Man's Almanac, for December 18. – If all meddling and interference had been confined to volunteers, in their communities, these voluntary victims and their outside observers would have learnt much, just like natural scientists learnt much from free experimentation. But territorial States suppressed such experiments in all spheres that they monopolized to themselves. – JZ, 15.10.08. - (*) territorial - PANARCHISM VS. TERRITORIALISM
TRADE: trade … the blood that circulates in the body of the world.” – Richard Adams, Shardik, p.516. – GLOBALIZATION
TRADE: Trade between two individuals, entered into freely, always results in benefits to both parties. Otherwise, why should they trade?” - W. M. Curtis, ISIL LIBERTY QUOTE LIBRARY 03. – Compare: “A fair exchange is no robbery!” - FREE TRADE, FREE EXCHANGE
TRADE: Trade even with communist governments and other despotic regimes, but not in weapons and give them neither credit nor subsidies. – JZ, 2/75, 1.8.08.
TRADE: Trade has never been and can never be fully free without monetary and financial freedom, which includes the right to issue standardized value tokens, to use any kind of standard of value and to use any possibility for clearing. Too many Free Traders have overlooked this aspect and still do. They have also overlooked that within enterprises alternative free trade relationships have to be introduced to that of the employer-employee relationship - which, all too much, only organizes antagonism instead of common interests. - JZ 16.7.84. – They have also overlooked that territorialism constitutes the greatest obstacle to Free Trade in every sphere. – JZ, 15.10.08.
TRADE: Trade in itself is of all human relationships the most pure of any taint of the exercise of power; for trade takes place when mutual advantage is equal and opposite.” - Enoch Powell, THE FREEMAN, 5/73.
TRADE: trade is a lot more stabilizing than tribute.” – Jerry Pournelle, Janissaries, p.206.
TRADE: Trade is a plant which grows wherever there is peace, as soon as there is peace, and as long as there is peace.” – R. W. Emerson, The Young American, 1844. – It is very helpful even during war time, to retain some liberty and rights and to promote more of them. – Total wars are wrongful, irrational and even absurd. – JZ, 6.11.85, 5.7.86, 20.7.08. - PEACE, WAR,
TRADE: Trade is a positive-sum game where both sides win. … the benefits of trade are mutual though not necessarily equal.” – Ross Gittins, economics editor of THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, Dec. 21-23, 2007. - All sides win, for trade is not necessarily bilateral only but also multilateral. X parties may be involved before our money, spent on imports, returns, indirectly, from x countries, to pay for our exports. – JZ, 4.1.08.
TRADE: Trade is possible only among those who are honest - who fulfill their promises -which means that they are self-responsible and free.” – Leonard E. Read, NOTES FROM FEE, 5/73.
TRADE: Trade is the natural enemy of all violent passions. Trade loves moderation, delights in compromise, and is most careful to avoid anger. It is patient, supple, and insinuating, only resorting to extreme measures in cases of absolute necessity. Trade makes men independent of one another and gives them a high idea of their personal importance: it leads them to want to manage their own affairs and teaches them to succeed therein. Hence it makes them inclined to liberty but disinclined to revolution.” - Alexis de Tocqueville – VIOLENCE, PASSIONS, WAR, MODERATION, COMPROMISE, ANGER, PATIENCE, INDEPENDENCE, LIBERTY, REVOLUTION
TRADE: Trade links all mankind in one common brotherhood of mutual dependence and interests. - James A. Garfield - Roy Halliday, Quotations with an Attitude, online. – That means FREE TRADE – in ALL spheres. – JZ, 26.3.12.
TRADE: Trade older than the State!” – Heading, in F. A. Hayek: The Fatal Conceit, p.43. – Personal laws and exterritorial autonomy for communities of volunteers is also older than the territorial State. – JZ, 1.8.08. – STATE, PANARCHISM, PERSONAL LAW
TRADE: Trade or Authority are the only two organizing principles of the larger society - beyond the small friendship group where everyone can be brothers.” - Duncan Yuille, in leaflet Free Trade.
TRADE: Trade or perish.” Leonard E. Read, NOTES FROM FEE, 5/73. – “ ... it should be self-evident that human survival depends on trading. We trade or perish.” Leonard E. Read, The Love of Liberty, p.3. - Trade also panarchistically, i.e., autonomously and exterritorially, for all “public services” or perish. The WMDs and their “targets” and “enemy” “definitions” will see to that. – JZ, 15.10.08. – PANARCHISM, NUCLEAR WAR THREAT
TRADE: Trade should be as free as the winds ....” - John Bright.
TRADE: Trade with the enemy and thus make a friend out of him. – JZ, 72. – Offer his subjects quite rightful war and peace aims, which would mean their liberation, instead of the wrongful war and peace aims of their ruling regime. Offer truths and facts to the victims of despotic regimes in “trade” for its lies and propaganda. Make long-term free trade agreements with all the governments in exile set up to represent all of those, who escaped a regime and wish for genuine self-government or self-management and also all the still captive nations and other peoples, groups, communities and societies now under despotic rule. – Exterritorial autonomy should even be offered to the remaining volunteers of a ruling despotic regime. – All its nationalized assets should be offered, in personal shares, to all those, who already escaped it and those still to be liberated from it. - JZ, 1.8.08. - Compare PEACE PLANS 19 C.
TRADE: Trade with the enemy! Exchanging goods and services is better than “trading” bullets, shells and bombs. – JZ, 6/72.
TRADE: Trade, don't fight.” - Slogan of the Peace and Freedom Caucus of SIL.
TRADE: Trade, internal or international, is the harbinger of good will among men, and peace on earth.” - Frank Chodorov, Fugitive Essays, p.105. – Let us also trade freely and individually for all kinds of political, economic and social systems, societies, communities and organizations that we do want to belong to. – JZ, 15.10.08. - PANARCHISM
TRADE: Trader: ... the moral symbol of respect for human beings, is THE TRADER. We who live by values, not by loot, are traders, both in matter and in spirit.” - Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, p.948.
TRADE: Under any institutions, there are essentially only three ways that I can get another person to help me achieve my ends: love, trade, and force.” – David Friedman, The Machinery of Freedom, p.18.
TRADERS: Under the influence of self-interest, buying and selling only with a view to their own profit, retail dealers distribute the whole wealth of society in the most economical manner possible. Thomas Hodgskin - Liberty Quotations – Facebook, 9.10.13. - PROFIT, RETARILERS, BUYING, SELLING, DISTRIBUTION BY THE MARKET
TRADE: US Trade? It's none of our business … there is, or should be, no such thing; governments produce nothing, and hence have nothing to trade ...” SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, 4/80. – Governments that are only exterritorially autonomous – for their own volunteers, should be free to trade with whatever “public services” or disservices they have to offer to their victims, just like e.g. brothels or sports clubs. Free enterprise, consumer sovereignty, Free Trade and voluntarism in this sphere as well! Any form of communism, capitalism etc. for consenting adults! – Should we not concede that they have so far managed to “sell” dictatorial to “Welfare State” services very successfully, for very high prices, coercively collected in form of taxes, much better than libertarians have so far sold to the masses their freedom, peace and justice alternatives? – Limited government advocates should limit themselves to this target: Experimental freedom for themselves – and for all others! – It seems that one can be “pregnant” with a general idea, without applying it consistently and letting it grow to its own inherent potential, finally developing into a “baby”, healthily born and then taken sufficiently care of, until it becomes independent. - JZ, 15.10.08. – PANARCHISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, FREE TRADE FOR GOVERNMENTAL SERVICES AS WELL AS DISSERVICES,
TRADE: War requires authority; trade requires liberty.” - John Beverly Robinson, Economics of Liberty, p.13. - Free societies tend to win wars all the easier, the more they introduce freedom principles and practices even into warfare. Free trade in all peaceful goods could and should continue during the war, too. The Netherlands, in their war for independence, traded with Spain while fighting its government. During the long Chinese/Japanese war, beginning in the thirties, there was extensive trade between them. - JZ 16.7.84. – Most importantly, we, not our territorial governments, should negotiate with the subjects of territorial enemy regimes and offer them quite rightful war and peace aims and conclude a separate peace treaty with them on that basis. We should never leave that kind of international negotiations, bargaining and trading to governments. Especially not nuclear disarmament negotiations. Fully free trade requires also full exterritorial autonomy for all former territorial subjects. – Also a position of strength towards the own government: A rightfully armed, organized and trained citizenry that knows and appreciates its individual rights and liberties and thus can no longer be victimized and exploited. - JZ, 15.10.08. - WAR, TAXATION, AUTHORITY, PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, MILITIA, HUMAN RIGHTS
TRADE: We don't have to fear Communism in the area of economic competition. We do almost everything so much better than they do that the sooner the fighting stops and the trading starts, the quicker we win.” - US Ambassador to the UN, Andrew Young, quoted in NEWS DIGEST INTERNATIONAL, 9/77. – If the panarchistic and the monetary freedom competition had also been practised by the West then the communist empire would have disappeared much sooner. – The arms race competition we did engage in brought us merely closer to war and impoverished both sides. - JZ, 15.10.08.
TRADE: We trade with each other in order that each may best use his resources to his ends.” - David Friedman, The Machinery of Freedom. p.182
TRADE: When trade is free, “when no man may use physical force to extort the consent of another, it is the best product and the best judgment that win in every field of human endeavor,” … . - Ayn Rand in “For the New Intellectual.” - http://www.voluntaryist.com/quotes/ – FREE EXCHANGE, FREE MARKET
TRADE: Whoever did supply weapons to communist or other totalitarian or despotic regimes should be sued for damages to their victims, as their associate, by those sympathizing with the victims (rather than with the arms exporters) and by those victims who managed to escape these regimes. – JZ, 2/75, 1.8.08. - TOTALITARIANISM, DICTATORSHIPS, ARMAMENT TRADE
TRADESMEN: Don't ask the barber whether you need a haircut. – Daniel Greenberg – PROFESSIONALS, EXPERTS, SELF-INTEREST, OBJECTIVITY, SUBJECTIVITY, VESTED INTERESTS, UNIONS
TRADITION: another sort of willing servitude: slavery to tradition, to that which maintains its awe of mystery simply because it is unexamined, slavery to the “collective unconscious”. – Patrick L. Mc Guire, The Book of Paul Anderson, p.93.
TRADITION: break with tradition whenever reason shows its folly!” – Leonard E. Read, THE FREEMAN, 11/74. - REASON
TRADITION: Either the preference of ancient mysticism, and customs or, in the other cases, the upholding of ancient truths over modern lies. – JZ, 1.1.95.
TRADITION: How long soever it hath continued, if it be against reason, it is of no force in law.” – Sir Edward Coke, 1551-1634, First Institute, quoted in Hymons Quotes, p.104. - LAW, LAWS, REASON
TRADITION: Is the acorn better than the oak which is its fullness and completion? Is the parent better than the child into whom he has cast his ripened being? Whence, then, this worship of the past? The centuries are conspirators against the sanity and authority of the soul.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, quoted in Sprading, Liberty and the Great Libertarians, p.147.
TRADITION: It seemed to me that it was time to do something more constructive than upholding tradition.” – Keith Laumer, in FAR FRONTIERS, p.194.
TRADITION: Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.” – Mark Twain. – LOYALTY, PUBLIC OPINION, NATIONALISM, PATRIOTISM, TERRITORIALISM, CONSTITUTIONALISM, TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY
TRADITION: Men make their own history, but they do not make it just as they please, they do not make it under circumstances chosen by themselves, but under circumstances directly encountered, given and transmitted from the past. The tradition of all the dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brain of the living.” – Karl Marx, quoted in ANALOG, 1/84. – By now an ancient communist tradition, a Marxist, Leninist and Stalinist as well as Maoist tradition and a general statist tradition weighs us down, on top of the territorialist tradition, while the exterritorialist tradition is still largely forgotten or ignored. – JZ, 5.4.91, 1.8.08, 26.3.11. - MARXISM, STATE SOCIALISM, STATE CAPITALISM, TERRITORIALISM,
TRADITION: Modern laws are changed so often and so much that they have little, if anything in common with the ancient tradition of the rule of law or with common law. – JZ, 18.7.08. - The latest legislation changes even faster than e.g. fashions do. - JZ, 26.3.11. - LAW, RULE OF LAW
TRADITION: Nevertheless, the tradition of freedom was preserved in the songs and adages of the past, and memory kept the illusion alive. For a long time Americans continued to strive for improvement in their circumstances and, in spite of the government, succeeded; the momentum of custom and tradition dies down slowly, imperceptively. In large part, the momentum was aided by the ingenuity of the people in evading or avoiding the payment of income taxes; …” - Frank Chodorov, Out of Step, p.155.TRADITION: One of the greatest burdens in the world is tradition.” - John Milton. - Only if we are not allowed to opt out from under it! - JZ, 14.10.02. - We are no longer free to start our own and new traditions. - JZ, 26.3.11.
TRADITION: Some mediocre people are only able to maintain or obey a tradition. Capable and free people start their own. – JZ, n.d., & 26.3.11.
TRADITION: Something you make up as you go along.” – Columbia Jester
TRADITION: The INDIVIDUALIST here roundly accuses government of acting according to tradition rather than on clear thought.” – Henry Meulen, THE INDIVIDUALIST, 8/75. – Does any territorial government ever do the latter? – If so, in what percentages of all cases? - Does it ever and can it ever start with a quite clean slate? - JZ, 16.7.08, 26.3.11.
TRADITION: Time sanctifies everything; even the most arrant theft, in the hands of the robber’s grandchildren, becomes sacred and inviolable property. Every state begins in compulsion; but the habits of obedience become the content of conscience, and soon every citizen thrills with loyalty to the flag.” - Will Durant, Our Oriental Heritage, p. 24, quoted by: R. J. Ringer, Restoring the American Dream, p.207. - Not quite every territorial subject! - JZ, 26.3.11. - TIMES, TERRITORIALISM, STATES, SANCTIFICATION BY CUSTOMS, NATIONALISM, OBEDIENCE, STATISM, LOYALTY,
TRADITION: To follow a tradition means to do things in the same grand style as your predecessors; it does not mean to do the same things.” – Robert Heinlein, Space Cadets, p.141. - Set a new tradition, rather than follow an old, wrongful and irrational as well as very harmful one, like the territorialist tradition. – JZ, 1.8.08, 26.3.11.
TRADITION: Tradition in its broadest sense refers to knowledge and doctrines as well as patters of behavior transmitted from generation to generation. More specifically, tradition means a particular observance so long continued that it has almost the force of law. …” - S. I. Hahakawa, Modern Guide to Synonyms, N.Y., Funk & Wagnalls, 1968, p.634.
TRADITION: Traditions are neither holy nor untouchable – except among those, who love them and subscribed to them, individually. For all others they are largely a heap of unwanted garbage, rituals and taboos dumped upon them, much against their will, wasting much of their lives, to the extent that they can be and are enforced. They are something to be individually and rationally sifted, examined, tested, criticized and rejected or accepted by the standards of individuals, just like popular prejudices, errors and myths should be, as well as laws, governments and societies and institutions should be, all confined to volunteers, criminals with victims and aggressors excepted. Individuals and voluntary communities should be quite free to establish their own customs, traditions and personal laws. – JZ, 20.6.92, 1.8.08. - CUSTOMS, TABOOS, RITUALS, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY & CHOICE & SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARISM, PANARCHISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM
TRADITION: Traditions develop blindly.” - Poul Anderson, Conflict, 178.
TRADITION: We are tradition-bound and experimental just to the right degrees – if only we do not organize ourselves territorially so as to subject experimenters to the majority or minority rule of those, who are all too much tradition-bound or want to monopolize experimentation for themselves. – JZ, 27.5.76, 1.8.08. - EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, FREEDOM OF ACTION, VOLUNTARISM, PANARCHISM, MAJORITIES, TERRITORIALISM, MINORITIES, LAWS, DEMOCRACY
TRADITION: we feel we’re starting tradition and not living on it. - Louis L’Amour, Shalako, Bantam Books, 1965-1983, p.92.
TRADITION: We should respect the past but not worship it.” – Arthur C. Clarke, Imperial Earth, p.269.
TRADITION: When something was first proposed and realized matters much less than what was realized and whether it is still rightful and useful in the eyes of objective observers. – JZ, 7.1.94, 19.7.08. – CONSERVATISM
TRADITIONS: If you always do what you always did, then you'll always get what you always got.” - Richard Boddie, Libertarian candidate for US Senator, CA, 1992. - CUSTOMS, HABITS
TRAFFIC CONGESTION: A traffic jam is a collision between free enterprise and socialism. Free enterprise produces automobiles faster than socialism can build roads and road capacity. – Andrew Galambos – FREE ENTERPRISE VS. STATE SOCIALISM, ROADS, CARS
TRAFFIC JAMS: A traffic jam is a collision between free enterprise and socialism. Free enterprise produces automobiles faster than socialism can build roads and road capacity.” – Andrew Galambos. – It also indicates the inefficiencies of government-mismanaged public transport facilities. – JZ, 2.1.08. - ROADS, AUTOMOBILES, STREETS & HIGHWAYS, FREE ENTERPRISE VS STATE SOCIALISM
TRAFFIC LAWS: Aren’t there traffic laws?” – “Of course, and every once in a while, one of them is enforced to the amazement of all.” – ISAAC ASIMOV, Prelude to Foundation, Grafton Books, 1988/89, p.76. - JOKES
TRAINING, CONDITIONING, EDUCATION, ENLIGHTENMENT: There is nothing that training cannot do. Nothing is above its reach or below it. It can turn bad morals to good, good morals to bad; it can destroy principles, it can re-create them; it can debase angels to men and lift men to angelship. And it can do any one of these miracles in a year – even six months. Then men can be trained to manufacture their own ideas. They can be trained to labor it out in their own heads and hearts, and in the privacy and independence of their own premises. They can train themselves to stop taking it by command." — Unknown
TRANQUILITY: As a general rule, it may be assumed that whenever everyone is tranquil in a republic, that state is no longer free.” – Montesquieu, Considerations on the Greatness of the Romans and their Decline, chap.IX. – Did this work inspire Gibbons? – JZ – FREEDOM, REPUBLICANISM, DEMOCRACY
TRANSACTIONS: Bastiat’s solution was simply stated in the phrase, ‘freedom of transactions’ ” – G. C. Roche III, Frederic Bastiat – A Man Alone, p.231. – Did he clearly enough favor all kinds of non-territorial societies, communities, constitutions and legislation, all for volunteers only? - JZ, 26.3.11. - FREEDOM, FREEDOM OF CONTRACT IN ALL SPHERES, VOLUNTARISM, CHOICE, PERSONAL LAW
TRANSACTIONS: If human creativity is the goal, the reliance should be on freedom. And it matters not whether the anticipated area of growth or the development be education, steel making, dress designing, or whatever. Creativity at the human level behaves according to the law of attraction. Attracted to what? To someone or to something better. Available to each of us are literally tens of thousands of “betters”. From among the millions of seemingly common men, stars appear – some tiny, some a little larger, and the relatively big ones: Socrates, Edison, Beethoven, Christian Dior, Pasteur, Madam Curie, Booker T. Washington, Menger, Adam Smith, Bastiat, Marshall Field, Mises, and perhaps your good self should be included. These luminaries – when freedom in transactions prevails, set the pace, lead us if we so elect, into new and higher realms; they cut all the patterns for progress.” – Leonard E. Read, Deeper Than You Think, p. 13. – Alas, under territorialism not all are free to follow only those examples and ideas they believe to be best, for all of their own affairs. - Read offered only the limited but still territorial government alternative, which he wrongfully assumed would be right for the whole population of a country. - JZ, 26.3.11. - & FREEDOM, PANARCHISM, EXAMPLES, FREEDOM OF ACTION, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, IDEAS, PLATFORMS, THOUGHTS, LEADERSHIP, THE REMNANT, INDIVIDUALS, LUMINARIES, FREEDOM, PROGRESS, ATTRACTION, VOLUNTARISM, CHOICE, TERRITORIALISM, LIMITED GOVERNMENTTRANSFER PAYMENTS: In increasing numbers, Americans believe that it is the responsibility – nay, the duty – of the federal government to take the earnings of some Americans and redistribute them to other Americans for various and sundry "good" reasons including "fairness." Citizens who know it is wrong to use force to take money from a neighbor have rationalized that it is OK for the government to do it for them.” – Linda Bowles, nationally syndicated columnist. - - How many citizens have learnt, through the mass media or public schooling, or even largely government controlled universities, that property rights, free trading, free contracts, the abolition of all monopolies, in other words, a free market, including full monetary and financial freedom, provides the most just and efficient distribution system? - When that insight is missing all kinds of political platforms can be put over and maintained at the expense of their victims. - JZ, 23.11. 06. – REDISTRIBUTIONISM, WELFARE STATE, TAXATION, SUBSIDIES, BAILOUTS
TRANSFER SOCIETY: Asimov made clear that the danger in demanding special favors of government is that you risk the ultimate destruction of freedom and free enterprise, which necessarily means the destruction of your own special interest as well. Asimov emphasized this reality by suggesting the following Analogy: “If my right arm decided to stab my left arm to death, my right arm would die too.” – Ringer, Restoring the American Dream, p.27. - TAXATION, WELFARE STATE
TRANSFER SOCIETY: no good society has ever been judged solely by the quality of the beneficiaries of its transfers of income. Some concern should be given to the welfare of those who provide the transfers.” – Thomas R. Ireland, The Economics of Charity, 1973, quoted in Ralph Harris & Arthur Seldon, Not From Benevolence, p.142. – TAXATION, WELFARE STATE
TRANSFER SOCIETY: The most obvious example of how the tax system is used to compel one person to make purchase for another is the phenomenon of transfer payments. Here, there is no governmental service at all, merely the taking of money from one person thought not to need it, and giving it to someone else. Such acts of robbery by indirection can occur only because our tax system does not link payments to benefits received.” – George C. Leef, THE FREEMAN, 9/78, p.564.
TRANSFERABILITY: Everything that increases transferability increases value. – Free after some remarks by Ulrich von Beckerath. – JZ, 18.7.98. – Do new litters of ordinary cats or dogs become valuable by being freely transferable? Our exhaled breaths and our farts do not become valuable through being freely transferable, through the air ocean, luckily much thinned out, to the rest of the population. Our words, spoken or written, do not become valuable through being transferable to others, unless they had already some value to begin with. But to still wanted consumer goods and services the remark does apply. – Their free exchange should not be interfered with. - JZ, 14.4.09.
TRANSFORMATION: The political system needs to be transformed, not reformed.” – M. Ferguson, The Aquarian Conspiracy, p.207. – “… to borrow Virginia Satir’s phrase – failing to see that all growth depends on the capacity to transform. Among the flux of the natural world, we cling to the familiar and resist transformation.” – Ibid, p.214. – Allow individuals and minorities to opt out and do their own things among themselves! – JZ, 1.8.08. - POLITICS, STATES, SOCIETY, EXTERRITORIALISM VS. TERRITORIALISM, TOLERANCE VS. INTOLERANCE, VOLUNTARISM VS. COMPULSION, PERSONAL LAWS VS. TERRITORIAL LAWS, PANARCHISM VS. DEMOCRACY & DICTATORSHIPS, TYRANNIES & TERRORISM
TRANSITION DIFFICULTIES: The best solution to avoid transition difficulties is not to attempt a transition solution. – JZ, 17.4.77. – Instead, cut off an old abuse instantly. – JZ, 17.11.78. – Rather, let each individual make his own choices of changes for himself, advancing, if at all, then only at his own speed. It is absurd, wrong and quite inefficient to try to change everything for everybody in a whole country via centralized power and coercion. The mere attempt will, usually, tend to increase or enlarge problems rather than reducing them. – JZ, 16.7.08. – PANARCHISM, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, ONE-MAN-REVOLUTIONS, TOLERANCE, VOLUNTARISM, MARKET RELATIONSHIPS IN ALMOST EVERY SPHERE
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TRANSLATIONS: One should imagine that writings on economics, politics, peace, justice and social reform would be considered to be so important that all such writings would at least be translated very soon into all the major other languages. Alas, that seems never to have been the case. Perhaps it will happen, relatively soon, only through further improvements of automated translation machines. – JZ, 27.4.95.
TRANSPORT, FREE MARKETS & FREE ENTERPRISE IN ALL FORMS OF TRANSPORT: Qantas to recover market share: Joyce - au.news.yahoo.com - For all too many decades it enjoyed a legislated privilege. Now trade unionists enjoy a legislated privilege against it and its potential customers. We need quite free markets in all spheres of transport as well. – JZ, 1.11.11.
TRANSPORT, PRIVATE ENTERPRISE VS. STATE SOCIALISM: A traffic jam is a collision between free enterprise and socialism. Free enterprise produces automobiles faster than socialism can build roads and road capacity. – Andrew Galambos – ROADS & CARS, AUTOMOBILES, TRUCKS & BUSES
TRANSPORT: All government-owned means of transportation should be sold on the market to the highest bidder. – Libertarian Yearbook 1972, p.16. – And who would then dispose of the sales proceeds, without taxes being correspondingly reduced? Politicians and bureaucrats, in their usual wrongful, wasteful and obstructive fashion. Thus I would rather see all the public assets being distributed free of charge to all citizens, in form of corresponding capital certificates. Thus all these assets would get under private management and politicians and bureaucrats would be left out of the game, only a trustee or brokerage firm would be required. The best for this purpose might be a libertarian party with such a privatization platform. See PEACE PLANS 19 c. – JZ, 6.7.08. - DENATIONALIZATION, PRIVATIZATION
TRANSPORT: Allow all private car owners to put up the sign “for hire!” - their price, regular departure times and destinations. – JZ, 73.
TRANSPORT: How to find new profitable lines? A private bus association could run a computer into which every citizen could report his regular and so far unfulfilled transport needs for certain weekdays and hours, including a price offer. Thus and relatively easily new profitable lines would be revealed. – JZ, 8/72.
TRANSPORT: Sell all public transport to competitive private enterprises. – JZ, n.d. There are better ways to transform them and other public assets into such enterprises, namely corresponding shares in them, handed to all citizens. - See PEACE PLANS 19 c. – JZ, 16.7.08.
TRANSPORT: The market should decide the forms of transportation to be used.” - Libertarian Yearbook 1973, p.20. – Ministers for transport are, in practice, largely ministers against transport. – JZ, 16.7.08.
TRANSPORT: Transportation is civilization.” – Rudyard Kipling, “With the Night Mail”, 1908. – Don’t monopolize it! Whoever tries to licence transportation tries to licence civilization. – JZ, 14.11.74.
TRAVELING: A great mark you will leave on the world you have traveled through!” – Will Rogers. – Have travels really broadened anyone’s mind sufficiently? Did the visited countries benefit otherwise than through the tourist dollars? The tourist industry is now the world’s biggest single industry. Has it sufficiently enlightened the world or is it largely just as useless as are gambling, betting, lotteries, alcohol, tobacco and other drug consumptions? – All too ignorant and prejudiced minds in motion – mostly only meeting up with other ignorant and prejudiced minds. Only gratifying their senses. – What ought to travel – and could travel now, cheaply, easily and world-wide, electronically, are rightful and useful ideas and creative talents. But an optimal market for them has still to be established. JZ, 16.7.08. – IDEAS ARCHIVE, SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT, TOURISM, JOKES
TRAVELING: But travel won't make a better or saner man of you. For this we must spend time in study and in the writings of wise men, to learn the truths that have emerged from their researches, and carry on the search ourselves for the answers that have not yet been discovered. This is the way to liberate the spirit that still needs to be rescued from its miserable state of slavery. …” - Seneca, Letters, 91, p.189. - TOURISM
TRAVELING: He travels the fastest, who travels alone. – Rudyard Kipling, 1865-1936. The Winners. – As if e.g. two people in a car, on a long distance drive, could not relieve each other in the driving job and thus arrive faster. If someone is the only passenger so far for a modern large jet plane, he may have to wait until sufficient of the many other seats can be filled as well. In plane, train or bus he may travel alone, without a companion and yet he will not travel faster than his fellow travellers. What is true in some cases is not always true in all cases. If someone travels alone in a wilderness, he may never arrive, because he perished in the absence of help.
TRAVELING: How can you wonder your travels do you no good, when you carry yourself around with you? You are saddled with the very thing that drove you away." How can novelty of surroundings abroad and becoming acquainted with foreign scenes or cities be of any help? All that dashing about turns out to be quite futile. And if you want to know why all this running away cannot help you, the answer is simply this: you are running away in your own company. You have to lay aside the load on your spirit. Until you do that, nowhere will satisfy you. …” - Seneca, Letters, 28, page 76. – TRAVEL BROADENS THE MIND? TOURISM?TRAVELING: I do not have to go traveling around the world to see it. It comes to me via the air and clouds, rain, news, in newspapers, radio and on TV and through electronic newsletters, in form of disked documentaries or website information and xyz advertisements, and illustrated books, all in so large quantities that I have to ignore most of this information to be able to do my daily chores and chosen work. I spin around with the Earth and can see the universe. I can use a microscope and see the micro-life and microstructures. These microstructures are already largely within me, too. Nature is already all around me and within me, at its best and at its worst. Traveling can no longer widen my world view – except through meeting interesting people. But there are also more interesting people behind websites and email addresses than I can cope with. Moving my body around on the surface of this globe costs me extra in money, time and energy and, in balance and compared with the other options now available to see the rest of this planet, isn’t really worth it. – JZ, 12.4.84, 27.7.08. However, after I first wrote this note, in 1990/91, I had a world trip, for 12 months, mainly to collect some more literature for microfilming and to see some libertarians. I do not claim to be always consistent. – JZ - SEEING THE WORLD, THE NOMADIC URGE
TRAVELING: It's not the destination that's important, it's the journey.” - Ken Kesey – So, quite aimless traveling would be the best and it would not matter if we never arrived at our destination? Our boss might not think so, when we do not turn up for work in time. – Do you consider visits to your friends or family members in this way? Or your visits to a large library, or to a shopping centre when you really need something? - The part-truth involved in this statements seems to be: It is more important to at least strive, seriously, towards an ideal, than that oneself does actually reach or realize it in every case. Between us, someone, some scientists, inventor, explorer, researcher, student or thinker or other reformer is likely to be successful, when enough are trying and do maintain contact with each other. Then we might help him or her a little on his way, with our small inputs. – JZ, 8.8.08. –
TRAVELING: Shifting bodies doesn’t necessarily shift minds. – JZ, 11.9.97.
TRAVELING: You are already in touch with the universe – wherever on Earth you do live. Look up in the sky at night and use a telescope. And the Earth itself is turning around itself, around the sun and travels with the solar system, all at high speed. Personally experiencing other sights, smell, greenery and people on this speck in the universe is much less important than helping to assure that here and there individual rights and liberties are realized and maintained and preserved from oppression and restrictions through territorial monopolies. Do something, instead, for free trade, free migration, free investment internationally, monetary freedom combined with value standard freedom, freedom to clear debts, freedom to communicate and e.g. foreign people, services and goods will come to you. – JZ, 8.2.99, 19.7.08.
TREASON: A traitor to his country’s government is often loyal to his county, to mankind and to himself as a man, whenever the real traitor is his territorial government. – JZ, 3.7.82, 29.7.08.
TREASON: All unsuccessful attempts at revolution, however justifiable in themselves, are punished as treason, if the government be permitted to judge of the treason. The government itself never admits the injustice of its laws, as a legal defence for those who have attempted a revolution and failed. The right of revolution, therefore, is a right of no practical value, except for those who are stronger than the government. So long, therefore, as the oppressions of a government are kept within such limits as simply not to exasperate against it a power greater than its own, the right of revolution cannot be appealed to, and is therefore inapplicable to the case. This affords a wide field for tyranny; and if a jury cannot here intervene, the oppressed are utterly defenceless.” – Lysander Spooner, Trial by Jury, Works II, p.16. – TYRANNY, OPPRESSION, RIGHT OF REVOLUTION
TREASON: Always the victor is called loyal and the defeated a traitor.” – Calderon, Los cabellos de Absalon. („Siempre el traidor es el vencido, y el leal el que vence.“ - „Immer heisst der Besiegte Verraeter und der Sieger treu.”) – VICTORY, DEFEAT, LOYALTY, TRAITORS
TREASON: Clearly this individual consent is indispensable to the idea of treason; for if a man has never consented or agreed to support a government; he breaks no faith in refusing to support it. And if he makes war upon it, he does so as an open enemy, and not as a traitor – that is, as a betrayer, or treacherous friend.” - Lysander Spooner, “No Treason”, I/11, Works I. - VOLUNTARISM, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, CONSENT, TAXATION, OBEDIENCE
TREASON: Close behind charges of betrayal lurks the accusation of “treason”. The threat of being charged with treason is a powerful deterrent to those who want to promote a peace settlement with the enemy. The importance of the threat, though, lies not in legal sanctions but in moral condemnation. Fear of this taint of “traitor’ deters senior officers and government officials from taking steps to end a war, even if they know full well that further fighting will do more harm than good. … The horror of “this most odious crime” helps to keep a nation, once committed to a war, from breaking up in internal disagreements.” – F. C. Ikle, Every War Must End, 1971, p.60/61. – In that case a genuine and unified nation does, obviously, not really exist and is not worth fighting for. It is never the whole nations that committed itself to war. That is just the pretence of its territorial rulers, who really decided and forced it into a war. – JZ, 21.7.08. - PEACE TREATIES, NEGOTIATIONS, SEPARATE PEACE, DECISION-MAKING MONOPOLY ON WAR & PEACE, PATRIOTS AGAINST “TRAITORS”
TREASON: Especially in wartimes individual people should be free to change their nationality, i.e., pick their own allies or enemies and to declare themselves neutral. – JZ, 27.6.89, 2.8.08, 26.3.11. - NEUTRALITY, ALLIANCES, ALLEGIANCE, INDIVIDUAL CHOICE OF GOVERNMENTS OR SOCIETIES, PANARCHISM, WAR
TREASON: Fortunately for us, there have been traitors and there have been heretics, blasphemers, thinkers, investigators, lovers of liberty, men of genius who have given their lives to better the condition of their fellow men.” –Robert G. Ingersoll, quoted by George Seldes, The Great Quotations, p.913.
TREASON: George the Third called our ancestors traitors for what they did at that time. But they were not traitors in fact, whatever he and his laws may have called them. They were not traitors in fact, because they betrayed nobody, and broke faith with nobody. (*) They were his equals, owning him no allegiance, obedience, nor any other duty, except such as they owed to mankind at large. Their political relations with him had been purely voluntary. They had never pledged their faith to him that they would continue these relations any longer than it should please them to do so; and therefore they broke no faith in parting with him. They simply exercised their natural right of saying to him, and to the English people, that they were under no obligation to continue their political connection with them, and that, for reasons of their own, they chose to dissolve it.” – Lysander Spooner, “No Treason”, I/13, Works I. – And if they were not free to do so legally then they had the right to do so illegally. – JZ, n.d. - (*) Not even the slaves, the Red Indians, the taxpayers and the inflation victims and other victims of their constitution and legislation? – JZ, 29.7.08. - By now we need many more cases of exterritorialist and voluntary "treason" against the U.S.A. and every other territorial regime. - JZ, 26.3.11. - INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY & SECESSIONISM, CONSENT, VOLUNTARISM, ALLEGIANCE, RIGHTS, EXTERRITORIALISM & VOLUNTARISM VS. TERRITORIALISM.
TREASON: High treason is a question of the date.” – Talleyrand.
TREASON: I think lightly of what is called treason against a government. That may be your duty today, or mine. But treason against the people, against mankind, against God, is a great sin not lightly to be spoken of.” – Theodore Parker, Speech, denouncing Mexican War, 1846. – Quoted in Seldes. How can one commit treason against a non-existing being? Or against someone one has never met, never made a contract with? - How often have governments been charged with treason against the people? – Considering only the population of whole territories to constitute a “people” is also a kind of treason against many of the very diverse individuals and minorities involved. - JZ, 29.7.08.
TREASON: Instead of condemning treason we should elevate it into the highest political right and duty, namely, the right of individuals to freely choose their own political affiliation and the highest duty, namely, to betray all military, dictatorial and conspiratorial efforts to suppress this individual right and liberty, this individual choice and secessionism and free associationism, this freedom of contract, this individual sovereignty, this completion of consistent individualism. To each the government or non-governmental society of his or her choice only! – JZ, 26.6.81, 2.8.08. – PANARCHISM
TREASON: No one is a traitor who remains loyal to his own cause and who does not oppose or suppress the voluntary support of the rightful or tolerantly practised causes of others (regarding their own affairs). But all are traitors to their own causes and to the causes of all others, who try to impose their own preferred system upon all others. – JZ, 5.4.95. – We should not leave, either, the definition of treason and high treason or of espionage to the territorialists. They will almost inevitably get them wrong, too. – JZ, 18.7.08.
TREASON: Not to betray some governments in their wrongful activities amounts to treason against mankind. – JZ, 15.11.92.
Treason: Of all these swindles, the treason swindle is the most flagitious. It is the most flagitious, because it is equally flagitious, in principle, with any; and it includes all the others. It is the instrumentality by which all the others are made effective. A government that can at pleasure accuse, shoot, and hang men, as traitors, for the one general offence of refusing to surrender themselves and their property unreservedly to its arbitrary will, can practice any and all special and particular oppressions it pleases." - Lysander Spooner – quoted by Earl Chandler Facebook, 21.11.13.
TREASON: One can be a traitor only to a government one has individually chosen for oneself. Otherwise one is a spy for the government one would be loyal to – if it could be freely chosen by oneself and for oneself. Loyalty cannot be legally imposed so that, later, one can be charged with “treason” or “disloyalty”. Moreover, there ought to be full freedom for individuals to change their allegiance. Freedom of contract in this sphere should not be monopolized by rulers or territorial governments. – JZ, 27.6.89, 2.8.08. – PANARCHISM, ALLEGIANCE, TREATIES, ALLIANCES, DECISION-MAKING MONOPOLY
TREASON: One cannot be a traitor to anything, … except to oneself. – Loyalty, … is like rubber: one can stretch it so far, and then – it snaps.” – Ayn Rand, Red Pawn, p.161 in L. Peikoff, The Early Ayn Rand. – Compare, Shakespeare’s Hamlet: “To thy own self be true …” (My memory is flawed. Look it up yourself!) And I do not believe that he or she meant being true to one’s worst but rather to one’s best characteristics. – JZ, 1.8.08.
TREASON: Since the traitor’s offence is that he conspires against the liberty of his fellow countrymen to choose their way of life …” - Rebecca West, The New Meaning of Treason, p.404. - By that standard all territorialists and all statists are presently traitors! – JZ, 21.7.08. – STATISM, WELFARE STATE, TERRITORIALISM, GOVERNMENTALISM
TREASON: Sometimes “betraying” one’s “fatherland” (or, rather, those posing as its representatives) is the only way to save it. – JZ, 15.7.85.
TREASON: Spooner was impatient with those who cry “treason” upon the assertion that actual resistance (*) to the laws of the government are (**) sometimes necessary for the preservation of liberty. Correctly defined, he held, the word treason implies deceitfulness, treachery, and a conscious breach of faith upon the part of the actor involved. When we revolt against government, we break no contract with anyone. A free government by definition is one that is maintained not by force and coercion but by voluntary support freely given.” – Reichert, Partisans of Freedom, p.134. - (*) acts? – (**) Is? - JZ - PANARCHISM, FREE GOVERNMENT, VOLUNTARISM
TREASON: The Constitution certainly supposes that the crime of treason can be committed only by man, as an individual. It would be very curious to see a man indicted, convicted, or hanged, otherwise than as an individual; or accused of having committed his treason otherwise than as an individual. And yet it is clearly impossible to say that any man can be personally guilty of treason, can be a traitor in fact, unless he, as an individual, has in some way voluntarily pledged his faith and fidelity to the government. (*) Certainly no man, or body of men, could pledge it for him, without his consent; and no man, or body of men, have any right to presume it against him, when he has not pledged it himself.” - Lysander Spooner, “No Treason”, II/12, Works I, under IV. - - (*) Even if he had done so, this may have been done under coercion or terror, with no other choice open to them. Under the Nazi regime the employees of whole offices were all signed up as Nazi-party members and no one dared to protest such actions. They simply paid their party dues as an additional tax imposed upon them, directly to this party. – JZ, 29.7.08.
TREASON: The coup that fails. Patriotism: Successful treason.” – Joseph Barry.
TREASON: The doctrinaire desire to preserve the ideological system leads us to the attacking of dissenters as traitors.” – Jim Downard, THE CONNECTION 102, p.33. - Especially when territorial rule is the aim and practice of an ideology. Otherwise, there are so many dissenting groups that one has hardly the time and energy to merely call all of them treacherous or false or wrong. And there would be no special and urgent interest to do so. One would be free to do one’s own things to or for oneself. But one would do this also under the influence of numerous surrounding other systems freely practised by others, different and objectively either better or worse than the own. – JZ, 27.7.92, 25.7.08. – , PANARCHISM, IDEOLOGIES, INTOLERANCE, TERRITORIALISM, EXTERRITORIALISM
TREASON: The higher the territorial power position, the higher the treason. – JZ, 17.6.97, 26.3.11. – RULERS, GOVERNMENT, LEADERSHIP, POLITICIANS, PRESIDENTS, PRIME MINISTERS, CHANCELLORS, POWER, TERRITORIALISM
TREASON: The unsuccessful strugglers against tyranny have been the chief martyrs of treason laws in all countries.” – Thomas Jefferson, Writings, Vol. viii, p.332.
TREASON: The worst betrayal of the people does always take place at the top. – JZ, 28.9.91. – GOVERNMENTS, RULERS, TERRITORIALISM
TREASON: There is only one treason – that against reason. – JZ, 27.6.89. – And that against genuine individual rights and liberties. Mere territorial governments do often have to be “betrayed” in order to protect these rights and liberties. – JZ, 28.6.89, 2.8.08.
TREASON: They talk of a man betraying his country, his friends, his sweetheart. There must be a moral bond first. All a man can betray is his conscience.” – Joseph Conrad, Under Western Eyes, 1911, 1.2. – LOYALTY, TERRITORIALISM, STATES, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARISM, BETRAYAL
TREASON: To betray you must first belong.” – Harold Philby, THE NEW YORK TIMES, Dec. 19, 1967. – VOLUNTARISM, TERRITORIALISM, PANARCHISM
TREASON: To determine, then, what is treason in fact, we are not to look to the codes of Kings, and Czars, and Kaisers, who maintain their power by force and fraud; who contemptuously call mankind their “subjects”; who claim to have a special license from Heaven to rule on earth; who teach that it is a religious duty of mankind to obey them; who bribe a servile and corrupt priesthood to impress their ideas upon the ignorant and superstitious; who spurn the idea that their authority is derived from, or dependent at all upon, the consent of their people; and who attempt to defame, by the false epithet of traitors, all who assert their own rights, and the rights of their fellow men, against such usurpations. - - Instead of regarding this false and calumnious meaning of the word treason, we are to look at its true and legitimate meaning in our mother tongue; at its use in common life; and at what would necessarily be its true meaning in any other contracts, or articles of association, which men might voluntarily enter into with each other. The true and legitimate meaning of the word treason, then, necessarily implies treachery, deceit, breach of faith. Without these there can be no treason. A traitor is a betrayer –one who practises injury, while professing friendship. … “ - Lysander Spooner, “No Treason”, II, 7/8, Works I.
TREASON: Treason doth never prosper, what's the reason? For if it prosper, none dare call it Treason.” - Sir John Harington, 1561-1612, Epigrams, Of Treason, 1615. The Letters and Epigrams of Sir John Harington…, ed. Norman E. McClure, book 4, epigram 5, p. 255 (1977). The complete edition of his epigrams was published in 1618. - The pursuit of the own ideal, the attempt to realize it, at the own expense and risk and the corresponding desertion of the old ideals and practices, should never be prosecuted as treason but rather be praised as innovation or worthwhile experimentation. If one was never a volunteer or ceases to be one, then one's corresponding different actions are never "treasonable". One does not have to be loyal to territories, whole populations or the ideals or prejudices of other people. - JZ, 14.10.02. – Another version: “Treason doth never prosper; what's the reason? // Why, if it prosper, none dare call it treason.” - Harrington? - Hyman Quotes, p.158. – In A. Andrews quotes the name is spelt the modern way: Harrington. - VOLUNTARISM
TREASON: Treason in our times is a proof of genius.” – Saint Exupéry, Flight to Arras, 1942, 13., tr. Lewis Galantière. – Isn’t much treason committed just for the money that is in it? – And much of the rest for ideological commitments that are far from being signs of genius? – It is certainly not a sign of genius if it is practised in favor of totalitarianism. – JZ, 20.11.85, 25.7.08. – To act treasonably against a totalitarian or despotic regime, by its definition, no genius is required but just common sense or ordinary human decency. – JZ, 25.10.08. -
TREASON: Treachery is noble when aimed against tyranny." - Pierre Corneille - Sid Non-Vicious LeRoux – Facebook, 13.7.12. - TREASON, ESPIONAGE, TREACHERY
TREASON: Treason should have happened much more often. This world was stifled by excess loyalty to territorial rulers, a loyalty which often meant treason towards humanity and towards the individual. – JZ, 30.6.85, 29.7.08. - LOYALTY, ALLEGIANCE, OBEDIENCE, DISOBEDIENCETREASON: Tyranny is far the worst of treason.” – Byron, The Two Foscari, Act ii, sc. I. - If it is territorial tyranny. There is also the voluntary submission of fanatics to some whom they imagine to be great leaders, gurus, prophets etc. Such people then only get what they deserve and asked for, their kind of "paradise", by their own standards. - JZ, 26.3.11.
TREASON: We are a rebellious nation. Our whole history is treason; our blood was attained before we were born; our creeds are infidelity to the mother church; our Constitution, treason to our fatherland. What of that? Though all the governors of the world bid us commit treason against man, and set the example, let us never submit.” – Theodore Parker, quoted by H. S. Commager, HARPER’S, Sept. 1947. ( George Seldes, The Great Quotations. )
TREASON: What is treason? Merely a matter of dates!” – Talleyrand. - JOKES
TREASON: What makes a man a traitor?” … “I do not know what makes a man a traitor. No man considers himself a traitor; this makes it hard to find out.” – Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness, p.33. – Another puzzle that can only be solved by accepting individual sovereignty. – JZ, 16.1.80.
TREASON: While on the look-out for an opportunity to repudiate the obligations thrust upon me, it makes no difference whether succor comes from abroad or from within my own country, so long as I gain in freedom. - - When, in 1887, a war was talked of as imminent between Russia and Germany, the hope was expressed by a considerable number of Russians that, in the event of war breaking out, their own side would be defeated. (*) Said Georg Brandes, alluding to this patriotic feeling, “No other possibility of liberation from the predominant misery presents itself than that which is offered in the weakness which an unsuccessful war would entail on the ruling system.” – John Badcock, Slaves to Duty, quoted in LIBERTARIAN ANALYSIS, 9/71. - (*) Rather the side of the territorial government imposed upon them. – During WW II many of the Germans, who were enemies of the Nazis, did also hope that the Nazi regime would be defeated. – But the Allies did not recognize a German government in exile and offered it a just peace. - JZ, 28.7.08. - Nor did they offer a just peace to a whole spectrum of diverse German governments and societies in exile, all only for their present and future volunteers. By how much could WW II have been shortened, if they had done this? - Only Stalin offered his kind of government in exile, naturally, another communist and totalitarian one, attractive only to a few misguided Germans. - JZ, 26.3.11. - LOYALTY, TERRITORIALISM, DUTY, DUTY, LOYALTIES TO ONESELF & ONE’S OWN IDEALS, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, FREE CHOICE, FULL FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION, PANARCHISM, SELFISHNESS, MORALITY
TREASON: Who are the Traitors – // The Doves or the Hawks?” – F. C. Ikle, Every War Must End, 1971, p. 60.
TREASON: Write on my gravestone, ‘Infidel. Traitor’ – infidel to every church that compromises with the strong; traitor to every government that oppresses the people.” – Wendell Phillips, quoted in George Seldes, The Great Quotations.
TREASURER: I don’t treasure any governmental and territorial treasurer, because all of them covet, steal and rob me of my all too limited income and treasures, under all kinds of false pretences. – JZ, 18.11.93, 19.7.08. - MINISTERS OF FINANCE, TREASURY, TAX DEPARTMENT, TRIBUTE LEVIERS
TREASURER: The Treasurer puts an extra hand in your pocket.” – Reg Hall, THE SUN HERALD, 22.9.74. - TAX DEPARTMENT, TAXATION, REVENUERS
TREASURY: The Treasurer has no treasures to spend or to make – but only our treasures to take. – JZ, 22.9.74. – TAXATION, PROPERTY
TREATIES & ALLIANCES BETWEEN GOVERNMENTS, PEOPLES & ENEMIES, INTERNATIONAL POLITICS, TERRITORIALISM: My answer to your first question – what does the Russian people think about the French-Russian alliance? – is as follows: The Russian people – the real people – have not the least notion of the existence of this alliance; but if they knew of it, then, I am firmly convinced, and because all other peoples are of quite equal value to them, (*) its common sense and its humane feelings would tell it that this exclusive alliance with a single other people or nation [rather with its territorial government! – JZ, 26.2.12.]. thus preferred over all others, : - … – Leo Tolstoi. Ein Leben in Selbstbekenntnissen. Tagebuchblaeter und Briefe. Herausgegeben von Arthur Luther. Bibliographisches Institut, Leipzig, An Pietro Mazzini, 9.9.1901, p.349. – In my own rough translation from the German version. - (*) Also because “the” “Russian” people consist out of at least 120 different ethnic groups. – JZ, 26.2.12. – DECISION-MAKING MONOPOLY, TERRITORIALISM, FOREIGN POLICY
TREATIES,: All international treaties to become automatically invalid for all but those, who signed them and those who approved of them in a referendum. – JZ, 28.4.95. - INTERNATIONAL
TREATIES: About ten years ago they established that the USSR had broken 109 international treaties since 1917.” – J. P. Kedys, NEWS DIGEST INTERNATIONAL, Sept. 78, p.2&3, listing a number of them.
TREATIES: And those who sign treaties with you now at the same time give orders for sane and innocent people to be confined to mental hospitals or prisons. Why should they be different? Do they have any love for you? Why should they act honourably towards you while they crush their own people? The advocates of détente have never explained this.” – A. Solzhenitsyn, READER’S DIGEST, 3/76.
TREATIES: Covenants without swords are but words.” - Thomas Hobbes. - "Right is accompanied by the authority to enforce it."- Kant. – MILITIA, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS, FORCE, ARMS, WEAPONS
TREATIES: Do steers sign treaties with meat packers? - Robert Heinlein, The Puppet Masters, p.162. - NEGOTIATIONS, RECOGNITION, BEING FLEXIBLE OR LIBERAL
TREATIES: I can’t understand those who think there’s any good in signing treaties with people who have cheated for 40 years.” – Robert Heinlein, quoted in THE CONNECTION 140, p.67, on the Soviet Regime. – If a inquiry were organized on which of the still existing or of the governments of the past, had broken most treaties, either for its whole existence or per year or decade, which ones would most likely be the winners and the runners-up? – JZ, 2.8.08.
TREATIES: Make you own treaties, alliances or enemies – rather than letting any territorial government make them for you. – JZ, 25.1.97.
TREATIES: Negotiations and treaties with territorial governments are inevitably largely fruitless or untrustworthy in most cases. Only those with the various peoples themselves, largely sorted out into groups, communities and societies of volunteers, have a good chance to be successful and lasting. – JZ, 14.6.92, 1.8.08. – TERRITORIALISM, PEOPLES, TRUST, DIPLOMACY, SUMMIT CONFERENCES, LEADERSHIP, PRESIDENTS, PRIME MINISTERS, FOREIGN POLICY, DECISION-MAKING MONOPOLY
TREATIES: People should not be bound by international treaties between governments, especially when most people are not even aware of the existence of these treaties. – JZ, 4.10.96. – , INTERNATIONAL LAW, GOVERNMENTS
TREATIES: The saying that “treaties are made to be broken”, evidently originated in the easily perceived fact that war treaties are never free contracts. A promise, wrung from a people at the sword’s point, counts for nothing. Let the tables be turned, and the vanquished gain strength enough, and the promise is repudiated as a matter of course.” – Badcock, Slaves to Duty. - Anyhow, what moral value do treaties have that are concluded between territorial gangsters? – JZ, 26.7.08.
TREATIES: Treaties are like roses and young girls. They last while they last.” – Charles de Gaulle, TIME, July 12, 1963. - Unless they are negotiated by the people themselves, ideally volunteers in exterritorially autonomous communities and in full accordance with their individual rights and liberties as well as interests. – J.Z, 21.11.85. – Treaties between territorial government are almost never of this kind. – JZ, 25.11.08.
TREATIES: Treaties, even with dictators? – JZ, n.d.
TREATIES: WITH ABORIGINES? Rather than having a treaty of the Australian Government with, supposedly, all Australian Aborigines, let each Aboriginal make his own treaty, choice of government, constitution, laws, juridical, political, economic and social system, starting with an individual secession, as long as he does not claim any territorial monopoly. Nobody is entitled to that. Certainly, our territorial system should not be imposed upon any of them, either. – JZ, 19.7.08, PANARCHISM
TREE HUGGERS: I am not a tree hugger but a freedom hugger. My trouble is, I still find many more trees than liberties or libertarians or new libertarian ideas. – JZ, 4.10.04, 15.4.09. – Under present conditions it also is much easier and cheaper to grow trees than to realize liberties, at least for oneself and like-minded people. – JZ, 22.10.07. - Some of the trees I planted have grown so large so close to my house that they do endanger me and my house and I will have to get them cut down. – JZ, 14.4.09. & LIBERTIES, PANARCHISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, VOLUNTARISM, SECESSIONISM
TREES: I woke up with the notion: “Trees belong to themselves!” Somehow this sentence stuck firmly in my mind. I am not trying to argue a case for them or for their consciousness and personality but just record what I remembered of a mere dream. – JZ, 2.2.86. - I am no tree-hugging greeny. I have cut down many a tree in my time, still use firewood and intend to get some more trees cut down, which threaten my house. I have also planted and watered some trees. But I would not cut down any non-threatening plant growth for mere pleasure or exercise. And I do love the fruit or nuts of many trees. – I do also consider many of them to be beautiful or at least interesting. – What would our world be like without them? - JZ, 25.7.08, 26.3.11.
TREES: Trees are O.K. and useful - in their place but not necessary, useful or harmless in every place. - JZ, 3.4.01. - Every bushfire teaches that lesson - only to have it soon forgotten again. - We are no longer apes living mainly in and off trees. - If we replaced all otherwise cultivated land with wild or cultivated trees only, most of us would probably starve to death. - Those who want to use only tree food and wooden shelters are already at liberty to do so - at their expense and risk. - JZ, 29.1.02. - ECOLOGY, CONSERVATION, BUSHFIRES
TRENDIES: All the people without sufficient knowledge, character and minds to resist the trends of the times, which are based mainly on ignorance, prejudices, subordination, foolishness and popular errors and myths. – JZ, 19.9.94, 18.7.08.
TRIALS: If you tried to fight General Motors in a court paid for by General Motors, before a judge and prosecutors whose livelihood depended entirely on General Motors, no one would imagine you could get a fair trial. Why would anyone imagine you could get a fair trial in a tax-paid court when your problem is with the tax-paying system? – Claire Wolfe, Don’t Shoot the Bastards (YET), 101 More Ways To Salvage Freedom, 2. - GOVERNMENT COURTS, JUSTICE, GOVERNMENT JUDGES
TRIALS:. Every human being has the right to be sentenced only by an independent and impartial or equitably set up court, in a public trial at which it has all the guaranties necessary for its defence. - - Nobody may be subjected to arbitrary detention. Every human being has the right to be brought before a magistrate within 24 hours after its arrest, not to be detained any longer without authority of the magistrate and the right to be charged and sentenced or discharged within a reasonably short period. - - Comment: Tyrants ignore or suppress this right with regard to all their subjects. Consequently, they could not claim it for themselves. While they are in power they would never permit legal proceedings against themselves. Their subjects may therefore condemn them even to death, without such a trial. (Compare: 51.) - - The public may be excluded only when and insofar the right of a witness to privacy is concerned. - - The accused has the right to hear cause and nature of his accusation, to be confronted with the accusers and witnesses and to call for evidence in his favor. - - From the human rights draft in PEACE PLANS No. 4. Over 130 such private drafts are also in the by now enlarged and digitized PEACE PLANS 589/590. They are so far only offered as email attachments until they appear online or on a disk. They are all intended to help in the development of an ideal draft of individual rights and liberties, something that is very urgently needed for the enlightenment and guidance of mankind. Will you supply some input or advice towards this project? – Act like an MP in the Parliament of Man on this project! - The best of all prior drafts of human rights should be fully utilized, too. - JZ, 27.7.08. - FAIR TRIAL
TRIBALISM: I am, like most of you, midway between tribalism and technology.” – Wilson/Shea, Illuminatus I, p.8. – RED., CIVILIZATION, CULTURE, ENLIGHTENMENT, WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE, MAN
TRIBUNALS: There’s a new tribunal now, higher than God’s – the educated man’s.” – R. Browning, 1812-1889. – A. Andrews Quotations, p.230. - RELIGION, GOD, MANKIND, JUDGES, INTELLECTS, THE WISDOM OF MAN, ENLIGHTENED MEN RATHER THAN MERE UNENLIGHTENED PUBLIC OPINION
TRIBUTES: In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.” – Voltaire (1764) - TAXATION, WELFARE STATE, DISTRIBUTIONISM, TRANSFER PAYMENTS, GOVERNMENT SPENDING
TRIBUTES: Taxes are tributes and nobody owes tribute to anyone. - JZ
TRIBUTES: The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.” – Mark Twain – COLLECTORS , LEVIES, TAXATION, JOKES
TRIBUTES: When more of the people's sustenance is exacted through the form of taxation than is necessary to meet the just obligations of government and expenses of its economical administration, such exaction becomes ruthless extortion and a violation of the fundamental principles of a free government. – President Grover Cleveland – TAXATION, EXTORTIONS, TRIBUTE LEVIES
TRIM: TAX REFORM IMMEDIATELY: Grim as things may appear, there is real progress to report. One splendid addition to the battery of forces fighting for “economic emancipation” is the Birch Tax Reform Movement which has been in the formative stages for months, and is now moving swiftly forward with a program they have titled TRIM ( Tax Reform Immediately ).” - REPORT ON FREEDOM, by Liberty Amendment Committee, 3/75. – Alas, this committee’s work was not efficient enough either. Perhaps because its program was too limited and did not tackle the very foundations of most of what goes wrong in our times. – JZ, 27.7.08.
TRINITY: Trinity, n. Three gods for the price of one, but still not bargain.” - L. A. Rollins, Lucifer’s Lexicon. – GOD, JOKES
TRIVIA: Trivial things and thoughts occupy trivial minds. – JZ, 11.12.97. - & TRIVIAL MINDS
TRIVIAL CHANGES: you don’t change the temperature by fiddling with the thermometer.” – Mack Reynolds, Trample an Empire Down, p.149. - RED., LAWS, INTERVENTIONISM, STATISM, REFORMS, DEALING WITH SYMPTOMS RATHER THAN CAUSES
TRIVIALITIES: Our technocrats have taught people that only learned bickering over microscopic matters constitutes “expert” or “profound” political discourse. But learned bickering over trivial aspects of a pathological situation and the struggle to make that pathology more “efficient” will not help us.” – Simon, A Time for Truth, p.217. - POLITICAL SCIENCE, EXPERTS, SCHOLARSHIP, CRITICISM, BICKERING OVER THE TRIVIALITIES OF A CATASTROPHIC OR PATHOLOGICAL SITUATION
TRIVIALITIES: The mind can be permanently profaned by the habit or attending to trivial things, so that all our thoughts shall be tinged with triviality. - Henry David Thoreau - The Angel Clark Show - Sørengaard Srugis – Facebook, 11.2.13.
TROUBLE: Most laws don’t get us out of trouble but into trouble. They don’t conform to THE law in the ideal sense, they do not uphold ethics but rather destroy or prevent - it in all too many cases. – JZ, 28.7.08. - & LAWS
TROUBLE: Nobody gets into trouble without his own help!” – Proverb. - Is there really no such thing as innocence? – Are there no high penalties for many ethical and reasonable self-help steps? – Are people only getting themselves in trouble and are they never troubled wrongfully and legally by the territorial statists and their laws and institutions? - JZ, 27.7.08, 26.3.11. – SELF-HELP,
TROUBLE: People could survive their natural trouble all right, if it were not for the troubles they make for themselves.” – Ogden Nash, quoted in ANALOG, 3/97. – Well, ultimately, we all die from old age, if not before that through natural or man-made disasters. – JZ, 16.7.08. – PROBLEMS, SURVIVAL, MAN, DIFFICULTIES, NATURE, INTERVENTIONISM, STATISM, WARS, LAWS, REGULATIONS, TERRITORIALISM, GOVERNMENTS,
TROUBLEMAKERS: We are reluctant to admit that we owe our liberties to men of a type that today we hate and fear – unruly men, disturbers of the peace, men who resent and denounce what Whitman called "the insolence of elected persons" – in word, free men … – Gerald W. Johnson (1890-1980), American Freedom and the Press, 1958. – REBELS, DISSIDENTS, REVOLUTIONARIES, INSURGENTS, FREEDOM FIGHTERS, SUBVERSIVESTRUCK SYSTEM: Many mine owners, manufacturers, and large employers of labor practised paying their help in store orders, in order to control their trade and make the extra profit. (*) Surely, under the law, the acceptance or rejection of such orders was purely voluntary, and yet their acceptance for fear of losing their employment was general. (**) – So great did this abuse become that many States have enacted laws compelling corporations to pay their laborers, at regular intervals, in money.” – Bliss, Encyclopedia of Social Reform, New York & London, 1898, p.130. - - Under a shortage of official currency many employers had no free choice. They either paid their workers with truck shop money substitutes or would have to dismiss them and stop production. Often the only thing they could easily get was consumer goods, on credit, and with these they stocked their truck shops. If the workers had understood the cash-flow problems of their employers, they would have done something about them, improving the primitive private self-help issues of the employers and their shop foundation in the truck shop, finally producing an attractive enough local currency with shop foundation, e.g. through their own or a local consumer cooperative. But even now neither the workers nor their employers want to bother learning about monetary freedom options. They rather look for scapegoats or conspiracy theories to explain the results of monetary despotism. As a result the workers suffer from unemployment or the fear of it and the employers under sales difficulties and the threat of bankruptcy. By the way: the unemployed workers could no longer be “exploited”. If the employers could “exploit” them, by employing them, they would have done so. Monetary despotism forced them to either dismiss their workers or pay them in the own and still all too primitive emergency money. Legal prohibitions, going back centuries, prevented these monetary experiments from becoming fully developed into useful local currencies. For this both the employees and the employers deserve to be blamed. Neither had the moral and economic sense to strive for full monetary freedom and independence from the government’s monopoly money. - - While by the nature of their business they were almost always able to pay their employees in assignment upon their goods or in assignments upon a store they organized, they were not always able to pay them in governmental monopoly money whenever this was in short supply, which was the rule, rather than the exception. The truck money they could supply themselves. For the supply of the money of the realm they depended on a monopoly supplier. The historically noted currency famine crisis times were just extreme cases of deflations – or inflations (absence of sound alternative currencies) – of governmental monopoly money. (For inflations this government monopoly money had also to be legal tender. Otherwise honest and fair reckoning in pricing and wages, using sound value standards, could have been continued, with the government’s inflated money only accepted for goods and wages at its market rate, if at all. Other sound and competitively supplied currencies would have been preferred and would have driven out the inferior government money for all but tax payments.) The result of the prohibition of truck-shop means of payment and of other competing currencies was frequent and extensive unemployment. This unemployment was also enforced by the legal right of employees to be paid in official currency, even when there was a shortage of or famine in that currency. The money shortage and its consequences were not abolished by such prohibitions. - - The legal obligation of employers to supply, at regular intervals, a scarce commodity, namely government money, while they themselves were not permitted to try to supply a better currency, amounted to forcing them to engage regularly in short sales, future dealings, promising to supply a monopoly good, the coin or notes of the realm, upon whose production and distribution they had no influence, i.e. to a very risky speculation, for the supply of this scarce monopolized exchange medium. It put all of them in the position of fishermen selling fish before they are caught or of farmers who sold wheat before it was grown and safely harvested. No wonder, that in many instances they failed to obtain this scarce monopoly commodity, government money, in time or in sufficient quantities to pay their full work-force. Thus they had to dismiss at least some of them. Then they were blamed rather than the forced and exclusive currency system. What the workers could have rightly demanded would have been arrangements to make store orders more widely acceptable. A) in stores of other employers. B) In all local stores. C) In consumer cooperatives run by the workers themselves. This could have easily been done, although not legally. It could have given them, locally, almost the same purchasing power as if they had been paid in the coins or notes of the realm, if these had been available in sufficient quantities. They could also have used a sounder value standard in these alternative and competing monies, all freely market rated against their value standard – by all but their issuers. At least some of the alternative monies would have functioned well enough without being dependent upon metallic redemptionism and the runs and hoarding crises associated with it and the deflationary, inflationary and stag-flationary crises produced by monetary despotism. – These alternative currencies could easily have been made inflation- and deflation-proof, by being restrained through voluntary acceptance or refusals and free market rating or discounting for all but their issuers. The issuer must always accept his IOUs at their face value. Gold weight value reckoning, payments and clearing could have been continued indefinitely, if desired by the participants. Gold value clearing and the circulation of sound alternative currencies could have been soundly expanded according to the requirements of industry and trade, even if there had not been an additional production of rare metals. – The opinion that the employers thus made a double profit without extra effort is unfounded in the eyes of anyone knowing the labor and expenses involved in keeping a store. To overcome this unfounded suspicion the workers themselves could have organized the stores, as consumer cooperatives. With their notes they could then have discounted the employers’ bills of exchange, they got in payment from their wholesalers, for goods supplied to them, and could have used these bills in purchases from wholesalers to replenish their diminishing stocks. The wholesalers would thus have got back the real bills they had paid the producers with, in return for supplying the consumer cooperative or other stores with the goods they had received from their producers. In such cases the workers would not only have established a consumer cooperative, i.e. a shop managed by themselves, but also a kind of bank which would have kept their employer liquid enough to pay them in a useful enough and sound alternative currency of their own. Would the employers then claim to be exploited by such a bank? Finally, all the local stores could have associated to form a shop currency bank with local general shop foundation. Provided only that contrary laws could be repealed or safely ignored in a kind of peaceful monetary revolution. – What is the point in discussing this old history? It’s not old hat yet but indicates a frequently recurring problem. The same solution could be applied today to abolish unemployment, depressions, credit restrictions, stop and go policies and inflation. - - Take you pick between the inconvenience of a multiplicity of exchange media and unemployment, depressions, inflations and stagflations. – JZ, 8/72, 27.7.08, 26.3.11. - - (*) Usually the employers did not get sufficient cash to pay wages with, or soon enough, because there was not enough monopoly money or alternative sound and competing money in circulation. – Trade unionists misinterpreted the situation. They should rather have established consumer cooperatives and then lent their goods warrants to the employer for wage payments, getting claims to the sales prices of their goods in return. Thus acting like a sound note-issuing bank discounting real bills. To that extent the employer would have become dependent upon them and they could have determined the contents to their consumer cooperative store. - - (**) The false assumption was that the whole country was always sufficiently supplied with the “coin of the realm” and that only the maliciousness and greed of the employers prevented them from paying in these coins and also higher wages. If that supply had been sufficient to easily mediate the sale of all the production of a country, then soon all workers would have been fully employed, would have had the chance to frequently change their jobs, going to those empliters able and willing to pay them higher wages in the country’s common currency and the employers would have no sales difficulties for any wanted consumer goods and services. Free competition between employers, all fully supplied with sound exchange media, would have seen to that. - If you can, please, turn this into a short, clear and catching slogan! - JZ, 27.7.08, 26.3.11. - MONETARY FREEDOM& ITS DEVELOPMENT, UNEMPLOYMENT, FULL EMPLOYMENT, SALES DIFFICULTIES, ALTERNATIVE & COMPETING SOUND CURRENCIES & VALUE STANDARDS
TRUE BELIEVERS: I wish the bullshit detectors of human beings were as good as are those of blowflies. The latter, at least on a warm day, arrive usually within second to do their things to remove excreta. Human beings all too often rather add to their flawed ideas and sacrifice their lives and that of others to them. Well, in a way, the blowflies do the same thing. They empty their blown up bellies in to those heaps of feces, risking their whole futures in them. We do get disgusted with their stinking business, their way to assure their survival. But do we get disgusted with the ways in which we endanger our own survival with the all too flawed ideas in our heads? – JZ, n.d. & 4.4.09. BULLSHIT, PREJUDICES, ERRORS, MYTHS, STUPIDITIES, SURVIVAL, LEADERSHIP, TERRITORIALISM, NUCLEAR STRENGTH & BLOWFLIES
TRUE BELIEVERS: Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from mistaken conviction.” – Blaise Pascal , MEN ACTING FROM MISTAKEN CONVICTIONS, FANATICISM, FUNDAMENTALISM, IDEOLOGUES, INTOLERANCE
TRUE BELIEVERS: People who despise themselves tend to lose themselves and to destroy others in any “great cause”, real or imagined. – JZ, 7/72. – Especially when they are still so unenlightened that they try to realize it coercively, territorially, collectively, for whole populations, even with totalitarian methods and “weapons” like the ABC mass murder devices. – JZ, 27.7.08.
TRUE TO YOURSELF: To thine own self be true - and it follows as the night the day - thou can'st not then be false to any man.” - Shakespeare, Hamlet. – To be true to oneself one would first have to develop a genuine self, worth being true to. – Ulrich von Beckerath used to point out the difference between mere persons and personalities. - JZ, 14.4.09.
TRUST: A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them.” – P. J. O’Rourke – How much territorial government is really necessary and do we have good enough reasons to fully trust even the smallest of them? For instance, the local governments, even more so than the State and Federal Governments, interfere even with minor affairs of our lives. – JZ, 4.4.09. - TRUST IN GOVERNMENTS: THE WORST FOOLISHNESS, STATISM, UNFOUNDED CONFIDENCE
TRUST: A man who doesn’t trust himself can never really trust anyone else.” – Cardinal de Retz, Mémoirs, 1718.
TRUST: A mind incapable of distrust is a mind just as thoroughly insane as a mind incapable of trust; an animal incapable of fear is insane; as insane as an animal that fears everything equally and overwhelmingly. The essential problem of living organisms is to find a proper workable balance of trust and distrust, of self-evaluation and other-evaluation. A man who trusts himself completely, and trusts no one else at all, is paranoid; one who trusts others and distrusts himself completely, is a spineless acolyte.” – John W. Campbell Jr., Editorial, ASTOUNDING SF, 9/56, p.8. – DISTRUST
TRUST: As soon as people have power they go crooked and sometimes dotty, too, because the possession of power lifts them into a region where normal honesty never pays. (*) For instance, the man who is selling newspapers outside the Houses of Parliament can safely leave his papers to go for a drink, and his cap beside them; anyone who takes a paper is sure to drop a copper into the cap. But the men who are inside the Houses of Parliament – they can’t trust one another like that; still less can the government they compose trust other governments. No caps upon the pavement there, but suspicion, treachery, and armaments. (**) The more highly public life is (***) organized the lower does its morality sink; the nations of today behave to each other worse than they ever did in the past, they cheat, rob, bully, and bluff, make war without notice, and kill as many women and children as possible; whereas primitive tribes were at all events restrained by taboos. It’s a humiliating outlook – through the greater the darkness, the brighter shine the little lights, reassuring one another, …” - E. M. Forster, in the Anthology: “I Believe – 19 Personal Philosophies”, p.48. - - (*) The honesty of quite rightful war and peace aims, freely and trustworthily declared and demonstrated by the people themselves, especially by their own panarchies of volunteers and their own unilateral nuclear disarmament steps, has never as yet been sufficiently combined, declared and utilized against any despotic territorial regime, not even in wars “to save democracy”. – (**) Even going to the wrongful absurdity of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) policies and preparations. – (***) territorially, i.e. coercively, collectivistic and monopolistic. - JZ, 28.7.08. - - PARLIAMENTS, POLITICIANS, POWER, TERRITORIALISM, , PEOPLE, TOTAL WAR, GOVERNMENTALISM, STATISM, AIR RAIDS, NUCLEAR WAR THREAT
TRUST: Don’t trust people who ask for your trust. They usually got some racket going. – JZ, 10/76.
TRUST: Give people a chance and a reason to trust you and be trusted themselves. – JZ, 8.2.83.
TRUST: Government is a trust, and the officers of the government are trustees; and both the trust and the trustees are created for the benefit of the people.” - Henry Clay - After thousands of years of experience with governments and politicians and bureaucrats - have we got any reason left to trust any of them any longer? Those who still do, should be given that option. That would be the worst possible punishment for them - and a richly deserved one. However, all others should be set free to run their own lives or associations or communities in whatever ways pleases them. - JZ, 11.10.02. - GOVERNMENT, STATISM, LIMITED GOVERNMENT, DEMOCRACY, PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM,
TRUST: governments can’t be trusted, as they vary their actions with whatever pressure is brought to bear; and … exactly what is done and how it is done is a numbers game …” - John Singleton with Bob Howard, Rip Van Australia, p.46. – LOBBIES, MAJORITIES, GOVERNMENTS, TERRITORIALISM, DEMOCRACIES
TRUST: He who mistrusts most should be trusted least.” – Theognis, quoted in READER’S DIGEST, 5/78. - It depends upon whom or what he mistrusts and for what reasons. – Should Anarchists and libertarians be least trusted because they do not trust politicians and governments? - JZ, 28.7.08. – Naturally, their opponents would say that they trust human nature and natural laws too much. But so far they have, obviously, not yet discovered all of them, or they would have stated them in an ideal declaration of individual human rights and liberties. – JZ, 25.10.08. -
TRUST: I don’t even trust myself!” – Greg Bear, Moving Mars, p.274. – So how could I trust any territorial Government? – JZ, 11.9.08.
TRUST: I don’t trust a government I can’t shoot back at.” – quoted by Claire Wolfe, 101 Things to Do ‘til the Revolution, Breakout Productions, Port Townsend, Washington, 1999, rev. ed., ISBN 1-89.3626-13-X, p.16. – To avoid shoot-outs as much as possible, we should first of all be free to secede, individually and in groups, from all governments and States and also free to set up our own communities of volunteers. Thus: First of all, I don’t trust any government from which I can’t secede. Secondly: I become even more suspicious when it disarms me. – JZ, 26.9.07, 26.3.11. - GUNS & GOVERNMENT, INDIVIDUAL & GROUP SECESSIONISM
TRUST: If you can’t trust people with freedom how can you trust people with power? - Reesha Leone shared Campaign for Liberty's photo. – Facebook, 28.2.14. – POWER, FREEDOM, Q.
TRUST: I would rather be tested than trusted.” – Robert Cowin, Wollongong, NSW., 4.4.75.
TRUST: It is equally an error to trust all men or no man.” - (“Ultrumque enim vitium est, et onibus credere et nulli.”) – Seneca, Epistulae ad Lucilium, Epis. Iii, sec. 4.
TRUST: It’s a vice to trust all, and equally a vice to trust none.” – Seneca, Letters to Lucilius, 1st c., -4, tr. E. Phillips Barker. – Alas, I never came across this book so far. – JZ, 20.7.08.
TRUST: Like I said, nobody, but nobody trusts nobody no more. Not the FBI, Langley, the Senate or Congress. Too many empire-builders out there.” – Tom Barling, God is an Executioner, Corgi Books, 1987, p.222.
TRUST: Nothing a man lives with daily is ferocious to him. It is the stranger who seems ferocious. They will think we lie to gain their favor so that we may have their skins. All logic reaches one conclusion: Without trust, no argument is effective. Trust must be the key word of our strategy. – Donald Kingsbury, Courtship Rite, ANALOG 29.3.82, p.157. – Observe the distrust common among wild birds. Only one of the magpies, that I occasionally feed with some cheap bread, in winter, ever trusted me enough to quickly take a bit bread from my hand. All the others keep a safe distance all the time. – I suppose that the Aboriginals caught and ate them, too. – According to some, these birds do have a limited language, not yet sufficiently translated.. – Trust the captive nations rather than their rulers. - JZ, 28.7.08. – Should we trust any government that is “armed” with nuclear mass murder devices and become quite accustomed to it? – JZ, 25.10.08. - Is there any good reason to fully trust any territorial government? - JZ, 26.3.11.
TRUST: Some things, my dear Silverthorne, are too important to entrust to any individual.” – W. Alling, Memo to the Leader, GALAXY, vol. 39, no.1, p.5. – NUCLEAR STRENGTH, POWER, TERRITORIALISM
TRUST: Sometimes the worst thing you can do is trust people.” – From film “Adrift”.
TRUST: the cynical, unworkable plans that are put on view each year at Geneva and other world conferences – plans which no longer convince even those who create them.” – Mary H. Weik
TRUST: 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.
TRUST: The great crime of the past has been that mankind has never been willing to trust itself, or men each other. (*) We have tied ourselves up with laws and traditions, and devised a thousand ways to prevent men from being thrown on their own responsibility and cultivating their own powers. Our society has been constituted on the principle that men must be saved from themselves. We have surrounded ourselves with so many moral hedges, have imposed upon ourselves to many checks and balances, that life has been smothered.” – Randolph Bourne, quoted in Reichert, Partisans of Freedom, p.559. - (*) They have good reasons not to trust each other while they are territorially organized! – JZ, 28.7.08. – LAWS, SELF-RESPONSIBILITY, MAN, PROTECTION, CONTROLS, REGULATIONS, TERRITORIALISM
TRUST: The more people ask to be trusted the less they deserve to be. – JZ, 27.12.96.
TRUST: The only “constructive” idea that I can in all conscience advance, then, is that the individual put his trust in himself (*), not in power ; that he seek to better his understanding and lift his values to a higher and still higher level.” – Frank Chodorov, quoted in: THE FREEMAN, 1/76, Ideas on Liberty, On Being Constructive. – Put trust in yourself, not in power! – JZ, 76, after reading the above. - (*) And other sufficiently decent, informed and responsible people – JZ, 28.7.08.
TRUST: they couldn’t trust government at any level.” – Hunter, in SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, Winter 75/76.
TRUST: To trust one is enough. // To trust no one isn’t wise. // Yet it is better to trust no one // rather than to trust too many.” - Logau
TRUST: Trust in territorial government is almost as absurd and misleading an attitude as is trust in a God. Trust only in yourself and in voluntary relationships with others, is a better alternative. – JZ, 18.11.82, 28.7.08.
TRUST: Trust liberty! Trust nothing else! – JZ, 20.5.76. – Except people you love and who love you and genuine friends. And even there you will have some disappointments. – JZ, 1.8.08.
TRUST: Trust men and they will be true to you.” – Emerson. – But only within the limits of their knowledge and abilities. – Never trust e.g. Rulers, party leaders, political representatives, politicians, bureaucrats etc. beyond their self-interest. – But when all human groups are reduced to voluntary ones then, and all of them are free to tolerantly do their own things, then you can trust that, between them, at least some of them will successful, some even very successful and upon these the enlightenment and progress of all of mankind depends. - JZ, 28.7.08. – LEADERSHIP, PROGRESS, OBEDIENCE, FOLLOWERSHIP, FREEDOM TO EXPERIMENT, VOLUNTARISM, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM
TRUST: Trust yourself. Some others do.” – Leonard E. Read, Castles in the Air, p.123. – But never too far. No one can know all or do all. – JZ, 28.7.08. - Self-confidence.
TRUST: While politicians and the media are asking, in the wake of Watergate, “Can trust in Government be restored?” others are asking: “Why should trust in government be restored?” It never deserved our trust in the first place.” – R. K., Charing Falls, Ohio, quoted in PENTHOUSE, 3/74. – At least do not trust in territorial governments or other organizations with compulsory membership and rules against and punishments for individual and group secessions from them. – JZ, 28.7.08, 26.3.11. – POLITICIANS, SELF-RELIANCE, STATISM, TERRITORIALISM
TRUST: With regard to international relationships we have to become so trustworthy that even our enemies will trust us. But they can hardly do so while we have still ABC mass murder devices in our hands or these and we are at the disposal of our territorial leaders and while we still trust these leaders all too much, grant them the monopoly on international decision-making, while we know and trust our individual rights and liberties all too little and haven’t even bothered to ponder, publish and explain quite rightful war and peace aims. – JZ, 5.5.83, 28.7.08. – PEOPLE, LEADERSHIP, DIPLOMATS, SUMMIT CONFERENCES, NUCLEAR WAR THREAT, PEACE CONFERENCES, PRESIDENTS, PRIME MINISTERS, REPRESENTATIVES, PEOPLE, DECISION ON WAR & PEACE, DISARMAMENT, MILITIA, TERRITORIALISM, PANARCHISM, PUBLICITY, REFERENDUMS, WAR AIMS, ENEMIES, POWER, STATISM, GOVERNMENTALISM
TRUST: You can’t trust nothing if you can’t trust liberty. – JZ, 20.5.76.
TRUSTS: Anti-trust is a hoax.” – Conclusion by Dr. D. T. Armentano in “The Myth of Anti-trust.”
TRUSTS: Implicit throughout the antitrust system, of course, is the traditional fear of unchecked power, the demand for safeguards, for countervailing authority, for “checks and balances”. The error throughout is that of assuming that free enterprise (*) is unchecked to begin with, an error which is rooted in the failure to observe that it is bounded at all times by the objective laws of the market place, which curtail abuses far faster and far more readily than the whims of governmental authority.” - O’Neill, Ayn Rand, p.60. - - (*) Free Enterprise, Free Trade and a Free Market are not fully free under monetary and financial despotism, especially full monetary and clearing freedom, including free choice of value standards, which Ayn Rand did not favor, either. The demand for labor and for produced goods and services offered for sale was mostly tied either to an exclusive metal currency or to an exclusive governmental currency, later even to a forced paper currency. (Legal tender laws, making acceptance compulsory and introducing a forced and fictitious value to be accepted at par rather than market rated.) As a result mass unemployment and sales difficulties occurred all too often, the “cursed hunger for gold” arose and the shortages of sound paper money, which most governments did not know how to produce or had no interest to offer to the market. Alternatively, inflations and stagflations resulted, all ascribed to supposed flaws in the “free” market or in the supposed but non-existing “laissez-faire capitalism”. Governments believed that they could do better via their monetary despotism, practised by their central banks, by inflating or “regulating” their monopoly money. – JZ, 26.7.08, 26.3.11.
TRUSTS: Miss Rand is particularly incensed by “that legalized lynching or pogrom known as ‘trust busting’ ”. Indeed, the ultimate consequence of anti-trust is to penalize and discourage the able. “The Antitrust laws”, she states, “were the classic example of amoral inversion prevalent in the history of capitalism.” Applied to all productive activity in general, they “would mean that none of us … should venture forward, or rise, or improve, because any form of personal progress … can discourage the kind of newcomers who haven’t yet started, but who expect to start competing at the top.” – O’Neill, Ayn Rand, p.59/60. - ANTI-TRUST LEGISLATION, TRUST BUSTING
TRUSTS: To demand that Government dissolve the monopolies that it maintains, is an absurdity on the face of it. (*) American Government creates the Trusts; and American Government tries to enforce an anti-Trust law. Any Administration that wants to prevent and destroy Trusts has only to abolish the Office of Patents. - - Let Government stop protecting the Trusts by police force, and there will be no restraint of trade. - - Nothing but force obstructs the free action, creative and destructive, of human energies. And in civilization, Government is the monopoly of force.” – Rose Wilder Lane, The Discovery of Freedom, p.244. - (*) For territorial government itself is the greatest monopoly in any territory. Only some multinational corporations are larger than some of the smaller national governments. – And these corporations do largely operate under world-wide competition. – They cannot compel their workers, investors, customers, suppliers and competitors, apart e.g. from government-granted tax privileges and patent and copyrights monopolies. - JZ, 28.7.08, 26.3.11.
TRUTH: A commodity so precious – some people use it sparingly.” – Arnold H. Glasow. – JOKES, RED., LIES
TRUTH: A harmful truth is better than a useless lie.” – Thomas Mann, quoted by Arthur Koestler and in Seldes: The Great Quotations. - Not always in all situations and for everybody! – JZ, 7.8.08.
TRUTH: A lie travels by the Marconi route, while Truth foes by slow freight and is often ditched at the first water tank.” – Elbert Hubbard, Epigrams. – By now we could make all truths, even those about war prevention, a successful resistance method, a rightful revolution program, the ways to end and prevent e.g. unemployment, inflation and involuntary poverty, available to all who are interested in them - at electronic speed. But who is interested in working systematically together with others to achieve that aim? And many related ones? – JZ, 25.10.08, 26.3.11.
TRUTH: A person remains a child so long as he feels that he owes others the truth. He becomes an adolescent when he asks himself what he owes others and what others owe him. And he reaches adulthood when he concludes that others deserve the truth only if they are trustworthy and that he owes them the truth only in proportion as others prove themselves to be deserving of it.” – Thomas Szasz, Heresies, p.30. – ADULTHOOD, MATURITY, JUDGMENT, TRUST, OPENNESS, FRANKNESS
TRUTH: A pitiful wretch is he who knows the truth and yet can silent be.” - Author unknown. - Yes, under freedom of expression and information. - Seeing how libertarians and anarchists failed to make all their truths or opinions widely and cheaply known e.g. through microfiche, floppy disks and CD-ROMs, websites, DVDs and HDs, they are also "pitiful wretches". - JZ, 27.1.02, 4.4.09. - SILENCE
TRUTH: A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.” - Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, written 1904, under the name “Sebastian Melmoth”. – Seldes quotations. – Well, at least it is a test for seriousness. – JZ, 7.4.77, 7.8.08. - MARTYRDOM, PATHOS, BELIEFS, READINESS TO DIE, SACRIFICES, DEATH
TRUTH: A torch that is (*) seen through the fog (**) without burning it away.” – Helvétius. – (*) somewhat - - (**) by people close-by – JZ, 25.3.84.
TRUTH: a truth is never composed of fallacies.” – Leonard E. Read in “Then Truth Will Out, p.30, when discussing: “The end pre-exists in the means.” –
TRUTH: All I mean by truth is what I can’t help thinking.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., in Mark De Wolfe, How, The Shaping Years. – Seldes, The Great Quotations. – Any fool could still think the same. – JZ, 7.8.08. -
TRUTH: All truth is safe, and nothing else is safe; and he who keeps back the truth or withholds it from men, from motives of expediency, is either a coward or a criminal, or both.” - Max Mueller. - Theodore Schroeder, compiler, “Free Press Anthology”, 1909, Sec. III, ”Laconics of Toleration and Free Inquiry.” – As if e.g. despots or tyrants, private criminals or tax collectors were entitled to hear all of your truths. – JZ, 7.8.08. - Should all knowledge on how to produce mass extermination devices be made accessible to everyone? – JZ, 24.9.08. – All those speaking or writing openly, while under totalitarian regimes are likely to become exterminated. Whistleblowers are not even welcomed in democracies. – JZ, 14.4.09. – , LIES, SECRECY
TRUTH: All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” - Arthur Schopenhauer – An Ideas Archive could greatly speed up its acceptance. An encyclopedia of the best refutations, even a generally accessible mere electronic file of the best of the truthful slogans, and other tools and methods would also help to speed up the process of enlightenment. – Compare my 1910 digitized book draft, called so far only "New Draft". - JZ, 14.4.09, 26.3.11.
TRUTH: All truths are not to be told.” – English proverb, traced by Smith to ca. 1350. – At least not to fools, cheats, thieves, violent people and tax collectors. – JZ, 7.11.85, 20.7.08.
TRUTH: All words bear some truth.” - L.E. Modesitt, Gravity Dreams, Orbit, London, 1999, p.21. – Most of them, anyhow, although often only a very limited and conditional one. – JZ, 7.10.07. - , RED
TRUTH: An ever-growing number of historians have come round to [Albert] Einstein’s view that it is far better to live uncomfortably with the truth than comfortably with deceit.” – From the autobiographical details by Fritz Tobias on the jacket of his book “The Reichstag Fire: Legend and Truth”, translated from the German by Arnold J. Pemerans, London, Secker & Warburg, 1963.
TRUTH: And who is interested in Truth?” – Robert Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land, p.394.
TRUTH: And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” – Quoted by V. Orval Watts, THE FREEMAN, 5/73. – Bible, New Testament, John, VIII, 32. - - If so, remember, the Bible is full of lies and errors. Not all the truth expressed by V. Orval Watts have been generally recognized and realized as yet. – Most people die captives of their errors, myths, false assumptions and conclusions, full of popular prejudices, even if they manage to encounter many truths on their way. – JZ, 7.8.08. – You aren’t free yet because you don’t know all the truths yet! – JZ, 8.7.82. - So far and for the foreseeable future, not one has easy and fast access to all of them. The supposedly holy writings contain only a few of them and many errors than truths. - JZ 26.3.11.
TRUTH: And, finally, that truth is great and will prevail if left to herself (*); that she is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and has nothing to fear from the conflict unless by human interposition disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate; errors ceasing to be dangerous when it is permitted freely to contradict them.” – Thomas Jefferson, Virginia Act for Religious Freedom, 1786. – Seldes quotations. - (*) Is it ever or often enough? – The best refutations of popular errors, myths, prejudices, fallacies etc. still remain to become encyclopedically combined and easily, cheaply and fast enough available to everybody interested in them. – Not even all the public meetings in cities, in which some of them are refuted, are sufficiently announced in advance to reach all their potential audiences. – How many popular errors and prejudices have persisted since he wrote these words? Ten-thousands? Hundred thousands? - JZ, 7.8.08. - Truths are unable to defend themselves. They do need very intelligent and very informed defenders and, apparently, many of them haven't had that good luck as yet. E.g. many to most of the libertarian and anarchist truths. Even the best defence of truths cannot penetrate into some foolish, limited or blocked minds. - JZ, 26.3.11.
TRUTH: Any story sounds true until someone tells the other side and sets the record straight. – Proverbs 18:17 – Truths are only rarely one-sided and only rarely and usually only by a few are all aspects of it clearly enough seen. – JZ, 20.4.13. - TRUTHS
TRUTH: any theory is true within the framework where it applies; and any theory is false outside its own coordinate system.” – Mark Clifton and Frank Riley, They’d Rather Be Right, p.124. - THEORIES, HYPOTHESES
TRUTH: Anyone, who makes masses of unthinking people believe that he is offering the absolute truth, in case of J. C., as a son of God, is a very dangerous man, much against his will and intentions and will lead masses to mass murders. Even the worst kind of ordinary criminals does rarely have that kind of effect because decent people despise him. But prophets of the religions of territorial statism, like e.g. Stalin, Hitler, Mao can and do, like religious prophets, also lead to mass murders. At least to delusions like: "All you need is love!" or "All you need is faith!" – IDEOLOGIES, TRUE BELIEVERS, FAITH, LOVE, JESUS CHRIST, RELIGIONS
TRUTH: Are ye truly free and brave? // They are slaves who fear to speak // For the fallen and the weak; // They are slaves who will not choose // Hatred, scoffing and abuse, // Rather than in silence shrink // From the truth they needs must think; // They are slaves who dare not be // In the right with two or three.” – James Russell, 1843, in “Stanzas on Men!” – SPEAK THE TRUTH, WHENEVER YOU CAN, FREEDOM, SLAVERY
TRUTH: Arm thyself for the truth!” – Bulwer-Lytton, The Lady of Lyons, Act v, sc. I. – Arm yourself and others also with all the truth you can reach. Electronically millions could and should now collaborate to realize the aim of making all truths easily, cheaply and fast accessible to anyone interested – except those which could only be used to infringe the rights and liberties of others – and they could and should, in this process, mutually correct each other, for no one knows more than a small fraction of all truths. – This genuinely cultural revolution may be the most important of all. - JZ, 25.10.08.
TRUTH: As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of demand. - Josh Billings - Roy Halliday, Quotations with an Attitude, online. – Actually, all truths have never as yet been sufficiently assembled, and made cheaply, easily and fast enough accessible. Only then could they easily replace and defeat all untruths. – JZ, 26.3.12. – IDEAS ARCHIVE, ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS, DIGITAL ARGUMENT MAPPING, , I.A., RED., DIGITAL FREEDOM LIBRARY ON A LARGE DISC.
TRUTH: As scarce as truth is, the supply of it has always been in excess of the demand.” – Josh Billings. – Quoted e.g. in Mark Skousen’s foreword to Rothbard’s The Case for a 100 Percent Gold Dollar”, an essay which itself is all too full of false premises. - Because demand and supply were never sufficiently brought together in this sphere, in a proper market place for truths, and their best defences against all criticism, and this almost everywhere and to everyone, at an affordable price. Technology would now make this possible. – JZ, 12/76, 7.8.08.
TRUTH: Baldwin often times stumbles over the truth, but he always picks himself up and hurries on as if nothing had happened.” - Winston Churchill, speaking of a political rival. - , RED.
TRUTH: Beauty is truth and truth beauty. That’s all you know and all you need to know.” – Source? – If it were, truth would be as popular as beauty. – JZ, 2.10.88. – “Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.” – says an old proverb. – How many do realize the truth and beauty of a truth at first sight? – JZ, 6.8.08. - BEAUTY,
TRUTH: Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.” (*) - Andre Gide. - Rather, doubt and closely enough examine their findings. - JZ, 21.8.02,– (*) Rather: who merely claim to have found it. - JZ, 26.3.11. - DOUBT, BELIEFS,
TRUTH: Beware of a half-truth. It may be the wrong half.” – Burton Hillis. – RED., JOKES
TRUTH: But even the truth, when poorly represented so that it appears a dull, drab, commonplace affair – the Sober Naked Truth – prosy, humdrum, weary, flat, stale and unprofitable, will not prevail against fantastic falsehood, floodlit, masked, painted, powdered, tricked out in coloured ribbons, bells a-jingle, rings flashing, hair flying, music playing.” – John Hargraves, 1940, Words Win Wars. – The latter come also in much larger armies. - Mostly, time, opportunity and manpower is missing to sufficiently demolish the numerous untruths. - JZ, 26.3.11. -
TRUTH: But I realize that humans cannot bear very much reality”, he said. “Most lives are a flight from selfhood. Most prefer the truths of the stable. You stick your heads into the stanchions and munch contentedly until you die. Not once do you live outside the stable to lift your head and be your own creature.” – Frank Herbert, Children of Dune, ANALOG 3/76, p.50.
TRUTH: But it is easy enough to cleanse the soul and mind of these intentions when once the attracting power of truth is appreciated. The seeker after truth should rely on it and should trust it to attract all that is susceptible to it, for Truth seems to shy away from those who lack faith in its power.” – Leonard E. Read, Elements of Libertarian Leadership, p.131. – We should try to get away from relying exclusively or mainly on personal advocacy of freedom ideas. Much more attractive could be an objective compilation of all relevant ideas, opinions, facts, texts and references in an Archive of Freedom Ideas and Talents, that would really bring all of the existing supply of and demand for ideas and talents together, bridging even the time gaps that remain, gradually. A good idea or talent could be offered there – until finally sufficient demand for it has been developed and recorded, there, as well. Or the demand for an idea or talent could be recorded first – until it finally appears. – We do no longer rely largely on personal salesmanship: people going from door to door with their offers. Modern publicity and advertising has gone far beyond that. It has even created electronic market places for goods and services, world-wide auctions! - JZ, 7.8.08. - ATTRACTIVENESS OF TRUTH, FAITH IN TRUTH, CONVICTION, IDEAS ARCHIVE, SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT. – NO POSITIVE POTENTIAL SHOULD BE WASTED, ENLIGHTENMENT, EDUCATION, TRUTHFUL PROPAGAND, DEFENCE OF TRUTHS
TRUTH: But it is not enough to possess a truth; it is essential that the truth should possess us.” – Maurice Maeterlinck, The Deeper Life, The Treasure of the Humble, 1896, tr. Alfred Sutro. - Not every truth should possess us. Our brain could not cope with that multitude. But every truth should be made easily enough accessible to us, at least in a popularized form, one that we can comprehend. (*) We should only become possessed of some very important truths, namely, for instance, all those contained in a comprehensive and ideal declaration of all individual rights and liberties, one probably still to become systematically compiled by enough justice, freedom, peace and truth lovers effectively collaborating for this purpose. – JZ, 25.7.08, 26.3.11. - (*) Can anyone comprehend all tax laws and rules and regulations or even read all of them? – JZ, 24.10.08.
TRUTH: But more important, perhaps, is that the public is commonly more interested in the struggle between truth and falsehood than it is in the truth itself. Demand for the services of the writer and speechmaker depends, to a considerable extent, on the existence of controversy – and for controversy to exist, it is necessary that truth should not stand triumphant and alone.” – R. H. Coase, The Market for Goods and the Market for Ideas, p.7. - They watch it like they used to watch gladiators fighting or as they still see sportsmen or sports-teams fighting for each other! – JZ, 7.8.08. – CONTROVERSIES, FIGHTING, STRUGGLES, COMPETITION, DEBATES, PARTIES, ELECTION CAMPAIGNS
TRUTH: Can there be a more horrible object in existence than an eloquent man not speaking the truth?” – Thomas Carlyle, 1795-1881. – A. Andrews, Quotations, p.363. – Yes, the man who forces his lies upon whole populations and their actions. – “Sticks and stones can hurt my bones, but words can never hurt me.” – JZ, 7.8.08. - LIES, LIARS, ELOQUENCE, DEMAGOGUES, LEADERSHIP, INTOLERANCE FOR TOLERANT ACTIONS, TOLERANCE FOR INTOLERANT ACTIONS, HONESTY, DISHONESTY
TRUTH: Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies. – Friedrich Nietzsche, The Portable Nietzsche, 1954. – Seldes quotations.
TRUTH: Correspondence of beliefs to facts.” - George Bernard Shaw.
TRUTH: Dedicate your life to the truth.” – “Vitam impendere vero.” – “Das Leben dem Wahren widmen.” – Juvenal IV. 91. - J. J. Rousseau’s motto. – It is physically impossible for anyone to dedicate himself to all truths. His life-span, intelligence-range and energy are insufficient for that. He must pick and choose among them. - JZ, 7.8.08 0 - DEDICATION, PURPOSE, MEANING, LIFE, MAN
TRUTH: Difference of opinion leads to enquiry, and enquiry to truth.” - Thomas Jefferson. - ENQUIRIES, DIFFERENCES OF OPINION
TRUTH: Don’t confuse logic and truth, however good the logic. You can stick one end of logic into solid ground and through the other end clear out of the cosmos without breaking it. Truth is a little less flexible.” – Theodore Sturgeon, The Golden Helix, in C. N. Brown, ed., Far Travellers, p.13. - LOGIC
TRUTH: Each truth is convictive of some error, and each truth helps on the discovery of another.” – Benjamin Whichcote, Moral and Religious Aphorisms, 1753. – Just consider the effect of there being many more errors than truths. If each truth destroyed only one error, it would still be outvoted by numerous other errors. - in the discovery? – Ignorance, prejudices and errors are still super-abundant in most heads, especially in the social sciences. Even Adam Smiths insights are still not fully recognized, more than 200 years later. Nor have all of his remaining errors been widely enough recognized as such. Obviously, most anarchists and libertarians have still a hard stand against the legions of statists regardly of how sound and truthful their cases are. -– Over 15 000 quotation books exist and even their truths and falsehoods have not yet been sufficiently surveyed and sorted out. JZ, 20.7.08, 26.3.11.
TRUTH: Error is the force that welds men together; truth is communicated to men only by deeds of truth.” – Leo N. Tolstoy: My Religion, in Seldes quotations. – Even religious tolerance has not eliminated religions errors. It has made them only less wrongful and harmful to others. – JZ, 7.8.08.PANARCHISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, ENLIGHTENMENT, RELIGIONS, NATIONALISM, CHAUVINISM
TRUTH: Error will slip through a crack, while truth will stick in a doorway.” - H. W. Shaw. – I had recently a drainage blockage through fine pine roots penetrating my sewage pipes! It cost time and money to clear them out, temporarily – and they will come back. – JZ, 7.8.08. – , PREJUDICES
TRUTH: Errors are easy to come by and there is a wide choice. To uncover and realize a truth requires hard work. Errors, prejudices, myths, false assumptions and conclusions, fallacies etc. are almost omnipresent and also easily and widely interlinked. That’s why errors are so plentifully represented and truths so rarely. – JZ, 2.1.77, 26.3.11. – And each of these truths has still numerous popular errors, prejudices, myths, false assumptions and conclusions as its active enemies. I know of no better “barbed wire and machine-gun defences” against that army of enemies than a complete encyclopedia of the best refutations that have so far been found against them. – JZ, 2.1.77, 6.8.08.
TRUTH: Even when the facts are available, most people seem to prefer the legend and refuse to believe the truth when it in any way dislodges the myth.” – John Mason Brown, quoted in Leonard E. Read, The Love of Liberty, p.53.
TRUTH: Expositions devoid of any intention of making over others are attractive in proportion to the truth they contain.” – Leonard E. Read, Elements of Libertarian Leadership, p.132. - If true, then panarchism, once understood, should be very attractive to most people. – JZ, 7.8.08. - TOLERANCE, PANARCHISM, ATTRACTIVENESS, NONINTERFERENCE
TRUTH: Facts are not truths; they are not conclusions; they are not even premises. The truth depends on, and is only arrived at, by a legitimate deduction from all the facts which are truly material.” - Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), Table Talk (23 July 1827). - & FACTS, JUDGMENT
TRUTH: Fallacious disregard for truth is habitual …” - P. J. O’Rourke, The CEO of the Sofa, Atlantic Monthly Press, 841 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10003, 2001, p.197. - FALLACIES, ERRORS, PREJUDICES, WRONG ASSUMPTIONS,
TRUTH: first appearance to our eyes, bleared and dimmed with prejudice and custom, is more unsightly and unplausible than many errors; even s the person is of many a great man slight and contemptible to see.” – John Milton, Aeropagitica, 1644. – “implausible” according to my spell-checker. But then, whose spelling should one always use? The English or the US spelling, the spelling of the writers in former centuries? – I have not always been consistent in this. Perhaps English-speaking and writing countries should have another language convention, to iron out the differences?- JZ, 17.4.09.
TRUTH: For finally there is for a man only one true happiness, to speak the truth. And only one true satisfaction, to have stated it.” – John Henry Mackay, Abrechnung, S.182. (“Denn schliesslich gibt es fuer einen Mann doch nur ein wahres Glueck: die Wahrheit zu sagen. Und nur eine wahre Befriedigung: sie gesagt zu haben.“) - What percentage of all people do find their happiness largley or mainly in this way? - JZ, 26.3.11. - , HAPPINESS, MANHOOD, SATISFACTION, WRITERS, THINKERS, SPEAKERS
TRUTH: For God’s sake, girl, can’t you serve Truth a little at a time?’ – Except that she was the girl, and was unacquainted with God.” – Ursula Le Guin, The Dispossessed, p.160. – I would rather have it served more than a little at a time. – If possible, as it would be now, a complete electronic freedom library, perhaps on a single disk like a 1 Tb external HD. - After all, one can record it and contemplate it later at leisure. – But I also find myself often forced to ask someone to speak more slowly or to repeat himself. And to give me some time to ponder what he has to offer. - JZ, 7.8.08. – Truths, like food, should not be offered in other qualities and quantities than are readily accepted and swalled. - JZ, 26.3.11. - RED.
TRUTH: For someone must propagate the truth in society, as opposed to what is politically expedient. If scholars and intellectuals fail to do so, if they fail to expound their convictions of what they believe the correct course to be, they are abandoning truth, and therefore abandoning their very raison d’être. …” - Murray N. Rothbard, The 100 % Gold Dollar, p 43. – Alas, precisely there he was still too far from the truths of full monetary freedom and free choice in value standards and full freedom for all kinds of clearing transactions, by whatever rightful methods, of due debts and credits. – JZ, 7.8.08.
TRUTH: For the great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived, and dishonest – but the myth – persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. – John F. Kennedy. – How many of them did he represent? – JZ, 7.6.13. - PREJUDICES,
TRUTH: Full of error and suffering as the world yet is, we cannot afford to reject unexamined any idea which proposes to improve the Moral, Intellectual and Social condition of mankind. Better incur the trouble of testing and exploding a thousand fallacies than by rejecting stifle a single beneficent Truth.” – Horace Greeley, Editorial, NEW YORK TRIBUTE, 1845. - PREJUDICES, ERRORS, , IDEAS ARCHIVE, SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT, DECLARATION OF ALL INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES
TRUTH: Fundamentally, all prickly questions, concluded the Bankdirector, are very simple to answer. Man must merely cease to believe that there are complicated truths. “ – “Plutus”. – JZ tr. of: “Im Grund genommen sind alle stacheligen Fragen” so schloss der Bankdirektor, “sehr einfach zu beantworten. Der Mensch muss nur aufhoeren, zu glauben, dass es komplizierte Wahrheiten gibt.“ - - Can all genuine truths be simply expressed and understood without great efforts? – JZ, 4.8.92. – Then why aren’t e.g. all the anarchistic, libertarian, economic, monetary, value standard, clearing and credit truths, as well as the ones about war and peace, already known and understood and generally accepted? “The terrible over-simplifiers.” – How many bankers or bank officials do you know, who are fully conversant with monetary theory? – JZ, 4.8.92. – , PREJUDICES, IGNORANCE, LIES,
TRUTH: generalizations about the natural “role” of foundations, … plausible nonsense. Leaving aside the fact that it is usually impossible to distinguish radical truth from lunacy before the fact, why should the heirs and cronies of some successful noodle manufacturer suddenly become the pioneers of change?” – Richard C. Cornuelle, Demanaging America, p.10. – I hold that information storage and duplication and transmission technology have now become so powerful, efficient and cheap that it is no longer a question of finance but just of organizing people with similar interests sufficiently, just like e.g. the WIKIPEDIA did and does. When, probably, all freedom writings ever produced could be cheaply reproduced on a single 1 TB external HD, why wait for foundation money to come forward? That is like the “grantsmanship” developed by many modern academics, who want to get not only salaries but also special rewards for engaging in special researches. – JZ, 7.8.08. - FINANCING RESEARCH, FOUNDATIONS, GRANTS
TRUTH: Get in first – with the truth.” – John Hargraves, 1940, Words Win Wars, p.60.
TRUTH: Great is Truth and Mighty Above all Things.” – Source? – Only for those who love it, search for it and adhere to it – if they have also minimum numbers on their side. – JZ, 7/81. –
TRUTH: Great men tell the truth and are never believed. (*) Lesser men are always believed, but seldom have the brains or the courage to tell the truth.” – Kenneth Roberts, Oliver Wiswell, p.434. - (*) Rarely ever immediately and widely believed! – I hold that he generalized an existing tendency too much. - JZ, 6.8.08.
TRUTH: Harmful truth, if prefer it to the useful errors. Truth heals the pain which it may often cause us.” – Goethe, Gedichte, Vier Jahreszeiten, Nr. 55. (JZ tr. of: “Schaedliche Wahrheit, ich ziehe sie vor dem nuetzlichen Irrtum. Wahrheit heilet den Schmerz, den sie vielleicht in uns erregt.“)
TRUTH: He had formulated a Primitive Theory, which he called ‘the Law of Reversal’. This so-called Law held that the truth (i.e. what was really going on) was always the opposite of what the government and the mass media claimed.” – R. A. Wilson, Schroedinger’s Cat III, p.41. – GOVERNMENT, MASS MEDIA
TRUTH: He that has truth on his side is a fool, as well as a coward, if he is afraid to win it because of other men’s opinions.” – Daniel Defoe. – Charles Heath, in “The Golden Egg, p.101, quotes this and adds: “Be specific. Give facts.” – SPEAK UP, PROTEST, RALLY
TRUTH: He that speaks the truth executes no private function of an individual will, but the world utters a sound by his lips.” – R. W. Emerson, Character, 1844. - The world cannot speak. However, in it there is a Babel of languages, terms, ideas and opinions that is effective largely only in achieving and maintaining confusion not only in the masses, but also within most minorities. - JZ, 26.3.11.
TRUTH: He who has the truth is in the majority, even though he be one.” – Arab Proverb. – He is quite right, but, alas, he does not form an EFFECTIVE majority. Thus he is often murdered and more often simply ignored and long forgotten and may be rediscovered and recognized, if at all, then only decades or centuries after he has died. – JZ, 20.7.08, 26.3.11.
TRUTH: He who sees the truth, let him proclaim it, without asking who is for it or who is against it.” - Henry George – By seeking, finding and organizing supporters for important truths they could become realized much sooner, at least among these supporters, especially when they are supported by free experiments among these volunteers. – JZ, 14.4.09. – PANARCHISM, FREEDOM TO EXPERIMENT, FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION& INFORMATION OPPORTUNITIES MULTIPLIED BY A GENUINELY CULTURAL REVOLUTION
TRUTH: Henry George said there is a satisfaction in working for the truth that can be gained in no other way.” – Robert Clancy, GOOD GOVERNMENT, Dec. 73. – Alas, all too many work for what they hold to be the truth but what is, in reality, only another error. These cases would be greatly reduced under full experimental freedom, when we are no longer confined to almost endless and fruitless verbal battles. – For instance: Which is the best standard of value? The most rightful rapid and truth-promoting answer is: Free choice of value standards! – If there is really a best one for all people, all transactions, then this freedom is likely to discover it as soon as possible. - Which is the best kind of government or society? Answer: Free choice of governments and societies for all individuals will supply answer to that question as soon as human beings can supply it. – JZ, 6.8.08, 26.3.11. - PANARCHISM, MONETARY FREEDOM, FREE CHOICE OF VALUE STANDARDS.
TRUTH: Heresy: believing that the brain should be an organ generating new truths to please its owner instead of reproducing old falsehoods to please the authorities.” – Thomas Szasz, Heresies, p.29.
TRUTH: Hesitance is the road to science; impressing the ignorant may bring one closer to success but not to the truth.” – Dagobert D. Runes, Handbook of Reason, p.11/12.
TRUTH: how far from the truth can this world get and still survive?” – Allen Drury, Come Nineveh, Come Tyre, p.246. – NUCLEAR WAR THREAT, SURVIVAL, MANKIND
TRUTH: How long does a truth need, even today, with the help of the Internet und hundreds of millions of books and other printed matters and records and numerous broadcasting stations and endless meetings, lectures, discussions and conferences, to penetrate the fog of untruths? – JZ, 30.7.78, free after my 4.11.76 version under “PUBLIC SERVICES” - This fog is the worst kind and most harmful kind of pollution that exists and yet it is not yet fought systematically and efficiently enough. – We tolerate it, all too much, in our own brains and those of others. - JZ, 6.8.08, 26.3.11. – EDUCATION, ENLIGHTENMENT, PREJUDICES, IGNORANCE, ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS, IDEAS ARCHIVE, SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT, , RED.
TRUTH: I can never feel certain of any truth, but from a clear perception of its beauty. – John Keats, Letter to George Keats, 1818. – Are all truths really beautiful? – JZ, 20.7.08. – Haven’t many lies more “sex” appeal? – E.g.: I’ll love you forever!” - JZ, 17.4.09. -
TRUTH: I cannot comprehend how any man can want anything but the truth.” – Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, Meditations. – Quoted in Seldes.
TRUTH: I do not despair in the least of ultimate triumph. I repeat with more intense conviction: the truth is on the march and nothing will stop it.” - (La vérité est en marche et rien ne l’arrêtera.”) – Emile Zola, J’Accuse! – Quoted in Seldes, The Great Quotations. - Did he win immediately? - Has it as yet enough battalions? – JZ, 7.8.08. - Did this famous case sufficiently squash anti-Semitism? – JZ, 25.10.08.
TRUTH: I felt (not with my reason only but with my whole being) that “Truth is great and shall prevail”, that to truth we must be ready to say, “Though you should slay me, yet will I love thee.” – Leo Tolstoy, in Aylmer Maude, Tolstoy and His Problems, London, Grant Richards, 1901, p.194. - The question is: WHEN will any particular truth finally prevail among human beings? After how many years or centuries and which are the conditions that would sufficiently accelerate and assure this process of enlightenment. Compare my digitized book manuscript: "New Draft". - JZ, 26.3.11. - ENLIGHTENMENT, EDUCATION, , IDEAS ARCHIVE, NEW DRAFT
TRUTH: I hope you’re right that objective truth exists. And I hope that when you find out what it is, you’ll let me know!” – Robert LeFevre. – “Truth” does not exist purely on its own – but only in relation to different subjects. So there are only different truths. – JZ, 5.8.92. - Kant stated that clearly 2 centuries before. – JZ, 6.8.08. – RED., “THE TRUTH”, “OBJECTIVE TRUTH”, OR “ABSOLUTE TRUTH”, SINGULAR, .
TRUTH: I never did believe that horseshit about (*) keeping the truth from people for their own good. Mostly it’s for the government’s own good.” – W. R. Thompson, Outlaw, ANALOG 10/90, p.140. - (*) Underlining by me. Why not simply say: “in”? – JZ – SECRECY, PANIC, CENSORSHIP, COVER-UPS, CONCEALING THE TRUTH ETC.
TRUTH: I search after truth, by which man never yet was harmed.” – Marcus Aurelius, Mediations, 2nd c., 6.21, tr. Morris Hickey Morgan. - Mankind was almost never harmed by truths, but the truth discoverers and truth bearers were often harmed. There are scientific and technical truths about nuclear explosives and they have become realized, but the truthful moral, political, social and economic factors involved have not yet been widely enough realized. If they had been, all these “weapons” would have been destroyed long-ago, even unilaterally. They harmed people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and still harm all of us, e.g. as the result of pollution from their production and from their testing. Also by the vast amounts of money and the armies of scientists and technicians dedicated to the wrongs and absurdities of nuclear strength. – JZ, 25.7.08. – , NWT
TRUTH: I speak the truth not so much as I would, but as I dare, and I dare a little more as I grow older.” - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne - & FREEDOM TO EXPRESS IT
TRUTH: I will be harsh as truth and as uncompromising as justice.” – William Lloyed Garrison, Salutatory of the LIBERATOR, Jan. 1, 1831.
TRUTH: I would rather speak the truth to ten men than blandishments and lying to a million. - Henry Ward Beecher - Roy Halliday, Quotations with an Attitude, online. - PUBLICITY, FAME
TRUTH: If falsehood, like truth, had but one face, we would be more on equal terms. For we would consider the contrary of what the liar said to be. But the opposite of truths has a hundred thousand faces and an infinite field.” - Michel de Montaigne – Neither the truths nor the lies, the errors and prejudices, have so far been sufficiently combined, the latter also with their criticism and refutations, encyclopedically and electronically. The Internet is still far from having achieved this and such encyclopedias could still be optimally and economically published in frequent editions, on disks rather than expensively online, exposed to downloading costs, risks and times. – JZ, 23.1.08. - LIES, ERRORS, PREJUDICES,
TRUTH: if it come to prohibiting, there is not ought more likely to be prohibited than truth itself, whose first appearance to our eyes, bleared and dimmed with prejudice and custom, is more unsightly and unplausible than many errors, even as the person is of many a great man slight and contemptible to see to.” – John Milton, Speech for the Liberty of Unlicensed Printing, quoted by John Morley, On Compromise, p. 266/67, in note to p.242. – Quoted in: R. H. Coase, The Market for Goods and the Market for Ideas, p.6. – Nowadays we rather write “implausible”. LAWS, PROHIBITIONS, CENSORSHIP, PREJUDICES, IGNORANCE, CUSTOM, ERRORS
TRUTH: If only free men would not rely on that which has no power, and is always fettered – upon external aids; but would trust in that which is always powerful and free – the truth and its expression. – Leo Tolstoy, quoted by LearnLiberty added a new photo. Facebook, 22.10.12. – LearnLiberty added a new photo. – THE truth is also a misnomer. There are as many different truths as there are subjects, or objects or relationships for it. - JZ, 22.10.12. - & FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
TRUTH: If people did not feel obliged to repeat untruths because they had once stated them, then they would become quite different people.” - Goethe, “Sprueche in Prosa”, JZ tr. of: “Wenn Mancher sich nicht verpflichtet fuehle, das Unwahre zu wiederholen, weil er’s einmal gesagt hat, so waeren es ganz andere Leute geworden.” – Admit your errors and mistakes. You will thereby gain rather than lose respect. – among self-thinking people. – JZ, 15.9.08. - RED., ERRORS, MISTAKES, ADMISSION
TRUTH: If the truth of a proposition depended on the number of people who believed it, the earth would still be flat.” - Hon. Richard Prebble, MP, New Zealand. - It still isn't, although there are still some believers in a "flat earth" about. - JZ, 11.2.02. - MAJORITY, BELIEF, FAITH
TRUTH: If the truth shall make you free, ye shall be freed indeed.” – Bible. - After how many thousand years? - JZ, 26.3.11.
TRUTH: If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope of advance.” – Orville Wright. – Quoted in: R. J. Williams, You Are Extraordinary, p.183. – One of the soundest critics of egalitarianism and defenders of individualism that I know of, from a scientific and biological point of view. One of his insights: We are all different, inside even more so than outside! Perhaps for the same reason that within a volume there can be more differences than on its surface. – JZ, 7.8.08, 25.10.08. - PROGRESS
TRUTH: If we don’t find, collect, order, combine and retrieve, recognized, discuss and spread all the necessary truths soon enough, then we may not have a future for much longer. – JZ, 1.8.87, 21.7.08, 26.3.11. – IDEAS ARCHIVE, SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT, LIBERTARIAN ELECTRONIC LIBRARY & INFORMATION SERVICE, NWT
TRUTH: If you add to the truth, you subtract from it.” – Talmud. – Do not generalize or exaggerate. – JZ, n.d. – What percentage of all truths was ever fully and quite clearly stated and this in every language? – JZ, 25.10.08.
TRUTH: If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.” – Virginia Woolf; The Moment and Other Essays, Harcourt, Brace. – Often it is much harder to realize and tell oneself the truth about oneself, than to realize it and tell it about other people. - Even if you will not tell the truth about yourself, you can, sometimes and even maliciously, tell it about other people. – Part truth, even half-truths, are not good enough. - JZ, 7.8.08
TRUTH: If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.” - Rene Descartes & DOUBT
TRUTH: Ignorance, errors and prejudices interconnect in many ways among most people, while many to most truths to most people, seem to be unknown, misunderstood, disconnected, held among a few only and each tends to possess only a fraction of the required truths. They tend to disconnect the truth-upholder from most other people. We have to establish new or better interconnections for truths and their upholders than were so far provided, to make them, at last, all-powerful or, at least very influential, a.s.a.p. – JZ, 24.2.89, 26.3.11. – Neither the conventional mass media nor the alternative ones nor the Internet have achieved that objective so far. – I believe that a number of important new reference works are still missing and special archives and handbooks to speed up the process of enlightenment as much as possible, just like they held in the first Age of Enlightenment, that a great general encyclopedia would be able to greatly speed up and spread enlightenment. So far we haven’t even compiled a comprehensive enough and ever growing electronic libertarian encyclopedia and library and engaged in comprehensive libertarian publishing, although probably all such texts could be now be fitted onto a single 2 TB external HD with the potential of reproducing over 3 million books or an equivalent number of other pages. – All too much such media are just used for music, images and movies! - JZ, 6.8.08, 26.3.11. - NEW DRAFT (digital manuscript of JZ)
TRUTH: In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell. – If this were really true, then almost no one would tell the truth. Even most revolutionaries do lie, extensively, at least to themselves and to each other and to the government that suppresses them. – JZ, 15.4. 98, 16.7.08. – A taxpayer telling the truth would only get himself into still more trouble. – JZ, 23.10.08. - LIES, REVOLUTION
TRUTH: In all debates, let Truth be the aim, not Victory, or an unjust interest: And endeavor to gain, rather than to expose thy Antagonist.” – William Penn, quoted by Seldes. – DEBATES, ANTAGONISM, RIGHTFUL WAR AIMS, ANIMOSITIES. – Compare: “The best way to defeat an enemy is to make a friend out of him.” - Most people do not consider it to be a friendly act when one demolishes one of their favorite errors, fallacies and prejudices. This in spite of the fact that the refuted person has learned a truth, i.e. gained something, while the refuter merely passed on a truth. However, the recipient does not appreciate that. Their false feelings of self-respect prevent that. They should rather be proud of having been able and willing to learn something new. - JZ, 26.3.11.
TRUTH: In every generation there has to be some fool who will speak the truth as he sees it.” – Boris Pasternak: H. N. Taylor interview, N.Y. TIMES, Feb. 2, 1959. – Seldes, The Great Quotations. - Not just one! Billions! - JZ, 26.3.11.
TRUTH: In old fairy tales there is often more truth than in new government statements.” – Werner Mitsch. (“In alten Maerchen steckt oft mehr Wahrheit als in neuen Regierungserklaerungen.”) - GOVERNMENT STATEMENTS, JOKES
TRUTH: In the contest for men’s minds, truth can be peculiarly the American weapon. It cannot be an isolated weapon, because the propaganda of truth is powerful only when linked with concrete action and policies. … Yet because truth is generally on our side, it can be our decisive weapon if we will only profit from past lessons and employ it with wisdom, consistency, and responsibility.” – Edward W. Barrett, quoted in C. Bingham, Men and Affairs, p.201. – Here one should distinguish between “truths” proclaimed by government officials and truths proclaimed by the best American minds. – JZ, 7.8.08. - AMERICANISM, IN THE BEST SENSE, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, PANARCHISM
TRUTH: In the end the truth will always win – unfortunately, we are still at the beginning.” – Petan. (“Am Ende siegt immer die Wahrheit. Doch leider sind wir erst am Anfang.“) – Will the truths win over the minds of mankind before their all too numerous errors and prejudices destroy it? - JZ, 26.3.11. - JOKES
TRUTH: In the mountains of truth you never climb in vain.” – Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra. – Yes, as far as you own enlightenment is concerned. And how many of these mountain climbers fall to their death – or are shot down? Most whistleblowers are made to suffer for their revelations. Spies are also not treated with kid gloves. – JZ, 7.8.08. - Merely comparing their numbers and size, one can compare the errors and prejudices to the Alps and the truths, however important, merely to some underground rocks, which can be reached only by digging or even tunneling deep, or to a few foothills. - The image of the Alps strike the majority of inferior minds much more strongly. - JZ, 26.3.11.
TRUTH: In the sphere of ideas it is often surprising how close we can come to truths without fully seeing, comprehending and applying them in all spheres where they are applicable. – JZ, 1.1.93, 25.7.08. - - Compare the long road we had to travel from observing lightening and static electricity produced by rubbin amber to achieve a modern computer chip! - Our languages are still all too imperfect - after how many millennia? Not to speak of our territorial politics. - JZ, 26.3.11. - IDEAS, PREJUDICES, ERRORS, E.G. CONSENT, PANARCHISM, INDIVIDUAL VS. REPRESENTATIVE CONSENT, EXTERRITORIALISM VS. TERRITORIALISM, IDEAS ARCHIVE, REFUTATIONS ENCYCLOPEDIA
TRUTH: Indeed, the dictum that truth always triumphs over persecution, is one of those pleasant falsehoods which men repeat after one another till they pass into commonplaces, but which all experience refutes.” – John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1859, p.2. – IDEAS ARCHIVE
TRUTH: It at all then the truth is rarely to be found in one place only. One meets a little of it here and a bit there.” – Des Griffin, Die Herrscher, S.10.
TRUTH: It has been said that "The truth shall make you free," a proposition that is only partially correct. It is our insistence upon truth being identified and spoken – particularly to our own minds – that will make us free.” - Butler Shaffer, The Wizards of Ozymandias, chapter 75. – Essential is freedom to act upon truth and to establish that freedom first when and where it does not yet exist. Merely standing up for it and publicizing it is obviously not enough. Atheists, Anarchists and Libertarians have done that for centuries – with insufficient results. – JZ, 20.2.05. - FREEDOM, SPEAKING UP, PUBLICITY & ACTION
TRUTH: It is a piece of idle sentimentality that truth, merely as truth, has any inherent power denied to error of prevailing against the dungeon and the stake. - John Stuart Mill - Roy Halliday, Quotations with an Attitude, online. – , RED., PUBLICITY, ARGUMENT MAPPING, WORLD LIBRARY, DIGITAL FREEDOM LIBRARY
TRUTH: It is a strange and dismal thing that in a world of such need, such opportunity and such variety as ours, the search for an illusory peace of mind should be so zealously pursued and defended, while truth goes languishing.” – Karl Menninger: This Week, October 16, 1958. – Quoted in Seldes. - Or it is extinguished in book burnings or in concentration camps. - Territorialism largely prevents the needed variety and free actions in very important spheres, suppressing free experimentation there. – JZ, 7.8.08. - PANARCHISM
TRUTH: It is always the best policy to speak the truth, unless of course, you are an exceptionally good liar.” – Jerome K Jerome, The Idler, February, 1892. – , RED., JOKES, LIES, LIARS
TRUTH: It is better to remain silent than speak the truth ill-humoredly, and so spoil an excellent dish by covering it with bad sauce.” – Ascribed to St. Francis De Sales, 1567-1622, in J. P. Camus, L’esprit de Saint François de Sales, 1641.
TRUTH: It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.” – Thomas Jefferson (1743-1846), U.S. President, Notes on the State of Virginia, 1782. - Letter to Tyler, 1804. - Truths may stand, more or less isolated by themselves, but are usually crowded out and contradicted by numerous errors, fallacies, flawed premises and conclusions, myths, beliefs, popular prejudices, which all manage to maintain themselves and also mutually support each other, so that the few truths standing between them can be barely noticed by most. - The proper machinery for the spread of truths has still to be established. Without it they are not assured success in the short run and sometimes not even in the long run. - JZ, 26. 11. 06. - Even against territorial governments? – Such myths are of little service to genuine truths. – Are truths never overwhelmed by the equivalent of floods, landslides or avalanches, consisting of errors, myths, prejudices, fallacies etc.? – Have all the freedom, justice, peace, prosperity and progress truths been realized as yet or are they still largely “swamped”, buried, unknown and unappreciated? - JZ, 7.8.08, 26.3.11. - VS. ERRORS, , PREJUDICES
TRUTH: It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself. – Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1846, Notes on the State of Virginia, 1782. – NOT TRUE whenever it is insufficiently publicized. – JZ, 18.1.13. - VS. ERRORS & GOVERNMENTS
TRUTH: It is more from carelessness about the truth than from intention of lying, that there is so much falsehood in the world.” – Dr. Samuel Johnson. – Seldes, The Great Quotations. – That does certainly apply to many of the quotations about truths, starting with the mix-up between “truth” and “truths”. – JZ, 7.8.08. – Errors are better organized, better known and much more readily on hand and seen. – JZ, 25.3.84. – They are much more proverbial than truths are. - JZ, 26.3.11. - , CONSPIRACY THEORIES
TRUTH: It is not enough, however, to merely tell the truth. To have an effect, in peace or in war, the truth must be well told.” – John Hargraves, 1940, Words Win Wars, p.38. – Alas, it is all too common that people spend more effort in concocting and spreading a plausible lie, opinion, assumption, myth, error etc. than in finding and spreading the truth, plausibly, convincingly. – JZ, n.d.,6.8.08. – PROPAGANDA, PERSUASION, ENLIGHTENMENT, AGITATION
TRUTH: It is possible for men to see the truth, and assert the truth, and to hear and repeat again and again formulas embodying the truth, without realizing all that the truth involves.” – Henry George, Social Problems, quoted by R. J. Crow, in PROGRESS, 4/78.
TRUTH: It is possible to make an absolute statement of limited scope, and definite meaning – or a statement of unlimited scope and indefinite meaning.” – John W. Campbell, ASTOUNDING SF, Nov. 55, p.153. - ABSOLUTE STATEMENTS
TRUTH: It is said that truth is often eclipsed but never extinguished.” – Titus Livius Livy, quoted in Seldes. - There is evidence that many truths were extinguished, as far as public knowledge of them is concerned, not only for decades but for centuries. - What percentage of all anarchist and libertarian truths, many of them already ancient, is fully recognized by now? - JZ, 26.3.11. - , IDEAS ARCHIVE
TRUTH: It is so much easier to convey or uphold some popular lies or errors to many people rather than some unpopular truths. Compare the success of territorial politics, conspiracy theories, collectivist and statist myths and assertions, the usual responses to anarchist, libertarian and panarchist ideas, the absence of an Ideas Archive and of an Encyclopedia of the best refutations. – JZ, 2.1.14 – UNPOPULAR TRUTHS, LIES , POPULAR ERRORS PREJUDICES, AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THEIR REFUTATIONS, IDEAS ARCHIVE, ANARCHIST & LIBERTARIAN ENLIGHTENMENT EFFORTS, NEW DRAFT, PERSISTENCE OF RELIGIONS, STATISM, TERRITORILISM, WARFARE STATES, PROPAGANDA, IDEAS ARCHIVE, EDUCATION, “POLITICAL SCIENCE’, “SOCIAL SCIENCES”, VOTING, DEMOCRACY, REPRESENTATION, PARLIAMENTARISM, INDIVIDUAL RIGHT & LIBERTIES
TRUTH: It is very hard to extract a nucleus of truth from things that just aren’t so.” – Will Cuppy, in ANALOG 5/96.
TRUTH: It takes a great many shovelfuls to bury the truth.” – German proverb. – But there is always plenty of dirt around. – JZ, 5.7.81. Also enough shovels and willing manpower to do so. - JZ, 26.3.11. – And some important truths may be placed right under many people’s noses, quite in the open, and they will still not be recognized by them as such. For their recognition a special market for ideas is needed and also an encyclopedic effort to sufficiently refute the numerous opposing prejudices, errors, myths etc. – Glass was discovered at least 14 times, North America, after the Red Indian occupation, dozens of times and such large discoveries, too, were buried for centuries. - JZ, 20.7.08, 26.3.11.
TRUTH: It takes two to speak the truth – one to speak it and another to hear.” – H. D. Thoreau, 1817-1862. – A. Andrews Quotations, p.464. - It takes two for the truth - one uttering it and one ready to listen or read and accept it. In most such attempts one remains the only one that knows a particular truth and one utters it like a voice in the wilderness. - Acceptance by a second or more persons does not change its nature but merely its spread. – JZ, 6.8.08, 26.3.11. - COMMUNICATION
TRUTH: It will be much more effective once it can be freely acted upon by those, who do agree upon it, no matter how small their number may be initially. To postpone its realization until the majority is convinced of it, means postponing it almost indefinitely. John Zube – Facebook, 12.3.14. – FREEDOM OF SPEECH, PRESS 7 INFORMATION ARE NOT ENOUGH
TRUTH: Justice is truth in action.” – Benjamin Disraeli, Speech, House of Commons, 11.2.1851. Referring to the saying: “Peace is beauty in action.” – By now, with many women conscripted also, in some countries, we may have such beauties of both sides “in action” against each other, with a deadly, crippling or at least bloody result for both. Certainly not “beauty” to behold. - JUSTICE, BEAUTY, PEACE, WAR
TRUTH: Let truth do the fighting.” - Arthur C. Clarke & Stephen Baxter: The Light of Other Days, p.152. - - E.G.: Via an Ideas Archive, an electronic world library, a refutations encyclopedia, a libertarian encyclopedia, flow chart discussions or electronic argument mapping, declaring quite rightful war aims in time to prevent most wars or reduce their bloodshed greatly. – JZ, 16.9.07. - & FIGHTING, NEW DRAFT digital book manuscript by JZ - Reviewed by Gian Pierto de Bellis on www.panarchy.org
TRUTH: Let us all seek truth as if none of us had possession of it. The opinions which to this day have governed the earth, produced by chance, disseminated in obscurity, admitted without discussion, credited from a love of novelty and imitation, have in a manner clandestinely usurped their empire.” - Volney's "Ruins." - Theodore Schroeder, compiler, “Free Press Anthology”, 1909, Sec. III, ”Laconics of Toleration and Free Inquiry.” – PREJUDICES
TRUTH: Let us forget the dreams of great men; and remember the truths they taught us.” – Voltaire, quoted in The Sage and the Atheist, The Best Known Works of Voltaire, p.344.
TRUTH: Let us speak thereon, ye wisest men, however bad it be. To be silent is worse; all unuttered truths become poisonous.” – Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra. – Quoted in Seldes. – Poisonous are only the thus surviving errors or lies etc. – JZ
TRUTH: Liberty of speech (*) is justified on three grounds: First, if the opinion be true, the world reaps a benefit to be derived from the truth; secondly, if the opinion be false, truth is the more strengthened by contest with it, and lastly, if it be partly true and partly false, our opinions, if they do not entirely lose their weakness, at any rate gain the corrections which have greatly improved them. …” - J. P. Poole. - (*) and of tolerant actions or experiments! – JZ, 7.8.08.
TRUTH: Lies can never become truths merely by becoming more powerful.” – Rabindranath Tagore. – JZ tr. of: “Die Luege kann nie zur Wahrheit werden dadurch, dass sie an Macht waechst.”
TRUTH: Men occasionally stumble over truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off, as if nothing had happened.” – Sir Winston Churchill, quoted in ANALOG, Jan. 66, p.142. – I keyboarded this in only after I had already put in the following: “Occasionally men stumble over a truth, but they get up again and go on as if nothing had happened. – Churchill, only in JZ retranslation of the German version: “Gelegentlich stolpern die Menschen ueber eine Wahrheit, aber sie richten sich auf und gehen weiter, als sei nichts geschehen.” – Another version: “Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.” - Winston Churchill, ISIL LIBERTY QUOTE LIBRARY 03. Didn’t he do that, too, on many important subjects? He was well read, had, at one stage, even a photographic memory, according to some reports, and he must have read criticism of collective responsibility notions and practices. – How many innocent Germans died in WW II because he still subscribed to that popular myth? - In some respects he, too, constitutes a prime example for this kind of attitude. He still advocated, for instance, air raids on the principle of collective responsibility of civilians for the actions of their territorial governments. – He must have known that even in democracies the vast majority of their subjects have no say on war and peace, armament and disarmament and international treaties at all. - JZ, 8.1.08. - JZ, 24.10.08, 17.4.09, 26.3.11. - RED., , PREJUDICES, MAN, COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY
TRUTH: Men who never change their minds love themselves more than they love truth.” – Joubert. – The one who has been refuted has at least learnt something. The one who refuted him merely passed on a truth. – Insofar the man whose view has been refuted, has been the winner. – JZ, 18.7.08. - RED., CHANGING ONE’S MIND, DISCUSSIONS, DEBATES, REFUTATIONS
TRUTH: Milton in his Areopagitica (1644) … said, if the waters of truth ‘flow not in a perpetual progression they sicken into a muddy pool of conformity and tradition.’ – K. W. Watkins, In Defence of Freedom, p.90. – SLOGANS FOR LIBERTY, LIBERTARIAN DEFINITIONS, INDIVIDUAL RIGHT DECLARATION, RIGHTFUL WAR AIMS
TRUTH: most men and women, when armed with truth, will act honestly and decently.” – Ringer, Restoring the American Dream, p.328. - Are they often enough and sufficiently armed in this way and also sufficiently skilled to effectively transmit and apply their truths? - Are they free to express it, quite unafraid, towards e.g. tax officials and secret policemen? - JZ, 26.3.11, 26.3.11.
TRUTH: Much is true that cannot be calculated, likewise much that cannot be brought to decisive experiments.” - Goethe, “Sprueche in Prosa”, JZ tr. of: “Es ist vieles wahr, was sich nicht berechnen laesst, so wie sehr vieles, was sich nicht bis zum entschiedenen Experiment bringen laesst.” - EXPERIMENTS, CALCULATIONS, MATHEMATICS
TRUTH: My way of joking is to tell the truth.” – George Bernard Shaw, John Bull’s Other Island, II, 1904. – All truths would take off and spread much better if they were told in form of good jokes. Alas, jokes are mainly only fabricated about relatively trivial things. Could one mobilize a large percentage of all libertarians to ponder how to express many, most or all libertarian truths in form of jokes? Would that not be in their general interest? Is there a brainstorming website for this purpose online already? – JZ, 20.7.08.– Another version, on a desk calendar: “My way of joking is to tell the truth. It is the funniest joke in the world.” – G. B. Shaw, John Bull’s Other Island, Act 2. Character “Keegan”. – Hyman Quotes, p.365. - JOKES
TRUTH: Neither in what it gives, nor in what it does not give, nor in the mode of presentation, must the unclouded face of truth suffer wrong. Comment is free but facts are sacred.” – Charles Prestwich Scott, 1846-1932, in MANCHESTER GUARDIAN, 6.5.1926.
TRUTH: No doubt about it: error is the rule, truth is the accident of error.” – Georges Duhamel, “Avant-propos”, Le Notaire du Havre, 1933. – A systematic survey of errors, opinions, myths, doctrines and prejudices and their confrontation with facts would also lead to some truths and this not merely by accident. – JZ, 25.7.08.
TRUTH: No error behind which there is not a truth. No shadow, which does not arise from a light. And like the shadow leads to light, so on the trail of error you can advance to the truth.” – Rueckert, Weisheit der Brahmanen, Bd.5, S.250. (“Kein Irrtum, hinter dem nicht eine Wahrheit steht, // Kein Schatten, der nicht aus von einem Lichte geht; // Und wie der Schatten selbst doch wird zum Lichte leiten, // So auf des Irrtums Spur magst du zur Wahrheit schreiten.“) – Very similar: “A core of truth is included in each error // And each truth can spring like a seed from an error.” – Ibid, 8. Buch, Nr.55. - („Von Wahrheit einen Kern schliesst jeder Irrtum ein // Und jede Wahrheit kann des Irrtums Same sein.“) - , PREJUDICES, ENCYCLOPEDIA OF REFUTATIONS
TRUTH: No human being is constituted to know the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth; and even the best of men must be content with fragments, with partial glimpses, never the full fruition.” – William Osler, The Student Life, quoted in Seldes, p.930.
TRUTH: No man thoroughly understands a truth until he has contended against it.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882.
TRUTH: No maxim can be more pernicious than that which would teach us to consult the temper of the times, and to tell only so much (truth) as we imagine our contemporaries will be able to bear.” – William Godwin, An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice, 1793. – Quoted in Seldes. - Wilhelm von Humboldt, and Friedrich Hayek believed that they had to do this. – JZ, 7.8.08.
TRUTH: No one in the world can alter truth. All we can do is seek it and live it.” – Father Kolbe. – Maximelian M. Kolbe, READER’S DIGEST, 1/75.
TRUTH: No person perceives more than a glimpse of Infinite Truth and no two perceptions are ever identical. If those who do not see eye to eye with me are fools, then what am I, who do not see eye to eye with them!” – Leonard E. Read, Who’s Listening, p. 13/14. – RED.
TRUTH: no public man but Thomas Paine had ever risked telling the truth in public.” – Rose Wilder Lane, The Discovery of Freedom, p.197. – Compare the remarks of Kant, in his Eternal Peace, on the relationship between morality and publicity. – JZ - PUBLICITY
TRUTH: Nobody dies nowadays of fatal truths; there are too many antidotes to them.” – Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human. – quoted in Seldes, The Great Quotations, p.929. – JOKES, PREJUDICES
TRUTH: Nock believed, correctly I think, that he had uncovered the plain truth of things in several areas of his interest, and he painstakingly set forth his elucidations in impeccable English, serene in his faith that this fully discharged his duty. The assumption back of his faith is that truth has an internal energy of its own enabling it, if we don’t stand in its way, to cut its own channels and gain acceptance in minds ready for it. Trying to make truth palatable for minds not ready for it is no service to the people involved, for it clogs whatever thought processes they have; and truth tampered with is truth lost. – The hard truth is what Nock is talking about: truth with the bark on it, truth unsophisticated by even good intentions, undiluted by ulterior considerations.” – Edmund Opitz on Nock, in INTERCOLLEGIATE REVIEW, Winter 75. - But, how much does stand in its way, in the heads of most people? – Let us not only give it a bark but a real bite! -JZ, 7.8.08. – , RED., SLOGANS FOR LIBERTY
TRUTH: Nothing is beautiful than the truth; the truth alone is lovely. – JZ tr. of: “Rien n’est beau que le vrai; le vrai seuil est aimable.” – Nichts ist schoen als das Wahre; das Wahre allein ist lieblich.” – Boileau, “l’art poet”, IX. - - I do not find e.g. the truth about nuclear weapon to be “lovely”. They announce a coming general Holocaust. The prior mass murders, e.g. that by the Nazis, were certainly not beautiful or lovely, either. – I also have a cold now, for uncounted weeks and do not find it, lovely, either and will not thank any “God” for it. - JZ, 7.8.08. - That cold has persisted as a throat infection until today and I do not expect it to end, soon. No doctor or medicine helped me so far, to get rid of it and I haven't got the time and energy left to peruse millions of Google hints and to try them out myself. - The hundreds of millions of sufferers, every year, from colds, in their thousands of varieties, between them, could systematically search for real cures among as many hints and report back all positive results to one website. But do they. This, too, would have to become effectively organized. By the way, the one cure which worked upon a single half hour treatment in 80% of the cases, as reported in the mass media, in the late 1970's and proven by two Israeli doctors, was not among the hints that Google offered, when I checked last, many months ago. - It is a gadget that produces 100% humidified air at normal body temperature and one has to inhale through it only once for as short a time. - That gadget is still not on the market. - Mankind has rejected or ignored so many freedom, justice, peace, prosperity and progress options. So, should we be surprised about that? - JZ, 26.3.11. - BEAUTY
TRUTH: Once truth discovered is immortal, and entitles its author to be so; for, like a new substance in nature, it cannot be destroyed.” – William Hazlitt, The Spirit of the Age, quoted in Seldes. - But it can be safely – for the oppressors - buried for decades to centuries! – With the consequences to be expected from such behavior. – Can’t substances, natural or synthetic, be destroyed? Even molecules and atoms are not indestructible. – All to often the first discoverer remains unknown or all too long forgotten. Who invented the wheel? – Let us replace myths by truths - in this sphere as well! - JZ, 7.8.08.
TRUTH: One contemporary said: “If the truth were in my hands; I should be careful not to open them.” – Someone else wrote: “The truths which one least likes to hear are those which most need to be pointed out.” – Here, then, are two thinkers whose views differ widely. I would rather agree with the second, although, in practice, his outlook presents difficulties. – Wise men of all nations teach me: It is not always best to tell the full truth.” – P. E. De Puydt, Panarchie, in French, in the REVUE TRIMESTRIELLE, Bruxelles, July 1860, here in Adrian Falk’s 1965 translation in PEACE PLANS No. 4, at the beginning of the preface.
TRUTH: One does not owe truth to one’s tyrants.” – Abbé Raynal. – HONESTY, FRANKNESS, LIES, TYRANNY, DICTATORSHIPS, TAXATION
TRUTH: One has to be free for the truth in order to be able to understand it. Where madness, conviction, power, office, dignity and income have been achieved, all doors are closed to truth. Freedom for the truth is the only freedom that we need. Freedom for the truth is the only freedom for which we must fight. In doing so, we may become unfree. That is the only lack of freedom that we may tolerate.“ – JZ tr. of: “Man muss frei sein fuer die Wahrheit, wenn man die Wahrheit begreifen will: Wo Irrsinn, Ueberzeugung, Macht, Amt, Wuerde, und Einkommen geworden ist, sind der Wahrheit alle Tueren versperrt. Freiheit fuer die Wahrheit ist die einzige Freiheit, die wir brauchen, Freiheit fuer die Wahrheit ist die einzige Freiheit, um die wir kaempfen muessen: Wir muessen unfrei werden in der Wahrheit, das ist die einzige Unfreiheit die wir dulden duerfen.“ – Dr.Rockhardt, Die Absoluten Gesetze des Gluecks, Nagescha-Verlag-Geisenfeld/OBB, 1955, given as Motto for the book. – Does going to prison for a truth really promote it sufficiently? – The title of the book deters me. I doubt that I read it. Probably I merely found this quote somewhere. – JZ, 6.8.08.
TRUTH: One of the hardest things to teach a child is that the truth is more important than the consequences.” – O. A. Battista. – To whom and under what conditions? To the child or to the parents? To severely punishing or to understanding and tolerant parents? – JZ, 7.8.08.
TRUTH: One offends more often with truths than with lies.” – Charles Tschopp – (“Man beleidigt oefter mit Wahrheiten als mit Luegen.”)– Even truths should be only very carefully, politely and diplomatically offered – in many cases and situations, to have a chance to be considered and accepted, instead or automatically or even angrily rejected or attacked. – JZ, 25.7.08. - RED.
TRUTH: One should never put on one’s best trousers to go out to battle for freedom and truth.” – Henrik Ibsen, quoted in: Arthur C. Clarke & Stephen Baxter: The Light of Other Days, P.72. - & FREEDOM, BATTLING FOR THEM
TRUTH: One should not mistake the opinion of the majority for the truth.” – Cocteau (JZ tr. of the German version: “Man darf die Wahrheit nicht mit [der Meinung] der Mehrheit verwechseln.”)
TRUTH: One voice speaking truth is a greater force than fleets and armies, given time; plenty of time; …” - Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness, p.26. – By now we do have the technology to cut down the time requirement to a short period. Will we use it for this purpose? – JZ, 16.1.80, 25.10.08. - IDEAS ARCHIVE, SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT
TRUTH: One word of truth shall outweigh the whole world.” – Russian proverb. – Probably, ultimately, but when? And, provided, we do not manage to destroy ourselves and it first. Has e.g. the truth about nuclear “weapons” sufficiently penetrated as yet to get us to destroy all of them? – JZ, 6.8.08.
TRUTH: One’s eyes should always be on the search for truth which is possible only as one expands one’s consciousness. – Leonard E. Read, The Miracle of the Market, in “Champions of Freedom”, p.53. – Easier said than done. – JZ, 7.8.08. - CONSCIOUSNESS
TRUTH: Only a few have developed a passion for truths. Most would rather uncritically hear and express lies, excuses, errors, myths or prejudices. – JZ, 17.9.87, 6.8.08.
TRUTH: Only persistence leads to the aim, only thoroughness leads to clarity, only in the depth is there truth.” – Schiller. (“Nur Beharrung fuehrt zum Ziel, // Nur die Fuelle fuehrt zur Klarheit, // Und im Abgrund wohnt die Wahrheit.“) – PERSISTENCE, DEPTH, CLARITY
TRUTH: Only the one loves truth who fights against lies.” – John Henry Mackay, in K. H. Z. Solneman ( K. H. Zube): Der Bahnbrecher, John Henry Mackay, S.123.
TRUTH: Only the truth can make us free.” - J. N. Figgis, The Church and The Secular Theory of the State, in: David Nicholls, The Pluralist State, 1975, p.141. – Probable already old proverbial wisdom. – Underlining by me. - JZ - N. J. Figgis? - HAS it, so far, in all spheres, after thousands of years? - JZ, 26.3.11.
TRUTH: Our minds possess by nature an insatiable desire to know the truth.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero, quoted in Seldes, p.919. – Replace “our” by “some” and this saying will come closer to the truth. – All too many minds are interested only in the truth or myths about e.g. scandals, sports, the weather, food and drinks. - JZ, 30.8.76.
TRUTH: People do not like that truths are simple. They should consider that they will have trouble enough to apply them in practice to their advantage.” - Goethe, “Sprueche in Prosa”, JZ tr. of: “Die Menschen verdriesst’s, dass das Wahre so einfach ist; sie sollten bedenken, dass sie noch Muehe genug haben, es praktisch zu ihrem Nutzen anzuwenden.” – THEORY & PRACTICE, APPLICATION OF TRUTHS, FROM LABORATORY TO MASS PRODUCTION
TRUTH: People, quite naturally, are fascinated with, interested in, attracted to those who concentrate on seeking truth.” – Leonard E. Read, Elements of Libertarian Leadership, p.133. - Are they, indeed? That was not my experience so far. Perhaps I do not concentrate enough on seeking the truth. – Is much of this merely wishful thinking? My impression was that they are either repelled by such a commitment, perhaps afraid that one expects a similar commitment from them, or simply bored by it. – But then, how often do I encounter a real freedom lover? – I have such hopes and expectations only for e.g. a libertarian ideas archive or ever growing electronic freedom encyclopedia and library, growing from the ground up, like the WIKIPEDIA. – Regarding the WIKIPEDIA: Old entries, supposed to be false, should not be wiped but simply linked to their criticism. Even the wrong tracks of thought should remain recorded and accessible. - JZ, 7.8.08. -
TRUTH: Phillips Brooks brilliantly stated what your and my ambition should be: “We anticipate a time when the love of truth shall have come up to our love of liberty, and men shall be cordially tolerant and earnest believers both at once.” – NOTES FROM FEE, 12/78. - TOLERANT BELIEVERS, PANARCHISM
TRUTH: Plain truth will influence half a score of men at most in a nation, or an age, while mystery will lead millions by the nose. - Henry St. John Bolingbroke, Viscount, 1678-1751, letter, 1721. - MYSTERY, RELIGION, PREJUDICES, ERRORS
TRUTH: Plain truth will influence half a score of men at most in a nation, or an age, while mystery will lead millions by the nose.” – Bolingbroke. – , PREJUDICES, MYSTERY, RELIGIONS
TRUTH: Printers are educated in the belief, that when men differ in opinion, both sides ought equally to have the advantage of being heard by the publick; and that when truth and error have fair play, the former is always an overmatch for the latter.” – Benjamin Franklin, Apology for Printers, 1731. Quoted by Carl Van Doren, Benjamin Franklin. – Seldes quotations.
TRUTH: Priority for the pursuit of truth is indeed a minority interest.” – Russell Lewis, Freedom of Speech and Publication, in K. W. Watkins, ed., “In Defence of Freedom”, p.87.
TRUTH: Professor Greenway … later declares that “people do not love men who give them the truth, but rather men who give them illusions” ( p.201 ), i.e. comfortable lies are preferable to the truth.” – J. J. Martin, in introduction to “The Saga of Hog Island”, p. xiii. – LIES, ILLUSIONS, MYTHS, PREJUDICES, RED.
TRUTH: Pushing any truth out very far, you are met by a counter-truth.” – Henry Ward Beecher, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit, 1887. – They are not counter-truth but, if correct at all and not merely errors and prejudices etc., then truths on other subjects. – Any truth applies only to its particular subject or subjects, not generally to anything more or even to everything. – JZ, 25.7.08. Unless they are generalities like: “Facts, matter and life do exist.” - GENERALIZATIONS
TRUTH: Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.” - Henry David Thoreau – Anybody could find many more truth, more easily than today, if he or she helped to finally establish an Ideas Archive, an electronic world library, an encyclopedia of the best refutations or other useful reference works that are still missing. – Can any truth really be “given” or must it be sought for , fought for, worked for, accepted or consciously taken? - JZ, 14.4.09, 26.3.11. - KNOWLEDGE, UNDERSTANDING, COMPREHENSION, INSIGHT, RATHER THAN LOVE, MONEY& FAME, POPULARITY
TRUTH: Reason embraces those truths which one can freely express and those which one is forced to keep to oneself.” – Rivarol.
TRUTH: Rejoicing not in the many but in the probity of the few, we toil for truth alone.” - William of Conches. – Under full freedom to experiment neither majority approval not a struggle against opponents would be necessary. Innovators would simply be free to do their things among themselves. But if one depends upon compulsory licences or permits to be granted by territorial authorities or the outcome of the next elections … - JZ, 23.1.08. - VS. POPULARITY, PANARCHISM VOLUNTARISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, SECESSIONISM, DOING THE OWN THINGS, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY FOR VOLUNTEERS
TRUTH: Rumor travels faster, but it don’t stay put as long as Truth.” – Will Rogers, Politics Getting Ready to Yell, The Illiterate Digest, 1924. – Truths may have all of eternity for them, but numerous prejudices, errors, etc. seem to have won, mostly, in our centuries, so far. – JZ, 21.11.95. - Even truths, once discovered, can become unappreciated once again and overpowered by prejudices. Compare e.g. how large degrees of Free Trade were again overcome by Protectionism, large degrees of laissez faire economics by mixed economies or even totalitarian ones, degrees of monetary freedom by the monetary despotism of central banks, how some experimental successes with cooperative production became widely forgotten again. Truths do not have as yet sufficient staying power at least not under territorialism and in democracies subject to all too many popular errors, myths and prejudices. They seem to be often “still only wobbling around on lolly legs” and often falling down, But, being preserved by a free market for ideas (Ideas Archive or a Super Computer Project) and also supported by full experimental freedom, they might develop sufficient staying power to assure their wide-spread and lasting realization a.s.a.p. – JZ, 25.7.08, 26.3.11. - TRUTH, IDEAS ARCHIVE, SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, PANARCHISM,
TRUTH: say with Mill, when he is replying to those who say that persecution is an ordeal through which truth ought to pass and always passes successfully: “the dictum that truth always triumphs over persecution, is one of those pleasant falsehoods which men repeat after one another till they pass into commonplaces, but which all experience refutes. History teems with instances of truth put down by persecution. If not suppressed for ever, it may be thrown back for centuries. The Reformation broke out at least twenty times before Luther, and was put down by persecution. If not suppressed forever, it may be thrown back for centuries.” – J. S. M., in S. Hutchinson Harris, The Doctrine of Personal Right, p. 120/21, quoting John Stuart Mill, 1906-1873, On Liberty, chapter II, 1859. - , IDEAS ARCHIVE, SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT
TRUTH: Seekers after Truth should not be bound by who sponsors any idea – Truth being its own witness.” – Leonard E. Read & Dr. F. A. Harper, a motto, which had for years a prominent place in their FEE workshop. – Leonard E. Read, Having My Way, p.63.
TRUTH: So far most people are more interested in political, economic and social fairy tales, dogmas, myths, errors and prejudices than truths. One reason for this is that the truthful ideas are not yet sufficiently marketed, nor are the best refutations of popular errors and myths etc. – JZ, 10.7.06, 30.10.07. - VS. FAIRY TALES, DOGMAS, MYTHS, POPULAR PREJUDICES & ERRORS, IDEAS ARCHIVE, REFUTATIONS ENCYCLOPEDIA,
TRUTH: Some people are for the truth – as long as the truth is for them.” – Charles Tschopp – (“Mancher ist fuer die Wahrheit, solange die Wahrheit fuer ihn ist.”) – LIES, DISHONESTY, DENIALS
TRUTH: Some truth there was, but dash’d and brew’d with lies, // to please the fools, and puzzle all the wise.” – John Dryden, Duke of Guise, - Seldes, The Great Quotations.
TRUTH: Sometimes, to see the truth as closely as possible for us, you have to try to approach it with comparisons and analogies – for the truth itself is often quite beyond our ken: E.g. the atom, the sub-atomic particles and energies, the planetary system within our Milky Way and the other universes, - merely already because of the size-relationships involved, our limited senses, measuring instruments and the effects of measuring themselves. – JZ, 23.6.77, 7.8.08. – KNOWLEDGE, UNDERSTANDING, COMPREHENSION, OBSERVATION, NATURAL LAWS, FACTS
TRUTH: Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbor.” – Zechariah VIII, 16, c. 520 B.C. – But first make sure that you really got hold of it. Then only if he really asks for it. And then be prepared to run or to defend yourself! – JZ, 5.7.86, 20.7.08.
TRUTH: Speaking truth is like writing fair, and only comes by practice.” - John Ruskin, The Seven Lamps of Architecture, ii, 1849. – Where is the reference work in which all significant truths are as well expressed as they were so far, and waiting for still better expressions of them to be included? – JZ, 20.7.08.
TRUTH: step forward and join in the struggle against error. – This is important since the most casual student of history knows that, as a matter of fact, truth does not necessarily vanquish. What is more, truth can never win unless it is (*) promulgated. – Truth does not carry within it an antitoxin to falsehood. (**) The cause of truth must be championed, and it must be championed dynamically. (***) Moreover, as President Howard Lowry of Wooster College points out, truth can win only where people are temperamentally and intellectually disposed to side with it, for the mere act or recognizing it as such does not entail the willful act of attaching allegiance to it.” – W. F. Buckley, God and Man at Yale, p.157. - (*) sufficiently! – (**) These anti-toxins have to be laboriously collected or synthesized and offered encyclopedically together to all who need them, at an affordable price and in a convenient medium – See: Encyclopedia of the best refutations. – (***) By institutions like the Ideas Archive or the Super-Computer Project! - JZ, 7.8.08.
TRUTH: Such truth as opposes no man’s profit nor pleasure is to all men welcome.” – Thomas Hobbes, A Review and Conclusion, Leviathan, 1651. – Oh, how I wish that it were so. Then all rights and liberties would tend to be realized by most people. Most would embrace libertarian and anarchist ideas with open arms, to the extent that they are truths. – Those hating truths and profiting from untruths are relatively few. And they are dominated by ignorance, prejudices and dogmas, that prevent them from seeing the profits and pleasures that are offered by many important truths. – JZ, 25.7.08. –
TRUTH: Tell the truth, and so puzzle and confound your adversaries.” – Sir Henry Wotton. – Seldes quotations.
TRUTH: Telling the truth is an obligation only under free exchange conditions and responsible people trade only with non-coercive and non-criminal people. – J..Z., 10.11.78. - LIES
TRUTH: The best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market.” – Mr. Justice O. W. Holmes, Dissenting opinion in Abrams vs. United States, 1919. – Provided that market includes a truly free market for ideas and is also a free market for free experiments. – JZ, 5.7.86, 26.3.11. - PANARCHISM
TRUTH: 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.
TRUTH: The exact contrary of what is generally believed is often the truth.” – Jean de La Bruyère, Les Charactères, c.11. – Seldes quotations. – , PREJUDICES
TRUTH: The fact is, that to deny to smaller societies a real life and meaning, a personality, in fact, is not anti-clerical, or illiberal, or unwise, or oppressive - it is untrue. And ‘all the king’s horses and all the kind’s men’ cannot make that true which is untrue. The House of Lords cannot do it. Even the Roman Empire, with the mediaeval Papacy thrown in, the fons et origo mali cannot do it; because it is impossible. And we shall win.” – J. N. Figgis, The Church and The Secular Theory of the State, in: David Nicholls, The Pluralist State, 1975, p.142. – “The question, be it observed, is not the theological one, ‘What is the Divine authority or nature of the Church?’ but the political, ‘What rights has the religious society (*) which the State is bound to acknowledge on pain of being false to itself?’ “ – Figgis, ibid, p.141, bottom. – The same could, naturally, be asked for any political society of volunteers that does not claim any territorial monopoly for itself. - This book by Nichols comes in many places close to panarchism. – JZ, 21.7.08. - PANARCHISM, EXTERRITORIAL MINORITY AUTONOMY, VOLUNTARISM
TRUTH: The faintest of all human passions is the love of truth.” – A. E. Housman, quoted in Philip Ward, A Dictionary of Common Fallacies, p.90. – And the minority of those who do love significant truths have not yet been passionate enough to put all of them properly together and also to systematically defend them against the usual popular objections, in two special and every growing encyclopedias. – Isn’t it about time, especially in the so-called “social-sciences”? – JZ, 9.9.08.
TRUTH: The first casualty when war comes is truth.” – Hiram Johnson. – One should not forget that it takes many lies and false premises and actions based upon them to bring about any war. – If we lived in really truthful times, war would be impossible. – JZ, 7.8.08. - WAR, PROPAGANDA, LIES
TRUTH: The funniest joke in the world.” – Bernard Shaw. – If that is true, then why am I laughing so rarely and not about this remark, either? – JZ, 7.8.08.
TRUTH: The grave of one who dies for the truth is holy ground.” – German proverb. – Isn’t it much better to live for a truth and to see it realized, by using or establishing all options for it, alone or in association with all other creative, innovative and freedom-, peace-, justice- and progress-loving people? No more martyrs for truths! – JZ, 20.7.08.
TRUTH: The great law of Pythagoras arouse the hatred of all Greek cattle, for in his joy about his discovery the great man, it is told, sacrificed one hundred cattle to the Gods. Therefore the cattle are still afraid today if any new truth is anywhere discovered. And every wise man, who loudly proclaims it, has all cattle in league against him.” – My rough translation of the German version: “Dem grossen Lehrsatz des Pythagoras // Galt einst der Griechenochsen bitterer Hass, // Denn freudig opferte der grosse Finder: // So wird erzaehlt: den Goetternhundert Rinder. // Drum wird das Rindvieh heut noch aufgeschreckt, // Wird eine Wahrheit irgendwo entdeckt // Und jeder Weise, der sie laut verkuendet, // Sieht alle Oxen gegen sich verbuendet.“ – JZ, 7.8.08. The author might be Willy Shirp or Felix Riemkasten. My father was a fan of both and collected their sayings in fine prints and hung them up framed. – JZ, 7.8.08.
TRUTH: The great thinker is seldom a disputant. He answers other men’s arguments by stating the truth as he sees it.” – Daniel March, THE FREE MAN’S ALMANAC, March 20 entry. – All too often that is still not good enough without the demonstrations provided by free experiments among volunteers. – JZ, 7.8.08, 26.3.11. – ARGUMENTS, THINKING, , RED., SLOGANS FOR LIBERTY, IDEAS ARCHIVE
TRUTH: The greatest and noblest pleasure which we have in this world is to discover new truths, and the next is to shake off old prejudices.” – Frederick II, the Great, N.Y. TIMES, Book Review, Feb. 20, 1955. – Quoted in Seldes. - If this were true, then the planned encyclopedia of the best refutations or popular errors, myths and prejudices, that are obstacles to progress, should certainly become a best-seller. I have still to find people interested in this project and to launching it online, in WIKIPEDIA fashion, for fast growth towards completion. – Nevertheless, this great man saw to it that a Prussian officer, advocating free trade, was imprisoned for life in Spandau – according to Ulrich von Beckerath. – JZ, 7.8.08. –
TRUTH: The greatest friend of truth is Time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion is Humility.” - Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832), The Lacon (1829). - If a truth is introduced humbly, rather than proudly, as the discovery of others rather than of oneself, then it is more likely to be accepted. - JZ, 27.11.02. – Alas, under present conditions it takes too much time for a new truth to become widely accepted. – We should ponder all the conditions, methods and institutions that would speed up the acceptance of truths. Then and thus we could being about a genuinely cultural revolution – and this relatively fast. However, who cares about that? – JZ, 14.4.09. - TIME & PREJUDICES, ENLIGHTENMENT, RED., , IDEAS ARCHIVE, NEW DRAFT, digital book manuscript.
TRUTH: The greatest homage we can pay to truth is to use it. - Ralph Waldo Emerson - Roy Halliday, Quotations with an Attitude, online.
TRUTH: The greatest pleasure which a man can have in this world consists in the discovery of new truths..“ – Friedrich der Grosse, Briefe. – („Die groesste Freude, die ein Mensch in der Welt haben kann, besteht in der Entdeckung neuer Wahrheiten.“) – And in the refutation of old errors. – JZ, 24.6.86. – Which may amount to the same. – JZ, 17.4.09.
TRUTH: The highest compact we can make with our fellow is, “Let there by truth between us two for evermore.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Behaviour, The Conduct of Life, 1860. - Another version: “The highest compact we can make with our fellow is, let there be truth between us forevermore.” - Emerson. - Especially e.g. quite rightful war and peace aims, publicly and believably declared by armed and organized citizens, knowing and prepared to defend all their individual rights and liberties. – Also being tolerant towards all those who practise their untruths tolerantly, i.e., only among themselves. – Frankness can make enemies, too! - JZ, 21.1.85, 25.8.08. – TOLERANCE, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, PANARCHISM
TRUTH: The history of the race, and each individual's experience, are thick with evidence that a truth is not hard to kill and that a lie told well is immortal.” - Mark Twain. – Neither have all the truths be fully assembled and put within easy reach of all nor has the same been done for all lies, errors, prejudices, myths, false assumptions etc. which are obstacles to progress – together with the best refutations for them that were so far found, assembled in a cheap electronic encyclopedia. – JZ, 11.1.08. & LIES, , PREJUDICES, HISTORY, IDEAS, IDEAS ARCHIVE, ERRORS, MYTHS & PREJUDICES, , ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS
TRUTH: The love of truth for truth’s sake is the principal part of human perfection in this world, and the seed-plot of all other virtues.” – John Locke, quoted in Seldes. Letter to Anthony Collins, Esq., 29.10.1703.
TRUTH: The man who finds a truth lights a torch.” – Robert G. Ingersoll, The Truth. – Seldes quotations. - Sometimes it would be much safer for him to hide it or himself. – This world is not yet a safe world for truths, truths seekers and truth finders. They are certainly not all of them quite free to act upon the truths they find. – Torches are not always available and their light does not spread very far. – Leonard Read spoke instead of providing “light-towers”. - JZ, 7.8.08.
TRUTH: The most dangerous of all falsehoods it a slightly distorted truth.” – G. C. Lichtenberg, 1742-1799. – Another translation: The most dangerous untruths are truths that are only moderately distorted.” - (“Die gefaehrlichsten Unwahrheiten sind Wahrheiten, maessig entstellt.”) – HALF-TRUTHS, MORE DANGEROUS THAN LIES, FALSEHOODS, DISTORTIONS, PREJUDICES, ERRORS
TRUTH: The most simple truths are precisely those at which man arrives always only at the end.” – L. Feuerbach. Zur Beurteiling der Schrift “Das Wesen des Christentums”. – JZ tr. of: „Die einfachsten Wahrheiten sind es gerade, auf die der Mensch immer erst am spaetesten kommt.“
TRUTH: The one thing nobody will believe.” – George Bernard Shaw.
TRUTH: The only thing more dangerous than telling the truth in our world of territorial politics is to believe in it and start acting on it. – JZ, 30.7.94. – PANARCHISM, FREEDOM OF ACTION & EXPERIMENTATION
TRUTH: The opinion that survives.” – Anon. – Errors seem to be even more long-living. – JZ, 25.3.84.
TRUTH: The people have a right to the truth as they have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” – Frank Norris, Essays on Authorship. – Apart from e.g. privacy rights. Moreover, are others really obliged to supply it to them, without any efforts on their side of the truth seekers? Can such a right be better established than e.g. the welfare “right” to good housing, education and health, a minimum income and an old age pension at the expense of the taxpayers? – Perhaps only those have some “right” to truths, who seriously search for and work for it. – Just like for any other kind of knowledge. – Let us at least be truthful, as much as we can, in about remarks about truths. - JZ, 7.8.08.
TRUTH: The philosophy of Newton and the metaphysics of Locke appeared; but, like all new truths, they were at once received with opposition and contempt. The English, it is true, studied, understood, and, consequently, admired them; it was very different on the Continent….” – Oliver Goldsmith, The Bee, p.342. – It still takes decades in our times for some important truths to cross the language barrier, even when translations have been provided. That applies e.g. to the writings of the German monetary freedom school, which appeared, at the same time, in English and French, but without significantly influencing English and French writers on the subject. Even in Germany they remained largely unknown and appreciated. – Their publication on the Internet, in English, for several years, did not suffice, either, to make them well known. The Internet is not very efficient, in this respect, either. – JZ, 6.8.08.
TRUTH: The real advantage which truth has, consists in this, that when an opinion is true, it may be extinguished once, twice, or many times, but in the course of ages there will generally be found persons to rediscover it, until some one of its reappearances falls on a time when from favorable circumstances it escapes persecution until it has made such a head as to withstand all subsequent attempts to suppress it.”.” – John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1859, chapter II. – At least partly quoted in Seldes. - Shall we be complacent about this truth or see to it that all truths become recorded, examined, accessible, spread, recognized and realized as far as possible, a.s.a.p.? – JZ, 25.7.08. – IDEAS ARCHIVE, SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT, LIBERTARIAN LIBRARY, LIBERTARIAN ENCYCLOPEDIA
TRUTH: the saying that it is well to die for the truth, but not for every truth.” – Lord Acton, Lectures on Modern History, p. 111, when discussing Luther. – He, too, wrote wrongly about “the” truth, rather than about “an” important truth. – And more important than dying for it would be to live for it. – JZ, 6.8.08.
TRUTH: The sharpest truth will fall on the deafest ears.” - Joe Fischetti, The I of the Beholder, ANALOG 10/87, p.121. – Reported as a version of a supposedly 2000 year old truth. – RED.
TRUTH: The simplest and most necessary truths are always the last believed.” – John Ruskin, Modern Painters, iv, 1856. - I see in this the consequence of the absence of an Ideas Archive. –- JZ, 20.7.08, 26.3.11.
TRUTH: The smallest atom of truth represents some man’s bitter toil and agony; for every ponderable chunk of it there is a brave truth-seeker’s grave upon some lonely ash-dump and soul roasting in hell.” – H. L. Mencken, Prejudices, Third Series, 1922, p.14. – IDEAS ARCHIVE, SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT
TRUTH: The theory of free speech, that truth is so much larger and stranger and more many-sided than we know of, that it is very much better at all costs to hear every one’s account of it, is a theory which has been justified upon the whole by experiment, but which remains a very daring and even a very surprising theory.” – G. K. Chesterton: from Robert Browning. – Quoted in: - Bruce L. Richmond, The Pattern of Freedom, Ljus English Library, vol 12, Stockholm, 1943, p.58. - FREE SPEECH, FREE PRESS, FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
TRUTH: The trouble with Ellis is that he tells the truth, which is the unsafest of all things to tell.” - H. L. Mencken, Prejudices, Second Series, p.218, at ending of “The Cult of Hope”. – IDEAS ARCHIVE & TALENT CENTRE – TO FINALLY PROVIDE A PROPER MARKET IN THIS SPHERE, ESPECIALLY THE SOCIAL SCIENCE SPHERE & THERE THE OFFERS OF FREEDOM & RIGHTS ADVOCATES
TRUTH: The truth – the bare facts – cannot overcome a skillfully devised propaganda of falsehood, unless it is presented in such a way as to arouse as much interest, wonderment, curiosity, doubt, as lies and half-truths usually do.” - John Hargraves, 1940, Words Win Wars, p.39. – LIES, HALF-TRUTHS,
TRUTH: The truth … shall always prevail above lies, as the oil above the water.” – Thomas Shelton, Tr. of Cervantes: Don Quixote, II, 1615, 1820. – But oil takes a long time to rise from the bottom of the sea and often its potential channels are blocked. – JZ, 7.11.85, 5.7.86. – As oil exploration has demonstrated, tars and oils do not always come automatically to the surface of land or lakes but have to be drilled for - or it is buried in shale. And offshore drilling for oil has also to drill deep and expensively, to bring oil to the surface. If all truths would always prevail soon enough then the world would be filled with them by now and most of the old errors, myths and prejudices long forgotten. Even now we are missing many of the ideal institutions to promote ideas and truths and to defeat errors and myths. – JZ, 20.7.08. - NEW DRAFT
TRUTH: The truth becomes more and more complex and difficult to understand, while the lie puts up simple assertions which can hardly be tested but are easy to believe.” – Ron Kritzfeld. (“Die Wahrheit wird zunehmend komplexer und schwerer verstaendlich; die Luege stellt immer einfachere Behauptungen auf, die kaum nachpruefbar, aber leicht zu glauben sind.”) - LIES, PREJUDICES, ERRORS, MYTHS FALLACIES, ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS
TRUTH: The truth does not die in flames.” – Hus, when burnt at the Stake. - How many of the religious reformers were themselves quite intolerant? – JZ, 25.7.08.
TRUTH: The truth does not exist, but numerous truths do, as many as there are subjects for them. – JZ, 7.8.08.
TRUTH: The truth does not require many words but the lie can never have enough of them.” – JZ, tr. of a saying in the collection of Siegfried Schwenke. – To state rather involved truths e.g. on money, rights and liberties, may require many words but lies can often do with few. E.g.: “Might is Right!” – JZ, 6.8.08. – SLOGANS FOR LIBERTY, LIES, ERRORS, PREJUDICES, WRONG CONCLUSIONS OR ASSUMPTIONS, PREMISES
TRUTH: The truth doesn’t hurt unless it ought to.” – B. C. Forbes, in READER’S DIGEST, Aug. 75.
TRUTH: The truth doesn’t sell. It is high in supply, but low in demand. – Eric Schaub, in www.strike-the-root.com – Where can one find today, easily, fast and cheaply, the truth on every subject, and the proofs for it, even though, possibly to probably - somewhere, they do, already exist? - The supply of it is still not sufficiently organized, not even with automatic search engines for Internet offers of it and with the general Wikipedia. For instance, a comprehensive digital libertarian library, bibliography, abstracts and review collection and a libertarian ideas archive and refutations encyclopedia are still amiss, also a libertarian projects list and directory according to special interests. – JZ, 1.4.12. - SUPPLY & DEMAND FOR IT
TRUTH: The truth for all things, thoughts and persons does not exist and cannot exist. Only the great variety of truths exists and can exist, which amount to the mental equivalent, images, statements of descriptions of all the great variety of facts, things, beings, thoughts, ideas, institutions etc. that do exist. – JZ, 6.8.08.
TRUTH: The truth is a powerful weapon.” - Frank Herbert, Dune, Complete & unabridged edition, p.224. – A single truth is almost powerless, at least for a long time, when confronted by thousands of popular errors, myths and prejudices, still upheld by millions of people. At the very least it would have to be part of the big army of a general ideas archive and also to be defended by an encyclopedia of the best refutations or all the popular errors, prejudices etc., to get its best chance as soon as possible. – JZ, 14.4.09. - POWER, WEAPONS, IDEAS ARCHIVE, ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS
TRUTH: The truth is as rare and precious as gold. If it were every sought with the same passion and care that gold is looked for, then the world would quite certainly be quite different.” - Des Griffin, Die Herrscher, S.10.
TRUTH: The truth is by definition a fact which can be verified. That means, truth is the semantic symbol for that abstracted part of a thing or event that can be repeated. A rose is in truth not a rose not because of its particularity but because of its similarity.” – George Kysor, THE CONNECTION 64, p.10.
TRUTH: The truth is everywhere the same.” – Robert M. Hutchins, The Higher Learning in America, I, 1936. – And almost everywhere and by almost everyone important truths at least in the social sciences are similarly ignored or rejected and replaced by prejudices, half-truths, errors, myths, fallacies etc. – for all too long, because neither have the former nor the latter been effectively compiled so far and the latter systematically and encyclopedically refuted. – JZ, 5.7.86, 20.7.08. – Do summer and winter occur at the same months in the north of this globe as in the south? – JZ, 23.10.08. - IDEAS ARCHIVE, SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT & ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS
TRUTH: The truth is never impossible.” – Poul Anderson, Dialogue with Darkness, p.148.
TRUTH: The truth is one, but it appears to us in fragments and from very different angles. Our duty is to express it as we see it, no matter whether we contradict ourselves in reality or in appearance.” – Proudhon, 1863, in a letter. – Quoted by George Woodcock, Proudhon, p.254. – KNOWLEDGE, IGNORANCE, CONTRADICTIONS, INCONSISTENCIES, PARADOXES
TRUTH: The truth is rarely pure and never simple.” – Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, p 1895. – The input of how many truth lovers on every truth is required to make it as pure and simple as possible? Can serious truth lovers, using electronic connections solve this problem between them and this relatively fast? One way to approach and display truths, is still very much under-utilized: the electronic “argument-mapping” of Paul Monk et al. Every very complicated subjects can be effectively dealt with in this way. – Aren’t genuine and important truths worth such an organized effort? And, finally, their combined display on websites or disks accessible to almost anyone? Imagine the possible effects if questions of cause and cure of mass unemployment, inflation, despotism, poverty, mis-education, wars, violent revolutions, terrorism, civil wars, anti-industrial warfare, health problems, all too short life spans, gravity, energy shortages, were systematically tackled in this way, instead of many different authors and lecturers setting out their particular individual batch of truths, part-truths and remaining errors in uncounted books and lectures, most of them not readily accessible to every truth seeker and most of them not sufficiently and systematically refuted, to the extent that they do need this treatment. - JZ, 25.7.08.
TRUTH: The truth is so important that even the goal of every liar is to make his statement appear to be the truth.” – Joe Fischetti, The I of the Beholder, ANALOG 10/87, p.112. – LIES, LIARS
TRUTH: The truth is the one thing that nobody will believe.” – G. B. Shaw, 1856-1950.
TRUTH: The truth liberates, the lie enslaves.” – Robin Cook, A State of Denmark, p.231. - One must not only know the truth but be free to act upon it. Otherwise it may exist only in one’s head or in some scarce and obscure texts that are largely unread and unknown. – JZ, 18.7.07.
TRUTH: The truth lies in the details.” – Stendhal – DETAILS – That is why libertarian encyclopedias and handbooks are so important, and archives of ideas and talents, as well as complete reference libraries. – JZ, 20.7.08.
TRUTH: the truth must be repeated for ever and ever in a thousand forms.” – Herman Hesse, War and Peace, 1918. – I believe that Goethe made a similar remark. – JZ, REPETITION, SLOGANS FOR LIBERTY.
TRUTH: The truth never triumphs. Its enemies die out.” – Max Planck. – He, too, did not consider the possibilities of an Ideas Archive and a of a genuine market for talented people. – JZ, 18.7.08. – IDEAS ARCHIVE, SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT
TRUTH: The truth of a proposition has nothing to do with its credibility. And vice versa.” – Robert Heinlein, Lazarus Long. – Perhaps he should have spoken of popularity rather than credibility. – JZ, 7.8.08.
TRUTH: The truth shall make ye free, but first it shall make ye miserable.” – Quoted by Barry Stevens and Carl Rogers in “Person to Person” and then in READER’S DIGEST, 1/77.
TRUTH: The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear.” – H. Agar, A Time for Greatness. – I was shocked into silence, when my eldest granddaughter, some time ago, declared to me outright: “I don’t read freedom books!” – But as a budding architect she has recently discovered some of the wrongful restrictions imposed also upon architects, builders and developers. What teaches freedom best to those able and willing to think is lack of it. – JZ, 6.8.08. – RED., FREEDOM, INDIFFERENCE, APATHY, LACK OF INTEREST, LISTENING, PREJUDICES, , RED.
TRUTH: The truth was therefore its own justification. Those who were supposed to hear, namely, the Remnant, would get the message, one way or the other. They were the people who counted.” – Gary North, THE FREEMAN, 3/78. – Without an Ideas Archive or Super-Computer Project and a comprehensive Talent Registry? Without comprehensive and permanent freedom publishing on affordable media? Without computerized access to the best refutations or popular errors, myths, prejudices etc.? – JZ, 31.7.92, 6.8.08. – REMNANT, ENLIGHTENMENT, EDUCATION, PUBLISHING, FREEDOM LIBRARY, PREJUDICES, IGNORANCE, , RED.
TRUTH: The truth which a man or a generation requires most is the truth which he or they like least.” – A. Maclaren, from a desk calendar on Melbourne Cup Day.
TRUTH: The truth will lastly be recognized if one tries hard enough to bring it to the light.” – JZ tr. of: “Die Wahrheit wird sich letzten Endes durchsetzen, wenn man genug Anstrengungen unternimmt, sie ans Licht zu bringen.“ – Source?
TRUTH: The Truth Will Out – If Pushed.” – Sylvester Petro, THE FREEMAN, 6/79. – Even birthing usually requires a strong push by the mother – and it can be very painful. – JZ, 7.8.08. - IDEAS ARCHIVE, SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT, LIBERTARIAN LIBRARY, ENCYCLOPEDIA, ABSTRACTS, BIBLIOGRAPHY, REVIEWS, COMPLETE ELECTRONIC PUBLISHING, REFUTATIONS ENCYCLOPEDIA,
TRUTH: The truth will set you free - but first it will make you damn mad …” - M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled. - & FREEDOM, INDIFFERENCE, APATHY
TRUTH: The ultimate test of what a truth means is the conduct it dictates or inspires.” – William James, quoted in Seldes. – PANARCHISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, FREEDOM OF ACTION, DEEDS
TRUTH: The way of truth is like a great road. It is not hard to find it. The trouble is only that men will not look for it. Go home and seek it and you will find many ready to point it out.” – Mencius, bk.vi, pt.ii, c.ii,v.7. – Probably quoted in: The Wisdom of Confucius.
TRUTH: The world would rather cling to a wrong idea than accept a new truth.” – Seneca. – IDEAS, PREJUDICES, IDEAS ARCHIVE, REFUTATIONS ENCYCLOPEDIA
TRUTH: There are 3 sides to every question – your side, the other fellow’s side, and the truth.” – Patsy O ’Bang, the world famous student of human behavior, quoted in Haldeman Julius, Questions and Answers. – I had never heard of her before. But then where are all ideas, truths and refutations fully registered, published and readily accessible so far? – JZ, 18.7.08. - RED., JOKES
TRUTH: There are no whole truths; all truths are half-truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil.” – Alfred North Whitehead, Dialogues of Alfred North Whitehead. As recorded by Lucien Price. ATLANTIC MONTHLY Press, 1954. – Quoted in Seldes. – ALL? – Generalizing part-truths causes most troubles. - JZ, 7.8.08. –
TRUTH: There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting. – Buddha– in www.strike-the-root.com - THE ROAD TO IT, ENLIGHTENMENT EFFORTS
TRUTH: There are secrets that can be repeated endlessly and remain wholly and absolutely secret.” – Source? That almost applies to the truths about e.g. full monetary freedom, legal tender and panarchism. – JZ, 7.8.08. – SECRECY, PREJUDICES, PUBLIC OPINION, ENLIGHTENMENT, PANARCHISM, MONETARY FREEDOM
TRUTH: There can be no absolutely true statement to the effect that there can be no absolutely true statement.” – Charles W. Schmidt, ASTOUNDING SF, Nov. 55, p.153. – ist that statement absolutely true? - JZ, 26.3.11. - JOKES, ABSOLUTE STATEMENTS, CERTAINTY
TRUTH: There is no refuge but in truth.” - Norman Angell, Human Nature and the Peace Problem, 1925, p.138. – All the publicly stated truths about the dangers of a nuclear war have not yet made sure that it will be prevented and that we have a safe refuge against it. The best refuge does not consist in underground shelters and survival stocks of goods but, rather, in eliminating the territorial targets, powers, ideas and motives. For instance, could you imagine any of the modern Popes wishing to acquire and to stockpile nuclear weapons? But territorialist governments built and stockpiled them and territorialist terrorists try to acquire them, too. It is the flawed program of territorialism combined with that of collective responsibility notions, in their heads, that induce them to prepare for such mass murders. and the statist territorial prejudices in the heads of their present and future victims, and the economic conditions that result from numerous and all too popular anti-economic territorial interventionist actions, that makes nuclear war possible and even likely in the long run. The truths that could prevent nuclear war are still widely ignored or even resisted. – JZ, 14.4.09.
TRUTH: There is no truth existing which I fear, or would wish unknown to the whole world.” - Thomas Jefferson. – He did not experience nuclear “weapons” and nuclear reactors. – JZ, 26.12.07. - Should we publish or allow the publication of blueprints for cheap doomsday devices, so that every somewhat unbalanced, hateful and spiteful mind could come to construct one? – JZ, 23.1.08. -
TRUTH: There is no worse lie than a truth misunderstood by those who hear it.” - William James, LIES, MISUNDERSTANDINGS,
TRUTH: There is nothing of permanent value (putting aside a few human affections), nothing that satisfies quiet reflection, except the sense of having worked according to one’s capacity and light to make things clear and get rid of cant and shams of all sorts.” – T. H. Huxley, Letter to W. Platt Ball, Oct. 27, 1890.TRUTH: There is nothing so powerful as truth and often nothing so strange.” – Daniel Webster. – And often nothing so helpless and of so little help, either. – Truths often have to be backed by arms, training and organization, otherwise they may be like a helpless mob before the armed, trained and organized hordes of “prophets”, “great” leaders etc. - JZ, 7.8.08, 26.3.11. – IDEAS ARCHIVE, SUPER-COMPUTER-PROJECT, REFUTATIONS ENCYCLOPEDIA, RED.
TRUTH: There is very little money in the truth, my dear, very little money at all. Usually some ugly form of popular execution, instead.” – L. Neil Smith, Their Majesties’ Bucketeers, P.140, Ballentine Books, New York, 1981. – TRUTHS HAVE AS YET NO PROPER MARKET, IDEAS ARCHIVE, REFUTATIONS ENCYCLOPEDIA, AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF DIFFERENT DEFINITIONS OF THE SAME TERMS
TRUTH: They can readily say they want Truth – but don’t expect them to be able to face up to it.” – John W. Campbell in: The John W. Campbell Letters, vol. 1, 1985 Eds.: Perry A. Chapdelaine, Sr., et al., AC Projects Inc., ISBN 0-931150-16-7, p.590. - RED.
TRUTH: They who know the truth are not equal to them that love it, and they who love it are not equal to them that find pleasure in it.” – The Wisdom of Confucius, Analects, bk. vi,c.xviii. – LOVE, JOY, PLEASURE, KNOWLEDGE, ENTHUSIASM
TRUTH: This above all: To thine own self be true, // And it must follow, as the night the day, // Thou canst not then be false to any man.” – Shakespeare, advice by Polonius in “Hamlet”. – Quoted in Leonard E. Read, Having My Way, p.59. – Read adds: “Edmond Rostand had the same principle in mind when he wrote for Cyrano: “Never to make a line I haven’t heard in my own heart.” – I tried to follow that maxim in this collection of “Slogans for Liberty”. If I disagreed I usually stated why I did so. – I do hope that further input by others will be similarly motivated and screened. - JZ, 25.10.08. - FALSITY, HONESTY, FRANKNESS, SLOGANS FOR LIBERTY
TRUTH: Those who know the truth are not equal to those who love it.” – Confucius, Analects, VI, c. 500 B.C.
TRUTH: Thou shalt not bear false witness.” – 10th. commandment. – But if what you believe to be the truth, e.g. the existence of a benevolent – or vicious “God” is really a lie? – What genuine proofs or tests for truths are offered in the Bible? – Was it not there that God himself sent “false prophets”? – Are revelations more than mere day dreams or illusions and imaginations? - JZ, 6.8.08.
TRUTH: Thus the establishment of one truth does not imply the subversion or suppression of any other truth; because all truths are consistent with each other.” – Lysander Spooner, Works I, on the Post Office, p.10.
TRUTH: Time is precious, but truth is more precious than time.” – Benjamin Disraeli, Speech at Aylesbury, Sept. 21, 1865. – Not always. E.g. the truths contained in my 2 peace books, to prevent WW III and especially nuclear war, may be precious but also may not be recognized in time. For some things timing is very important. – Without proper timing truths and insights, however important, may come to be recognized widely enough far too late to do any good still. – For instance, without central banking and its monetary despotism the large German Inflation, the large German Depression, the Hitler Regime, World War II and even WW I might not have occurred. This truth is still not generally recognized. - JZ, 20.7.08, 26.3.11. – , ECONOMIC CRISES, INFLATION, DEPRESSION, WAR, NAZI REGIME
TRUTH: To a new truth nothing is more harmful than an old error.” - Goethe, “Sprueche in Prosa”, JZ tr. of: “Einer neuen Wahrheit ist nichts schaedlicher als ein alter Irrtum.” – IDEAS, IDEAS ARCHIVE, ERRORS, FALLACIES, PREJUDICES, ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS
TRUTH: To be armed with the truth, and to have the skill to present it in such a way as to fire the imagination, is, of course, a gigantic advantage.” - John Hargraves, 1940, Words Win Wars. – , RED., SIGN-DEBATES, ARGUMENT MAPPING, SLOGANS FOR LIBERTY, WORDS, LANGUAGE USAGE, IDEAS ARCHIVE
TRUTH: To reveal everything is an ineptness … Truth must come to bloom slowly, like a secret flower in the heart.“ - Wilson/Shea, Illuminatus II, p.17.
TRUTH: To seek the truth … that alone … always only that … up to the end.” – Winston Churchill, speech in WW II. - but only in my re-translation from the German version: “Die Wahrheit suchen … das allein … immer nur das … bis zum Ende.” - Under him, for a long time, the pretence was kept up that the air raids were conducted only against military targets! – JZ, 7.8.08.
TRUTH: To seek Truth is to pursue the Infinite. The more one advances, the further into the distance stretches the road ahead. The more one knows, the more he knows there is to know.” – Leonard E. Read, Castles in the Air, p. 77. - KNOWLEDGE
TRUTH: Truth – what we think it is at any given moment of time.” – Luigi Pirandello. – As if there were or could not be any genuine truths, i.e., agreements of statements with their subject matter. – JZ, 6.8.08. - , RELATIVISM, VALUE-FREE THINKING
TRUTH: Truth above all, even when it upsets and overwhelms us!” - Henri Frederic Amiel, Journal. – Better to be overwhelmed by truths than by the consequences of ignorance, disinterest, apathy and popular errors, myths and prejudices. – JZ, 14.4.09.
TRUTH: Truth against the world.” – Frank Lloyed Wright: Motto. – Seldes, p.935. – What is wrong with: “Truths for the world!”? – JZ, 25.10.08, 26.3.11.
TRUTH: Truth always lags behind, limping along on the arm of Time.” – Balthasar Gracian, The Art of Worldly Wisdom, 1647, cxlvi. – Seldes quotations. – What about delivering all of them at electronic speed to wherever and whenever needed by anyone? – At least technically that would now be possible. - JZ, 25.10.08, 26.3.11.
TRUTH: Truth and news are not the same thing. – Katharine Graham, owner ofTHE WASHINGTON POST - & NEWS
TRUTH: Truth and, by consequence, liberty, will always be the chief power of honest men.” – Madamede Staël, Letter to General Moreau.
TRUTH: Truth angers those whom it does not convince.” – Quoted by Aylmer Maude in Tolstoy and His Problems, London, Grant Richards, 1901, p.194. - RED.,
TRUTH: Truth can liberate only if people are prepared to act on it.” – Richard Barnel, The Economy of Death, N.Y., Atheneum, 1969, p.182. – They must also be free to act on it! See under EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM & PANARCHISM. – JZ, 7.8.08, 26.3.11.
TRUTH: Truth can only be found in an infinity of fragments – call them ideas – awaiting apprehension. (*) And the moment any idea is apprehended it becomes a light. Philosophers bring to the surface these tiny rays of light which, in their aggregate over the millennia, result in an enormous luminosity.” (**) – Leonard E. Read, Let Freedom Reign, p. 29. - (*) They should be assembled in an ideas archive, that would bring supply and demand in this field together, like any other good specialized market. – To some extent FEE tried this with the publication of numerous pro-freedom articles and books. – But the involvement of just one organization or even a few hundred of them is by far not enough yet. We already have, probably, several hundred “think tanks” tackling freedom questions. But, have they as yet sufficiently covered the field? - - (**) Do we still have millennia at our disposal, seeing e.g. the nuclear war threat or that of a world-wide tyranny?- We ought to systematically accelerate the process of enlightenment, rather than rely merely on automatically and or occasionally spontaneously promoted steps in the right direction. Nor can we rely on any of the existing territorial governments to promote enlightenment sufficiently. - JZ, 7.8.08. - LIGHTS, LUMINOSITY, ENLIGHTENMENT
TRUTH: Truth comes out of error more easily than out of confusion.” – Bacon, as quoted in: - Norman Angell, Human Nature and the Peace Problem, 1925, p.128. – Only when there is sufficient public discussion of them. – JZ, 14.4.09.
TRUTH: Truth conquers all things. (Vincit ominia veritas.)” – Yes, but when? – JZ, 7.11.85. - Soon? Soon enough? - JZ, 26.3.11.
TRUTH: Truth deferred is truth interred – laid to rest.” – Leonard E. Read, NOTES FROM FEE, May 75.
TRUTH: Truth does not always fight or win its own battles. It represents, so far, only minority views or only minorities realize and recognize and uphold truths – and these minorities are far outnumbered by majorities in almost every field. – For instance: We have still believers in astrology, religions, territorial States, monetary despotism, hierarchical relationships. - JZ, 3.11.77, 3.8.78, 6.8.08.
TRUTH: Truth does not always seem truthful.” - (Le vrai n’est toujour vraisemblable.) – French Proverb
TRUTH: Truth ever lovely – since the world began. The foe of tyrants, and the friend of man.” – Thomas Campbell: The Pleasures of Hope, II, 1799. (Pt. ii, I.347.) – Is it really lovely that there are still some tyrants around, nevertheless, and uncounted errors, myths, prejudices and superstitions? - Is it really lovely that only about 12 “people” in the world have now the power to start a general nuclear holocaust, insist on retaining this power and that all too few people so far want to abolish all such powers? – For most of history most people were extremely poor, helpless victims of many diseases, slaves and serfs and died all too early. These are also truths but not lovely ones. - JZ, 20.7.08. – I do not find it lovely at all that we haven’t even completely defeated the common cold as yet. – The hope that in some further centuries we might finally succeed with this does not give me enough pleasure. – Nor the truth that so few people are really friends of genuine and important truths. - JZ, 7.8.08.
TRUTH: Truth exists. Only lies are invented.” – Georges Bracque, Pensées sur l’art. – Not only one truth but many truths exist, on different subjects and objects. – JZ, 25.7.08.
TRUTH: Truth fears no trial.” – Thomas Fuller, M.D., Gnomologia, 1731, 5297. – Alas, I have never seen that book but only some good quotes form it. - Truth itself has nothing to fear. No more so than any fact or rock. It is not a living being that can be tortured or murdered. At most it can be suppressed, its recording and duplication and communication prohibited or made very difficult or become very much delayed – and be it only by e.g. the difference between snail mail and email. - Not any just trial by genuine truth seekers has to be feared by adherents to truths. But they do have to fear the trials by totalitarians, fanatics, dogmatists, ignorant and prejudiced rulers, vested interests etc. – How many truth producers and truth holders paid with their lives or liberty for their adherence to certain truths? Are e.g. all tax evaders safe from all revenuers, all computers safe from all snoopers, scam artists and virus spreading vandals and all software safe from inbuilt flaws? (*) – Is history not full of show trials against innocents, guilty only of the “crime” of upholding some truth? JZ, 25.7.08. – Did not Socrates and Jesus Christ reasons to fear a trial? Since when are trial quite without risks for quit truthful people? – JZ, 29.4.09. - (*) I am observing a fast growing trend in the quantity of virus protection KBs or even MBs that are required every day. Will we require a tenfold or hundredfold increase in these quantities within a few years? - JZ, 26.3.11.
TRUTH: Truth forever on the scaffold, wrong forever on the throne.” – James Russell Lowell, The Present Crisis. – Quoted in Seldes. – Forever or all too often and for all too long? What conditions do make that possible and what changes could prevent that? – JZ, 6.8.08. – PANARCHISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, “ARGUMENT MAPPING”, REFUTATIONS ENCYCLOPEDIA, IDEAS ARCHIVE, SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT, LEADERSHIP, DECISION-MAKING MONOPOLY, TERRITORIALISM, RULERS, GOVERNMENTS
TRUTH: Truth frightens man. He plants illusion in the debris of his mind to hide him from the clean white light she brings. His arguments defeat her wisdom. In his preconceptions and prejudices he dictates, in advance, what form she must take, what garments she must wear; and because of this he often does not recognize her when they meet. His illusion drives him from her. – And yet he still yearns and seeks for truth.” - Mark Clifton and Frank Riley, They’d Rather Be Right, p.180.
TRUTH: Truth gains more even by errors of one who, with due study and preparation, thinks for himself than by the true opinions of those who only hold them because they do not suffer themselves to think.” – John Stuart Mill: Cardiff, What Great Men Think of Religion. – Quoted in Seldes.
TRUTH: Truth grows by correcting error. (*) I am trying to establish the point that error does have a function; it is the stepping stone to truth; it is the action that makes reaction – the pursuit of truth – possible. – Emerson referred to this all-pervasive principle as “compensation”. There are other terms such as “tension of opposites” and “the law of polarity”. Whatever the label, it is in the nature of things.” – Leonard E. Read, Let Freedom Reign, p.90/91. - (*) And yet we have not yet undertaken enough encyclopedic and digitized attempts to systematically refute errors, especially those which are obstacles to rights, liberty, peace, progress, prosperity and enlightenment. – JZ, 7.8.08, 26.3.11.
TRUTH: Truth hardens itself under the hammer.” – Greek proverb. – As if no truths and truth carriers were ever smashed between anvil and hammer! – JZ, 20.7.08.
TRUTH: Truth is a jewel with many facets’, defined Prince Gautama. But the Buddha forgot to add that the farther you get from one, the nearer you get to another.” – Eric Frank Russell, Dreadful Sanctuary, p.15. Four Square book, U.K., 1967. - However, not enough people can keep more than one facet, one aspect or one chess move in mind. – How many can keep in mind all aspects of e.g. money, and how they relate to each other? All factors that make e.g. for war and peace, wealth or poverty, economic crises or their prevention, all types of free markets in every sphere, all human characteristics, all relevant facts, all individual rights and liberties? As for the latter: so few that, perhaps, not yet a single comprehensive declaration of them has been offered. – How many witness statements in court are truly reliable? - JZ, 7.6.08. – PREJUDICES, , IGNORANCE, ERRORS
TRUTH: Truth is a matter of direct apprehension – you can’t climb a ladder of mental concepts to it.” – Lawrence Durrell, Balthazar, 1958, 26. – I wonder whether he has really managed to become aware of any significant truth in this way. – JZ, 25.7.08. –
TRUTH: TRUTH IS AN ENDANGERED SPECIES.” – Another MAD Sticker
TRUTH: Truth is an orphan.” – German proverb. – Where are the sound orphanages for all truths? – JZ, 20.7.08. – IDEAS ARCHIVE, TALENT CENTRE, SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT
TRUTH: Truth is as impossible to be soiled by any outward touch as the sunbeam.” – John Milton. – Maybe, but within our own brains it is in touch and messed up by numerous errors, prejudices, wrong assumptions, fallacies and myths. Whose brain is really washed quite clean of them? The infamous “brain-washing” techniques are designed to muddle up our brains still further. – So does much of the official “education” system and so do most of the mass media and most of the entries on the Internet. Electronic “argument mapping” as recommended by Paul Monk et al, is still all too little applied. – JZ, 7.8.08, 26.3.11. –
TRUTH: Truth is for the minority.” – Balthasar Gracian, The Art of Worldly Wisdom, xliii, 1647. - Seldes quotations. - … to find and establish, since the majority, at least for the first few times, will firmly reject it. – JZ, 5.7.86. – ANALOG 9/80, p.33 quoted this saying. I commented then: It may be intended for the majority but it is acceptable to and realizable only by a minority. – JZ, 4.6.82. –– While this meant that it is for all and ultimately accepted by all, it is certainly initially only acceptable to a minority, often and for a long time only to a small minority. – JZ, 7.8.08, 29.4.09, 26.3.11. – MINORITIES, ENLIGHTENMENT, EDUCATION, LIBERATION, MAJORITIES, DEMOCRACY, PANARCHISM
TRUTH: Truth is heavy; therefore few wear it.” – Midrash Samuel on Abot, 4. – Quoted in Lewis Browne, editor, The Wisdom of Israel.
TRUTH: Truth is its own witness.” – Hebrew proverb. – It is only one witness and usually is opposed by numerous dishonest and contrary “witnesses”, offering fabricated and contrary or doubtful “evidence”. – Only a world-wide court of intelligent and informed people, all having access to the truth and all the pro and con, e.g. via an Ideas Archive, will be a good enough court for new ideas, discoveries and inventions. - JZ, 20.7.08, 26.3.11.
TRUTH: Truth is not a matter of majority rule.” – Tibor Machan, Liberty and Culture, p.264. – MAJORITIES, DEMOCRACY, REPRESENTATIVES, VOTING
TRUTH: Truth is not determined by majority vote. – Doug Gwyn, MAJORITIES & VOTING
TRUTH: Truth is not determined by majority vote.” - Doug Gwyn – Indeed. - Nevertheless, the members of voluntary societies or communities or enterprises should also be free to decide their questions by majority voting, if they want to. They will have to put up with the competition form other societies etc. that use better decision-making methods. - VOTING, MAJORITIES, DEMOCRACY.
TRUTH: Truth is not necessarily beautiful, comforting, or equally fair to everyone. The person who utters it is apt to become unpopular, therefore not to be a leader.” – Poul Anderson, Past Times, p.196 (?) – My handwriting!
TRUTH: Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it may be equally outraged by silence. –Henri Frederic Amiel– Be more concerned with speaking up for important truths than trivial ones, as so many people are inclined to do in social chats or on Facebook. – JZ, 3.4.12. - & SILENCE
TRUTH: Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it may be equally outraged by silence.” – Henry Frederic Amiel, - THE FREE MAN’S ALMANAC. – FALSEHOOD, LIES, SILENCE
TRUTH: Truth is often eclipsed, but never extinguished. – Livy, History of Rome, xxii, c. 10. - Just like rights and liberties. – JZ
TRUTH: Truth is one forever absolute, but opinion is truth filtered through the moods, the blood, the disposition of the spectator.” – Wendell Phillips, lecture, “Idols”, Boston, Oct. 4, 1859.
TRUTH: Truth is one, although the sages call it by many names.” - L. E. Modesitt, Gravity Dreams, Orbit, London, 1999, p.114. - - One truth for everything does not exist. (*) But XYZ truths on XYZ particular things do exist. 23.12.63, 26.3.11. – Truthfulness of particular aspects should not be mixed up with an imagined single “truth” that would cover all the diverse things and relationships. – JZ, 7.10.07. (*) Unless one comes down to generalities like: Everything is unique. Or: Every thing is made up out of atoms. Etc. – JZ, 11.10.07. -
TRUTH: Truth is rarely a paying proposition. Especially in government. There it pays politicians to share and spout many of the popular errors, myths and prejudices, not listening to reason nor observing the facts. – JZ, 3.1.77. – Not that the present condition of what still passes as the “free media” or the “social sciences” is very much better, as a rule. – JZ, 7.8.08, 26.3.11.
TRUTH: Truth is scattered far and wide in small portions among mankind, mingled in every system with the dross of error, grasped perfectly by no one, and only in some degree discovered by the careful comparison and collation of opposing systems.” – W. E. H. Lecky, History of Rationalism, 1865, quoted in Mencken’ s A New Dictionary of Quotations.
TRUTH: Truth is stranger than fiction - to some people. - Mark Twain - Roy Halliday, Quotations with an Attitude, online.
TRUTH: Truth is stranger than fiction and also harder to make up.” – Author unknown, quoted in: Claire Wolfe, Don’t Shoot the Bastards (YET), 101 More Ways To Salvage Freedom, p.178.
TRUTH: Truth is the accord of an idea with a thing. Very often an individual fails to discover the truth about some matter because he neglects to become informed about something. But even more often, the truth is never found out because somebody refuses to entertain an idea.” - Murray Leinster, The Grandfathers' War, 29 in ASTOUNDING SF, Br. Ed., 2/58. - & IDEAS
TRUTH: Truth is the beginning of every good thing, both in heaven and in earth; and he who would be blessed and happy should be from the first, a partaker of truth.” - Plato. – How many are truth- rather than pleasure- or money-hunters? – The few truth hunters and finders are not free to opt out and do their own things for themselves. And the fools, ignorant and disinterest people are not confined to be held responsible for their flawed actions or non-actions only themselves. They are still given the vote to decide upon the fate of all others. – In their own panarchies only they would suffer. - JZ, 14.4.09, 26.3.11. – SECESSIONISM, PANARCHISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM FOR VOLUNTEERS
TRUTH: Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it.” – Mark Twain, 1835-1910. – Let’s rather collect, publish together, defend and utilized all of them. – JZ, 7.8.08. – IDEAS ARCHIVE, SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT, LIBERTARIAN LIBRARY, LIBERTARIAN ENCYCLOPEDIA, SLOGANS FOR LIBERTY, REFUTATIONS ENCYCLOPEDIA, DEFINITIONS ENCYCLOPEDIA
TRUTH: Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble at a touch; nay, you may kick it about all day, like a football, and it will be round and full at evening.” – O. W. Holmes.
TRUTH: Truth is tough.” – G. W. Holmes, The Professor at the Breakfast-Table, v, 1859. – And so are errors, prejudices etc. – JZ, 5.7.86. – O. W. Holmes?
TRUTH: Truth is treason in the empire of lies. – Ron Paul - LIES & TREASON
TRUTH: Truth is violated by falsehood, but it is outraged by silence.” - Author unknown. - Was the author aware that spoken or written protest is sometimes threatened by long prison sentences or execution? - JZ, 27.1.02. - FALSEHOOD, LIES, SILENCE, PROTEST
TRUTH: Truth is what most contradicts itself.” – Lawrence Durrell, Balthazar, 1958, 1.5. – – Any particular full truth is without any internal contradictions and without contradictions to facts, by the very definition of a truth as being something in agreement with its subject. – People who spout such absurdities are nowadays often considered to be intellectuals and certainly do themselves believe that they are. - JZ, 25.7.08. -
TRUTH: truth itself is an expanding circle of ideas that grows through criticism and by modification …” - L. T. Hobhouse, Liberalism, p.110. – RED.
TRUTH: Truth lies within a little and certain compass, but error is immense. – Henry St. John Bolingbroke, Viscount, 1678-1751, Reflections upon Exile. - ERRORS, MISTAKES, PREJUDICES
TRUTH: Truth may not make you free but falsehood will enslave you.” - Dagobert D. Runes, A Book of Contemplation, p.135. – Under what conditions could each new truth and talent make you somewhat more free, secure and prosperous? – JZ, 30.3.94. - FREEDOM, LIES, PREJUDICES, , IDEAS ARCHIVE, SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT
TRUTH: Truth needs a trumpet no less than lies.” - John Hargraves, 1940, Words Win Wars, p.146.
TRUTH: Truth of any kind breeds ever new and better truth.” – Carlyle. - Well, we certainly do not have as yet an overpopulation of truths, not even a proper market for them, neither in conventional media nor, so far, on the Internet. – Moreover, how many errors, myths and prejudices, false assumptions and conclusions are bred by any of them? Have the better people as yet out-bred the inferior ones? – There are over a thousand conspiracy theories! - JZ, 7.8.08, 26.3.11. -
TRUTH: Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders than the arguments of its opposers.” - William Penn - Opponents
TRUTH: Truth persists and works, even if nobody is left to utter it.” - Ludwig von Mises. – Have the truths about the nuclear war threat persisted, publicly, in human minds, to make nuclear war impossible? Or will all the errors, myths and prejudices about it finally lead to the ultimate silence on Earth? – JZ, 14.4.09.
TRUTH: Truth prevails only as far as we make it prevail.” – Galileo, in film “Galileo”. – Which requires, almost always, an uphill battle against great odds – until all truths become sufficiently mobilized, ordered, and permanently and readily accessible to anyone interested in them or needing them, together with the best refutations of contrary views. – JZ, 6.8.08.
TRUTH: Truth promotes. Nothing develops from errors. They merely entangle us.” - Goethe, “Sprueche in Prosa”, JZ tr. of: “Das Wahre foerdert; aus dem Irrtum entwickelt sich nichts, er verwickelt uns nur.” – Have we mobilized all truths sufficiently to enable us to cut ourselves out of all these numerous entanglements? – JZ, 14.4.09. - ERRORS, PREJUDICES, FALLACIES, MYTHS, LIES ETC.
TRUTH: Truth resides in every human heart, and one has to search for it there, and to be guided by truth as one sees it. But no one has a right to coerce others to act according to his own view of truth. – Mohandas Gandhi, (Mahatma Gandhi) in www.strike-the-root.com – “Thinking with the heart” is not one of my favorite methods, neither by myself or when used by others. – JZ, 30.3.12. – I hold that the brain ought to become engaged rather than the heart. Think of all the wrongs and irrationalities of the State socialists, who “thought” only with their hearts. – JZ, 2.4.12. - CONSCIENCE, REASON RATHER THAN EMOTIONS, ETHICS RATHER THAN FEELINGS, MORALITY VS. COERCION OR LEGALIZED COMPULSION, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, SELF-RESPONSIBLE EXPERIMENTATION, FREEDOM OF ACTION & SELF-MANAGEMENT AMONG VOLUNTEERS, LEAVE ALONE, MYOB VS. INTOLERANCE, STATISM, TERRITORIALISM,
TRUTH: Truth sets a man free and a man ought to be free. … Truth and freedom will win in the end.” - - Lawrence Schoonover, The Revolutionary, p.434. – When will that finally happen? How can we systematically accelerate that process of enlightenment? – Will mankind come to an end before that would occur? - JZ, 7.8.08. – FREEDOM LIBERATION, WAR AIMS, GOVERNMENTS IN EXILE, SLOGANS, , IDEAS ARCHIVE, SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT, ENCYCLOPEDIA OF REFUTATIONS, LIBERTARIAN LIBRARY, BIBLIOGRAPHY, ENCYCLOPEDIA, ABSTRACTS & REVIEWS, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS DECLARATION, NUCLEAR WAR THREAT
TRUTH: Truth smiteths hardest.” – Motto of J. Toulmin Smith, Local Self-government and Centralization, London, 1851. – If only it would – always! – JZ, 7.8.08. – How many important truth are still not generally recognized in our time or even denied in many popular arguments? – JZ, 24.10.08, 26.3.11.
TRUTH: Truth will not feed you, and a lie will not choke you.” – Polish Proverb. – Only economic truths, abided by, will help to feed you while economic errors, whenever applied, will impoverish you or even make you starve. – JZ, 17.11.85, 20.7.08. – In some circumstances telling the truth may lead to you being murdered while telling a lie may save your life. – JZ, 23.10.08.
TRUTH: Truth will not of itself dispel error, therefore truth must be championed and promulgated on every level and at every opportunity.” - W. F. Buckley, God and Man at Yale, p.194.
TRUTH: Truth will win only once it is at least as well and as widely and effectively marketed as the numerous lies, errors, prejudices, myths etc. are. – JZ, 2.2.76, 6.8.08.
TRUTH: Truth without mystery, mixture of error or fear of men.” – Robert Owen was fond of using this maxim.
TRUTH: Truth, democratically determined, has to put up with a certain percentage of untruth. – Ron Kritzfeld. (“Wahrheit, demokratisch ermittelt, muss sich mit einem gewissen Prozentsatz Unwahrheit abfinden.“)
TRUTH: Truth, in its struggles for recognition, passes through four distinct stages. First, we say it is damnable, dangerous, disorderly, and will surely disrupt society. Second, we declare it is heretical, infidelic and contrary to the Bible. Third, we say it is really a matter of no importance either one way or the other. Fourth, we aver that we have always upheld it and believed it.” – Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915), Roycroft Dictionary and Book of Epigrams, 1923 - IN VARIOUS STAGES OF THEIR SPREAD
TRUTH: Truth, in its struggles for recognition, passes through four distinct stages. First, we say it is damnable, dangerous, disorderly, and will surely disrupt society. Second, we declare it is heretical, infidelic and contrary to the Bible. Third, we say it is really a matter of no importance either one way or the other. Fourth, we aver that we have always upheld it and believed it. – Elbert Hubbard, 1856-1915, Roycroft Dictionary and Book of Epigrams, 1923. - IDEAS & OPPOSITION TO THEM
TRUTH: Truth, in its struggles for recognition, passes through four distinct stages. First, we say it is damnable, dangerous, disorderly, and will surely disrupt society. Second, we declare it is heretical, infidelic and contrary to the Bible. Third, we say it is really a matter of no importance either one way or the other. Fourth, we aver that we have always upheld it and believed it. – Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915), Roycroft Dictionary and Book of Epigrams, 1923. – So far they did not get the benefits of a comprehensive ideas market in form of an ideas archive. – Even the Internet has not yet offered it. – JZ, 24.4.13.
TRUTH: Truth, when newly born, is always an ugly stranger amidst the untruths and superstitions of its time; it cannot live except as it is allowed the protection of liberty, which serves to protect newly-discovered truth in the same way as a mother protects the newborn child. (*) For the seedlings of progress, like the more advanced forms of life, are unable at birth to care for themselves. They will die in infancy except for careful protection.” – F. A. Harper, quoted in “The Free Man’s Almanac”, FEE, FOR Oct. 29th. – (*) I wish that this were automatically the case. But, to realize this ideal a special market for ideas and talents has still to be established which, woefully, is still amiss, largely because the unfounded premise that the “free market for ideas and talents” does already exist. Anarchists and libertarians should, by now, know better, from their own experience with trying to spread their truths. – JZ, 7.8.08. – IDEAS ARCHIVE, SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT, LIBERTARIAN LIBRARY, ENCYCLOPEDIA, BIBLIOGRAPHY, ABSTRACTS, REVIEWS & COMPLETE ELECTRONIC LIBERTARIAN PUBLISHING ON DISKS and HD’s.
TRUTH: Truth, when originally presented to the mind, is powerful and invigorating; but, when attempted to be perpetuated by political institutions, becomes flaccid and lifeless. Truth in its unpatronized state improves the understanding; because in that state it is embraced only so far as it is perceived to be true. But truth when recommended by authority is weakly and irresolutely embraced.” - William Godwin, An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice, 1793, Seldes quotations, p.922. - E.g., rule by consent, by “the” vote, human rights as in the amendments to the US. Constitution, representation by politicians, territorialism, nationalism, new and popular prophets. – JZ, 7.8.08.
TRUTH: Truth’ never set anyone free. It is only ‘doubt’ which will bring mental emancipation.” - Anton LaVey. - That is too much of a generalization. - Truths that begins with doubt and is, finally and thoughtfully accepted, will tend to send us free. Errors, fallacies, myths and prejudices, camouflaged as "truths" will tend to keep us subjugated. Alas, we have not even bothered to encyclopedically compile these prejudices etc. and confront them with their best refutations. - JZ, 29.10.02. - Doubt is useful only if it advances us from doubtful "truths" to real truths. - JZ, 23.8.02. - & DOUBT
TRUTH: Truths (or truthful ideas) work only among those able and willing to accept them as guides. – JZ, 24.8.75. – These people are few and far between. All the more important it is that they do become free to act upon the truths they found – at the own expense and risk, without approval or permission by the majority or any authority. – JZ, 6.8.08. – PANARCHISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, VOLUNTARISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY FOR VOLUNTEERS.
TRUTH: Truths cannot be newly formulated often enough. Otherwise they become boring commonplaces.” – Gerhard Uhlenbruck. – (“Wahrheiten koennen nicht oft genug neu formuliert werden, sonst werden sie langweilig.“) – I can only wish that this collection will go, frequently, through such reformulations. – JZ, 21.7.08, 26.3.11.
TRUTH: Very well. What does lie beyond the fact that such truth as man perceives is disclosed to discrete individuals? In what “wild blue yonder”, as the Air Force song has it, is wisdom to be found? If not in you or me, where, for heaven’s sake? The answer: ‘In all of us, near and far, past and present!’” - Leonard E. Read, The Love of Liberty, p.49. – Even through the current version of the Internet it has not yet been brought effectively enough together! – JZ, 7.8.08.
TRUTH: We do not know a truth without knowing its cause.” - Aristotle. – He failed to insert: "fully" between "not" and "know". - JZ, 22.8.02.We know something about e.g. gravity – but just not enough to be able to fully counteract it. We know something about freedom, but not yet enough to cause it to become fully effective or to realize it in all our spheres. – Since our knowledge is always limited, we have almost always to act upon insufficient information. That alone should induce us to become tolerant towards different but tolerant actions of others. – JZ, 14.4.09. KNOWLEDGE, CAUSE, FREEDOM OF ACTION, TOLERANCE, KNOWLEDGE, IGNORANCE,
TRUTH: We find so many who think truth is on their side but precious few who are on the side of truth.” – Sir William Oder, quoted in Lore and Maurice Cowan, The Wit of Medicine. – RED.
TRUTH: We have no assurance that half-truth will make us free.” - Roger J. Williams - HALF-TRUTHS & FREEDOM
TRUTH: We too often forget”, says Spencer, at the outset, ”that not only is there ‘a soul of goodness in things evil’, but generally also a soul of truth in things erroneous.” He proposes, therefore, to examine religious ideas, with a view to finding that core of truth which under the changing form of many faiths, has given to religion its persistent power over the human soul.” – Will Durant, Herbert Spencer, III. First Principles – I. The Unknown. – ERROR, GOOD, EVIL, RELIGION,
TRUTH: what for centuries raised man above the beast is not the cudgel but an inward music; the irresistible power of unarmed truth, the powerful attraction of its example.” – Boris Pasternak: Dr. Shivago, Pantheon Books, 1958. - And what for centuries lowered man below the level of beasts are wrong ideas and opinions, fanatically held and applied and not yet systematically and efficiently countered. – As the fate of his hero and of Boris Pasternak himself indicated, the truths they represented are not quite irresistible. – Such views are poor consolations for people in forced labor or even extermination camps or under the despotism of territorial majorities, called democracies. The sooner we realize that and do something sensible about this, the better. - JZ, 7.8.08, 26.3.11.
TRUTH: What is as true does not need a proof.” – JZ tr. of: “Was so wahr ist, bedarf keines Beweises …” - Quoted by Hans Habe, Leben fuer den Journalismus, III/p.200. – RED., PROOF
TRUTH: What is lacking is effective presentation of the truth.” – John Hargraves, 1940, Words Win Wars, p.148. – RED., , IDEAS ARCHIVE, SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT, “ARGUMENT MAPPING”, PERSUASION, MARKETING, PUBLICITY, REFUTATIONS ENCYCLOPEDIA, PREJUDICES, SLOGANS FOR LIBERTY
TRUTH: What is the truth? – said Pilatus – and didn’t stay and wait for the answer.” – Heard or read somewhere. – JZ, 6.8.08. – After I wrote that down I read again a bit in: Philip Kerr, The Penguin Book of Lies, Viking, 1990, 543 pages, recently bought and found: Francis Bacon, Of Truth, beginning with “What is truth? said jesting Pilate, and would not stay for an answer”, on p.101. – The second version is also in R. Hyman, compiler, A Dictionary of Famous Quotations, p.24. – Francis Bacon, 1561-1626. – RED.
TRUTH: What is the Truth? KANT on Truth in Critique of Pure Reason, translation by Max Mueller: - III. Of the Division of General Logic into Analytic and Dialectic – “What is truth? is an old and famous question by which people thought they could drive logicians into a corner, and either make them take refuge in a mere circle, (The First Edition has Diallele, the Second, Dialexe) or make them confess their ignorance and consequently the vanity of their whole art. The nominal definition of truth, that it is the agreement of the cognition with its object, is granted. What is wanted is to know a general and safe criterion of the truth of any and every kind of knowledge. - - It is a great and necessary proof of wisdom and sagacity to know what questions may be reasonably asked. For if a question is absurd in itself and calls for an answer where there is no answer, it does not only throw disgrace on the questioner, but often tempts an uncautious listener into absurd answers, thus presenting, as the ancients said, the spectacle of one person milking a he-goat, and of another holding the sieve. - - If truth consists in the agreement of knowledge with its object, that object must thereby be distinguished from other objects; for knowledge is untrue if it does not agree with its object, though it contains something which may be affirmed of other objects. A general criterium of truth ought really to be valid with regard to every kind of knowledge, whatever the objects may be. But it is clear, as no account is thus taken of the contents of knowledge (relation to its object), while truth concerns these very contents, that it is impossible and absurd to ask for a sign of the truth of the contents of that knowledge, and that therefore a sufficient and at the same time general mark of truth cannot possibly be found. As we have before called the contents of knowledge its material, it will be right to say that of the truth of the knowledge, so far as its material is concerned, no general mark can be demanded, because it would be self-contradictory. - - But, when we speak of knowledge with reference to its form only, without taking account of its contents, it is equally clear that logic, as it propounds the general and necessary rules of the understanding, must furnish in these rules criteria of truth. For whatever contradicts those rules is false, because the understanding would thus contradict the general rules of thought, that is, itself. These criteria, however, refer only to the form of truth or of thought in general. They are quite correct so far, but they are not sufficient. For although our knowledge may be in accordance with logical rule, that is, may not contradict itself, it is quite possible that it may be in contradiction with its object. Therefore the purely logical criterium of truth, namely, the agreement of knowledge with the general and formal laws of the understanding and reason, is no doubt a conditio sine qua non, or a negative condition of all truth. But logic can go no further, and it has no test for discovering error with regard to the contents, and not the form, of a proposition.”
TRUTH: What is true is possible.” – French Proverb.
TRUTH: What would you do if you had sworn to tell the whole truth and the attorney tried to cut off your answer?” – Lee Bonnifield, THE CONNECTION, 109. - - Good question. Reiterate this fact and then insist on being given the chance to tell the whole truth and not just the yes or no fraction that the attorney is interested in. – JZ, 3.8.89. – COURT HEARINGS, WITNESS QUESTIONING, TESTIMONIES, COURTS
TRUTH: Whatever is reasonable is true, and whatever is true is reasonable.” – G. W. F. Hegel, Grundlinien der Philosophie des Rechts, pref. 1821. – Alas, that does not mean that it is accepted as true and reasonable. – JZ, 20.7.08.
TRUTH: Whatever is true is safe.” (Quod verum tutum.) – Latin phrase. – But not in all hands and against all hands. – JZ, 7.11.85, 20.7.08. – In whose hands are nuclear “weapons”safe? – JZ, 23.10.08.
TRUTH: When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic. –Dresden James – ERRORS, PREJUDICES, , PUBLIC OPINION, OFFICIAL LIES, PROPAGANDA LIES
TRUTH: When regard for truth has broken down or even slightly weakened, all things will remain doubtful.” – St. Augustine
TRUTH: When truth is buried underground it grows, it chokes, it gathers such an explosive force that on the day it bursts out, it blows up everything with it.” – Emile Zola, J’accuse! - Everything? – Not even the Watergate lies did that. – The masses of truths or fictions about the Kennedy assassination and about the Vietnam war – and those about conspiracies became, ultimately, boring for most people. - JZ, 7.8.08.
TRUTH: When war is declared, Truth is the first casualty.” – Arthur Ponsonby, Falsehood in Wartime, Dutton, 1928. – Seldes, The Great Quotations. – I do possess a similar title: Philip Knightley, The First Casualty. The War Correspondent as Hero, Propagandist and Myth Maker, 1975, 1982. It is an important book regarding WW II and the following wars. – JZ, 7.8.08.
TRUTH: When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbably, must be the truth. – Sir A. C. Doyle, 1859-1930, often stated by his hero, Sherlock Holmes. - A. Andrews Quotations, p. 127. - PRINCIPLES, IMPOSSIBILITIES, POSSIBILITIES
TRUTH: When you want to fool the world, tell the truth.” – Otto von Bismarck, 1815-1898.
TRUTH: Where Truth deigns to come, Her sister Liberty will not be far.” – Mark Akenside, Pleasures of the Imagination, Bk. I, I.23. - Are most large State libraries surrounded by liberty? Certainly, many truthful books can be found in them, too. But, mostly the others do still predominate in most minds.? – JZ, 7.8.08. - LIBERTY
TRUTH: Wherever the truth is injured, defend it.” – Emerson, Journals, Vo. iii, p.269.
TRUTH: Wherever truth stands in the mind unaccompanied by the evidence upon which it depends, it cannot properly be said to be apprehended at all. The mind is in this case robbed of its essential character, and genuine employment, and along with them must be expected to lose all that is capable of rendering its operations salutary and admirable.” – Godwin, quoted in Sprading, p.96.
TRUTH: Who ever knew truth put to the worse in a free and open encounter? – Whoever experienced an encounter in which truth was really given every chance to be heard, rationally defended, really listened to and rationally examined and finally accepted. It happens, sometimes, between a few people, but, so far, all too rarely. Thus the truths need an ideas archive as a special market and their defenders a special registry. So far, in all too many very important spheres full experimental freedom is still outlawed and so in these spheres truths cannot be freely demonstrated. Further, the “free and open encounters” do happens all too rarely. Lies, errors, prejudices, false assumptions and conclusions are all too numerous and also all too popular still and not yet systematically and comprehensively enough refuted. – JZ, 5.7.86. 20.7.08, 26.3.11. - , ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS
TRUTH: Who speaks the truth does not make his fortune.” – Old inscription, quoted by John Henry Mackay, Abrechnung. ( JZ tr. of: “Wer die Wahrheit spricht macht sein Glueck nicht.” – What changes are necessary to reverse this trend? Add to my wishing list! – JZ, 7.8.08. – WEALTH, HAPPINESS, FREEDOM, SUCCESS, NEW DRAFT, a digitized JZ book manuscript, reviewed on www.panarchy.org
TRUTH: Whoever does not know the truth and therefore does not utter it, is perhaps only a fool, but who knows the truth and does not express it, is simply a criminal.” – JZ tr. of: “Wer die Wahrheit sie nicht kennt und sie deshalb nicht sagt, ist vielleicht nur ein Dummkopf, aber were die Wahrheit weiss und sie nicht sagt, ist einfach ein Verbrecher.” – „Deutscher Film“, or heard in a German film? on 20.10.86. – As if speaking the truth could not, sometimes, endanger the own life or that of others! – JZ, 6.8.08. - LIES
TRUTH: Whoever wants to hear the truth should be asked, beforehand, whether he is able to bear it.” – Hanns-Hermann Kersten – (“Wer die Wahrheit hoeren will, den sollte man vorher fragen, ob er sie ertragen kann.”)
TRUTH: Would that I could discover truth as easily as I can uncover falsehood.” – Cicero, De Natura Deorum, 44 B.C. I. – There are so many untruths that no individual can discover all the truths by his own efforts. However, if very many people systematically contributed to one or two encyclopedias of the best refutations of untruths and formulations of truths, starting with those popular errors, myths, dogmas, prejudices etc. which are obstacles to progress, then many to most untruths and truths could soon be revealed as such, permanently, and become easily accessible to every individual, especially if this is organized electronically. Very limited handbooks of refutations as well as of truths do exist already for over 200 years, probably by the dozens, if not by the hundreds, but not all of the most important subjects have as yet been fully covered by them and discovering them in as multiple and dispersed references and in hundreds of millions of other books and uncounted other publications and records, goes again far beyond the time, energy and interests of any individual. However, by sufficiently mobilizing and recording the efforts of millions of truth lovers even such a reference work could be rapidly compiled – and in the end put onto a single and very high capacity disk, only the size of a book. – JZ, 25.7.08. – ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS, IDEAS ARCHIVE, LIBERTARIAN ENCYCLOPEDIA.
TRUTH: Xenophanes declared that the truth should be made known to all.” – Winwood Reade, The Martyrdom of Man, chapter on war, p.79 in my copy. – Not all the truth, to all, all the time! – JZ, 30.6.80.
TRUTH: You must fight for the Truth, and the Truth will make you free.” - - I can hear those capital letters again,” Jason groaned. “The only thing right now that is going to make me free is me. Which may be bad poetry, but it is still the truth. …” - Harry Harrison, Deathworld 2, p.27. - , FREEDOM, SELF-HELP
TRUTH: You ought to tell the truth, but you don't have to tell everything you know. - Unknown - http://www.voluntaryist.com/quotes/ – HONESTY, FRANKNESS
TRUTH: You seem to think “Truth is a matter of the imagination.” – as Ursula K. Le Guin stated, in “The Left Hand of Darkness”, p.9. – While truths can only be seen with imagination one cannot simply imagine truths. It still requires matter, energy or relationships, facts, observations, thinking, interpretations, abstractions, some material, energy and efforts. Otherwise one does not deal with truths but mere day dreams or hallucinations. These are not truths or abstracts or summaries of the realities. – JZ, 16.1.80. 7.8.08, 26.3.11. - RED., IMAGINATION,
TRUTH: You will know the truth and the truth will make you free.” – Bible, John, 8: 31. – Only if you pay attention to it and carefully apply it. – JZ, 27.11.87. - How soon? How belatedly? - JZ, 26.3.11.
TRY AGAIN: Let us try everlastingly to move ahead on the road to success. The guideline? If at first you don’t succeed try and try again!” – Leonard E. Read, How Do We Know? p.113. – But check your premises, tools, methods and aims first, whether they are quite in agreement with individual rights and liberties. Every dictator and tyrant or other monopolist and criminal with victims could follow that rule by Read as well. – JZ, 26.6.89, 1.8.08. – PERSISTENCE IN RIGHTFUL AIMS
TRY: But I’ve got to try, don’t I? We can only lose all hope by giving up all hope.” – Poul Anderson, Mirkheim, p.168. – If we conceded to each other full exterritorial autonomy for all kinds of experiments undertaken by volunteers and at their own expense and risk only – then very much could be achieved, and this fast, almost with certainty. – Experimental freedom worked well in technology, in the natural sciences, in art, literature, in our private lives. It would work very well in the political, economic and social spheres, too, once the present territorial monopolies are abolished or systematically ignored, like ancient superstitions and royalist despotism. – JZ, 27.7.08. - Each experimenter could also, indirectly, via sufficient information exchange, benefit from any successful experiment among many freely experimenting groups, with at least some of them demonstrating what can be achieved and how it can be done. - JZ, 27.3.11.
TRY: Even with a dull axe you can blaze a trail.” – Robert Powers. – INTELLIGENCE, WILL, RESIGNATION, INITIATIVE, START-UPS, FIRST STEPS, DETERMINATION, PERSISTENCE, DO YOUR BEST, EXCUSES, RESOLUTION, TOOLS, COURAGE
TRY: If in the first attempt to create a world of free men we have failed, we must try again. The experience we have gained ought to have equipped us better for the task. The guiding principle that a policy of Freedom for the individual is the only truly progressive policy remains as true today as it was in the past.” – Friedrich Hayek, The Road to Serfdom, London, 1944.
TRY: It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.” – F. D. Roosevelt, Speech at Oglethorpe University, May 22, 1932. - Even if it had been tried and failed numerous times before? – Even if a little thinking could already tell that a “measure” or new “positive” law would be bound to fail? – No government should be given the opportunity to make its tries upon the population of a whole country. Every government experiment should be confined to its volunteers. – Otherwise, the same wrongs and stupidities will be repeated by them – over and over again. – Be experimental and voluntaristic – even about the panarchistic, exterritorial autonomy method. – It could be introduced step by step, e.g. in the insurance sphere, in the police sphere, in the jurisdiction system, in the money and credit sphere, in transportation etc. - JZ, 2.8.08. – PANARCHISM.
TRY: Never have the ultimate weakness – the shame of having to admit that you have not the “guts” even to try.” – 1977 Collins Desk Calendar – WEAKNESS, MORAL FORTITUDE, CIVIL COURAGE, STRENGTH OF ONE’S CONVICTIONS
TRY: Nothing is achieved before it be thoroughly attempted.” – Sir P. Sidney. –
TRY: The best angle from which to approach a problem is the Try-angle.” - Author Unknown. – Alas, territorial statism outlaws that in most important spheres. – JZ, 15.4.09. - EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, PRACTISE, ACT INTELLIGENTLY RATHER THAN MERELY WAIT & SEE, TERRITORIALISM
TRY: The trier who fails is a far better man than the failure who has not tried.” - Eric Frank Russell, Minor Ingredient, p.57 of ASTOUNDING SF, Aug. 56, Brit. Ed. - Provided the thing to be tried is something rightful and sensible. - J. Z. – FAILURE, Tryer?
TRY: There is no comparison between what we may lose by not trying and by not succeeding; since by not trying we throw away the chance of an immense good; by not succeeding we only incur the loss of a little human labor.” – Sir Francis Bacon. – Think and work for the freedom to try and to experiment. – JZ, 30.7.92, 25.7.08. - EXPERIMENT, FREEDOM, PANARCHISM
TRY: There is no hope to accomplish what we fear to try.” – Leonard E. Read, Liberty: Legacy of Truth, ch.6.
TRY: To prove it, try it.” – Leonard E. Read, THE FREEMAN, 8/73. – At your own expense and risk or that of like-minded volunteers, i.e., panarchistically. – JZ, 11/73, 27.7.08.
TRY: Try and keep trying!” – popular saying.
TRY: Try and try again and let everyone else try, quite freely, as well, even the enemies of freedom, at the expense of their own rights and liberties and at their own risk and costs. Only in this way can as much freedom be realized or used and with it as much achieved as is really possible or as people wish to achieve at any time. – Instead of a few and all too limited and prejudiced governmental experiments, let us have ten-thousands or even millions of private and cooperative ones. – It worked in technology and in the natural sciences, didn’t it? It would also work well in the spheres now monopolized by politicians and bureaucrats. - JZ, 17.11.82, 27.7.08, 27.3.11.
TRY: We only fail if we give up trying.” - Brian Daley, RON, based on a screenplay by Steven Lisberger, story by Steven Lisberger & Bonnie MacBird, A Futuristic Adventure Motion Picture from Walt Disney Productions, p.166. – “I might be able to do something. Only way to fail is not to try; …” - Ibid, p.178. - KEEP ON TRYING, FAILURES, PERSISTENCE, PATIENCE
TRY: You can dislike anything, but try it first. Be curious. You’ll have a much fuller life.” – John Reddy, on Danny Kaye, READER’S DIGEST, 4/75. - Poison, too? Criminal and despotic actions as well? – Should nuclear weapons ever have been built, tested and used? – JZ, 27.7.08. - Q.
TUATH IN IRELAND: See: PANARCHISM, IRELAND
TURMOIL, GLOBAL ECONOMIC TURMOIL: It exists only in all too many heads. What has happened and is still happening, are merely the unnatural consequences and disorders of an imposed “order”, mainly that of territorial, monetary and financial despotism, that largely prevents competition, self-help and self-responsibility. Governments are willing to do everything in these spheres except getting out of the way and allowing full self-responsibility, fully free enterprise, exchange, cooperation and competition, under which the good systems, means and methods would soon drive out the bad ones, including all those of territorial governments, unless they are preserved among statist volunteers and at their expense and risk only. – JZ, 23.10.98, 18.7.08.
TURNOVER CREDIT: For an economy based on division of labor and free exchange almost everything depends primarily upon turnover credits and the supply of exchange media as well as clearing channels being quite free, i.e., competitive and sufficient. Prescribing here the exclusive use of forced and exclusive government paper money is as harmful as was the enforcement of the rare metal redemption obligation for banknotes and bills of exchange, not always avoidable through taking sufficient clearing steps in time. Obligatory metallic redemptionism introduced a chance, gambling or dealings in futures element which makes the fulfillment of contracts uncertain. The creditor’s right to demand legal tender paper money from his debtor is potentially as damaging as the right to demand gold or silver coins from him. What would happen to the economy if a new and popular religious movement suddenly demanded the payment of all wages, salaries and other debts in gold or silver coins? Could the available gold and silver stocks and coinage equipment cope with such a sudden demand? Would even all the gold and silver already mined and existing somewhere in the world, if fully coined out, be sufficient to satisfy such a demand for exchange media? - What a debtor can always supply is only assignments to his own goods and service supply potential. (Apart from the insurable risk of becoming sick, having an incapacitating accident, being burnt down etc. or of his death.) Only e.g. gold mine owners could always supply gold coins – if allowed to coin gold. The clearing options involved in mere turnovers of already produced goods and ready for sale services should be freely utilized, as was e.g. the case under the real bills doctrine, if not mixed up, unnecessarily, with the redemption doctrine. If turnover credit notes or clearing certificates could always be freely supplied, as needed, by those capable of doing so, then most inflations, deflations and stagflations could have been avoided. Nevertheless monetary and legalized despotism is among the least questioned and resisted despotism in existence. – The best potential suppliers of turnover credits, those with the most direct interest in maintaining and increasing turnovers, are the retail stores, suitably associated as issuing centers for shop currencies, backed by and redeemable in their ready for sale goods and services. Apart from fixed capital investments, transport and communication facilities, tools and machines, these handle the real working capital of any country. They keep the work force alive, healthy and willing and able to work. Moreover, they do offer tools and machines for sale, too and maintenance services for them. Also some transport facilities, e.g. bicycles, motor bikes and cars. Once they become fully aware of this, their own potential and how it could make them independent of the government’s money system and the banks, which they are presently forced to use, they could either form a powerful lobby to repeal the laws of monetary despotism or, properly timed, in a severe crisis, and just before an election, they could simply ignore the contrary laws and engage in a monetary revolution that will be so successful in stopping inflation and ending unemployment that no politician or bureaucrat would dare to apply the corresponding laws against them. These powerful officials would then rather jump on the monetary freedom band wagon, too and repeal these laws, even retroactively. But such a revolution would have to be so well prepared that it would come to work like clockwork, within hours or days and also with its successes becoming obvious and widely published very fast. So far I heard of no association of retailers or wholesalers ever discussing this possibility of effective self-help while also and thereby ending a major economic crisis. – Rightful and effective revolutions have to start in the minds. Then they can be successful and even quite non-violent. – JZ, 8.11.98, 28.9.08, 27.3.11. - FREE BANKING, BANKING PRINCIPLE, MONETARY FREEDOM, UNEMPLOYMENT
TURNOVER CREDIT: For an economy based upon division of labor and free exchange and in the absence of sufficient cash for everybody to enable him to pay all his debts and all his daily purchases, and for entrepreneurs to be able to go on producing and paying for their current expenses, especially their weekly or monthly payroll, before their previously produced goods have reached their final consumers and been paid for by them and also to enable to the final consumers to pay for the goods they need, i.e. to be paid by their employers, economic development showed that turnover credits are needed. (Obviously, a perfect clearing system is still missing. Moreover, and be it only to avoid some taxes, people do prefer some unrecorded cash transactions.) Turnover credits, to the extent that they could not or were not provided in rare metal coins, used to be provided by the discounting of real bills with the banknotes of note-issuing banks. These real bills and the bank notes based upon them, promised ultimate gold redemption but that was not the main factor which made them valuable. Actually, most of these banknotes were never redeemed in gold coins but simply used to pay the debts of their owners or the bills were settled by clearing. The system would have functioned well or even better if no gold redemption had ever been promised at all and only gold weight value reckoning had been generally used in the banknotes, the real bills and in the prices of the goods and services produced. For a long time the banknotes, which were thus competitively produced, wherever and whenever this was legally possible, were kept at so high denominations, quite intentionally, that wages and salaries could, mostly, not be paid with them! That was still a part of then still existing monetary despotism, assuring a perpetual deflation, one now difficult to imagine, but the facts are well recorded. Now, without a gold redemption promise and without the use of real bills, equivalent short term debts based upon produced and already sold (to wholesalers as a rule) consumer goods, could be similarly discounted with sound banknotes and all participants could, in the absence of monetary despotism, reckon and account for all their exchange in gold weight units. The gold redemption obligation was either voluntarily adopted or legislatively imposed as a concession to popular monetary thinking, that was largely confined to payments in rare metal coins. - This would be one way to revive the old method of turnover credit, without the limitations and the risks involved in metallic redemptionism for them. Whether, in free competition with other methods, especially non-cash payments and clearing transactions and current accounts, it would turn out to be the most effective or, anyhow, a still useful one would remain to be seen in practice. It is hard to impossible to predict in which way human beings will utilize their freedom options. Especially all sound clearing options should also be open to free competition. But we should never be forced to use only pure clearing methods or non-cash transactions or only cash transactions or notes that are 100% covered and redeemable in rare metals or even fractionally covered by them. The objective of metallic redemptionism can be achieved by sound value standard reckoning and pricing. Alas, especially in the sphere of turnover credits and wage and salary payments monetary despotism is strongest and so are the popular prejudices on such payments. The prior claims if wage earners to “the coin of the realm” has been replaced by their supposed right to demand payment in the government’s legal tender monopoly money. That this restricts rather than extends the rights of employees and employers and their economic opportunities is clearly seen only by a few. The sanction of the victims does still prevail in this sphere as well. And the victimizers still feel very smug about their actions and imagine that they are quite economic and the best possible ones. In fact they have allowed bad money to drive out all good alternatives to it and bad value standards have coercively replaced better or good ones that would have been voluntarily accepted. All this in the name of modern economic “science”, at least the ruling school of it. But an underground swell of questioning its assumptions and practices has developed by now and sooner or later a monetary freedom revolution will occur. It might make the collapse of monetary despotism as sudden and unexpected as was the fall of the Berlin wall. – I hold that the competitive production of turnover credits in voluntary and competitive forms is one of the preconditions to achieve full employment, i.e., to reduce all unemployment to quite voluntary and not subsidized unemployment. - JZ, 8.11.98, 27.3.11. – UNEMPLOYMENT, DEFLATION, EXCLUSIVE CURRENCIES, REDEMPTIONISM, REAL BILLS DOCTRINE, SOUND VALUE RECKONING, CLEARING, TURNOVER CREDITS
TWENTIETH CENTURY: In this 20th century, you have again brought to flower the methods of the Inquisition.” - Wilhelm Reich, Listen, Little Man! – p.72. - After the first flawed and incomplete human rights declarations you have managed to get back to the dark ages before them, rather than improving and completing these declarations into an ideal one and then realizing and sufficiently protecting these rights and liberties, systematically! – JZ, 27.7.08. - INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, - INQUISITION, TORTURE, MASS MURDER, LIQUIDATION OF INNOCENTS
TWENTIETH CENTURY: One wonders what the eighteenth-century philosophers of progress would have thought about our era – or whether their modern descendants think very much at all. Far from experiencing an every-rising level of liberty and enlightenment, we have witnessed the collapse of society into brutality and barbarism. More people have been killed in wars, murdered by secret police, liquidated by state-induced starvation, locked up in dungeons, and herded into labor camps in the twentieth century than in any other epoch known to man. It is not improbable that something like 100 million human beings have been exterminated by one or another of these methods since the advent of the 1900s.” - M. Stanton Evans, American Values, in the anthology “Outside Looking In, p. 16. - According to the statistics of Prof. Rudolf Rummel, which are online, even without the mass murders directly due to wars in that period, the figure comes to over 200 million for this century! – At least to some extent this barbarism went in parallel with the growth of monetary despotism and its consequences! - JZ, 27.08. I hold that this was more than accidental. There is a causal connection. - JZ, 27.3.11. – CIVILIZATION, CULTURE, MORALITY, PROGRESS, ENLIGHTENMENT, WAR & OTHER MASS MURDERS
TWO PARTY STATES: We get to go to the polls every couple of years and choose between two flavors of the same gruel. The inmates get to elect the guards. Then, having exercised our rights as free citizens of a great social democracy, we go back to obeying orders.” – Hal O’Boyle – VOTING, PARTY POLITICS, TERRITORIALISM
TWO-PARTY SYSTEM: Our two-party system is a fraud, a sham, a delusion. On foreign policy, trade, immigration, Big Government, we have one-party government, one party press; and conservatives are being played for suckers. –Patrick J Buchanan – POLITICAL PARTIES, POLITICIANS, TERRITORIALISM, DECISION-MAKING MONOPOLIES, STATISM, BIG GOVERNMENT, WELFARE STATES, VICTIMS & VICTIMIZERS
TYRANNICIDE: 51.) Tyrannicide - From the right and duty to resist it follows that every rational being has the right and duty to render tyrants harmless, killing them if necessary. - Comment: A tyrant is a powerful politician who does not recognize the human rights and natural rights of rational beings and has given orders or prepared measures which if carried out would offend against these rights of a large number of people. A threat with atomic weapons is such an offence. - Furthermore, he cannot be peacefully recalled or legally charged because he remains in power only by suppressing elementary rights like freedom of speech, press, assembly, and association, and the rule of law. If a man is backed up by a tyrannical majority then he is not a tyrant but simply the leader of a tyrannical mob. – From the Human Rights draft in PEACE PLANS No. 4.
TYRANNICIDE: A man who causes fear cannot be free from fear.” – Epicurus. – Should not or must not be free from fear except when finally executed for his terrorism. – JZ, 29.7.08.
TYRANNICIDE: A truly repentant tyrant could be worth more to the world than an executed one. Perhaps. But how many of them did ever truly repent? In order not to drive them into desperate and mass murderous acts, one of the possibilities of granting asylum and protection, even to them, would be that they surrender themselves and also indicate at least one nuclear weapons location for their destruction or prove that they have themselves already rendered at least one nuclear weapon harmless. (If they were allowed to bring it with them, when they surrender, this would give them another chance for a last and vast extortion attempt, with the threat to set it off.) The lives saved by having at least one of these mass murder devices destroyed would be worth saving even such “people” or beasts in human form. – JZ, 12.8.06, 31.10.07, 5.4.09.
TYRANNICIDE: A tyrant is the best sacrifice to Jupiter, as the ancients held.” – Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy, Pt. ii, sec, iii, mem. I, subs. I.
TYRANNICIDE: About killing Soviet politicos, you have to start somewhere and keep going. A free society would probably want to provide weapons, training, etc., as insurance against aggression. If the local head of the KGB gets killed ten times in a row, nobody will want that job. The whole idea here is to start aiming for the head instead of the body. I think that will be cheaper in the long run, than fielding armies to fight their conscripts.” – Fritz Knese, THE CONNECTION 117, p.67.
TYRANNICIDE: Adambarans oppose assassination as pointless, except as rough justice. But it’s much less indiscriminate than your wars; those only kill the wrong people.” – Alex Comfort, Tetrarch, 72/73. – Reminds me of Kant’s remark in “Eternal Peace”: “War is bad by producing more bad people than it eliminates.” – In war mostly only the wrong people are killed. By now ca. 80 to 90 % innocent civilians, non-combatants, women and children and the sick and elderly. I would also include most conscripts. The soldiers are nowadays often better protected than the civilians and suffer less casualties in “modern” and “scientific” and, alas, more or less total and indiscriminate warfare, that has preserved all too little of the somewhat ethical and limited warfare tradition that had confined warlike actions large to armed forces and even there adopted pardons and human treatment of prisoners of war and deserters. I suppose that modern statist and territorialist “education” is much to blame for that. – JZ, 29.7.08.
TYRANNICIDE: Aim For Our Enemy’s Head.” – Heading by Sean Fein, Walla Walla, W.A., quoted in DANDELION, Winter 78.
TYRANNICIDE: And blessed be the hand that dares to wave // the regicidal steel that shall redeem // A nation’s sorrow with a tyrant’s blood!” – Benjamin Disraeli, the conservative leader, who had died in 1881, in a poem: The Revolutionary Epic, a Byronic poem written in 1834.
TYRANNICIDE: And the Letter concludes with a point stressed in Revolution (1882); government officials and their allies are hostes humani generis, enemies of the human race: “They acknowledge it to be our unquestioned right and duty to kill them, if we can; and that we are only fools and cowards, if we do not kill them, by any and every means in our power.” – Comment by Charles Shively and quote from Lysander Spooner, in the Works edition, p.110.
TYRANNICIDE: Assassination for personal interest is merely common murder, just as casting a vote in Parliament for personal interest is merely common fraud. But that having said (this? – JZ), it would clearly be wrong indeed to deny the common man the right to assassinate, for example, a new Adolf Hitler.” – Edward Hyams: Killing No Murder, p.225. – TYRANNICIDE, ASSASSINATION, MURDER, PARLIAMENT, POLITICIANS, LEGISLATORS, LAWS, VOTING, DEMOCRACY
TYRANNICIDE: Assassination or plain murder is the least immoral, and I can never see the logic which regards it as more cowardly than war - it is generally discriminate, and if there were any evidence that the right people were killed, I could make a case for it. Usually, it is Rosa Luxemburg they kill, not Titus Oates or General Franco, but at any rate it has a place as a means of dealing with tyrants. …” - Alex Comfort, On This Side Nothing, a novel, p.162. – He should have distinguished between assassinations and murders and justified executions, like that of genuine tyrants in genuine tyrannicides, especially since this questions has been raised and answered already for thousands of years, especially since he writes about discrimination in his statement. – JZ, 15.4.09. - ASSASSINATIONS, MURDERS & WAR
TYRANNICIDE: Being an international trouble-shooter wouldn’t be so bad … if I could shoot the trouble!” – Harry Harrison, The Repairman, GALAXY, No. 61. – WAR-MONGERS, WAR CRIMINALS
TYRANNICIDE: Blow these would-be Hitlers and Stalins away.” - Jorj Matiaxz, “ELF”
TYRANNICIDE: By the time everyone agreed that particular monster was well worth assassinating (*), the monster had far too much power (**) and paranoia to leave any possibility of an assassination actually being carried out. (***) … “Love your enemy, do good to those who hate you.” … “Why don’t we love the hundreds aand thousands and millions of people who’ll die in the wars he’s planning to launch?” - Orson Scott Card, Shadow of the Hegemon, www.orbitbooks.co.uk 2001-2006, p.94. & 95 -(*) executing! – (**) Only under territorialism! – (***) Macchiavelli declared, pragmatically, it would only take about 12 people, all of whom ready to sacrifice their lives to get rid of a tyrant. In the wars and despotic acts of tyrants many more risk their lives, e.g. as conscripts, to help preserve his tyranny, often much against their will and between them they do also kill many more people. There should be at least one in a million who would clearly see the need for such a self-sacrifice, to save millions of lives. No tyrant can always hide safely from all determined to execute him. – All that this objection amounts to is that the job isn’t easy or safe. If public opinion favored it on principle and were prepared to make the distinction between politicians and tyrants, no tyrant would survive for long. After the abolition of territorialism it would even be very unlikely that any new tyrant could arise. – JZ, 17.4.13. - PUBLIC OPINION & DECISION ON WHO IS A TYRANT, ENLIGHTENMENT
TYRANNICIDE: Conceal not a bomb but just a tiny target responder close to where the tyrant will speak, perhaps within a floor board or podium. Let it become activated only by a radio signal or through the speech pattern of the tyrant himself. Upon its activation signal send a smart rocket with a small but sufficient warhead to this signal, from a safe enough distance. This way his executioners would have a better chance to succeed and to survive. – JZ, 17.8.08.
TYRANNICIDE: Crazy men who pretend to thrones are bombs that ought to be deactivated, before they blow things up.” - H. Beam Piper, Space Viking, part 1, ANALOG, Nov. 62, p.20.
TYRANNICIDE: Despotism tempered by tyrannicide. That is our Magna Carta.” - (“Le despotism tempéré par l’assassinat, c’est notre Magna charta.”) – Anonymous, a Russian noble, to Count Muenster, on the assassination of Czar Paul I in 1801. – Quoted, partly, with another year, in G. Seldes, The Great Quotations.
TYRANNICIDE: Do drones really kill more innocents than bombs, mines, rockets, free fire zones for artillery? At least a technological attempt is made to guide them to targets provided by "intelligence" services. Are there objective measurements and statistics for their usage? Would Hitler, Stalin and Mao have been eliminated at an early stage if these weapons had been available then? Even guided small model helicopters and model planes of the present type could be utilised for such purposes. They have become astonishingly small, cheap and dirigible. I am all for properly guided missiles against the real enemies of mankind. They would save more lives of innocent people than they would still accidentally kill as well. Not all who gawk at power-mongers, from as close-by as possible, are really innocent people. The tradition of tyrannicide is already very old and should be distinguished from assassinations. Tyrants could be declared as such in open court hearings, in absentia, because they are unlikely to appear before international courts, which would find them, in most cases, guilty. Then they should be outlawed. The French Constitution of 24.Juni, 1793, declared in article 27: "Que tout individual, qui usurperait la souverainete, soit a l'instnat mis a mort par les hommes libres." (Sorry, I can't insert the accents at present.) - "Jeder einzelne, welcher sich die Souveraenitaet anmassen will, soll sogleich durch die freien Maenner zu Tode verurteilt werden." - My rough translation: Each individual, who usurps sovereignty, shall be put to death immediately through the free men. – JZ, 9.1.13, on Facebook. - & DRONES
TYRANNICIDE: Do you think it is preferable to have millions of conscripts killed and dozens of millions of taxpayers exploited rather than having one tyrant outlawed and executed, who abuses them for an aggressive war? – JZ, 298.11.12. – Q., MURDER, ASSASSINATION, DEATH PENALTY, WAR, MASS MURDERS
TYRANNICIDE: Execution: When a president kills anyone. Assassination: When anyone kills a president.” – George Bernard Shaw – ASSASSINATION & TYRANNICIDE OUGHT TO BE CLEARLY DISTINGUISHED. –
TYRANNICIDE: For every tyrant a thousand ready slaves.” – Source unknown to me. – JZ
TYRANNICIDE: he had been impressed, on reading Weishaupt’s “Ueber Strip Schnipp-Schnapp, Weltspiele und Fuenfwissenschaft”, by the passage on the Order of Assassins, which read: “Surrounded by Moslem maniacs on one side and Christian maniacs on the other, the wise Lord Hassan preserved his people and his cult by bringing the art of assassination to aesthetic perfection. With just a few daggers strategically placed in exactly the right throats, he found Wisdom’s alternative to war, and preserved the peoples by killing their leaders. Truly, this was a most exemplary life of grandmotherly kindness.” – Wilson/Shea, Illuminatus II, p.200.
TYRANNICIDE: He, who murders himself, but with the difference, that he does not cover his own hands with blood, but orders murders, legally and continuously, how can he be surprised and complain when weapons are at last turned against himself?” – John Henry Mackay, Abrechnung, S. 109. – JZ tr. of: “Er, der selbst mordet, nur mit dem Unterschied, dass er seine eigenen Haende nicht mit Blut befleckt, sondern morden laesst -, auf legalem Wege und unausgesetzt, - wie darf er sich wundern und sich beklagen, wenn sich die Waffen einmal gegen ihn selbst richten?”
TYRANNICIDE: his agents were able to pass themselves off as Christians, Jews, or orthodox Moslems and infiltrate any court, holy order, or army at will. … The use of these agents as assassins is discussed passim in the novel, and Weishaupt’s opinion that Hassan had discovered “the moral equivalent of war” is an interesting commentary. Hassan never had to send an army into battle, and armies sent against him were soon stopped by the sudden and unexpected deaths of their generals.” – Wilson/Shea, Illuminatus III, p.206.
TYRANNICIDE: Ian Fleming, James Bond. You only Live Twice. – Pan Books, 1965, p. 66-69 lists naturally occurring poisons. Some of them might be easier to introduce into a tyrant’s body than e.g. bullets and would not kill innocent bystanders. Or do they still employ food testers, like some tyrants in history? If so, then slow-acting poisons might be use or two different ones, at intervals, which only in combination and after some time would have a deadly effect. – JZ, 27.2.12. – WEAPONS, POISONS AS DEFENCE & LIBERATION WEAPONS.
TYRANNICIDE: If anybody likes the idea of war, any war, past, present, or future, let him speak forth so we may shoot the son of a bitch and get on with a rational discussion.” – Poul Anderson, Fire Time, p.25.
TYRANNICIDE: If bad institutions and bad men can be got rid of only by killing, then the killing must be done.” – William Randolph Hearst, quoted in LIBERTARIAN CONNECTION 80, p.28.
TYRANNICIDE: If me ancestors were not what Hogan calls regicides, ‘twas not because they were not ready an’ willing, on’y a king niver came their way.” – Peter F. Dunne, quoted in Sprading, Liberty and the Great Libertarians, p.524. - JOKES
TYRANNICIDE: In every tyrant’s heart there springs in the end this poison, that he cannot trust a friend.” – Aeschylus, 525-456 B.C., Prometheus Vinctus, tr. by Gilbert Murray, quoted by Arnold Toynbee, A Study of History. - The people should trust the friends of tyrants only once they use their opportunities to get rid of a tyrant. – JZ, 30.7.08. - TRUST
TYRANNICIDE: in general the only remedy by which they attempt to cure the tyranny, is to change the tyrant.” – Edmund Burke, A Vindication of Natural Society, p. 39. – I agree. From free to imprisoned or from alive to being dead. – JZ, 9.4.82. – Territorialism amounts to a standing invitation to future tyrants to usurp and maintain power. – JZ, 29.7.08. - TERRITORIALISM
TYRANNICIDE: Instead of trying to be humane towards convicts in gaols, start being “inhumane” towards the officially un-convicted, but convicted by their own actions: preparations for mass murder, the top criminals, who have e.g. their fingers on the nuclear buttons. Only in a few exceptional cases, e.g. by surrendering their powers and themselves and by destroying or surrendering or one or several of their ABC mass murder devices, should they be able to escape execution, get asylum, protection and anonymity somewhere. A way-out must be left to them, so that they are not driven to desperate actions. – J.Z, 6.4.83, 30.7.08. - NUCLEAR WAR THREAT
TYRANNICIDE: It is my personal opinion that we should make war on the war-makers. Our targets should be the people who send others out to fight.” – Robert Lynn Asprin, Cold Cash War, ANALOG, 8/79.
TYRANNICIDE: It takes only one gramme of explosive to kill a man, so why waste five tons?” – Solly Zuckerman, From Apes to Warlords. – Or one mega-ton? – JZ,1.8.08. - OVERKILL, MAD-POLICIES, COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY OF SUBJECTS FOR THE CRIMES OF THEIR RULERS, NUCLEAR STRENGTH, NUCLEAR DETERRENT, NUCLEAR WAR THREAT
TYRANNICIDE: Kill one and save one thousand.” – From film “Wanted” with Angelina Jolie.
TYRANNICIDE: Killing tyrants is also justified self-defence. If they keep mass murder devices in readiness then they threaten not only their own territorial victims but all of mankind. – JZ, 6.1.13, 18.4.13.
TYRANNICIDE: More tyrannicides and less assassinations! The former to be publicly justified first, e.g. by a referendum on their outlawry or by an international court hearing on their crimes. – JZ, 16.2.07, 25.10.07. - VS. ASSASSINATIONS
TYRANNICIDE: No good stepping on the tail of a snake: you have to strike at its head! – Free after a TV comment in “World at War”. – JZ, 1975.
TYRANNICIDE: Nothing wrong with shooting – as long as the right people get shot.” – From film: “Magnum Force”.
TYRANNICIDE: One man have I slain to save a hundred-thousand.” – Charlotte Corday, referring to her execution of Marat.
TYRANNICIDE: Only a tyrant already on his deathbed isn't worth executing. Rather go after those, who want to take his place. - JZ, 1.9.1980 or 2,000.
TYRANNICIDE: People try to solve problems by killing many. But the solution to every problem is to kill one – the right one! – TXL in LIBERTARIAN CONNECTION 73, p.2, in reply to “Filthy Pierre”. – ENEMIES, NUCLEAR WAR THREAT
TYRANNICIDE: Prepare for tyrannicide, insurrections, revolutions and liberation campaigns against dictators but not for war against their victims, whether civilians or conscripts. Consistent libertarian actions, methods, appeal and organizations are ideal for this objective, especially governments and communities in exile, representing all those diverse groups that are suppressed by despots and tyrants, all with a quite rightful war or rather peace program, which at the time of the French Revolution was reduced to the slogan: “War to the palaces but peace to the cottages!” – JZ, 24.3.84, 307.08. – WAR AIMS, GOVERNMENTS IN EXILE, LIBERATION RATHER THAN ANNIHILATION, NUCLEAR WAR THREAT
TYRANNICIDE: Puppet masters – the free men are coming to kill you!” – Robert Heinlein, at the end of “The Puppet Masters”.
TYRANNICIDE: Put only leaders like Saddam Hussein or President Bush into a fighting arena, no one else and no spoils ought to go to the victor. More fundamental would be the dissolution of their offices, as far as territorial powers over others than volunteers are involved. And no leader or other people should be allowed to stockpile and use mass extermination devices. Who could assure that? Probably only sufficiently enlightened and properly armed, organized and trained forces of volunteers, who would have only one war and peace aim, namely the realization and protection of all genuine individual rights and liberties, to the extent that they are claimed by communities of volunteers. – So far we assured all too much “freedom of action” to them and all too little to ourselves. - JZ, 17.2.03, 21.10.07. – ASSASSINATIONS OR DUELS? TYRANNICIDE OR DUELS BETWEEN THE LEADERS OR MISLEADERS? LEADERSHIP, MILITIA
TYRANNICIDE: Render nothing unto Caesar, nothing but the naked sword.” – Dagobert D. Runes, Handbook of Reason, p.24. – What’s wrong with using a hand grenade, revolver, a sharp-shooter’s rifle or a guided missile, a poison for him or some other deadly trap? – When was a sword last used to execute one? - JZ, 25.10.08, 27.3.11.
TYRANNICIDE: Revenge on a tyrant is sweetest of all.” – Thomas Moore, Avenging and Bright. - REVENGE
TYRANNICIDE: Rulers rather than conscripts or civilians should be the prime targets in wars. – JZ, 16.5.87, 25.10.08. - DECISION-MAKING MONOPOLY, RULERS
TYRANNICIDE: Should e.g. Mussolini, Hitler, Lenin, Stalin and Mao not have been killed without a formal trial? Is the old tyrannicide tradition quite wrong? – JZ, 6.10.11, on Facebook. – Q.
TYRANNICIDE: So far many more innocent people were murdered by tyrants and their supporters than tyrants and their supporters were executed. We ought to try to reverse that relationship, primarily by quite rightful tyrannicide actions against all tyrants and their main supporters. Furthermore by undertaking all the measures required to prevent new tyrannies from arising. That would require citizen forces of volunteers, motivated, trained, armed and organized to protect individual rights and liberties, voluntary instead of territorial States and societies, abolition of all excessive power positions, e.g. on war and peace decision-making, an ideal and complete declaration of individual rights and liberties to be finally produced and published, including a tyrannicide clause, full enlightenment on all liberty options via new reference tools, methods and institutions, beginning e.g. with an ever growing electronic libertarian encyclopedia, ideas archive, and comprehensive freedom library on a large or very powerful disk. – A clause on tyrannicide ought to be included in all constitutions, like it once was, for a short time, during the French Revolution, in a French one. - JZ 5.12.04. - MILITIA, EXTERRITORIALISM
TYRANNICIDE: So far there were many more assassinations of the own and foreign subjects by the rulers and of rulers by competing rulers than of rulers by some of their victims. This tradition, favorable to murderers, even mass murderers, ought to be changed in favor of the defence of the individual rights and liberties of the subjects. Instead of all too many assassinations, murders and mass murders, only executions of guilty persons, especially tyrants, whenever the opportunity arises, whoever gets it or makes it. – JZ, 15.4.84, 30.7.08.
TYRANNICIDE: The great monsters of history were almost never held accountable. They died of old age, or lived out their lives in pampered exile, or – faced with defeat – they killed themselves. - Orson Scott Card, Ender in Exile, www.orbitbooks.net - p.366 - www.orbitbooks.co.uk 2009. - MONSTROUS RULERS, TYRANTS, DESPOTS, TOTALITARIANS, PRIME MINISTERS, PRESIDENTS, TERRITORIALISM, RESPONSIBILITY, LEADERSHIP, ACCOUNTABILITY
TYRANNICIDE: The Nazis killed millions of Jews and we didn’t do dick about it – well, okay, maybe we couldn’t have done anything ‘case of the way things were at the time. Then again, I wonder if Hitler was all that hard a target, if we woulda ever got serious about doing his ass.” - Tom Clancy, The Sum of all Fears, p.181. - What US Immigration authorities did was, e.g., to sit for up to 2 years on asylum applications even of Jews already in concentration camps! Later they rather bombed German civilians than the extermination facilities of the Nazis. – An English officer had a good chance to execute Hitler – but his superiors did not give him permission and he did not go ahead without it. – Most of over 40 tyrannicide attempts on Hitler’s life were made by Germans. - JZ, 14.9.07, 27.3.11. - & HOLOCAUST
TYRANNICIDE: The right of a nation to kill a tyrant in cases of necessity can no more be doubted than to hang a robber, or kill a flea.” – John Adams, Works, ed. C. F. Adams, VI, p.130. – Quoted in Seldes.
TYRANNICIDE: The Russian government is an absolute monarchy tempered by assassination.” - Adam Philippe, Comte de Custine (1740-1793). - Spoken to Ernst F. H. Munster, Hanoverian envoy, and usually credited to him.
TYRANNICIDE: The tree of liberty could not grow were it not watered with the blood of tyrants. – Bertrand Barere de Vieuzac, in www.strike-the-root.com & LIBERTYTYRANNICIDE: The tree of liberty grows only when watered by the blood of tyrants.” – Bertrand Barère, Speech, French National Assembly, 1792. - Another version: The tree of liberty will grow only when watered by the blood of tyrants.” – (L'arbre de la liberte ne croit qu'arrose par le sang des tyrans.) - Bertrand Barere de Vienzac, Speech, National Assembly, Paris, 1792. – Quoted in G. Seldes, The Great Quotations, p.582. – How much bloodshed could have been avoided if Louis XVI. had not been executed as, supposedly, a tyrant but simply retired, with a pension, somewhere, where he would have been safe from his opponents? Then and there he could have written his memoirs and, possibly, made much with this book. – Perhaps he should have sworn, in public, never again to try to become a French sovereign or to demand sovereignty for any of his family members or to appeal to any foreign power to help him achieve such an objective. Was he really a tyrant, compared with the many real tyrants we experienced? Or just one of the usual and presumptuous incompetents? Even a well-meaning one? – JZ, 15.4.09. - RESISTANCE & LIBERTY
TYRANNICIDE: The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”.” - Thomas Jefferson. - I see a justification, in some cases, for shedding the blood of genuine tyrants - but that of genuine patriots? - To do away with one tyrant might require only one or a dozen patriots. - JZ, 11.2.02. – It matters very much who is shedding whose blood and for what reason. – JZ, 15.4.09. – REVOLUTION, BLOODSHED, SACRIFICES
TYRANNICIDE: There exists something like a “gentlemen’s agreement” between most rulers, although most rulers are not gentle men. They agreed not to harm each other but “only” “their” subjects. In this "policy" measure the people are considered as their mere property or hostages or pawns in chess games. That policy should be radically changed, by the people themselves. From now own they should agree not to harm each other, but only their wrongful rulers. – The people, negotiating properly and over the heads of their rulers, have a much better chance than their territorial governments have, to arrive at a just peace between them, one respecting all their individual rights and liberties and their personal choices of systems, communities, societies and statist regimes, all without any territorial monopoly and territorial powers. - JZ, n.d., & 30.10.07. - GOVERNMENTS VS. THE PEOPLE, THE PEOPLE VS. TERRITORIAL GOVERNMENTS, PANARCHISM
TYRANNICIDE: Those around the tyrant-king deserve to die as much as he. – Or: The tyrant-king’s companions do likewise deserve to die. They didn’t execute him as yet, although they often had the opportunity to do so. – JZ, 16.1.80, 297.08.
TYRANNICIDE: Those who employ violence to strike off the chains of their masters are justified in doing so, whereas those who employ violence to keep others in slavery are hardly to be forgiven for their actions. Is there a real distinction to be drawn between these two categories of force, Tucker questioned: “You know there is, you editors who mouth about assassination”, Tucker charged, “and if you say there isn’t, we take the liberty to say that the truth is not in you.” – Reichert, Partisans of Freedom, p.156. - ASSASSINATIONS
TYRANNICIDE: To kill somebody is a terrible thing, I know, but in tyrannies it becomes a right, or rather, a duty.” – Oriana Fallaci, A Man, p.64. ( Thanks to Robert Cowin for pointing out this book to me. – JZ )
TYRANNICIDE: Too many communist party leaders have died a peaceful death in bed! – E.g.: Stalin, Mao & Tito. - JZ, 12.4.85.
TYRANNICIDE: Truly, ”Professor Weishaupt was writing, “few men have shown such exemplary and grandmotherly kindness as the noble Hassan I Sabbah, whose assassinations, by striking only at kings and generals, demoralized his enemies, preventing any necessity to send an army into combat. Here we see the pragmatic equivalent of sentimental pacifism united with the moral alternative to war, all in one neat package.” – Robert Anton Wilson, Schroedinger’s Cat II, p.16.
TYRANNICIDE: Trying to keep the world at peace by threatening, frightening, even assassinating those who you decide are tending towards war. Do you think it will work?” – E. J. Sallis, The War Book, p.80. - WAR
TYRANNICIDE: Tyrannicide is not just another murder or assassination. I is, rather, a justified execution of real tyrants, which may in some cases save thousands to millions of lives and restore some individual rights and liberties. Ideally, it should always be accompanied by a rightful revolution or military insurrection. – JZ, 22.3.14. – MURDER, ASSASSINATION, EXECUTION, TYRANTS
TYRANNICIDE: Tyrannicide will rarely be successful in its final objective: destruction of a tyranny, when it remains an isolated measure instead of being one resistance step among many others that are practised at the same time. – JZ, 1.10.84. – The main and quite rightful aim must be to do away with territorial powers, laws and institutions, which continue to breed tyranny and tyrants. – JZ, 29.7.08.
TYRANNICIDE: Tyrannicides threaten only leaders, not peoples and countries. Through them peoples and countries might get some peace. – JZ, 27.12.82, 29.7.08.
TYRANNICIDE: We must develop a doctrine which so severely and directly threatens the leaders of terrorist movements that they refrain from attacking the US because they fear personal consequences. Any other policy is an invitation to a blood bath in which we will certainly be the losers.” - Newt Gingrich, Window of Opportunity, A Blueprint for the Future, p.232. - It seems that G. never heard of the principle and practice of tyrannicide, although it has a tradition that goes back about 2,500 years! - JZ, 23.1.02. - What does that say about the education system in the USA? - JZ, 27.3.11. - & TERRORISM
TYRANNICIDE: While many men die too early, others die too late.” - Dagobert D. Runes, Treasury of Thought, p.68.
TYRANNICIDE: Why the leveling of cities, the destruction of the environment, and the decimation of the inhabitants of certain geographical subdivisions should be more respectable than the efficient, low-cost elimination of selected political opponents, is at best strange.” - Jack Semmens, THE MATCH, 9/75. – AIR RAIDS, BOMBING POLICIES, COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY, ASSASSINATIONS, WAR, TERRITORIALISM
TYRANNICIDE: With reasonable men, I will reason; with humane men I will plead; but to tyrants I will give no quarter, nor waste arguments when they will certainly be lost.” – William Lloyed Garrison, Life, vol. I. – REASON, ARGUMENTS, NEGOTIATIONS, APPEALS
TYRANNICIDE: Would not the world be considerably better off if assassination plots, barbaric as t hey may be, replaced nuclear threats and “limited” wars as the official mode of conflict resolution among political entities?” – Jack Semmens, THE MATCH, 9/75.
TYRANNY: A tyranny based on … deception and maintained by terror must inevitably perish from the poison it generates within itself. – Albert Einstein- TERROR, TOTALITARIANISM, ABUSE OF POWER, DESPOTISM
TYRANNY: A tyranny based on … deception and maintained by terror must inevitably perish from the poison it generates within itself.” – Albert Einstein. - - But in the meantime it preserves itself, thus, for years to decades and has, possibly, millions of victims. - JZ, 22. 11. 06.
TYRANNY: A tyrant is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader. - Plato,quoted by Nizam Ahmad shared A Truly Free Market's photo. – Facebook, 28.7.12. - All the larger territorial States tend to be Warfare States already by their very nature. – JZ, 28.7.12. - & WAR
TYRANNY: All government corresponds in a certain degree to what the Greeks denominated a tyranny.” – William Godwin in “Inquiry … “
TYRANNY: All the fiery rhetoric of the Founders was directed at a "tyrant" who taxed his subjects at a rate of about three percent. Today, we in "the land of the free" are taxed at about 50 percent when you add federal, state, and local taxes. What kind of government would do this? A dictatorship would.” – Doug Newman - - Curiously enough, some totalitarian and communist regimes abolished progressive taxation and replaced it by flat rate taxes long before some democracies did. Insofar their misleading pretence of being "peoples' democracies" was not quite wrong. - JZ, 24. 11. 06. – The East German communist dictatorship did also largely do away with the seniority system in job appointments and thus gained adherents among capable youths. Naturally, it did not do away with its own inherent “seniority system”, that of one party rule, on the “principle” of first come, first served and only one served. - & TAXATION, FLAT RATE TAXATION VS. PROGRESSIVE TAXATION, COMMUNIST REGIMES, SENIORITY SYSTEM, ONE PARTY RULE
TYRANNY: An accursed thing it is to gaze on prosperous tyrants with a dazzled eye.” - William Wordsworth – Quoted in Seldes. - STATISM, GOVERNMENTALISM, TERRITORIALISM, AUTHORITARIANISM, HERO-WORSHIP, LEADERSHIP
TYRANNY: Any excuse will serve a tyrant.” - Aesop
TYRANNY: As one of our living writers puts it – the tyrant is nothing but a slave turned inside out.” – Herbert Spencer, Social Statics, 1850. – From ch. XIX, “The Right to Ignore the State”, which Spencer omitted in his later editions. Did he get afraid of his own courage? – JZ, 30.7.08. – Quoted in Seldes. – “… only the slave turned inside out” – is quoted as coming from S. C. Champion, by Leonard E. Read, in The Love of Liberty, p.5.
TYRANNY: Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny. –Edmund Burke – E.g. the laws of monetary despotism. – JZ, 3.4.12. - & BAD LAWS.
TYRANNY: Borsodi strongly believed in the liberty of Patrick Henry, John Locke and Thomas Paine – the freedom from national and international tyrants.” – Mildred Loomis, GREEN REVOLUTION, Jun 78. - RALPH BORSODI
TYRANNY: Crisis is the rallying cry of the tyrant. - James Madison, quoted by Anja Hartleb on Facebook, 1.4.12. - John Zube: Did any tyrant, despot or great leader ever offer a genuine solution to any crisis? No such case comes to my mind. They can cause great territorial problems but they cannot solve them with their territorial power attempts. - & CRISES
TYRANNY: Eternal hostility on every form of tyranny should be our goal, today, tomorrow and forever more.” – Chuck Brookes, quoting Jefferson, 9/72 (?)
TYRANNY: Every tyrant who has lived believed in freedom – for himself.” – Elbert Hubbard, The Philistine, Vo. xi, p.61. – FREEDOM, LICENCE, ARBITRARINESS, POWER
TYRANNY: Experience [has] shown that, even under the best forms [of government], those entrusted with power have, in time and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny. –Thomas Jefferson 1779 – Especially under territorialism. – JZ, 3.4.12. - POWER & GOVERNMENTS
TYRANNY: God himself has no right to be a tyrant.” - William Godwin – GOD.
TYRANNY: Have they no means of resistance? Obviously they have. the worst tyrant even under democratic plutocracy, has but one throat to slit. The moment the majority (*) decided to overthrow him he would be overthrown. But the majority … cannot imagine taking the risk.” – Mencken, Notes on Democracy, quoted in LIBERTARIAN REVIEW, 4/78. – (*) or even a small but determined minority! – JZ, 307.08. - TYRANNICIDE
TYRANNY: He is a man, who is grievously and wickedly trampling upon the rights of his fellow-man; but all I have to do with him is to rebuke his sin, to call him to repentance, to leave him without excuse for his tyranny.” – LIBERATOR, 1858. – Sprading, Liberty and the Great Libertarians, p.156, on Garrison. – What was the fate of those, who tried this towards a Lenin, Mussolini, Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Castro etc.? – Name-calling and exposure does not deprive those in power of all their powers, at least never soon enough. - JZ, 20.7.08. - [TYRANT] “
TYRANNY: History teaches that among the men who have overturned the liberties republics, the greater number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people: commencing demagogues, and ending tyrants.” – Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist, No.79, - quoted in Seldes. - POLITICIANS, PROMISES, LEADERSHIP, REPRESENTATIVES, RULERS, DEMOCRACY, PEOPLE
TYRANNY: How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!” - Samuel Adams (1722-1803), - letter to John Pitts, January 21, 1776. - ISIL LIBERTY QUOTE LIBRARY 03. - WORDS, LANGUAGE, PROPAGANDA, DOUBLE TALK, PREJUDICES
TYRANNY: I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” - Vice President Thomas Jefferson, letter to Benjamin Rush, September 23, 1800. - The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Andrew A. Lipscomb, vol. 10, p. 175 (1903). Carved at the base of the dome, interior of the Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C. - He should have added: and over the actions of peaceful and innovative men. - JZ 14.10.02. - - Not only over their minds but also over their bodies! - JZ, 22. 11. 06. - OVER MINDS & BODIES, TERRITORIALISM
TYRANNY: I personally call the type of government which can be removed without violence 'democracy,' and the other, 'tyranny’.” - Karl Popper. - No territorial government can be removed for and by the individuals and groups who disagree with it. When the removal depends upon majority disapproval then even the worst “democratic” regimes can persist for all too long. - 21.8.02. - & VIOLENCE, NONVIOLENCE, DEMOCRACY, GOVERNMENTS, PANARCHISM, TERRITORIALISM
TYRANNY: In every tyrant’s heart there springs in the end // This poison, that he cannot trust a friend.” – Aeschylus, 525-456 B.C., tr. Gilbert Murray.
TYRANNY: It is advantageous for a tyranny that all those who are under it - - should be oppressed with poverty. … and that being employed in procuring their daily bread - - they may have no leisure to conspire against their tyrants.” – Aristotle. – It is obviously to the great advantage of tyrannies that they are also great at producing not only wrongful power but also extensive poverty. – JZ, 30.7.08.
TYRANNY: It is better to build defenses against tyranny than to conspire against tyranny.” – E. B. S., quoted in THE GOLD STANDARD TRADER, Nov. 78. – PREVENTION OR CURES, MEDICINES OR DOCTORS?
TYRANNY: It is the cunning tongue that sets a tyrant on the throne.” – Dagobert D. Runes, Treasury of Thought, p. 23.
TYRANNY: It seems clear that unlimited government is tyranny: ‘Absolute power arbitrarily administered is tyranny.’. – quoted by Leonard E. Read in The Love of Liberty, p.5. – POWER, UNLIMITED GOVERNMENT
TYRANNY: Let men be on their guard against those who flatter and mislead the multitude: their actions prove what sort of men they are. Of the tyrant, spies and informers are the principle instruments. War is his favorite occupation, for the sake of engrossing the attention of the people, and making himself necessary as their leader. – Aristotle - WAR, LEADERSHIP, RULERS, POLITICIANS, DEMAGOGUES
TYRANNY: Liberty of man cannot be limited or diminished by one, or any number of men, and none can give away the right of another.” – Algernon Sidney, between 1680 & 1683, quoted in Leslie Snyder: Justice or Revolution, p.18. - LIBERTY
TYRANNY: Make yourself neither the tyrant nor the slave of any man.” – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, IV/31. - SLAVERY
TYRANNY: Most had not yet learnt the deeper lesson of the Tyrant, that violence builds its own limits.” - Frank Herbert, Heretics of Dune, p.197. – It does, but it also builds and maintains its own supports, relatively easily with e.g. taxation, its monetary despotism, its public debt certificates based upon continued tax slavery, its territorialism, its monopolistic armed forces and public education system. – JZ, 15.4.09. - STATISM, LIMITS, VIOLENCE, AGGRESSION, INVASIONS, COERCION, COMPULSION
TYRANNY: Mr. Larson proceeds to reduce his philosophy of government to mathematical terms. Thus, “T = E + P”, i.e., “Tyranny Equals Economic Plus Political Power.” – Prof. Larson, What We Are For, N.Y., Harpers, p. 59. – POWER, ECONOMIC POWER, POLITICAL POWER, TERRITORIALISM
TYRANNY: Necessity, the tyrant’s plea.” – Milton, Paradise Lost, Bk. iv, I. 393. – Typically, they never claim that the thing they want to impose is right but merely that it is necessary. They avoid mentioning genuine rights and liberties like they would a pest. – JZ, 30.7.08. - NECESSITY
TYRANNY: No person who acquiesced in tyranny could fulfill his life’s purpose.” – Edmund Optitz, THE FREEMAN, 7/75.
TYRANNY: No tyrant has ever lasted long by force of arms alone. Men have been enslaved primarily by spiritual weapons. And the greatest of these is the collectivist doctrine of the supremacy of the common good over the individual. No dictator could rise if men held as a sacred faith the conviction that they have inalienable rights of which they cannot be deprived for any cause whatsoever, by any man whatsoever, neither by evil-doer nor benefactor; that no cause is higher than these rights.” - Ayn Rand, The Only Path to Tomorrow, READER'S DIGEST, January 1944. - COMMON GOOD, INDIVIDUALISM, RIGHTS, HUMAN RIGHTS, DICTATORSHIPS, FORCE, INALIENABLE RIGHTS
TYRANNY: Of all the tyrannies on human kind the worst is that which persecutes the mind.” – John Dryden (1631-1700), The Hind and the Panther, 1687. - Contrary thinking can remain largely free, although it cannot be publicly expressed and may be deprived of literature access and the company of people with similar views, except in prisons and concentration camps, where such innocents are incarcerated victims of a despotic regime. - The Internet has made this kind of despotism more difficult. - JZ, 23. 11. 06. - TYRANNIES OVER THE MIND
TYRANNY: Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their consciences." - C. S. Lewis - TYRANNIES & DICTATORSHIPS, BENEVOLENT ONES, WELFARE STATE, DO-GOODISM, INTERVENTIONISM, MEDDLING
TYRANNY: Of the tyrant, spies and informers are the principal instruments. War is his favorite occupation, for the sake of engrossing the attention of the people, and making himself necessary to them as their leader.” – Aristotle, ISIL LIBERTY QUOTE LIBRARY 03. - & THE THREAT OF WAR, LEADERSHIP, DECISION-MAKING MONOPOLY
TYRANNY: One tyrant helps another tyrant.” – Herodotus, History, Bk. viii, sec. 142. –Even when they do make war against each other they do tend to keep each other in the saddle. Each needs the other as his enemy. And both do fight rather the subjects of their enemy than the enemy himself, thus turning the surviving subjects into “loyal” follows of their tyrant. – How many more people will become mass-murdered before this fact is finally realized and expressed in corresponding policies? – JZ, 25.10.08.
TYRANNY: Power without responsibility is tyranny.” – Jerry Pournelle, ANALOG, 3/74. – SELF-RESPONSIBILITY, POWER, TERRITORIALISM
TYRANNY: protest against all tyranny.” – Bancroft, History of the United States, 5th ed., VIII, p. 383. - Better do it suitably armed, well organized, well trained and well enlightened on all your freedom options. – JZ, 30.7.08.
TYRANNY: Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.” – Thomas Jefferson. – Hyman Quotations, p. 171. – George Seldes, in his THE GREAT QUOTATIONS, commented: “Motto found among his papers.” – RESISTANCE, GOD
TYRANNY: Resistance to tyranny is service to God.” – James Madison – Was there as yet sufficient of this kind of worship? – JZ, 15.4.09. - & RESISTANCE AGAINST IT, Q.
TYRANNY: Since every tyrant is ipso facto immoral and ruthless, it [a tyranny? – JZ] has much more freedom in the choice of its methods than an institution which still takes account of the individual.” - C. G. Jung, The Undiscovered Self. – But it does not have the potential power and attractiveness of all liberties and rights, fully known, appreciated, applied and offered as liberation aims and already fully demonstrated by peacefully coexisting but also competing and very diverse governments in exile, all only for their present and future volunteers. – It does not even have the attractiveness of somewhat free countries, relatively wealthy and ready to welcome refugees and deserters. - Freedom lovers have still not sufficiently surveyed and published all their alternatives and all too often know only a small fraction of them. – JZ, 26.12.07. - VS. FREE & MORAL SOCIETIES, MORE POWERFUL? , INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, PANARCHISM, POWER OF ATTRACTION
TYRANNY: Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a day. But a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers, too plainly proves a deliberate systematic plan of reducing us to slavery. – Thomas Jefferson – TERRITORIALISM, STATISM, GOVERNMENTALISM, DECISION-MAKING MONOPOLIES, CENTRALIZATION, POWER, SERFDOM, FEUDALISM, ENSLAVEMENT
TYRANNY: Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a day. But a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers, too plainly proves a deliberate systematic plan of reducing us to slavery. –Thomas JeffersonTYRANNY: Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a day. But a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers, too plainly proves a deliberate systematic plan of reducing us to slavery.” – Thomas Jefferson – Could thus even a Welfare State be described as a tyranny? Yes, as long as dissenters cannot freely secede from it. Would it justify tyrannicide? – Hardly, for there are too many tyrants involved, including every statist voter, the majority of voters! Many of them, possibly, close members of your own family! Enlightenment works too slowly – unless all means now available for it are sufficiently used. Once dissenting minorities have gained experimental freedom, even if the majority would grant it only as a liberty for those it considers to be fools, further enlightenment efforts could be spared and would be replaced by practical demonstrations of sound alternatives among their believers. – JZ, 15.4.09. - FLOOD OF LAWS & REGULATIONS OR DECREES, WELFARE STATES, SECESSIONISM, PANARCHISM, FREEDOM TO EXPERIMENT, MORE ENLIGHTENING THAT CONTINUOUS VERBAL ENLIGHTENMENT EFFORTS
TYRANNY: so long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men. – Voltairine de Cleyre, Anarchism and American Tradition, p.132. – VS. THE PEOPLE,HUMAN RIGHTS, CARELESS PEOPLE, IGNORANT OF, PREJUDICED AGAINST & NOT REALLY INTERESTED IN ALL THEIR GENUINE INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, VICTIMIZATION OF THE DISINTERESTED MASSES, TAXATION, SUBJUGATION, APATHY
TYRANNY: Some people deserve to be taken down – not only by a peg but by a head. – JZ, 2.9.02. – Event the US government recognized that – but putting a high price on the head of Saddam Hussein and that of Bin Laden. - TYRANTS & TYRANNICIDE
TYRANNY: Some people deserve to be taken down – not only by a peg but by a head. – JZ, 2.9.02. - & TYRANNICIDE
TYRANNY: The approach of modern Libertarianism would be thus: “If one man could not own the land, then no man could, and if no man or group could, then, surely, the government could do nothing about it.” Because the government exists only to inhibit the commission of force by one man against another. If government, in the name of “reform” decides to use the commission of force, at any level, it itself becomes a criminal, and then it must be overthrown by men and women of reason, decency and conscience. A Single Tax, not a voluntary means of financing, but forced on other men by some individuals who considered it a good thing, would never accomplish what it set out to do. The practice of Tyranny makes tyranny.” – Arthur Ketchen, in the anthology: “Moving into the Frontlines of Social Change”, p.71. - SINGLE TAX, GEORGE-ISM, HENRY GEORGE, LAND MONOPOLY, NATIONAL LAND MONOPOLY, GOVERNMENT, TERRITORIALISM
TYRANNY: The conflict between tyranny and freedom won’t end, he says, until there is a world of free men everywhere.” – John Chamberlain, on Isaac Don Levine, in THE FREEMAN, 9.73. – Contrary to most anarchists and libertarians, panarchists do not aim at making all men immediately as free as they could and should be - some day in the future - but, for the present, only as free as they want to be at this stage of their development and enlightenment, with each group free to advance towards full liberty at their own speed and by their own free experimentation They would often start out merely with some authoritarian, egalitarian or outright despotic system, with the utopias of ignorance and prejudiced people. They should be free to suffer under and learn from their own mistakes and should never be pushed into a liberty they do not as yet understand and appreciate. Let them break their own path towards it, which will be the fastest way for them, especially if they are also somewhat guided by the more successful examples of other and better systems. – JZ, 30.7.08. – , PANARCHISM, FREEDOM TO EXPERIMENT, TOLERANCE FOR ALL TOLERANT ACTIONS
TYRANNY: the conjunction of dreaming and ruling generates tyranny.” – Oakeshott, quoted in: Robert Conquest, We & They, Civil & Despotic Cultures, Temple-Smith, London, 1980, p 52. – RULERS, POLITICIANS, PRESIDENTS, PRIME MINISTERS, LEADERSHIP, POWER, TERRITORIALISM, GOVERNMENT, UTOPISM, IDEOLOGIES, TERRITORIALISM, UNIFORMITY & CENTRALIZATION SPLEEN, POWER URGE
TYRANNY: The evils of tyranny are rarely seen but by him who resists it.” – John Hay (1872) – The resistance and freedom fighters are often not aware of the worst wrongs that put them under conditions that induced them to resist and fight. How many of them are aware of the wrongs and irrationalities e.g. of monetary despotism, territorial organization and hierarchies in the sphere of organizing production and exchange and of sound alternatives to them? – So they merely fight for another regime which others will resist and fight against. - JZ, 15.4.09.
TYRANNY: The ideal tyranny is that which is ignorantly self-administered by its victims. The most perfect slaves are, therefor, those which blissfully and unawaredly enslave themselves. – Dresden James – in www.strike-the-root.com – An “ideal tyranny” is a contradiction in terms. One can rightly only speak of a more or less totalitarian one. “Perfect slaves” is also an imperfect term, for slavery does to some extent incapacitate two, the slave and the slave owner. Temporary or permanent self-enslavement is also a right or liberty, limited by the right to secede. It is part of the right to err and to make mistakes. But no one can be rightly forced to continue them for the rest of his life. – Panarchies even for the slavish and domineering leadership types – as long as they do remain addicted to them - as individuals. - JZ, 1.4.12. - STATISM, SLAVISHNESS, SUBMISSIVENESS
TYRANNY: The ideal tyranny is that which is ignorantly self-administered by its victims. The most perfect slaves are, therefore, those which blissfully and unawaredly enslave themselves. –Dresden James – STATISM, TERRITORIALISM, VOTING, DEMOCRACY, “SELF-GOVERNMENT”, CONSENT
TYRANNY: The ideal tyranny is that which is ignorantly self-administered by its victims. The most perfect slaves are, therefore, those which blissfully and unawaredly enslave themselves. –Dresden James
TYRANNY: The ideal tyranny is that which is ignorantly self-administered by its victims. The most perfect slaves are, therefore, those which blissfully and unawaredly enslave themselves.” – Dresden James – In a political system of xyz diverse panarchies of volunteers peacefully competing with each other in the same country for subscribers, wrongs committed against their members and mistakes made by them would become relatively fast recognized as such and ended, almost automatically, simply by more and more disappointed people seceding from them and less and less hopefuls joining them. – JZ, 15.4.09. - SLAVERY, DEMOCRACY, VOTING, CONSENT OF THE VICTIM, VOLUNTARISM, SECESSIONISM, PANARCHISM VS. TERRITORIALISM, LEGALIZING WRONGS – which or who?
TYRANNY: The immense tyranny of someone else’s system.” – Margaret Jones on 2FC radio, 7.7.72. - TERRITORIALISM
TYRANNY: The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they suppress.” - Frederick Douglass (1817?-1895) - That would be true only if individuals and minorities were free to secede. Until then the dissenters are largely forced to endure. - JZ, 14.10.02. – Another version: The limitation of tyrants is the endurance of those they oppose.” – Frederick Douglass – So far they are insufficiently limited by freedom for the establishment of diverse panarchies of volunteers, all without any territorial monopoly. – Nor were, preventatively, monetary and financial freedom and tolerant land reform options peacefully and peace-promotingly introduced. – It is all not merely a question of brute force and counter-force. - JZ, 15.4.09. - & RESISTANCE TO IT, REVOLUTION, SUBMISSIVENESS, STATISM, OBEDIENCE
TYRANNY: The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.” – Mohandas Gandhi - OF THE OWN CONSCIENCE, SELF-RESPONSIBILITY, MORAL SENSE
TYRANNY: The rule of the many by the few we call tyranny; the rule of the few by the many is tyranny also, only of a less intense kind.” – Herbert Spencer, Social Statics, 1850. – DEMOCRACY, MAJORITIES, RULE, GOVERNMENT
TYRANNY: The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." - Thomas Jefferson, GOVERNMENT, GUNS, ARMS
TYRANNY: The time to guard against corruption and tyranny, is before they shall have gotten hold of us. It is better to keep the wolf out of the fold, than to trust to drawing his teeth and talons after he shall have entered.” – NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT, quoted in SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER,8/76. - Compare the old Latin saying: “Resist the beginnings!”- VIGILANCE, GUARDIANS, MILITIA
TYRANNY: The true defence is not to turn back to anything but to turn forward – not less knowledge and freedom but more.” –of: Alex Comfort, “Authority and Delinquency. A study in the psychology of power”, 1950, 1970, p.107. - JZ, 15.5.06. - DEFENCE, NUCLEAR WAR THREAT, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, ENLIGHTENMENT
TYRANNY: The tyranny of a multitude is a multiplied tyranny. – Edmund Burke - MAJORITIES, MULTITUDES, MOBS, MASSES, DEMOCRACY, VOTING
TYRANNY: The tyrant, who in order to hold his power, suppresses every superiority, does away with good men, forbids education and light, controls every movement of the citizens and, keeping them under a perpetual servitude, wants them to grow accustomed to baseness and cowardice, has his spies everywhere to listen to what is said in the meetings, and spreads dissension and calumny among the citizens and impoverishes them, is obliged to make war in order to keep his subjects occupied and impose on them permanent need of a chief.” – Aristotle, ISIL LIBERTY QUOTE LIBRARY 03. Also quoted in Seldes. – As if territorial democracies and republics would not also go all too far in far in this direction. – JZ, 10.1.08. - DESPOTISM, DICTATORSHIP
TYRANNY: The violation of a free nation’s constitution and of its citizens’ individual rights is called tyranny.” – INDIVIDUALIST, vol. 4, No. 2. – By that definition every territorial government, constitution and democracy would also be a tyranny. We ought to be more careful with our definitions. – JZ, 30.7.08.
TYRANNY: The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants. - Albert Camus, quoted by Nizam Ahmad sharing Capitalism's photo & adding: “Tyrants always say it’s for ‘the good of the people’.” – Facebook, 22.4.13. - John Zube : As if they were able and willing to provide any genuine welfare, i.e. fulfill their promises. In this they are even worse than ordinary territorial politicians. - POLITICIANS, PROMISES, WELFARE STATE, EXCUSES, FALSE PRETENCES
TYRANNY: The worst forms of tyranny, or certainly the most successful ones, are not those we rail against but those that so insinuate themselves into the imagery of our consciousness, and the fabric of our lives, as not to be perceived as tyranny.” – Michael Parenti, INSINUATING, WELFARISM, SALAMI TACTICS, WAR AGAINST POVERTY, WAR AGAINST DRUGS, WAR AGAINST TERRORISM, COMPULSORY EDUCATION, GRADUALISM, CENTRAL BANKING, TERRITORIALISM, PROTECTIONISM
TYRANNY: There are four characteristics which brand a country unmistakably as a dictatorship: one-party rule, executions without trial or with a mock trial, for political offenses, the nationalization or expropriation of private property and censorship. A country guilty of these outrages forfeits any moral prerogatives, any claim to national rights or sovereignty, and becomes an outlaw.” - Ayn Rand. – Obviously, not the whole country and all of its population should be outlawed as a result but only the guilty decision-makers. Here she subscribed to collective responsibility notions, which ultimately lead to ABC mass murder devices. Did none of the “Objectivists” contradict her on this point? – JZ, 15.4.09. - TYRANNIES, DICTATORSHIPS, RECOGNITION, SOVEREIGNTY, OUTLAWRY, COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY OF WHOLE COUNTRIES & POPULATIONS?
TYRANNY: There is no crueler tyranny that that which is perpetrated under the shield of law and in the name of justice. – Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu, 1689-1755, The Spirit of the Laws, 1748. -UNDER THE PRETENCE OF LAW, JUSTICE & ORDER OR NECESSITY
TYRANNY: There is no week nor day nor hour when tyranny may not enter upon the country, if the people lose their supreme confidence in themselves, - and lose their roughness and spirit of defiance – Tyranny may always enter – there is no charm, no bar against it – the only bar against it is a large resolute breed of men.” - Walt Whitman, Furness, Walt Whitman’s Workshop, p.58. – Quoted in Seldes.
TYRANNY: They (tyrants) use their power against the people in three manners. The first is that they strive that those under their mastery be ever ignorant and timorous, because, when they be such, they may not be bold to rise against them, nor to resist their wills; and the second is that their victims be not kindly and united among themselves, in such wise that they trust not one another. …; and the third way is that they strive to make them poor, and to put them upon great undertakings, which they can never finish, whereby they may have so much harm that it may never come into their hearts to devise anything against their ruler.” - Alfonso X (Alfonso the Wise), Las Siete Partidas.
TYRANNY: This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector. –Plato circa 400 B.C.
TYRANNY: Those who voluntarily put power into the hands of a tyrant or an enemy, must not wonder if it be at last turned against themselves. - Aesop.
TYRANNY: Throughout history no tyrant ever rose to power except on the claim of representing “the common good”. Horrors which no man would dare consider for his own selfish sake are perpetrated with a clear conscience by “altruists” who justify themselves by – the common good. - - No tyrant has ever lasted long by force of arms alone. Men have been enslaved primarily by spiritual weapons. And the greatest of these is the collectivist doctrine of the supremacy of the common good over the individual. No dictator could rise if men held as a sacred faith the conviction that they have inalienable rights of which they cannot be deprived for any cause whatsoever, by any man whatsoever, neither by evil-doer nor benefactors; that no cause is higher than these rights.” - Ayn Rand, The Only Path to Tomorrow, in: “The Ayn Rand Column”, revised edition, 1998, p.114, Second Renaissance Books, New Milford, Connecticut, www.rationalmind.com – However, Ayn Rand still did not recognize all individual rights, e.g. not that of individual secession and not all monetary freedom rights. Not did she realize that a limited government is not, was not and will never be as trustworthy a protector of individual rights a liberties as an ideal volunteer militia would be that is sworn and trained to defend nothing but individual rights and liberties and this in ways which do agree with these rights and liberties. – JZ, 17.9.07. - ALTRUISM, THE COMMON GOOD, DICTATORSHIP VS. INALIENABLE RIGHTS
TYRANNY: Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.” – Shakespeare, 1608.
TYRANNY: Tyrannies are measured by the number of political prisoners.” – Oriana Fallaci, A Man, p.75.
TYRANNY: Tyrannies tends to grows stronger when its victims are to a large extent mass murdered by its enemies, e.g. through carpet-bombing and held collectively responsible for the crimes of their regime through the “unconditional surrender” demand. – JZ, 25.10.08. – AIR RAIDS AGAINST CITIES
TYRANNY: Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. – James Madison, 1751-1836, 4th U.S. President. – As history has shown, it can also come through excessive legislation, economic crises, territorialism and a Welfare State. – JZ, 5.4.12. - & OPPRESSION, ENEMIES
TYRANNY: Tyranny holds the seeds of its own destruction. … Oppression produces the will and the means to secure liberation. … . – Peter O’Donnell, Modesty Blaise. Sabre-Tooth, Pan Books 1967 ed., p.69. , OPPRESSION & LIBERATION
TYRANNY: Tyranny holds the seeds of its own destruction.” – Peter O’Donnell, Sabre Tooth: Modesty Blaise – Licenced to Kill, p.69. – Let these seeds sprout, water and cultivate them. – JZ, 11.73.
TYRANNY: Tyranny is always better organized than freedom.” – Charles Peguy.(*) - Only as long as the supposedly free men let themselves be deprived of as many rights and liberties as they do now and have not armed, organized and trained themselves for the defence of all of their rights and liberties against all of those, who would otherwise restrict or suppress them. - How many are now e.g. armed, organized and trained to fight for free migration, for free banking, for cooperative and partnership production and for the right to bear arms and to organize militarily for the defence of basic rights and liberties? Freedom lovers, so far, have even failed to record and mobilize or make readily retrievable all their ideas, facts and arguments that speak for liberty in every sphere. - How many have so far taken a serious interest in the best private declarations of individual rights and liberties? See PEACE PLANS 589/590. - JZ, 22. 11. 06. - Only until freedom lovers do, finally, get themselves properly organized, quite in accordance with their own best principles. That has never as yet been sufficiently done. It can be done in a market-like way. – JZ, 26.12.07. – (*) Only e.g. for coercion and destruction, the support of monopolies and terror and tribute gathering via taxation, military slavery via conscription and education-slavery via compulsory schooling. – Freedom lovers have not yet organized all their all too dispersed talents, knowledge, ideas, methods, resources, plans and platforms for liberation, revolutions, transformations, their strategies and tactics. The written resources are still largely spread over ten-thousands to hundred-thousands of references, or even more, with only relatively few in print and only a fraction so far online or in disks. – Freedom bookshops are still very rare and the alternative media still insufficiently used. - JZ, 1.8.08. – , ORGANIZATION, FREEDOM, ITS STRENGTH VS. FREEDOM, MILITIA, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, PANARCHISTIC MOBILIZATION OF ALL DISSENTERS, ESPECIALLY ALL FREEDOM LOVERS, GENUINELY CULTURAL REVOLUTION, ENLIGHTENMENT OPTIONS FULLY UTILIZED,
TYRANNY: Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry. – Thomas Jefferson - & TERRITORIAL GOVERNMENTS
TYRANNY: Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry. Thomas Jefferson, quoted by Nizam Ahmad sharing Capitalism's photo. - Facebook, 25.10.13.
TYRANNY: Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry. – Thomas Jefferson – DESPOTISM, STATISM, LEADERSHIP, POLITICS AS USUAL, GOVERNANCE, OFFICIAL & LEGALIZED CRIMES VS. PRIVATE CRIMES, TERRITORIALISM, POLITICANS & THEIR VICTIMS
TYRANNY: Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.” – Thomas Jefferson - LEGALIZED TYRANNY IS NOT LEGITIMATE OR CONSTITUTIONAL TYRANNY
TYRANNY: Tyranny is detestable in every shape; but in none as formidable as when it is assumed and exercised by a number of tyrants.” – William Pitt, Earl of Chatham, on 9.1.1770, quoted in THE FREEMAN, 9/75, p.520. - DEMOCRACY, MAJORITIES, VOTING, REPRESENTATION
TYRANNY: Tyranny is inversely proportional to distance. The horrors which the Serbs have inflicted on their neighbors, they cannot bring to the people of Burma.” - firstname.lastname@example.org - Michael Edward Marotta - If that were really and always true, then long distance intervention would hardly occur, as happened by the Soviet Union, Communist China, Cuba & the USA - and by private but internationally active terrorist groups. Moreover, the closest people to us are not our neighbours but our family members and friends. Are we most tyrannical towards them? Furthermore, under voluntarism and exterritorial autonomy we would be living among many people who are territorially close to us but exterritorially quite apart. Thus tyrannical tendencies would be minimized. We would be too busy with our own and independent affairs and any meddling with any of numerous minorities and majority affairs would rouse the vast majority against us. To support hatred and aggression much more is involved than merely proximity and distance. - JZ, 29.10.02. – The all too indiscriminate and almost world-wide terror bombings of groups like the “Red Army” faction, and at least one Arab terror group, do indicate that distance is no longer a sufficient protection. – Fanatical adherents of almost any terrorist group are now spread internationally. Or they can be spread, via airlines, very fast. 15.4.09. - TOLERANCE, PANARCHISM, SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, DISTANCE
TYRANNY: Tyranny is not the natural state for the free spirit of man. Tyranny must be learned, while diversity, spontaneity, and independence must be eradicated.” – Murray N. Rothbard, Education, Free and Compulsory, Wichita, Kansas, Center for Independent Education, 1972, p.11. – EDUCATION, FREEDOM, NATURAL LAW
TYRANNY: Tyranny is tyranny, regardless of the race of the tyrant. Black-on-black tyranny is as ethically abhorrent as white-on-black oppression.” - George B. N. Ayittey, Africa Betrayed, St. Martin’s Press, A Cato Institute Book, 1992, p.130. - & RACE
TYRANNY: Tyranny, even the tyranny of benevolent despots, cannot bring lasting peace and prosperity.” – Ludwig von Mises, Omnipotent Government, p.284.
TYRANNY: Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered.” – Thomas Paine
TYRANNY: Tyrants never come to power promising tyranny, they come to power promising hope and change. – Quoted by Kathryn Tammy Kalin – Facebook 15.9.13.
TYRANNY: Tyrants seldom want pretexts. - Edmund Burke, 1729-1797, letter, 1791.
TYRANNY: Under tyranny men seek liberty and under liberty they seek tyranny.” – M. de Unamono, Nineteenth Century and After. 1934. – We never had all of liberty or enough, anyhow, to make that degree self-maintaining and finally also expanding, rather than losing it over and over again. E.g., full monetary freedom and all its rightful, peace- and progress-promoting beneficial consequences, was never attained. – JZ, 30.7.08.
TYRANNY: Up to now you have believed that tyrants would exist! Now hear that you were wrong. There are only Slaves. Nobody orders when nobody obeys.” – A. Bellegarrigue, Manifeste. – If there are only slaves, then tyrants or tyrannies would, indeed, not exist. But, to whom or to what are they slaves? – JZ, 30.7.08. - SLAVERY, STATISM, GOVERNMENTALISM, SERVILITY, OBEDIENCE, SERFDOM,
TYRANNY: Useful’ and ‘necessary’ was always ‘the tyrant’s plea’.” – C. S. Lewis in www.strike-the-root.com - NECESSITY, UTILITARIANISM
TYRANNY: We believe that a higher power will settle with the tyrant. We are that higher power.” – Frank Herbert, God Emperor of Dune, p.35.
TYRANNY: We do not want to be tyrannized, but we do not want to be tyrants either.” – Quoted in MINUS ONE, Spring 73, from a 1920 Paris Manifesto.
TYRANNY: We have to choose. And the choice is between freedom and tyranny.” – Max Eastman, Reflections on the Failures of Socialism, p.31. - As if each of us had already free choice in this respect. - JZ, 27.3.11.
TYRANNY: We set out to Oppose Tyranny in all its Strides, and I hope we shall persevere.” – Abraham Clark, Letter to John Hart, 8.Feb. 1777.
TYRANNY: what is the dominating influence or habit turned inside out? Let’s not mince words; it is ignorance parading as infinite wisdom.” – Leonard E. Read, The Love of Liberty, p. 5. – IGNORANCE, WISDOM.
TYRANNY: Whatever the tyranny, Communism, Fascism, howling behind the tyrants you will find a pack of intellectuals ready to find sound moral reasons for any infamy. Knowledge has so corrupted them they have forgotten to think morally. Intellectuals are the curse of the twentieth century.” - Eric Lambert, Glory Thrown In, p.44. – At least such intellectuals are. – JZ, 17.9.07. - Sound? Moral? Reasons? - JZ - INTELLECTUALS, KNOWLEDGE & MORALITY
TYRANNY: When the followers of any system want to coerce others to apply this system then this is tyranny and authorizes resistance. – JZ, n.d. – RESISTANCE, REVOLUTION
TYRANNY: When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” - Thomas Jefferson – In politics, too, we should rely much more on voluntarism and the power of attraction rather than upon fear and mutual deterrence. How much real safety have we obtained by what is wrongly called the nuclear deterrent? – JZ, 15.4.09.VS. LIBERTY, FEAR, GOVERNMENT VS. PEOPLE, NUCLEAR WAR THREAT, TERRITORIALISM, RULE OR BE RULED?
TYRANNY: When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty, and there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader.” – Plato, 347 B.C. - LEADERSHIP, TERRITORIAL GOVERNMENTS & SUPPOSED OR REAL ENEMIES OR CRISES OR EMERGENCIES, WAR, SUPPOSED ENEMIESTYRANNY: With reasonable men, I will reason; with humane men, I will plead; but to tyrants I will give no quarter, nor waste arguments where they will certainly be lost. - William Lloyd Garrison - Roy Halliday, Quotations with an Attitude, online.