John Zube


Quotes, Notes, Comments & Slogans
for Individual Liberty & Rights
against Popular Statist Errors & Prejudices

Index - P6

(2013 - 2014)



POWER: Look back in history. It takes a powerful foe to build a powerful nation. Rome might never have attained its greatness had it not been for Carthage. Carthage posed a threat, the Romans were told. England might not have attained its greatness had it not been for Spain and, later France. You have to have the opposition to scare your people.” – Robert LeFevre, Good Government, p.22. – Would not e.g. Free Trade, Free Immigration, Free Investments and Monetary Freedom have worked much better for all of them? Then the “losses” would have consisted merely in territorial power. What good is that for, except for suppressing and exploiting one’s countrymen, aggressive wars and acquiring still more territorial power? – All people should be free to make their own enemies – and friends and allies. - JZ, 22.3.08, 8.1.14. – “War is the health of the State.” - ENEMIES AS ALLIES IN THE STRUGGLE FOR TERRITORIAL POWER, HISTORY, WARFARE STATE

POWER: Majorities often decree folly and inequity. Power oftener corrupts its possessor, than benefits the powerless.” (*) – Adin Ballou, point of view, according to Peter Marshall, Demanding the Impossible, p.82. - (*) But powerlessness, over the own affairs, does also corrupt. – JZ, 18.2.08. - The own affairs can only be properly managed by self-responsible volunteers under personal law or exterritorially autonomy, within communities, societies and governance systems that are freely competing with each other, with none of them granted a territorial monopoly. - JZ, 9.2.11. - MAJORITIES, POWER, CORRUPTION, POWERLESSNESS, LAWS, JUSTICE, INJUSTICE, TERRITORIALISM, VOLUNTARISM, SECESSIONISM, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, META-UTOPIA, COMPETING GOVERNANCE

POWER: Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come.” - Chinese proverb. - To join you voluntarily or to view, study and imitate your successes. - JZ, 9.2.11, 8.1.14. - POWER OF ATTRACTION, BUSINESS, ENTERPRISE, MAKING FRIENDS & ALLIES RATHER THAN ENEMIES, FREEDOM TO SET RIGHTFUL EXAMPLES & UNDERTAKE TOLERANT NEW EXPERIMENTS IN EVERY SPHERE, FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION, CONTRACT, SECESSION

POWER: Man needs power over himself and understanding of his own nature, far more than he needs power over his environment. He needs to know how to hold himself together.” – Gerald Heard, The Human Venture, Harper, N.Y., 1955, quoted by Admiral Ben Moreell, The Admiral’s Log II, p.30. – Moreell commented: “The implied question is this: How can man achieve that power and understanding without which he will surely blow himself to bits?” – Can he acquire that knowledge without full experimental freedom for volunteers, even with all kinds of political, economic and social systems? – JZ, 8.3.08, 8.1.14. – PANARCHISM, PERSONAL LAW, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, UNDERSTANDING, KNOWLEDGE, IGNORANCE, PREJUDICES, SELF-KNOWLEDGE, NUCLEAR WAR THREAT, QUESTIONS, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, VOLUNTARISM, PANARCHISM

POWER: Many of the greatest tyrants on the records of history have begun their reigns in the fairest manner. But the truth is, this unnatural power corrupts both the heart and the understanding. And to prevent the least hope of amendment, a king is ever surrounded by a crowd of infamous flatterers, who find their account in keeping him from the least light of reason, till all ideas of rectitude and justice are utterly erased from his mind.” – Edmund Burke, in Sprading, Liberty and the Great Libertarians, p.62. – TERRITORIALISM, TYRANNY, CORRUPTION, UNDERSTANDING, STATISM, GOVERNMENTALISM, COMPULSION, LEGISLATION, MONOPOLISM

POWER: Men have not succeeded in creating a feeling of unity and avoiding divisions; we have not learned fully the art of working together without conflict (*), so we try to get things done by the power of the state instead; we try to do by punishment what can only be done by educating the community.” – Vinoba Bhave, quoted in GOOD GOVERNMENT, 8/75. - One does not have to work together with all others in a territory but one should be able to learn to leave others alone, especially those, who do want to work together on their own projects, in their own communities. - (*) Why should they? These are not primary values. They are merely prejudices arising from attempts to impose territorial unity upon very diverse individuals and groups. – Only volunteers can form genuine communities. - JZ, 8.3.08. – TERRITORIALISM & ITS PREJUDICES, EDUCATION, ENLIGHTENMENT, VOLUNTARISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, FREEDOM OF ASSOCITION, SECESSION, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY & SELF-OWNERSHIP, GENUINE COMMUNITIES

POWER: Men having Power too often misapplied it; that though we made Slaves of the Negroes, and the Turks made Slaves of the Christians, I believed that Liberty was the natural Right of all Men equally. - John Woolman - Roy Halliday, Quotations with an Attitude, online. –  POLITICIANS, SLAVERY, TERRITORIALISM INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, INCLUDING THOSE NOT YET DECLARED BY ANY TERRITORIAL GOVERNMENT

POWER: Men of power have not time to read; yet men who do not read are unfit for power.” – Michael Foot, Debts of Honour. – Even those who have managed to read much are unfit for power over others than themselves and their own voluntary followers. – JZ, 28.3.08. - TERRITORIALISM, LEADERSHIP, VOLUNTARISM, IGNORANCE & PREJUDICES IN TERRITORIAL STATE POWER

POWER: Men rise from one ambition to another – first they seek to secure themselves from attack, and then they attack others.” - Machiavelli - Not all people are ambitions and power-hungry - although still too many are. That would be relatively harmless only if they were confined to voluntary victims and exterritorial autonomy. – JZ, 10.3.09. - POWER MONGERS; POLITICIANS, LEADERS, PROPHETS PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM

POWER: Millions entertain no other idea of the legality of power, than that it is founded on the exercise of power. They voluntarily fastened their chains, by adopting the pusillanimous opinion ‘that there will be too much danger in attempting a remedy’.” – John Dickinson, delegate to the Constitutional Convention from Pennsylvania, 1768, quoted by Willis E. Stone, May 75, in one of his Liberty Amendment Committee letters. - Libertarians and anarchists have still not come to agree upon a genuine and workable liberation program that would do justice to all the diverse groups of mankind. I have not even found sufficient hints of interest and readiness to collaborate in the compilation of such a platform or blueprint. - Most of their movements still resemble territorial political parties with their inherent faction fighting, which can only be avoided by the adoption of full exterritorial autonomy for all kinds of societies and communities of volunteers. - JZ, 9.2.11. - CONSENT OF THE VICTIMS, FEAR OF FREEDOM, IGNORANCE OF FREEDOM, PREJUDICES, STATISM, LACK OF LIBERATION PROGRAM, PERSONAL LAW, VOLUNTARISM VS. TERRITORIALISM, MONOPOLISM, STATISM, GOVERNMENTALISM

POWER: Money is power only when the government is up for sale.” – Mark Tier, 2/75. – Towards the end of a fast and far inflation even that power tends to disappear. Then even the forced and exclusive currency of a government will be widely refused, even by its policemen and soldiers and only relatively sound or quite sound alternative currencies would be useful for bribes. – JZ, 8.3.08. – Monetary freedom would spread another kind of “power”, namely the freedom to issue and accept, rate and refuse, sound alternative means of payment and sound alternative value standards – and to refuse or discount unsound or suspected ones, increasing one’s ability to earn and to pay with alternative sound means of payment, using alternative value standards, that one finds acceptable and useful for oneself. – JZ 22.4. 08, 9.2.11. -  CORRUPTION

POWER: More power than any good man should want, and more power than any other kind of man ought to have.” - Senator Daniel O. Hastings, remark in the Senate on the power to be given President Franklin D. Roosevelt by the proposed work-relief program, March 23, 1935. Hastings said the bill as passed by the House was remarkable in two ways. "First, the huge amount involved, it being probably the largest appropriation ever made by any legislative body. Second, the amount was not only shocking to the average American citizen, but what was more alarming was the fact that its expenditure was left entirely in the discretion of the Executive." - Congressional Record, vol.79, p.4353. - His platform, too, should have been confined to its voluntary victims. But this alternative was not part of the public debate. It was not even considered by most of his enemies. If they had considered it, then a coalition of all movements satisfied with exterritorial autonomy and conceding it to all other peaceful people, could soon have become politically more influential than FDR's all too ignorant, prejudiced, thoughtless and power-hungry territorial statism. The first successful experiments among volunteers in abolishing involuntary unemployment, bankruptcies and international trade difficulties and greatly reducing or even abolishing compulsory taxation or tax slavery, would have attracted the attention of millions, just like moths tend to fly towards the light. But there was no one else able to offer or to get sufficiently published or accepted genuine solutions that were contrary to most of the numerous popular errors, myths and prejudices tied to territorialism and upholding it. The encyclopedia to refute all these errors etc. has still not been produced. - An ideas archive for positive ideas and talents still does not exist. There is not even a comprehensive online listing of all libertarian projects requiring further participants. - Many of the still required enlightenment projects and methods are still not fully seen, used and systematically tackled far less realized already. - JZ, 9.2.11, 8.1.14. - BUDGET, TAXATION, EXECUTIVE POWER, REPRESENTATION, TERRITORIALISM, STATISM, BUREACRACY, PARLIAMENTARISM, POLITICIANS, VOTING

POWER: More power to the federal government? Abolition of the States and of Local governments? – The Federal government, like any other government, should have less power, not more! – JZ, 74. – The most important point is: All presently territorial governments should become reduced to rule over their own volunteers only, which could be realized via individual and group secessionism, personal law and full exterritorial autonomy for all communities of volunteers. Nothing less would serve to satisfy almost all people, excepting only the incurably intolerant and aggressive ones. – JZ, 21.3.08, 8.1.14. – STATE SOCIALISM, STATISM, CENTRALIZATION, UNIFORMITY VS. SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARISM, PERSONAL LAW, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY FOR ALTERNATIVE SYSTEMS

POWER: Moreover, the exercise of government power is relatively inflexible, in the sense that it allows for a comparatively small number of alternatives, thus requiring substantial uniformity. By contrast, the ‘consumer plebiscite” of the market – to use Ludwig von Mises’ phrase – allows wide variations of choice.” – Daniel Carl Peterson, THE FREEMAN, 3/77. – Alas, Mises did not want to apply this choice e.g. to full monetary freedom, including free choice of value standards and alternatives to gold coins and gold certificates, and to other exchange media than gold coins and gold certificates, moreover, not to whole political, economic and social systems that differ from those he preferred for himself. – JZ, 21.3.08. – He did not stand up for all forms of secessionism and all individual rights and liberties in every sphere, not only the rights of free market relationships in the economic sphere, which have to be extended, like “laissez-faire” into the political and social spheres as well, to achieve there the same kind of almost automatic successes among volunteers. Limited governments are by far not limited enough – when they are not confined to their volunteers but territorially imposed. – JZ, 8.1.14. - MISES, THE LIMITED NOTIONS OF LIMITED BUT STILL TERRITORIAL GOVERNMENTS, INDIVIDUAL CHOICE VS. TERRITORIALLY IMPOSED UNIFORMITY, VOLUNTARISM, PERSONAL LAW, COMPETING GOVERNANCE, SECESSIONISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, FULL MONETARY FREEDOM

POWER: Mr. Jefferson said that if a centralization of power were ever effected at Washington, the United States would have the most corrupt government on earth." - Albert Jay Nock, Anarchist's Progress - Possibly, it has become the most corrupt government on earth - but it is still not the most despotic one, apart from its nuclear power. - JZ, 9.2.11. - CENTRALIZATION, WASHINGTON & CORRUPTION, TERRITORIALISM, USA GOVERNMENT

POWER: Much of the force of government power reaches the individual today indirectly by way of his employer and the other business and financial institutions with which he is involved.” – C.B. Carson, THE FREEMAN, 8/78. – Thus, for instance, the businessmen are blamed for inflation instead of the government, with its money issue monopoly, its forced and exclusive currency. – The employers as well as all shopkeepers and shopping centers are even forced to act as a tax gathering agents for the government. – Taxes and the government's inflated or deflated currency reach the victims of territorial governments rather directly, even if somewhat hidden in consumer prices. Governments are also unable to hide all of their published laws and regulations, unless one considers the fact that there are so many of them than no one can possibly read all of them during his life-span. The compulsory tax declaration for individuals amounts also to unpaid slave labor. If one delegates this job then one has to pay an accountant highly for this chore. How many different government actions do reach their victims directly, e.g. the passport requirements and other compulsory licensing? If you are still free to act in one sphere, do it very soon - for tomorrow it may be illegal, as one saying has it. A list of all the actions that are wrongfully prohibited for us would be very long. A list of those actions, which are not yet prohibited, controlled or regulated should be kept secret, among freedom lovers - because it might give our "representatives" some more wrong ideas. - JZ, 21.3.08, 9.2.11. - TERRITORIALISM

POWER: Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power.” – Bertrand Russell, The Springs of Human Action, Atlantic Monthly, January 1952. – Quoted in George Seldes, The Great Quotations. - IDEALISM, HATRED, TERRITORIALISM, POWER ADDICTION, STATISM AS THE PREDOMINANT & WRONGFUL RELIGION

POWER: My opinion is that power should always be distrusted, in whatever hands it is placed.” – Sir William Jones, Letter to Lord Althorpe, 5.10.1782. - Quoted in C. Bingham, Men & Affairs, p.252. - That does also and especially apply to nuclear power. – JZ, 7.3.08. – It does not apply to power over the own and self-chosen affairs only. – JZ, 12.4.08. - It does apply to every territorial power. - JZ, 9.2.11. - TRUST, DISTRUST, POLITICIANS, LEADERSHIP, REPRESENTATIVES, STATISM, TERRITORIALISM

POWER: Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.” - Abraham Lincoln – That is far too dangerous a test when it is done territorially, for a whole population. For this Lincoln was himself one of the best examples. Confine all leadership to volunteers only and exterritorial autonomy. Then they can’t do too much harm and those who are harmed do then largely deserve it. – JZ, 7.8.08. – To give anyone power over other men, who are not criminals or aggressors, is rather risky. Should whole countries and their populations be sacrificed to the testing urges of psychologists? – Compare the mess that resulted when Lincoln was given power. – JZ, 8.8.08 – LINCOLN & CIVIL WAR IN THE USA, PANARCHISM OR POLYARCHISM VS. TERRITORIALISM, VOLUNTARISM VS. COMPULSION, SECESSIONISM VS. COMPUSORY “UNITY”

POWER: Neither is it any answer … to say that the particular individuals holding this power can be changed once in two or six years; for the power of each set of men is absolute during the term for which they hold it; and when they can hold it no longer, they are succeeded only by men whose power will be equally absolute and irresponsible.” – Lysander Spooner, No Treason, VI/23 in Works, I. – DEMOCRACY, VOTING, ELECTIONS, POLITICIANS, TERRITORIALISM

POWER: Never advocate any more power for your best friend than you would willingly see wielded by your worst enemy.” – Edmund A. Opitz – Quoted in THE FREE MAN’S ALMANACH for Nov.16. - Compare: “Never concede to a friend any more power over the lives of others than you would to your worst enemy!” Leonard E. Read, Meditations on Freedom, p.27. – Never trust more power to a friend than to an enemy. – Leonard E. Read, Talking to Myself, p.VII. - I do not know who of these two friends expressed this thought first. – Not that this really matters. - JZ, 8.3.08. - TERRITORIALISM, VOLUNTARISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM RATHER THAN POWER OVER DISSENTERS

POWER: Next to permanency in office, nothing can contribute more to the independence of the judges than a fixed provision for their support. The remark made in relation to the President is equally applicable here. In the general course of human nature a power over a man’s subsistence amounts to a power over his will. – Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist, No.79. – (Quoted in Seldes: The Great Quotations. - Well, have the judges appointed and paid fixed salaries by the State become independent in their judgments from the policies of the State or was this, too, merely a utopian wish or delusion on public servants? – JZ, 9.3.08. - QUESTIONS, WILL, DEPENDENCE, LIVELIHOOD, JUDGES, COURTS, SUPREME COURT

POWER: Nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim, which can ever preserve the liberties of any people. – John Adams in  – Territorialism and its suppression of individual sovereignty and individual secessionism still persists and all genuine individual rights and liberties have not yet been sufficiently published together, nor have ideal militias for their protection been established. – JZ, 27.3.12. – INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM & SOVEREIGNTY, DECLARATION OF ALL INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, A MILITIA FOR THEIR PROTECTION, VOLUNTARISM, TOLERANCE,  FREEDOM OF CONTRACT & ASSOCIATION, LAISSEZ FAIRE & EXPERIMENTATION, FREE MARKETS, FREE ENTERPRISE, CONSUMER SOVEREIGNTY & COMPETITON IN EVERY SPHERE

POWER: no body of persons is to be clothed with power exceeding those of the individual; …” - Auberon Herbert, in the Mack edition, p.159. – Except when this is done with the freely given consent of every individual subjected to it, excluding only criminals with victims and other aggressors. – JZ, 22.3.08. – ASSOCIATIONISM, VOLUNTARISM, PERSONAL LAW, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY & SECESSIONISM, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM

POWER: No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the sources of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed, and love of power.” – P. J. O'Rourke (1992) – Are there already sufficient tests for power addiction? Isn’t candidacy for any political office under territorialism already proof enough? – Perhaps only advocates of all individual rights, including individual secessionism, voluntary taxation, free migration, ideal militias and monetary freedom should run for office – and then apply these only among like-minded volunteers, i.e. resign as territorialists and go on only as voluntaryists. I for one prefer the direct and well-publicized roads to liberties and rights. Territorial political power struggles remain, largely, a waste of funds, time and energy. – However, favoring governments- and societies-in exile against foreign despots would also be an indirect way to get rid of the territorialism of the own democratic and somewhat limited governments. – The same is true for the supply of a rightful and rational resistance and revolution program to all existing freedom fighters in other countries and a military insurrection program to the armed forces of any dictatorship or tyranny. – That would be preferable to any violent revolution against any still somewhat democratic or republican government. - Full liberty only for those, who love all of it, limited liberty only for limited liberty lovers, statism, all kinds, for all statists, tolerance for all tolerant systems. Consistent voluntarism could find allies everywhere. - JZ, 8.1.14. - ADDICTION, DRUGS, STATISM, TERRITORIALISM, IGNORANCE, PREJUDICES, STUPIDITY, GREED, GOVERNMENTS IN EXILE, DECLARATION OR RIGHTFUL WAR- & PEACE AIMS, LIBERATION PROGRAMS FOR FOREIGN FREEDOM FIGHTERS, MILITARY INSURRECTION PROGRAMS FOR ARMED FORCES OF DICTATORSHIPS & TYRANTS, REVOLUTIONS WHERE THEY ARE NEEDED MOST, MUCH MORE SO THAN AGAINST THE OWN TERRITORIAL GOVERNMENT, WHICH IS NOT YET AN OPTEN DICTATORSHIP, TYRANNY OR TOTALITARIAN REGIME, OPEN ARMS POLICIES TOWARDS REFUGEES, DESERTERS, ASYLULM SEEKERS & “ECONOMIC” MIGRANTS, OFFERING THEM ALL INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES RATHER THAN WELFARE STATISM AT THE EXPENSE OF THE NATIVES

POWER: No extraordinary power should be lodged in any one individual.” - Thomas Paine, 1809. - No power over peaceful and self-supporting individuals and minorities or majorities should be lodged in any individual or group - except by those who voluntarily submit, for the time being, to such individuals or groups. - JZ, 13.10.02. - Full individual sovereignty or consumer sovereignty towards all governmental or public service enterprises should be lodged with every individual. That, naturally, precludes any territorial or other power over other individuals without their full and free consent. - JZ, 26.11.02. – Individual sovereignty and individual secessionism, combined with voluntary associationism into panarchies, would lodge extraordinary power with individuals, even the power to engage in one-man-revolutions of the own affairs. This kind of extraordinary power should be lodged in every peaceful adult who is rational and moral enough for it. – JZ, 10.3.09. – POWER, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY & SECESSIONISM, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, CONSUMER & ENTERPRISE SOVEREIGNTY IN EVERY SPHERE,  PERSONAL LAW SOCIETIES FOR VOLUNTEERS, ALTERNATIVE INSTITUTIONS, PARALLEL SOCIETIES

POWER: No government has ever combined so passionate a lust for power with such incurable impotence in its exercise.” – Sir Winston Churchill, 1874-1965. – Andrews Quotes. - The degrees impotence and mutual frustration of all territorial governments have, possibly, not yet been listed and described as inherent in territorial power. Can they ever achieve more than temporarily satisfy their volunteers and thus, usually, only by wronging and harming many of their involuntary victims? - JZ, 9.2.11. – TERRITORIALISM, STATISM, GOVERNMENTALISM, THEIR IMPOTENCE IN SPITE OF ENORMOUS & WRONGFUL POWERS

POWER: No man is wise enough, nor good enough, to be trusted with unlimited powers.” – Caleb C. Colton, or Charles Caleb Colton, Lacon, 1825, 1.522. Quoted in THE FREE MAN’S ALMANACH. Also in LEONARD E. READ: Having My Way, p.148 and in his The Love of Liberty, p.3. – WISDOM, GOODNESS, VIRTUE, CHARACTER, DICTATORSHIP, TERRITORIALISM, TRUST, LEADERSHIP, RULERS

POWER: No one with power over others.” – Supposedly Marxist platform slogan, quoted by Dagobert D. Runes, Treasury of Thought, p.39/40. Were there really Marxists who opposed the dictatorship of the proletariat and central banking? – What did they go on calling themselves Marxists? - JZ, 8.1.14.

POWER: No power any more to any territorial government – except what their voluntary members and subjects are willing to grant them over themselves – and, provided, that these powers are not an obvious threat to their neighbors, e.g. through stockpiles of nuclear mass murder “weapons”. – JZ, 74 & 8.3.08, 8.1.14. – PANARCHISM, TERRITORIALISM, NWT

POWER: No power for anybody. – JZ, 27.1.77. - No territorial power for anybody. – But exterritorial power over the own affairs – to everybody! - 21.3.08.

POWER: No power for me! I am dangerous!“ – Sponti Spezial, Eichborn Verlag.

POWER: No power should endure, lest it corrupt.” – Andrew M. Greeley, The Final Planet, p.71.

POWER: No power strikes – but strikes against political power and trade union power – by giving notice to both, resigning from the territorial State as well as the monopolistic and coercive trade unions. – JZ, 2/75, 21.3.08. – STRIKES, UNIONS, POWER UTILITIES

POWER: No power to anybody.” – Erich Muehsam, quoted in MITTEILUNGEN DER MACKAY GESELLSCHAFT, 7/77. – Not even power over the own affairs? – JZ, 7.3.08. – No territorial power to anyone! – JZ, 8.1.14.

POWER: No power to the Federal Government! – JZ, 74. – No territorial monopoly power to the Federal Government. It, too, should be confined to power over its own volunteers, all those, who volunteered for it, individually, and only as long as they do. – JZ, 21.3.08.

POWER: Nobody can be trusted with ALL the power.” – Ben Bova, editorial in ANALOG, Oct. 72. - Except over himself. – JZ, 18.4.92. - Least of all with any territorial power. – JZ, 28.3.08.  – INDIVICUAL SOVEREIGNTY, SELF-OWNERSHIP, VOLUNTARISM, FREEDOM OF CONTRACT, ASSOCIATION, SECESSIONISM, EXPERIMENTATION, ENTERPRISE, LAISSEZ FAIRE – IN EVERY SPHERE

POWER: Nobody can be trusted with unlimited power. The more power a regime has, the more likely people will be killed. This is a major reason for promoting freedom.” – Rudolph Rummel – The killing may even be done unintentionally and with the best intentions, e.g. by upholding a very powerful FDA, which delays the release of life-saving drugs. – JZ, 10.3.09. – Or by compulsory x-rays or vaccinations, or fluoridation of water supplies, patents for life-saving medicines, copyrights for freedom, peace and justice promoting ideas, all with the best intentions. – JZ, 8.1.14. - VS. LIBERTIES & THE RIGHT TO LIFE, GOVERNMENT, POLITICIANS, FREEDOM, LEADERSHIP & TRUST, DECISION-MAKING, WAR, MASS MURDERS & FREEDOM


POWER: Non-Resistants would under no circumstances hold office, fight a war, or give any kind of support to any man who employed force for the defense of life, liberty, property, or religion. In short, the New England Non-Resistance Society, of which there were less than 200 members (*), was committed to a totally nonviolent rejection of formal government on the grounds that political power and war so intertwined that it is not possible to have one without the other. In this they anticipated the finds of modern political scientists who recognize thatPower is linked with war, and a society wishing to limited war’s ravages can find no other way than by limiting the scope of Power.” (28) – Reichert, Partisans of Freedom. A Study in American Anarchism, p.47. - (28) Bertrand de Jouvenel, ON POWER, Boston, 1962, p.143. - (*) That figure does somewhat indicate how unrealistic such a program is in the eyes of most people. – As if the defensive use of force would be quite the same as the aggressive use of force. - JZ, 22.3.08. – Would such people long survive in any city – if they clearly indicated their stand to all muggers, robbers, rapists and murderers as well? – JZ, 8.1.13. - TOTAL NON-VIOLENCE EVEN AGAINST AGRESSORS & VIOLENT CRIMINALS? NO SELF-DEENCE RIGHTS?

POWER: Nor can the desire for power be reduced sufficiently by education and exhortation. As Montesquieu said, ‘… constant experience shows us that every man invested with power is apt to abuse it, and to carry his authority as far as it will go. …’.” - Walter Lippmann, The Public Philosophy, A Mentor Book, 1955, p.121. - Territorial power should no longer be up for grabs – but totally abolished! – JZ, 11.9.08. - Voluntary victims of non-territorial leadership do still have to learn their lessons. We should not prevent them from learning them, except for offering good advice. - JZ, 9.2.11. – POLITICIANS, BUREAUCRATS, OFFICIE HOLDERS, PUBLIC SERVANTS, CIVIL SERVICE PEOPLE, OFFICIALS, AUTHORITARIANISM, STATISM, TERRITORIALISM

POWER: Not by revolution or protest but by autonomy, the old slogan becomes a surprising fact: POWER TO THE PEOPLE. One by one by one.” - Ferguson, The Aquarian Conspiracy, p.263. - Panarchism aims to realize the dropping-out option as well as quite free associationism in every sphere. - JZ, 20.9.04. – POWER, TERRITORIAL POWER OR EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY FOR VOLUNTEERS – PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, PEOPLE, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARY STATE OR SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP

POWER: Not the powerful are guilty but power is. – JZ, 10.3.83. – After reading Ulrich von Beckerath’s letter to Mr. Traeger, 27.4.54. – Rather: The territorial institutionalization and legalization of power over others than volunteers. – JZ, 22.4.08. – The granting of territorial power and the acceptance of such power are wrongful acts. Otherwise political power can no more be guilty and responsible than e.g. electric or chemical power is. – I have to keep on correcting myself. Then I might finally get somewhere. Unless others do me this favor. - JZ, 18.3.09, 9.2.11.

POWER: Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come.” – Victor Hugo. – Panarchism or polyarchism has at least the potential to become such an idea. – JZ, 22.3.08.

POWER: Now those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth, and let me remind you they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyranny. – Barry Goldwater  – in  – TYRANNY, GOOD INTENTIONS, DO-GOODERS WITH THE GUNS, IDEALISTIC TERRORISTS, TERRITORIALISM, IDEOLOGUES, FORCE, TOTALITARIANISM, FUNDAMENTALISM, SYSTEM MONGERS, COERCION, VIOLENCE, INTOLERANCE, STATISM

POWER: Now, political power is in exact ration to the amount of money at the disposal of the politician. This is so because the programs he institutes all involve restraints on the people and must be enforced; they are not self-enforcing. And the enforcement agencies, the bureaucracy, must be paid.” – Frank Chodorov, Out of Step, p.61. – Within panarchies of like-minded volunteers not much enforcement would be needed. Their decisions, at least fundamental points, would tend to be unanimous. If they are able and willing to spend much money then it would merely be purchasing power in the realization of their own ideals among themselves, not wrongful power over outsiders. Their militia-force to defend their genuine rights and liberties could be self-financed by its members. The more they are ready to defend only genuine rights and liberties, the less enemies they would have, the more secret allies, the less they would have to fight and spend for defence. - Their taxation of contribution scheme would be essentially voluntary, through their voluntary membership. - JZ, 9.2.11. - TAXATION, POLITICIANS, COERCION, COMPULSION, ENFORCEMENT, TERRITORIALISM

POWER: Occupants of public offices love power and are prone to abuse it." - George Washington, Farewell Address. – He should have known almost all about this, from his personal experience. – JZ, 5.1.08. - Like Lincoln, later, Washington, too, had great flaws. The worst was their territorialism. - Not to speak about the other US presidents. - POWER ADDICTS, OFFICE HOLDERS, POWER ABUSES, AT ALL LEVELS, FROM THE PRESIDENT TO THE LOWEST REPRESENTATIVE OR BUREAUCRAT, TERRITORIALISM

POWER: Oh, the conceit of those in power and the delusions of those subjected to them and correspondingly powerless.” – JZ, 11.12.04, 23.10.07. - & STATISM, TERRITORIALISM

POWER: On February 26, 1970, Richard Nixon, as head of what was then the strongest nation in the world, set out to abolish a single federal agency. “Too often in the past,” he said, “’sacred cows’ that have outlived their usefulness … have been perpetuated because of the influence of small interest groups.” He announced his resolve to exterminate not anything as formidable as the Federal Trade Commission or the Small Business Administration but only the seventy-three-year-old “Board of Tea Tasters”. (Later it turned out he had the name wrong; he had meant the Board of Tea Experts, established by the Tea Importation Act of 1897.) Less than three months later he backed down. His secretary of Health, Education and Welfare reappointed the Board of Tea Experts and restored its money.” - Richard Cornuelle, Healing America, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, 1983, p.109. – Inserting a “sunset clause” into all laws and regulations, limiting their validity to 20 and 10 years, would have been more effective. But not as good and right as people, even individuals and small groups, becoming free to secede from territorial governments and all their bureaucracies. – JZ, 1.9.08, 8.1.14. - PRESIDENTS, BUREAUCRACY, SUNSET LAWS, DEREGULATION, SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARISM, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, PERSONAL LAW, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY FOR ALL PEACEFUL DISSENTERS

POWER: On the bragging of children: The will to power is hidden everywhere.” - Christian Morgenstern, Stufen, 1918, S.165, written years before. - Let us confine it, among adults, to voluntary victims. - JZ, 9.2.11. - ADDICTION

POWER: One fell back upon power because one could not find out what is just.” – Pascal, “Gedanken”, in Dietrich edition, S.258, tr. by JZ (“Darum ist man auf die Macht verfallen, da man das Gerechte nicht finden konnte.”) Did the territorial power addicts even look for it? – JZ, 14.4.08, 9.2.11. – JUSTICE, FREEDOM, ALL INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES VS. TERRITORIALISM, STATISM, DECISION-MAKING MONOPOLIES

POWER: one of the most important themes of anarchism is that all relations based on power are imperfect.” – Peter Marshall, Demanding the Impossible, p.647. – But this does not mean that one should not distinguish between power based upon individual consent from that which is territorially imposed upon all inhabitants, especially when dissent can also be freely expressed via individual and group secessionism and competition from exterritorially autonomous communities of volunteers, not only hierarchically owned and run or cooperatively managed private enterprises. – JZ, 18.2.08, 9.2.11. – ANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, PERSONAL LAW, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY & SECESSIONISM VS. STATISM, TERRITORIALISM & THEIR COMPULSION, COERCION & WRONGFUL USE OF FORCE

POWER: One tended to believe power could overcome any barrier … including one’s own ignorance.” - Frank Herbert, Dune Messiah, Berkley Medallion Book, 1969, p.140. – Think of the image of King Canute, trying to whip the waves into submission. – As some interpreted it: Perhaps he merely wanted to give his subject a lesson on how limited human power actually is. – JZ, n.d. - DELUSIONS OF POWER, IGNORANCE OF THE POWERFUL, SUPERIORITY COMPLEX, GOD COMPLEX

POWER: One thing, however, is plain. No further powers should be allowed to municipalities to take property compulsorily of any kind or for any purpose, or to compel any citizen to consume either its gas or its water or any other product against their will, or to raise any kind of rate compulsorily. The services it renders must be voluntarily rendered and voluntarily accepted. We shall gradually find our way out of the tangle, in which we are at present, by steadily insisting that (with the one exception) no body of persons is to be clothed with powers exceeding those of the individual.” - Auberon Herbert, in the Mack edition, p.159. - Or granted by every individual member, as a voluntary member. - JZ, 9.2.11. - LOCAL GOVERNMENT, MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT, COMPETITION, COMPULSION, PUBLIC SERVICES

POWER: One would think that the horrible examples of Mussolini, Hitler, Mossadegh, Peron, etc., would give pause to our own advocates of more and more executive power. … It is the only illusion that “it can’t happen here”. – Henry Hazlitt, On Freedom and Free Enterprise – The Road to Totalitarianism. - Should it rather end with e.g.: It is only an illusion to believe that “it can’t happen here”? – There are also many other illusions involved. - JZ, 21.2.08. - TERRITORIALISM, STATISM,  DESPOTISM, PREJUDICES

POWER: only by delegating responsibilities can any social organization be innovative, resist rot and, as is today demanded, figure its way out of the disasters caused directly by the inevitable miscalculations and misperceptions of central power. Central power is preoccupied, in every known instance, with the preservation of privilege and not with innovation and creativity, things that inevitably challenge accreted and self-serving, noncreative authority.” – Karl Hess, Dear America, p.235. – One exception would be a genuine ideas archive, one for the whole world. Naturally, for preservation purposes it should be duplicated in several locations, which becomes easier and cheaper all the time, e.g. with digital media with ever increasing capacity and “life”-spans. If there were, initially, only single electronic ideas archive and it would be destroyed then it could, probably, be largely reconstructed from downloads and printouts. But it could be easily and cheaply enough duplicated in different locations. – Decentralization can also go too far: E.g. not every individual could be an effective issuer of local currency but at most only of his own cheques or clearing certificates or clearing accounts. When each educational or cultural association in a city advocates its events separately, then publicity for it is expensive and inefficient. A central calendar of such events is needed for every city, much more so than for theatre and movie performances, concerts, sports events, radio and TV programs and art exhibitions, which are already well enough covered by the mass meda. Now such a calendar could be locally offered, quite cheaply, digitally and it could also offer for sale electronic records of past events of this kind. One of the many free market opportunities that libertarians have not yet sufficiently used for their purposes, although it would be an important and educational free market institution. – There is also some value in large central libraries. However, with current HD options comprehensive special libraries could already be offered very cheaply on a single HD and could thus be duplicated and decentralized down to private reference libraries of individuals, containing millions of titles – sized like a single large book. – Officeworks, in THE DAILY TELEGRAPH,  Friday, Feb. 29, 08, p. 20, advertised a Western Digital 1 TB External Hard Drive for just A $ 299. (*) – It would have room for at least 3 million digitized and zipped freedom books or their page equivalent, if that many pages were ever written on this and related subjects. - JZ, 22.3.08. – Remember the old saw: “Knowledge is power!” – At least it means influence over the own affairs and numerous self-help options. – JZ, 22.4.08. – (*) I recently bought a Maxtor Basic model, 500 GBs., for only A$ 99. – JZ, 18.3.09. - By now the 2 TB ones are down to ca. $ 99! (Samsung 2 TB Desktop HD, at Harvey Normans, a few days ago. It had offered even a 16 GB Lexar USB key for only $ 19. - I came too late for them.) (Harvey Norman offered a Seagate ‘Expansion’ 2TBs external HDD a few days ago for $ 89. – What will be their price in 5 to 10 years, in further inflated money? – JZ, 8.1.14.) - Where are the libertarians willing to fill such "shelves" with all libertarian writings? - Would such a disc, which could be endlessly duplicated, not be more valuable to mankind than all the parliaments combined? - No single territorial government could know and appreciate as much freedom knowledge and would be able to spread it and to realize it, even with its huge tribute revenue. The only positive thing that it could do, instead, would be to resign or abdicate, as, obviously, being too ignorant and impotent. - From then on it should all be up to volunteers, doing their own things for or to themselves, with as much knowledge as the do want to acquire and realize among themselves. - JZ, 9.2.11. - DELEGATION, DECENTRALIZATION, CENTRALIZATION, TERRITORIALISM, IDEAS ARCHIVE, ELECTRONIC LIBRARIES, SELF-HELP, KNOWLEDGE, IGNORANCE, REPRESENTATION


POWER: Only freaks and madmen want power over others. Rational and moral people want only power over their own affairs. – JZ, 5.2.92, 28.3.08. – LEADERSHIP, TERRITORIALISM, VOLUNTARISM, PERSONAL LAWS, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, PANARCHISM

POWER: Only now and then in history can we find a person who had power and who did not become drunk with it. Lorenzo the Magnificent inherited the headship of Florence. But he was not a ruler in the authoritarian sense. Like the chief executive officer of a well-managed company, he accorded everyone a wide latitude of choice; he gave them their heads, so to speak … there was an outburst of creative energy and the Florentines led the Renaissance.” – Leonard E. Read, Elements of Libertarian Leadership, p.86/98. - LEADERSHIP, CHOICE

POWER: only those who despise power altogether can be steadfast friends of liberty.” – Benjamin R. Tucker, quoted in Reichert, Partisans of Freedom. A Study in American Anarchism, p.165.

POWER: Organized legal territorial power is not only a greater threat than arbitrary power, which is, usually, limited and temporary only, but it amounts to the largest, most long lasting and altogether the worst arbitrary power under the mantle or camouflage of legitimacy and popular approval. - Its central banking, taxation and nuclear "strength" powers are good examples for this. - How many tyrannies, totalitarian regimes and dictatorships have been overthrown during the last century? But the territorial and wrongful but, supposedly, "free" governments and "their" "peoples" and powers have persisted, based upon public ignorance, prejudices or apathy or even approval. One of the worst instance that I remember was that of people in Pakistan dancing in the streets when their government, too, had acquired nuclear anti-people mass murder devices. - I never saw or heard or read about e.g. a popular march, demonstration of protest against Legal Tender and the government's money issue monopoly. - Much against these wrongs is now online - but remains unread by most of the population. - JZ, 9.2.11, 8.1.14.

POWER: Organized madness is the greatest power in the world.” – Gerhard Hauptmann. - (“Der organisierte Wahnsinn ist die groesste Macht in der Welt.”) – Reason, rights, knowledge and liberties, sound ideas, programs, platforms, have not yet been sufficiently assembled, organized and made readily accessible to all. – JZ, 22.4.08. – If they were, then optimally informed reason, morality and ideal militia forces for the protection of individual rights and liberties could become the greatest powers on Earth. – So far territorialism gives even madmen too many chances to abuse great powers. Totalitarian territorialism has not yet encountered the potential power of exterritorially autonomous panarchies of volunteers and their kind of protection and defence forces, weapons and methods. – JZ, 18.3.09, 9.2.11. - IDEOLOGIES, TRUE BELIEVERS, FANATICS, FUNDAMENTALISTS, INTOLERANCE, NUCLEAR STRENGTH POLICIES, TERRITORIALISM, IDEAS ARCHIVE, LIBERTARIAN DIGITAL LIBRARY, ABSTRACTS, REVIEWS, NEW DRAFT

POWER: Our lives are more and more determined by forces which overwhelm the individual.” – Robert Redford, in film: The Candidate. – HELPLESSNESS OR POWERLESSNESS OF INDIVIDUALS, TERRITORIALISM

POWER: Panarchism means: Power addiction only among power addicts and freedom “addiction” only among freedom addicts. The power-addiction is then self-limiting, while the freedom-addiction will then automatically expand to all capable of it. – JZ, 27.1.05. – PANARCHISM, ADDICTION TO POWER OR TO FREEDOM

POWER: Panarchist, polyarchic and personal power, aterritorially (exterritorially) quite autonomous, together with like-minded volunteers, rather than power for the politics of parties, politicians, parliaments and “the” people or, territorial politics as usual, with all its inbuilt disasters and costs. – JZ, 29.12.04. - PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, META-UTOPIA, VOLUNTARISM, CONSUMER & ENTERPRISE SOVEREIGNTY, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, LAISSEZ FAIRE, FREE MAREKTS, FREEDOM OF CONTRACT & ASSOCIATION IN EVERY SPHERE INSTEAD OF TERRITORIAL POLITICS

POWER: People always think that each exchange of power is the last that will ever take place.” – C. M. Kornbluth, The Syndic, p.35. – That would much less apply to the panarchies of like-minded volunteers than it does to territorial States. The territorial States could be compared to monopolistic religious hierarchies or one-party States or coercively "united" and maintained uniform societies or communities, composed to a large extent of involuntary victims. – Panarchies would change constantly, individual by individual but in balance rather fast, unless all their volunteers are fully satisfied with their achievements so far. - They would have no causes for wars, revolutions, civil wars, freedom fighting, resistance, terrorism or "nuclear strength". Nor would they offer targets for such "weapons", funds or motives. - JZ, 8.3.08, 9.2.11. - VOTING, DEMOCRACY, NWT, WAR, ARMS RACES

POWER: People possessed by the power urge are the most dangerous animals or mentally defectives – but they are not considered as such and thus do not get treated as such. – Obedience to them by their territorial subjects is also a kind of madness. -JZ, 13.7.93, 18.2.08, 9.2.11. - POWER ADDICTION, POWER MADNESS, MANIACS, LEADERSHIP, RULERS, PRIME MINISTERS, CHANCELLORS, PREMIERS, PRESIDENTS, MINISTERS, POLITICIANS, STATISM, TERRITORIALISM VS. VOLUNTARISM, PERSONAL LAW, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM

POWER: people who have come to realize that their lives are threatened by the toleration of delinquents in office.” – Page 100 of: PUBLIC OPINION, GOVERNMENTS, AGGRESSION & WORLD-GOVERNMENT: Public social sense which transcends frontiers is a fact, and it persists, but it has so far failed to restrain local (*) governments from aggressive actions. Who is to repress the world authority when it, too, falls into the wrong hands? – Alex Comfort, “Authority and Delinquency. A study in the psychology of power”, 1950, 1970, p.85 this book, largely on the delinquency of authority. – Alas, it was kept out of print and off the Web for all too long. – (*) national, territorial – JZ, 15.5.06. - There should no longer be any territorial offices for any delinquents or despots or tyrants or other power addicts to occupy. - JZ, 9.2.11, 8.1.14. - CRIMINALS IN OFFICES, POLITICIANS, GOVERNMENTS, BUREAUCRATS, TERRITORIALISM & ITS LEADERSHIP

POWER: Perhaps the power to run the lives of other people tops the list of things a majority believe to be worth looking at. Rare, indeed, are the moments when these individuals are capable of seeing the futility of their way.” – Leonard E. Read, THE FREEMAN, 7/74. – True, indeed, under territorialism and within the limits of territorialist “thinking”. Rarer, indeed, are the moments and people who see that any supposedly ideal system can be optimally applied only among volunteers and that, moreover, for this purpose, all communities and societies of volunteers should be exterritorially autonomous under their own kind of personal laws. With that kind of option conceded to them, they would largely concentrate on minding their own business, as well as they can, thus making their own affairs, their own system, as successful as they can be, and becoming, thereby, influential upon other communities and societies of volunteers, without any compulsion or political campaigning, just letting their facts, their achievements, speak for themselves. Whenever they do fail, even under these most favorable conditions, whom could they blame except themselves and their own ideas, opinions and systems? – JZ, – PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, PERSONAL LAWS

POWER: Persistence for all popular platitudes and their derived powers and institutions – but always only for all those still believing in them. - JZ, n.d. - POPULAR PREJUDICES, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, PERSONAL LAW, VOLUNTARISM


POWER: place men at the mercy of a centralized bureaucracy directed by an ideologically committed elite who see the country ‘as a carte blanche on which they may scribble what the please’, and you will end up, according to Burke, with a society fit only for slaves and tyrants.” – Robert Moss, in “In Defence of Freedom”, ed. by K. W. Watkins. – One should not forget about the extensive black market activities that exist even in totalitarian States and in spite of the harshest penalties for them. – JZ, 29.3.08. – LEADERSHIP, STATISM, GOVERNMENTALISM, POWER ADDICTS IN CHARGE, TERRITORIALISM, CENTRALIZATION

POWER: Political corruption: One result of the all-powerful government and centralized power.” – Allan C. Brownfeld, article title in THE FREEMAN, 11/73.

POWER: Political liberty is nothing else but the diffusion of power. – Lord Hailsham – in  – Territorially it cannot be sufficiently diffused but exterritorially it can be. – JZ, 30.3.12. - PERSONAL LAW, DECENTRALIZATION, OR DIFFUSION OF POWER, VOLUNTARISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, PANARCHISM OR POLYARCHISM, META-UTOPIA V.S. CENTRALIZED, COERCIVE & COLLECTIVIST STATISM OR TERRITORIALISM,

POWER: Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” – Mao Zedong (1938). (Mao Tze Tung) - Panarchies, as a rule, would not need guns to maintain their kind of self-governments of voluntary members only. Once all the territorial governments had been replaced by panarchies, they would not have to be afraid and would not have to defend themselves against the other panarchies, as a rule. The few totalitarians and fundamentalists remaining or developing again would tend to become gradually vanishing sectarians and criminal exceptions, much easier to cope with than are present-day unofficial and official criminals, especially when one considers competitive police forces having to earn their living and when an ideal militia of volunteers for the protection of individual rights has been established everywhere. - JZ, 22. 11. 06, 9.3.09. – How easily, if at all, could wrongful power grow under panarchism? – I cannot imagine it. For centuries no religion, business, profession has peacefully grown to become a threat to all others without any legalized monopoly. - JZ, 12.3.09, 9.2.11. - & TERRITORIALISM, GUNS FOR OFFICIAL GOONS & CRIMINAL GANGS, Q.

POWER: political power is born and thrives on taxation.” – Frank Chodorov, Fugitive Essays, p.280. - Compulsory taxation depends upon territorialism. - JZ, 9.2.11. – Guns, military organization, central banking and legislation do also play an all too large role. – Single factor or bi-polar thinking is all too common and ignores too many facts. - JZ, 18.6.13. - TAXATION

POWER: Political power is the power to oppress others.” – Lin Pao, Chinese revolutionary leader. - Territorial power that is, not that established by volunteers among themselves. – JZ, 29.3.08.

POWER: Political scientists almost everywhere have promoted the expansion of government power. They have functioned as the clergy of oppression.” - Rudolph Rummel. – This is almost inevitable as long as territorialism is widely believed to be the only option. – JZ, 23.1.08. – It is merely the bad, wrongful and irrational half of politics, which ignores or suppresses the good half, the voluntary, personal law and exterritorial autonomy half of political science. – JZ, 8.1.14 - & POLITICAL “SCIENTISTS”, ALMOST ALL TERRITORIALISTS & IGNORING OR HELPING TO SUPPRESS ITS RIGHTFUL OPPOSITE

POWER: Politicians seem oblivious to change. They understand neither globalization nor the triumph of the individual. (*) – It has to do with the deployment of power and that is shifting from the state to the individual. From vertical to horizontal. From hierarchy to networking. - Politics is less and less important in people’s lives as they get more and more control over their lives. – Power is flowing in all directions – unpredictable, in little, chaotic, certainly messy – not well-ordered hierarchical, top-down arrangements. – In post-representative democracy, people represent themselves and ultimately everyone becomes a politician.” - John Naisbitt, Global Paradox, p.51. – But only under individual sovereignty, individual secessionism and in voluntary communities of like-minded people, agreeing, as long as they can or want to, upon their own common and personal law and institutions. – JZ, 31.7.03, 8.1.14. - (*) Alas, it hasn’t happened as yet! – JZ, 16.9.07, 8.1.14. - HIERARCHIES & NETWORKING, INDIVIDUALISM, STATE, POLITICIANS & CHANGE, TERRITORIALISM, REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY, POLYARCHY, PANARCHISM, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM

POWER: Politics is becoming obsolete. Its swollen importance in the public consciousness is based on the myth of the effectiveness of power. It is certainly true that people of all sorts are just now seeking political power more feverishly than ever. But I suspect this may be due to a subliminal suspicion that political power may soon have little value.” – Cornuelle, Demanaging America, p.143. - I do not share the hypothesis he expresses in his last sentence here. - JZ, 9.2.11.

POWER: Popular “people” power is the territorial power of other voters, of politicians and bureaucrats power over yourself. It is directed against your individual rights, liberties and opportunities and those of all other peaceful and productive people, just to please the territorial power addicts and always under the pretence of it being for your own good. You are not their child or their property. They do not know any better. They do not have any real solutions to offer. But with still more of your money, extorted from you, these territorial power addicts do continuously increase the problems they have already created for you, doing it quite legally, constitutionally and juridically. Examine the individual and group secessionist alternatives and those of exterritorially autonomous communities of volunteers and, finally, gain the decisive vote, that for your own kind of voluntary and exterritorially autonomous community. To each his own. – Until then you are, essentially, disfranchised under the delusion that you have “the” right to vote. - JZ, 29.12.04. - DEMOCRACY VS. INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, TERRITORIALISM, PEOPLE AS PROPERTY, STATISM

POWER: Power – but for power addicts only! – JZ, n.d. - And only over their voluntary followers and their own affairs. – JZ, 9.4.08.

POWER: Power – the worst crime. – JZ, 26.9.99. – Territorial political power, that is! – JZ, 14.2.08. – The worst opportunity and authority to commit major crimes against masses of people. - JZ, 18.3.09. – TERRITORIALISM, STATISM

POWER: Power addicts are the worst addicts. – JZ, 10.2.77. – Those addicted to power over others are the worst addicts. Those addicted to power only over themselves are the best addicts. – JZ, 17.11.78. – I suppose some internal, natural and biological “drugs” are involved and give their "highs". Are they already known? And do they differ for these two types of addiction? – JZ, 7.3.08, 9.2.11. - ADDICTION, DRUGS, QUESTIONS.

POWER: Power always acts destructively, for its possessors are ever striving to lace all phenomena of social life into a corset of their laws to fit (*) them a definite shape. Its mental expression is dead dogma; its physical manifestation of life, brute force. This lack of intelligence in its endeavors leaves its imprint likewise on the persons of its representatives, gradually making them inferior and brutal, even though they were originally excellently endowed. Nothing dulls the mind and the soul of man as does the eternal monotony of routine, and power is essentially routine.” – Rudolf Rocker, Nationalism and Culture. (*) There was a typo here. I choose “fit” as the most likely term. – “give” might be another. – If it is already online, then the correct wording in the original could be easily found. - JZ - I should not be or remain the only one making corrections of this collection of quotes and notes. - JZ, 9.2.11.

POWER: Power and domination, the evils of mankind.” – Mitteilungen der Mackay-Gesellschaft, Nr.5, Feb. 76. - Full power over the own affairs only would bring the solutions to most of the remaining man-made problems. - JZ, 9.2.11.

POWER: power and irresponsibility have always tended to be synonymous; …” - Stanton A. Coblentz, The Long Road to Humanity, p.441. - Especially under territorialism. Exterritorial autonomy for volunteers means optimally organized responsibility for them. - JZ, 9.2.11. – SELF-RESPONSIBILITY, SELF-GOVERNANCE, SELF-DETERMINATION, PERSONAL LAW, FREELY CHOSEN BY INDIVIDUALS FOR THEMSELVES, VOLUNTARISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY & SECESSIONISM

POWER: Power and stupidity are forever wedded together.” – Auberon Herbert, A Plea for Voluntaryism, essay nine in the Mack edition, p.319. – Until, in this sphere, for the largely involuntary “marriages” between rulers and their subjects, divorce is also introduced, and made quite easy, not only by mutual consent, or through a legal battle in a court, but upon demand and mere public declaration by one of the partners only. All too many legalized “rapes” are to be replaced by free love and free contract relationships in this sphere, too. – Power, ignorance, prejudices and stupidity, are officially wedded to each other, especially if combined with lack of interest in sound and workable principles, theories, ideas and projects. - JZ, 22.3.08, 24.4.08, 9.2.11, 8.1.14. – PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM

POWER: Power attracts and corrupts the corruptible. It does not attract and thus does not corrupt the incorruptible, i.e. men who would rather rule themselves only, together with other and like-minded volunteers, than dominate dissenters (criminals with victims and other aggressors excepted). – JZ, 4.12.04, 22.10.07. & CORRUPTION

POWER: Power attracts the corruptible. Suspect all who seek it. – Frank Herbert, Chapterhouse Dune, p.151. – Compare also, ibid, p.359: “Power attracts the corruptible. Absolute power attracts the absolutely corruptible.” - Better still: Do away with all territorial powers, all powers over others than volunteers. – JZ, 23.3.08. – INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARISM, PANARCHISM


POWER: Power buries those who wield it.The Talmud, Yoma, 866, quoted in Seldes, The Great Quotations. – Not fast enough for my liking! – JZ, 18.3.09. - Self-management power, consistent voluntarism under full self-responsibility, is naturally quite different from territorial power over involuntary victims. - 9.2.11. – Alas, it buries them, mostly, only after they have exploited and even killed all too many of their involuntary subjects and also for all too many years. That ultimately they do die themselves or are overthrown is little consolation and does not undo their many wrongs.  The Talmud would be right only if all those, who usurp territorial sovereignty, were instantly put to death by the free men, as one of the constitutions of the French Revolution ordered to be done, in article 27 of that of 1793 or 1794, I believe. See under TYRANNICIDE. – JZ, 16.1.13. – A corresponding remark on Revolutions was: The revolution eats its children. – However, this, too, applies only to territorialist revolutions. Exterritorialist or voluntary revolutions allow each spleen and each truth to be peacefully practised – among their advocates. – JZ, 18.6.13. – TERRITORIALISM, VOLUNTARISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, RIGHTFUL & LIBERATING REVOLUTONS BRING PERSONAL LAW OPTIONS TO VOLUNTEERS

POWER: Power by definition means the ability to force someone to do that which he would not do of his own free will and it is precisely this that is not justifiable. It is this element of force, of coercion, that triggers all the resentment and counterirritants and desires for vengeance – in short, all the evil. Previous power, a legacy of countless acts of power, has made the present oppressor or aggressor what he is; and more power can only add to the evil ingredients of the existing situation. The only reply to power and its evil consequences is not counter-power, which is simply more power, but anti-power, which is the opposite of power, namely, courageous, unyielding powerlessness, or love.” – Ronald Sampson, Power, the Enshrined Heresy, p.3/4. - This “Gordic Knot” can be cut, probably, only through the “sword” of voluntarism, in the form of individual and group secessionism on the basis of exterritorial autonomy and personal law for communities of volunteers. And yet this alternative is still only rarely discussed as an alternative, and, to my knowledge, never at summit conferences, where territorialism is still taken for granted, as it once was for religions. Only territorial monopoly power will have to be “sacrificed”. Love is not required for this (excepting only rational self-love, self-appreciation, self-esteem and self-respect or selfishness and self-ownership) but justice and knowledge of and respect for individual human rights and liberties are. – JZ, 21.3.08. – PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY & SECESSIONISM, PERSONAL LAW, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, LAISSEZ FAIRE OPTIONS FOR ALL

POWER: Power can only be resisted by power …” John C. Calhoun, A Disquisition on Government, C. G. Post edition, p.11. – How difficult and often bloody and destructive resistance to territorial power by other territorial powers is, has been all too often demonstrated by wars, civil wars and revolutions, with all their fighting factions also striving for exclusive territorial power. Another kind of power is required to effectively resist and abolish territorial power, namely the right, liberty and power to secede from all territorial and other power structures and the right, liberty and the power of individuals to associate with other volunteers under full exterritorial autonomy in any of numerous kinds of structures that please these volunteers, and to live under their own rules and institutions, not tied to any territory, and without infringing the rights and liberties of outsiders. With this is meant, obviously, not only merely the already existing associational freedom to establish or join different sports or music clubs etc., of which millions already exist and from which one can also peacefully secede and which do peacefully coexist. The same kind of power to disassociate and to associate must become established, for individuals and minorities in the political, economic and social spheres as well, which were so far monopolized, preempted and abused by territorial governments, even those with the best intentions and some democratic or republican voting practices. – JZ 1.10.07. - & RESISTANCE, TERRITORIALISM, SECESSIONISM, PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY FOR COMPETING COMMUNITIES & SOCIETIES, ALL WITHOUT A TERRITORIAL MONOPOLY CLAIM

POWER: Power can’t be lastingly virtuous and just. – JZ, 4.6.92. - Territorial power can't, exterritorial power over the own affairs can be virtuous and just. How could I have over looked that, even temporarily? - Or I meant only territorial power but failed to make that clear enough. - JZ, 9.2.11.

POWER: Power corrupts even the intellect.” – Herbert Read. – Every territorial power finds many apologists and propagandists. – JZ, 21.4.89, 9.2.11. – If only individual rights and liberties had as many! – JZ, 9.4.08.

POWER: Power corrupts the few, while weakness corrupts the many.” – Eric Hoffer.

POWER: Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely, the powerful as well as the powerless: Nuclear power is the best instance. - JZ, n.d.

POWER: Power corrupts, but lack of power corrupts absolutely.” – Adlai Stevenson. - CORRUPTION

POWER: Power corrupts, that’s the basic law of politics. Maybe the only law.” – Kim Stanley Robinson, Blue Mars, p.162. – It applies much more so to territorial hierarchies than to the hierarchies that some volunteers may permit among themselves, as long as they can stand them or think them to be beneficial. – JZ, 11.9.07. - & CORRUPTION, PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM

POWER: Power creeps always from the many to the few, because the few are more alert and consistent.” – Johnson. (Which Johnson? – JZ – My tr. from: “Die Macht stiehlt sich immer von den Vielen weg zu den Wenigen, weil die Wenigen wachsamer sind und konsequenter.“) – What would happen under exterritorial autonomy and voluntarism when the dissatisfied can make differen choices? Will they always decide upon more power over others for themselves and more taxes for themselves or, rather, tend to join and stay in communities, which do concentrate on doing only their own things among themselves and do impose less burdens upon them. I think that most people see and recognize as well as use bargains for themselves and when it comes to relatively large spending and obligations for themselves, then they will do some bargain shopping, quite systematically, just like they tend to do when looking for e.g. another car or house or another partner to live with. Great profits are made by those, who really satisfy their consumers, listeners, readers or spectators, according to their own and often odd preferences, e.g. for horror movies or books. – JZ, 23.2.08.

POWER: Power dements even more than it corrupts, lowering the guard of foresight and raising the haste of action.” – Will and Ariel Durant. - Power over the own affairs enlightens. - JZ, 9.2.11.

POWER: Power does seem to corrupt the judgment, much as alcohol corrupts judgment; … - Piers Anthony, Bio of a Space Tyrant, VOLUME 4, Executive, p.10, Grafton Books, U.K., 1988. - CORRUPTION, ALCOHOL & JUDGMENT

POWER: Power Doesn’t Just Attract Mean and Stupid People — It Makes Them That Way - - Brad Spangler and 3 other friends posted about a link. - Facebook, 3.7.12. – KEVIN CARSON: Hierarchy as sociopathy's Typhoid Mary.

POWER: Power dumbs down both, those who hold it over others and those who are deprived of it over their own affairs. – It also makes both more wrongfully demanding, regardless of their merit and service to others. - JZ, 19.11.93. - Correct for territorial power over others. Incorrect for panarchistic experimental freedom among volunteers. - JZ, 9.2.11. – WELFARE STATES, WELFARE “RIGHTS”, STATISM, TERRITORIALISM

POWER: Power enslaves. Absolute power enslaves absolutely.” – Contractual Mutual Defence League, paraphrasing Lord Acton, in reason, 6/73. - Absolute power over the own affairs could free individuals as much as they wish to be free. - JZ, 9.2.11.

POWER: power exercised otherwise than by consent, power that does not emanate from those for whose use it exists, is a usurpation, …” - Sieyès’ view, ascribed by Lord Action, Lectures on the French Revolution, ed. by Figgis & Laurence, MacMillan, 1932, p.160. Alas, S. had only territorial and collective consent in mind, not individual consent. – JZ, 1.10.07. – S. is also supposed to have drafted a human rights declaration – which I have not yet seen. – JZ, 11.3.09. - Can anyone supply me with it? - JZ, 9.2.11. My anthology of over 130 PRIVATE human rights drafts is online at  - WITHOUT CONSENT A USURPATION

POWER: Power feeds on its spoils, and dies when its victims refuse to be despoiled. They can’t persuade it to death; they can’t vote it to death; they can’t shout it to death; but they can always starve it to death.” – Benjamin R. Tucker, Instead of a Book, 1893. – TAX STRIKE, COMBINED WITH A MONETARY FREEDOM REVOLUTION & AN IDEAL MILITIA FOR THE PROTECTION OF ALL GENUINE INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES - With all of them finally & for the first time compiled in an ideal declaration, one still to be provided – provided only anyone is really interested in helping to compile it - I thought that I had made a start in this direction by my anthology of over 130 PRIVATE human rights drafts, in PEACE PLANS 589/590: - But, it appears, that almost no one is interested in such an effort. – I have also discussed “perfect” tax strikes and militias in my writings – but, nobody seems to be interested. - JZ, 28.3.08. - A really efficient tax strike seems to be so difficult that it may as yet have never occurred. It is one of many all too neglected topics among libertarians. - JZ, 9.2.11.

POWER: Power for the people means power for the (*) people who shout ‘Power for the people!’ - “In Defence of Freedom”, ed. by K. W. Watkins, p.164. – JOKES – (*) leaders of the – JZ, 29.3.08. – PEOPLE, LEADERSHIP

POWER: Power for the People?” - “It is the friends of the educational voucher, and of the market generally, who are in truth the friends of individual liberty and of individual choice as well as being protagonists of, in the most genuine sense, power for the people. Those who shout ‘Power for the people!’ in practice advance the power only of the leaders and directors of those who shout ‘Power for the people!’” – Anthony Flew, The Politics of Procrustes, Epilogue, p.186. - The territorialist myth of uniform or united people and nations brings power only to their territorial rulers. Panarchism would really bring self-governing powers to all kind of people: “ To each the government or non-governmental society of his or her own free choice.” – JZ, n.d. – RULERS, POLITICIANS, PRESIDENTS, “REPRESENTATIVES”, LEADERSHIP, TERRITORIALISM, STATISM

POWER: Power goes to the head - and empties it. - JZ, 11.11.02.

POWER: Power goes to the head and makes the head less powerful. – JZ, 10.11.02. – It has this in common with alcohol and other narcotic drugs. Perhaps some internally produced chemical or hormone is involved but hasn’t been discovered as yet. – JZ, 8.1.14.

POWER: Power gradually extirpates from the mind every humane and gentle virtue. Pity, benevolence, friendship, are things almost unknown in higher stations. - Edmund Burke, 1729-1797, A Vindication of Natural Society, 1756, p. 71. – This work is so radical that for 200 years, at least, it was widely held to be a mere satire. See e.g. the opinion of the Encyclopedia Britannica, 1958 on it, under Burke. - VS. VIRTUE, MORALITY, ETHICS, RESPONSIBILITY, FREEDOM, RIGHTS, DUTIES, OBLIGATIONS, TERRITORIALISM, NATURAL LAW, RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES

POWER: Power has now been extended from politicians and generals to hackers. All seem to be driven mainly by power-madness or power-addiction. – JZ, 16.2.08.

POWER: power has only caused famine, terror, disorder, suffering and confusion.” – Andre Maurois, Les Nouveaux Discours du Docteur O’Grady. - Not the power over one's own affairs. - JZ, 9.2.11.

POWER: Power in the hands of the State is less inhibited morally and more destructive physically than in society.” – Felix Morley, State and Society, in Templeton, The Politicization of Society, p.82. – STATE, SOCIETY, WARFARE STATE, DESPOTISM, TERRITORIALISM, PANARCHISM

POWER: Power in the meaning of power of a man over men is not only a dirty but an obscene word, for it describes an unnatural and dehumanizing state of affairs, a condition which deteriorates both, the power-holder and the subject. – JZ, 9/72, 20.3.08. – Territorialism and statism are kinds of sadism. – JZ, 8.1.14. – PEOPLE AS PROPERTY, SLAVERY, TAX SLAVERY, SERFDOM, MODERN FEUDALISM, TERRITORIALISM, STATISM, SADISM

POWER: Power intoxicates men. When a man is intoxicated by alcohol, he can recover, but when intoxicated by power, he seldom recovers.” – James F. Byrnes. – POLITICIANS, POWER ADDICTION

POWER: Power is (*) always used to acquire wealth.” – Rothbard, Conceived in Liberty, I, p.91. – (*) almost! – JZ – Robespierre acquired power – but did he acquire wealth as well? Are there many other such exceptions? – JZ, 9.4.08.

POWER: Power is a “fatal gift”. – If you mean to have and to hold power, you must do whatever is necessary for the having and holding of it. You may have doubts and hesitations and scruples, but power is the hardest of all taskmasters, and you must either lay these aside, when you once stand on that dangerous, dizzy height, or yield your place to others, and renounce your part in the great conflict. (*) And when power is won, don’t suppose that you are a free man, able to choose your path and do as you like. From the moment you possess power, you are but its slave, fast bound by its many tyrant necessities.” - Auberon Herbert, A Plea for Voluntaryism, in Mack edition, p.25. – Compare: “Any leash has two ends.” - (*) Territorialism, too, like Hyacinthe Dubreuil said, regarding the employer-employee relationship, is a kind of “organized antagonism”. It is, almost permanently, engaged in a kind of cold war or cold civil war, “class war” if you like, if not an armed clash with enemies inside and outside the territory, mainly just with other territorialists, who, everywhere, still constitute the vast majority, unaware of what that system does to them and makes them do. – JZ, 21.3.08.

POWER: Power is a drug capable of producing the most violent forms of despotism.” – C. R. Viola in EQUALITY, 7/68. – The same could be said on the ideology of egalitarianism. – JZ, 15.2.08.

POWER: Power is a kind of drug and addiction to it is worse than any other addiction. – JZ, 21.12.84.

POWER: Power is a means – the most evil and inefficient means – and only leads to more of it. – JZ, 12.10.76. - TERRITORIAL POWER AS OPPOSED TO THE POWER OF EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY FOR VOLUNTEERS.

POWER: Power is a poor substitute for reason.” – Ralph Courtney, 4/64. - Under the self-management power of full exterritorial autonomy the reasonable people can, finally, apply reason to their own affairs and avoid the unreasonable messes that other people are still engaged in. - JZ, 9.2.11. - REASON, JUSTICE, FREEDOM, PEACE, PROGRESS, PROSPERITY

POWER: Power is a vision that drives men mad.” – Jack Williamson & James E. Gunn, Star Bridge, p.130. - TERRITORIALISM & ITS POWER

POWER: Power is always insolent and despotic. - Noah Webster - Roy Halliday, Quotations with an Attitude, online.

POWER: Power is best defined through its opposite: The powerlessness of those ruled.” – Gerhard Uhlenbruck. – (JZ tr. of: “Macht wird durch ihre Gegenteil am besten definiert: Die Ohnmacht der Beherrschten.”) - Exterritorially autonomous volunteers would be powerful regarding their own affairs. - JZ, 9.2.11. – POWERLESSNESS, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES & A MILITIA FOR THEIR PROTECTION

POWER: Power is chiefly a mechanism for the discharge of aggression.” – Alex Comfort, Authority and Delinquency, p.113. - Under free choice of exterritorial autonomy for volunteers most people could and would demonstrate their natural peacefulness. The suppression of crimes and aggression could and would then also be competitively supplied. - The incidence of crime and aggression would be greatly diminished, as I tried to demonstrate in an article back in PEACE PLANS 15 and in my two libertarian peace books. (*) - JZ, 9.2.11. – (*) Online at  - CRIMES WITH VICTIMS, AGGRESSION, TERRITORIALISM, PEACE, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY & SECESSIONISM, PERSONAL LAW, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY VS. AGGRESSION, WAR, CIVIL WAR, VIOLENT REVOLUTIONS, DICTATORSHIPS

POWER: Power is ever stealing from the many to the few.” - Wendell Phillips. – It also allows the majority voters to steal from various minority groups. – JZ, 10.3.09. - TERRITORIALISM, TAXATION, POVERTY, THEFT, WAR AGAINST POVERTY, PRIVILEGES, DEMOCRACY, VOTING, TAXATION

POWER: Power is everywhere impotent in the face of … problems.” - Roy Childs, Liberty Against Power. - Power to determine, exterritorially, with other and like-minded people, the own affairs, in the own free experiments, at the own risk and expense, would rapidly unearth or develop real solution and help to spread them fast by voluntary acceptance of them. - JZ, 9.2.11.

POWER: Power is gradually stealing away from the many to the few, because the few are more vigilant and consistent.” – Samuel Johnston, The Adventurer. Quoted in Seldes: The Great Quotations. - Progressive taxation does the opposite. - JZ, 9.2.11. - TERRITORIALISM, LOBIES, SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS, LEGISLATIVE POWER UNDER TERRITORIALISM

POWER: Power is impotence.” – Charles de Gaulle. – Yes, with regard to creativity, positive reforms, changing human nature, changing the nature of territorialism, establishing peace, security, freedom and prosperity, maximizing technical, scientific and moral progress etc. But it can produce wars, totalitarianism, despotism, poverty, mass murders and mass murder devices, wars, violent revolutions, civil wars, terrorism, inflations, mass unemployment. – JZ, 21.4.89, 22.2.08, 8.1.14. - So why did he strive for it and try to maintain it for himself? I wish it were generally true, but, alas, power is, negatively, all too potent and only positively all too impotent. – JZ, 22.2.08.

POWER: Power is in many respects powerless, especially when confronted by natural laws. – JZ, 3.8.91. – Or by men and women who know and appreciate all their individual rights and liberties and to make the fullest possible use of them to liberate themselves. – JZ, 28.3.08.

POWER: Power is more addictive than heroin." - savedbygrace – DRUGS, HEROIN

POWER: Power is necessarily used for the benefit of those who have it and for the disadvantage of those who do not have it. It is not possible to apply it without harming one side and favouring the other.” – A Bellagarrigue, Anarchy Is Order, in LIBERTY XIII, 1897, S.3 or: Oberlaender, Anarchism, Manifeste, S.87.

POWER: Power is never stable when it is boundless.” – Tacitus, History, II, c.100.

POWER: Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes a revolution in order to establish a dictatorship.” – George Orwell, 1984. – This does almost always apply to revolutions that have only a new territorial establishment as their aim, with their own party on top. – JZ, 21.3.08. - Usually a territorialist revolution for a territorial dictatorship. If exterritorial autonomy were already an option for individuals and groups, which they could freely choose for themselves, then no one would need to engage in a revolution. Under such a condition any dictatorship would be very limited because its victims could opt out. – JZ, 23.2.08, 8.1.14. – POLITICIANS, STATES, DICTATORSHIPS, REVOLUTIONS, TERRITORIALISM, MEANS & ENDS

POWER: power is not anymore a means to achieve a useful end, but rather a means to subjugate people and impose on them a condition of incontestable and permanent servitude. Humanity is in fact in such a state of servitude at present and has, for all practical purposes, accepted this as a foregone arrangement that is endorsed by all civilized societies. Such an attitude of tacit submission, on the part of men, to the seemingly legal misapplication of power is tantamount to inviting oppression or encouraging it.” - Kevork Ajemian, The Fallacy of Modern Politics, Books International, PO Box 6096, McLean, Virginia 22106, 1986, Tel. (703) 821-8900, p.198. – Alas, he does not demand individual and group secessions from this monster, as basic rights and means to control them, when combined with the right to establish all kinds of peacefully competing communities of like-minded volunteers, all only exterritorially autonomous and thus with no power over dissenters. – JZ, 7.10.07. - & THE TERRITORIAL STATE. STATISM

POWER: power is nothing but a convention maintained by those who want to be dominated. – Hans Habe, Aftermath, p. 243. - I could only wish that every territorial rule would be reduced to just that, a.s.a.p. – Alas, it is territorially imposed upon all those, who either do not want to be dominated by the current power-holders, or not in their present territorial ways or even not at all. – Such distinctions are so important that they cannot be repeated too much – until they are, finally, widely enough comprehended and applied. - JZ, 22.3.08. - The seemingly obvious is all too often and for all too long overlooked by all too many. - JZ, 9.2.11. – TERRITORIALISM, STATISM, DOMINATION, DISSENTERS, SECESSIONISM, PERSONAL LAW

POWER: Power is of its nature evil, whoever wields it. It is not a stability but a lust.” - Jacob Burckhardt, quoted in C. Bingham, Men and Affairs, p.253. - He, too, could, obviously, not imagine that some people might lust only after power over their own affairs, not over the affairs of others. The former they might come to really enjoy, as civilized and enlightened people, who would consider power over others only as an unjustified and unbearable burden for themselves. - JZ, 9.2.11.

POWER: power is one of the chief factors in greater and greater disasters.” – Jack Robinson, in FREEDOM, U.K., vol. 39, No.11, p.3. – Territorial power, that is. Most anarchists and libertarians have not yet clearly recognized that, although it belongs to the dictionary definitions of States. – JZ, 22.3.08.

POWER: power is one of the worst, the most fatal and demoralizing of all gifts you can place in the hands of men.” – Auberon Herbert, A Plea for Voluntaryism, essay nine in the Mack edition, p.319. - TERRITORIALISM

POWER: Power is poison. – Fénelon - Power is poison. Its effect on Presidents has been always tragic.” – Henry Brook Adams, 1838-1918m 1907, in “The Education of Henry Adams”. – Tragic much more for their subjects than for them! – JZ, 18.3.09. - PRESIDENTS, RULERS, PRIME MINISTERS, PREMIERS, CHANCELLORS, TERRITORIALISM, LEADERSHIP, POLITICIANS, REPRESENTATIVES

POWER: Power is power, whether sanctioned by divine rights or authorized by the popular will. Power is not liberty; liberty operates in another dimension and has other requirements. …” - Edmund Opitz, THE FREEMAN, 12/75. - Territorial power over involuntary victims is very different from wanted power- or leadership-positions among like-minded volunteers. How can anyone overlook such a difference? Vive la difference! - JZ, 9.2.11.

POWER: Power is precarious.” – Herodotus, Histories, III, c. 430 B.C. – The power of full exterritorial autonomy for volunteers has, instead, the potential to lead to a lasting peace, sufficient tolerance, harmony, progress, enlightenment and prosperity. Nevertheless, only few people have so far seriously considered this alternative to territorial power, even when faced by the threat of a nuclear general holocaust. Is man really a thinking or thoughtful animal? – JZ, 28.3.08. - NWT

POWER: Power is safe in nobody’s hands, not even those of a ‘saint’ or of a world police force.” – Robert Carnaghan, in FREEDOM REVIEW. – I hold that it would be safe enough if confined A) to the self-government or self-management arrangements of like-minded volunteers under full exterritorial autonomy and B) to the protection of genuine individual rights and liberties through an ideal militia of volunteers, sufficiently motivated, educated, trained, organized and armed for this purpose only and to the extent that these rights are claimed within communities of volunteers. Alas, the world has not yet seen such a force or a complete declaration of this kind. There was as yet not even an a wide-spread attempt to set up such a militia and to compile such a declaration. The proposed militia presupposes a complete declaration of all such rights and liberties and not even most freedom lovers have as yet shown a sufficient interest in providing it, between them, in a systematic effort - Compare the over 130 private drafts of this kind in PEACE PLANS 589/590, online in my anthology at – JZ, 9.3.08. - MILITIA, DECLARATION OF ALL INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, POLYARCHISM, COMPETING GOVERNANCE, PERSONAL LAW

POWER: Power is so far from being desirable in itself, that it sometimes ought to be refused, and sometimes to be resigned.” – Cicero, De Officiis, Bk. I, ch. 20, sec. 68. – Abdicated? Resigned from? – JZ. - TERRITORIAL POWER AS OPPOSED TO THE EXTERRITORIAL POWER AMONG VOLUNTEERS.

POWER: Power is sweet; it is a drug, the desire for which increases with habit.” – Bertrand Russell, Came the Revolution. – A Review of Crossman’s The God That Failed, in SATURDAY REVIEW, 1951 & in Saturday Review Reader, No.I, p.128. - Also in: George Seldes: The Great Quotations. - Power over the affairs of dissenting others should be distinguished from power over individually consenting volunteers. - JZ, 9.2.11. - TERRITORIALISM

POWER: Power is the enemy. … And since every party strives for power, every party is the enemy of the people.” - A. Bellagarrigue, Manifeste. – Political power, in the wrongful and harmful sense, exists, largely, only under territorialism, apart from private criminals with victims and other intolerant, fanatic and fundamentalist aggressors. – JZ, 21.3.08. – DEMOCRACIES, POLITICAL PARTIES, VOTING, PEOPLE, TERRITORIALISM, STATISM

POWER: Power is the great enemy of freedom.” – Henry C. Wallich. – Except power over oneself. – JZ, 4.4.89, 2.2.08. - I would rather say: territorial power. For the exterritorial autonomy option, once open to individuals and minorities, would give freedom lovers their greatest and immediate chance to demonstrate their beliefs and practise them among themselves, to their own advantage. – JZ, 26.12.07. – PANARCHISM VS. TERRITORIALISM

POWER: Power is the grim idol that the world adores.” – W. Hazlitt. – Or, quite rightly, fears! - Worst instance: nuclear “weapons”. – JZ, 9.3.08, 12.4.08. – NWT, TERRITORIALISM

POWER: Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.” – Henry Kissinger, quoted in GUARDIAN, 28.11.1976. – Is that the way how much of the territorial power-madness gets spread over many generations? – JZ, 28.3.08, 9.2.11. – With it the power-mad rape all of us. – JZ, 15.4.08.

POWER: Power kills; absolute power kills absolutely.” – Prof. R. J. Rummel, Death by Government, first sentence. - While territorial power is wrong, oppressive and deadly, power over the own affairs is right, liberating and peace-promoting. The same term should not be used for as different conditions. - JZ, 9.2.11. - POWER KILLS

POWER: Power largely prevents people from acting productively, creatively and self-responsibly. – JZ, 19.11.93. - TERRITORIALISM. - Exterritorial power over the own affairs and those of voluntary associates does the opposite. - JZ, 9.2.11. - EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, VOLUNTARISM, PERSONAL LAW, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, GENUINE SELF-GOVERNANCE & SELF-DETERMINATION, COMPETING GOVERNANCE, META-UTOPIA

POWER: Power lessens control. – JZ, 14.6.80. Power lessens rather than increases control. – Why? Because, as Rose Wilder Lane has, perhaps, first clearly pointed out, people are self-controlling entities. Any attempt to control them from the outside renders them less effective. Extreme case: Slaves. Only full control of an individual over his own affairs will maximize his own powers and his own effectiveness in dealing with the world around him. – JZ, 21.3.08. (In comment to Stephen Vizinczy, The Rules of Chaos, whose similar remark is quoted in DIAGONAL RELATIONSHIP No. 5, p. 17: “Power involves its lucky” (unlucky? – JZ) “possessors in ever-expanding situations over which they can exercise ever-decreasing control.” - TERRITORIALISM

POWER: Power makes stupid.” – Friedrich Nietzsche - TERRITORIALISM

POWER: Power may justly be compared to a great river; while kept within its bounds it is both beautiful and useful, but when it overflows its banks, it is then too impetuous to be stemmed; it bears down all before it, and brings destruction and desolation wherever it comes.” - Andrew Hamilton. - The only beneficial and benevolent power is the power over the own self. - JZ, 26.11.02. - It is already flooding as soon as it is imposed even upon a single dissenting and peaceful victim. - JZ, 9.2.11, 8.1.14. - TERRITORIALISM

POWER: Power must be kept small and strictly limited …” - Murray N. Rothbard in LAISSEZ FAIRE REVIEW, May-June 74. – I would add: “to the individual.” – JZ, 10/74. - Competing panarchies could be world-wide, each with its voluntary members only and peacefully coexisting, like many religions already do. - JZ, 9.2.11. - INDIVIDUALISM, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM

POWER: Power operates only destructively, bent always on forcing every manifestation of life into the straightjacket of its laws. Its intellectual form of oppression is dead dogma, its physical form brute force. And this unintelligence of its objectives sets its stamp on its supporters also and renders them stupid and brutal, even when they were originally endowed with the best of talents. One who is constantly striving to force everything into a mechanical order at last becomes a machine himself and loses all human feeling.” - Rudolf Rocker, Anarcho-Syndicalism, 1938. - Doesn’t that also apply to most of the anarcho-syndicalists? – JZ, 9.3.08. - TERRITORIALISM, AUTHORITARIAN ANARCHISM. - Self-management powers among volunteers only, without any territorial claims, are quite another matter. - JZ, 9.2.11.

POWER: Power over others is abolished or neutralized by all genuine individual rights and liberties finally becoming sufficiently known, appreciated and consistently applied and thus becoming might. – At least among volunteers and to the extent that they do want to apply them among themselves. - JZ, 21.11.82, 22.3.08. – DECLARATION OF ALL INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES & VOLUNTEEER MILITIAS FOR THEIR PROTECTION

POWER: Power over others seems to be desired mainly only by some of those, who have good reasons for lack of self-respect. – JZ, 31.3.99. Or they are foolish enough to imagine that they could rule the affairs of millions better than these millions could themselves. – JZ, 14.2.08. - POLITICIANS, TERRITORIALISM, SELF-ESTEEM, SELF-RESPECT, GOD COMPLEX, SUPERIORITY COMPLEX, STATISM, GOVERNMENTALISM, TERRITORIALISM

POWER: Power pollutes politics and polls. - JZ, 77. - It obviously pollutes election campaigns and voting: "The advance auction sale of stolen goods!" – VOTING, ELECTION CAMPAIGNS, TERRITORIALISM

POWER: Power relations involve double standards by nature – one standard for the powerful, another for the weak. Hence, if there has to be any power in a society it must be spread as widely as possible.” – Bob Dickens in review in ANARCHY 8 of Giovanni Baldelli’s Social Anarchism, Chicago, Aldine Atherton, 1971. - Power can be rightful only among volunteers who have, individually, chosen it for themselves. It cannot be rightfully imposed upon peaceful dissenters. - JZ, 9.2.11. - DOUBLE STANDARDS, RULERS & RULED, VICTIMIZERS & VICTIMS, STATISM, TERRITORIALISM

POWER: Power should shed its meaning related to the imposition of will, and assume the broader meaning of having to do with increasing man’s ability to control the consequences of choice.” – Silvert, Man’s Power, p.163. – Rather, to control his own affairs. Not “increasing” his “ability” to do so but giving him right away the fully free choice to do so. Naturally, many would make many mistakes at first. But that is their right, too. They would tend to live and learn, especially when they see successful examples by other secessionists around them. – However, some of them might want to drop out only from under one particular territorial law and institutions and otherwise continued with all the rest – perhaps only in their own panarchy or polyarchy. Whatever suits them is right for them, if practised at the own expense and risk. – JZ, 8.3.08, 9.2.11.

POWER: Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority: still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority.” - John E. E. Acton, Lord Acton, 1834-1902, letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton, April 5, 1887. - Acton, Essays on Freedom and Power, ed. Gertrude Himmelfarb, p.365. (Beacon Press, 1948.) 335/36 (1972). - Another version: Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men. … There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it. –Historical Essays and Studies, Appendix, Letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton. – Hyman, A Dictionary of Famous Quotations, p.9. – If this is true, then we should at least do away with all territorial powers. - Has Acton ever proposed to do that or has he described enough of the historical precedents, in which this was at least partly done already? - Underlining by me. - 26.11.06.– JZ – TERRITORIALISM, CORRUPTION, GREAT MEN, LEADERSHIP, RULERS, GOVERNMENTS, PRIME MINISTERS, PRESIDENTS, POLITICIANS

POWER: Power tends to isolate those who hold too much of it.” - Frank Herbert, Dune Messiah, Berkley Medaillon Book, 1969, p.102. – The bringers of bad news are still not popular with them. Formerly they used to be killed in anger! – Now those, who publish them (whistle-blowers) are often severely dealt with. – JZ, 12.3.09.

POWER: Power thrives on secrecy (*), market thrives on publicity.” – Orrin E. Klapp, Modes of Sociological Theory, p.182. - (*) Except for the terrorism, which it does, in some cases, practise quite openly! – JZ, 18.2.08. – The Soviets had the nerve to speak and write about their territorial integrity! – The Nazis kept their mass slaughters as secret as they could, even for their victims, up to their last moments. - JZ, 18.3.09. - SECRECY, PUBLICITY, MARKET, AIR RAIDS AGAINST CITIES, TOTALITARIANISM, TERRITORIALISM.

POWER: Power to all individuals and their voluntary associations, regarding all their own affairs, rather than any power to “the people” or the supposed “representatives” of “the people”, territorially defined. “People power” or “power to the people” can rightly and rationally only mean: Power to individuals over their own affairs, not power of anonymous voters over the affairs of dissenting individuals and groups. Pandering to “the people”, territorially defined and “politically represented” costs individuals and minorities their rights and liberties, to a very large extent and can, all too easily, lead to new dictatorships and tyrannies. – JZ, n.d. & 9.2.11. - PEOPLE, INDIVIDUALS & PANARCHISM

POWER: Power to eliminate the bureaucratic power of big government.” – Advertisement in OUTLOOK, Oct. 72. - Also power to individuals and their groups, societies and communities of volunteers to opt out from under the "protection", "aid" and imposed burdens of State and local territorial governments. - JZ, 9.2.11.

POWER: Power to no one, and to everyone; to each the power over his/her own life, and no other.” – Carol Ehrlich, in H.J. Ehrlich et al, Reinventing Anarchy, p.265.


POWER: Power to the Members! – Research Group One: Anarchism and Formal Organization, p.19. – If all members are volunteers then that, on its own, and over their own affairs only, is good enough. Then they do not have to organize themselves in accordance with e.g. democratic or egalitarian principles. Then, at least for their own internal affairs, they may follow e.g. their authoritarian ruler or guru and would thus wrong or harm at most themselves, as rational beings, just as if they were e.g. addicted to alcohol, tobacco or other drugs. There is no moral obligation for non-anarchists to live as anarchists. They do have the right to rule themselves, as they like, but have simply no right to territorially rule over anarchists or other dissenters. – JZ, 21.3.08., 18.3.09. – PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, PERSONAL LAW, VOLUNTARISM, SELF-OWNERSHIP, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY

POWER: Power to the people!” – YAF convention slogan. – Another YAF convention slogan: “Power to the people … Sock it to the State!” - Power only to voluntary groups among the people! Nowhere do all the people living in a territory constitute a single, uniform or unified voluntary society, community or a single “people”. They constitute merely a population, usually of great diversity. Should not all freedom, peace and justice lovers finally become aware of that? – The diverse groups in any population have often to mostly more in common with similar groups in other States that with their very neighbors who belong to other groups. – “The State” is also too much of a generalization. A State without a territorial monopoly and with voluntary members and subjects only, would not automatically be an enemy of non-members and could wrong and harm only its own members. – It would be as relatively harmless to outsiders as most churches and sects are, and most sports and hobby clubs. – Territorial powers should be distinguished from self-management powers of volunteers, doing their own things. - JZ, 8.3.08. – PANARCHISM VS. TERRITORIALISM

POWER: Power will intoxicate the best hearts, as wines the strongest heads. No man is wise enough, nor good enough, to be trusted with unlimited power.” – Caleb C. Colton. – Quoted by Leonard E. Read, The Path of Duty, p.112. – ADDICTION TO TERRITORIALISM, LEADERSHIP, CORRUPTION

POWER: Power without responsibility is tyranny.” - Jerry Pournelle, ANALOG, 3/74. - It can be responsible only among volunteers who do, largely, agree with each other. If they don't agree any longer, then they are free to secede, individually or in whole groups. - JZ, 9.2.11, 9.1.14. - TERRITORIALISM

POWER: Power-lust is a weed that grows only in the vacant lot of an empty mind.” - Ayn Rand. – And in the vast fields prepared for such “minds” through territorialism. – JZ, 23.1.08. - POWER-LUST, POWER-ADDICTION, MINDS, INTELLIGENCE, KNOWLEDGE, RATIONALITY, MORALITY, TERRITORIALISM, POLITICIANS, LEADERSHIP, NATIONALISM, PATRIOTISM, COERCIVE COLLECTIVISM

POWER: Power-politics is power-mad. – JZ, 14.1.05. – Addiction to power constitutes probably the most wrongful and harmful addiction of all. – JZ, 29.10.07. - & POWER-MADNESS & POLITICIANS

POWER: Power-worship blurs political judgment because it leads, almost unavoidably, to the belief that the present trends will continue. Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible.” – George Orwell, “Second Thoughts on James Burnham”, in Shooting an Elephant, 1950. – Compare the proverb: “The higher they rise, the deeper they fall.” – Only sometimes it takes too long for the fall to come, e.g. in case of Mao, Stalin and Castro. - All too powerful men should never be allowed to reach and die of old age. - JZ, 29.3.08. – The higher the misleaders climb, the more they show their behind - to the observers below them. – JZ, 9.1.14. - TYRANNICIDE. - PERSONALITY CULT, LEADERSHIP, HERO-WORSHIP, GREAT MEN

POWER: Power, like a desolating pestilence, withers all it touches; …” - Josiah Warren, Notebook of Josiah Warren, 1840, unpublished. – Has it been put online by now, by someone? – JZ, 22.3.08. – Searching with Google, today, for Josiah Warren, Notebook of Josiah Warren, 1840, online – I get 899,000 references. – At least parts I & 2 are offered by the Molinari Institute: Molinari Institute - Roderick T. Long -‎ – JZ, 18.6.13. - TERRITORIALISM

POWER: Power, like the diamond, dazzles the beholder, and also the wearer; it dignifies meanness; it magnifies littleness; to what is contemptible, it gives authority; to what is low, exaltation.” - Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832), The Lacon (1829). - Roy Halliday, Quotations with an Attitude, online. - One should distinguish between the monopolistic territorial power of modern States and the competitive authority of the leaders of volunteer communities, who, like businessmen, have to satisfy their voluntary members, investors and customers or lose them. - JZ, 13.10.02. - PANARCHISM, AUTHORITIES, SELF-MANAGEMENT POWER

POWER: Power, when exercised in education or religion, tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” – Leonard E. Read, Vision. Alas, power is still mixed up even with education in most countries and in religion still in too many countries. – JZ, 22.3.08, 18.3.09.

POWER: POWER: Power makes stupid.” – Friedrich Nietzsche. (*) – Quoted in Peter Marshall, Demanding the Impossible. - Only the essentially ignorant, prejudiced and stupid people, however clever they might otherwise be, try to become powerful. Hitler, for example, was clever on ways to attain power but stupid economically, politically, socially, militarily, ethically. Quite ignorant, stupid and prejudiced e.g. in his racism. But a good example of how, under territorialism even the worst types can get to the top.- JZ, 18.2.08. – (*) Power makes men stupid. - Tr. by JZ of: „Die Macht verdummt.“ – Nietzsche, Goetzen-Daemmerung. - STUPIDITY, IGNORANCE, LEADERSHIP, POWER ADDICTION

POWER: Power? You mean the chance to make laws and compel others to do what you want them to do? Why, good heavens, who in his right mind would want that?” – Frederik Pohl. – MADMEN, POLITICIANS, LEGISLATION, LAWS

POWER: Powerful people (with power over others) become misinformed, aggressive, immoral, careless to ruthless in their actions towards others, while powerless people (powerless over their own affairs) tend to become ignorant, apathetic and submissive. – JZ, 19.11.93, 15.2.08.

POWER: Powerlessness and the sense of powerlessness may be the environmental disease of the age.” – Russell Baker, “Observer”, THE NEW YORK TIMES, May 1, 1969. – Powerlessness of the many and excess power in the hands of a few. – JZ, 21.11.85. – But precisely that excess power has not enabled them to solve problems but only to make more problems for themselves and for their victims. - The powerlessness of all the civilian and military victims of territorial power is largely the result of trying to establish, enlarge or merely to maintain territorial power. – It has rendered even the seemingly powerful relatively powerless to do any good. As an old proverb has it: “Every leash has two ends.” Even the American President has no power over the bureaucracy and vested interest groups. As President Johnson once said, he has only nuclear power and that he can’t use. – Richard Cornuelle quotes this and other cases in “Healing America, What Can Be Done About the Continuing Economic Crisis.” - JZ, 29.3.08.

POWER: powers … will ever prove sufficient to aggrandize those who control it at the expense of the rest of the community.” - John C. Calhoun, A Disquisition on Government, C. G. Post edition, p.9. – But territorial government power is all the power that Calhoun discussed, the only power he knew. The power of self-selected experts is something quite different and much more manageable and refusable by its individual selectors, in the political, economic and social spheres as well, at least in our liberated future, under panarchism: To each the government or non-governmental system of his or her own free and individual choice. – JZ, 1.10.07, 10.2.11. - TERRITORIALISM

POWER: prevent power from arising. – Piers Anthony, Sos the Rope, (*) p.172. – Only power over others. We need more, even full power over our own lives. – JZ, 13.2.08, 10.2.11. - (*) Misprint or slang for “toss” the rope? – JZ - INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY FOR COMMUNITIES OF VOLUNTEERS, PERSONAL LAW

POWER: Return the power to the people.” – W. Allen Wallis, THE FREEMAN, August 74. – The “people” is too vague a concept and does assume, wrongly, that “the people”, meaning the whole population of a country, are really a united or uniform entity. Not even the majorities of a population do constitute such an entity. They have their factions. – Eliminate all territorial powers and transfer what remains to the diverse communities and societies of volunteers that would then form and develop quite naturally, under full exterritorial autonomy and personal law, guided or misguided, at least for a while, by their own ideologies, opinions, convictions of beliefs or other common characteristics. Perhaps starting with large international corporations but not confining this freedom option to them. – JZ, 8.3.08, 10.2.11. – The quoted remark also wrongly assumes that during historically recorded periods “the people” ever had all the power. – At least territorial power was probably known to man only for a fraction of his total development period. It was a very great step backwards from the personal law and largely voluntary membership in tribes, with little centralized powers, if any. Mostly it was, probably, the result of wars, conquest and subjugation. Territorial statism is still forced upon people not yet sufficiently informed, organized, armed and trained against it. At worst all too many have given it the "sanction of the victim", i.e., have all too thoughtlessly or apathetically accepted it or even helped to impose it upon the rest, under a variety of territorialist errors, prejudices and slogans, either by brute force, by legislation or merely with their “equal and free” votes on the affairs of others, while decision-making power on their own affairs is largely denied to them in all spheres over which territorial States claim a decision-making monopoly. – JZ, 18.3.09, 10.2.11, 8.4.13. - PANARCHISM, PEOPLE, SELF-GOVERNMENT, VOLUNTARISM, “THE” EQUAL & FREE VOTE, TERRITORIALISM & ITS DECISION-MAKING MONOPOLIES

POWER: Rights and liberties rather than power. – JZ, 21.3.08. – INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES VS. TERRITORIALISM

POWER: Roosevelt, with a vastly smaller bureaucracy (*), compared efforts to rouse or reform it to ‘pushing a feather bed’. Harry Truman said it was like pushing a wet noodle. Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, at a lower level, compared trying to make things work in government to sewing a button on a custard pie. …” - Richard Cornuelle, Healing America, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, 1983, p. 109/10. – (*) than Nixon's, N. was mentioned above this passage – Nevertheless, territorial power is not so inefficient that it could not do much wrong and harm! - JZ, 10.3.09. - PRESIDENTS, REFORMS, GOVERNMENTS, TERRITORIALISM, , RULERS, TERRITORIALISM

POWER: Seeing the opposite meanings and consequences of power there exists something like powerful (or influential in its helplessnes) powerlessness and a powerless power under territorialism. – JZ, n.d., & 9.3.08, 10.2.11. – The usual ignorance, popular errors, prejudices and false assumptions and conclusions, which they share with most of their voters, do not help them to prevent or end e.g. wars, inflations, economic crises and mass unemployment but, rather, to cause them and to prolong them by their “policies” and measures. – JZ, 9.1.14.

POWER: She couldn’t respect power when it created victims.” – Kevin O’Donnell Jr., Tears for Emily, in DESTINIES, Vol. 3/1.

POWER: Show me a person seeking power over his fellows and I’ll show you one who will abuse it.” – Joe Labadie – Individuals who can freely secede and join other communities of volunteers, peacefully existing in the same territory, cannot be extensively abused, except merely verbally, against their will. - JZ, 10.2.11. - TERRITORIALISM, VOLUNTARISM, SECESSIONISM, POLITICIANS, ABUSE, RULERS, CANDIDATES, ELECTIONS,

POWER: Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by the gradual and silent encroachment of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpation.” - James Madison, ISIL LIBERTY QUOTE LIBRARY 03. – As long as this is possible, largely through territorialism, no true civilization does as yet exist. – JZ, 10.1.08. - GRADUAL ENCROACHMENT

POWER: Slavery is slavery as long as the power of the State can be wielded against any people.” – Chuck Brookes, 9/72. – I suppose he meant innocent people and not aggressors or criminals with involuntary victims. – JZ, 9.1.14. - TERRITORIALISM

POWER: Small souls who seek power over others, first destroy the faith those others might have in themselves.” - Frank Herbert, God Emperor of Dune, p.389. - POLITICIANS, SELF-CONFIDENCE

POWER: So easily do weak men put in high positions turn to villains. – Dmitry Psarev in  - Dimitry? - CORRUPTION, ABUSE

POWER: So widespread is the practice of plunder that what were at one time devised as special grants of political power – and were more or less clearly recognized as such – are now claimed as the inalienable rights of the special class spawned by such privileges.” – NOTES FROM FEE, 7/78. - PRIVILEGES, PLUNDER, TAXATION, RIGHTS, RULERS, RULING CLASS, POLITICIANS, WELFARE STATE, WELFARE RIGHTS, TERRITORIALISM

POWER: So, what is in my power? It is in my power not to be taken in by catchwords and shibboleths invented by designing partisans; it is in my power to arrive at a just understanding by observation and reason; it is in my power to share my findings with anyone who cares to listen. All else not in my power I refuse to fret about.” – Leonard E. Read, Then Truth Will Out, p.43. - In other words, he did not bother to try to help develop a libertarian declaration of individual rights and liberties, a libertarian enlightenment-, revolution-, defence- and liberation-program and to think about alternative and freely competing societies and communities of volunteers, all peacefully coexisting in the same territory, instead of merely his preferred limited but still territorial government, simply because to realize them was not yet in his power. That amounts also to a kind of apathy and submissiveness. - JZ, 10.2.11.

POWER: social power decreases as political power increases.” – Frank Chodorov: The Income Tax, p.78. – Genuine societies and communities and their powers are exterritorial and merely those of volunteers over their own affairs. – JZ, 18.3.09, 10.2.11. - SOCIAL POWER & POLITICAL POWER, STATE VS. SOCIETY, TERRITORIALISM

POWER: Societies are free according as the people in them are free (*) would certainly be self-governed, political freedom being a very important freedom; but in a free society the people would cherish a self-denying ordinance under which they would never use their political power in such a fashion as to diminish the area of human freedom. (**) That is to say, in an ideally free society, the use of one’s political freedom would be highly restricted. That, of course, is the idea behind constitutionalism. (***) – W. F. Buckley, Up from Liberalism, p.123. - (*) That all of them are volunteers and do not meddle with the affairs of the members of other societies is quite enough, as a starting point and as a process to finally achieve more and more societies of ever more and greater individual liberties and rights – with individuals, gradually, person by person, making their own choices, independent of local or country-wide majorities and other minorities. Under that condition each individual can engage in one life span in one or even several one-person revolutions of the kind he or she likes, regarding all of the own affairs. - (**) Or that of other choices than freedom choices, that the members of other communities of volunteers have made, quite freely, for themselves, as long as they want to do so, individually. - (***) Alas, so far the constitutionalists have not included the exterritorial autonomy and personal law options for volunteers. They still try to construct and maintain their territorial utopias on the “earth-quake-prone”, wrongful, irrational and self-defeating foundation of territorial monopolism, centralization and coercion for dissenters. No wonder that they run into numerous political, including military, economic and social troubles. They do not permit free experimentation, freedom of contract and association, free enterprise, peaceful competition, fully free choice and consumer sovereignty in these spheres. - JZ, 21.3.08, 9.1.14. – PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, PERSONAL LAW, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, SELF-OWNERSHIP, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY & SECESSIONISM

POWER: Some imagine, especially believers in "social credit", that private banks have money- and credit-issuing powers and opportunities even now, under monetary despotism of central banking and more wrongful monetary legislation than anyone has time to read, study and comprehend. They overlook that in the absence of forced acceptance, forced value and any issue monopoly, the consumers of money do enjoy consumer sovereignty towards it as a product or service. They are free to refuse or to discount it and will in most cases only accept the best and most stable money offered, thus driving out the bad types. - History also teaches that most private and competitive mints were run more honestly than most government mints were. - JZ, 3/97. – POWER TO COIN MONEY, COINAGE, MINTING, COMPETITIVE MONEY, MONETARY FREEDOM, REFUSAL TO ACCEPT, DISCOUNTING, ECONOMIC POWER, BANKING, MONEY & CREDIT CREATION

POWER: Some men wield power; some are tools.” – Orson Scott Card, ANALOG 5/78. – Both groups are presently all too satisfied with their roles under territorialism. - JZ, 10.2.11. – Instead of being ashamed of them. – JZ, 9.1.13. - PEOPLE, STATISM, PEOPLE AS PROPERTY

POWER: State power necessarily separates its possessors from the people, even in systems where politicians are elected.” – Libertarian Socialist Organization Queensland, “Revolution Re-Assessed”, p.8/9. – PEOPLE, STATE, POLITICIANS, TERRITORIALISM, GOVERNMENT, DEMOCRACY, ELECTIONS, VOTING, CLASS RULE, RULERS & THEIR SUBJECTS

POWER: State power threatens, wealth rewards.” – Benjamin Constant, Der Geist der Usurpation, S.26.

POWER: State power, apparently legitimatized by periodic approval by the masses, led to a 'natural resource' concept of citizenship, where the individual is considered a commodity in service to the wielders of power.” - James Dale Davidson, in INDIVIDUALIST, June 72, p.16. - STATE, PEOPLE & CITIZENS AS PROPERTY OR RESOURCES OF THE STATE

POWER: Strike political power down, desert it, withdraw from it or ignore it. - JZ, 75. – Except the full power over the own affairs. This we should try to realize a.s.a.p. – JZ, 9.1.14.

POWER: Study Finds That Having Power Can Make You Stupid | Fr33 Agents - - Do you ever get the sense that the more powerful people get, the more foolish they become? You’re not the only one. Four university professors concluded that power dependably breeds overconfidence, and overconfidence dependably leads to bad decisions. - Brad Spangler via Eddie Free, on Facebook, 18.3.12. – LEADERSHIP-, SUPERIORITY-, POWER-, CAESAR- OR GOD-COPLEX, OVERCONFIDENCE, COMBINED WITH ALL TOO MUCH IGNORANCE, TOO MANY POPULAR ERRORS & PREJUDICES

POWER: suspect power more than vice …” – Lord Acton, Lectures on Modern History, p.37. – “Suspect power more than vice.” – Acton, to his history students at Cambridge. - David Nicholls, The Pluralist State, p.28. – From: Acton: Essays, p.49. - The urge for territorial power and the use of it is the worst vice. – JZ, 29.6.92, 9.1.14. - VICE

POWER: Take all political and military power buttons and positions apart! – JZ, 19.7.73, 8.3.08.

POWER: taking power from the people under the pretext of giving it to the people.” – Anthony Fisher, The Case for Freedom, p.54. – It cannot be given to “the people” – because they do not exists, it is only a word, an abstract concept or idea, without any reality of its own except the various territorialist, nationalist and governmental fictions, errors, prejudices, slogans, false assumptions and conclusions, which do motivate people and keep them obedient to those with territorial power. – JZ, 21.3.08. 9.1.14.

POWER: Territorial government power and nuclear power form an explosive mixture which could be set off at anytime, a mixture which could be dissolved into harmless constituents only by the full realization of all individual liberties and rights. - Whosoever, after the invention of nuclear weapons, still believes in political power, does deserve to be certified as insane. - Nuclear power renders most people more powerless than ever before and grants mass murderous and suicidal powers to a few men. - Every territorial system is inseparably tied to power, excessive power in the hands of a few and it means powerlessness for most of its victims. This is one of the reasons why territorial States of the present and more or less totalitarian or authoritarian type must disappear, including those, which are wrongly called democracies. - What renders this situation desperate is that the men in power, as well as the academics and opinion makers in the mass media, are almost blind to the impotence of territorial power, whilst those, who are powerless, are almost blind to the remaining avenues to achieve self-determination and thereby peace, freedom, justice, security and wealth. - Nuclear armament brings its own power concentration with it. Decisions must be made so fast in a nuclear war that there is barely time for any consultation or even notification of allies, far less for parliamentary discussions or for a referendum. A mere handful of men do then hold an almost arbitrary power over the fate of man. - Such power should not be tolerated but rather be eliminated by the direct democratic process, individual secessionism, and exterritorially autonomous volunteer communities and ideal militia forces, revolutions, military insurrections, international police actions to liberate suppressed peoples, all initiated only after a genuinely cultural revolution that would change public opinion in many ways. Sufficient enlightenment before any unenlightened "actions"! "Nothing is more terrible to behold than ignorance in action." - said W. v. Goethe. - Alternative and non-territorially decentralized institutions must be used, including alternative defensive and liberating organizations. They would put all remaining and rightful powers in the hands of the population, even its individuals and minority groups. They would thus really protect them instead of endangering them. - How do we know that there is no new Nero, Caligula, Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Idi Amin, or Castro among the new rulers? - How can we tolerate nuclear devices in the hands of another "chairman" Mao who had presided over the "liquidation" of between 32 and 64 million of his own countrymen? He was mad enough to have believed and to publicly declare that it would be possible for him to remain victorious after a nuclear war! (By now even many more innocents may have been killed in forced abortions in Red China. But they are murdered, by the millions, in the rest of the world as well, by their own parents, with the aid of trained medical persons.) - Did those, who voted for Nixon, foresee what accusations would be levied against him and what could one expect of politicians like him in the future, if they remain in power? - Curiously enough, the only presidential candidate, who had at least some libertarian aspirations, was the only candidate who was, rightly, feared as a nuclear war monger. In office he might have been much safer than the rest. However, nuclear strength is not safe enough in anyone's hands! - When I first heard about the assassination of President J. F. Kennedy, I assumed that another journalist had got his facts wrong and that he meant the Khrushchev had been assassinated. Then I remembered that under J. F. K. the nuclear "arsenal" of the U.S. had been doubled. There are no innocent territorial power-holders. - Political power is the target of all too many ambitious men - and it can be conquered much more easily than widely dispersed power. - The power urge can express itself most dangerously in any territorial and statist constitution. In a just organization it could not flourish, no more so than any other anti-social instinct, like the lust to kill. - Compare, for instance, the preference of German navy officers during World War I for large surface ships compared with the rather small submarines. The former gave them more chances for promotion! The same tendency was observed in the US Navy, according to a report in: "Das Beste aus Readers Digest", April 1958, page 63. - Voluntaristic, exterritorial communities of volunteers would still have their power-seekers, great leaders and gurus - but only among their volunteers. They would have to supply their voluntary followers almost daily with sufficient consumer satisfactions, at competitive prices, to retain them as their customers, subscribers and followers. They would, largely, have to put up or shut up. Competition by other and often better systems, organizations and leaders would be all around them and the opportunities for their members to shop around would be immense. Powers and their games are costly and voluntary tax payers or contributors cannot be very much imposed upon. - Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely, both the powerful and the powerless. Nuclear devices are perhaps the best instances. Bismarck is said to have remarked that a liberal may become a minister - but this would not mean that he would become a liberal minister. - "Politicians pride themselves in being able to blow up a city - and at most you could get them to say: 'What a pity!"' (Suggested by D. Z., 31.12.73.) - To preserve their power, or in an attempt to preserve it, every means is right in the eyes of politicians, even nuclear mass murder devices. Thus one of our guiding principles must be: No more territorial political powers or any stepladders to such powers for anyone. - As long as there remains political power in the old sense, namely territorially organized and monopolized and centralized coercion, and compulsory membership in its organizations, an effective control of disarmament becomes impossible. - Moreover, all motives for "nuclear strength" would remain. Everybody would be rightly afraid of any nuclear power - except the mad power addicts and their statist followers. - We must now resist and destroy all institutions, which cater to the ancient power urge found in many most men. The pecking order has become so self-destructive for humans that we must discontinue it, at least for all territorial organizations offering dangerous powers over others, i.e., powers other than those of e.g. presidents of national and international football leagues. - All unequal power, of which nuclear power is perhaps the worst, because it means absolute power over others, must be destroyed. All individuals must gain the full power of self-determination, or individual sovereignty, no more and no less. Any sharing of that power with others must completely depend upon their individual consent and the continuance of that consent. - Only this most severe limitation of territorial State powers could ban the danger of nuclear war everywhere and permanently, at least while individuals cannot as yet, easily and cheaply construct nuclear weapons as a craft or hobby. Even then the wrongful motives for their use would largely be absent, as well as targets for them and disarmament forces against such devices would be maximized. - There would be no secrecy or privacy for the construction of ABC mass murder devices. Towards them everybody with a minimum or morality and rationality would be an armed disarmament inspector. - All political powers must be limited to the extent of being "atomized" or exploded and should never again be allowed to reach the critical territorial mass. - No political power should be allowed to persist which is not based on individual consent, i.e., which does not confine its activities to voluntary followers, their own affairs - and to aggressors against them. - This would exclude all economic and political territorial policy powers binding upon peaceful dissenters. - It would require exterritorial organization, voluntarism, minority autonomy and personal law. - If the present territorial political powers are continued, nuclear war becomes inevitable in the not so long run. - See: Acuteness, Arms Race, Balance of Power: Centralization, Decentralization, Decision Defence, Democracy, Dictatorships, Disarmament Exterritorial Imperative, Monopolies, Motives, Nationalism, Nuclear Strength, Referendum, Responsibility, Secession, Targets, Tyrannicide, War Aims. - JZ, An ABC Against Nuclear War, in PEACE PLANS Nos. 16 & 17, on - Rev., 10.2.11, 9.1.14. - POWER, TERRITORIAL, COERCIVE, CENTRALIZED & MONOPOLIZED, IN THE POLITICAL, ECONOMIC & SOCIAL SPHERES, DEMOCRACY, MILITIA, LIBERATION, REVOLUTION, MILITARY INSURRECTIONS, DESERTION

POWER: Territorial power corrupts. Why? With this power you can always blame somebody else for the results of your own mistakes and thus stop learning from them. This power will almost automatically render you irresponsible. – JZ, 26.4.73, 21.3.08.

POWER: Territorial power outlaws all other utopian attempts to improve the present situation by all those diverse groups of volunteers who do not agree with the current utopian ideal of the ruling territorial government. It is thus a great obstacle to further enlightenment, experimentation and progress. – In its present absurdity as the “great machine”, the “Welfare State” and “protector” it even threatens the survival of whole populations, even that of the whole of mankind, with its ABC mass extermination devices. – JZ, 22.3.08. - TERRITORIALISM

POWER: That "power corrupts" is an unfair generalization and misquotes Lord Acton. What the English historian actually wrote (in a letter to Madell Creighton dated 5 April 1887) was that 'power tends to corrupt. …' One of the significant qualifications is therefore omitted. His statement claimed that power was conducive to corruption, a dangerous possibility but certainly not - as the misquotation assumes - an inevitable effect.” - R. Brasch, Mistakes, Misnomers & Misconceptions, 1983, Fontana Books, p.207. – But what percentage tends to remain uncorrupted, even by the notions and practices of territorialism? – JZ, 10.3.09. – CORRUPTION, Q.

POWER: that power, wealth and opportunity must be in the hands of the many, not the few – if we make that our guiding light for the global economy, then it will be a force for good …” - UK prime minister Tony Blair, speaking at the Labour Party Conference, THE TIMES, 3.10.01. - WEALTH & OPPORTUNITY

POWER: The “people” who exercise the power are not always the same people over whom it is exercised.” – John Stuart Mill, On Liberty. – Not always or rarely ever? – JZ, 23.2.08. – Politicians at least try to stand over the people, territorially, although they are only a tiny part of the population and cannot rightfully represent all of them without their individual consent. - JZ, 10.2.11. – PEOPLE, VOLUNTARISM, INDIVIDUAL CONSENT REQUIREMENT VS. TERRITORIALISM, STATISM

POWER: the accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may be justly pronounced the very definition of tyranny.” - James Madison. - Division of power among "Representatives" and their institutions is still a tyrannical accumulation of territorial power in their hands. - JZ, 18.2.02, 10.2.11. – Limited government with territorial power is still all too unlimited government. – JZ, 89.1.14. - DEMOCRACY, REPRESENTATION, TYRANNY, DIVISION OF POWER, TERRITORIALISM, LIMITED GOVERNMENT.

POWER: The addiction to territorial power is, indeed, the worst. Are you quite free of it and can you already envision the alternatives to it? - John Zube – Facebook, 3.1.14. – Q., TERRITORIALISM, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, PERSONAL LAW

POWER: The advancement of freedom is not a matter of who wields political power over creative actions; rather, it depends upon the disassembling of such power.” - Leonard E. Read, ISIL LIBERTY QUOTE LIBRARY 03. - ELECTIONS, VOTING, PARTIES

POWER: The apex of political power hasn't got room for any angels but has much room for devils. - JZ, 76.

POWER: The arts of power and its minions are the same in all countries and in all ages. It marks its victim; denounces it; and excites the public odium and the public hatred, to conceal its own abuses and encroachments. – Henry Clay, 1777-1852, US Senator

POWER: The arts of power and its minions are the same in all countries and in all ages. It marks its victim; denounces it; and excites the public odium and the public hatred, to conceal its own abuses and encroachments.” – Henry Clay (1777-1852), US Senator. – So what was he doing in office? – JZ, 3.1.08. - GOVERNMENTS, POLITICIANS & THEIR POLITICS UNDER TERRITORIALISM, SCAPE-GOATING, VICTIMIZATION, ANTISEMITISM, POGROMS, HATRED FOR FOREIGNERS, GOVERNMENTALLY INSPIRED & GOING EVEN TO WARS & ORGANIZED MASS MURDERS AGAINST THEM, BLAMING OTHERS FOR THE OWN MISTAKES & WRONGS, E.G. THE MARKET & CAPITALISM FOR THE WRONGS OF GOVERNMENTALISM,

POWER: The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while.” – Albert Einstein: Aphorisms for Leo Baeck. – Quoted in George Seldes, The Great Quotations. - He, too, considered only territorial power - and was prepared to recommend wiping it out, in some cases, together with its involuntary victims, with the help nuclear "weapons" or mass murder devices. - He should have stuck to his lathe, his physics and astronomy speculations. - When it came to the social sciences he was just another ignoramus or even a barbarian, an instance of “the barbarism of the specialists”, a phrase coined, I believe, by Ortega Y Gasset. - JZ, 10.2.11, 9.1.14. - WISDOM

POWER: The best way to control power – is to abstain from it. – JZ, 5.12.04. – Easier said than done. So far we have not even gained the right to secede from it and to form our own communities of volunteers and militias for the protection of our rights and liberties, to produce and use our own exchange media and value standards, to engage in tax strikes and voluntary taxation and establish exterritorially autonomous alternative institutions and communities for ourselves. The right to resist - and to disobey wrongful orders and actions - is rarely recognized in constitutions and when it is, usually misinterpreted and all too restricted. – Territorial power cannot be controlled - it must be abolished. - JZ, 22.10.07. - & ITS CONTROL OR ABOLITION: VOLUNTARISM & EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, SECESSIONISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM VS. TERRITORIALISM

POWER: The bigger their power, the deeper they sink into the morass and draw us with them. - At present still even into the danger of a general nuclear holocaust. – JZ, 5.6.91, 15.6.91. - Would even the worst of the modern Popes have even thought of arming himself with nuclear, chemical or mass murder devices? I deny that and my main reason for this is that he constitutes an exterritorial power over volunteers only and his volunteers are spread all over the world, in all territories and he does not want to lose them in this way. - That unstated but practised wisdom of the Roman Catholic Church has still to be adopted by the territorial power addicts, still threatening to wipe out all of mankind with their mass murder devices, more importantly, by all their targeted potential victims. These madmen have to be eliminated or converted to exterritorialism, voluntarism or panarchism or polyarchism. – JZ, 28.3.08. – I think that it is impossible to cure and convert them. But everybody should be free to try this. - The main thing is to eliminate their territorial offices and powers. - JZ, 10.2.11. – Thomas Moore in his famous “Utopia” suggested putting a prize on their heads, but also doubling the prize if he could be brought before a court of justice. – JZ, 9.1.14. - NUCLEAR WAR THREAT, TERRITORIALISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, VOLUNTARISM, PANARCHISM

POWER: The businessman, as such, has no power to coerce. He cannot force people to buy his goods or services. (*) He may call upon government for special privilege and thus obtain a coercive monopoly. But by doing so he forfeits his status as purely a businessman and becomes in part a politician, or at least the junior partner of a politician.” – Edmund Opitz, THE FREEMAN, 10/75, p.607. - (*) Or to work for him or to invest with him. – JZ, 8.3.08. - BUSINESSMEN, EMPLOYERS, MIXED ECONOMY, WELFARE STATE, LEGALIZED MONOPOLIES & PRIVILEGES, FORCE, COERCION

POWER: the chance to make laws and compel others to do what you want them to do? Why; good heavens, … who in his right mind would want that?” – Frederick Pohl, Servant of the People, ANALOG 2/83, p.105. – LAWS, TERRITORIALISM

POWER: The clumsiness of power spoils the key, // and uses the pickaxe.” – Rabindranath Tagore, Fireflies, 1928. - WARFARE STATES

POWER: the Columbia University professor R.M. MacIver spoke of the state as “the authority which alone has compulsive power.” The English writer, Alfred Cobban, says that “the essence of the state and of all political organizations, is power.” – Edmund Opitz, in THE FREEMAN, I/77, p. 34/35. – Or what I call the territorial monopoly or territorialism, a statist utopia still all too widely believed in, even by most political “scientists”. – JZ, 28.3.08. – They know only the bad half of politics, not its “better half” or good side, the voluntary and exterritorial one. We are all compulsorily “married” to that bad half of political “science”. – JZ, 9.1.14. -  TERRITORIALISM VS. EXTERRITORIALISM, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, VOLUNTARISM, PERSONAL LAW

POWER: The concentrating [of powers] in the same hands is precisely the definition of despotic government. It will be no alleviation that these powers will be exercised by a plurality of hands, and not by a single one.” - Thomas Jefferson - GOVERNMENT, DEMOCRACY

POWER: The condition of freedom in any state is always a widespread and consistent skepticism of the canons upon which power insists.” – Harold Laski. - SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, 3/78. – FREEDOM, SCEPTICISM

POWER: The country that had been so proud of its kings, of its nobles, and of its chains, could not learn without teaching that popular power may be tainted with the same poison as personal power.” - Lord Acton, Lectures on the French Revolution, ed. by Figgis & Laurence, MacMillan, 1932, p.108. - AUTHORITARIANISM, POPULARITY, STATISM, DEMOCRACY

POWER: The crimes of history may be summed up in the words - abuse of power.” – Robert G. Ingersoll

POWER: The delegation of authority is, along with economic pressure and force by arms, the major method of human enslavement in the world today. – The power is wrested from the people and the people bow down. – The people bow down at the ballot box as if to say: ‘I agree to obey your laws and follow your decisions, and if I don’t I give you herewith the authority to punish me.’ – Judith Malina, Anarchists and the Pro-Hierarchical Left, in Reinventing Anarchy, p.338. - They certainly do not clearly reserve to themselves the right to secede from the newly elected government, as individuals or as members of societies and communities of volunteers. As for their present political voting being consensual, read the comments on this by Herbert Spencer in chapter 19 of his 1850 book “Social Statics”, called “The Right to Ignore the State”, where he demolishes the notion that participation in elections constitutes a real consent to the results of it. – JZ, 22.3.08. – TERRITORIALISM, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM

POWER: The difference between political power and any other kind of social ‘power’, between a government and any private organization, is the fact that the government holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force.” – O’Neil, Ayn Rand, p.47. – TERRITORIALISM, MONOPOLY OF FORCE

POWER: The disposition of all power is to abuses, nor does it at all mend the matter that its possessors are a majority. – James Fenimore Cooper in - & MAJORITY, DEMOCRACY

POWER: The doctrine of blind obedience and unqualified submission to any human power, whether civil or ecclesiastical, is the doctrine of despotism, and ought to have no place among Republicans and Christians. – Angelica Grimke, 1805-1879, ANTI-SLAVERY EXAMINER, September 1836  - However, this is still territorially institutionalized to a very large extent – everywhere. – JZ, 5.4.12. – OBEDIENCE, SUBMISSION, STATISM, GOVERNMENTALISM, TERRITORIALISM, LEGALISM DESPOTISM, TYRANNY, TOTALITARIANISM, OBEDIENCE, SUBORDINATION, AUTHORITARIANISM

POWER: The education of men close to immense power could be very expensive. And one could never be certain how many human beings, all across the world, might have to pay the cost.” – Alfred Coppel, Thirtyfour East, p.76. – Why should we have to rely on the very limited and costly attempts to influence, educate, bribe, threaten or blackmail those in territorial power or close to the power-holders, as their advisors? Free enterprise and free competition, free choice and freedom of contract in this sphere would means something very different, namely, independence from the present territorial power holders, or the complete abolition or destruction of all territorial, and thus monopolistic and coercive powers of some men over others, who are not their voluntary followers. – JZ, 31.3.08, 9.1.14.

POWER: The effect of power and publicity on all men is the aggravation of self, a sort of tumor that ends by killing the victim's sympathies; a diseased appetite, like a passion for drink or perverted tastes; one can scarcely use expressions too strong to describe the violence of egotism it stimulates; and Thurlow Weed was one of the exceptions; a rare immune.” - Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams, 1907. - POLITICIANS, EGOTISM, CORRUPTION

POWER: The English kings were powerful, but never absolute. Probably there never was and never could be an absolute monarch, for a king must act through agents, and then what he calls his absolute power is really theirs.” – Source? – Power does not have to be absolute or in the hands of a single person to do already much wrong and harm. A little power over others, rather than self, can already go a long way – in the wrong direction. – JZ, 11.9.08. - RULERS, LEADERSHIP, PRIME MINISTERS, PREMIERS, PRESIDENTS, CHANCELLORS, DICTATORS, TYRANTS, BUREAUCRACY, ABSOLUTE POWER

POWER: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.” - James Madison, speech in the Virginia constitutional convention, Richmond, Virginia, December 2, 1829. - The Writings of James Madison, ed. Gaillard Hunt, vol. 9, p.361 (1910). - These words are inscribed in the Madison Memorial Hall, Library of Congress James Madison Memorial Building. - GOVERNMENT, ABUSES, CORRUPTION

POWER: The essence of trade is that one party to a transaction exercises no more power than the other party.” – Enoch Power, THE FREEMAN, 5/73. – Under monetary despotism the ones, who are sufficiently supplied with this kind of purchasing power, will always be more powerful than those, who are insufficiently supplied with it, and this although they do have labor, services and goods to offer, because then their own monetary freedom is suppressed, just as much as those of most other people is. They are not free to offer their own sound exchange media or clearing certificates in their payments. They are made dependent, for their sales, upon those well enough supplied with the monopoly money. In that way the “power” of the rich over the poor was always at least vaguely perceived but wrongly ascribed to the riches of others, rather than to the insufficient supply of sound exchange media among both, rich and poor. (*) It is also a question of what is seen and what is not seen. The absence of something is not as visible as the physical riches that can be seen, although the absence of money in one’s wallet can also be seen and felt. But who misses and can and will envision the outlawed private and sound exchange media in his wallet, that he would have readily accepted, if they could have been offered to him? – When people think and speak of “money” they do, usually, have only the money of monetary despotism in mind. - (*) Libertarians, too, have largely explained the resulting shortage of sound exchange media as a shortage of capital rather than of sound exchange media and clearing avenues. They could not imagine that sound exchange media, market rated, optional and at par with their agreed-upon and freely chosen value standard, could be multiplied, within the limits of their sound reflux options, e.g. “shop-foundation”, without being thereby depreciated. Lack of imagination prevailed, once again, combined with ignorance of precedents. Productive capital would anyhow be built-up fast or would be made accessible on credit, under mutually acceptable conditions, whenever and wherever free exchange, under sound value reckoning and property rights are not interfered with.  Labor could also be largely used in three shifts a day, instead of merely in one. A country, a population or free communities and societies, under personal laws, offering such conditions, would be almost swamped now by the refuge capital of the world, which is presently penalized, diminished and controlled all too much everywhere by territorial governments. – Free societies would offer asylum to refuge capital as well as refugees from all over the world, offering them productive and profitable investments and unlimited job opportunities. – Just imagine the attraction of societies without taxes, other government meddling and without unemployment. They would grow rapidly, although not territorially. They would offer every healthy and industrious person the chance to go “from rags to riches”, within a few years to decades at most. – Within somewhat free societies, for the permitted immigrants, that has already happened for many of these immigrants in countries like Australia, during the last few decades. It would have happened for many more of them if they would have chosen at least some if not already full economic freedom for themselves. Australia is still very far from being an example of full economic freedom, including full monetary and financial freedom. - Let free production and free exchange produce their “miracles”, even if, initially, only among those volunteers prepared to take these supposedly great “risks”, panarchistically, leaving to others their beloved statism, as long as they are willing to put up with it. - JZ, 8.3.08, 9.1.14. – PANARCHISM, SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARISM, MONETARY FREEDOM VS, MONETARY DESPOTISM, MONEY SHORTAGE VS. CAPITAL SHORTAGE

POWER: the formulas “left” and “right” have no meaning, if anything they are equal because both are supported by a false alibi and both aim at an identical goal, the Power that crushes, …” Oriana Fallaci, A Man, p.446. – TERRITORIALISM, CLASSIFICATION SCHEMES, LEFT & RIGHT, RULE, GOVERNMENT

POWER: The government used its power to take away almost all our freedom.” – John Singleton, 20.10.76. – FREEDOM, GOVERNMENT

POWER: the great powers of the moment hold a more imposing overbalance of brute might than any former great power has held in all history.” – David Cort, Social Astonishments, p.100. – ABC mass murder devices cannot be effectively used e.g. against single tyrants or despots only. To that extent they are useless. By also threatening the victims of tyrants they do rather support, however unintentionally, than threaten their regimes. – People threatened with total annihilation will even support a tyrannical leader “patriotically” or “nationalistically” in the interest of their own survival. Just like soldiers will go on fighting for a bad regime when prisoners and deserters are atrociously dealt with by the other side. – Nuclear strength amounts thus to a nuclear weakness. – It forgets the old Roman saying: “Divide and rule!” A saying which now should be revised into: Let people divide themselves into the kind of communities that they prefer for themselves, all fully exterritorially autonomous, under personal laws, and thereby liberate them, as much as they want to be liberated, by individual choice, – rather than trying to impose merely e.g. a territorial “unified” democracy upon them. - JZ, 12.4.08. – Such a liberation could be started by recognizing all kinds of governments and societies in exile, all only for their present and future volunteers. Such a program, when already partly realized in the host countries and thus demonstrating its successes with practical examples, could come to sufficiently unite all already existing resistance movements and the potential ones in despotically ruled countries and turn their members into our secret and finally open allies. - JZ, 10.2.11. - PANARCHISM, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, EXTERRITOTIAL AUTONOMY, PERSONAL LAW, WAR AIMS, GOVERNMENTS-IN-EXILE, VOLUNTARISM, IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, DESERTION, POW TREATMENT, RIGHTFUL WARP- & PEACE AIMS AS WELL AS DEFENCE & WARFARE METHODS

POWER: The great question which, in all ages, has disturbed mankind, and brought on them the greatest part of those mischiefs which have ruined cities, depopulated countries, and disordered the peace of the world, has been, not whether there be power in the world, nor whence it came but who should have it.” – John Locke, Treatises on Government, I, 1690 - Instead we should be asking, whether there should be any territorial powers at all, instead of merely the self-management “powers” of communities of volunteers, all without any territorial monopoly. – Only very few historians and political scientists have even considered the latter question so far. - JZ, 3.11.85, 28.3.08, 10.2.11.

POWER: The greater the degrees of power, and the wider the gap between governors and governed, the stronger the appeal of office to those who are likely to abuse it, and the less the response which can be expected from the individual. Super-governments have succeeded, as the Roman Church succeeded for a while, when they could appeal directly to the mores of the public. Public social sense, which transcends frontiers, is a fact, and it persists, but it has so far failed to restrain local governments from aggressive actions. Who is to repress the world authority when it, too, falls into the wrong hands?” – Alex Comfort, Authority and Delinquency, p.85. – Why has this book been kept out of print for decades? Has someone at least put it online or on a disk? – JZ, 21.3.08. - WORLD STATE, WORLD GOVERNMENT, WORLD FEDERATION, CENTRALIZATION, DECENTRALIZATION, UNITED NATIONS, TERRITORIALISM,

POWER: The greater the power the more dangerous the abuse.” – Edmund Burke, (1729-1797), speech, House of Commons, “On the Middlesex Elections”, 7.2.1771. – Hyman Quotations, p.78.  Also in: in - & ABUSE, DECISION-MAKING MONOPOLY ON WAR & PEACE, CENTRAL BANKING, TERRITORIALISM, WAR, TAXATION, INFLATION

POWER: The Greatest Threat to Freedom Everywhere is the Unlimited Concentration of Power Anywhere.” – Edmund Burke. - All territorial power, except that of miniature States, hardly larger than some private real estates, is, by its very nature, largely centralized, even when merely in form of local and State governments, not only in form of federal governments. The trend towards more centralization is observable also in moves to amalgamate local governments and even abolish State governments and in the development of other “weapons” than those, which can be used defensively and discriminatingly. Nuclear, chemical and biological “weapons” are not really weapons, but are simply mass murder devices. Large territorial governments, too, are largely Warfare States or mass murder institutions. – JZ, 22.3.08, 9.1.14. - CONCENTRATION OF POWER, WEAPONS, MASS MURDER DEVICES, NWT

POWER: the heresy of the age: that government with enough power can cure almost any economic disease under the sun.” – Ralph Harris, The End of Government … ? – Even the most powerful government cannot cure but only cause and prolong economic troubles by its usual governmental interventionist measures. No territorial government is as yet ready to repeal all prior meddling laws and institutions and simply step aside as well. – JZ, 25.7.92, 28.3.08. - Thus we have to rely upon the realization of individual and group secessionism combined with the establishment of alternative institutions, societies and communities, all for volunteers only and under personal law, freely and peacefully competing with each other under full exterritorial autonomy, not claiming any territorial monopoly for any of them but united in their aim to abolish all existing territorial monopolies, i.e., the existing States, thereby transforming them into statist communities of their remaining volunteers and giving all their dissenters their chance to do their own things, among themselves, tolerantly towards what others are doing at their own risk and expense among themselves. - JZ, 10.2.11, 9.1.14. - STATISM, GOVERNMENTALISM, TERRITORIALISM, ECONOMICS, MEDDLING, LAWS, INERVENTIONISM, PLANNING, POLITICS, CRISES, SECESSIONISM, PERSONAL LAW, VOLUNTARISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY FOR ALL KINDS OF PANARCHIES, POLYARCHIES & COMPETING GOVERNANCE SYSTEMS, LIBERATION, THE FINAL GENERAL REVOLUTION

POWER: The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental powers, not the increase of it. When we resist, therefore, the concentration of power, we are resisting the processes of death, because concentration of power is what always precedes the destruction of human liberties.” – President Woodrow Wilson– The first sentence was quoted in THE FREEMAN, 9/75, p.566. - He, too, did not renounce the centralized and concentrated power that allowed him to lead the U.S.A. into the slaughters of WW I. - What for? It was certainly not a war to end all wars. And the post-war democracies did continue this kind of centralization of power and finally allowed the Mussolinis and Hitlers to arise and to rule for all too long and bring about WW II and the further rise of the Soviet Regime and that of Mao Tse Tung - all of them with the same centralized territorial powers. With territorial power in his hands, Wilson, too, became a war monger in WW I. - However, at last he woke up, after a while and attempted to declare what to him were just war aims. Most other leaders still fail to do so and, to my knowledge, none of them or any anarchist or libertarian movement has so far managed to declare exclusively just and liberating war and peace aims. - JZ, 24.11.06. –  9.3.08, 10.2.11. – DECISION-MAKING MONOPOLY ON WAR & PEACE, LIMITATIONS, LIBERTY, CONCENTRATION & CENTRALIZATION, WAR & PEACE AIMS

POWER: The history of the human race is one long story of attempts by certain persons and classes to obtain control of the power of the State, so as to win earthly gratifications at the expense of others.” – W. G. Sumner, What Social Classes Owe to Each Other, p.88.

POWER: The ideas of economics and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed, the world is ruled by little else.” – John Maynard Keynes. – Keynsianism provided proof of that for decades and to large extent still does. He recommended what the central bankers and the governments did and wanted to do, anyhow. Perhaps, without his teachings, central banking would already be overthrown by now. – JZ, 23.2.08, 9.1.14. - IDEAS, ECONOMISTS, TERRITORIALISM, CENTRAL BANKING, MONETARY DESPOTISM

POWER: The imbecility of men is always inviting the impudence of power.” – R. W. Emerson, Representative Men, I, 1850. – This situation could be rapidly changed with the introduction of individual and group secessionism and full exterritorial autonomy for communities and societies of volunteers. Alas, the imbecility of most political scientists, not to speak of politicians and journalists or writers on politics, consists in not even having considered this political alternatives. So addicted are they to territorialism. – JZ, 28.3.08. – EXTERRITORIALISM VS. TERRITORIALISM, PERSONAL LAW VS. IMPOSED LAW, VOLUNTARISM VS. COMPULSION

POWER: the important thing. That is, of course, how to avoid power.” – Wilson/Shea, Illuminatus II, p. 33.

POWER: The instinct to command others, and its primitive essence, is a carnivorous, altogether bestial and savage instinct. Under the influence of the mental development of man, it takes on a somewhat more ideal form and becomes somewhat ennobled, presenting itself as the instrument of reason and the devoting servant of that abstraction, or political fiction, which is called the public good. But in its essence it remains just as baneful, and it becomes even more so when, with the application of science, it extends its scope and intensifies the power of its action. If there is a devil in history, it is this power principle.” - Michael Bakunin, Protestation of the Alliance, 1871. – He felt or wished to become the leader of all anarchists and was thus, also, a power addict. Like Marx, he was also in denial of private property rights and ignored the importance of the rights and liberties of free exchange. – JZ, 9.3.08, 10.2.11. - STATE, TERRITORIALISM, STATISM, WELFARE STATE, COMMON GOOD, PUBLIC WELFARE, PUBLIC INTEREST, LEADERSHIP, COMMAND,  HISTORY, BAKUNIN, INSTINCT

POWER: The interference of one man with another, of society with its members, of the state with the subject, must be brought down to the lowest dimension. Power intervenes only to restrict intervention, to guard the individual from oppression, that is from regulation in an interest not his own.” - Lord Action, Lectures on the French Revolution, ed. by Figgis & Laurence, MacMillan, 1932, p.11. – This job is so important that it should not be left to territorial monopolists, who are the worst offenders! – JZ, 1.10.07, 9.1.14. - INTERVENTION, INTERFERENCE, STATE & SOCIETY VS. INDIVIDUALS, LIMITED GOVERNMENT, SECESSIONISM, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY VS. TERRITORIALISM

POWER: The jaws of power are always open to devour, and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing. John Adams in  Also the freedom of action and experimentation in the own affairs and those of like-minded volunteers. – JZ, 27.3.12.

POWER: The kind of economic organization that provides economic freedom directly, namely, competitive capitalism, also promotes political freedom because it separates economic power from political power and this way enables the one to offset the other.” - Milton Friedman, ISIL LIBERTY QUOTE LIBRARY 03. - The laissez-faire tolerance and competition without a territorial monopoly, first introduced in the sphere of religion, then at least partly seen as the ideal in economics and somewhat practised in the 19th century, must now become extended to whole political, social and economic systems, all only for their volunteers and without any territorial monopoly. Merely laissez faire in economics under a limited but still territorial government does not go far enough. We need laissez faire for all kinds of libertarians as well as for all kinds of statists, all without any territorial monopoly, to finally establish peace and as much justice and freedom as individuals and their groups are presently prepared for, with all doing their own things only among themselves and at their own risk and expense. - Thereby progress would be speeded up and finally maximized. - We can lead the horses to the water but we cannot make them drink, as an old proverb has it. Even full freedom should not be forced upon anybody. But wherever it is already established, there it should be efficiently protected against any attacker, by the best kinds of militias. - Full awareness of all genuine rights and liberties and their utilization makes this job relatively easy. - JZ, 10.2.11. - MILITIA, COMPETITION, ECONOMIC POLITICAL FREEDOM, LAISSEZ-FAIRE IN EVERY SPHERE, EVEN FOR STATISTS, WHO DO THEIR THINGS ONLY TO THEMSELVES!

POWER: The King said, ‘Power does not corrupt, Fear corrupts, perhaps the fear of a loss of power.” – John Steinbeck, The Short Reign of Pippin IV, quoted in George Seldes, The Great Quotations. – The suppressed own subjects as well as other territorial regimes are rightly feared by the ruling territorialists. - JZ, 10.2.11, 9.1.14. - CORRUPTION, FEAR OF LOSS OF POWER

POWER: The largest powers in the future would be a) a federation of all panarchies and b) a federation of all local militias, both only for the purpose of upholding respect for all genuine individual rights and liberties between them, to the extent that they are claimed by the members of any panarchy. The voluntary members of any panarchy are not obliged to respect all of them in their own internal affairs but all of them in their external affairs, to the extent that they are claimed by the voluntary members in the other panarchies. To that extent they are only moral ideals that may become generally recognized, respected and realized only in the far future. – JZ, 1.11.11, 29.2.12. – POWERS, LARGEST & ULTIMATE, HUMAN RIGHTS, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS, INTERNAL & EXTERNAL AFFAIRS, MILITIA, FEDERATION OR INTERNATIONAL OF PANARCHIES

POWER: the less power it (the state) has, to exert compulsion on human choices between good and evil, the less likelihood that it will be able to impose on people a total mistake.” – John Chamberlain, The Morality of Free Enterprise, quoted in WESTERN WORLD REVIEW, Summer 67.

POWER: the little men who feel the need of power to relieve them from their smallness.” – Clifford Simak, Time Is the Simplest Thing, p.166, PAN 1964, Methuen 1977, Magnum Books 1980. – That may also be a reason for spectator sport and the appeal of movies and books with heroes. The observers identify with the athletes and heroes and try to enjoy their supposedly reflected glory by proxy or mere proximity, imagining themselves in their place. – There may be better explanations but this one does me for the time being. – JZ, 25.10.07. - The individual sovereignty expressed by individual secessionism and the options to establish or join alternative societies and communities of volunteers, all peacefull coexisting in the same territory, may be enough to satisfy the limited power urges of most people. - JZ, 10.2.11. - POWER URGE, POLITICIANS, BUREAUCRATS, STATISM, LITTLE MEN, POWERLESSNESS, HERO-CULT, PERSONALITY CULT, SECESSIONISM, PANARCHISM

POWER: The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves." - William Hazlitt, (1778-1830) - THE TIMES. - Sent by C. B. - Nizam Ahmad shared Lawrence Reed's photo. – Facebook, 27.9.13. The love of liberty does not require the love of others but merely the love of justice towards others, i.e., respect of all their genuine individual rights and liberties – to the extent that they want to make use of them in their panarchistic communities of volunteers. – One could even dislike or hate others – and still be just towards them. - JZ, 9.3.09. – POWER ADDICTION VS. LOVE OF LIBERTY, LOVE OF POWER, SELFISHNESS & ALTRUISM,

POWER: the love of power … is generally an embodiment of fear. Men desire to be in control because they are afraid that the control of others will be used unjustly to their detriment.” – Bertrand Russell. – Do people love power merely because they fear coming under the control of other power-holders? – While this motive is involved in the mutual nuclear war threats, I do hold that other motives are involved. – JZ, 21.3.08. – TERRITORIALISM, , FEAR

POWER: The love of power is natural, it is insatiable; it is whetted, not cloyed by possession … Power is of an elastic nature, ever extending itself and encroaching on the liberties of the subjects.” – James Burgh, Political Disquisitions, quoted in THE FREEMAN, 10/74. - Panarchies would grow in membership by their power of attraction, rather than by any territorial power to dominate or terrorize dissenters. - JZ, 10.2.11. - TERRITORIALISM

POWER: The lust for power is not rooted in strength but in weakness.” – Erich Fromm, Escape from Freedom, 1941. – It may be so rooted but it is expressed with all too much strength. – JZ, 21.3.08. – STRENGTH, WEAKNESS – Quoted in George Seldes, The Great Quotations & in READER’S DIGEST, 5/82.

POWER: the magistrate’s power ‘consists only in outward force’, …” John Locke, 1689, in his letter on tolerance, quoted by Russell Lewis in K. W. Watkins, In Defence of Freedom, p.90. – SELF-CONTROL, EXTERNAL VS. INTERNAL CONTROLS, SELF-DISCIPLINE

POWER: The main political problem is how to prevent the police power from becoming tyrannical. This is the meaning of all the struggles for liberty. – Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973), Austrian Economist and Author – Voluntarism, individual secessionism, exterritorial autonomy or personal law for volunteers, competing governments and societies, full experimental freedom, freedom of action, contract and association in every sphere, individual sovereignty vs. territorial and collective sovereignty – do, largely, dissolve that problem. – JZ, 16.1.13. – As for the rest, we will have a) competing protection agencies or police forced, b) local militias that are country-wide and internationally federated, c) competing juridical services, d) competing correctional or penal service providers. – JZ, 9.1.14. - POLITICAL POWER, CONFINED TO VOLUNTEERS, COMPETING GOVERNANCE SYSTEMS, SOCIETIES, COMMUNITIES, PERSONAL LAW, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, NETARCHIES, POLYARCHISM VS. GOVERNMENTALISM, STATISM, TERRITORIALISM

POWER: The man of virtuous soul commands not, nor obeys: // Power, like a desolating pestilence, Pollutes whate'er it touches, and obedience // Bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth, // Makes slaves of men, and, of the human frame, A mechanized automaton.” - Percy Bysshe Shelley – Another version leaves out the first sentence: Power, like a desolating pestilence, // Pollutes what’ver it touches.” – Shelley, Queen Mab, 1813, 3, quoted in Sprading, Liberty and the Great Libertarians, p.41. A more complete version: Power, like a desolating pestilence, // Pollutes whate’er it touches; and obedience, // Bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth, // Makes slaves of men and of the human frame // A mechanized automation. // - Power tends to corrupt and absolute power absolutely. – Lord Acton, in letter, 1887. – Underlining by me. - JZ – Was he here merely quoting Shelley or adding to him? – JZ. - TERRITORIALISM

POWER: The man who puts all the guns and all the decision-making power into the hands of the central government and then says, ‘limit yourself’; it is he who is truly the impractical utopian. - Murray N. Rothbard, quoted by Capitalism - Facebook, 21.10.13. - STATISM, TERRITORIALISM, CENTRALIZATION, LIMITED GOVERNMENT, GOVERNMENTALISM

POWER: The measure of man is what he does with power.” - Pittacus. - Rather: The measure of a man is whether he strives, in any way, for power over involuntary victims or, rather, for freedom for himself and for others. - JZ, 13.10.02. - & MAN, CHARACTER, FREEDOM

POWER: The mere redistribution of territorial power is not enough. Only its abolition will satisfy me – and could satisfy most other honest people. – JZ, 21.5.73, 21.3.08. - DECENTRALIZATION

POWER: the mighty power of those who know where they are going.” – Douglas Darby, Slovakia’s Quest for Freedom, p.94. – Alas, he, too, had only territorial “freedom” in mind, not full exterritorial autonomy for communities of volunteers. – JZ, 28.3.08. – PROGRAM, IDEAS, KNOWLEDGE, IGNORANCE, PREJUDICES

POWER: The more power a government has the more it can act arbitrarily according to the whims and desires of the elite, and the more it will make war on others and murder its foreign and domestic subjects. The more constrained the power of governments, the more power is diffused, checked, and balanced, the less it will aggress on others and commit democide.” – R. J. Rummel, Death by Government. Did Rummel recommend, anywhere in his numerous writings online, that all territorial powers should be abolished to sufficiently restrain the power-mad and power-addicts and to liberate their former involuntary victims? – JZ, 3.4.12. – He has numerous pages online on what he calls “democide”. – JZ, 9.1.14. - DESPOTISM, ARBITRARINESS, RULERS, GOVERNMENTS, ELITE, WAR, DEATH BY GOVERNMENTS, DEMOCIDE

POWER: the old adage is wrong: money is not power in the political sense, it is the alternative to power.” – John Gouriet, Freedom and Enterprise, p.40 of K. W. Watkins, ed., In Defence of Freedom. – And even here one should distinguish between the money of monetary despotism and that of monetary freedom. The former supports territorial power, the latter would be very influential in demolishing it. – JZ, 29.3.08. – MONETARY FREEDOM VS. MONETARY DESPOTISM, MONEY POWER VS. POLITICAL & TERRITORIAL POWER, PROPERTY, CAPITALISM, MONOPOLY CAPITALISM, CAPITALISM OF THE MANY, WIDE-SPREAD EARNED PROPERTY, FINANCIAL FREEDOM

POWER: The old struggle for power goes on. For the purpose of that struggle we are prepared to transform our society in any way that it may demand. For the purposes of the war for power we will accept anything that the strength of the enemy imposes: we will be socialist, autocratic, democratic, or communist; we will conscribe the bodies, souls, wealth of our people; we will proscribe, as we do, the Christian doctrine, and all mercy and humanity; we will organize falsehood and deceit, and call it statecraft and strategy; lie for the purpose of inflaming hate, and rejoice at the effectiveness of our propaganda; we will torture helpless millions by pestilence and famine – as we have done – and look on unmoved; our priests, in the name of Christ, will reprove misplaced pity, and call for the further punishment of the wicked, still greater efforts in the Fight for Right. We shall not care what transformations take place in our society or our natures; or what happens to the human spirit. Obediently, at the behest of the enemy – because, that is, his power demands that conduct of us – shall we do all those things, or anything, save only one: we will not negotiate or make a contract with him. That would limit our ‘independence’; by which we mean that his submission to our mastery would be less complete.” - Norman Angell, Human Nature and the Peace Problem, 1925, p.134/35. – Negotiations with the “enemy” are still a monopoly of territorial governments, which suppress attempts to negotiate separate peace treaties, by civilians and soldiers, all of them victims of the warring territorial governments. – JZ, 8.10.08, 10.2.11. – A libertarian defence, liberation, revolution and military insurrection program that is almost the opposite of the totalitarian ones, has, apparently, still to be either developed or published. I have collected some ideas towards such a program and included them e.g. in my two libertarian peace books. But for decades after the death of Ulrich von Beckerath, back in 1969, I looked in vain for libertarians with whom I could discuss and develop such ideas further. – JZ, 9.1.14. - POWER STRUGGLES WAR, WARFARE, SEPARATE PEACE TREATIES BETWEEN THE SUBJECTS, UNILATERAL PEACE DECLARATIONS, DECISION-MAKING MONOPOLY, WAR AIMS. UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER DEMANDS, WAR CRIMES, ATROCITIES, TERRITORIALISM, INDISCRIMINATE BOMBING ETC.

POWER: The only prize much cared for by the powerful is power. The prize of the general is not a bigger tent, but command.” – Oliver Wendell Holms, Jr.

POWER: The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. (*) His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant.” - John Stuart Mill - Territorially monopolizing institutions for the protection of justice does certainly not maximize justice. - JZ, 11.2.11. - (*) wrongs towards others. - JZ, n.d. – Also wrongs towards oneself, in self-defence efforts. – JZ, 9.1.14.

POWER: The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community against his will, is to prevent harm to others. Over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign. – Harriet and John Mill, On Liberty, 1859. - The term “injure” or “harm” should be replaced by “wrong”. – If I do no longer work for you or buy from you or when I start a competing business, then I would, somewhat, harm your business but I would not commit any wrong towards you. – Even now this difference is still all too often overlooked. - JZ, 22.3.08.

POWER: the only safe form of power is shared power.” – Fourth World Declaration, VIII. – The best form of power sharing consists in letting everybody have power over himself and letting groups of volunteers manage themselves, under their own profit and loss accounts. People should not be forced and ruled in territorial and enforced “units” but should be free to sort themselves out into like-minded and compatible groups, to maximize their performance. No power over others and full power over self! - Compare: “Shared responsibility is none!” Only when responsibility is also shared at the lowest level, e.g. at the work place, will real and individual responsibility come into operation. – With regard to territorial power, it should not be shared but, rather abolished and replaced by voluntary societies, communities and experimental groups, all doing their own diverse things for or to themselves, at their own cost and risk. – JZ, 13.6.82, 23.3.08, 9.1.14. -  DEMOCRACY, VOTING, REPRESENTATION, DECISION-MAKING MONOPOLY, CENTRALIZATION, COMMITTEES, HIERARCHIES, DECENTRALIZATION, PRODUCIVE COOPS, SELF-MANAGEMENT SCHEMES

POWER: the only sane course of action open to us, according to [Paul] Goodman, “is to stop thinking in terms of power altogether”, and hence it was that he rejected the revolutionary solutions offered by Lenin along with the pseudo-democratic proposals of the Trumans and Eisenhowers and turned toward the brilliant truths of the Jeffersonian philosophy.” - Reichert, Partisans of Freedom. A Study in American Anarchism, p.576. – Did Jefferson develop the freedom philosophy sufficiently? – JZ, 22.3.08.

POWER: The only thing you can do with power is to abuse it.” – Ascribed, without quotation marks, to Thomas Szasz.

POWER: The only way to get rid of the abuse of government power is to get rid of government power.” – Frank Chodorov. – I hold that it will be enough to reducing it to power over volunteers only and further confined to exterritorial autonomy only. – JZ, 20.3.08. – GOVERNMENT, TERRITORIALISM, PANARCHISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, VOLUNTARISM, PERSONAL LAWS

POWER: The only way to predict the future is to have power to shape the future.” – Eric Hoffer, The Passionate State of Mind, 1954, p.78. – He should rather have spoken of the right and freedom to shape one’s own future. - Power should become greatly extended as power over the own affairs and abolished as imposed power over the affairs of others, leaving only powers that groups of volunteers establish and maintain among themselves over their own common affairs. – No power over others. Only power over oneself and one’s own affairs. - JZ, 20.11.85, 29.3.08. – INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, PANARCHISM,  POLYARCHISM, COMPETING GOVERNANCE, VOLUNTARISM,


POWER: The ordinary man with extraordinary power is the chief danger for mankind – not the fiend or the sadist,” warned Erich Fromm. – Quoted in Robert J. Ringer, Restoring the American Dream, p. 66/67. – MAN, COMMON MAN, DEMOCRACY, VOTING, STATISM

POWER: The people cannot delegate to government the power to do anything which would be unlawful for them to do themselves." - John Locke, 1632-1704, A Treatise Concerning Civil Government. - RIGHTS, LIBERTIES, PEOPLE, DELEGATION, REPRESENTATIVES, DECISION-MAKING, DEMOCRACY, INDIVIDUALS, VOTING, POLITICIANS

POWER: The people in power always feel that the needs of the society (*) outweigh the desires (**) of the individual. – Wayne Barton, ANALOG, 3/74. - (*) As determined by them! - (**) and the rights and liberties! - JZ, 8.3.08. - PUBLIC INTEREST, NEEDS, SECURITY OF THE STATE, COMMON GOOD, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES

POWER: The people of the various provinces are strictly forbidden to have in their possession any swords, short swords, bows, spears, firearms, or other types of arms. The possession of unnecessary implements makes difficult the collection of taxes and dues and tends to foment uprisings.” - Toyotomi Hideyoshi, dictator of Japan, August 1588. - CENTRALIZED & EXCLUSIVE, DICTATORSHIPS, TYRANNIES, DESPOTISMS, GUN CONTROL LAWS OR VICTIM DISARMAMENT

POWER: the person or persons who, standing on the very summit of the social cone, have no one to submit to, nor anywhere to rise to, and have no motive for action except ambition and love of power. These are generally so depraved and stupefied by their insane power over life and death, and by the flattery and servility from those around them, which is connected with such power, that while doing evil, they feel convinced they are the benefactors of the human race. It is the people themselves who, by sacrificing their human dignity for material profits (*), produce these men, and are afterwards angry with them for their stupid and cruel acts; …” - Tolstoy, in Sprading, Liberty and the Great Libertarians, p.318. – (*) Actually, by not claiming and realizing all their economic rights and liberties they do not profit but rather suffer great losses. - JZ, 10.2.11. - STATISM, TERRITORIALISM, RULERS

POWER: The person who used political power to force others to conform to his ideas seems inevitably to become corrupted by the power he holds. In due course he comes to believe that power and wisdom are the same thing and, since he has power, he must also have wisdom. At this point he begins to lose his ability to distinguish between what is morally right and what is politically expedient.” - Ben Moreell, ISIL LIBERTY QUOTE LIBRARY 03. - & WISDOM, CORRUPTION

POWER: The philosophy of power is barbaric, inhuman and absurd philosophy.” – Edvard Benes. – It hardly deserves the term “philosophy”. – JZ, 21.2.08. - Full power over the own affairs, full realization of all genuine individual rights and liberties, even if, initially, only among groups of volunteers, means that to this extent, the so far remaining territorial and statist barbarism is replaced by a peaceful and prosperous civilization. - However small its beginnings may be, it would be likely to spread rather fast, by imitation or people individually joining such societies or practicing these rights and liberties themselves in their own communities. - JZ, 10.2.11, 9.1.14. - TERRITORIALISM

POWER: The poor and the weak are a greater support for those in power than the wealthy and strong. Perhaps the poor and weak like to identify with their powerful hero, just like they do with actors, athletes and heroes in novels? – JZ, 9.3.08. – PERSONALITY CULT, HEROES, TERRITORIALISM, OBEDIENCE, FOLLOWERS

POWER: The possession of power over others is inherently destructive both to the possessor of the power and to those over whom it is exercised.” – G. D. Herron, in: Sprading, Liberty and the Great Libertarians, p.532. - TERRITORIALISM

POWER: The possession of unlimited power not only corrupts people over whom power is exercised, but ‘corrodes the conscience, hardens the heart, and confounds the understanding of monarchs.’ – Lord Acton, Essays, p.63. – RULERS, POLITICIANS, LEADERSHIP, PRESIDENTS, PRIME MINISTERS, PREMIERS, MINISTERS, BUREAUCRATS, CORRUPTION

POWER: The possession of unlimited power will make a despot of almost any man. There is a possible Nero in the gentlest human creature that walks.” – Thomas Bailey Aldrich, “Leaves from a Notebook”, Poncapog Papers, 1903.

POWER: the power game of power politics with the whole of humanity as the stakes is not a game we should be part of, and we will shout this from the roof-tops till the sun stops shining.” – From the paper of Australia Party, “Reform”, quoted in PROGRESS, May 75. – NUCLEAR WAR THREAT

POWER: The power of government is self-intoxicating.” – GOOD GOVERNMENT, 12/74.

POWER: The power of Kings and Magistrates is nothing else, but what is only derivative, transferr'd and committed to them in trust from the People, to the common good of them all, in whom the power yet remaines fundamentally, and cannot be tak'n from them, without a violation of thir natural birthright.” - John Milton, "The Tenure of Kings," The Works of John Milton, vol. 5, p. 10 (1932). - In other words, the people, as a whole, or in any voluntary segment, down to the individual dissenters, should remain quite free to secede and to form alternative and exterritorially autonomous associations and communities for themselves. - JZ, 13.10.02. - PEOPLE, POLITICS, NATURAL LAW, HUMAN RIGHTS, SECESSIONISM, POLYARCHY, PANARCHISM

POWER: The Power of the Market: Through the market and to the degree that it is unregulated, we draw power from each other. That is the strength of America – past, present and future – the power of the American idea. Vision, intelligence, and capability multiplied again and again by the efforts of people freely doing what they do best.” – Joan Marie Leonard, in THE FREEMAN, Sept. 76, p.562. – Even if, in the beginning, they would merely combine all their freedom information, i.e., all their writings and references, lecture transcripts, ideas, talents, addresses, contacts, tips, platforms, drafts, slogans, etc. which would now fit onto a single HD, the equivalent of the pages of over 3 million books on a 1 TB external disk, now sometimes offered in Australia for about A $ 300. (Down to $ 89 for 2 TBs by now. – JZ, 9.1.14.) Between them they do already have hundreds of thousands of PCs and scanners for this purpose – and their email connection ability and their small freedom libraries and papers. Could they not and should they not use their networking options for this? – So far not even a single complete freedom library or comprehensive freedom bookshop exists in the whole world – and this in the face of such electronic freedom options! – Recently I bought for only A $ 11, in a Camden bookshop, a Eurekamultimedia and Windows & Macintosh CD containing over 4000 Works of Literature, including some pro-freedom writings, – as an example to help inspire libertarians to do something similar for their output. – As an old proverb has it: “Knowledge is Power”. Lets combine all our knowledge thus, electronically, with an inbuilt search engine. - JZ, 29.3.08. – CD-PROJECT, LIBERTARIAN LIBRARY ON A SINGLE EXTERNAL HD.

POWER: The power of the state must be reduced to a level where individual peaceful acts, love of fellowman, and trust of one’s neighbor can come shining through in fact, internationally. To reduce that power is the challenge facing peace-loving people everywhere.” – John C. Sparks, THE FREEMAN, 4/73. – Genuine individual rights and liberties require for their realization and protection also suitable organizations and methods, not only upon the private initiatives and efforts of concerned individuals. But all of their members must be volunteers. Numerous charities have already been organized. Free, just, peaceful, productive and exchange activities must be freely and properly organized, too, in their various peacefully competing and coexisting free market enterprises and organizations, societies and communities, all without a territorial monopoly. - JZ, 10.2.11, 9.1.14. - PEACE, TERRITORIALISM, WARFARE STATE, PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM

POWER: The power to enforce absolute evil on a population becomes tremendous – and tremendously tempting – when the entire economic apparatus of a nation becomes an integral part of is machinery of rule. When the state possesses the power to deny bread to a man’s family, even potential martyrs will hesitate to go against its edicts.” – John Chamberlain, The Morality of Free Enterprise, quoted in WESTERN WORLD REVIEW, Summer 67. - TOTALITARIANISM, ECONOMIC POWER OF THE COLLECTIVIST-NATIONALIST TERRITORIAL STATE, OFFICIAL TERRORISM

POWER: The power to tax is the power to destroy.” – John Marshall – Seeing the multitude of taxes is should be no surprise that much of the economy, of the market, of trade and private property and of individual rights and liberties has been infringed or even destroyed. Even free banking was sometimes taxed rather than legislated out of existence. – JZ, 10.3.09. - TAXATION & DESTRUCTION OF RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, VOLUNTARY TAXATION OR SUBSCRIPTIONS

POWER: The power to tax is the power to destroy” and nothing can be more important than limiting governmental power.” – Charles R. La Dow, in THE FREEMAN, 2/75. - Merely limiting territorial power is not enough. It must be abolished. - JZ, 10.2.11.

POWER: The power which a multiple millionaire, who may be my neighbor and perhaps my employer, has over me is very much less than that which the smallest "functionaire" possesses who wields the coercive power of the state, and on whose discretion it depends whether and how I am allowed to live or to work.” – Friedrich von Hayek, The Road to Serfdom. - PUBLIC VS. PRIVATE POWER, CAPITALISM, CORPORATIONS, WEALTH, BUREAUCRACY, PUBLIC SERVANTS, CIVIL SERVANTS, OFFICIALS

POWER: The powers of governments are acquired by delegation from the individual citizens (*) and, therefore, government cannot properly exercise any power which the individual himself did not first possess.” – Ben Moreell, Log II, p.167. - (*) At most from majorities, not from individual citizens, at least not as far as territorial governments are concerned. His remark would be correct only for communities of volunteers. – However, volunteers, in their societies and communities, could also grant extraordinary privileges to their leaders, as long as they are prepared to put up with them. – Compare the position of e.g. the Pope for Roman Catholics. – Such power grants are also applications of the advice: “Love thy enemy!” or of “the sanction of the victim”. - JZ, 8.3.08. DELEGATION OF POWER, INDIVIDUALISM, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES

POWER: The powers that the state acquires are not often surrendered.” – A. H. Meltzer, Why Government Grows, p.6. – Not by power addicts. Abdications are rare. – JZ, 12.4.08. - All the more urgent is the development of a sound libertarian liberation, defence and revolution program as well as one for the speeding up of the process of enlightenment, especially seeing how long we have already continued to exist, by much luck, under the "nuclear umbrella". Our luck in this respect will not last indefinitely. - JZ, 10.2.11. – TERRITORIALISM, NEW DRAFT

POWER: The privacy and dignity of our citizens [are] being whittled away by sometimes imperceptible steps. Taken individually, each step may be of little consequence. But when viewed as a whole, there begins to emerge a society quite unlike any we have seen – a society in which government may intrude into the secret regions of a [person’s] life.” – William O. Douglas (1898-1980), U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Osborne v. United States. - We have not yet adopted the principles, methods and institutions to gradually extend liberties, via volunteers, one by one. - JZ, 10.2.11. - TERRITORIAL ONES, ARE GRADUALLY EXTENDED, EXTERRITORIAL OPTIONS ARE STILL INSUFFICIENTLY DISCUSSED, FAR LESS REALIZED. OPTING OUT, INDIVIDUAL & GROUP SECESSIONISM, PERSONAL LAW OPTIONS, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, COMPETING GOVERNANCE

POWER: The problem isn't the abuse of power; it's the power to abuse." - Michael Cloud -  ABUSE

POWER: The real key to an information-age opportunity society is true power to the people - not phony liberalist-populist cries of power to the people which really mean power to the bureaucracy, and not phony big-business conservative cries of decentralized power in Washington when they secretly want decentralized power in the board room and the country club.” - Newt Gingrich, Window of Opportunity, A Blueprint for the Future, p.262. – Under people in this sense should only be understood communities and societies of volunteers, not whole populations, made up of many very diverse peoples and their groups of volunteers, penned into territories, under one constitution, imposed laws, jurisdiction, policing etc. and misruled by territorial governments. – JZ, 10.3.09, 9.1.14. - TO THE PEOPLE? LIBERALISM, BUREAUCRACY, POLITICIANS, REPRESENTATION, TERRITORIALISM, DEMOCRACY, REFERENDUM, VOTING, SECESSIONISM FOR DISSENTERS,

POWER: The revolutionary spirit had been handed down from the seventeenth-century sects, through the colonial charters. As early as 1638 a Connecticut preacher said: “The choice of public magistrates belongs unto the people, by God’s own allowance. They have the power to appoint officers and magistrates, it is in their power, also, to set the bounds and limitations of the power and place unto which they call them.” – In Rhode Island, where the Royal Charter was so liberal that it lasted until 1842, all power reverted annually to the people, and the authorities had to undergo re-election. Connecticut possessed so finished a system of self-government in the towns; that it served as a model for the federal Constitution.” – Lord Acton, Lectures on Modern History, p.292. - Mere associations and societies of volunteers with different ideas on political, economic and social systems, do form the only genuine "peoples". A territorial uniformity of realized views in these spheres can only be achieved temporarily, either by unsatisfatory compromises or by wrongful coercion. - JZ, 10.2.11. - PEOPLE, DEMOCRACY, AMERICAN REVOLUTION, TERRITORIALISM

POWER: The run to the top (of territorial power) is also the quickest run downhill. – JZ, 18.12.76, 21.3.08.

POWER: The saying 'power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely' is accurate enough for many cases, but more often applicable is the amended principle power draws the corrupted, absolute power would draw the absolutely corrupted." – Promethea, by Phoenix, 2/12/03. - - & CORRUPTION

POWER: The scarlet thread running thru the thoughts and actions of people all over the world is the delegation of great problems to the all-absorbing leviathan - the state - Every time that we try to lift a problem to the government to the same extent we are sacrificing the liberties of the people.” - John F. Kennedy. - In a confession of his own and greatest sins. His sexual conquests were trivial compared with his political ones - and they usually had voluntary victims only. - I read recently that he was also a very sick and drug-ridden man. (*) He doubled the nuclear arsenal of the U.S. - and for that alone he probably deserved to be executed - but not by a communist, who favored the same wrongful power for a still more wrongful other regime. - JZ, 24.11.02. – (*) Thus he would, probably, not have been accepted as an airline pilot. But it seems that anybody can become a president, especially when he can spend much on his election campaign. – JZ, 10.3.09. - DELEGATION, STATISM, GOVERNMENT

POWER: The separation of powers is only maximized when it rests upon individuals, with each individual retaining individual sovereignty, each reserving to himself the right to secede and to establish or join a competing kind of government, society or community, all only exterritorially autonomous, but this minimum of power in form of genuine self-government or self-determination or independence, would be enough to provide peace, if generally established. Each would then have power only over himself and not over others, unless they are his voluntary supporters and granted him that power, as long as they wanted to. – JZ, 3/88, 22.2.08. – The separation of territorial bureaucracy into three and supposedly quite separate branches, was just another one of the all too flawed and limited statists utopias. It never fulfilled its initial promises, hopes and expectations. – JZ, 19.3.09. - SEPARATION OF POWERS, WAR AIMS, GOVERNMENTS IN EXILE, SEPARATE PEACE, SECESSION, ALLIANCES, MILITIAS, FREE BANKING, MONETARY FREEDOM, PRISONERS OF WAR, LIBERATION, WARFARE, MILITIAS. - DESERTERS & PANARCHISM, PRISONERS OF WAR, SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARISM

POWER: The slave has but one master, the ambitious man has as many masters as there are persons whose aid may contribute to the advancement of his fortune.” – J. de la Bruyère, quoted in: Dr. Laurence J. Peter, The Peter Prescription, p.15. - POWER SEEKING, AMBITION, POLITICIANS, TRYING TO PLEASE THE MASSES OR MOST VOTERS, LEADERSHIP

POWER: the sorrow and the curse of the world.” – Auberon Herbert, A Plea for Voluntaryism, in Mack edition of Auberon Herbert’s essays, p.23. – Did A. H. clearly distinguish, anywhere, between monopolistic and coercive territorial power and voluntaristic self-management power only over the own affairs and those of like-minded individuals, even regarding whole political, economic and social systems? – JZ, 21.3.08.

POWER: The state rules through words, not guns.” – David V. J. Bell, Power, Influence and Authority, Introduction, p.13. - Not only through guns but also through words, misconceived and misleading ones. – JZ, n.d. & 28.3.08. – WORDS, TERMS, DEFINITIONS, TERMS, PREJUDICES

POWER: The struggle for existence describes an exceptional condition. The rule consists rather in the fight for power.“ – Nietzsche (“Der Kampf ums Dasein” – bezeichnet einen Ausnahmezustand. Die Regel ist vielmehr der Kampf um die Macht.”) – N. overlooked here that most people do not even struggle for power, political or other power, but just try to live as easily and well as they can under the existing conditions, largely determined by power-holders. – Their political involvement consists often only in somewhat following the mass media news and occasionally casting their vote. That is hardly a struggle for power. - JZ, 23.2.08. – Only the territorial politicians can be said to struggle for power, not the voters. – JZ, 9.4.08. – VOTING, POLITICIANS,

POWER: The supreme law of the State is the augmentation of its power to the detriment of internal liberty and external justice.” – Michael Bakunin, The Bear of Berne and the Bear of St. Petersburg, 1870. – STATE, TERRITORIALISM

POWER: The surest way to limit state power is to keep it separate from the people’s livelihoods.” – John Chamberlain, on “The Morality of Free Enterprise”, quoted in WESTERN WORLD REVIEW, Summer 67. – That becomes quite feasible only once individuals and groups of dissenters become quite free to secede from the State and rule themselves under personal laws and full exterritorial autonomy. – Otherwise, they will remain more or less captives of “the great machine”. – JZ, 8.3.08. – TERRITORIALISM WITHOUT SECESSIONISM: PEOPLE AS PROPERTY, SEPARATION OF THE STATE FROM THE ECONOMY, LIMITED GOVERNMENT, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY

POWER: The system of private property is the most important guaranty of freedom, not only for those who own property but scarcely less for those who do not.” – Friedrich August von Hayek, The Road to Serfdom. - Property presupposes self-ownership or individual sovereignty and this implies individual secessionism and voluntary exterritorial autonomy for those individuals who desire it for themselves. Hayek's thinking did not go far enough in this direction. - JZ, 10.2.11.

POWER: the theory of human rights has a refreshingly clear answer: restore power to individuals!” (*) – Tibor R. Machan, NEW GUARD, 7/78. – (*) Only self-management, self-government, self-determination power, alone or in free association with other volunteers, under full exterritorial autonomy or personal law. In other words, full freedom of contracts, of association and disassociation or secession, full freedom to experiment, always at the own risk and expense, without making any territorial claims. - JZ, 10.2.11. - HUMAN RIGHTS, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS

POWER: The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.” – James Madison (1751-1836). – Quoted in TRIBUNE, London. – Also by George Seldes, The Great Quotations & in C. Bingham, Men and Affairs. - All territorial power deserves distrust. - Distrust of it, on its own is not enough. Power given only voluntarily by individuals and from whose grasp individuals can individually withdraw is quite another matter. -JZ, 26. 11. 06, 10.2.11. – This is, largely or mostly applicable to territorial power over involuntary subjects only. – JZ, 16.1.13. - RULERS, POLITICIANS, PRESIDENTS, PRIME MINISTERS, REPRESENTATIVES, GOVERNMENTS, STATISM, TERRITORIALISM

POWER: The ultimate limit of the power of any government is what the citizen will accept.” - John Hyde. - The citizen ought to be free to accept or reject as an individual, not as a political subject, any policy, law and institution. Conscription, taxation and legal monopolies are not imposed upon consenting victims. - JZ, 7.4.91, 12.1.93. - LIMIT, ACCEPTANCE, CONSENT, VOLUNTARISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM

POWER: the unbridled used of arbitrary power, maintained through force and fear, always has a demoralizing and degenerating effect on those who use it. It breeds arrogance, intolerance, and sadism. Like the dope habit, it may start out innocently enough; but it feeds on itself, and things go from bad to worse. The more a person relies on it, the greater the temptation to increase the dose. Thus the “temporary” remedy becomes a pernicious habit, and it is almost impossible to turn back.” - Henry Grady Weaver, The Mainspring of Human Progress, revised edition, FEE, 1953, p.58. - TERRITORIALISM. EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY IS LIMITED BY ITSELF & ITS VOLUNTARISM, ALSO BY THE RESPECT FOR THE INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES OF OTHERS THAT IT REQUIRES. - JZ, 20.2.11.

POWER: The unceasing chorus of adulation dulls the superman’s faculty of self-criticism; the plenitude of power undermines the instinct of self-control.” – G.P. Gooch: Dictatorship in Theory and Practice.

POWER: The United States has the power to destroy the world, but not the power to save it alone." - Margaret Mead. - Only: "No power for anyone over any dissenter" can save the world. - JZ 8.7.91, 7.1.93. - The first individuals freely and consciously and quite publicly seceding from any State, any time and anywhere, might set off an avalanche of similar secessions and of alternative exterritorially autonomous associations of volunteers and these few might thus come to save the world. However, the nation-wide and world-wide repetition of absurdities and wrongs like territorial sovereignty, will not and cannot save us. Sudden and unexpected changes, starting from small beginnings, have often happened in world history and even in our times. A listing of such cases, with references, might be helpful. - JZ 12.7.92, 7.1.93, 10.12.03. - All kinds of lists of more or less trivial actions or happenings are already published. Those of significant alternatives may still have to be compiled or published. - JZ, 10.2.11. - SALVATION, INDIVIDUALS. INTERNATIONALISM, TERRITORIALISM, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONS, PANARCHISM, PEACE, SAVING THE WORLD, NUCLEAR WAR THREAT

POWER: The United States was supposed to have a limited government because the founders knew political power attracts swarms of crooks, demagogues and despots as surely as horse manure attracts swarms of horseflies." - Rick Gaber – “Force always attracts men of low morality." - Albert Einstein

POWER: the vicious circle of power is created which in all ages prevents men from developing the fundamental social aspects of their nature. Not only does individualism lead to greater cooperation within society, according to [Stephen Pearl] Andrews, but it equips the individual with the psychological vigor and strength to live in real social solidarity with others.” - Reichert, Partisans of Freedom. A Study in American Anarchism, p.90. – Again, I cannot find the panarchistic, polyarchistic, voluntaristic, experimental freedom, personal law and exterritorial autonomy options clearly enough expressed in this formulation. Do you? Do you know of better wordings? – JZ, 22.3.08. – TERRITORIALISM, STATISM, SOLIDARITY, GOVERNMENTALISM, INDIVIDUALISM, COOPERATION, SOCIETY,

POWER: The way to virtually eliminate genocide and mass murder appears to be through restricting and checking power. -  Rudolf Rummel, in  – Especially territorial power. – JZ, 1.4.12. - GENOCIDE, MASS MURDER, TERRITORIALISM

POWER: the widespread false impression that any government is safe and good so long as the people choose it themselves. The truth is that tyranny depends entirely upon the extent of government power and is in no way related to the source of that power.” – Clarence Manion, The Key to Peace, p.62/53. – DEMOCRACY, VOTING, CONSENT, ELECTIONS, TYRANNY, POPULAR GOVERNMENT, TYRANNY, TERRITORIALISM, DEMOCRACY, AUTHORITARIANISM

POWER: The worst rise to the top but even lower ranks of the bureaucracy can and do already much wrong and harm with their legalized powers and, sometimes, with powers assumed beyond their legal backing. - JZ, 16.3.02, 20.8.02. - PUBLIC SERVANTS, BUREAUCRACY, LEADERSHIP

POWER: The worst threat of concentration of power doesn’t come from business but from politics. – JZ, 16.2.77. – No business threatens me with nuclear weapons but several territorial governments do, directly or indirectly. – JZ, 7.3.08. – CORPORATIONS, CAPITALISM, WEALTH, RICH PEOPLE, BUSINESSMEN, CONCENTRATION OF BUSINESS & GOVERNMENT, CENTRALIZATION

POWER: The wrong sort of people are always in power because they would not be in power if they were not the wrong sort of people.” – Jon Wynne-Tyson – Power attracts the worst and tends to keep them in power. – JZ, 101.14. - TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT -  POLITICIANS, RULERS, PRESIDENTS, PRIME MINISTERS, LEADERSHIP, GOVERNMENTS, TERRITORIALISM, JOKES

POWER: Their (the Athenians') history furnishes the classic example of the peril of Democracy under conditions singularly favourable ... They were the most religious of the Greeks. They venerated the constitution which had given them prosperity, and equality, and freedom … They tolerated considerable variety of opinion and great licence of speech ... They became the only people of antiquity that grew great by democratic institutions. But the possession of unlimited power, which corrodes the conscience, hardens the heart, and confounds the understanding of monarchs, exercised its demoralizing influence on the illustrious democracy of Athens.” - Lord Acton (John E. E. Dalberg), The History of Freedom in Antiquity, 1877. - They, too, did not sufficiently appreciate and realize freedom to secede and to organize voluntarily and competitively in internal and external politics. - JZ, 24.11.02. – They even practised slavery still. – JZ, 10.1.14. - GREECE, ATHENS, DEMOCRACY, CONSTITUTIONALISM, HUMAN RIGHTS, FREEDOM, TERRITORIALISM, COMPETING GOVERNANCE & SOCIETIES

POWER: There are many kinds of power – physical power, the power to make money, the power to persuade people – but the power I am referring to here is pure, unadulterated, raw powerpower over other people.” - Robert J. Ringer, Restoring the American Dream, p.40. – TERRITORIALISM, STATISM, GOVERNMENTALISM

POWER: There are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by the gradual and silent encroachment of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpation.” - James Madison. – VS. FREEDOM, GRADUALISM, USURPATION, ENCROACHMENTS

POWER: There are similarities between absolute power and absolute faith: a demand for absolute obedience, a readiness to attempt the impossible, a bias for simple solutions - to cut the knot rather than unravel it, the viewing of compromise as surrender. Both absolute power and absolute faith are instruments of dehumanization. Hence, absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power.” - Eric Hoffer, "Thoughts of Eric Hoffer”, including: “Absolute Faith Corrupts Absolutely." THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, April 25, 1971, p.24. & CORRUPTION, TERRITORIALISM, FAITH, OBEDIENCE, TRUE BELIEVERS, FUNDAMENTALISM

POWER: There are two powers by which chiefly this world is ruled: the sacred authority of the priesthood and the authority of kings. And of these, the authority of the priests is so much the weightier, as they must render before the tribunal of God an account even for the kings of men.” - Gelasius I (?-496), Pope from 492, Letter to Byzantine Emperor Anastasius I, C.E. 494. - The ideologues of today are the equivalent of the priesthoods of old. - JZ, 13.10.02. - TERRITORIALISM, PUBLIC SERVANTS, PRIESTS, HIERARCHIES, ABSOLUTISM, STATISM AS A RELIGION

POWER: there has never been power with purity – anywhere.” – Arthur Hailey, In High Places, p. 209.

POWER: There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty. - John Adams in - LIBERTY & TRUST, TERRITORISLISM, STATISM, POLITICIANS, STATESMEN, RULERS, LEADERSHIP

POWER: There is no more contemptible poison than power over one’s fellow men.” – Maxim Gorki, Novaya Zhism. – Quoted by Wendell Willkie. – Quoted in George Seldes, The Great Quotations.

POWER: There is no power but from God.” – Bible, Romans XIII, 1, c. 55. – If that were really true, assuming that a God exists, then that God could be blamed for a lot of abuses of wrongful powers. – Over 200 million mass murder victims of various powers in the 20th century alone! - JZ, 28.3.08. – GOD, BIBLE, DEMOCIDE, MASS MURDERS

POWER: There is no power, other than the power to rule oneself, and that can be neither given, nor taken away.” – Robert Heinlein, Assignment in Eternity, vol. 2, p.57. – Alas, this only real and rightful power can be taken away or suppressed - constitutionally, legally and juridically, territorially, although not morally. And it cannot be simply regained merely by wishing it or proclaiming it, although both attempts would help somewhat to steer public opinion in the right direction. – JZ, 21.3.08, 10.2.11. – INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, SECESSIONISM, SELF-OWNERSHIP, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES

POWER: there is no such thing as revolutionary power, for all power is reactionary by nature: power corrupts both those who exercise it and those over whom it is exercised. …” - Albert Meltzer, A New World in Our Hearts, p.60. - Territorial revolutionaries are, through their territorialism, merely conservatives or reactionaries. Only if they engaged in diverse voluntary revolutions, down to one-man revolutions, all of them, which are wanted by at least some or one, with none of them claiming any territorial monopoly for its volunteers, would they be genuine, pure, just, fully liberating and radical revolutionaries. Alas, such a revolution has not yet happened but ought to be prepared in the interest and for the rights and liberties of almost everyone. – JZ, n.d. - TERRITORIALISM, REVOLUTION, REACTIONARIES

POWER: There is no way to give a politician power that can only be used to do good. If he gives food to someone, he must take if from someone else; food does not appear from thin air.” – David Friedman, The Machinery of Freedom, p.21. – However, all of them should be given the power to repeal all wrongful interventionist legislation and to veto, on their own, with their single vote, any further such interventionist law. - Individual and group secessionism combined with panarchies would work even better. - JZ, 10.2.11. - WELFARE STATE, TERRITORIALISM, REDISTRIBUTIONISM, VETO, POLITICIANS, LAW REPEAL

POWER: There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it.” - Lord Acton, letter to Mandell Creighton, April 5, 1887. - Acton, Essays on Freedom and Power, ed. Gertrude Himmelfarb, p.336 (1972).

POWER: There is not one power system that really cares about civilians.” – From the film “The Killer Elite”, on channel 9, 8.30 pm, 7.1.86.

POWER: There is nothing, absolutely nothing, which needs to be more carefully guarded against than that one man should be allowed to become more powerful than the people.” - Demosthenes (384? - 322? B.C.). - Rather: than sovereign individuals and their voluntary associations. - JZ, 26.11.02. – RULERS, PRESIDENTS, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, VOLUNTARISM, TYRANTS, DICTATORS, PRIME MINISTERS, CHANCELLORS, PRESIDENTS, LEADERSHIP, PEOPLE

POWER: There's something about power that tempts people to push its limits a little further out each time they exercise it. Look at the way presidents have started wars, even though the Constitution clearly gives that power to the Congress.” - Michael F. Flynn, The Washer at the Ford, ANALOG, 6/89, p.49. - PRESIDENTS, CONGRESS, DECISION ON WAR & PEACE, CONSTITUTIONALISM

POWER: There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible to live without breaking laws.” – Ayn Rand – Regarding her first sentence: As if innocent people had not had their rights and liberties all too often violated. – They need to organize themselves in voluntary panarchies and in ideal militia forces to uphold all the individual rights and liberties that they want to practise among themselves. – She was more realistic in the second and third sentence. - JZ, 10.3.09, 10.2.11. – POWER & TYRANNY OF TERRITORIAL GOVERNMENTS, ITS VICTIMIZATION OF ARTIFICIALLY MADE CRIMINALS (“CRIMES” WITHOUT VICTIMS), DRUG WARS, ENVIRONMENT LAWS, ECOLOGY & CONSERVATION IN GOVERNMENT HANDS, CRIMES & LAW BREAKING, LEGISLATION, MILITIA, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM

POWER: They can do anything to you that you can’t stop them from doing.” – Joseph Heller, Catch 22. - How can they effectively resist when even the National Guard is nationalized, under government control, as in the U.S.A. and when even the best governmental bills of rights are still very flawed and incomplete and the science of resistance, revolution and liberation has not yet been fully developed, not even by anarchists and libertarians? - JZ, 10.2.11. - RESISTANCE, TERRITORIALISM, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, MILITIA, VICTIM DISARMAMENT, MISSING IMPORTANT PROGRAMS

POWER: They can do just what they want.” – Solzhenitsyn, First Circle, p.297. – To and with you. – JZ, n.d. - TERRITORIALISM & INDIVIDUAL HELPLESSNESS UNDER IT, STATISM, GOVERNMENTALISM

POWER: They create a new kind of Government, which has no power that individuals do not grant to it.” – Rose Wilder Lane, The Discovery of Freedom, p.192. – No kind of government, society or community with any power that its individual volunteers did not grant to it. – JZ, 1976, 10.1.14. – Territorial and collectivist elections, realizing at best only the will of the majority, are no substitute for this. – JZ, 8.3.08. - She, too, seems to have thought only of a single territorial government, a supposedly ideal because “limited” one. – JZ, 12.4.08. – CONSENT, VOLUNTARISM VS. TERRITORIALISM, STATISM, GOVERNMENTALISM, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREGINTY INSTEAD OF COLLECTIVIST & TERRITORIAL VOTING & INSTITUTIONS

POWER: they feel and recognize that they can find in the concentration of State power and force neither security nor freedom.” – LERNZIEL ANARCHIE, Nr. 3.

POWER: They have lost the knowledge “born of long ages of suffering under man’s dominion over man … that the exercise of unlimited power by men with limited minds and self-regarding prejudices is soon oppressive, reactionary and corrupt.” – William E. Simon, A Time for Truth, p.215/6, in attacking Lippmann’s “heresy” of the 1930’s – the belief that “there are no limits to man’s capacity to govern others and that therefore no limitation ought to be imposed on government.” – Lippman was certainly not always a consistent classical liberal or even a libertarian, although many of his writings are also of some interest to libertarians. - JZ, 22.3.08.

POWER: They held to the notion that government ought to intervene in the market place, for the “social good”, that political power could be exercised for the benefit of mankind. They were socialists in spite of themselves.” – Frank Chodorov, Out of Step, p.92. - GOVERNMENT, TERRITORIALISM, STATISM, WELFARE STATE, POLITICS, COMMON GOOD, PUBLIC INTEREST, STATE SOCIALISM VS. VOLUNTARISM, FREE CHOICE, FREE MARKET, FREE ASSOCIATIONISM, CONTRACTARIANISM, FREE EXCHANGE, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, SECESSIONISM, PERSONAL LAW, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, CENTRALIZATION

POWER: They knew of Power’s clever usurpation of everything that stands in its way.” – William D. Burt, on the Founding Fathers of the USA. – Why aren’t the lovers of individual rights and liberties as active? Why don’t they simply practise all their rights and liberties? Why don’t they even bother to finally compile and publish, between them, a complete declaration of individual rights and liberties – instead of always merely falling back upon the far from perfect one of the Founding Fathers - and upon the few subsequent Amendments? – Why don’t they prepare an ideal militia force of volunteers, organized, armed and trained for nothing but the defence of all genuine individual rights and liberties, primarily against their own territorial governments? - JZ, 8.3.08, 10.2.11. – Q. TERRITORIALISM

POWER: They search for power in the wrong place. … Reckless fools.” – From film: The Secret Amulet. - Rightful self-management power is suppressed rather than realized under territorialism. - JZ, 10.2.11.

POWER: They’re people, dig, people, is all, but, baby, they’re junkies. All of ‘em power-junkies. That’s what power does to you, a fucking monkey on your back – just like junk. First shot’s free, kiddies, but after that you’ve gotta go out and cop more and more and more to feed the monkey. … And a junkie don’t give a shit about anything but junk. Power and smack – it’s all the same junk.” – Norman Spinrad, Bug Jack Barron, p.95. - ADDICTION TO POWER, TERRITORIALISM, POLITICIANS

POWER: this game of power politics for the annihilation of human rights. …” - Franklin Dix, FREEDOM (Lib. Am.), Spring 73. – POLITICS

POWER: This world is not safe for any power yet, be it nuclear or any other power.” - JZ, 76. – Except the power over oneself or the power which volunteers grant over themselves and this only as long as they do. – JZ, 18.3.09. – PANARCHISM, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARISM, TERRITORIALISM, NWT, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, SELF-OWNERSHIP, INDIVIDUALISM, VOLUNTARISM

POWER: those in power had always been men of guns and destruction.” – Dean R. Koontz, A Darkness in my Soul, Daw Books, N.Y, 1972, p.15.

POWER: Those who exercise power and those subject to its exercise – the rulers and the ruled – stand in antagonistic relations to each other.” - John C. Calhoun, A Disquisition on Government, C. G. Post edition, p.11. – That is true for territorial governments with compulsory membership and subordination but untrue for governments that are only exterritorially autonomous and have only voluntary members. – JZ, 17.1.05. - All too true for all too many and all too long periods of territorial governments and their territorial and involuntary subjects. - But not true for communities, societies and competing governments, all only formed by and for volunteers under full exterritorial autonomy. In that personal law situation the like-minded people can sort themselves out and separate themselves, peacefully, from minorities or majorities that so far ruled territorially and establish and maintain their alternative institutions and rules for themselves and also organize all kinds of minorities into true forms of self-governance, communities and societies, in accordance with their own knowledge, faith, belief or conviction, even in most radical form. Then no prolonged struggle, often desperate, bloody and destructive, is necessary to achieve their full exterritorial autonomy, one fully in accordance with their own individual or group choices or dreams. Political ”science” ought to finally explore that alternative, especially since it promotes peace, justice, prosperity, progress and enlightenment. When one can have one’s choices for oneself and my neighbors can have their choices, always at the own risk and expense, then the can be friends, good neighbors or at least polite to each other. – JZ, 1.10. 07, 10.1.14. - RULES & RULED UNDER TERRITORIALISM & UNDER EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, CHOICE, VOLUNTARISM, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM

POWER: Those who have been once intoxicated with power and have derived any kind of emolument from it can never willingly abandon it." - Edmund Burke, Letter to a Member of the National Assembly. – Another version: Those who have been once intoxicated with power, and have derived any kind of emolument from it, even though but for one year, can never willingly abandon it. – We should not forget that such abdications and resignations do occur occasionally but only rarely. Mostly they do happen only under some kind of pressure, rather than from insight into the own faults and limitations. - JZ, 22.2.08, 10.1.14. – ABDICATIONS, RESIGNATIONS OF RULERS, ADDICTION TO POWER, RULERS, POLITICIANS, PRESIDENTS, PRIME MINISTERS, POLITICIANS

POWER: Those who have seized power, even for the noblest of motives, soon persuade themselves that there are good reasons for not relinquishing it. This is particularly likely to happen if they believe themselves to represent some immensely important cause. They will feel that their opponents are ignorant and perverse; before long they will come to hate them. The important thing is to keep their power, not to use it as a means to an eventual paradise. And so what were means become ends, and their original ends are forgotten except on Sundays. - Bertrand Russell - Roy Halliday, Quotations with an Attitude, online. – Do they get enough moral and rational guidance at least on Sundays, from preachers, prayers or mediations? I have seen no signs of that. – JZ, 10.1.14. – CONSCIENCE, MORALITY, ETHICS, PRINCIPLES

POWER: Those who nourish the hope that it will be possible to keep central government free of the corrupting tendencies of power and to staff it with a freedom-loving elite, overestimate the virtues of both the electorate and the elected, and underestimate the normative power of structural processes even over well-intended functionaries." — Robert Nef - CORRUPTION & CENTRALIZATION OR FEDERALISM, GOVERNMENT, TERRITORIALISM, ELITISM, POLITICIANS, BUREAUCRATS, FUNCTIONARIES

POWER: Those who seek education in the paths of duty are always deceived by the illusion that power in the hands of friends is an advantage to them … Power is poison. Its effect on Presidents has always been tragic, chiefly as an almost insane excitement at first, and a worse reaction afterward; but also because no mind is so well balanced as to bear the strain of seizing unlimited force without habit or knowledge of it; and finding it disputed with him by hungry packs of wolves and hounds whose lives depend on snatching the carrion.” – H .B. Adams, The Education of Henry Adams, quoted in George Seldes, The Great Quotations, p.759. - Underlining by me. – JZ

POWER: 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. - But let it happen, among volunteers. Deterrent examples are needed, too. - JZ, 28.3.08. - SANCTION OF THE VICTIMS, VOLUNTARISM

POWER: Though the erosion of the American Dream began over two hundred years ago, a tremendous acceleration in the rate of that erosion occurred in the 1930’s under Franklin Roosevelt. Said FDR: “Government has the definite duty to use all its power and resources to meet new social problems with new social controls.” - With those words, FDR took it upon himself, in effect, to throw out the Constitution of the United States and to redefine the function of government. His statement was, at best, unintelligible, and, at worst, immoral – a dangerous combination. - First, government has no “power” (i.e. legitimate power) except that granted to it by the individuals who explicitly consent to be represented by it. – Ringer, Restoring the American Dream, p.116. – Underlining by me. – JZ - STATISM, FDR, NEW DEAL,  TERRITORIALISM WELFARE STATE, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, CONSENT, REPRESENTATION, SOCIAL CONTROLS, LAWS, , LEGITIMACY, CONSTITUTIONALISM, STATISM, GOVERNMENTALISM

POWER: Thousands of experiences had to be gathered and must still be gathered to make men ready for the thought that it is not the form of power, but power (*) itself, which is the source of all evil (**) and that it must be abolished to open to man new outlooks for the future. Even the slightest achievement along this tedious (***) path was a step forward in the direction of the loosing of all those bonds of political power which have always crippled the creative forces of cultural life (****) and hindered their natural development. …” - Rudolf Rocker, Nationalism and Culture, p.143. - (*) over others, involuntary victims! (**) death, sicknesses, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tidal wakes comet strikes etc. excepted! - (***) Not so tedious, but rather adventurous and exciting, if undertaken by volunteers, panarchistically, in their own free experiments under personal laws! - JZ - (****) especially of economic relationships! - Panarchists, essentially, do not propose anything more or anything less. – JZ, 29.3.08.

POWER: Through a hierarchy of control it is possible to reduce men to paralyzed automats. Military conscription, for instance, has hitherto represented the ultimate length to which arbitrary power could go in the total subjugation of free men.” - Ronald Sampson, Power, the Enshrined Heresy. – CONSCRIPTION, MILITARY SLAVERY

POWER: To be a great autocrat you must be a great barbarian.” – Joseph Conrad, The Mirror of the Sea, 1906.

POWER: To control the consciousness of others becomes his only passion; power-lust is a weed that grows only in the vacant lots of an abandoned mind.” – Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, p.970. – MINDLESSNESS, PRINCIPLES, ETHICS, MORALITY, ADDICTION TO POWER, LEADERSHIP, TERRITORIALISM, STATISM

POWER: To expect self-denial from men, when they have a majority in their favour and consequently power to gratify themselves, is to disbelieve all history and universal experience.” – John Adams, quoted in GOOD GOVERNMENT, Dec. 75. – CORRUPTION, REPRESENTATION, PARLIAMENTS, PARTIES

POWER: To love one’s country and its people doesn’t entail power over them.” - Robert LeFevre, LEFEVRE’S JOURNAL, Fall 75. – PATRIOTISM, NATIONALISM

POWER: To prevent chaos, violence, rapine, or rule by the gangsters, somebody must be trusted with some power; but nobody can be completely trusted with much power.” – Henry Hazlitt, THE FREEMAN, Oct. 77. – Everybody must be trusted with power over himself. No one should be trusted with any power over others – except within societies and communities of volunteers. – JZ, 1.8.92, 28.3.08. – PANARCHISM, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARISM, GENUINE SELF-GOVERNMENT, POLYARCHISM

POWER: To seize power is to go outside the libertarian realm.” – David Wiek, ANARCHY 8. – Libertarians should aim only at libertarianism for libertarians, anarchists only at anarchism for anarchists. Any type of libertarian should aim only at any type of libertarianism for any type of libertarian, and any anarchist only at any type of anarchism for any type of anarchists. At the same time, both groups should become tolerant also towards any kind of statism that is practised only among any kind of statists. All by individual choice and all limited by individual secessionism, personal law and the absence of any territorial monopoly. No one has the right to rule peaceful dissenters or to impose his system, ideology or faith upon them. – JZ, 8.3.08, 10.1.14. – PANARCHISM, FREEDOM OF ACTION, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, VOLUNTARISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, PERSONAL LAW, POLYARCHISM, COMPETING GOVERNANCE VS. TERRITORIALISM

POWER: To the best of my knowledge, having read history back and forth for four decades, no ruling elite has ever encouraged the pluralist paradigm. All power structures try to brainwash everybody into a single tunnel-reality, with State education, Holy Inquisitions, FBIs, Gestapos, Drug Administrations, etc., and anybody who questions that tunnel-reality gets the hemlock (Socrates, 4th century B.C.), burning at the stake (Bruno, 17th century), the bottom cell in the basement at Folsom (Leary, 1973), or some similar discouragement. (*)“Communication is only possible between equals”, as Hagbard Celine and I keep telling people, and no (territorially – JZ) ruling elite is ready, willing, or able to receive dissenting signals from independents or mavericks. Once you accept a pluralist universe, you are logically compelled to accept a pluralist society – i.e., a decentralized, libertarian, or outright anarchist society – and no (territorially – JZ) ruling class can accept that idea. …” - Robert Anton Wilson, The Illuminati Papers, p.114. - Copyright 1977, CONSPIRACY DIGEST, Box 766, Dearborn, MI 48121. – (*) To me the most horrible form was the commitment of political opponents to mental asylums, where they were given drugs to drive them into madness, as happened during the last years of the Soviet regime. – JZ, 10.1.14. - BRAIN-WASHING, EDUCATION, TUNNEL VISION, PREJUDICES, STATISM, TERRITORIALISM, STATISM, PLURALISM, PANARCHISM, DECENTRALIZATION, CENTRALIZATION

POWER: Today, however, in a dangerous world, we cannot afford to delegate total power to anyone, we cannot surrender even the weak popular influence that exists under majoritarian systems, and we cannot allow tiny minorities to make vast decisions that tyrannize all other minorities.” (*) - Alvin Toffler, The Third Wave, Pan Books & Collins, 1980/81, p.431. - (*) And even the territorial majority in the own country and in other countries, as e.g. protectionist policies and mass murder devices inevitably do, by threat or use. – JZ, 24.9.07. - DELEGATION & VOTING, REPRESENTATION, DECISION-MAKING MONOPOLIES, STATISM

POWER: unbounded power proceeds step by step, until it has eradicated every laudable principle.” – Edmund Burke, A Vindication of Natural Society, 1756, p.37. – TERRITORIALISM, LACK OF SOUND PRINCIPLES, MORALITY, ETHICS

POWER: under capitalism, the power of any one individual over his fellow man is relatively small. You take the richest capitalist in the world; his power over you and me is trivial compared with the power that a Brezhnev or a Kosygin has in Russia. Or even compared in the United States with the power that an official of the Internal Revenue Service has over you.” – Milton Friedman, PLAYBOY, 2/74. - WEALTH, CAPITALISM, BUSINESS, ENTERPRISE, RICHES, TAX OFFICIALS

POWER: Under present territorial conditions the powerful get more powerful and the powerless more powerless. No wonder, for the powerful prescribe the conditions and this, alas, so far even with the consent of most of their victims, who are also territorialists and statists and never seriously considered the voluntary and exterritorial alternatives to territorial statism. – JZ, 12.2.84 & 22.3.08. – VOLUNTARISM & INDIVIDIUAL SOVEREIGNTY & SECESSIONISM VS. TERRITORIALISM, STATISM, GOVERNMENTALISM, CENTRALIZATION, MONOPOLISM, COMPULSION

POWER: unless the monopoly of power can be check-mated, freedom is always in danger.” - Frank Chodorov: The Income Tax, p.88. – Only territorial powers can be truly monopolized. – JZ, 12.4.08. - TERRITORIALISM, MONOPOLISM, STATISM, VS. INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES

POWER: Unlike fire, power over others cannot even be a good friend but only a fearful master. Only power over self or, rather, independence from the power of others, is worthwhile having. – JZ, 5.7.82. – SELF-OWNERSHIP, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, SELF-RESPONSIBILITY, SELF-GOVERNANCE, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY

POWER: Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it. – And this I know, my lords, that where laws end, tyranny begins.” - William Pitt, the Elder, Earl of Chatham, 1708-1778, British Prime Minister from 1766-1778, speech in House of Lords, on the case of Wilkes, January 9, 1770, quoted in C. Bingham, Men and Affairs, p.252. – Also in George Seldes: The Great Quotations & Hyman quotations, p.246. - Where genuine law ends and mere "positive" legislation starts we have the beginning of territorial tyranny. - JZ, 10.2.11.

POWER: unlimited power is usually exercised under the guise of legality.” - John C. Grover, The Hellmakers, Veritas Publishing Co., PO Box 42, Cranbrook, WA 6321, 1993, p.275. - & LEGALITY, LEGALISM, LAW, CONSTITUTIONALISM, DEMOCRACY VS. INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES

POWER: unnatural power corrupts both the heart and the understanding.” – Edmund Burke, A Vindication of Natural Society, 1756, p.36.

POWER: Unrestrained power leads to human degradation.” – Robert G. Bearce, THE FREEMAN, Jan. 76.

POWER: until the great principle of no compulsory powers is carried out we cannot hope to discover the best form of local government. Where an existing body is clothed with compulsory powers there can be no real competition between other forms and itself. To discover what is really in the interest of men there must be free competition between all systems; and free competition there cannot be where one system can enforce its own methods, and keep all rivals out of the field.” - Auberon Herbert, in the Mack edition, p.160. – PANARCHISM, LOCAL GOVERNMENT, PUBLIC OR COMMON INTEREST, BEST PRESERVED THROUGH FREE COMPETITION, LAISSEZ FAIRE, COMPETITION, FREEDOM OF CONTRACT, ASSOCIATION & EXPERIMENTATION IN EVERY SPHERE NOW TERRITORIALLY MONOPOLIZED BY GOVERNMENTS & THEIR STATES, EVEN IN DEMOCRACIES

POWER: Unused power slips imperceptibly into the hands of another.” – Konrad Heiden, fl. 1933-1939. – The power over others should be done away with, not just the current power holder or power user. – JZ, 12.4.08. – Except within communities of volunteers, with their own and self-imposed restrictions. – JZ, 10.1.14. - LEADERSHIP, VACUUM, TRANSFER OF POWER, VOLUNTARISM, INDIVIDUAL CONSENT, SECESSIONISM

POWER: Use power to curb power.” – Chinese proverb. – Rather, use individual secessionism and panarchism and their liberation, revolution and military insurrection potential to curb or even abolish excess powers. – JZ, 29.3.08. – I consider all territorial powers to be excessive, but not any power that is confined only to its own volunteers and makes no territorial monopoly claims and acts towards other communities never aggressively but merely defensively. – JZ, 18.3.09. – DEFENCE, LIBERATION, REVOLUTION, MILITARY INSURRECTIONS, GOVERNMENTS & SOCIETIES IN EXILE AS ALLIES AGAINST DICTATORSHIPS

POWER: Vested interest has more power over most people, especially the unenlightened ones, than have moral and rational arguments. Thus people should never be granted any powers, not even voting powers, over other people, except in societies and communities of volunteers and their internal affairs only. – JZ, 15.4.85, 13.2.86, 29.3.08. How many more times will I get around to revise this? – JZ, 29.3.08.

POWER: we are too inclined to give power to people who misuse it, and do very well out of promoting conflict.” – John Taylor, THE AUSTRALIAN, 19/20 July 1986.

POWER: We can clearly identify the authoritarian as one who coercively interferes with the creative side of people’s lives. Of what, then, is such authoritarian power composed? - Individual liberty itself is a power: it is the power to choose, the power of personal decision. But since no man gains liberty by denying it to another, it follows that individual liberty is a voluntary, non-interfering power.” – Leonard E. Read, Deeper Than You Think, p.128. - LIBERTY, NON-INTERFERENCE, NON-VIOLENCE, NON-AUTHORITARIAN POWER, INDIVIDUAL FREE CHOICE, FREEDOM OF CONTRACT, SELF-MANAGEMENT, SELF-CONTROL, SELF-DETERMINATION, SELF-GOVERNMENT – FOR INDIVIDUALS & GROUPS OF VOLUNTEERS, INSTEAD OF TERRITORIAL COLLECTIVES OF SOME VOLUNTEERS, MIXED WITH NUMEROUS DISSENTERS. – PANARCHISM & EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY & VOLUNTARISM AS THE ALTERNATIVE. MILITIA, LAISSEZ FAIRE, POLYARCHISM, SECESSIONISM

POWER: we could describe it as a fixation: the highest “good” is regulation, control and domination. The “principle” evolving from this attitude is that the “law is supreme”, meaning that those who make and enforce the law are supreme.” – Frank Chodorov, Out of Step, p.134. – POWER COMPLEX, POLITICIANS, STATISM, BUREAUCRATS, LEGISLATORS, SOVEREIGNTY, ABOVE THE LAW, REGULATION, CONTROL, DOMINATION, TERRITORIALISM, DECISION-MAKING MONOPOLIES, CENTRALIATION

POWER: We had better not aim at seizing power but at eroding, undermining, dissolving, democratizing, decentralizing, and distributing it. But when this becomes our goal, it becomes clear that there can be no single sector of the society that will make the revolution.” – Dave Dellinger, quoted by Brian Martin, “Changing the Cogs”, p.81. – GOVERNMENTS & SOCIETIES IN EXILE, MINORITY AUTONOMY UNDER PERSONAL LAW, ALTERNATIVE INSTITUTIONS, INCLUDING EXTRRITORIALLY AUTONOMOUS ONES OF VOLUNTEERS.

POWER: We have experienced how harmful the unlimited power is to the true interests of a nation. The art to levy rather crafty taxes, the power of terrible extortions, which were more and more multiplied, the confused laws, which contradict each other, the chicanery which swallows the possessions of citizens, the towns filled with privileged tyrants … that was the effect of this alert despotism, … this authorized system of general plunder.” - Louis-Sebastian Mercier, L’an 2440, 1972, p.252/253. - In German, 1772: Das Jahr 2440, in Der Traum vom besten Staat, 1972, 1975, p.244 ff, Dokumente, dtv. Wissenschaftliche Reihe, Herausgeber Helmut Swoboda, born 1924. Mercier envisioned a primitive system of voluntary taxation. (*) The motto of his book is: “The presence is pregnant with the future.“ - (*) But who cares to acquire that kind of knowledge? Who cares, even today, to acquire full knowledge of all individual rights and liberties and to spread that knowledge? – JZ, 12.9.07. - TAXATION, LAWS, PRIVILEGES


POWER: We have it in our power to begin the world again.” - Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776. - That starts with re-thinking territorial powers and examining exterritorial and voluntarist options and influences, consumer sovereignty and freedom to experiment in this sphere among like-minded people. Ideas know no borders and can spread very fast and can also lead to better institutions and rules very fast - among volunteers. We have already made all too many human sacrifices to the gods of statism and territorialism. - JZ, 20.9.04, 10.1.14. – We do not have to repeat all the old wrongs and mistakes over and over again. – JZ, 9.4.08. – HUMAN SACRIFICES TO THE MODERN GODS, TERRITORIALISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY FOR VOLUNTEERS, OPPORTUNITY & IDEAS TO CHANGE THE WORLD, STATISM, LEADERSHIP, POLITICS OF STATISM, LAISSEA FAIRE, FREDOM OF CONTRACT, ASSOCIATION & EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM IN EVERY SPHERE, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM

POWER: We have never sought power. We have sought to disperse power, to set men and women free. That really means: to help them discover that they are free. Everybody’s free. The slave is free. The ultimate weapon isn’t this plague out in Vegas, or any new super H-bomb. The ultimate weapon has always existed. Every man, every woman, and every child owns it. It’s the ability to say No and to take the consequences. “Fear is failure”. “The fear of death is the beginning of slavery.” “Thou hast no right but to do they will” … Socrates took the hemlock to prove it. Jesus went to the cross to prove it. It’s in all history, all myth, all poetry. It’s right out in the open all the time.” – Wilson/Shea, Illuminatus III, p.142/43. – An all too poetic and impractical or self-defeating view of the matter, not sufficiently concerned with the details and techniques of successful resistance and liberation efforts. – JZ, 7.3.08. – The “right” to submit to murder or to commit suicide is not the best solution in every case, if in any at all. – JZ, 10.1.14.

POWER: We have power and more power, and everywhere it is being used to blow our world to pieces.” – H. G. Wells, The Common Sense of War and Peace, p.29. – His use of “we” was a quite unfounded generalization, especially when one deals with territorialism, statism and their wrongful decision-making monopolies. – JZ, 10.1.14.

POWER: We have seen more human misery caused by the wielding of political power, more cruelty and destruction of human lives, than ever before in our history.” - Roy Childs, Liberty Against Power. – POLITICS, MASS MURDERS, DEMOCIDE, NWT

POWER: We have seen that as a fact of history man only abandons power and force over others when it fails. (*) At present, almost everywhere, we refuse to face the failure of the old forms of political power. We don’t believe that we need the co-operation of the foreigner, or we believe that we can coerce him.” - Norman Angell, Human Nature and the Peace Problem, 1925, p.135. – We have adopted the same territorialist stance towards internal dissenters. – Territorialism has failed and had to fail numerous times, and yet it is still widely subscribed to. Most people do not know anything better and cannot even imagine it so far and this in spite of some historical precedents for exterritorial autonomy and personal law associations. – Even political “scientists” do still mostly ignore that alternative and its tradition and future possibilities. - JZ, 8.10.08. – (*) Often the statist response is rather to increase wrongful powers and give more money and manpower to the wrongful and irrational statist “solution” attempts. – At the same time the dissenters are not allowed to secede and to do their own things under personal law and thus the wrongs and irrationalities go on an on. - JZ, 10.1.14. - TERRITORIALISM, DISSENTERS, INTOLERANCE, VS. PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, SECESSIONISM, DOING THE OWN THINGS, TOLERANTLY, UNDER PERSONAL LAW OR EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY

POWER: We have the power to do any damn fool thing we want to do, and we seem to do it about every 10 minutes. - Under exterritorial autonomy for all communities of volunteers matters would be very different. Foolish actions would become greatly and rapidly reduced and could not be endlessly repeated, financed out of compulsory taxation revenues. Under territorialism the costs of the own mistakes can all too often put on the shoulders of those, who did not make the mistakes. - JZ, 26. 11. 06.  -J. William FulbrightAnother severe abuse of the word “we”. Unless it is meant only as a description of territorialists and what they are doing to us. – JZ, 10.1.14. – STATISM, GOVERNMENTALISM, TERRITORIALISM, COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY, FOLLY, DOMINATED ABILITY VS. INABILITY, TERRITORIALLY IN CHARGE, POWERLESSNESS VS. ENTRENCHED POWER, A FEW FUNDAMENTAL TRUTHS VS. LEGIONS OF POPULAR ERRORS, PREJUDICES, MYTHS, WRONG ASSUMPTIONS & CONCLUSIONS. AVALANCHES OF LEGISLATION VS. INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS LIBERTIES & THEIR OPPORTUNITIES. TAXATION & OTHER WRONGS & IRRATIONALITIES LEGALLY IMPOSED. CREATIVITY & EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM OPTIONS, E.G. FREEDOM OF ACTION & SELF-HELP UNDER PERSONAL LAW, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONS, VOLUNTARISM, FREEDOM OF CONTRACT, ASSOCIATION, LAISSEZ FAIRE, COMPETITION, INDIVIDUAL CONSUMER & ENTERPRISE SOVEREIGNTY, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, EXPERIMENTATION, IN EVERY SPHERE,  POLYARCHIES & PANARCHIES, RIGHT TO MAKE MISTAKES, VOLUNTARISM REMAIN ALL TERRITORIALLY OUTLAWED. WE “LIVE” EVEN IN SUPPOSEDLY FREE COUNTRIES UNDER COUNTRY-WIDE “PRISON” SYSTEMS FOR MOSTLY INNOCENT PEOPLE. We are bound into this kind of Gordic Knot or multiple fetters - without a knife or sword and freedom of movement to cut it. – These wrongful bonds are so numerous and customary that possibly no paragraph can sufficiently and convincingly describe them. - JZ, 10.1.14.

POWER: We have the whole universe to live in, if we can break past the power-mongers.” – Poul Anderson, The Avatars, p.29.

POWER: We intend, in short, not to establish another form of Power over human beings, but to give individuals full liberty to live their own lives in communities of peace and voluntary social relations.” - Roy Childs, Liberty Against Power. – POLITICS, INDIDIVIDUALS, LIBERTY, PEACE, VOLUNTARISM

POWER: We know that all power tends to be abused, and that the greater the power the greater the liability to abuse. We know that power begets power – that the more power a government already has over the lives and activities of its citizens, the more they can be intimidated, and the more easily can it seize still further powers.” – Henry Hazlitt, The Conquest of Poverty, p.189. - TERRITORIALISM, STATISM, ABUSES

POWER: We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. … The object of power is power.” – George Orwell, 1984, quoted in Robert J. Ringer, Restoring the American Dream, p.44. – DICTATORSHIP, REVOLUTION

POWER: We know, by infinite Examples and Experience, that Men possessed of Power, rather than part with it, will do any thing, even the worst and the blackest, to keep it; and scarce ever any Man upon Earth went out of it as long as he could carry every thing his own way in it. … This seems certain, That the Good of the World, or of their People, was not one of their Motives either for continuing in Power, or for quitting it. - It is the Nature of Power to be ever encroaching, and converting every extraordinary Power, granted at particular Times, and upon particular Occasions, into an ordinary Power to be used at all Times, and when there is no Occasion, nor does it ever part willingly with any Advantage. … Alas! Power encroaches daily upon Liberty, with a Success to evident, and the Balance between them is almost lost. Tyranny has engrossed almost the whole Earth, and striking Mankind Root and Branch, makes the World a Slaughterhouse, and will certainly go on to destroy it, till it is either destroyed itself, or, which is most likely, has left nothing else to destroy.” - John Trenchard & Thomas Gordon, in “Cato’s letters”, quoted in p.4 of: Murray N. Rothbard, For a New Liberty, revised edition, Collier Books, 1978, ISBN 0-02-074690-3. – Partly also in THE LIBERTARIAN FORUM, August 77. - LIBERTY, TERRITORIALISM, GOVERNMENT, DESPOTISM, TOTALITARIANISM, MAJORITIES, RULERS, ABDICATIONS REMAIN RARE, NUCLEAR WAR THREAT

POWER: We savor power not when we move mountains and tell rivers whither to flow, but when we can turn men into objects, robots, puppets, automata or veritable animals. Power is power to dehumanize.” – Eric Hoffer. - POWER URGE, POWER ADDICTION, POWER MADNESS

POWER: We should grant power over our affairs only to those who are reluctant to hold it and then only under conditions that increase that reluctance.” – Frank Herbert, Chapterhouse Dune, p.151. – Or tolerate only as much powers as volunteers are willing to grant to anyone or any organization within a community of volunteers, at their own risk and expense, under personal law or exterritorial autonomy. – JZ, 10.1.14.

POWER: We should have no territorial political power over each other.” – A remark by Prof. Jan Narveson. - somewhat reworded me. - JZ, 25.7.04. – The original may have been: “We should have no political power over each other.” - Someone will find it and give its source. – Sorry folks, I cannot do everything for you and this quite correctly! – This collection needs, anyhow, the input of at least thousands of others, including, naturally, the correction of my many mistakes, errors and omissions. - JZ, 10.3.09. - For this second edition I have found and eliminated many of my mistakes but certainly not yet all of them. - JZ, 10.2.11. – Likewise, JZ, 10.1.14, in the third edition. - & PANARCHISM, TERRITORIALISM

POWER: We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom. – Stephen Vincent Benét, Litany for Dictatorship, 1935.

POWER: We wish to be assured that we are something, and that we can produce notable effects upon other beings out of (*) ourselves. It is this principle which instigates a child to destroy his play things and to torment and kill the animals around him.” - Godwin, On Man. - Those without the power to create want to have and use the power to annoy and to destroy. - JZ, 14.2.02. – (*) by? – FRUSTRATION, ANGER, DESTRUCTIVENESS

POWER: Weakness corrupts and absolute weakness corrupts absolutely.” – Andre Spies, W. H. I., 19.2.86. - CORRUPTION

POWER: Were I the wisest philosopher or politician who ever lived, there is not one of these meddlers who believes that I could run his life better than he. But he, unwise, has no doubt about his powers to run your life and mine. Why unwise? The very first step in wisdom is an awareness of how little one knows. Nor do such people see that power corrupts them.” – Leonard E. Read, THE FREEMAN, 7/74. - MEDDLING, WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE, IGNORANCE


POWER: What has destroyed liberty and the rights of man in every government that has ever existed? The generalizing and concentrating all cares and powers into one body.” – Thomas Jefferson – CENTRALIZATION, STATISM, STATE, GOVERNMENTALISM, TERRITORIALISM

POWER: What is needed is protection from power, rather than the exercise of it.” – Otto von Habsburg, The Social Order of Tomorrow, p.108. – Or an escape hatch from it, like individual secession and exterritorial autonomy for communities of volunteers. – JZ, 20. 2.08. – PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY

POWER: What stands in the way of every healthy human desire is a society corrupted by illicit powers. (*) The idea that institutions can or should have a power over and above the powers of men is found abhorrent. … As a result, Perry deems it necessary to interpret all rights in terms of the citizen of the State and not of the State itself. The State as a super-person is a legal fiction, …” - Irving Louis Horowitz, War and Peace in Contemporary Social and Philosophical Theory, a Condor book, 1957, 1973, Chapter 12: Ralph Barton Perry: Universal Individualism, p.177. – (*) territorial powers. – JZ - & RIGHTS, STATE, TERRITORIALISM

POWER: What we see in the Western world today is a most evil and vicious perversion of the original idea of democracy. Instead of being limited to keeping the peace, to protect individual rights, the State has become an instrument of tyranny. It is when the State has this power, that we see the inherent immorality of the democratic process, the domination of one group of men by, in theory, at least, a larger group. The solution of this dilemma is not necessarily to rid ourselves of democracy. Rather, what we have to do is to strip the State of its excess power and regain the original idea of democracy: that is, to have a government, elected by the people, which only has the power to protect the rights of all the people, and has no power to grant privileges to some people at the expense of others.” –John Singleton with Bob Howard, Rip Van Australia, p.80. - - There is still too much wishful thinking involved here. Any territorial monopoly organization, even a limited government, may be the least suitable organization for this purpose. It is, by itself, by its very nature, the essence of any excess power. – A territorial monopoly is the precondition for any tyranny and totalitarianism. – It is not rendered rightful and harmless even when in the hands of a “limited” government. - JZ, 21.3.08. - LIMITED GOVERNMENT, HUMAN RIGHTS, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, TERRITORIALISM, VOLUNTARISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY

POWER: What we urge is the complete elimination of the power principle from the life of society and, consequently, the supplanting of the state in every form by a higher social culture founded on the freedom of man and his free union with his fellow men.” - Rudolf Rocker, Nationalism and Culture, p.433. - But he wanted to get there in one great utopian jump (instead of in an evolutionary, voluntaristic and individualistic way, i.e. panarchistically), an almost absurd attempt when one is faced by a majority of statists. – Anarchism, in its diverse types, is an almost immediate possibility (once the battle of panarchist ideas is won) only exterritorially, i.e., only voluntarily for all of the various kinds of anarchists, as long as they are sufficiently tolerant towards the remaining statists, not towards the territorial governmentalists. The latter should be free to submit, individually, to the governments of their own individual free choice. Once the anarchists demand that, then they will find many allies, even among the statists, who also consist of numerous diverse minorities, e.g. in form of factions within almost everyone of their parties. - JZ, 29.3.08, 10.1.14.

POWER: Whatever does not kill power is killed by it.” – OPEN ROAD, Summer 82, p.14. – Apparently, even territorial power has not yet been as deadly, for it prevails in all countries and, while it has murdered hundreds of millions of innocent people, it has not yet wiped out all of us, although it is now all too well prepared for this with ABC mass murder devices. Moreover, tyrannicide and other resistance methods are not yet popular enough. But the situation, resting on the “nuclear deterrence” hypothesis, and the continuance of territorial rule, is all too unstable. We are all living in “target” areas and on borrowed time. – Only territorial power needs “killing”. – The tin-pot dictators or gurus who would then remain or arise again, for a few volunteers, would be relatively harmless. – They could not safely acquire or keep in readiness ABC mass murder devices and would have no targets for them. – Moreover, they would have all sane people as their enemies, if they tried to acquire or use such a power. - JZ, 22.3.08, 10.2.11. – PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, PERSONAL LAW, POLYARCHISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY VS. TERRITORIAL TYRANNY

POWER: Whatever other faults it may possibly possess, anarchism, (*) unlike liberalism, cannot be criticized on the grounds that it accommodates its dedication to the principle of individual freedom to the demands of power and public order. Anarchism is distinguished from other political ideologies, in fact, precisely because of its rejection of power and formal organization. (**) Anarchists recognize that power is a definite and necessary characteristic of all social situations but they draw a careful distinction between social and political power. So long as there are human beings there will naturally exist subtle forces of social control which make collective social action and cooperation possible. Anarchists deny, however, that this control must be exercised by government over the individuals of whom society is composed. Viewing the world from a position of libertarian concern, anarchists maintain that political power wielded by government can never be acceptable in their eyes as a legitimate mode of social control because it crushes out individual freedom. And where individual freedom is absent, social life becomes impossible, for society is nothing more than the sum total of the free acts of the individuals of which it is composed.” – Reichert, Partisans of Freedom, p.4. - (*) There are xyz different forms of anarchism and even of their opposites. See my long but still very incomplete spectrum of hyphenated forms anarchism and their opposites at In my experience almost all anarchists have so far shown no interest in these details but merely continued with their particular sectarianism of it. – JZ, 10.1.14. - (**) Only the territorial part of power is completely objectionable. Formal organization among volunteers is not. Anarchism, as a whole, has still has not fully recognized that voluntarism is essential and that complete absence of all rule, even of rule only over volunteers only, is not. Only imposed governments are objectionable and all territorial governments are at least to some extent imposed upon many and diverse dissenters, quite inevitably, according to their very nature. For instance: Roman Catholicism, although it is also rather authoritarian and dogmatic in many respects - is not imposed but based upon individual consent. One can secede from it. From territorial governments one cannot secede, at least not yet, because their animosity towards individual and group secessionism is usually even stronger than that towards their external enemies, namely the other territorial governments. – JZ, 21.3.08. – Anarchists do also have their authoritarianism and intolerance in their xyz, sects, which stress secondary preferences as if they were the primary one, namely voluntarism, individualism or individual free choices. – JZ, 10.1.14. - SOCIAL CONTROL VS. POLITICAL POWER, SOCIETIES VS. TERRITORIAL STATES, ANARCHISM

POWER: When all government, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the Center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated.” – Thomas Jefferson - CENTRALIZATION, FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS - Thomas Jefferson

POWER: When asked why he wanted to become President, JFK replied: “Because that’s were the power is!” – Just like Willy Sutton, the famous bank robber, when asked by the judge: “Why do you rob banks?” – Sutton replied: “Don’t you know, your honor, that this is where all the money is?” – Sutton’s answer is here quoted by me only from my flawed memory. – JZ, n.d. – PRESIDENTS, POWER ADDICTS & BANK ROBBERS

POWER: When I resist, therefore, when I as a Democrat resist the concentration of power, I am resisting the processes of death, because the concentration of power is what always precedes the destruction of human initiative, and, therefore of human energy.” - Woodrow Wilson, governor of New Jersey, speech, New York City, September 4, 1912. - The Papers of Woodrow Wilson, ed. Arthur S. Link, vol. 25, p.100 (1978). This speech was delivered to the Woodrow Wilson Workingmen's League "dollar dinner," at the Yorkville Casino. - The most wrongful and worst concentration of power is the territorial concentration of power. - JZ, 26.11.02. - Wilson aspired to it and did not resign from it. - JZ, 10.2.11. - CONCENTRATION OF POWER, TERRITORIALISM

POWER: when it is a question of power, backslapping and low scheming may be even more important than the most detailed knowledge of all the fine points of political philosophy.” - Max Nomad, Apostles of Revolution, p.359. - This, too, applies only to territorial politics. The situations becomes changed once individuals and minorities become free to opt out and practise their preferences among themselves and thus also free to set better or deterrent examples to all others who are somewhat interested outside observers. - JZ, 24.1.02, 10.1.14. – KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, SETTING PRACTICAL EXAMPLES FOR OTHERS, IN ALL SPHERES

POWER: When once you have plunged into the strife for power, it is the fear of those who are seeking for power over you that so easily persuades to all the great crimes. Who shall count up the evil brood that is born from power – the pitiful fear, the madness, the despair, the overpowering craving for revenge, the treachery, the unmeasured cruelty? It is liberty alone, broad as the sky above our heads, and planted deep and strong as the great mountains, that allows the better and higher part of our nature to rule in us, and subdues those passions that we share with the animals.” – Auberon Herbert, Westminster Gazette, London, November 22, 1893, quoted in: Sprading, Liberty and the Great Libertarians, p.410. – Partly quoted in George Seldes, The Great Quotations. – LIBERTY, FREEDOM, INTOLERANCE, ATROCITIES, REPRESSION, OPPRESSION, TYRANNY, DICTATORSHIPS, TERRITORIALISM, TOTALITARIANISM, PASSIONS & ADDICTION ABOVE ETHICS &  MORALITY, FOR MOST TERRITORIAL RULERS, POLITICIANS, PRESIDENTS ETC.

POWER: When power over others becomes a passion – is it ever exerted otherwise? – the seeker after power inevitably finds ways to justify what at best is a psychosis: “I am doing it for their own good”, or “they are too dumb to recognize their own interests”, or “I know what our national goals should be”. There is simply no limit to these trumped up excuses.” – Leonard E. Read, Then Truth Will Out, p.36. – PASSIONS OF THOSE ADDICTED TO POWER, LEADERSHIP, EXCUSES

POWER: When the same man, or set of men, holds the sword and the purse, there is an end of liberty.” – George Mason – Unless he and they hold only their own sword and purse! – Holding many hired swords over others, after robbing them of much of what has been in their purses, or what was directly or forcefully diverted into theirs, is quite another matter. – JZ, 10.3.09. - CONCENTRATION OF POWER, MILITIA VS. ARMS MONOPOLY OR STANDING ARMY, VOLUNTARY TAXATION OR CONTRIBUTIONS RATHER THAN TAX SLAVERY, TERRITORIALISM VS. EXTERRITORIAL DECENTRALIZATION - SWORD & PURSE, RULERS, GOVERNMENT, BUREAUCRATS, PRESIDENTS, PRIME MINISTERS, PUBLIC SERVANTS

POWER: When you take a benevolent man and make him a despot, his despotism survives but his benevolence rather fades away.” – Bertrand Russell, b. 1872, in Andrews Quotes. – DESPOTISM, BENEVOLENCE, GOOD MEN, CORRUPTION

POWER: Whensoever the General Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force.” – Thomas Jefferson. – Under territorial statism at its best and, sometimes, at its worst, powers are delegated only by and for majorities. They are never rightly delegated by and over peaceful minorities of dissenters and nonconformists, at least not in our still territorialist times. - JZ, 26. 11. 06, 10.1.14. – MINORITIES, MAJORITIES, UNDELEGATED POWERS, TERRITORIALISM AGAINST THE INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES OF DISSENTERS


POWER: where political power is permitted to concentrate in the hands of an unapproachable sovereign, there tyranny and oppression inevitably follow.” – William O. Reichert, Partisans of Freedom. A Study in American Anarchism, p.3. – The sovereign does not have to be an absolutist and of the single person kind. It can be an absolutist parliament. And it may not be unapproachable – but may be approachable mainly only with popular prejudices, errors and spleens or with bribes or by influential lobby groups. Even the so-called “limited government” of some libertarians still intends to uphold a territorial monopoly for itself, which is absurd when one considers the majority of the population consist still of statists. Even when such a limited government did much good by introducing and upholding economic freedom for a while, mere facts do not convince all statists and they would collaborate to overthrow such a government again. Thus, let the statists have their statism – among themselves. Limited governments only for advocates of limited governments. Other societies, more free or more unfree than the projected limited governments, should also get their chance at self-rule, but only under their own personal laws, confined to their volunteers and exterritorial autonomy, i.e. without any territorial monopoly. – JZ, 21.3.08. – LIMITED GOVERNMENT WITH A TERRITORIAL MONOPOLY OR ANY FORM OF LIBERTARIANISM OR ANY KIND OF LIBERTARIAN & ANY KIND OF STATISM FOR ANY KIND OF STATISTS, BUT WITH NONE OF THEM GRANTED A TERRITORIAL MONOPOLY.

POWER: Whereas individuals in particular occupations recognize an affinity with individuals in similar occupations in other countries, the existence of an exclusive nation is the vested interest of national governments. Experience shows that the more powerful governments become, the more they tend to encourage a spirit of exclusive nationalism and a hatred and suspicion of anything foreign or multi-national.” – H.R.H. Prince Philip, QUADRANT, 1/78. - Has anyone ever put all the sound statements of this prince together? As far as I can remember, I never encountered one of his statements that I disliked. - I have not yet made a Google search for his speeches and writings. I do suppose that they are all online. They may constitute the best that this monarchy has to offer. - JZ, 10.2.11. TERRITORIALISM, NATIONALISM, GOVERNMENTS, FOREIGNERS, MULTI-NATIONALISM, GLOBALISM

POWER: Whether territorial power is exercised over non-criminal and non-aggressive dissenters by A, B, or C. and whether by system X, Y, or Z, does not matter. But that no such power over others should exist at all, and that it should be totally abolished, that does matter very much, indeed. – JZ, 5.10.74, 21.3.08. – PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, POLYARCHY, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM & SOVEREIGNTY VS. TERRITORIALISM, ITS MONOPOLISM, COLLECTIVISM, COERCION, WRONGS & IRRATIONALITIES

POWER: While men today associate with “power” the idea of organized compulsion and force, they have to learn to perceive power as an act of voluntary cooperation, which is directed towards creative actions. The concept of power has, as Erich Fromm pointed out, a double meaning. - W. O. Reichert, in Anarchism, Freedom and Power, - retranslated by me from the German version. – Territorialism is as uncreative and unproductive as possible for anything quite rightful and rational. Exterritorial autonomy for volunteers grants every attempt to change something for something better its very best and soonest chance, namely among the first volunteers for such a change already. Once that is generally realized all but criminals and aggressors will come to adopt it for their kinds of ideal societies or utopias, always at their own risk and expense and, in that situation, with only minimum and mostly merely verbal opposition. – JZ, 10.1.40. - VOLUNTARISM, COOPERATION, SELF-HELP, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM FOR ALL, META-UTOPIA, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, PERSONAL LAW, VOLUNTARISM

POWER: while no sane tyrant will look with favour on a plan to end human history, the modern politician may do so – he needs a threat of this caliber to satisfy his own sense of importance and to enable him to compete with Superman and space fiction, but at the same time the tin soldiers and the imaginary bombs from which he derives such profound satisfaction in fantasy are being translated into real weapons by a minority of technicians who are uninterested in, or fail to recognize, the instability of the finger on the trigger.” –Alex Comfort, “Authority and Delinquency. A study in the psychology of power”, 1950, 1970, p.43, a book largely on the delinquency of authority. – Alas, kept out of print & off the Web for all too long. - JZ, 15.5.06. - POWER-MADNESS TECHNICIANS, SCIENTISTS, POLITICIANS & THE NUCLEAR WAR THREAT, LAW & ORDER, SECURITY, TERRITORIALISM

POWER: Whoever has power does often not reason and act rationally, reasonable and morally but, rather, tends to use and abuse the “big stick”. – JZ, 18.8.07. – That, ultimately, will lead to his downfall. - With his victims becoming sufficiently enlightened his downfall can be greatly accelerated. – JZ, 18.8.07, 19.10.07. – POWER, REASON & COERCION, ENLIGHTENMENT, NEW DRAFT

POWER: Whoever says political power says domination.” - Michael Bakunin, The Bear of Berne and the Bear of St. Petersburg, 1870. – STATE, TERRITORIALISM, DOMINATION

POWER: Whosoever, after the invention of nuclear power, still believes in political power, deserves to be certified as insane! - JZ, 73.

POWER: Why do we feel so powerless regarding the threat of nuclear holocaust? Because we are! All relevant powers are concentrated in the hands of territorial governments, which, by their very nature, cannot solve but only prolong the problems which territorialism has created for all of us and coercively maintains. - JZ, 76, 10.1.14. – So the first necessary step consists in getting freedom of action again, for individuals, minorities and also for suppressed majorities. – JZ, 22.4.08. – INDIVIDUAL & GROUP SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARISM, FREEDOM OF ACTION, LAISSEZ FAIRE, COMPETITION, CONTRACT, ASSOCIATION & EXPERIMENTATION IN EVERY SPHERE

POWER: Why should mobile, self-repairing and self-learning biological computer No.1 have any power over mobile, self-repairing and self-learning biological computer No.2? – JZ, 20.12.82 & 22.3.08, 10.2.11. - MAN, SELF-GOVERNMENT, SELF-DETERMINATION, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, SELF-OWNERSHIPL, SELF-MANAGEMENT, SELF-CONTROL, SELF-GOVERNANCE, SELOF-DETERMINATION, INDIVIDUALISM, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES

POWER: Why, Proudhon asks, do men worship power when it is (thus) contrary to Justice and therefore to their own real interest?” – R. V. Sampson, The Discovery of Peace, p. 97. - QUESTIONS

POWER: Wielders of power are destroying the world in the mistaken belief that they are improving it.” – George C. Roche III, quoted in LIBERTARIAN CONNECTION, 15.2.73. – TERRITORIALISM, NWT


POWER: You are as powerful as you choose to be.” – Sharon Presley, 22.7.04. - Alas, only within narrow limits. However, these limits should become fully explored and utilized. Within these limits much can be achieved by active individuals and their teams and collaborating societies and communities of like-minded other individuals. – And yet many of these labors and freedom options remain still largely unused or unrealized. – JZ, 23.10.07. – E.g., we can still scan in all pro-freedom texts that are not or no longer copyrighted and offer them online or on discs. – A complete libertarian projects list, online, could, possibly, list hundreds to thousands of similar still legal and useful projects. The moral but still illegal projects would better be kept off line. - JZ, 9.3.09 - & POWERLESSNESS, NEW DRAFT, ENLIGHTENMENT, LIBERTARIAN LIBRARY, ENCYCLOPEDIA, IDEAS ARCHIVE, PROJECTS LIST, DIRECTORY, ABSTRACTS, REVIEWS, INDEXES, LINKS LISTS

POWER: You can never have too much power over yourself - but easily too much power over others. - JZ, 75.

POWER: You can’t fight City Hall!” … “Surely the saddest sentence in the American language.” – Brian C. Coad, Everybody’s Hamlet, ANALOG, July 92, p.201. – Actually, after WW II, returned American veterans, encountering local government corruption, literally threw out at least one town government, saying that “this was not the liberty we fought for!” Then they assured a free and honest election, of others, not known to be corrupt. - Some details are described in John Gunther: “Inside USA.” – An ideal militia would institutionalize such a citizen power. – JZ, 11.3.09. - & CITY HALL, MILITIA FOR THE PROTECTIO OF ALL INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES

POWER: You can’t give the government the power to do good without also giving it the power to do bad – in fact, to do anything it wants.” – Harry Browne - & ARBITRARINESS, LICENTIOUSNESS, ABUSES, TERRITORIALISM, STATISM, GOVERNMENTALISM

POWER: You provincials are all alike. … Filled with impossible dreams of order and perfection, which are mere idealized projections of your own incompletion. You should know by now that life is a sloppy affair, that power tends to break things up rather than put things together, … Robert Sheckley, Dimensions of Miracles, p.16. – LAW & ORDER, LIMITED GOVERNMENT, ANARCHISM, DEMOCRACY, PANARCHISM, IDEOLOGIES, IDEALISM, FAITHS, BELIEFS, FANATICISM, FUNDAMENTALISM, INTOLERANCE, POLYARCHISM, META-UTOPIA, COMPETING GOVERNANCE, PERSONAL LAW, VOLUNTARISM

POWER: you saw no difference between economic and political power, between the power of money and the power of guns – no difference between reward and punishment, no difference between purchase and plunder, no difference between pleasure and fear, no difference between life and death.” – Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, p.990. – ECONOMC “POWER” & INFLUENCE VS. POLITICAL POWER

POWER: You think you are pushing, but it is you who are being pushed.” – (Du glaubst zu schieben, und du wirst geschoben.) - Goethe. Compare: "Any leash has two ends." and Lenin: “You think you are running the machine but it is running you, and suddenly there are other hands at the wheel." - However, such bipolar views cannot express more than a section of the whole spectrum of the problem of power. - JZ, 24.1.02. - POLITICIANS, LEADERS


POWERIST: Anyone believing central authority to be necessary or desirable in human (and by extension, sentient) affairs.” – L. Neil Smith, The Wardove, p.220. - TERRITORIALISM, CENTRALISM, PLANNING, AUTHORITARIANISM, WARFARE STATE, STATISM, GOVERNMENTALISM

POWERLESSNESS: B. Violence Resulting from “Powerlessness” – But the failure of the state to perform his “hygienic” function is not the only way in which the action of the state may lead to violence. The “structuring” function, by limiting, regulating, or prohibiting various types of human conduct, creates in the mind of the person so affected a sense of “powerlessness”, an inability to control or influence his immediate environment in order to make decisions meaningful to his basic life goals. This is perhaps the ultimate sense of frustration: the inability to achieve a sense of efficacy over one’s own life, due, in large part, to the imposition of barriers and restrictions by the very institutions that one was told would eliminate such negative influences. The relationship between powerlessness and violence has been pointed out by Rollo May: “Violence comes from powerlessness; … it is the explosion of impotence.” … “As we make people powerless, we promote their violence rather than its control.” (May, of course, speaks of “power” in terms of the ability to make decisions, not in the sense of the use of force or coercion.)” – Butler D. Shaffer, Violence as a Product of Imposed Order, p.18. - Compare the feeling of helplessness that, under territorialism, moves some always outvoted minority groups to commit terrorist act and the cases of wives, beaten by their drunken husbands once too often and leading them, finally, to killing these monsters, in self-defence. – With secession and divorce made easy, such cases would become much rarer. - JZ, 9.3.08. – TERRORISM, KILLING IN SELF-DEFENCE, VIOLENCE, FRUSTRATION, LACK OF FREEDOM OF ACTIOIN, CHOICE, SECESSIONISM, SELF-GOVERNANCE

POWERLESSNESS: If a being were perfectly satisfied, it would do nothing." (*)"What's more, it would do nothing if it thought purposeful behaviour didn't have the power to change the state of its affairs.” - Ray Brow, Getting Even, ANALOG, Nov. 82, p.31. - In the latter case there is probably not sufficient freedom for purposive action. Then one ought to act to establish that freedom. - JZ, 3.4.91, 10.1.93. - Freedom of action for all self-concerned actions will lead to the abolition of most aggressive actions by dissenters. Power over the fate of others, however limited by territorial voting or extensive by territorial powers, ought to be replaced by power over the own life and affairs. - JZ, 20.9.04. - In other words, R. B. did not enjoy freedom for purposeful action. – JZ, 3.4.9? – 92/93? – But should not that condition induce him to at least seriously think about how he could or should obtain freedom of action, rather than meekly submitting to his present powerlessness and helplessness? – JZ, 20.2.08. - (*) Unless a particular action would constitute his satisfaction, as e.g. in eating, drinking, sex and friendship or ideological associations. - JZ , n.d. & 10.1.14. - SATISFACTION, FREEDOM OF ACTION, PANARCHISM, HELPLESSNESS, FREEDOM OF ACTION, CHOICE, EXPERIMENTATION, PERSONAL LAW, VOLUNTARISM & SECESSIONISM VS. COERCION, DESPOTISM, TERRITORIALISM, AUTHORITARIANISM, DEMOCRACY, TOTALITARIANISM

POWERLESSNESS: The result of all this is that most of us – when we are honest with ourselves – feel utterly helpless to affect public policy by the orthodox channels. The feeling is justified.” – Howard Zinn, Disobedience and Democracy, p.66. – Only under the present conditions of territorial statism, whose abolition is long overdue, just like that of the Inquisition, of feudalism, religious hierarchies and of slavery was. – JZ, 10.1.14. - HELPLESSNESS, POLITICS, VOTING, ELECTIONS, STATISM, DEMOCRACY, TERRITORIALISM

POWERLESSNESS: We are not powerless unless we choose the self-indulgent path of passive complaint, sterile indignation and all-or-nothing utopianism. We must be both, bold and realistic. We cannot do everything but what we can do we should.” – Ronald Higgins, PROGRESS, 5/81. – So far, libertarians and anarchists have not even bothered to compile and publish online a list of all the proposed or already begun projects, most of which can still be quite legally undertaken in the somewhat free countries. With it, sufficient collaborators for each project could be gained. – JZ, 9.3.08. – NEW DRAFT

POWERLESSNESS: What can I do? I am powerless! I cannot change the world!” – The very least thing one could and should do is to become quite clear about the real causes of one’s powerlessness, causes which one would have to change or abolish, in order to obtain freedom of action and experimentation for oneself and like-minded people. Such thinking begins with examining the natural right and liberty of individuals and of groups to secede and to organize themselves under exterritorial autonomy, instead of merely going on to thoughtlessly submit to the power of organized, coercive, majoritarian and collectivist territorialism, with all its wrongs and flaws and numerous wrongful and harmful consequences. The self-liberation from this power begins in one’s mind. Once it is achieved, a program for external liberation will also become obvious, rather soon, among the thinkers on this subject. – Here fits on of the very few, perhaps the only one, saying of Billy Graham, that I liked: “Commitment to great causes makes great men.” – It can provide great influence and attract many right-thinking people. But continued thoughtlessness about large, powerful and wrongful institutions makes sure that one remains powerless and without influence upon a rightful and better future. It indicates that one has given up – without even having seriously started. The immediate action required is a thorough re-thinking of all one’s unchecked premises and assumptions. – I do not believe that Billy Graham’s cause is a great one. Religious liberty is the best option for it, with all its flaws, like for the, perhaps, over 30 000 other religious faiths. - JZ, 21.3.08. – Anyhow, no one should be intolerant and domineering enough to try to change the world for the better. At most he should try, by himself or together with like-minded people, to set a better example, which the rest of the world population would then be free to copy - if and when they are ready for it. That is the tolerant panarchistic way rather than the national, imperialistic, intolerant and coercive territorial way. However, that would first require that one recognizes the rightfulness and reasonableness of this kind of freedom of action and thus tries to establish it, not only for oneself and like-minded people but also for all other suppressed or outvoted minorities or even majorities and for one’s opponents as well. That could turn some of the former enemies into allies. Even many of them, with a very large total in numbers, for it would be the only system that would offer to all a chance for the realization of their own choices, at least among their present volunteers, if they are realizable at all. Experimental freedom for all: Who could morally and rationally object against that? – We have accepted it in so many spheres already. Only in those monopolized by territorial governments is it still restricted. 90% of the required and, largely, non-violent and very tolerant “revolution” is already realized. There exists not a single moral or rational reason or motive for this territorial restriction or monopoly. On the contrary! - JZ, 19.3.09. - COMMITMENTS, GREAT MEN, CAUSES, IDEAS, PANARCHISM, SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARY ASSOCIATIONISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM UNDER FULL EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY FOR ALL – BUT CRIMINALS WITH VICTIMS & OTHER AGGRESSORS.

POWERLESSNESS: Why do we feel powerless regarding nuclear war? Because we are! All relevant powers are concentrated in the hands of our rulers, who, as exclusive and territorial rulers are unable to solve this problem. - To undercut this powerlessness, and the apathy which it causes, people and individuals must gain certain powers. Only when powers to run the own life become transferred back to the individual does the nuclear war problem become solvable. - See: Alternative Institutions, Decision, Desertion, Freedom, Free Trade, Individualism, Militia, Minority Autonomy, Monetary Freedom, Personal Law, Secession, Sovereignty, Voluntary Taxation. - JZ, An ABC Against Nuclear War, in PEACE PLANS Nos.16 & 17, - POWERLESSNESS OF INDIVIDUALS UNDER THE PRESENT SYSTEM, NUCLEAR WAR THREAT – NWT

PRACTICABILITY: Too idealistic? Absolutely not! The height of practicability lies in the nearest approach possible to the ideal.” – Leonard E. Read, The Romance of Reality, p.155. – To achieve that, as fast as possible, in the sphere of political, economic and social systems, experimental freedom under personal laws is needed for volunteers. – JZ, 9.3.08. - IDEALISTIC? UTOPIAN? MORALITY, RATIONALITY, IDEALS, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, PANARCHISM, OBJECTIONS, IMPRACTICABLE, IDEALISTIC, IMPOSSIBILITY OF PERFECTION

PRACTICAL EXAMPLES OF PANARCHISM: Il faut beaucoup de philosophie pour observer les faits qui sont trop pres de nous. - Rousseau. (It requires much philosophy to observe the facts, which are all around us.) - ABOUND IN ALL SPHERES WHERE THEY ARE NOT TERRITORIALLY, MONOPOLISTICALLY, COERCIVELY & WRONGFULLY OUTLAWED. PRECEDENTS, EXAMPLES

PRACTICAL IMPERATIVE: Act so as to treat man, in your own person as well as in that of anyone else, always as an end, never merely as a means.” – KANT – What about tyrants? Kant recommended defending our human rights like we would our own eyes and he spoke up for a rightful militia. But he was not free enough to openly express his opinion on tyrannicide. – Tyrants use us merely as their means. - JZ, 10.3.09. – MORALITY, MAN AS AN END, NOT MERELY AS A MEANS, TYRANNICIDE

PRACTICAL MEN: In practice, such trifles as contradictions in principle are easily set aside; the faculty of ignoring them makes the practical man; (but any attempt to deal with them seriously in education is fatal.)” - Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams, 1907. Bracketed part put in brackets by me, because I deny that charge. - JZ, 30.11.05. – For instance, studying and discussing an ideal declaration of all individual rights and liberties should be a major part of all genuine education. In this respect almost all of mankind has still to be re-educated, first by drafting, then discussing and finally agreeing upon an ideal draft of this kind, to which many diverse people would have contributed. – JZ, 10.3.09. - PRACTICAL MEN & PRINCIPLES, DECLARATION OF INDIVIDUAL HUMAN RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, EDUCATION

PRACTICAL MEN: Mark this well, you proud men of action! You are, after all, nothing but unconscious instruments of the men of thought.” – Quoted in an advertisement. – Men of primitive ideas, notions, hypothesis and opinions. – JZ, 31.10.07. – With notions of collective responsibility they arrive even at mass murders and prepare for more of them through keeping nuclear “weapons” in readiness. – JZ, 11.1.14. - MEN OF ACTION, THOUGHT, ACTION, THEORY, PRACTICE, IDEAS

PRACTICAL MEN: Practical men … are usually the slaves of some defunct economists.” – John Maynard Keynes. – Keynes is personally defunct but his worst and most influential teachings, Keynesianism for forced and exclusive currencies, is still very much alive among politicians and “economists”, at least the ruling ones. –JZ, 23.2.08. - They know nothing better and do not want to know anything better – largely because Keynesianism gives them an enormous power and also an unfortunately still popular excuse for further wrongfully and irrationally meddling with an exclusive and forced currency for a whole country. – JZ, 19.3.09, 11.1.14. - As if any standard, even a value standard, were established to be manipulated and, as a rule to be reduced in value, here in purchasing power, by multiplying the circulation of its exclusive and forced exchange medium with legal tender power, i.e. compulsory acceptance at a forced and fictitious value. - JZ, 10.2.11, 11.1.14. – INFLATION, KEYNESIANISM, MONETARY DESPOTISM, MONETARY "POLICY", CENTRAL BANKING

PRACTICAL MEN: the American One-Party-Press, as Stevenson called it, (declared) that the epoch of the professors, theoreticians and intellectuals would be over. The practical man would finally control the rudder. Nothing exceeds the arrogance of the practical men.” – Source? - The pseudo-practical men are just as arrogant as the pseudo intellectuals are. – JZ, 20.6.92. – Their heads are even more filled with myths, false premises, false conclusions and popular errors and prejudices than are those of the “practical” men. – These two groups, too, should become quite free to sort themselves out and to manage only themselves, under their own personal laws and exterritorial autonomy. – JZ, 23.3.08. – ARROGANCE, PREJUDICES. PRESS, PARTIES,

PRACTICAL MEN: They are usually men who know only a few and primitive theories or hypotheses, and take them for granted, because they are their own or all too uncritically adopted popular ones, unchecked premises, prejudices etc., which are usually false, flawed and misleading or at least incomplete. Sound theories are based on facts and experiences. Only hypotheses are mere assumptions that are not yet sufficient checked. – JZ, 26.10.06, 26.10.07. – They are usually quite ignorant of sound theories based upon facts and experiences. They rather rely on primitive and false assumptions and conclusions, hypothesis, flawed definitions and popular errors and myths and tend to repeat the same mistakes over and over again. As we can see in the extreme in our warfare experts and our official crisis fighters. They are not even aware that their flawed ideas, actions and institutions cause the wars and other crises in the first place. “Nothing is worse to behold than ignorance in action!” – Goethe – The “practical” men are the men addicted to false hypotheses with not knowledge of sound theories and principles. – JZ, 19.3.09, 10.2.11. - PRACTICAL MEN AS OPPOSED TO MERE THEORETICIANS? EXPERTS, AUTHORITIES,

PRACTICE: It is the practice of the principles that is the key to freedom.” - Kenneth W. Ryker, THE FREEMAN, 9/77, p.522. - Territorialism so far suppressed all practices not undertaken or licensed by territorial governments, in all spheres, which have been monopolized by them. - JZ, 31.7.92, 9.1.93. - It is the most dangerous, wrongful, harmful and deadly "principle" - JZ, 10.2.11.PRINCIPLES, THEORIES, APPLICATIONS, ACTIONS

PRACTICE: Long established practices are rarely doubted – even when they deserve it most. – JZ, 2.5.89. – Some instances: Territorialism, postal monopoly, decision-making monopoly on war and peace, monetary despotism. – JZ, 1.4.08. - What makes them worse is the suppression of secession from them and of free enterprise competition with them. - JZ, 10.2.11.

PRACTICE: Practice alone is a bad mentor.” – F. L., in pamphlet: Die Krise des Sozialen Bewusstseins, p. 1. - Practice alone is not necessarily a bad but an insufficient mentor. Compare experimental freedom in technology and science. One should imagine, that we have practised territorial statism long enough. But then territorialism is characterized by a territorial monopoly, which outlaws alternative practices among volunteers and confines experimentation to those at the top of its pyramids and then imposes them not only upon voluntary followers but involuntary subjects. – JZ, 9.3.08. – If one does not learn enough from one’s practice then one repeats, complacently, the same mistakes again and again. – E.g. “price controls”, for 4000 years! -– By now paper money inflations of forced and exclusive currencies for hundreds of years. – Also the wars and territorial Warfare States for thousands of years and nuclear mass murder “strength” readiness already for decades! - JZ, 19.3.09, 11.1.14. THEORY, PANARCHISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, WAR, NUCLEAR WAR THREAT

PRACTICE: That practice makes perfect is not necessarily so. ... Incorrect practice, bad practice, will eventually produce permanent bad habits.” – Charles Hughes, The F. A. Coaching Book of Soccer Tactics and Skills. – Practices do, alas, all too often and for all too long, consist only out of bad customs and habits. – Take e.g. smoking and drinking to excess or the excessive use of narcotic drugs or, for lawmakers, passing still more wrongful and bad laws. – JZ, 2.4.08. - Practice does not make perfect if one is not prepared and willing to learn from it or has not got the intelligence and judgment power to do this. To learn from it one needs knowledge, principles, standards, sound theories and the ability and willingness to apply them, which are all too often rare to limited among "practical" men. Thus the practical men, unashamed and even proud of their power and their flawed actions, do go on making the same wrongful mistakes over and over again, never ascribing their negative results to their own wrongful and harmful actions by always finding scapegoats to excuse themselves. - All of them, doctors to politicians, should be under fully free competition by others, all volunteers, who want to apply sound principles and competitive prices and knowledge derived from sound and successful experiments to the services and goods they have to offer, under full exterritorial autonomy. - All their potential customers should also be free to choose any of these alternatives for themselves. - What have the present territorial politicians ever learned from the failures of all the preceding territorial politicians. Obviously, almost nothing! - JZ, 10.2.11,  11.1.14. - PROTECTIONISM, PROHIBITION, PRICE CONTROLS, WARS, DESPOTISM, WAGE CONTROLS, MONETARY DESPOTISM, IMMIGRATION RESTRICTIONS, COMPULSORY TAXATION, RENT CONTROLS, INTEREST RATE CONTROLS, TERRITORIALISM, FLOODS OF LEGISLATION, PERFECTION, POLITICIANS, LEGISLAORS, GUN CONTROL LAWS

PRAGMATISM: Pragmatism is the convenient conclusion reached by those who lack the patience or intelligence to formulate a consistent ideology." - Mark G. Hanley - & PHILOSOPHY, IDEOLOGY

PRAVDA: A Russian newspaper that is running a contest for the best political joke. The first price is twenty years.” – Iving R. Levine. – Is this paper continued in the new Russia? I believe that the word means “Pravda” means “truth” in Russian. – Authoritarianism, centralism, monetary despotism and territorialism are certainly not yet abolished there, either. - JZ, 9.3.08. - JOKES

PRAXEOLOGY: Science describes what is, philosophy delineates what ought to be. The praxeological, or scientific, aspect of the study of mankind reveal certain natural rules of order, of cause-and-effect, which invariably apply to human actions: for example, free men thrive, slaves wither. Overemphasis on the scientific realm conceals the moral and ethical aspects of human behavior. The study of human action is, at its core, a moral or philosophical endeavour, which counts among its inquiries such questions as the individual’s ethically proper relationship to other human beings. - …” - Ridgeway K. Foley Jr., THE FREEMAN, 8/77. – Alas, moral studies have not yet led to a comprehensive declaration of all individual rights and liberties in an optimal form. It is long overdue – and yet interest in the compilation of such a declaration is still all too small, although by now those interested could compile it with the aid of email, while correcting each other’s errors and omissions. – JZ, 2.4.08.

PRAYER: A prayer is an appeal to a supposedly almighty power to intervene in one’s favour. And this without blaming it for having caused or permitted one’s troubles to occur in the first place. Thus abject submissiveness is a precondition. Indicated e.g. by people bowing their heads, not wearing a hat or even kneeling down as if ready to be decapitated. - Disappointments are even more likely to follow than if one appeals to one or the other of the “Big Brothers” or “Great Leaders” offering or imposing themselves and demanding or claiming for themselves almost divine powers and abilities. – JZ, 5.12.86, 2.4.08, 18.3.09. – LEADERSHIP VS. SELF-HELP, SELF-RESPONSIBILITY, SELF-DETERMINATION & INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, LEADING TO INNUMERABLE POSITIVE OPPORTUNITIES FOR EVERYBODY, GOD, RELIGIONS, “CREATOR”, “THE ALMIGHTY”, STATISM

PRAYER: Amounts to saying to a supposedly almighty, all-knowing, all-wise and benevolent being: Your world is not good enough for me. You have to do better, just like I tell you. For without me telling you about them, you would not know about me and my troubles, which your world rule has caused me. Now, do the right thing, finally, or you will lose me, as a faithful follower. – Most of those who seriously pray remain unaware of how much they do thereby “blaspheme” their God. – JZ, 5.12.86, 2.4.08. – GOD, BLASPHEMY, ACTUAL DISBELIEF IN A SUFFICIENTLY INFORMED & WISE GOD A PRECONDITION OF PRAYER

PRAYER: Dr. Szasz points out that when a person acts as if he were speaking to God we say he is praying, but when he acts as if God were speaking to him, we say he has ‘schizophrenica’ and we look to medical science to “cure” him of his ‘mental illness’.” – From the rear cover of The Second Sin, by Thomas Szasz, Anchor Books, Doubleday, Garden City, N.Y., 1974. – GOD, RELIGION, FAITH, BELIEF

PRAYER: Hands that help are nobler than lips that pray.” – Robert Ingersoll, quoted in “Ingersoll the Magnificent.” – HELP, AID, CHARITY, CREDIT, INSURANCE, ASSISTANCE & RELIGION, SELF-HELP, SELF-RELIANCE.

PRAYER: Have prayers ever prevented any war? About 10,000 Christians lived in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The crusaders killed many Christians - who happened to wear Arab type clothing. Religious wars were among the worst. Even in W.W. I & II preachers still provided "religious" encouragement for the slaughter, on both sides. And those in foxholes all too often prayed rather than preparing themselves and their comrade for mass desertion, mass fraternization or a military insurrection. What is the "Ban the Bomb!" slogan otherwise than a senseless short prayer? - And yet this absurd prostration and declaration of helplessness and powerlessness is still the most common and most fervently engaged-in and supposedly peace-promoting "activity". - - On our knees and by folding our hands and by tacitly or audibly speaking to XYZ we will not gain sufficient liberties and rights to save ourselves. - (*) Almost all of these pious people have considerable good will and do wish for peace (if only they would not have to give up any of their beloved and objectively wrong beliefs, errors, prejudices and aspirations) but in their ignorance they do contribute, in practice, to the continuance of war. - Most are not even able to apply the analogy of religious tolerance or religious liberty, and its effect upon religious wars, to the political, economic and social spheres, where the application of the principle involved would similarly bring about peace. A prayer is no substitute for knowledge, understanding, intelligent observation, sound reasoning, judgment and free and rightful self-help actions. - They have neither learned sufficient responsible disobedience from their holy writs, nor about tyrannicide from the incidents reported in the Bible (e.g. of Judith against Holofernes), nor have they made up their minds whether they favour the sections reporting collective responsibility actions by God or his believers or those sections favouring individual responsibility. And this, in the case of Christianity, after almost 2,000 years! - See: Collective Responsibility, Enemy, God, Ignorance, Intolerance, Myths, Nationalism, Personal Thinking, Powerlessness, Prejudices, Property Concept of Citizens, Religion, Statism, Subordination, Territorial Organization, War Aims, Weapons. - JZ, An ABC Against Nuclear War, in PEACE PLANS Nos.16 & 17, on - Revised: 11.1.14. - (*) We cannot even find out enough about all of our genuine individual rights and liberties from any of the “holy” writings. What kind of a God or a supposedly moral religion would keep them a secret from us? – JZ, 19.3.09. - GOD

PRAYER: I believe only in struggle, not in prayers.” – From an anarchist pamphlet, with slogans on The International, p.13. Author? Title?

PRAYER: I prayed to God and guess what answer I got: “Don’t bother me now! I have a lot on my plate - and a headache to boot.” – JZ, 31.5.97. – JOKES, GOD

PRAYER: If you pray hard enough, water will run uphill. - How hard? - Why, hard enough to make water run uphill, of course!” - Robert Heinlein, Lazarus Long character, in Robert Heinlein, Expanded Universe, p.147. ) - FAITH, BELIEF, CHRISTIANITY, JOKES

PRAYER: If you want to make a man very angry, get someone to pray for him.” – E. D. Howe, 1853-1937. – A. Andrews Quotations, p.363. – I guess this applies only to proud, rational and self-reliant men. – JZ, 9.3.08.

PRAYER: It is best to read the weather forecasts before we pray for rain.” - Mark Twain. - JOKES

PRAYER: Joan, five, out to tea, was puzzled when she say the family bow their heads for grace. – “What are you doing?” she asked. – “Giving thanks for our daily bread”, she was told. - “Don’t you give thanks at home, Joan?” – “No”, said Joan, “we pay for our bread.” - Heavenly Humor, p.113. - JOKES

PRAYER: Let us pray? Why? You may do so to your heart’s content. But I rather try to think and act morally and rationally. – JZ, 23.6.91, 2.4.08.

PRAYER: Lord Leto looked on prayer as attempted coercion, a form of violence (*) against the chosen god, telling the immortal what to do: “Give me a miracle, God, or I won’t believe in you!” – Frank Herbert, God Emperor of Dune, p.363. – (*) blackmail? – JZ - GOD

PRAYER: Might prayers be the long-term consequence of a racial memory of wishes expressed by primitive men, being overheard by astronaut “gods” visiting Earth and then being fulfilled by them? – JZ, 2.11.91. – Compare the “Cargo Cult” which followed contact of New Guinea natives with Western civilization and its products left in the country as a result of WW II. – JZ, 15.4.08.

PRAYER: One good thing about religion is that it is reliable. You can figure to get the same results whether you pray to Jehovah, Jesus, St. Paul, Buddha, Mohammed or Visnu.” – Heavenly Humor, p.74. - RELIGIONS, FAITHS, CHURCHES, SECTS, JOKES, GOD

PRAYER: One hour in doing justice is worth a hundred in prayer.” – Unknown. A Mahometan proverb – One other version: One hour of justice is worth a hundred in prayer. – Arab Proverb. – Why only a hundred? Even a million would not do any good. – JZ 1.4.08. – So why to Muslims still pray by the millions, frequently and often publicly, kneeling, in large groups? Have they come to prefer prayers to acting justly? – If so, they should clearly say so. - JZ, 11.1.14. – JUSTICE, WISHFUL NON-THINKING

PRAYER: One hour spent in studies is worth 1000 hours spent in prayer!” – Source?

PRAYER: Our karma is made by our deeds not by our prayers.” – Wilson/Shea, Illuminatus I.

PRAYER: Prayer among sane people, has never superseded practical efforts to secure the desired end.” – George Santayana, The Life of Reason: Reason in Religion, 1905/96.

PRAYER: Prayer must never be answered: If it is, it ceases to be prayer and becomes correspondence. “– Oscar Wilde, in A. Andrews Quotations, p.363. – Or a wireless telephone call to God. – JZ, 19.3.09. - GOD, RELIGION, JOKES

PRAYER: Praying has become a business, a profession, a trade. A minister is never happier than when praying in public. Most of them are exceedingly familiar with their God. Knowing that he knows everything, they tell him the needs of the nation and the desires of the people, they advise him what to do and when to do it. They appeal to his pride, asking him to do certain things for his own glory. They often pray for what he must have known was impossible. Without a change of countenance, without a smile, with a face solemn as a sepulchre, he said: “I pray thee, O God, to give Congress wisdom.” It may be that ministers really think that their prayers do good and it may be that frogs imagine that their croaking brings spring.” – Robert Ingersoll, Which Way? - PRIESTS, PREACHERS, CHRISTIANS, BELIEVERS, GOD, FAITH, RELIGIONS, WORSHIP

PRAYER: Praying kneads no dough.” – Solzhenitsyn, August 1914, p.688. -Quoted as proverbial wisdom by Solzhenitsyn, August 1914, 1971 edition, p.622.

PRAYER: Serving God is doing good to man, but praying is thought an easier service and therefore more generally chosen.” - Benjamin Franklin. – Why would serving God be a good service to man? Does any Almighty God still need any service by any man? – JZ, 11.1.14. - GOD & MAN

PRAYER: So few people carry umbrellas when offering prayers for rain.” – W. G. P. – JOKES

PRAYER: The position of a praying man on his knees, is the position of a disarmed and helpless man ready for execution. If he volunteers for that, then he would get what he deservers, i.e., death – or nothing. – JZ, 29.5.83. – Obviously, such people do not use statistics often enough. If they had noted down the frequency of favourable outcomes when they did not pray for them and compared them with the frequency of favourable outcomes when they did pray for them, then their belief in prayers would soon tend to disappear. - Think also of the numerous prayers for peace, or for the survival of a loved one, uttered in war time. What effect did they ever have? – Well, at least one thing can be said for prayers: Apart from the wasted time, they do not commit any wrong or harm. - JZ, 9.3.08. – STATISTICS NEEDED ON THE INEFFECTIVENESS OF PRAYERS, NOT CHANGING THE PROBABILITIES OF OUTCOMES AT ALL

PRAYER: To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in (*) behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.” – Ambrose Bierce, The Enlarged Devil’s Dictionary, p.250. – (*) on? – JZ

PRAYER: We can’t pray ourselves into a better world.” – E. Haldeman Julius, Notes and Comments No. 6, 1951, p.44.

PRAYER: We offer up prayer to God only because we have made Him after our own image. We treat Him like a pascha, or a sultan, who is capable of being exasperated and appeased.” – Voltaire, “Prayer”, Philosophical Dictionary, 1764. – GOD,

PRAYER: What is prayer but a whining, snivelling attempt to control?” - Frank Herbert & Bill Ransom, The Jesus Incident, P.209. - CONTROL, FAITH, RELIGION, CONTROL, BELIEF & GODS, CHRISTIANITY

PRAYER: Whatever a man prays for, he prays for a miracle. Every prayer reduces itself to this: ‘Great God, grant that twice two be not four’. – Ivan Turgeniev, 1818-1883. – Andrews Quotes. – MIRACLES

PRAYER: When you pray, sometimes you get what you want and sometimes you don't - exactly the same as when you don't pray. – Unknown - Roy Halliday, Quotations with an Attitude, online

PRAYER: Who rises from prayer a better man, his prayer is answered.” – George Meredith, The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, 1859, p. 12. – Can one be a better man after having been on one’s knees, begging for something, before an invisible and non-existing demon, ghost or god? – JZ, 10.11.85, 1.4.08.

PRAYER: Worship is no longer what I need”, said Leviathan through George’s mouth. “A short time ago, when creatures capable of worship appeared on this planet, it was a novelty for me to be adored. Now it bores me. Instead, I wish to communicate with an equal.” – Wilson/Shea, Illuminatus III. – “Communication takes place only between equals.” - GOD, WORSHIP, JOKES

PRE-EMPTIVE WAR: There are attempts by both of the major contestants to prevent pre-emptive nuclear strikes by building up second strike capabilities. But the success of these efforts is not guaranteed and they are just one aspect of a continuing nuclear arms race, which tends to produce more and more destructive and more and more indiscriminately murderous "weapons". - Seeing that every country would lastly suffer from the fallout even of an otherwise successful pre-emptive nuclear strike, security cannot be found in this way. On the contrary, pre-emptive war is one of the dangers inherent in any arms race and any attempt to prepare for it, or to counter it, could very well set off the nuclear war it intends to avoid. - See: Aggression, Arms Race, Defence, Miscalculation, Nuclear Strength, Overestimation, Second-Strike Capability, Surprise Attack, War Aims. - JZ, An ABC Against Nuclear War, in PEACE PLANS Nos. 16 & 17, on

PREACHERS: Parsons always seem to be specially horrified about things like sunbathing and naked bodies, They don’t mind poverty and misery and cruelty to animals nearly as much.” – Susan Ertz, Julian Probert. – Or War, Revolution, Dictatorship, the nuclear war threat etc. – JZ, 23.3.08. – How many other religions have, like the Catholic Church, taken a clear stand against abortion? How many advocate tyrannicide and the right otherwise resist aggressions? How many do still uphold the principle and practice of collective responsibility? – How many or how few favour all individual rights and liberties and have clear notions of economics? – JZ, 11.1.14. - RELIGIONS, ETHICS, MORALITY

PREACHERS: Preacher: Have Bible – Will Babble.” – “Teen-Ager” - BIBLE BASHERS, CHRISTIANS, TRUE BELIEVERS

PREACHERS: Tis a good thing preachers don’t go to Congress. Whin they’re ca’m they’s wipe out all th’ laws, an’ whin they’re excited, they’d wipe out all th’ popylation. – They’re niver two jumps fr’m the’ thumbscrew. – Mr. Dooley. – So we should let them in, as long as they are calm and throw the laws out or discount their votes as soon as they get excited? – JZ, 9.3.08. – JOKES, ZEALOTS, INTOLERANCE, FUNDAMENTALISTS, FANATICS, TRUE BELIEVERS, PARLIAMENTS, CONGRESS

PREACHINGS: It has been a tiresome, silly, deafening jabbering in my ears. It wearies me indescribably.” - H. G. Wells, Men Like Gods, p.197 of first paperback issue, 1922, 1970, 90. – RELIGION, WORSHIP, CHURCH SERVICES, GOD, CHRISTIANITY

PRECEDENTS: A precedent embalms a principle.” – Disraeli, quoted in C. Bingham, Men and Affairs, p. 46. – Precedents should be taken into consideration but should not be decisive. – JZ, 9.3.08. - PRINCIPLES, JURISDICTION, JUSTICE

PRECEDENTS: In Law, a previous decision, rule or practice which, in the absence of a definite statute, has whatever force and authority a Judge may choose to give it, thereby greatly simplifying his task of doing as he pleases. As there are precedents for everything, he has only to ignore those that make against his interest and accentuate those in the line of his desire. Invention of the precedent elevates the trial-at-law from the low estate of a fortuitous ordeal to the noble attitude of a dirigible arbitrament.” – Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary. – LAWS, JUDGES, COURTS

PRECEDENTS: It is a maxim among these men (lawyers), that whatever has been done before, may legally be done again, and therefore they take special care to record all the decisions formerly made, even those which have, through ignorance or corruption, contradicted the rules of common justice and the general reason of mankind. These, under the name of PRECEDENT, they produce as authorities, and thereby endeavour to justify the most iniquitous opinions. – Dean Jonathan Swift, quoted by Rothbard, in Conceived in Liberty, III, 98. – Thus every former wrongful and irrational “judgment” can become a precedent for further wrongful and irrational judgments. – JZ, 19.3.09. - LAWYERS, COURTS, JUSTICE, COMMON LAW

PRECEDENTS: Nuclear weapons were not used so far and are thus unlikely ever to be used - is the belief of some rationalizing people. They forget that they were used in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and this in less than a survival situation and when Japan was already close to surrender. Something that in its effects is almost as destructive mass murderous as a nuclear bomb attack, namely, the carpet bombing of cities, is still an accepted military practice, although it is internationally outlawed. To assume that nuclear destructive devices won't be used, because they have not been used since Hiroshima and Nagasaki, is like saying: Cancer will not strike me; it is harmless, because it has not killed me yet. - ACCIDENTAL WAR, ACUTENESS OF DANGER, AIR RAIDS, BRINKMANSHIP, DETERRENCE, GAS WARFARE, INDISCRIMINATE WARFARE, MADNESS, MOTIVES, SCORCHED EARTH POLICY, TARGETS, TERRITORIAL ORGANIZATION, NUCLEAR WAR THREAT - JZ, An ABC Against Nuclear War, in PEACE PLANS Nos. 16 & 17, on -

PRECEDENTS: Precedent is merely the assumption that somebody else, in the past, with less information, nevertheless knows better than the man on the spot.” – Robert Heinlein, Space Cadet, p.141. – That is much more correct for scientific and technical information than it is e.g. for ethical information, still being accumulated. What was already found of it is still widely unknown. – JZ, 22.2.08, 19.3.09. – ETHICS, MORALITY, HUMAN RIGHTS, DECLARATION OF ALL INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES

PRECEDENTS: Religious liberty or religious tolerance. The great variety of private associations, organizations and clubs, however limited their autonomy still is, at present.  Only when they engage, like political parties or some intolerant sects, in struggles to obtain a territorial monopoly, do they become intolerant of each other and not only argue but also fight against each other. Regarding hobbies, fashions, holiday activities, crafts, sports, professions, tourist options, entertainment, hair styles, health fads, diets, gardening, interior decorations, household utensils, styles of our houses, internal business arrangements, reading matter, videos, films, music, theatres, CDs, computer software and hardware, scientific and technical experiments, business arrangements, philosophies, world views, discussion and conversation topics, marriage and love partners, writing and lecturing activities, research engagements, publishing activities, alternative media, in hundreds to thousands of different private activities, we are already largely individually autonomous, regardless of the opinions or prejudices of our rulers, who dare no longer to interfere, very extensively, with such individual choices. But they still have monopolized what they declare to be "public spheres", in politics, economics and social relations and try to rule them more or less despotically for all people in a whole country. - Conquering and occupation forces do also operate, in other countries, under their own laws. - (That would cause no troubles, as occur presently in Iraq, if they were not, at the same time, trying to territorially impose a new public system, one that is not individually chosen by all people in that territory. This "liberation war", too, is not fought for the genuine liberation of all of the diverse minorities and of the majority in Iraq but, instead, for a new territorial imposition, i.e. one that does, also and inevitably, provoke extensive dissent and resistance. This imposition is better than the previous regime but still has not got the consent of all the numerous dissenters. Only full exterritorial autonomy for their own communities could possibly satisfy them. But this is not even publicly discussed as an option. Only territorialism, with all its inherent problems, is on the official agenda among the contestants. - JZ, 20.9.04.) Only to the above indicated and all too limited extent do occupation forces represent exterritorialism or extraterritorialism. Mostly they do not have a panarchistic platform. At best they support one or the other alternative and not a despotic but still a territorial government-in-exile or newly imposed territorial government. In worse cases they merely support a puppet regime, one that acts as their ally or local mouthpiece. - Anarchists and libertarians should be among the first to take an interest in the exterritorialist alternatives and to discuss them in full, including all their historical precedents (personal law, capitulations, consular jurisdiction, extraterritorial treaties, the millet system, the cof or sof of the Berbers, governments in exile, autonomous trading posts), the large present analogies of religious freedom and freedom of the high seas and the remaining traces of personal law and of the original diplomatic immunity. (The latter, alas, has been deteriorated, by more or less criminal governments, to a state of affairs where it grants immunity even for crimes with victims. At worst the offenders are sent home! I believe that the practice of diplomatic immunity under competing personal law systems rarely went that far away from justice. If I am wrong on this, please do correct me.) - JZ, n.d. & 20.9.04. - See: BECKERATH, ULRICH VON: in: On Panarchy. - PRECEDENTS FOR PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, MUTUAL TOLERANCE, PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, IN PRIVATE SPHERES TO BE EXTENDED TO ALL PUBLIC SPHERES, PERSONAL LAW, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, COMPETING GOVERNANCE, SECESSINOISM VS. TERRITORIALISM

PRECEDENTS: the military camps of other powers in Europa are exterritorial, …” (“… die in Europa befindlichen Kasernen anderer Maechte exterritorial sind, …”) – Heinrich Rittershausen, “Wirtschaft”, Das Fischer Lexikon, Feb. 1976 edition, p.21. – PRECEDENTS FOR PANARCHISM: MILITARY UNITS OF OTHER POWERS STATIONED IN EUROPE

PRECEDENTS: There prevailed for generations, in the courts not only of this country but in responsible courts everywhere, the doctrine of “stare decisis”: “Stand by what has been settled”: Let the principles of law established by previous judicial decisions be accepted as authoritative in cases similar to those from which such principles were derived. When the Warren Supreme Court contemptuously disregarded stare decisis it was at sea; and the Court is still at sea. Without this doctrine no one knows that the courts will decide or what the law is. - It is the increasing disregard of stare decisis, or its equivalent, in nearly all social areas today – in morals, manners, dress, in the legal, political, and economic field - that is now leading to such a chaotic result, to the disappearance of standards, to immorality, confrontations, riots and crime. The glorification of “dissent” has turned into glorification of “protest”, and finally into a glorification of lawlessness and nihilism.” – Henry Hazlitt, In Defence of Conformity in THE AGITATOR, A SCHISM Anthology, p.51/52. - By all means, let us deviate from previous juridical and legal precedents but only among volunteers and even among these only upon good enough reasons, well and publicly stated, in their declaration of independence. – JZ, 28.6.92. - Alas, the in many respects great libertarian thinker and writer Henry Hazlitt, never advanced to the tolerance of individual secessionism, personal laws and exterritorially autonomous communities of volunteers. He remained stuck on a supposedly ideal limited government - territorially enforced upon all, the freedom lovers as well as the statists. He did not realize the internal great contradiction of this ideal nor the great practical difficulties that it created for limited government libertarians faced by a great majority of statists. - I, for one, would prefer a well developed declaration of individual rights and liberties to “stare decisis” or juridical precedents. It would include only the best parts of these precedents and reject altogether most of the rest, not only most of the “positive” legislation, e.g. all of the territorial one. – JZ, 20.2.08, 11.1.14. - COMMON LAW & PERSONAL LAW, JURISDICTION, JUSTICE, PRINCIPLES, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTEIS, MUTUAL TOLERANCE, VOLUNTARISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY VS. LIMITED GOVERNMENT, HAZLITT, TERRITORIALISM, STATISM, GOVERNMENTALISM

PREDATORS & PARASITES: A predator is an animal that eats other animals, generally those smaller and weaker than itself. We respect predators, paint them on our coats of arms and use their names as adjectives of quality. To be termed lion-hearted, cat-footed and as strong as a bear offends no man. - A parasite is an animal that eats other animals that are always larger and more powerful than itself. We despise parasites and to call a man a louse, which is, after all, a courageous little animal in its way, is to ask for trouble.” – The Australian Museum - ANALOG 3/86, p. 176. – ANIMALS, MAN, LICE, COURAGE

PREDETERMINATION: I have noticed that even people who claim everything is predetermined and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road. – Stephen Hawkins - Scott Molon Labe Twist shared Syrian Atheists's photo. - Syrian Atheists - Tom Jestus II Of course they did, it was predetermined that they would. – My father, although almost deaf, didn’t and claimed that I could feel the vibrations of an approaching car through the soles of his feet. Anyhow, he survived until he was 86. Predetermination, too? Fixed ideas are hard to impossible to dig out of some people’s “minds”. – JZ, 23.10.13.

PREDICTABILITY: As one writer has added, however, it is not every kind of predictability that men find desirable and conducive to social order: “To be regularly subject to the violence of others is not to be secure – quite the opposite.” – Berger, “’Law and Order’ and Civil Disobedience”, 13 INQUIRY 254, 258 (1970). – Butler D. Shaffer: Violence as a Product of Imposed Order, p.41. – Tax burdens are largely predictable, they will occur and mostly they will increase, but they are certainly not desirable or rightful. – JZ, 9.3.08. – ORDER, SECURITY,VIOLENCE, TAXATION, TRIBUTE LEVIES, REGULARITY

PREDICTABILITY: One of the major sources of uncertainty today is government. One makes an investment based on the premise of a certain tax rate, on the premise of a certain regulation, on the premise of a certain loophole, on the premise of a certain government action. But all that is conjecture, because the government can change the rules, the taxes, the regulations, the loopholes, the actions, almost at whim, and it generally does change them at whim.” – Charles Curley, The Coming Profit in Gold, p.41. – Compare: H. Fleming, Ten Thousand Commandments, 1951. - Unpredictability of governments, except that they are mostly wrong and coercive as well as irrational, being addicted to territorial power. – JZ, 11.1.14.STOP-GO POLICIES, PRIVILEGES, ORDER, GOVERNMENT, UNCERTAINTY, STATISM, INSECURITY, SAFETY

PREDICTIONS: That which did not exist before will come into existence. And no one is safe from that.” – English biologist J. B. S. Haldane. – JZ re-translation attempt of the German version: “Das was nicht war, wird sein! Und kein Mensch ist davor sicher!” – Compare: “Time is the possibility of different observations on the same object.” - PROGRESS, FUTURISM, DEVELOPMENT, FREEDOM, MUTATIONS, CHANGE, POSSIBILITIES.

PREDICTIONS: The potential for rapid positive developments is there. After all, it merely depends upon being sufficiently informed, together, at the right time and place. But whether this potential will thus be released in time, affordably, accessibly, is another matter. I am working on it. – What are the preconditions? New kinds of reference works, like e.g. this slogans, quotes, notes and aphorisms collection, a libertarian-, a panarchist encyclopedia and a handbook on monetary freedom, a comprehensive new declaration of individual rights and liberties, an ideal program for libertarian defence and liberation efforts, and a refutations encyclopedia for popular errors, myths and prejudices, a libertarian revolution and military insurrection program, a comprehensive libertarian digital library, bibliography, abstracts and review compilation, electronic “argument mapping”, a general ideas archive, starting with one on libertarian ideas, a comprehensive libertarian directory, listing special interests, a complete list online of libertarian projects proposed or already started, inviting new participants, establishing division of labor between them, a list of all URLs for libertarian writings already electronically available in one form of the other. Organization-wise: especially the establishment of the first panarchies, perhaps best as alternative governments in exile. Monetary freedom could almost instantly end mass unemployment, inflation and sales difficulties and make immigrants welcome rather than hated. The cancellation of all government debts and the distribution of all remaining government assets among the population could make masses of people relatively rich. Ending the employer-employee relationship via various self-management schemes could lead to rapid progress and enrichment. Ending compulsory taxation and replacing it by voluntary contributions and subscriptions to wanted services would be a great step forward. – The establishment of an ideal militia force for the protection of individual rights and liberties would greatly help, as well as abolishing the monopoly decision-making of governments on war and peace, international treaties, armament and disarmament. - A liberating chain reaction is quite possible. - JZ, 19.2.08. - TRENDS, FUTURISM, PROPHECIES, FIOT, PIOT, SELF-LIBERATION, TOLERANCE IN ALL SPHERES FOR ALL TOLERANT PEOPLE, NEW DRAFT

PREEMPTION: Pre-emptors: Agents of Destruction. Pre-emption of any activity by government curbs the creative effort of individuals.” – Leonard E. Read, Comes the Dawn, summary of chapter VII in contents list. - MONOPOLIES, CREATIVITY, PRIVILEGES, TERRITORIALISM, CENTRALIZATION


PREFERENCES: I say, blessings on you and on all others whatever their preferences, so long as you and they are peaceful. This is no more than simple justice, and anyone who acts to the contrary dons the robes of a dictator, intending to run the lives of others.” – Leonard E. Read, Who’s Listening? p.53/54. – Compare also his: “Anything that’s Peaceful.” - Alas, a territorially imposed limited government, imposed upon by a majority of territorial statists, not only upon themselves but upon all others in a country, would also be a dictatorial attempt. - Unfortunately, Leonard E. Read remained a limited government advocate, i.e. a territorial monopolist and, to that extent, an authoritarian, under all kinds of false premises and wrong conclusions. But he was a great man, nevertheless, on very many points. – Is there as yet an anthology: “The best thoughts and formulations of Leonard E. Read”? – A competition among all his admirers could soon bring it about, if it were announced by FEE. – Those submitting them should be allowed to make some short comments, as an additional incentive for them. – At least online or on disk it could be published without risk and then, if thus sufficient interest is shown, it could also be put into print without risk. - JZ, 9.3.08. - TOLERANCE, PEACEFULNESS, VOLUNTARISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, FREEDOM OF ACTION, JUSTICE, PANARCHISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, PRIORITY, RESPECT, FEE

PREGNANCY: Pregnancy lasts 9 months, abortion is forever.” – From leaflet of “ Survivors of Abortion”. – How much easier and cheaper would it be to bring up children and to get them educated under full economic freedom, freedom in education and monetary freedom, combined with clearing and credit freedom? – We should ponder why, in “primitive” societies, children were often considered to be an asset rather than a burden. - JZ, 1.4.08. – Financial freedom would also include personal loans for education and upbringing. We are much more productive now in almost every sphere except in conceiving and realizing voluntary and peaceful societies, all for their volunteers only, each going ahead at the own speed or stagnating or relapsing as much as they want to. Why should we, nevertheless, consider children an economic burden? One reason is that we keep them unproductive for all too long in schools in which they learn all too little and the joy in learning to know new and interesting things, natural for a child, is almost destroyed in them and they become conditioned to obey numerous irrational rules and commands - and the choices of others are imposed upon them. - JZ, 10.2.11. - ABORTION, EDUCATION, UPBRINGING COST, VOLUNTARISM, CHILDREN, SCHOOLS, CHILD LABOR

PREJUDICES: a few misconceptions haunt our culture, our philosophy, our politics, …” - Greg Bear, Slant, p.150. – Not just a few, rather ten-thousands to hundreds of thousands if not millions. And still they are not systematically collected and published together with their best refutations. – JZ, 13.9.07. – That is hardly a scientific approach to the numerous problems, which they do cause by actions, including those of legislators, based on the wrong assumption that they are truthful. – JZ, 19.3.09. - MISCONCEPTIONS, MYTHS, ERRORS, FALSE ASSUMPTIONS & CONCLUSIONS, FALLACIES, ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS,  IDEAS ARCHIVE

PREJUDICES: A fool hath no dialogue within himself, the first thought carrieth him without the reply of a second.” - Lord Halifax - FOOLISHNESS, LACK OF SELF-CRITICISM

PREJUDICES: A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.” - Attributed to William James. - Clifton Fadiman, American Treasury, 1455-1955, p.719 (1955). - Unverified. - William James, quoted by A. A. Andrews, Quotations for Speakers and Writers. Also attributed to Ed Murrow, American broadcaster and to Adlai Stevenson by Leon Harris in The Fine Art of Political Wit. A similar thought was expressed by Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw): "Education is a good thing generally, but most folks educate (*) their prejudices." - Everybody's Friend, or Josh Billing's [sic] Encyclopedia and Proverbial Philosophy of Wit and Humor p. 592 (1874). - Spelling corrected. – Compare: So few of us think, we merely rearrange our prejudices.” - George Vincent. – The tendency is also strong to coin and adopt and remember more and more errors, prejudices and myths and to call that learning or education. Like with superstitions, religious beliefs, ignorance and foolishness, there seems to be no end to them. – JZ, 19.3.09. – (*) They merely multiply their popular errors, prejudices, fallacies etc. – JZ, 11.1.14. - THINKING, JUDGMENT, KNOWLEDGE, ERRORS, EDUCATION, ENLIGHTENMENT, OPINIONS, FALSE PREMISES, MYTHS, PUBLIC OPINION, POPULAR IDEAS, ERRORS, PREJUDICES, THINK, REALLY THINK!

PREJUDICES: A great time-server. You can form opinions without have to get the facts.” – WISCONSIN JOURNAL OF EDUCATION

PREJUDICES: A lie can travel around the world while the truth is putting on its boots." – Mark Twain – We need not only many encyclopaedias for various kinds of truths but also an encyclopaedia for the best refutations of lies, errors, myths and prejudices that are obstacles to progress, freedom, peace and justice. There are whole legions of them and they ought to be destroyed or refuted, visibly and convincingly one by one and these refutations must become readily accessible. – JZ 5.1.08, 10.2.11. - One significant drawback for truths is that they are vastly outnumbered by popular prejudices. – In a public meeting one of the few representatives of a truth will there hardly ever get a chance to speak up for it, or a fair hearing, if he does get it. Furthermore, he would be easily outvoted if he got the chance. – For prejudiced people are well armoured against truths. Mostly only popular prejudices will get - still another hearing. - JZ, 23.2.08. - LIES, ERRORS & MYTHS ARE MUCH MORE NUMEROUS & TRAVEL FASTER THAN TRUTHS, NEW IDEAS & FACTS, ENCYCLOPEDIA FOR THE BEST REFUTATIONS

PREJUDICES: A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right.” - Tom Paine, “Common Sense” – WRONG PREMISES, ASSUMPTIONS, POPULAR ERRORS, PREJUDICES, MYTHS, FALLACIES, BELIEFS ETC.

PREJUDICES: A man passes through three metamorphoses: First he is a beast of burden, loaded down with the beliefs and values and prescriptions of other men, then he is a roaring lion who has thrown off all these burdens, and finally he is a child who is at one with reality and says Yes to life. (*)– Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra. - Would it not be nice if, at least by the middle of their lives, most people really had thrown off all their prejudices? – (*) ??? – JZ, 21.2.08. – We should say yes only to all reasonable, rightful and tolerant actions of out lives. – JZ, 11.1.14. - ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS OF POPULAR ERRORS, MYTHS & PREJUDICES WHICH ARE OBSTACLES TO PROGRESS.

PREJUDICES: A man’s judgment can rise no higher than his acquaintance with the facts. Prejudice is a premature judgment based on insufficient evidence. As applied to human affairs it implies an irrational dislike of some people based on their opinions, their nationality, the color of their skins, or their religion.” – Edmund Opitz, THE FREEMAN, 10/75, P. 608. – This is still very far from describing the wide spectrum and vast quantity of diverse popular errors, prejudices etc. – JZ, 9.3.08, 11.1.14.

PREJUDICES: A prejudice is a vagrant opinion without visible means of support. – Ambrose Bierce, 1842-1914. – Andrews Quotes. Quoted in READER’S DIGEST, 1/77. - Or it judges people upon as insignificant aspects as skin colour, religion or nationality. – JZ, 11.9.07. - All prejudices seem to support each other or are in some kind of league. But then so are all truths. The former can manage without formal organization. They are so numerous and so wide-spread, even popular. But the latter do require optimal collection and organization to become almost always and everywhere readily available. We are still very far from having achieved this. – JZ, 9.3.08, 10.2.11. – FACES, MERE BELIEFS, ERRORS, PREJUDICES, HYPOTHESES, THAN SOUND OBSERVATIONS, THINKING, FACTS & THEORIES

PREJUDICES: A truth ceases to be true when more than one person believes in it. – Oscar Wilde: Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young, 1894. – More correctly: At that moment it begins already to be distorted and wrongly qualified, unless it is quite systematically, effectively, publicly and permanently defended, with the defence easily, cheaply and fast enough accessible to almost anyone. – JZ, 29.3.08. -  IDEAS ARCHIVE, TRUTHS, REFUTATIONS ENCYCLOPEDIA, DEFINITIONS ENCYCLOPEDIA – OFFERING ALL THE  DEFINTIONS OF IMPORTANT TERMS, WITH REFUTATIONS FOR THE FALSE & FLAWED ONES

PREJUDICES: A world is trembling, and you still uphold the old concepts and persuaded yourself they would be necessary and natural like the sun.” – Kurt Tucholsky, Politische Texte, S. 102/03. - JZ tr. of: “Eine Welt wankt, und ihr haltet an den alten Vorstellungen fest and wollt euch einreden, sie seien so noetig und natuerlich wie die Sonne.” – NUCLEAR WAR THREAT, TERRITORIALISM, STATISM, GOVERNMENTALISM

PREJUDICES: Against stupidity the gods themselves fight in vain.” – J. C. F. Schiller: Die Jungfrau von Orleans, III, 1801. – Yes, if they do not have an encyclopedia of the best refutations on hand! – JZ, 28.3.08. – GODS, JOKES

PREJUDICES: Alas, when I was in error I had many companions. / Since I know you (the truth ), I am almost alone.” – Goethe, Gedichte, Zuneigung. – JZ tr. of: “Ach, da ich irrte, hatt’ ich viele Gespielen; / Da ich dich kenne, bin ich fast allein.“ (Es handelt sich um die Wahrheit.) – TRUTH, IDEAS, POPULARITY, ORIGINALITY, TALENT, GENIUS, IDEAS ARCHIVE

PREJUDICES: All of us necessarily hold many casual opinions that are ludicrously wrong simply because life is far too short for us to think through even a small fraction of the topics that we come across.” - Julian Simon - ERRORS, MYTHS, RED.

PREJUDICES: All prejudices to be carefully registered, with all their characteristics, like very infections and harmful disease causing micro-organisms or poisons, together with the best preventative and curing medicines or antidotes found so far. All-over they do probably do more damage now than microbes viruses and poisons do. Thus they ought to be collected and countered in a similar systematic and scientific way, instead of putting up with them and their disastrous consequence - for further centuries. – JZ, 25.2.86, 29.3.08. – ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE BES REFUTATIONS OF POPULAR ERRORS, PREJUDICES ETC.

PREJUDICES: Although nature has denied us much knowledge, leaving us on many things in unavoidable ignorance, it does not cause our errors. We are led into them by our own inclination to judge and to decide, even there where we are incapable, because of our limitations, to judge and to decide.” – Kant, Logik, 8. - JZ tr. of: “Die Natur hat uns zwar viele Kenntnisse versagt, sie laesst uns ueber so manches in einer unvermeidlichen Unwissenheit; aber den Irrtum verursacht sie doch nicht. Zu diesem verleitet uns unser eigner Hang, zu urteilen und zu entscheiden, auch da, wo wir wegen unserer Begrenztheit, zu urteilen und zu entscheiden, nicht vermoegend sind.“

PREJUDICES: As in political so in literary action a man wins friends for himself mostly by the passion of his prejudices and by the consistent narrowness of his outlook.” – Joseph Conrad, “A Familiar Preface.” A Personal Record, 1912.

PREJUDICES: As Jacques Barzun phrases it, “… unless we consciously resist, the nonsense does not pass by us but into us.” – And I would add, unless we consciously try, the truth will not pass into us but will pass us by. Whenever conscious effort is lacking, people are easy and natural victims of the current winds that blow; they can be sold nonsense!” – Leonard E. Read, Who’s Listening? p.147. – Alas, resistance requires an effort and good enough reference works are rarely on hand. – JZ, 19.3.09.

PREJUDICES: As Tom Paine had discovered many years previously, we must break the hold which the “hag of superstition” presently exerts over our minds before we can discover the beauty and charm of the goddess of truth.” – Reichert, Partisans of Freedom, p.61. – TRUTHS, COMPREHENSIVE REFERENCE WORKT AGAINST POPULAR ERRORS, PREJUDICES, FALLACIES, MYTHS, FLAWED TO FALSE DEFINITIONS ETC. – STILL MISSING

PREJUDICES: At least 90 % of all objections against constructive suggestions are nonsensical or contrary to some facts. Of the rest only very few amount to constructive criticism. – JZ, 22.9.87. But even if the criticism is justified, the convinced innovators and experimenters should be free to go ahead, at their own risk and expense. They do have the right to make their own mistakes and to learn in their own ways, at their own risk and expense. They should never be given any territorial powers. Not even those should be granted that privilege, who would happen to be correct on all points – which has never happened as yet and is unlikely to ever happen to mere humans. – JZ, 22.2.08, 11.1.14. – PANARCHISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, CRITICISM, OBJECTIONS, LAWS

PREJUDICES: attitudes so ingrained that the typical Merseian isn't even conscious of them.” - Poul Anderson, A Circus of Hells, p.88. - TERRITORIALISM, COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY

PREJUDICES: Beware jargon. It usually hides ignorance and carries little knowledge.’ – Frank Herbert, Chapterhouse Dune, p.336. – JARGON, PROVERBIAL WISDOM, PUBLIC OPINION, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS

PREJUDICES: Big wars from little errors grow." - William Dykes. - Prejudices lead lastly to nuclear war. They must be refuted in the strongest and most effective ways. Only the encyclopaedic approach has a chance to do that and it could succeed - if it is accompanied by tolerance for all tolerant experiments. - See: Broadcasting, Cultural Revolution, Encyclopaedia of Refutations, Enlightenment, Ideas/Wrong, Ignorance, Myths, Publicity, Tolerance, Voluntarism. - JZ, An ABC Against Nuclear War, in PEACE PLANS Nos. 16 & 17, on

PREJUDICES: But I ask reasonable observers to look out for evasive and irrelevant answers, for rebuttal by epithet, for flowery anathemas; …” William F. Buckley, God & Man at Yale, p.140, asking for proper criticism of this book. – SLOGANS, EPITHETS. He died recently. Although I do not share all of his political philosophy, and not his religion or any other at all, I found most of his books worth reading and rather thoughtful. – How many of those, whom I consider to be my great contemporaries, are already dead? At least they live on in their works, of which more and more are becoming available online. - JZ, 9.3.08, 10.2.11.

PREJUDICES: Carthage perished because when its abuses had to be abolished it did not even tolerate this from the hands of Hannibal. Athens fell because its errors seemed so sweet to it that it would not give them up.“ – Montesquieu, Betrachtungen. – JZ tr. of: “Karthago ist zugrunde gegangen, weil es, als Missbraeuche beseitigt werden mussten, nicht einmal die Hand Hannibals ertragen konnte. Athen ist gefallen, weil ihm seine Irrtuemer so suess erschienen, dass es von ihnen nicht lassen wollte.“

PREJUDICES: Chase prejudices out of the door and they return through the window.” – Frederick the Great, letter to Voltaire, March 19, 1771.

PREJUDICES: Clarity is so clearly one of the attributes of truth that very often it passes for truth.” – Joseph Joubert, Pensées, I, 1842. - Genuine truths are not always quite clear and obvious. Sometimes it requires hard and prolonged labors to acquire them and, perhaps, even harder and more prolonged labors to express them clearly enough to get them widely accepted. – JZ, 28.3.08. – PLAUSIBLE BUT FALSE STATEMENTS, TRUTHS, IDEAS ARCHIVE, ARGUMENT MAPPING, DEBATES, DISCUSSIONS, PUBLIC OPINION

PREJUDICES: communication is still hampered – as much by false knowledge as by real ignorance.” – H. L. Gold, At the Post, GALAXY, Vol. 3, No. 2. – IGNORANCE, KNOWLEDGE, COMMUNICATION

PREJUDICES: Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.” – Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human, 1878, p.483. – TRUTHS, LIES, CONVICTIONS, RED.

PREJUDICES: Duration is not a test of true or false.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Double Sunrise, Gift from the Sea, 1955. – TRADITIONS, BELIEFS, CUSTOMS, CONVICTIONS

PREJUDICES: Each layer of illusion that we penetrate merely reveals another layer of illusion.” – Brian Stableford, Inherit the Earth, in ANALOG, July 95, p.168. - MYTHS, ERRORS, DELUSIONS, FALSE PREMISES & CONCLUSIONS, ILLUSIONS

PREJUDICES: Even in an advanced stage of civilization, there is always a tendency to prefer those parts of literature, which favor ancient prejudices, rather than those which oppose them; and in cases where this tendency is very strong, the only effect of great learning will be to supply the materials which may corroborate old errors and confirm old superstitions. In our time such instances are not uncommon; and we frequently meet with men whose erudition ministers to their ignorance, and who, the more they read they less they know.” – Henry Thomas Buckle. – Quoted in Seldes, The Great Quotations. - SCHOLARS, WELL READ PEOPLE, INTELLECTUALS, WRITERS, READERS, LITERATURE, BOOK KNOWLEDGE, IVORY TOWERS

PREJUDICES: Even the good reasons are much too numerous to remembers and they are almost totally swamped by bad arguments, false observations, errors, unchecked premises etc. The situation is analogous to the knowledge of the average man has of diseases and suitable medicine and cures compared with the vast number of possible illnesses, diseases and their working or proposed cures and medicines. In such a situation prejudices and illnesses must remain rampant. (At least until finally a proper digital health encyclopedia is compiled, with all the pro and con information required. - JZ, 10.2.11.) Our provisions to guard us against prejudices are so far very inferior to those to guard us against illnesses (which are still very far from being fully developed and published,), although we suffer, probably, even more under the former. – JZ, 9.11.78, 11.1.14.

PREJUDICES: Every error must, sooner or later, cause harm, all the greater the greater it is. The individual error must be paid for by the individual that holds it, often very expensively. Likewise, in common affairs, for the popular errors of whole peoples. Therefore it cannot be repeated too often, that each error, wherever one meets up with it, is an enemy of mankind and as such to be prosecuted and exterminated and that there can be no privileged or sanctioned errors. – Schopenhauer, “Welt als Wille und Vorstellung”, II, 1, Kap. 6. – JZ tr. only of: “Jeder Irrtum muss, frueher oder spaeter, Schaden stiften, und desto groesseren, je groesser er war. Den individuellen Irrtum muss, wer ihn hegt, einmal buessen, und oft teuer bezahlen: dasselbe wird im Grossen von gemeinsamen Irrtuemern ganzer Voelker gelten, Daher kann nicht zu oft wiederholt werden, dass jeder Irrtum, wo man ihn auch antreffe, als ein Feind der Menschheit zu verfolgen und auszurotten ist, und dass es keine privilegierten oder sanktionierten Irrtuemer geben kann.“ – Only within communities of volunteers are their errors and prejudices to be tolerated, as long as they practise them only among themselves and at their own expense and risk. – TOLERANCE, PANARCHISM, ENLIGHTENMENT, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, RIGHT TO MAKE MISTAKES AT THE OWN EXPENSE & RISK

PREJUDICES: Every man, wherever he goes, is encompassed by a cloud of comforting convictions, which move with him like flies on a summer day.” - Bertrand Russell. – We need an encyclopaedia of their best refutations at least as much as a fly repellent or fly-screens. – JZ, 23.1.08. , CONVICTIONS, BELIEFS, PREMISES,  RED., ERRORS, MYTHS

PREJUDICES: Finally, there never was, is not, and never will be, anywhere or anywhen in all space-time, any culture of intelligent entities that was not founded on prejudice, discrimination, and hurt. – The reason is simple: in fundamental analysis, prejudice means simply “pre-judged” – determined beforehand. The essence of any code of morals, laws, or tribal traditions is a publicly stated system of prejudices. (*) We are prejudiced against murderers; we define the prejudice even closer than that. Dobu Islanders, I understand, hold an accomplished murderer in high esteem (**); in earlier western cultures, duelling was not defined as murder. Our prejudices change. But the very basis of anything we call “a culture” is a pattern of allowed vs. disallowed behavior; that pattern is, necessarily, a code of prejudices. The Mosaic Laws of the Jews were simply a carefully drawn set of prejudices. – John Campbell, ANALOG, 12/60. - (*) Principles, beliefs, convictions, assumptions, dogmas, opinions. – I hold that it is decisive whether they obstruct or promote genuine progress and development, whether they are rational or irrational, ethical or unethical, by any sound standards of rights and liberties and whether they are practised tolerantly or intolerantly. – (**) So why have they not yet wiped themselves out? - JZ, 9.3.08, 19.3.09. - POSITIVE, NEGATIVE & TRIVIAL PREJUDICES, MORAL & IMMORAL ONES, LAWS, LEGISLATION, CUSTOMS, TRADITIONS

PREJUDICES: Follies often repeated, lose their absurdity and assume the appearance of reason. …” - Oliver Goldsmith, The Citizen of the World, p.281.

PREJUDICES: Folly is a contagious disease, but there is difficulty in catching wisdom.” – George Jacob Holyoake, History of Cooperation, p.361.

PREJUDICES: For as Ernst Cassirer so perceptively notes, men who live under the sway of myth are never conscious of the fact that their lives are dominated by images and symbols which took form and shape in the dim recesses of the past. … If he were conscious of their existence, he would no longer be under their power.” - Reichert, Partisans of Freedom, A Study in American Anarchism, p.14. – IMAGES, SYMBOLS

PREJUDICES: Foreign Language: It’s knowing a people’s troubles and hopes that brings one close to them, not the speaking of their tongue. - With the number of platitudes and irrelevancies being spouted by mouth and pen in any one language, the acquisition of additional tongues should be soundly discouraged.” - Dagobert D. Runes, A Dictionary of Thought. – According to my own and, admittedly, rather limited experience, most of the popular errors, myths and prejudices are the same, at least in German and in English and in whatever translations I have seen into English and German. – JZ, 10.9.84, 29.3.08.

PREJUDICES: Get hold of your prejudices and beat them to death. Don't let them get hold of you! - JZ, 29.11.76. -

PREJUDICES: Good refutations or popular errors, myths and prejudices should not remain spread over all too many books, articles and lectures but should become combined in a special digital encyclopaedia of all of them, alphabetically ordered under catchwords and as widely and cheaply spread as possible, put online or on disc. Otherwise the number of people able to shake off many or enough of them, by their own efforts and inevitably limited reading, remains too small. Territorial politicians are able to exploit that fact for their ignorant and prejudiced laws, measures, systems, platforms and actions. – Compare also the electronic “argument mapping” as recommend online by Paul Monk et al. – JZ, 23.3.09. - POLITICIANS, VOTING, ENCYCLOPEDIA OF REFUTATIONS, ENLIGHTENMENT, PUBLIC OPINION, REFUTATIONS, ERRORS, MYTHS

PREJUDICES: He alone deserves to have any weight or influence with posterity who has shown himself superior to the particular and predominant error (*) of his time.” – C. C. Colton, Lacon, 1802. - (*) – Just to have rid himself of one of these numerous errors is not enough. He must have shaken off at least dozens, if not hundreds or thousands. To do that on one’s own is rather difficult. To do that in free international division of labor, using electronic avenues, would be relatively easy. Nevertheless, this enlightenment job, too, is not yet systematically tackled in this way. – JZ, 29.3.08. – A common collection and clearing house, as well as publishing centre for all such input, and the required corrections for all such contributions, are required. The semi-finished product, frequently updated, with supplements in-between available online, could most economically be offered on disc. But a WIKIPEDIA-like collaboration has to be organized and effectively initiated and made known to achieve its objective. So far hardly anyone seems to have recognized the need for such a reference work. – I have missed it uncounted times in my discussions and correspondence. – A single mind can read, retain and recall only so much, especially just whenever and wherever a special knowledge is needed most. - JZ, 19.3.09.

PREJUDICES: he could not find a single point of entry that would not instantly trigger one of the stereotypes. – A. E. van Vogt: More than Superhuman, p.106/7.

PREJUDICES: He possesses no insights, only prejudices. But these he defends passionately.” - (Er besitzt keine Ueberzeugung, aber die verteidigt er leidenschaftlich.) – Tristan Bernard, quoted in: Hans Habe, Leben fuer den Journalismus, Band 2, Meilensteine, S.58. – RED.

PREJUDICES: He was prickly with prejudices and one had to be careful one didn’t rub against them; which was not always easy to do, since they seemed to cover the whole spectrum of human bias.” - John Cleary, High Road to China, Fontana/Collins, 1979, p.23. – RED.

PREJUDICES: He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.” - Thomas Jefferson. - TRUTH, ERRORS

PREJUDICES: his brain filled with at least 536 slogans, which the average American – this has been statistically determined – encounters daily.” - Hans Habe, Leben fuer den Journalismus, Band 1, Reportagen und Gespraeche, Knaur, 1976, S.316. – Somewhere I read, on the other hand, that the average city person is exposed every day to about 5000 advertisements and manages to ignore most of them. – Both, popular prejudices, too, are strengthened by frequent repetition. – JZ, 16.9.07. - SLOGANS,

PREJUDICES: His crime is that he is a man who prefers fact to illusions, and knows what he is talking about. Such men are never popular. The public taste is for merchandise of a precisely opposite character. The way to please is to proclaim in a confident manner, not what is true, but what is merely comforting.” – H. L. Mencken, Prejudices, Second Series, p.218, at end of “The Cult of Hope”, on Havelock Ellis. - TRUTH, POPULARITY, PUBLIC OPINION, ANYTHING THAT SAVES THEM THE LABOR OF CORRECTLY THINKING FOR THEMSELVES

PREJUDICES: His reflections, perhaps may take on intellectually recognizable forms, but they seldom lead to intellectually recognizable conclusions.” - H. L. Mencken, Prejudices, First Series, p.162.

PREJUDICES: Humans spend their lives in mazes. If they escape and cannot find another maze, they create one.” – Frank Herbert, The Lazarus Effect, p.161. - STATISM, TERRITORIALISM

PREJUDICES: I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally.” – W. C. Fields, quoted by Jerome Beatty, SATURDAY REVIEW, 28.1.67, also in Dr. Laurence J. Peter, The Peter Prescription, p.169. – And I hate all prejudices, almost equally! – JZ, 22.6.92. - He is free of all prejudices: He hates everyone equally. – JZ – IF he really hated everyone else equally, then he would have to love himself excessively, imagining himself to be in every respect above them: the God complex. – JZ, 15.6.13. - JOKES, RED.

PREJUDICES: I am surrounded by all too many frozen minds, walking brain dead. All they can do is parrot some popular prejudices and fixed ideas, ideas that make them dangerous to the individual rights and liberties of others. - JZ, 3.3.03. – Otherwise they are or maybe quite nice and inoffensive people. But, e.g., their errors and prejudices on the cause of unemployment has led e.g. in Australia to concentration camps for illegal immigrants, their children included! – The USA is building a guarded wall – against immigrants from South America. – JZ, 19.3.09. - IGNORANCE, LACK OF INTEREST, MENTALITY, STATISM, BRAINS, MINDS, THINK, PREJUDICES, IMMIGRATION RESTRICTIONS, PUBLIC OPINION

PREJUDICES: I cannot help remembering a remark of De Casseres. … “The profoundest instinct in man is to war against the truth; that is, against the Real. He shuns facts from his infancy. His life is a perpetual evasion. Miracle, chimers and to-morrow keep him alive. He lives on fiction and myth. (*) It is the Lie that makes him free. (**) Animals alone are given the privilege of lifting the veil of Isis; men dare not. (***) The animal, awake has no fictional escape from the Real because he has no imagination. Man, awake, is compelled (****) to see a perpetual escape into Hope, Belief, Fable, Art, God, Socialism, Immortality, Alcohol, Love. From Medusa-Truth he makes an appeal to Maya-Lie.” – Jack London, The Mutiny of the Elsinore, p.82. - - (*) And dies by them, in great numbers! – (**) Rather, unfree! – (***) At least some men do. But how can they easily spread their insights under present conditions? – (****) Inclined rather than compelled, often out of sheer laziness, aversion to think often and deep enough! - JZ, 9.3.08. – PUBLIC OPINION, POPULAR ERRORS, PREJUDICES, MYTHS ETC.

PREJUDICES: I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives.” - Leo Tolstoy. – PREJUDICES REMAINING AMONG INTELLECTUALS & SCHOLARS, POPULAR ONES, FIXED IDEAS, TRUTHS, PRECONCEPTIONS, FALSE PREMISES

PREJUDICES: I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign ... until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands, and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war.” - President Abraham Lincoln, 1846 - He became president only in 1860. What war in 1846? – My history knowledge is rather limited. - The Northern States were protectionist, legalizing privileges to corporations, rather than free trade. It is absurd to complain about the “power” of corporations afterwards. The high places and their decision-making monopolies cause corruption. It should never have been “his” country or that of any other president. - JZ, 8.8.08. – IGNORANCE, RULERS, PRESIDENTS, POLITICIANS, CORPORATIONS, ANTI-CAPITALIST MENTALITY,

PREJUDICES: I would I could as easily discover the true as I can expose the false.” (Utinam tam facile vera invenire possim, quam fals convincere.) – Cicero, De Natura Deorum, Bk. i. ch.32. – One can, slowly, but steadily, approach truths by eliminating prejudices and errors. – JZ, 3.7.82. – General and some special encyclopaedias were compiled and published to make truth-seeking more easy. But quite a number of special encyclopaedias are still amiss, especially when it comes to the social sciences, which are still over-loaded with errors, false premises, false conclusions, false observations, myths and prejudices, mostly nowhere as yet comprehensively tackled and refuted. At least not to my knowledge, although this could by now probably done with a single HDD. In THE DAILY TELEGRAPH OF Feb. 29, 08, there was an advertisement of “Officeworks”, valid to 2.3.08, that offered a Western Digital 1 TB External Hard Drive for only A $ 299! (Previous price was $ 549.) According to my estimate, such a drive could offer, zipped, the page equivalent of over 3 million books. Here is one great technological path towards making liberty ideas almost unbeatable. But who is interested? – JZ, 9.3.08. – The price for external HDs, 500 Gbs, a good brand like Maxtor, is sometimes down to A $ 99 now! (By Feb. 11 this is sometimes the price for a 2 TB HD. By Jan.14, the lowest price I noticed for a 2TBs one was down to A$89.) – Try to envision how much textual enlightenment, alphabetized, could be offered on one such book-sized disc! The equivalent to milliions of books! How many people would even have the space to store as many books? And yet such – continuously updated – reference works on the social sciences – or even on health and longevity, are not yet offered or, to my knowledge, and are not yet in the process of being compiled. – And this although not only our well-being but our very survival is at stake! - JZ, 19.3.09, 10.2.11, 12.1.14.

PREJUDICES: I’m prejudiced. I believe the world is round.” – David Owens, THE CONNECTION 135, p. 37. - Not a perfectly round ball but rather an ovoid one, thickest around the equator, and somewhat flattened at the poles, due to the centrifugal force of its daily rotation. - JZ, 10.2.11.

PREJUDICES: If a man cannot face the evil of an illusion then he will never recognize it, far less effectively fight it.” – G. B. Shaw. – Only the JZ tr. of: „Wenn ein Mensch dem Uebel ohne Illusion nicht ins Gesicht blicken kann, dann wird er es niemals erkennen, geschweige den wirksam bekaempfen.“ – ILLUSIONS, EVIL, KNOWLEDGE.

PREJUDICES: If a man would register all his opinions upon love, politics, religion, learning, etc., beginning from his youth, and so go to old age, what a bundle of inconstancies and contradictions would appear at last!” – Jonathan Swift, Thoughts on Various Subjects, 1711. – I tried to avoid much of this danger by frequent revisions of my own thoughts and those I collected by others, but am aware that many more revisions may be required for most of the statements accumulated here – and I do invite them. – One man can learn and understand only so much. - JZ, 29.3.08.

PREJUDICES: 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 certain. But the opposite of truth has a hundred-thousand faces and an infinite field.” - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne. - TRUTHS, ERRORS, MYTHS, HALF-TRUTHS, FALSE ASSUMPTIONS & CONCLUSIONS, REFUTATIONS ENCYCLOPEDIA


PREJUDICES: Ignorance is not as far removed from the truth as prejudices are.” – Diderot. (Unwissenheit ist nicht so weit von der Wahrheit entfernt wie Vorurteile.) – IGNORANCE, KNOWLEDGE, IGNORANCE

PREJUDICES: Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong.” – Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the state of Virginia, quoted in Hyman Quotes, p. 171. – IGNORANCE, TRUTH

PREJUDICES: In fundamental analysis, prejudice means simply “pre-judged” – determined beforehand. The essence of any code of morals, laws, or tribal traditions is a publicly stated system of prejudices. We are prejudiced against murderers …” - John W. Campbell, editorial, p.2 of ANALOG 1/56, British edition. – MORALITY, MURDER

PREJUDICES: In modern life nothing produces such an effect as a good platitude. It makes the whole world kin.” – Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband, 1895. - And all the untrue or flawed platitudes, between them, mess up our own affairs and that of the whole world! – JZ, 28.3.08. -

PREJUDICES: In order to enable us to have one thought we have to get rid of many others in our head.” – Kudszus – (“Um einen Gedanken haben zu koennen, muessen wir uns viele aus dem Kopf schlagen.”) – TRUTHS, THOUGHTS, POPULAR ERRORS, ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS

PREJUDICES: In religion and politics people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination.” - Mark Twain, quoted in Neider, Autobiography. – That is true for all social sciences, especially in economics. The “social sciences: are not yet genuine sciences. – JZ, 12.1.14. - RELIGION, POLITICS, ECONOMICS, BELIEFS, FAITH,  RED., CONVICTIONS

PREJUDICES: In the words of the Wisconsin Journal of Education, “A great time-saver. You can form opinions without having to get the facts.” – L.A. Rollins, Lucifer’s Lexicon.

PREJUDICES: International Society for the Study of Peace and Prejudices (Internationale Gesellschaft fuer Vorurteils- und Friedensforschung), (*) founded in Nuernberg, Oct. 1980, by Sozialwissenschaftler Badi Panahi. It orga  nizes seminars and congresses. – I have not yet seen any of their publications. – JZ, 9.3.08. – Perhaps it will attempt to provide an encyclopaedia of the best refutations? – Website? Email address. A web-search might reveal details. Presently I have no time and energy for it. – JZ, 12.4.08. – Google offered me today over 91,000 search results. Snail mail: …. e.V., Sulzbacher Straße 75, 90489 Nürnberg, Germany. Tel.: 0911 535526

PREJUDICES: It is a society based on lies, deceit, hypocrisy; and when the truth becomes so thoroughly obscured then our judgment both as individuals and as groups also becomes obscure. We spend far too much time determining what is truth and what fiction (as in Nazi Germany or Stalin’s Russia) and gossip, half-truths, speculation exhausts our energies.” - Michael Moorcock, The Retreat from Liberty, p.25. - ERRORS, MYTHS, FALSE PRETENCES, LIES, PROPAGANDA, ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS

PREJUDICES: It is almost as difficult to make a man unlearn his errors as is (*) his knowledge. Mal-information is more hopeless than non-information; for error is always more busy than ignorance. – C. C. Colton, Lacon, 1820. – (*) acquiring? – JZ- KNOWLEDGE, IGNORANCE, ERRORS

PREJUDICES: It is an observable fact which I think Isocrates makes in one of his orations against the sophists, that it is far more easy to maintain a wrong course, and to support paradoxical opinions to the satisfaction of a common auditory, than to establish a doubtful (*) truth by solid and conclusive arguments.” – Edmund Burke, in preface to A Vindication of Natural Society. – (*) Should it be “widely doubted” here? – JZ, 9.3.08.

PREJUDICES: It is easier to destroy an atom than a prejudice.” – Albert Einstein, retranslated from the German version. – But a comprehensive encyclopaedia of their best refutation could lead to a chain-reaction that would destroy them effectively. – Prejudices are like computer programs: they can be changed. Sometimes even almost automatically. - JZ, 16.2.08, 10.2.11. - PREJUDICES, ENLIGHTENMENT, REFUTATIONS, BEST REPLIES

PREJUDICES: It is hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head. – Sally Kempson – in  – The worst and largest outpost of this kind is, in most cases, territorialism. With an exterritorial autonomy program for all kinds of volunteers, most enemies can be turned into neutrals or even into secret or open allies by a believably published program of quite rightful war and peace aims, subscribed to by xyz recognized governments and societies in exile, all only practicing their personal law program for their present members and thus demonstrating it for their future volunteers. – JZ, 30.3.12. - ERRORS, MYTHS, WRONG ASSUMPTIONS & CONCLUSIONS, TERRITORIALISM, STATISM, STATE SOCIALISM, WELFARE STATE

PREJUDICES: It is hard to make peace with the errors of one’s times. If one contradicts them one stands alone. If one submits to them, one gains neither in honor nor pleasure.” – Goethe, “Sprueche in Prosa”, JZ tr. of: “Mit den Irrtuemern der Zeit ist schwer sich abzufinden: widerstreitet man ihnen, so steht man allein; laesst man sich davon befangen, so hat man auch weder Ehre noch Freude davon.” – Imagine how comprehensive such an encyclopaedia could have become, if it had already been started in Goethe’s time. But then it would, by now, have required many more volumes than the total works of Goethe, which appeared in one 80 volume edition. Now over 3 million volumes could be combined in a single, cheap and book-sized HDD. – JZ, 1.12.08, 12.1.14. – POPULAR ERRORS, MYTHS, FALLACIES,WHICH ARE OBSTACLES TO PROGRESS, ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS SUBMITTED FROM INDIVIDUALS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.

PREJUDICES: It is never too late to give up your prejudices. – Henry David Thoreau, 1817-1862, Walden. - Quoted in Seldes, The Great Quotations. – But it gets harder all the time! - JZ, 26.11.02. - RED.

PREJUDICES: It is often said that anarchists live in a world of dreams to come and do not see the things which happen today. We see them only too well, and in their true colors, and that is what makes us carry the hatchet into the forest of prejudices that besets us.” – Peter Kropotkin, Anarchism; Its Philosophy and Ideal, n.d. – Mere hatchets couldn’t keep up with its growth. At least chain saws and enormous bull dozers are needed, - or their intellectual equivalents. If not even a planned and controlled forest fire. – JZ, 9.3.08.

PREJUDICES: It is well for people who think to change their minds occasionally in order to keep them clean. For those who do not think, it is best to at least rearrange their prejudices once in a while.” – Luther Burbank, RED.

PREJUDICES: It’s amazing how people who believe they’re intelligent repeat things that they wouldn’t even have been stupid enough to have thought of in the first place.” - John Laws, Book of Uncommon Sense, PAN, 1995, p.179. - & THEIR SPREAD, PUBLIC OPINION,

PREJUDICES: Knowledge humanizes mankind, and reason inclines to mildness, but prejudices eradicate every tender disposition.” – Montesquieu, L’Esprit des lois, 1748, 15.3. - TOLERANCE, REASON, KNOWLEDGE, IDEOLOGIES

PREJUDICES: Knowledge is great, someone has written, but prejudices is greater.” – Auberon Herbert, A Pleas for Voluntarism, essay nine in Mack edition, p.353. – They are not “greater” but, so far, much more numerous and influential. – JZ, 9.3.08, 10.2.11.

PREJUDICES: 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 - TRUTHS

PREJUDICES: Let’s register prejudices as careful as dangerous diseases and poisons and let’s find the best antidote for each of them and let us publish our finding in something like a popular encyclopaedia of best refutations and answers. – JZ, 11.2.73.

PREJUDICES: Lies are as communicative as fleas; and truth is as difficult to get hold upon as air. – Walter Savage Landor, Diogenes and Plato, Imaginary Conversations, 1824-53. – If the air all around is were full of truths, we could breathe them in. - We are more likely to be influenced by the numerous and often repeated popular prejudices in our environment. - Are there many books or articles that contain only genuine truths? - JZ, 10.2.11. -

PREJUDICES: Like in the religious ages, when everybody believed in particular articles of faith rather than in reason and facts – so now do most people believe in social, economic and political prejudices, errors and myths and do readily ignore facts and avoid reasoning. – JZ, 9.12.76. – FAITHS, MYTHS, AVOIDANCE OF REASONING

PREJUDICES: Logic is ever so often the handmaiden of prejudice.” - Dagobert D. Runes, A Book of Contemplation, p.106. – LOGIC

PREJUDICES: Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.” – Bertrand Russell, “An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish”, Unpopular Essays, 1950. – BELIEFS, FAITH, SUPERSTITIONS, FALLACIES, MYTHS, ERRORS,

PREJUDICES: Man is ice to the truth and fire to falsehood.” – Jean de la Fontaine, Fables, IX, 1671. - Men are mostly deaf to truths but all ears to popular errors and prejudices. Perhaps, largely, because they save them self-thinking and they sound so plausible or believable. - JZ, 10.2.11, 12.1.14.

PREJUDICES: Man is made for error; it enters his mind naturally, and he discovers a few truths only with the greatest effort.” – Frederick the Great, Letter to Voltaire, June 29, 1771. – This supposedly enlightened Prussian king inflicted a life-long prison sentence on one of his officers because he had dared to advocate free trade – according to Ulrich von Beckerath, whose large reference library was burnt during WW II, in an air raid on Berlin. Otherwise, he would have shown me this reference in print. – In the much smaller reference library that he had accumulated again by 1952, he knew these references so well that he named me author, title and page and then went to pick up the book and showed me the text. - I wish my memory were that good and my library as orderly. – JZ, 19.3.09. - TRUTH

PREJUDICES: Man is more often chained by a web of slavish ideas than by metal links.” - Dagobert D. Runes: On the Nature of Man, p.72. – SLAVERY, SLAVISH MINDS & IDEAS, STATISM

PREJUDICES: Man’s a poor deluded bubble, // Wand’ring in a midst of lies.” – Robert Dodsley, Song, 1745. – Let the few who are less deluded and deceived act upon whatever truth they know or believe to know – in their own sphere. – JZ, 10.7.86, 29.3.08. – PANARCHISM, TOLERANCE, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, VOLUNTARISM

PREJUDICES: Many authors offer answers before they understand the question.” - Dr Laurence J. Peter, The Peter Prescription, p.6. - IGNORANCE, PREMISES, SOLUTIONS, QUESTIONS

PREJUDICES: Many people amaze others when they get themselves lost in a maze of their own invention or choice. The others can hardly believe that they could become so lost instead of losing themselves within the popular maze created by popular prejudices. – JZ, 23.10.87, 22.2.08. – NONCONFORMISTS, CRACKPOTS, RADICALS, IDEOLOGUES, FUNDAMENTALISTS, FANATICS, EXTREMISTS

PREJUDICES: Men lived in their own time, a brief flash of light ringed with an enormous dark, and it was not in their nature to think beyond that little space of years.” – Poul Anderson, Past Time, p.168. - Men live in their own fantasy world, but even it is not briefly lit by a flash of light but rather ringed with an enormous darkness regarding others and the wider world – since they have largely only ignorance, myths, prejudices and wrong premises to guide them, facts being habitually and widely ignored and reason only rarely applied. – JZ, 24 7.87. – Nevertheless, they should be free to apply their all too limited and flawed knowledge, ideas and opinions among themselves, at their own expense and risk. Those able and willing to advance in their enlightenment could do so thereby, much better than by emaining confined to book learning. – JZ, 22.2.08, 12.1.14. - MEN, PEOPLE, LEARNING, , EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, ENLIGHTENMENT, FREEDOM OF ACTION, PANARCHISM

PREJUDICES: might be defined as the lazy man’s substitute for thinking.” – Dr. Lawrence J. Peter

PREJUDICES: Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free.” – Robert Heinlein. - Even Heinlein, one of my favourite writers, did not lose all of his prejudices - or so I do believe. - The remaining errors and prejudices of great writers should be listed, together with their best refutations. This would be one way to honouring their great achievements and would help to purify or improve them further. - JZ, 10.2.11. – FREE MEN, FREE MINDS, MINDS, CONTROL OF MINDS

PREJUDICES: Minds are like parachutes, they only function when they're open.” - Demosthenes. - But even parachutes are not kept permanently open for then any wind gust might blow them away. - JZ, 13.10.02. – Were there already parachutes or only umbrellas at the time of Demosthenes? Or parachutes only in form of small toys? – JZ, 10.3.09. - OPEN MINDS, WISDOM, JUDGMENT, MINDS

PREJUDICES: Most economic fallacies derive … from the tendency to assume that there is a fixed pie, that one party can gain only at the expense of another.” – Milton Friedman, Economic Freedom and Representative Government”, 1973. - Two of the worst fallacies are 1.) that there is only a limited amount of employment opportunities available and 2.) that only a limited amount of sound money can be issued. - In reality, when additional labour and more products and services are offered, then they do open up more exchange opportunities and more occasions to issue and withdraw sound currencies or clearing certificates or accounts, that are optional and free market rated and therefore safe from any serious depreciation. Then they can also be soundly issued to the amounts required to facilitate these exchanges. At most they can suffer a temporary discount or a discount in far away places, which would speed up their return to the issuer, who has to accept them at par. - JZ, 22. 11. 06, 12.1.14. - FALLACIES IN ECONOMICS, WIN-WIN RELATIONSHIPS, OR ZERO SUM GAMES? MUTUAL CONVENIENCE RELATIONSHIPS, ECONOMIC FALLACIES, FLAWED AXIOMS, FALSE ASSUMPTIONS, WRONG CONCLUSIONS

PREJUDICES: Most men catch the words that are in the air, and the rhythm which comes to them; they do not know from whence, an unconscious imitation determines their words, and makes them say what of themselves they would never have thought of saying …” - Bagehot, quoted in S. Hutchinson Harris, in The Doctrine of Personal Right, p.118.

PREJUDICES: Most men, when they think they are thinking, are merely rearranging their prejudices.” – Knute Rockne. – Or recalling and repeating them. Or warming them up. Or inventing new ones as “excuses” or “explanations”. – JZ, 23.2.08. 19.3.09.

PREJUDICES: Most people are auto-immunized against sound ideas.” – JZ, 5.7.93. – By the prevalence, almost unchecked or not efficiently enough checked, of popular errors, myths and prejudices, by the tens of thousands at least, if not millions, creating a labyrinth in which most people are held captive for most of their lives. – JZ, 18.2.08, 19.3.09, 12.1.14. - BELIEFS, PEOPLE, LOGIC, REASON, ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS,

PREJUDICES: Most people are still lost in the extensive labyrinth of popular prejudices, errors and myths and cannot on their own think themselves out of it. They need a proper guide: An encyclopaedia of the best refutations so far found against these hold-ups or blockages: popular errors and prejudices etc. – JZ, 4.9.07. – Online, in WIKIPEDIA fashion, such a refutations encyclopaedia could become rather fast developed towards its completion point, at least as far as all prejudices, errors and myths so far uttered in the sphere of the social “sciences” are concerned. But even this will have to be properly organized. I will not just happen by chance. – This is just one of numerous enlightenment projects that are not even listed as yet together, by libertarians, far less realized or at least begun by them. – I recognized already half a century ago that an individual could only try to start but coud not possibly complete it. But online it could be done or on a number of DVDs or on a single large HDD of one to several TBs. Initially it could be done or via an email clearing centre producing and distributing a DVD of their combined collections of contributions. In these and, possibly other ways, it could now be done fast, provided enough people participated. – But launching and sufficiently publicizing such a project is not easy, not even with the aid of the Internet. - An online list of all libertarian projects would help, also a libertarian Ideas Archive. - JZ, 10.3.09, 19.3.09,10.2.11, 12.1.14. - ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS,

PREJUDICES: Most people can hold only a small number of buzz word ideas at a time. E.g.: Nuclear energy is “practical”, “necessary”, “clean”, “cheap”, “modern” and “progressive”. – Once they made their choice among them, they stick with them and become almost completely immune to additional and especially to contrary notions. (E.g.: “impractical, unnecessary, polluting, expensive, out-dated and a backward and centralizing step.) They rarely check, define, analyse and re-think their own terms and far less those of their opponents. And their opponents do not always have the best ideas, facts and references on hand to refute them, publicly or privately, and thus, gradually, change their views towards an objective one. Thus the best refutations should be collected and published, just like postage stamps and coins are systematically collected and published. From then on flawed, superficial and prejudiced views may have a hard stand in public discussions and even in one-on -one encounters, for an authoritative reference work of this kind would then become widely available, e.g. online or on a disk. – JZ, 9.3.08. – NUCLEAR ENERGY, NUCLEAR REACTORS, PREJUDICES, PUBLIC OPINIONM FIXED IDEAS, ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS OF POPULAR ERRORS & PREJUDICES IN THE SPHERE OF THE SOCIAL “SCIENCES”

PREJUDICES: Most people grow old within a small circle of ideas, which they have not discovered for themselves. They are perhaps less wrong-minded than thoughtless.” – Vauvenargues, Reflections and Maxims, 1746, p.238, tr. F. G. Stevens. - RED.

PREJUDICES: Most people, even self-proclaimed peace, justice and freedom lovers, are not so much interested in peace, justice and freedom as in confirming their own errors, prejudices, false assumptions and conclusions about all three and do act correspondingly under-informed and misinformed. – JZ, 7.12.83, 9.3.08, 10.2.11, 13.1.14. – PEACE MOVEMENTS, PEACE LOVERS

PREJUDICES: Most people’s minds are safely barricaded behind a large accumulation of myths, errors, prejudices and wrong assumption. Thousands of pieces of this kind of junk will have to be grabbed, analysed, refuted and discarded before one can reach and get to change one’s opponent’s mind. And they will not undertake this clean-up of their minds on their own initiative, at a rule. If others attack one, some or even many of these junk items at the same time, then the thus criticized people will either become angry and aggressive or tend to retreat, without recantation, perhaps just asserting that their opinions would be just as good or that they would be entitled to their own opinions. – Even if, in a discussion, they would temporarily concede a point, their minds would tend to fall back, soon, into the old and habitual groove. It is certainly not easy to change any prejudiced mind and few occasions are offered for doing this, systematically. In family circles or at social occasions such controversies are usually “outlawed” by politeness, good manners and hospitality rules. Repeat opportunities for settling one or several different points of view are rarely offered, especially by those with the weaker positions, i.e. the more errors etc. in their heads. – False notions of self-respect come also into play. Few realize that when someone else beats them in an argument then they, the supposed losers, are, actually, the real winner in this contest. For the other party would merely have passed on an idea, fact, argument or formula, while they, the supposedly defeated party, got rid of a false one and gained a correct one. Thus, if they were objective, they would thank the formal “victor” for what they have learnt from him. – If the refutation came from a neutral but authoritative reference work, then personal antagonism could be avoided. - JZ, 30.7.82, 9.3.08, 10.2.11, 13.1.14.

PREJUDICES: Much error and a spark of truth.” – Goethe, Faust I, Vorspiel auf dem Theater (Lustige Person). – “Viel Irrtum und eine Fuenkchen Wahrheit, …” – The more clearly and comprehensively errors and prejudices are expressed the earlier they can be found out and lead to truths. Many are inclined to contradict, not only to tacitly accept, the assertions of others. Since errors are repeated over and over again, the truths that can effectively counter them should all be collected and made easily accessible, at any time, any place and any occasion, as easily and fast as possible, for each significant error (all those that are obstacles to progress) and this for everyone and also cheaply enough. Such a reference should also be portable into almost any environment or accessible online. – The technology for this exists already. – But not yet the determination to use it in this way. It could be so to speak our “divine guidance”, man-made, or what the ancient called the “deos ex machina”. – And its messages could be quite clear, not confused and confusing like that of the ancient and supposedly divine oracles. - JZ, 22.7.86, 10.2.11. – INFORMATION EXPLOSION, REFUTATIONS ENCYCLOPEDIA, “ORACLE”, “GOD IN THE MACHINE”, WISDOM & INSPIRATION ONLINE OR ON DISC

PREJUDICES: Narrow minds think nothing right that is above their own capacity.” - Francois Rochefoucauld. - NARROW-MINDEDNESS, RED.

PREJUDICES: Nay, no one of us is a free agent. Not one of us actually thinks for himself, or in any orderly and scientific manner. The pressure of the environment, of mass ideas, of the socialized intelligence, improperly so called, is too enormous to be withstood.” - H. L. Mencken, Prejudices, First Series, p.158.

PREJUDICES: Never let yourself become tempted to contradict. Wise men fall into ignorance when they argue with ignorant people.” – Goethe, West-oestlicher Divan. – JZ, tr. of: “Lass dich nur in keiner Zeit // Zum Widerspruch verleiten! // Weise verfallen in Unwissenheit, // Wenn sie mit Unwissenden streiten.“ – That is based simply on experience when one encounters the masses of popular errors, myths and prejudices that still exist in what are the misnamed “social sciences”, with their numerous contradictory schools of thought or notions. – JZ, 19.3.09. - IGNORANCE, WISDOM, ARGUMENTS, ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS, PUBLIC OPINION, POPULAR ERROR, FALSE ASSUMPTIONS, CONCLUSIONS & DEFINITIONS OF IMPORTANT TERMS

PREJUDICES: Never try to reason the prejudice out of a man. It was not reasoned into him and cannot be reasoned out.” - Sydney Smith. – So far the prejudiced have never been confronted by people equipped with a comprehensive encyclopedia of the best refutations, including the ones which would simply ridicule the prejudiced. – JZ, 10.3.09. – LAUGHTER, RIDICULE, IRREFUTABLE ARGUMENTS FULLY MOBILIZED, CONVERSION ATTEMPTS, REASON, JOKES

PREJUDICES: No man is prejudiced in favor of a thing knowing it to be wrong. He is attached to it on (*) the belief of its being right.” – Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man, 1781, p.2. – (*) in? – JZ - RED.

PREJUDICES: No matter how disastrously some policy has turned out, anyone who criticizes it can expect to hear: "But what would you replace it with?" - When you put out a fire, what do you replace it with?” – Thomas Sowell - Should one replace an error or mistake by another one? - JZ, 10.2.11.

PREJUDICES: No more that anyone else is the cryonicist in favor of more smog or planetary paving; no less than anyone else do we enjoy quiet and open places. But one of our mottoes is “first things first”. We do not delude ourselves. Immortality costs money: to make it as individuals, we must earn and save substantial amounts; to make it as a society, we must increase the GNP, and rapidly. The notion that we can enjoy the fruits of labor without first laboring is a pollution of the mind, and it is this pollution which is the greater threat.” – Robert C. W. Ettinger, Man into Superman, p.168/69. - POLLUTION OF THE MIND, IMMORTALITY, DEVELOPMENT, LONGEVITY, LIFE EXTENSION

PREJUDICES: No one errs only for himself. Instead, he is also cause and originator for the errors of others.’” – Seneca. Vom glueckseligen Leben, p.1. - JZ tr. of: “Niemand irrt nur fuer sich allein, sondern er ist auch Ursache und Urheber frember Irrtuemer.“ – All prejudices and errors are somehow interlinked; that is the problem, combined with the fact of their enormous number. Hope arises only from the fact that all truths are also somewhat interlinked and from the chance that once a chain of errors is cut, anywhere, it might be dropped altogether, while, on the other hand, the chain of truths could be picked up from almost any link. Truths could be, somewhat, linked e.g. by files of Slogans for Liberty, by compilations of definitions, quotes and aphorisms, by an Ideas Archive, a comprehensive electronic freedom library, lists of libertarian projects, all freedom writings combined on a HD, with a search engine, a comprehensive bibliography and index, an abstracts and a review compilation of all freedom writings. It could be more effectively defended than it was so far with the help of on ever-growing libertarian encyclopaedia and an encyclopaedia of the best refutations of all the errors, myths, prejudices, fallacies etc. that are obstacles to truths in the social sciences. So far only a fraction of these and other important freedom-promoting jobs has been effectively tackled. – JZ, 22.7.86, 29.3.08. – NEW DRAFT

PREJUDICES: Nothing is better established than prejudice, hatefulness and superstition, and nothing sounds more convincing than an old lie.” - Dagobert D. Runes, A Book of Contemplation, p.106. – Also in his: A Dictionary of Thought. - HATRED, SUPERSTITION, LIES, PLAUSIBILITY, POPULARITY

PREJUDICES: Nothing is so firmly believed as that which is least known.” – Michel de Montaigne, 1533- 1592. – Just two instances: God and the territorial State. – JZ, 19.3.09. – However, when it comes e.g. to monetary freedom and monetary despotism then monetary freedom is even less known than the nature, power and effects of the monetary despotism of central banking but that has not made monetary freedom firmly and widely believed in and striven for. There is also insufficient interest in acquiring enough knowledge about it. – JZ, 13.1.14. - KNOWLEDGE, BELIEF, RED., PLAUSIBILITY, FAITH, FALSE ASSUMPTIONS & CONCLUSIONS, BIAS

PREJUDICES: Nothing tries people closer than common prejudices.” – Dagobert D. Runes: On the Nature of Man, p.92. – Nothing ties intelligent people closer together than common truths. While experimental freedom is important for all, to learn whatever they can, by their own actions, it is most important to the intelligent people to provide as many successful practical examples of the workings of liberties and rights as they can. For failures are a sufficient deterrent only in comparison with successes close-by. – Free experiments especially should not be subjected to the despotism, ignorance and prejudices represented by politicians in parliaments and their laws. - JZ, 9.3.08, 13.1.14. – To territorially impose experiments upon whole populations, all of them only the best that territorial politicians and legislators can think of, is committing a very great wrong. It has now brought mankind close to extinction and has led to many all too authoritarian and costly “democratic” as well as many despotic and even totalitarian regimes. It has also promoted terrorism, in combination with the results of monetary despotism and the still all too popular prejudice in favour of collective responsibility. – JZ, 19.3.09, 10.2.11, 13.1.14. - PANARCHISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM VS. TERRITORIALISM, NUCLEAR WAR THREAT

PREJUDICES: Now back to the Democrats and Republicans – the great majority of our citizens. Very simply, that majority goes along with the ideas that it’s right and proper in the course of normal living for the government to dispose of your life and property without your consent. (And this is quite aside from what to do if you violate the criminal code.)” – Guy W. Riggs, Liberals And Conservatives are Socialists. – TERRITORIALISM, STATE SOCIALISM,  GOVERNMENTALISM, STATISM

PREJUDICES: Obviously, people will use and abuse these drugs in many ways, desirable and otherwise, but the most intelligent will use them in the most intelligent way, i.e., to increase their own neurological freedom, to deprogram their irrational programs, and generally to expand their consciousness and increase their intelligence.” – Robert Anton Wilson, ILLUMINATI PAPERS, p.7. – Only the most intelligent people will use ideas in the most intelligent way. And their wisdom isn’t, so far, available to everybody at every location and at any time. Consequently, we need e.g. an Ideas Archive and a Refutations Encyclopaedia – and many other reference tools, still to be established or, at least, provided by and for libertarians. – Has the consciousness and intelligence of some libertarians really been raised by some drug use, otherwise than tea and coffee? - JZ, 17.11.82, 9.3.08. – Which great ideas were produced under the influence of the modern drugs? – JZ, 19.3.09. - DRUG USE, CONSCIOUSNESS RAISING? Q.

PREJUDICES: Often the more “educated” just know more of what just isn’t so: more of the popular errors, myths, prejudices and false premises. And even if their knowledge is genuine knowledge, they often remain unaware that, outside of the periphery of their inevitably still very limited but, hopefully, still growing knowledge, they are exposed to ever more of what is still unknown for them, to which their limited “expert” or scholarly knowledge and rules does not apply.” - Ortega y Gasset called their pronouncements on what lies outside their sphere of competence “the barbarism of the specialists”. Others called it the growing knowledge of less and less. A major task consists in remaining aware of our limited knowledge and in making all real knowledge accessible to all - and all the best refutations or all errors, prejudices and myths as well. – Digitally and with wide-spread participation and division of labor this no longer a mere dream. - JZ, 7.10.07, 13.1.14. - KNOWLEDGE, EDUCATION, IGNORANCE, EXPERT & ORTHODOX KNOWLEDGE, SPECIALISTS, INTERNET

PREJUDICES: Oh happy the one who can still hope to rise above this ocean full of errors. Just what one does not know is the one thing one just needs and what one knows is just then useless.” – My free translation of: “Oh, gluecklich wer noch hoffen kann aus diesem Meer des Irrtums aufzutauchen. Was man nicht weiss, das eben brauchte man und was man weiss kann man nicht brauchen.“ – Goethe, Faust, but quoted only from my flawed memory. – JZ, 29.3.08. – MULTITUDE OF POPULAR ERRORS & PREJUDICES

PREJUDICES: Old and deep rooted prejudices often become established like principles and statements that once attained the power and respect of principles count not only themselves but also for what can be derived from them, as superior to any close examination.” – Berkeley, “Abhandlung ueber die Prinzipien der menschlichen Erkenntnis.”, p. 121. – (Only my attempt to re-translate the German version: “Alte und eingewurzelte Vorurteile erlangen oft die Geltung von Prinzipien, und solche Saetze, die einmal die Kraft und das Ansehen eines Prinzips erlangt haben, gelten nicht nur selbst, sondern mit ihnen zugleich auch fuer das, was sich aus ihnen ableiten laesst, fuer erhaben ueber alle Pruefung.” – JZ, 28.3.08.)

PREJUDICES: Old errors are most easily perceived as progress when they appear expressed in new words.“ – Graff - (“Am leichtesten werden alte Irrtuemer unter neuen Bezeichnungen fuer Fortschritte gehalten.”) - ERRORS, MYTHS, PROGRESS

PREJUDICES: Once preconceived ideas are cleared away, the rest is simple.” - Arthur C. Clarke, Profiles of the Future, Pan Books 1964, p.148. Book Club Associates, London, 1983, p.148. - ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS, ERRORS, IDEAS, PREMISES, PRECONCEPTIONS, KNOWLEDGE, ENLIGHTENMENT

PREJUDICES: Once you have discarded one myth you can discard them all.” – Lee Harding, Spaceman, “The Worlds of IF”, 4/70. – A wild exaggeration. But it becomes easier to shake off more of them, once one got rid of one significant one and starts thinking critically more often. - They are much too numerous for any individual to be able, quite unaided, to shake off all of them in our still all too short life spans. – JZ, 9.3.08, 19.3.09.

PREJUDICES: One errs so obstinately because only rarely is one completely in error.” – Karl Heinrich Waggerl (“Man irrt so hartnaeckig, weil man selten gaenzlich irrt.”) – Half-truths can lead us either way, to the full truth or to more errors. – JZ, 13.1.14.

PREJUDICES: One may no more live in the world without picking up the moral prejudices of the world than one will be able to go to hell without perspiring.” – H. L. Mencken, 1880-1956, Prejudices, 1921, Select Prejudices, p.150. – Andrews Quotes – High time for a comprehensive encyclopaedia of their best refutations! – JZ, 23.3.08. – Who supplies water in hell, how and from where, to make all that sweating possible? Without a plentiful water supply – something like a permanent shower or even waterfall would be needed, the victims would simply dry up die and burn up. Is it supplied free of charge or only for a price? Payable in what kind of currency? What prevents the victims from dying fast from through heat prostration? - There are as few clear thoughts about hell as there are about heaven. – JZ, 19.3.09. – MORALITY, ETHICS, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, HUMAN RIGHTS, HELL, HEAVEN, RELIGION

PREJUDICES: One might succeed in explaining to the dullest of men the most difficult problems, if he had no previous conception in regard to them; but it is impossible to explain to the cleverest man even the simplest matter, if he is perfectly sure that he knows everything about it.” – Tolstoi – THE PRESUMPTION OF SUFFICIENT KNOWLEDGE

PREJUDICES: One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation.” - Thomas Brackett Reed - STATISM, CONSTITUTIONALISM, LAWS, LEGISLATORS, POLITICIANS, RULERS, LAWS, PARLIAMENTS, CONGRESS, DEMOCRACY,

PREJUDICES: Open thine eyes to see, // Slave, and thy feet are free. // Thy bonds, and thy beliefs are one in kind, // And of they fear thine irons wrought. // Hang weights about thee fashioned out of thine own thought.” – Swinburne

PREJUDICES: Opinions founded on prejudice are always sustained with the greatest violence.” - Francis Jeffrey. - & VIOLENCE

PREJUDICES: Our Age of Anxiety is, in great part, the result of trying to do today’s job with yesterday’s tools – with yesterday’s thoughts.” – M. McLuhan, quoted in: Dr Laurence J. Peter, The Peter Prescription, p.45. - DEFINITIONS, NOTIONS, TERMS, IDEAS, CONCEPTS, FIXED IDEAS

PREJUDICES: Our minds are so clogged on the dead ideas passed from generation to generation that even the best of us are unable to control our lives.” – A student at Warwick University. – Quoted by Shimon Tzabar, The White Flag Principle.

PREJUDICES: Our prejudices are our mistresses; reason is at best our wife, very often needed, but seldom minded.” – Lord Chesterfield, 1694-1773, Letters to His Son, April 13, 1752. – Andrews Quotes. - REASON

PREJUDICES: Our prejudices are our robbers, they rob us valuable things in life.” - Author Unknown.

PREJUDICES: Packed solid with immovable prejudices. She knew so many things she was a walking display of ignorance and fears.” – Frank Herbert, Chapterhouse Dune, p.398. – The numerous previous superstitions have in our times been replaced by ten thousands of popular prejudices, of which most of us carry in our heads our personal selections and over a life-time tend to acquire more and more, rather than refuting more and more of them. – In this respect the environmental influence is mostly overwhelming. – JZ, 23.3.08.

PREJUDICES: Passions destroy more prejudices than philosophy does.” – Denis Diderot, Discours sur la poésie dramatique, 1773-78. - Insofar the old saw: “Make love, not war!” contains some truth. – But lovers do often also come to share the prejudices of their lovers! – In the 70's I encountered the sorry case of a bright young libertarian woman who fell in love with a communist and his Marxism! – Apparently her freedom ideas had no effect on him. - I do not know whether her conversion to Marxism was temporary or permanent. - JZ, 29.3.08. - Alas, I found out, recently, that it was permanent. Hormones vs. brains! - JZ, 10.2.11.

PREJUDICES: People believe what they want to believe and logic has no bearing on it.” – Robert Heinlein, Revolt in 2100, p.154. – It would, if all the best arguments were encyclopaedically collected and sufficiently published in confrontation to all the numerous remaining popular prejudices, errors and myths. These are so numerous that no individual, on his own, even in a lifetime of such efforts, could shake off all of them and this without such a help, which would put the relevant wisdom of mankind readily sorted-out at his disposal. – JZ, 18.2.08, 13.1.14. - BELIEFS, PEOPLE, LOGIC, REASON, ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS,

PREJUDICES: people revert back to their old thinking habits.” – Robert Heinlein, Revolt in 2100, p.154. – Indeed, they often do. But only when the best refutations are not always easily accessible to them. Even once they have heard them or read them – they will not always readily remember them. However, even if they failed to consult a comprehensive encyclopaedia of the best refutations, their opponents would make use of it against them. – JZ, 18.2.08.

PREJUDICES: People ridicule superstitions of others while cherishing their own.” – Dagobert D. Runes, Handbook of Reason, p.172. - RIDICULE

PREJUDICES: People want to easily pick up truths like baubles from the surface and consider everything to be true that they have thus picked up. They are unwilling to dig up radical and deeply buried truths, mostly the only ones worthwhile looking for. And yet they do tenaciously hang on to their all too easily acquired or simply copied prejudices, myths and errors, often, seemingly, very plausible ones, as if they had acquired them by their own persistent and laborious efforts or searches. – JZ, 8.7.82. – A special encyclopaedia, refuting these superficial popular opinions and “truths” could become very easy to use, cheap and wide-spread, so that most repetitions of the old errors would soon and frequently encounter refutations from it. Thus people would become more cautions about uttering the old prejudices, once again, not wanting to be associated with them and easily defeated. They might even, occasionally, look up such a reference work on their own initiative and thus begin their own journey of discoveries of truths. – JZ, 9.3.08, 13.1.14.

PREJUDICES: People’s prejudices must not be respected but destroyed.” – Winwood Reade, The Martyrdom of Man, p.315. – INTOLERANCE TOWARDS THE INTOLERANT

PREJUDICES: politicians … would like to see all of our institutionalized lies continued indefinitely. – PENTHOUSE. – Date? Interview with Karl Hess or? – JZ - POLITICIANS

PREJUDICES: Preconceived notions are the hardest to give up.” – Dagobert D. Runes, A Dictionary of Thought, under “Adherence”.

PREJUDICES: Prejudice is a great labor-saving device – it enables you to form an opinion without having to dig up the facts.” – Dr. Laurence J. Peter – Another version: “Prejudice is a great timesaver. It enables you to form opinions without bothering to get facts.” - Author Unknown. - JOKES, RED.

PREJUDICES: Prejudice is a raft onto which the shipwrecked mind clambers and puddles to safety.” – Ben Hecht, A Guide for the Bedevilled, 1947. – Quoted in Seldes, The Great Quotations. - IGNORANCE, FEAR OF FREEDOM

PREJUDICES: Prejudice is an opinion which possesses its man.” - („Vorurteil: eine Meinung, die einen Menschen hat.“) – Source unknown.

PREJUDICES: Prejudice is an opinion without judgment.” – François Marie Arouet Voltaire, 1694-1778. – There are also prejudices based on moral sense, facts and rational judgments. – JZ, 10.4.08.

PREJUDICES: Prejudice is never easy unless it can pass itself off for reason.” - William Hazlitt.

PREJUDICES: Prejudice is the reason of fools.” – Voltaire. - Other versions: “Prejudice: The reason of fools.” - “What fools use for reason.” - Prejudices are the reasons of fools. (“Vorurteile sind die Vernunft der Narren.”) – Voltaire. – Prejudices are merely the opinions and motives of fools – JZ, 21.2.08.

PREJUDICES: Prejudice not being founded on reason cannot be removed by argument.” - Samuel Johnson.

PREJUDICES: Prejudice: … belief held apart from reason and proof against it.” – John Stuart Mill.

PREJUDICES: Prejudice: The weighing of facts with the thumb on the scale. – Source unknown. - („Vorurteil: Abwaegen der Tatsachen mit dem Daumen auf der Waagschale.“)

PREJUDICES: Prejudices against other prejudices are usually more welcome than truths about them. – JZ, 23.9.95, 29.3.08.

PREJUDICES: Prejudices are the props of civilization.” – André Gide, The Counterfeiters, 1926. - Yes, but only those, which are not errors, fallacies, false conclusions, myths etc. but those, which embody genuine truths. – JZ, 29.3.08.

PREJUDICES: Prejudices cling most readily to the very young and the very old.” - Dagobert D. Runes, A Dictionary of Thought. – And to those in-between! – JZ, n.d.

PREJUDICES: Prejudices not being founded on reason cannot be removed by argument.” – Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784. - That has not yet been seriously and systematically and scientifically tried, using the knowledge of thousands to millions, in division of labour. If nothing else helps, ridicule could. – JZ, 29.3.08. – Before giving up try self-interest, point out inconsistency with other popular prejudices, not only humour, laughter and ridicule. Most importantly: establish and use the encyclopaedic approach for refutations. – JZ, 9.6.92, 13.1.14.

PREJUDICES: Prejudices popularized by the mass media “release from the labour of forming opinions for ourselves” … “We have only to embrace” … them. – JZ, 24.5.91.

 PREJUDICES: Prejudices seem to have some sort of birthright in the mind: they are there before enlightenment.” - Dagobert D. Runes, A Dictionary of Thought.

PREJUDICES: Prejudices, as is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow there, firm as weeds among the stones.” – Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre. – Quoted in George Seldes: The Great Quotations.

PREJUDICES: Reason shall prevail with me more than popular opinion. I shall prefer my own judgment to general prejudice.” – Cicero

PREJUDICES: Reflections on Gullibility.” – Heading of chapter 11 in Leonard E. Read, Castles in the Air, p.67. – Ibid: “As an adjective to describe present-day attitudes, aims and popular proposals for dealing with current economic problems, real or pseudo, the term “gullible” is a much more appropriate label for our society than “good” or “great.” – “(See “The Gullible Society”, THE FREEMAN, March 1974.)” - Have the sophists and dogmatists etc. in parliament done already more damage in a few hundred years than all the religious dogmatists have over thousands of years? – If we need any kind of goods or services we can look up the yellow pages of the telephone directories. Where is the equivalent information supply when it comes to refute errors and to supply truths and facts instead? The usual encyclopaedias are not sufficient for this purpose, especially when it comes to errors and prejudices in the “social sciences”. – We have not even collected and confronted all the false health information offered with the truthful ones and the uncertainties that still exist in this sphere, although this could, probably, be done by now on a single and rather cheap disk. – And we haven’t taken our freedom, peace, justice, progress and prosperity ideas serious enough to combine all of them on a disk. - JZ, 9.3.08. – GULLIBILITY, IDEAS ARCHIVE, ELECTRONIC HEALTH ENCYCLOPEDIA, REFUTATIONS ENCYCLOPEDIA, LIBERTARIAN DIGITAL COMPREHENSIVE PUBLISHING & LIBRARY

PREJUDICES: Semantics teaches us to watch our prejudices, and to take our exercise in other ways than jumping to conclusions. (*) Semantics is the propagandist’s worst friend.” (**) – Stuart Chase, Guides to Straight Thinking, 1956. - Quoted in George Seldes, The Great Quotations. - General handbooks on logic and general advice on rational responses are not enough. Needed are specific responses to every particular popular error, prejudice myths etc. that is an obstacle to progress. And all ought to be handily and digitically combined in a portable reference work that can be utilized, with a proper gadget, almost anywhere. – Or it should be accessible e.g. via a mobile, tablet or laptop computer. - (*) Mostly it amounts to jumping to further confusions. – (**) Or worst enemy? - JZ, 9.3.08, 143.1.14. - SEMANTICS

PREJUDICES: Sentence first, verdict afterwards.” - Lewis Carroll. – RED.

PREJUDICES: She wanted answers to all this. She really wanted answers, not just confirmations of what she already believed. Her prejudice screen had been knocked so full of holes that ideas could get through to her without first being deformed out of reality to fit her preset conviction.” -  Mabel was ready for therapy. – Mark Clifton and Frank Riley, They’d Rather Be Right, p.127.

PREJUDICES: Should one be quite unprejudiced? I for one have an abundance of “prejudices” in favour or individual rights and liberties and regret that you might not share all of them with me. – JZ, 6.12.07. – Q.

PREJUDICES: showed how little even cold and academic men are really moved by the bald truth and how much by hot and unintelligible likes and dislikes.” - H. L. Mencken, Prejudices, First Series, p.157.

PREJUDICES: Snap judgment – flee or attack or hide – had a survival value during all of human development, at least in emergency situations that demanded an almost instant and instinctive or reflexive decision-making. That may be the reason why we are still predisposed towards them rather than to prolonged, rational ethical and long-term contemplations and opinion exchanges. – JZ, 17.3.91, 29.3.08.

PREJUDICES: So far more people have fought and died for lies, errors and prejudices than for truths. – Should we not try to reverse that relationship and eliminate the fighting as much as possible? – JZ, 17.6.87, 29.3.08. – Q.

PREJUDICES: So few of us think, we merely rearrange our prejudices.” - George Vincent. – Compare: PREJUDICES: A great many people merely think they are thinking … - THINKING

PREJUDICES: Some men – on both sides of any argument – comprehend naught but steel.” – L. Neil Smith, Crystal Empire, p.62. – INCOMPREHENSION, FORCE, SELF-DEFENCE, IGNORANCE, STUPIDITY

PREJUDICES: Some minds are like concrete, all mixed up and permanently set.” - Author Unknown. – RED.

PREJUDICES: some prejudices are vastly to be preferred to others. For example, I have a strong and I hope admirable prejudice in favour of freedom and against tyranny; and it is this prejudice, which tells me through a chain of reasoning and observation that concentration of power is detrimental to freedom. – Russell Lewis, in Dr. Rhodes Boyson, editor, 1985, p.21. – Even decentralized territorial monopoly power can be all too excessive. – JZ, 13.1.14. - POWER CONCENTRATION, TERRITORIALISM, LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

PREJUDICES: Speculative theory then becomes canonized law; suggested procedure becomes ritual; tentative statements become rote. And if their practice of it makes them successful, it becomes impossible for them to conceive of any other truth than their own. It works, (*) therefore it is right.” - Mark Clifton and Frank Riley, They’d Rather Be Right, p.127. - That applies especially to the territorialism of ruling politicians and of those still full of hope to get into territorial power. - (*) for them, at least to some extent, e.g. paying their bills. - JZ, 29.3.08. - SUCCESS, TRUTH, MODELS

PREJUDICES: Stop the almost endless repetition of popular errors, myths and prejudices by: 1.) Collections of counter-slogans, like in this collection of Slogans for Liberty. 2.) Encyclopedic compilations of the best refutations. 3.) An ideas archive. (I offer three digitized books on the subject: ) 4.) Flow-chart discussions on paper, as indicate in my first peace-book or by digital “argument mapping” as proposed by Paul Monk et al online. 5.) Systematically discussing all of them on line. 6.) Perfecting freedom of expression and information by publishing online and on disks. 7.) establishing discussion centers wherever possible. 8.) Improving and multiplying open air speaking centers. 9.) Providing specialized and comprehensive encyclopaedias, e.g. for libertarians. Some beginnings seem to exist already. 10.) An encyclopaedia of all the definitions of significant particular terms, attempting to straighten them out, or at least to number them, to avoid misunderstandings. 11.) Encyclopaedias of truthful aphorisms, quotes, notes and comments, at least relating to all the enlightenment efforts of libertarians. (This collection of “slogans” does already contain quite a few contributions of this kind, but by far not all of the best ones.) 12.) A comprehensive index to all significant writings for freedom, peace and justice lovers. 13.) Libertarian abstracts. 14. ) A comprehensive libertarian bibliography, starting with the still unpublished and 3 volume long one of Chris Tame, which should be published online or on a CD, if it cannot be right published on paper. 14.) Special collections of errors and refutations on certain subjects, e.g. monetary freedom vs. monetary despotism, free trade vs. protectionism. 15.) A comprehensive meeting calendar for every city, to bring all those local citizens with a message together with those who would like to hear it. – JZ, 31.7.82, 9.3.08, 13.1.14. – SOME PRECONDITIONS FOR SUCCESSFUL ENLIGHTENMENT EFFORTS

PREJUDICES: Strange, this strict adherence to forms which are empty, to things which really do not exist. Passed notions, passed ideas. Don’t you feel it?“ – Kurt Tucholsky, Politische Texte, S.102. – JZ tr. all too flawed, I believe, of: “Seltsam, dieses starre Festhalten an Formen, die leer sind, an Dingen, die es eigentlich nicht gibt. Vorbei, vorbei – fuehlt ihr das nicht?“– E.g.: STATE, PEOPLE. LEADERSHIP, WELFARE STATE, SOCIAL ENGINEERING, LAWS

PREJUDICES: suggested that there is a demand for economic nonsense and unprincipled intellectuals simply respond to that “free market” demand for nonsense. We believe that this view is more than paradoxical. It is incorrect. - We believe that the economic nonsense which rationalizes tyrannous big government is subsidized to the extent required to keep such opinions dominant in the culture by the vested interests which profit from government control. …” - Peter McAlpine, Alpine Enterprises, in reason, 12/78. - I rather hold that most “intellectuals” have read or listened to and remembered more popular prejudices than have other people and that these stuck in their minds as well and were only more sharply reworded rather than refuted by them. Thus they made themselves somewhat popular. That is their vested interest. – JZ, 9.3.08. – CONSPIRACY THEORIES, POPULAR INTELLECTUALS

PREJUDICES: superficial plausibility was all it took to sway many minds in this careless age - …” Allen Drury, A Shade of Difference, p.466. – PLAUSIBILITY

PREJUDICES: Superstition and prejudice are a sign of ignorance and fear.” – 1977 Collins Desk Calendar. And of the fact that they have not yet been fully collected and published together with their best refutations. – JZ, 8.3.08.

PREJUDICES: Superstition and prejudices of distant lands and times are readily apparent. It is those close by that are difficult to discern.” - Dagobert D. Runes, A Dictionary of Thought, also in his: A Book of Contemplation, p.106. – Actually, many are internationally shared, especially those in the economic sphere. – JZ, 18.2.08.

PREJUDICES: Surrender, give up, destroy – all your remaining popular errors, myths and prejudices, flawed principles, wrongful institutions and laws. Clean your minds of all such poisonous rubbish. Then achieve full freedom of action and association. Then the sky will no longer be the limit. – JZ, 13.2.07. – An encyclopaedia of their best refutations would be very helpful for this and could now be compiled rapidly in WIKIPEDIA fashion. – JZ, 25.10.07. - ERRORS, MYTHS, FALSE ASSUMPTIONS, WRONG PREMISES ETC.

PREJUDICES: that powerful complex of assumptions, prejudices, instinctive reactions, racial emotions and unbreakable vices of mind which enters so massively into the daily thinking of all of us.” – H. L. Mencken, Prejudices, First Series, p.156. ” – H. L. Mencken, Selective Prejudices, p.136.

PREJUDICES: The attics of our minds are lumbered with accumulated half truths, propaganda, evasions, altruistic mysticism, non-sequiturs, all covered by a perversive layer of guilt for the world’s problems. This mental pot-pouri is compounded by an emotional attachment to ideas of superficial promise but demonstrated failure …” - Anthony C. Sutton, What Is Libertarianism? – HALF-TRUTHS, PROPAGANDA, NON-SEQUITURS

PREJUDICES: The average person can easily see both sides of a question if his wallet or prejudices aren’t involved.” – C. C. P., quoted in READER’S DIGEST, 12/82. – Often there are not only 2 sides to a question. – JZ, 9.3.08.

PREJUDICES: The biggest barriers to progress are invisible (apart from the written word) and weightless: wrong ideas inhuman brains. - JZ, 13.12.76. – IDEAS, ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS,

PREJUDICES: The brain of our species is, as we know, made up largely of potassium, phosphorus, propaganda and politics with the result that how not to understand what should be clearer is becoming easier and easier for all of us.” – James Thurber, “The New Vocabularianism”, “Lantern and Lances”, 1961.

PREJUDICES: The chief cause of human errors is to be found in the prejudices picked up in childhood.” - René Descartes. – Most people collect, remember and parrot them for most of their lives. – JZ, 13.1.14. - RED. -

PREJUDICES: The collection of prejudices which is called political philosophy is useful provided it is not called philosophy.” – Bertrand Russell, Autobiography, 1967. – Or “political science”. – JZ, 23.3.08. - POLITICAL “SCIENCE”, “PHILISOPHY”, TERRITORIALISM VS. EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY FOR VOLUNTEERS OR PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, COMPETING GOVERNANCE, VOLUNTARISM, SECESSIONISM

PREJUDICES: the common-places which, by often repetition, have come, without any true warrant, to be held as truisms.” – J. Toulmin Smith: Local Self-Government and Centralisation, p.13.

PREJUDICES: the communication of logical thought has become increasingly difficult, until today we are living in a world of sugar-coated fallacies, clichés, false meanings, and double-talk.” - Henry Grady Weaver, The Mainspring of Human Progress, revised edition, FEE, 1953, p.257. - ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS, DOUBLE TALK, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS

PREJUDICES: The conversation among average people, when it does not deal with concrete facts, but gets a general character, consists in parroting out-dated commonplaces, by this one or that one and all uttered with the greatest self-satisfaction.” – Schopenhauer, Nachlass, Neue Paralip., 20, 555. – JZ tr. only of: “Die Konversation unter Dutzendmenschen, wenn sie sich nicht gerade auf spezielle Tatsachen bezieht, sondern einen allgemeinen Charakter annimmt, besteht in abgehackten Gemeinplaetzen, die einer dem andern abwechselnd nachplappert, und das mit der groessten Selbstzufriedenheit.”

PREJUDICES: The difference between a prejudice and a conviction is that you can explain a conviction without getting mad.” – B. M., YORK TRADE COMPOSITOR quoted in READER’S DIGEST, 11/71. – It has been many years since I read it regularly. It, too, is a treasure chest for some good quotations. – JZ, 9.3.08. - CONVICTIONS

PREJUDICES: The faith in prejudices is generally counted as common sense.” – Helvétius (“Der Glaube an Vorurteile gilt in der Welt als gesunder Menschenverstand.”)

PREJUDICES: The false ideas most people live and die by and torture each other with, are usually unexamined, very simple, even primitive and quite uncritically upheld. – JZ, 17.9.87, 22.2.08.

PREJUDICES: The great thing to remember is that the mind of man cannot be enlightened permanently by merely teaching him to reject some particular set of superstitions. There is an infinite supply of other superstitions always at hand; and the mind that desires such things - that is, the mind that has not trained itself to the hard discipline of reasonableness and honesty, will as soon as its devils are cast out, proceed to fill itself with their relations.” - Gilbert Murray, ISIL LIBERTY QUOTE LIBRARY 03. – A man’s life span is not long enough to liberate himself from all popular errors, myths and prejudices quite unaided, merely by his own mental efforts, even if he is a genius and a scholar. – Thus all errors etc. should be collected, systematically confronted with the best refutations so far found and the lot at least digitally published, so that each can have the results of the best minds on hand when confronted with popular prejudices, flawed premises, definitions etc. – JZ, 10.1.08, 13.1.14. - ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS, ENLIGHTENMENT, MYTHS, ERRORS, WRONG PREMISES

PREJUDICES: The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.” - Leonardo da Vinci – SELF-DECEPTION, PREJUDICES, BIAS, POPULAR ERRORS

PREJUDICES: The greatest friend of truth is Time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion is Humility.” – C. C. Colton, Lacon, Vol.I, No.159. – TRUTHS, HUMILITY, WISDOM, AWARENESS OF ONE’S IGNORANCE

PREJUDICES: The greatest pleasure that a reasonable being can have in the world is to discover new truths and the next after this, to get rid of old prejudices.” – Prussian King Frederic II. („Das lebhafteste Vergnuegen, das ein vernuenftiger Mensch in der Welt haben kann, ist , neue Wahrheiten zu entdecken, das naechste nach diesem ist, alte Vorurteile loszuwerden.“) – Friedrich II. – IDEAS ARCHIVE, ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS OF POPULAR ERRORS, PREJUDICES & MYTHS

PREJUDICES: The hardest part of gaining any new idea is sweeping out the false idea occupying that niche. As long as that niche is occupied, evidence and proof and logical demonstration get nowhere. – Robert Heinlein, The Cat that Walks through Walls, p.244. – IDEAS

PREJUDICES: The history of our race, and each individual’s experience, are sown thick with evidence that a truth is not hard to kill and that a lie told well is immortal.” – Mark Twain, Advice to Youth, 1923. -

PREJUDICES: The latter part of a wise man’s life is taken up in curing the follies, prejudices, and false opinions he had contracted in the former.” - Jonathan Swift, Thoughts on Various Subjects, 1711. - Would we have accumulated as many of them if an encyclopaedia of their best refutations already existed? – Should not the Internet be used to establish it fast, like the Wikipedia? - JZ, 28.3.08. – Q.

PREJUDICES: The main obscurantism (obstacle) is not than one prevents the spread of the truthful, clear and useful but that one puts the false into circulation.” – Goethe, Sprueche in Prosa. – JZ tr. of: “Der eigentliche Obscurantismus ist nicht, dass man die Ausbreitung des Wahren, Klaren, Nuetzlichen hindert, sondern dass man das Falsche in Cours bringt.” – I do not think that there are any bad intentions or a conspiracy behind this development. Popular errors are simple and somewhat plausible and do not require any mental effort for their acquisition and proof. It is different for many truths. The number of truths is also somewhat limited by the facts of the diverse real things and relationships, while the number of errors and false assumptions are almost endless and thus tend to overwhelm the truths by their sheer numbers in most public discussions and in most heads, while without suitable aids the few somewhat enlightened people are usually overwhelmed by the number of under-informed and prejudiced people with their enormous quantity of errors, flawed but plausible prejudices etc., not yet countered by a comprehensive and sufficiently published and accessible refutations file. – JZ, 14.1.14. - ERRORS, MYTHS, FALLACIES, LIES, TRUTH, REFUTATIONS ENCYCLOPEDIA

PREJUDICES: The Middle Ages, which possessed good writers of contemporary narrative, were careless and impatient of older fact. They became content to be deceived, to live in a twilight of fiction, under clouds of false witness, inventing according to convenience, and glad to welcome the forger and the cheat. (*) As time went on, the atmosphere of accredited mendacity thickened, until, in the Renaissance, the art of exposing falsehood dawned upon keen Italian minds.” (**) - Lord Acton, Lectures on Modern History, Inaugural Lecture, p.20. - (*) That does not sound to me so very dated. Does it to you? - (**) Alas, this art has still not been sufficiently developed and systematized, e.g. by an Archive of Ideas and an Encyclopedia of the Best Refutations. - JZ, 20.2.08. - FICTIONS, LIES, REFUTATIONS

PREJUDICES: the mind is entangled in the trash, even if it has not fallen asleep.” – John Hargraves, Words Win Wars, 1940. – Even if an individual could afford to spend all his or her adult life in the effort to refute himself or compile refutations of popular errors, prejudices etc., he or she could tackle only a small fraction of them. A scientific and systematic approach is needed that fully utilizes the potential input from millions to hundreds of millions of intelligent and self-enlightened people. At least by now it would be relatively easy for them to collaborate in this job in Wikipedia fashion. – JZ, 14.1.14. – REFUTATIONS ENCYCLOPAEDIA

PREJUDICES: The most common opinions and what everybody takes for granted does often deserve to be examined most closely.” – August von Platen – (“Die gemeinsten Meinungen und was jedermann fuer ausgemacht haelt, verdient oft am meisten untersucht zu werden.”)

PREJUDICES: The most costly of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind. – H. L. Mencken in  - MYTHS, ERRORS, BELIEFS, FAITH, RELIGIONS, GOD ETC.

PREJUDICES: The myths are too deeply imbedded, too widely shared. Throwing pamphlets at the towering myths, which rule our times, is like trying to knock down the Empire State Building with a slingshot. It’s even less promising than that.” – Sylvester Petro, THE FREEMAN, 6/79. - ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS

PREJUDICES: The nations among which this liberty (of the press) exists are as apt to cling to their opinions from pride as from conviction. They cherish them because they hold them to be just, and because they have exercised their own free will in choosing them; and they maintain them not only because they are true (*); but because they are their own.” – Tocqueville, Democracy in America, Part I. – They could not uphold them for long if all their friends, family members, opponents and associates had access to an encyclopaedia of the best refutations of all their remaining popular errors and prejudices. – With the aid of such a reference work even school pupils could refute them effectively. - The mass media only rarely refute and mainly repeat popular prejudices. - JZ, 21.2.08. - (*) They believe them to be true! - PRESS, FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION & INFORMATION, ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS, ENLIGHTENMENT, MASS MEDIA

PREJUDICES: The number of popular prejudices is so large that no individual can fully penetrate this jungle on his own. Only an encyclopaedic approach, combining the wisdom of thousands or even millions, could help us sufficiently. – JZ 5.7.87.

PREJUDICES: The opinions of men are received according to the ancient belief, and upon trust, as if it were religion and law. … Another religion, other witnesses, and like promises and threats, might by the same way imprint quite a contrary belief.” – Montaigne - PUBLIC OPINION, OPINIONS, VIEWS, IDEAS, RELIGIONS, FAITHS, BELIEFS, PUBLIC OPINION, CUSTOMS, TRADITIONS

PREJUDICES: The ordeal through which mankind is going in our day is not the outcome of the operation of uncontrollable natural forces. It is rather the inevitable result of the working of doctrines and policies popular with millions of our contemporaries.” – Ludwig von Mises, Omnipotent Government, p.9. – E.g. the Malthusian errors, have taken on almost a life of their own and a very long life-span as well. The same applies to numerous errors on money, value standards, war, peace, credit, interest, justice, cause of and cure for unemployment and inflation. – JZ, 14.1.14. - DOCTRINES, POLICIES, TERRITORIALISM, POWER, PROTECTIONISM, STATISM, PUBLIC OPINION, POPULAR ERRORS, FALLACIES, FALSE ASSUMPTIONS, DEFINITONS & CONCLUSIONS

PREJUDICES: The path of the leading ideas in limited researches is dangerous as well as tempting: Once one is in error, one errs again and again, even the truthful becomes untrue by being subordinated to an error.” - L. von Ranke, “Geschichten der romanischen und germanischen Voelker.” – Tr. by JZ of: „Der Weg der leitenden Ideen in bedingten Forschungen ist ebenso gefaehrlich als reizend: wenn man einmal irrt, irrt man doppelt und dreifach: selbst das Wahre wird durch Unterordnung unter einen Irrtum zur Unwahrheit.“ – Not only sound ideas have consequences. Wrong ideas lead to other wrong ideas; there is a multiplier effect from them as well or, under present conditions, even more so than from genuine truths. – JZ, 22.7.86. – Moreover, as has been observed by someone: All wrongful ideas are somewhat inter-connected and thus do support each other. – Furthermore, they are so numerous and close to each other, on almost any subject, that they form an almost impenetrable jungle for the individual without a machete or a bulldozer. – Luckily, most truths are also somewhat inter-related and support each others. Thus, once enough of them have been combined, they can then lead to more and more truths and to more and more influence or power for them. – Alas, we have not yet sufficiently combined and published all our refutations and all our truths, although, digitally, this would now be easier and cheaper than ever before. Thousands to millions could and should cooperate in this. - JZ, 28.3.08. – A single website would not be enough to conduct and record this operation. Probably dozens to hundreds of specialized efforts should be made – but these should also become sufficiently interlinked with digital links, through common indexes and abstracts and reviews. – JZ, 14.1.14. - IDEAS ARCHIVE, ENCYCLOPEDIA OF REFUTATIONS, IDEAS ARCHIVE, NEW DRAFT

PREJUDICES: The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.” – Edmund Burke, speech at County Meeting of Buckinghamshire, 1784. – DELUSIONS, PEOPLE, LIBERTIES, RIGHTS

PREJUDICES: The phrases men are accustomed to repeat incessantly, end by becoming convictions and ossify the organs of intelligence.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - ERRORS, MYTHS, POPULAR & ENDLESSLY REPEATED, PROVERBIAL WISDOM, PHRASES, FALSE SLOGANS, BELIEFS, CONVICTIONS, RED.

PREJUDICES: The popular but flawed ideas are the soft underbelly of bureaucratic socialism and its can be ripped to shreds by the systematic collection and utilization of their best refutations, combined with the alternative freedom ideas for peace, justice, progress and prosperity, all properly combined, published and marketed electronically. – JZ, 18.3.82, 9.3.08. – STATE SOCIALISM, TERRITORIALISM, STATISM, AUTHORITARIANISM, GOVERNMENTALISM, REFUTATIONS ENCYCLOPADIA

PREJUDICES: The prejudice is the arrogant receptionist in the ante-chamber of reason.” – Waggerl. (“Das Vorurteil ist die hochnaesige Empfangsdame im Vorzimmer der Vernunft.”)

PREJUDICES: The prejudices of ignorance are more easily removed than the prejudices of interest; the first are blindly adopted, the second wilfully preferred.” - George Bancroft. - IGNORANCE, INTEREST

PREJUDICES: The printing press, radio, television have in turn expanded man’s power to propagate and perpetuate his incompetence.” - Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hall, The Peter Principle, 1969ff, p.144. - FALSE PREMISES, ERRORS, WRONGFUL ASSUMPTIONS, MASS MEDIA, ENLIGHTENMENT

PREJUDICES: The right of persecution is therefore absurd and barbarous; it is the right of tigers, tho’ so much the more horrid, as the tigers have a plea of hunger, and devour men with a view to make them a prey; while men destroy each other for the sake of mere paragraphs.” – Voltaire, - Quoted in Seldes, The Great Quotations. - WAR, MASS MURDER, BEASTS OF PREY

PREJUDICES: The shoddy lies are packed more attractively.” – Robert Heinlein, Assignment in Eternity, I/63. – PLAUSIBILITY, EASY TO ADOPT WITHOUT AN EFFORT

PREJUDICES: the strange persistence of these rubber-stamp ideas, often unintelligible and sometimes plainly absurd, …” - H. L. Mencken, Prejudices, First Series, p.162. – E.g., this characteristic has never been an obstacle to all religions and most ideologies. – JZ, 14.1.14.

PREJUDICES: the taboos which put a brake upon personal liberty in thought and action – in view of their enforcement by people in the mass, and not by definite specialists in conduct …: - H. L. Mencken, Prejudices, First Series, p.165. – MODERN TABOOS, POLITICA CORRECTNESS, PUBLIC OPINION

PREJUDICES: The tendency of the casual mind is to pick out or stumble upon a sample which supports or defines its prejudices, and then to make it representative of a whole class.” – Walter Lippmann, Public Opinion, 1929. – PUBLIC OPINION, UNWARRANTED GENERALIZATION, COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY NOTIONS

PREJUDICES: the unwillingness to consider another point of view than their own.” - Mark Clifton and Frank Riley, They’d Rather Be Right, p.161. – RED.

PREJUDICES: The water we drink has to be purified, but look at the trash we feed our minds.” - Author Unknown. – G. C. Lichtenberg pointed out that in some respect our stomach is a more noble organ than the brain, for it vomits out any garbage put into it, while our brain tends to retain it until we die. - JZ, 27.11.02. - EDUCATION, BIAS, POPULAR OPINION, MYTHS, QUALITY, ERRORS, RED

PREJUDICES: the whole method was wrong. The government scientists were being rushed into a single line of enquiry.” – Phillips Barbee, The Leech, GALAXY, Vol. 3, No. 4. – SCIENCE UNDER GOVERNMENTAL CONTROLS & FINANCE

PREJUDICES: Their desire for the half-truth, which to an honest author is a downright lie, was maddening; …” – Kenneth Roberts, Oliver Wiswell, p.431. – It does not take a mental effort to adopt a plausible sounding half-truth but would require a mental effort to discover and point out its flaws sufficiently. – JZ, 14.1.14 - LIES, HALF-TRUTHS

PREJUDICES: There are only two ways to be quite unprejudiced and impartial. One is to be completely ignorant. The other is to be completely indifferent. Bias and prejudice are attitudes to be kept in hand, not attitudes to be avoided.” – Charles P. Curtis, A Commonplace Book, Simon & Schuster, 1957. - Quoted in Seldes, The Great Quotations. – Bias and prejudice in favour of errors and lies etc. are to be avoided, but not in favour of truths, sound theories and observations of facts. – JZ, 14.1.14. - BIAS, IMPARTIALITY, OBJECTIVITY, JUDGEMENT, REASONING, RATIONALITY, INDIFFERENCE, IGNORANCE

PREJUDICES: There would be no errors which would not dissolve themselves if only they were clearly expressed.” – Vauvenargues, Réflexions et maxims, 6. - tr. by JZ of: “Es wuerde keine Irrtuemer geben, die nicht von selbst sich aufloesten, wenn sie klar ausgesprochen wuerden.“ – Obviously, the  favorite motto of my French teacher was wrong, too: „Ce n’est pas claire, ce n’est pas française!“ For the modern French people are still stuck with all too many statist and leftist errors and prejudices and this in spite of their language. Sorry for any mistakes here. I never learnt enough French, nor is my memory good enough. - JZ, 28.3.08. ) – Compare: Every problem is only a solution in disguise.” – “Every question properly phrased tends to answer itself.”

PREJUDICES: There’s nothing worse than taking something into your head: it turns into a revolving wheel that you can’t control.” – Ugo Betti, Struggle Till Dawn, 1949, I, tr. G. H. McWilliam. - RED.

PREJUDICES: thinking as it is done by men and women in the real world – thinking that is only half intellectual, the other half being as automatic and unintelligent as swallowing, blinking the eye or falling in love.” – H. L. Mencken, Prejudices, First Series, p.156.

PREJUDICES: this fear of doing something unusual, is probably at the bottom of many ideas and institutions that are commonly credited to other motives.” - H. L. Mencken, Prejudices, First Series, p.163/64. – THE URGE TO BE ACCEPTED OR POPULAR RATHER THAN TO BE REJECTED, IGNORED OR CAST OUT OR RIDICULED. ADAPTION TO PUBLIC OPINION, REGARDLESS HOW WRONGFUL OR FLAWED IT IS.

PREJUDICES: This is the way opinions gain acceptance in France. Fifty ignoramuses repeat in chorus some absurd libel that has been thought up by an even bigger ignoramus; and if only it happens to coincide to some slight degree with prevailing attitudes and passions, it becomes a self-evident truth.” – Frederic Bastiat, quoted in FREE ENTERPRISE, Sydney, last issue, 1976.


PREJUDICES: To discard prejudices means becoming a loner.” – William James - (“Vorurteile ablegen, heist vereinsamen.”)

PREJUDICES: Truth is one, but error multifarious, since there may be thousands of opinions on any subject, but usually (*) one that is right. – C. C. Colton, Lacon, 1820. – (*) only? – JZ

PREJUDICES: Truth lives in the cellar, error on the doorstep.” – Austin O’Malley - ERRORS, TRUTHS, ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS

PREJUDICES: Truth stings; falsehood heals.” – “Ibid”, with the author cut off in my photocopy! – JZ – Truths hurt beneficially, falsehoods wrongly soothe or distract or mislead. – Soothing prejudices may gradually corrupt and finally even kill you. At least they may impoverish you and your countrymen. Truth is rather like the sudden and temporary pain of a needed and really helpful vaccination needle, while prejudices let you become sick, gradually. – JZ, 5.7.86, 29.3.08, 14.1.14. - TRUTH

PREJUDICES: Very few people, even among the intelligent and knowledgeable ones, endeavour to test errors once they have become commonplaces.” – Horn, Bankfreiheit, p.224. – COMMONPLACES, PROVERBS, QUOTATIONS

PREJUDICES: Voltaire and all the other great thinkers of the Enlightenment praised the act of tearing down the structure of existing systems of thought, whether they had to do with theological truths or scientific propositions. For until the illusions and misconceptions that blind mankind to the true order of things are removed, the business of reconstructing knowledge and social life on more solid foundations cannot begin.” – Reichert, Partisans of Freedom, A Study in American Anarchism, p.13. – The age of real and comprehensive enlightenment has barely begun. – JZ, 14.1.14. - ILLUSIONS, DELUSIONS, FALLACIES, MISCONCEPTIONS, PUBLIC OPINION, EDUCATION, ENLIGHTENMENT, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, MONETARY FREEDOM, VOLUNTARISM, PERSONAL LAW

PREJUDICES: We all decry prejudice, yet all are prejudiced.” – Herbert Spender, Social Statics, Part 2. – In Hyman, Quotes, p.376. - RED.

PREJUDICES: We are accustomed to see men deride what they do not understand, and snarl at the good and beautiful because it lies beyond their sympathies.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - IGNORANCE, UNDERSTANDING, SYMPATHIES, ANTAGONISM, RED., ERRORS, INCLINATIONS, FAITH

PREJUDICES: We are all citizens of one world, we are all of one blood. To hate a man because he was born in another country, because he speaks a different language, or because he takes a different view on this subject or that, is a great folly. Desist, I implore you, for we are all equally human. ... Let us have but one end in view, the welfare of humanity.” - Attributed to Johann Amos Comenius. - Laurence J. Peter, Peter's Quotations, p.76 (1977). This passage was used by Adlai E. Stevenson on his Christmas card in 1961. – The different blood groups are probably almost equally represented in all “races” of which almost no “pure” representatives exist any longer. – But are e.g. tyrants and other mass murderers equally human or are they rather like wild beasts of prey in human form? - JZ 10.3.09. - NATIONALISM, CHAUVINISM, RACISM, RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE, MAN, MANKIND, HUMAN BEINGS, INDIVIDUALISM, WELFARE OR RIGHTS & LIBERTIES TO ASSURE WELFARE FOR ANYONE WORKING TOWARDS HIS OWN WELFARE, LEAVING THE WELFARE OF OTHERS TO THEIR SELF-HELP, CREDIT AND INSURANCE OPTIONS

PREJUDICES: We are all of us, more or less, the slaves of opinions.” – William Hazlett, 1778-1930. - RED.

PREJUDICES: We are always held back by the ancient and abominable customs, the criminal prejudices, the wild ideas of our barbaric ancestors.” – Maupassant, 1880. –

PREJUDICES: We are concerned that too many earthmen seek for substitutes and reject reality, accept palliatives when they should demand cures, cling to lies instead of loving the truth. Against this great wrong, our faith earnestly desires to work with others of like mind.” – The Dalai Lama, guest of honor of the World Council of Buddhists, Rangoon, June 2161. – Dan Morgan and John Kippax, A Thunder of Stars, p.137. – LIES, PALLIATIVES

PREJUDICES: We are controlled by the predictions of prophets, the notions of dogmatizers, the crude errors of superficial students of history, the wrongheaded inferences of shallow observers, and the selfish machinations of interested persons.” – W. G. Sumner, Shall Americans Own Ships?Selected Essays, p.178. – RELIGIONS, FAITH, BELIEFS, CHRISTIANITY, ISLAM, PROPHETS, DOGMAS

PREJUDICES: We are so constituted that we believe the most incredible things; and once they are engraved upon the memory, woe to him who would endeavor to erase them.” - Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther, (1774), 1. Aug. 15, 1771, tr. Victor Lange.

PREJUDICES: We are suffocating in propaganda instead of gas, slowly feeling our minds go dead.” – T. H. White, October 20th, 1939 in The Book of Merlyn, p. XIV, during WW II, quoted in the introduction by Sylvia Townsend Warner. – PROPAGANDA, AGITATION

PREJUDICES: We have all been more or less pre-programmed with popular prejudices, just like computers with the GIGO (Garbage-In, Garbage-Out) practice, e.g. the flawed assumption of global warming through CO2. Unfortunately, that does even extend to many pro-freedom writings and lectures. – Popular errors, myths and prejudices are almost omnipresent, like the air around us. And every day they are confirmed a million-fold by mere repetitions, rather than being systematically listed, effectively criticized and thus destroyed. – JZ, 7.5.87, 29.3.08, 11.2.11, 14.1.14. – ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS

PREJUDICES: We have fewer institutions than prejudices to destroy.” - Rousseau, in F. Watkins: Rousseau’s Constitutional Project for Corsica, p.286.

PREJUDICES: We live, as Joyce says, in a web of symbolic constructs made by our brains.” - R. A. Wilson, Masks of the Illuminati, p.87. - FIXED IDEAS, DOGMAS, WRONG PREMISES

PREJUDICES: We ought to get rid of some of our antiquated prejudices, and look at a thing as men look at it who see it from a distance, and whose vision is not impaired by the passionate condition of things which so often prevails.” – John Bright, 1868.

PREJUDICES: We read newspapers not with our eyes but with our prejudices.” – Quoted by John Curvers in one of his 1976 election leaflets. – The mass media do also produce their news and reports based largely upon popular errors and prejudices and thus gain and retain most of their readers, listeners and viewers. – JZ, 14.1.14. - READING, NEWSPAPERS, MASS MEDIA, RADIO, TV, NEWSPAPERS

PREJUDICES: We take price in the fact that we are thinking animals, and like to believe that our thoughts are free, but the truth is that nine-tenths of them are rigidly conditioned by the babbling that does on around us from birth, and that the business of considering this babbling objectively, separating the true in it from the false, is an intellectual feat of such stupendous difficulty that very few men are ever able to achieve it.” - H. L. Mencken, Prejudices, First Series, p.156. – But electronic communication between thousands to millions, coordinated on the Internet and finally published there or on a CD or DVD, could come to supply to best answers to all this babbling. These answers could become collected, combined, sorted, cross-referenced and digitally cheaply published rather fast. – An encyclopaedia of the best refutations is certainly not a job for a single person. – JZ, 25.3.09, .11.2.11. – Not only a single encyclopaedia of this kind should be offered but also a whole bundle of specialized ones. – JZ, 14.1.14.

PREJUDICES: We tear ourselves to pieces because of symbols, and we are more vulnerable to this than to any host of predators.” – Lewis Thomas, The Lives of a Cell, p.94. - SYMBOLS, WORDS, CONCEPTS, DEFINITIONS, TERMS, ABSTRACTS, DEFINITIONS, METAPHORS, MUCH OF PROVERBIAL “WISDOM”

PREJUDICES: We think we are conscious, but we aren’t. We are asleep, hypnotized, sleep-walking – the metaphors vary, but all mean that we can’t see outside our conditioned reality tunnel. When we begin to awaken, we perceive that the world is nothing at all like the myths and superstitions our society has imposed on us.” – Robert Anton Wilson, Cosmic Trigger, p.146. - I would rather say: ... has infected us with. - JZ, 11.2.11. - RED., MYTHS, SUPERSTITIONS, CONSCIOUSNESS, DOGMAS, SPLEENS, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS, PUBLIC OPINION

PREJUDICES: We’re surrounded by so many illusory promises, political lies, attempts to manipulate us and even persuade us to give up our lives to support Mrs. Thatcher’s vote-catching vision of the universe. …” - Michael Moorcock, The Retreat from Liberty, p.87. – Not that any other leaders or parties are better in this respect. Many of them are even much worse. – JZ, 20.2.08. - ERRORS, MYTHS, FALSE PRETENCES, LIES, LEADERSHIP, NATIONAL AIMS, STATE OF THE UNION MESSAGES

PREJUDICES: We’ve got half a million years of brutality and greed, superstition and prejudice, to lick in a few generations. If we fail, mankind is done. But we’ve got to try.” – Poul Anderson, The Book of Poul Anderson, p.32.

PREJUDICES: were half the power that fills the world with terror /// were half the wealth bestowed on camps and courts, /// Given to redeem the human mind from error, /// There were no need of arsenals and forts.” – Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams, 1907, Scr. 51:765. - ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS, WAR, PEACE, STATISM, TERRITORIALISM, PERSONAL LAW, VOLUNTARISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY FOR ALL DISSENTERS

PREJUDICES: What a flood of loose rhetoric, distorted fact, and unclear thinking is poured out upon us whenever a difficult question falls into popular discussion.” – W. G. Sumner, Discipline, Selected Essays, p.24.

PREJUDICES: What a man believes may be ascertained, not from his creed, but from the assumptions on which he habitually acts.” – G. B. Shaw, Man and Superman, p.278. – PREMISES, ASSUMPTIONS, CREEDS, FIXED IDEAS

PREJUDICES: What the masses believe is easy to believe. … What the wise one knows is hard to acquire.” – Goethe, Sprueche in Reimen. – JZ tr. of: “Woran die Menge glaubt, // Ist leicht zu glauben. … Was der Gescheidte weiss, // Ist schwer zu wissen.” – KNOWLEDGE, WISDOM, LEARNING, RED., POPULAR ERRORS

PREJUDICES: What we call a brilliant idea is mostly only a captivating expression, which, with the help of a little truth forces upon us an astonishing error.“ – Goethe - (“Was wir einen glaenzenden Gedanken nennen, ist meist nur ein verfaenglicher Ausdruck, der uns mit Hilfe von ein wenig Wahrheit einen verblueffenden Irrtum aufzwaengt.”) - POPULAR PREJUDICES, ERRORS, MYTHS, FALSE ASSUMPTIONS OR PREMISES, PART-TRUTHS, HALF-TRUTHS

PREJUDICES: When contemplating General Eisenhower winning the Presidential election, Truman said, "He'll sit here, and he'll say, 'Do this! Do that!' And nothing will happen. Poor Ike — it won't be a bit like the Army. He'll find it very frustrating." - Harry S Truman. - Richard E. Neustadt, Presidential Power, the Politics of Leadership, p. 9 (1960). - The potential positive influence of an Ideas Archive could be much greater than that of even the best President or Prime Minister or parliament. - JZ, 11.2.1. – Likewise that of an encyclopaedia of the best refutations of popular errors and prejudices. – JZ, 14.1.14. - NATIONALISM, CHAUVINISM, RACISM, RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE, PRESIDENTS, RULERS, TERRITORIALISM, PARLIAMENT, ENLIGHTENMENT, NEW DRAFT, EDUCATION, PUBLIC OPINION

PREJUDICES: When fiction rises pleasing to the eye, // Men will believe, because they love the lie; // But truth herself, if clouded with a frown, // Must have some solemn proof to pass her down.” – Charles Churchill, Epistle to William Hogarth, 1763.

PREJUDICES: When myth meets myth, the collision is very real.” – Stanislaw Lec, Unkept Thoughts, 1962, tr. Jacek Galzka. - Also when a truth meets xyz myths. – JZ, 29.3.08. – We need something like machine-gun fire for the spread of truths. By now, hundreds to thousands of truths could be accessed from central storages for them within a few seconds, digitally. The popular errors, prejudices, fallacies etc. would not have a sufficient cover or protection against such an attack, which could come from anyone and from any direction, almost instantly. – JZ, 14.1.14.

PREJUDICES: When one sees the mountains of superficial popular, prejudicial and ignorant sayings produced by men and women and all too often used, one can almost lose faith and hope for mankind. How can they persist with such falsehoods, glib, wrong and mistaken notions in the face of all the disasters caused by them? – JZ, 3.7.82. – JZ, 14.1.14. – Q. – GLIB & FALSE OPINIONS, OVER A THOUSAND CONSPIRACY HYPOTHESES

PREJUDICES: When there are hundred-thousands of popular myths, errors and prejudices in the social sciences and only a few thousand widely recognized truths, so far, and these only seen by a small fraction of the whole population, how many truths would you expect to be known and appreciated and taught by the professional teachers and lecturers, writers and social science researchers, in such a milieu, especially when they were also taught by prejudiced teachers and lecturers in governmental institutions, government trained, examined and qualified and certified, as having enough of the usual statist errors and prejudices accumulated in their minds? They are certainly, in the vast majority of cases, unlikely to recognize and teach the wrongs and flaws of governmental interventionism, but will rather teach them to their victims as supposed ideals or as conditions that are natural or necessary and to be accepted as such. – JZ, 10.4.97, 29.3.08, 11.2.11, 14.1.14. - EDUCATION, TEACHING, ENLIGHTENMENT, “SOCIAL SCIENCES”

PREJUDICES: When you are in a receptive state of mind, things can be easily understood; you are listening when your real attention is given to something. But unfortunately most of us listen through a screen of resistances. We are screened with prejudices, whether religious or spiritual, psychological or scientific; or with daily worries, desires and fears. And with these as a screen we listen. Therefore, we listen really to our own noises. To our own sound, not to what is being said.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti, quoted in THE FREE MAN’S ALMANAC for Feb. 28.

PREJUDICES: Whoever has destroyed a prejudice, a single prejudice, is a benefactor of mankind.” - („Wer immer ein Vorurteil zerstoert hat, ein einziges Vorurteil, ist ein Wohltaeter der Menschheit.“) – Nicolas Chamfort, Gedanken und Maximen, S.14. - But what if a prejudice is „destroyed“ or, rather, refuted, only in an inaccessible or unknown text? All such refutations have to be brought together, accessible ordered and cross-referenced and must be permanently published and readily accessible almost everywhere - to be usable to counter the otherwise always surviving and repeated popular prejudices, errors and myths - that are obstacles to the progress of mankind. Anyone once again trying to gain recognition by repeating a popular prejudice should then encounter, in almost any society and at any occasion, at least one person who knows and has almost immediate access to such a refutations encyclopaedia (Via a portable computers, DVD player and some mobile phone with Internet access) and is able and willing to use this resource effectively to refute that popular prejudice. A few such occasions and those still holding the prejudice will tend to shut up, whilst the listeners will want to get such a reference work, or access to it, themselves. Alas, we are still far from having reached that situation or even the general realization that such a reference work is needed. – JZ, 20.2.08, 14.1.14. – ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS, ESPECIALLY IN THE SPHERE OF WHAT NOW PASSES AS “SOCIAL SCIENCES”

PREJUDICES: Whoever is accustomed to a prejudice will welcome every (*) prejudice.” - Goethe, “Sprueche in Prosa”, JZ tr. of: “Wer sich an eine falsche Vorstellung gewoehnt, dem wird jeder Irrtum willkommen sein.” - (*) corresponding or related! – JZ - ERRORS, FALLACIES, MYTHS, PATRIOTISM, NATIONALISM, GOVERNMENTALISM, TERRITORIALISM

PREJUDICES: Whoever seeks to set one nationality against another, seeks to degrade all nationalities. Whoever seeks to set one race against another seeks to enslave all races. Whoever seeks to set one religion against another, seeks to destroy all religion.” - President Franklin D. Roosevelt, campaign address, Brooklyn, New York, November 1, 1940. - The Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1940, p.537 (1941). - Was he aware of his degrees of intolerance, prejudice and bias? - JZ, 26.11.02. - He had his own method for enslaving his subjects. – JZ, 10.3.09. - NATIONALISM, CHAUVINISM, RACISM, RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE

PREJUDICES: Whole, half and quarter errors are rather difficult and laborious to straighten out, to survey and to place the truth in them there where it belongs.” - Goethe, Sprueche in Reimen. – JZ, tr. of: “Ganze, Halb- und Viertels-Irrthuemer sind gar schwer und muehsam zurecht zu legen, zu sichten und das Wahre daran dahin zu stellen, wohin es gehoert.” – Electronic “argument mapping”, as developed by Paul Monk at al, would often help, I believe. – JZ, 14.9.08. - ERRORS, HALF-TRUTHS, OPINIONS, ENCYLOPAEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS

PREJUDICES: Wholly repugnant to the general freedom are such devices as enthralling men’s minds with prejudices. …” - Spinoza. – FREEDOM

PREJUDICES: Why should he stand under the sky of his planet and look up at it with the stupid eyes of superstition and ignorance, deciding vital issues on the basis of somebody's fooling him? The smashed civilizations of Earth's antiquity are evidence of what happens to a man's descendants when he reacts blindly to situations, or if he depends upon authoritarian doctrines.” - A. E. van Vogt, The Voyage of the Space Beagle, p.179. - Allow all dissenters to opt out! The rest will sooner or later follow their positive leads. No more collective and territorially centralized decision-making by or for all. Each to be the master of his fate. - JZ, 22.1.02, 14.1.14. - EXTERRITORIALITY, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY AND SECESSIONISM, PANARCHISM ETC. - IGNORANCE, PROPAGANDA, LEADERS, POLITICIANS, BLINDNESS, AUTHORITARIANISM, DOCTRINES, FAITH, BELIEF

PREJUDICES: wisdom and foresight, freed from the mist of prejudice, …” - George Washington, The Essentials of Independence, 1783.

PREJUDICES: Woe the times when prejudices are firmly held to be the leading principles – by most people – and acted upon. – JZ, 4.9.87. – An all too common occurrence under territorialism. Then one cannot even get away from such prejudicial laws, people and institutions into one’s own panarchy, with one’s own prejudices, people and institutions. One shoe size is then supposed to fit all. – JZ, 22.2.08, 11.2.11. – PANARCHISM, PUBLIC OPINION, TERRITORIALISM, ENLIGHTENMENT, IGNORANCE & PREJUDICES AT THE HIGHEST LEVIL IN ALL TERRITORIAL STATES, LEADERSHIP, PRESIDENTS, POLITICIANS, REPRESENTATIVES

PREJUDICES: Words spoken by sect-ridden prophets and class strugglers have done more to divide people than issues or things themselves.” – Dagobert D. Runes, A Book of Contemplation, p.143. – If only they had been divided in a voluntary and tolerant way, under personal law and full exterritorial autonomy for numerous diverse societies and communities, all doing their own things only for or to themselves. That would have automatically started a great, effective and persistent learning and enlightenment process. - JZ, 11.2.11. - LANGUAGE, WORDS, DEFINITIONS, IDEOLOGIES, CLASS STRUGGLE, UNIONISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARY ASSOCIATIONISM

PREJUDICES: Wrongfulness, stupidity, apathy, ignorance, indifference and prejudice prevail almost everywhere and all the time and this not only in the public sphere and upon legalized governmental commands. For me the usual flaws in diets and health preservation, the ignored radiation hazards in the older types of computer screens, x-rays, mobile phones and microwave ovens, nuclear reactor operations, wrongly constructed male bike saddles and the prevailing indifference towards the existence of mass extermination devices are good examples. Also the continuance of Protectionism, astrology, lotteries, trade unions and their strikes and general strikes, territorialism, monetary despotism, patent- and copyrights laws, the conduct of wars and revolutions, the addiction to paper publishing and reading, democracies, territorial voting, political parties, “representation” by politicians. – Even where self-responsibility is still allowed it does not, often enough, lead to self-responsible actions. – JZ, n.d. & 19.9.08. - IGNORANCE, APATHY, FOOLISHNESS, , IMMORALITY, STUPIDITY, , EDUCATION, ENLIGHTENMENT, SELF-INTEREST, RESPONSIBILITY

PREJUDICES: You listen to your prejudices, not to me.” – Free after: So they listened to their prejudices, not us.” – p.149 in ANALOG, 10/87: Rick Cook: Catalyst. – RED.

PREMISES, CORRECT ONES: The following is a short list of some of the correct premises required for a program to prevent nuclear war: 1.) The nuclear war danger exists. 2.) It is very acute. 3.) Nuclear strength weakens us. 4.) Nuclear defence does not defend. 5.) Collectivist defence is often self-defeating. 7.) Nuclear deterrence does not deter sufficiently. 8.) Fail-safe systems are not fail-safe enough. 9.) Decision-making on war and peace, armament and disarmament should not be monopolized. 10.) Individuals are at present powerless to stop the danger directly. 11.) Most are still ignorant of ways and means to obtain the required individual powers, rights and liberties as well as the needed rightful and useful alternative institutions. 12.) But the power potential of individuals is large enough to cope with this danger. 13.) A large a scale enlightenment effort is required. 14.) This could be speeded up by a genuinely Cultural Revolution. 15.) Individual liberty and self-help offer the way out. 15.) Human rights exist, work and can be realized to establish peace. 16.) Governments can neither defend us effectively nor disarm each other. 17.) People, when free, can come to trust each other sufficiently to make even unilateral nuclear disarmament likely and peace between them possible. 18.) Human interests are not inherently antagonistic. 19.) Most men can achieve more by free cooperation and exchange than by fighting and oppressing others. - For more such premises and some details see under the relevant headings. See also under: Ideas. - JZ, An ABC Against Nuclear War, in PEACE PLANS Nos. 16 & 17, on - Alas, under the present state of enlightenment all these and related points are still controversial. – JZ, 15.1.14.

PREMISES, WRONG ONES: There is an almost endless number of wrong premises which, in combination, all make for nuclear war. It needs an encyclopaedic approach to refute most of them effectively. Such an encyclopaedia has still to be compiled. Here are just some samples, put down at random: 1.) The most destructive weapon is the best weapon. 2.) The enemy is whosoever the government says is the enemy. 3.) All powers, rights, liberties, duties and responsibilities can be safely and rightly delegated. 4.) Territorial governments can come to a multilateral nuclear disarmament agreement. 5.) All people in a country must be subjected to a single leadership or decision-making process. 6.) One law must apply equally to all. 7.) Men must be territorially organized. 8.) All weapons are wrongful. 9.) We need a total disarmament. 10.) People cannot be trusted. Territorial governments can be. 11.) Freedom does not work and is self-contradictory. 12.) Violence works and is non-contradictory. 13.) Human rights don't exist or must be liberally regulated. 14.) States and their governments express the natural society for humans. 15.) Power must be still more concentrated to guarantee peace. 16.) Stronger leadership is required. 17.) Governments should work for peace. 18.) The world is overpopulated. 19.) Man is inherently aggressive. 20.) War is due to greed and profiteering. 21.) War is the result of a capitalistic conspiracy. 22.) Whole nations and races can be rightly held collectively responsible for the actions of their rulers. - See: Consent, Definitions, Encyclopedia, Enemy, Governments, Ideas, Myths, Overpopulation, Power, Prejudices etc., also Appendix 2 & 4. - JZ, An ABC Against Nuclear War, in PEACE PLANS Nos. 16 & 17, on

PREMISES: Choose A Sound Premise … My own premise is my answer that comes through loud and clear to me is: Individual growth, development, emergence, evolution along the lines of one’s creative uniqueness. – How does one employ this technique? Merely check all ideas – one’s own or anyone else’s – with the premise. If an idea is perceived as thwarting this aim, cast is aside; never embrace it. …” - Leonard E. Read, Who’s Listening? p.61. – INDIVIDUALISM, DEVELOPMENT OF INDIVIDUALS TO THE POTENTIALS OF THEIR MATURITY, ENLIGHTENMENT, EDUCATION, SELF-OWNERSHIP, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY

PREMISES: Consistency Requires A Premise: … It is quite evident that all philosophical argument which does not proceed from a conscious premise is, perforce, a non-conscious argument – idle nonsense.” – Leonard E. Read, Elements of Libertarian Leadership, p.39

PREMISES: Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think that you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong." - Ayn Rand, [Francisco d'Anconia] - CHECK YOUR PREMISES, CONTRADICTIONS

PREMISES: Endless elaboration of spurious, self-serving premises.” - Damien Broderick, The Judas Mandala, p.111.

PREMISES: I’ve been attempting to demonstrate that freedom is more often lost by false assumptions than by the power of one’s enemies.” – Harry Browne, How I Found Freedom, p.164. – ASSUMPTIONS

PREMISES: Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.” – Samuel Butler, 1835-1902. – Just imagine how we could live if we had sufficient sound premises! – JZ, 7.4.77. – This is one thought, which makes me interested in further working towards an ideal declaration of individual rights and liberties. – Alas, in this, too, I find myself still largely a voice in the wilderness. So far I could find a few over 130 private human rights drafts and offer them in PEACE PLANS 589/590, supplemented in the digitized edition, which is online in an anthology at - Are there thousands? Are some people working on some now? – How long would it take to achieve an ideal or almost perfect one, if a few thousand intelligent and well-informed people collaborated, on line, on such a project? How can one reach them? – JZ, 9.3.08, 11.2.11 - By now I have looked in vain for collaborators on this project. One of the reasons for the lack of collaborators is that so far there exists neither an online list of all libertarian projects nor a libertarian Ideas Archive. The Internet does not yet act as a sufficient substitute for these two, either. – JZ, 15.1.14. - DOUBT, LIFE, ACTION, CONCLUSIONS, KNOWLEDGE, IGNORANCE, ETHICS, DECLARATION OF INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, LIBERTARIAN PROJECTS LIST ONLINE, LIBERTARIAN IDEAS ARCHIVE & TALENT CENTRE

PREMISES: Most people think and act more under their unstated premises than under their stated ones. – JZ, 4.12.82. – Among the most horrible examples for this are the mass murders committed or prepared under the “principles” of collective responsibility and territorialism. – JZ, 4.12.82. – NWT, NUCLEAR “WEAPONS”

PREMISES: Premises precede action; and the nature of the premises determines the resulting action.” – Skye d’Aureous, LIBERTARIAN CONNECTION 7. – ACTION

PREMISES: Their premise being faulty, it follows that their “laws” cannot rise above mere aberrations. … They conjure up and substitute numerous catch phrases – specious, but plausible to some – such as: “We can spend ourselves rich,” or “A three percent inflation annually is essential for the attainment of national goals,” One can never know what to expect from those who reason from untenable premises.” – Leonard E. Read, Then Truth Will Out, p.70. – KEYNESIANISM, GOVERNMENT SPENDING, INFLATION, DEFICIT FINANCING, MONETARY DESPOTISM, CENTRAL BANKING, FINANCIAL DESPOTISM, DECISION-MAKING MONOPOLIES, CENTRALIZATION

PREMISES: There is a way to solve every dilemma of that kind, Mr. Rearden. Check your premises.” – Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, p.59. – CHECK YOUR PREMISES

PREMISES: to reason logically is only half the battle for arriving at the truth. The other half is to start from the correct premise(s). –John Singleton with Bob Howard, Rip Van Australia, p.51. - LOGIC

PREPAREDNESS: Great victories are won more in their preparation than in the heat and torment of battle.” – From an advertisement of Canon After Shave and Man’s Cologne, in READER’S DIGEST, Nov. 75. – In all of man’s history – were there really many battle victories that could rightly be called “great”? – The wrongful premise here was, that women should be “conquered”, too, here, largely, by deception. - JZ, 9.3.08, 15.1.14.

PREROGATIVE: Prerogative, n. A sovereign’s right to do wrong.” – Ambrose Bierce. – Regardless of whether a ruler decides upon war or peace, already his decision-making monopoly is quite wrong. – JZ, 9.3.08.

PREROGATIVE: the only prerogative in society is liberty. – Proudhon, in S. Edwards selection, p. 59. – LIBERTY VS. PRIVILEGES, MONOPOLIES, CENTRALIZATION, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES

PRESCRIPTIONISM: It is not our task as politicians to make out prescriptions of other people's happiness against their will. That would be the end of freedom.” - Franz-Josef Strauss, Speech in Augsburg, May 15, 1976. - But this is precisely what politicians of territorial States do - for all "their" dissenters. - JZ, 6.4.89. – Moreover, his remark is a very poor excuse for not having a program that deserves the term. – JZ, 9.4.08. – TERRITORIALISM, PROGRAMS & THE ABSENCE OF THEM.

PRESIDENTS: A group of politicians deciding to dump a President because his morals are bad is like the Mafia getting together to bump off the Godfather for not going to church on Sunday. - Russell Baker - Roy Halliday, Quotations with an Attitude, online. - & POLITICIANS, JOKES

PRESIDENTS: All the President is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway.” - Harry Truman – He is not even free to kick them – but he is still free to push the button to send us all into oblivion. And we, most of us, are fools enough to put up with this situation and not even to question it! – JZ, 10.3.09. - PRIME MINISTERS, PREMIERS, LEADERSHIP, POLITICIANS, DECISION-MAKING MONOPOLY, REPRESENTATIVES, NWT,

PRESIDENTS: Allow the President to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so, whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such purpose - and you allow him to make war at pleasure. Study to see if you can fix any limit to his power in this respect, after you have given him so much as you propose. If, today, he should choose to say he thinks it necessary to invade Canada, to prevent the British from invading us, how could you stop him? You may say to him, "I see no probability of the British invading us" but he will say to you "be silent; I see it, if you don't." - The provision of the Constitution giving the war-making power to Congress, was dictated, as I understand it, by the following reasons. Kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object. This, our Convention understood to be the most oppressive of all Kingly oppressions; and they resolved to so frame the Constitution that no one man should hold the power of bringing this oppression upon us. But your view destroys the whole matter, and places our President where kings have always stood.” - Representative Abraham Lincoln, letter to William H. Herndon, February 15, 1848. - The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, ed. Roy P. Basler, vol. 1, pp.451-52 (1953). – Uttered, naturally, before he himself became one of America’s major war criminals by deciding on enforcing federalist “unity” under his federal government. – JZ, 10.3.09, 11.2.11. - DECISION-MAKING MONOPOLY ON WAR & PEACE, PRESIDENCY, LINCOLN, CIVIL WAR

PRESIDENTS: Any American who is prepared to run for President should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so.” – Gore Vidal.– Running for such an office is already sufficient evidence of too great ignorance, incompetence, lack of judgment and the presence of all too many popular prejudices. – JZ, 20.6.92, 23.3.08. – JOKES, NOBODY FOR PRESIDENT

PRESIDENTS: Any president that lies to the American people should have to resign.” – Bill Clinton, 42nd US President. - He did not even follow that good advice. - And now he poses as a wise elder statesman! – Who of them did not lie and lie often to “his” people? - JZ, 10. 3.09. - & THEIR LIES

PRESIDENTS: Anybody that wants the presidency so much that he'll spend two years organizing and campaigning for it is not to be trusted with the office. - David Broder - Roy Halliday, Quotations with an Attitude, online.  PRIME MINISTERS

PRESIDENTS: Anybody who would actually change the government probably couldn’t get elected President anyway. – Senator James Abourezk (D.S.D.), quoted in NEW LIBERTARIAN WEEKLY 78, June 19, 77. – ELECTIONS, VOTING, DEMOCRACY, GOVERNMENT, REFORMS

PRESIDENTS: Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.” - Douglas Adams, sent in by C. B., 5 7 04. - Is it really a job, one that ANYONE could do and could do rightfully? - JZ, 5.7.04. – Becoming president seems to be easy enough, even for average guys, but really doing the job of a president goes far beyond what even the wisest and best-informed human being could do, just like the job of an absolute monarch is too much for anyone. Whoever believes he could fill that offices and run it properly does already thereby prove his incompetence. At least the others do not try! – Who is competent to have his finger on nuclear war buttons, to decide whether mankind is to continue or not? Did any President ever know what causes inflation, unemployment and war and what could really prevent them? - JZ, 31.10.08. - RULERS, PRIME MINISTERS, PREMIERS, POLITICIANS, LEADERSHIP, ELECTIONS, DEMOCRACY, Q.

PRESIDENTS: but anyone could be President and some very shady characters were likely to be.” - Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams, 1907.

PRESIDENTS: Can you think of a single area of government in which George Bush hasn’t already made things worse than Bill Clinton did?” – Harry Browne in Bill Clinton on Steroids (1/22/04) - Let us rather criticize principles, positions, powers and institutions, than persons. Both these guys got more or less constitutionally, legally and juridically into the powers they abused. These powers do, naturally, have their attractions for some of the greatest scoundrels. Let us at least confine powers to their voluntary victims only, under their various kinds of personal law and exterritorial autonomy. - JZ, 25. 11. 06. - Tweedeledee, tweedledum & tweedledummer - are all large parts of the coercively as well as by misinformed public opinion imposed and maintained territorial system. - JZ, 26.11.06.

PRESIDENTS: Countries can rescue presidents – but can presidents save countries? – JZ, 25.6.86.

PRESIDENTS: Fortunately, as history confirms time and again, America is not dependent on presidents to protect its intellectual standards and values. It may be infested with flat-earthers and TV evangelists, but it also has more Nobel prize winners than anywhere else – and plenty of citizens who will strenuously defend the legacy of Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. For every populist moron such as William Jennings Bryan there is always at least one Clarence Darrow. - FRANCIS WHEEN, How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World, A Short History of Modern Delusions, Harper Perennial, London, 2004, p.112. – AMERICANISM, USA

PRESIDENTS: Hillary Clinton told The New York Times recently, ‘I want to get back to the appropriate balance of power between government and the market... You try to find common ground, insofar as possible. But if you really believe you have to manage the economy, you have to stake a lot of your presidency on it.’ Notice that she equates government power and market power. That is absurd. ‘Power’ in a free market means success at creating goods and services that your fellow human beings voluntarily choose to buy. Government power is force: the ability to fine and imprison people. Politicians who talk about managing the economy ignore the fact that, strictly speaking, there is no economy. There are only people producing, buying and selling goods and services. Keep that in mind, and one realizes that government action more often than not interferes with the productive individual activities that benefit everyone... The economy is far too complex for any president - no matter how smart - to manage. How can politicians and bureaucrats possibly know what hundreds of millions of individuals know, want and aspire to? How can government employees fathom what trade-offs to make in a world of scarce resources? They can’t. That’s why free people are more prosperous than unfree people. Presidential candidates should promise to keep their hands off the economy.” - John Stossel - POWER IN GOVERNMENTS & IN THE ECONOMY, POWER IN OR AGAINST FREE MARKETS & CAPITALISM, LAISSEZ FAIRE, FREE ENTERPRISE & FREE EXCHANGE? STATISM, TERRITORIALISM, CORPORATION “POWER” COMPARED WITH POWER OF TERRITORIAL GOVERNMENTS

PRESIDENTS: His constituency, like that of any American President or Presidential Candidate in the 20th century, was far broader than that, encompassing as it did not only the diverse elements of his own party and his own country but those of the entire world as well.” – Allen Drury, The Promise of Joy, p.67. – And yet most people in the world die entirely disfranchised with regard to him. Thus, either reduce his power, or altogether abolish his office or allow all honest adults in the whole world at least some voting rights regarding him and his office. – JZ, 14.6.92. – Naturally, that one man could somehow represent all people in the world is even more of a delusion than the notion that he could represent all the population, in all its diversity, of a whole country. – JZ, 23.3.08. – VOTING, REPRESENTATION, DEMOCRACY


PRESIDENTS: I don’t believe it’s any accident that the first American President to be assassinated claimed to be fighting slavery with conscripted soldiers – suspended habeas corpus, and instituted the first tax on income …” - L. Neil Smith, Lever Action, A Mountain Media Book, 2001,, p.19. – - What would have happened then, if all human rights, including individual and group secessionism, had been fully realized for all people, including the slaves? – The close relationship between wars, civil wars, violent revolution, tyrannicide and territorialism or the non-recognition of all too many genuine individual human rights and liberties is still not clearly seen today by most people. - JZ, 27.9.07, 11.2.11. - ASSASSINATION, TYRANNICIDE, LINCOLN & INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, TERRITORIALISM, CIVIL WAR

PRESIDENTS: I reject the notion that we need a president to run our lives, plan the economy, or police the world ..." - Ron Paul – So why was he running for this office? Did he wish to be the “least evil” in this case? – He certainly managed to spread his libertarian ideas as a result of his campaign. He not only attacked central banking but on his website is a statement in favour of panarchism. - JZ, 15.3.12, 17.6.13. – RON PAUL

PRESIDENTS: I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent and of human knowledge that has ever been gathered together at the White House – with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.” – John Kennedy, 1962 dinner honouring Nobel Prize winners. - But was this or any other of the Kennedy's, really a Jeffersonian? Words are rarely a sufficient substitute for rightful actions. - JZ, 24.11.06. – Do the Nobel Prize winners in the social sciences really represent the greatest minds in their spheres, in most cases? – JZ, 10.3.09.

PRESIDENTS: I would rather be right than President.” – Henry Clay, 1777-1852.

PRESIDENTS: Jim Bovard shared The Rand Paul Review's photo. Election years would be a helluva lot more pleasant if the following standard was met ... The president should have so little power that it doesn’t matter who they are … instead of having so much power that it doesn’t matter who they are. – Penn Jillette - Another great quote from Penn Jillette. - Facebook, 15.8.12. - & POWER

PRESIDENTS: Many people actually believe that the President runs the country. In actual fact, no one man does or can.” – Robert LeFevre, LeFevre’s Journal, Summer 78, p.5. – The only things that still function at least somewhat are the remnants of free markets, free enterprise and free exchange, and other individual rights and liberties, all of them all too much in wrongly legalized fetters already. – JZ, 15.1.14. - POWER, INFLUENCE, RUNNING A COUNTRY, FREE MARKET, INDIVIDIUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES

PRESIDENTS: No Kings No Presidents.” – Kim Stanley Robinson, Blue Mars, P.156. – Both, kings and presidents – but all only for their volunteers! – JZ, 11.9.07. - & KINGS, PANARCHISM, TO EACH HIS OWN! VOLUNTARISM, PERSONAL LAW, CONSUMER & PRODUCER SOVEREIGNTY, FREE COMPETITION, FREEDOM OF CONTRACT, ASSOCIATION & SECESSION IN EVERY SPHERE

PRESIDENTS: No man will ever bring out of the Presidency the reputation, which carries him into it. – Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Edward Rutledge, 1786. – Even a temporary kingship is too much for anyone. – Under close scrutiny their faults show, even among extraordinary men like Jefferson. – Even a superman could not morally and rationally fill that role. That it can and should be filled is a popular and false utopia. – JZ, 9.7.86. . – So why go on with this farce and give a good man a bad reputation? – JZ, 23.2.08. - CORRUPTION, JEFFERSON, MAN, PRIME MINISTERS, PREMIERS

PRESIDENTS: No president can possibly perform up to the expectations associated with his office. – J.Z, 21.9.91. – So this territorial office should be abolished and such offices should from then on be confined to voluntary community members still believing in it, just like others continue to believe in their “gods”. – JZ, 2.4.08. – RELIGIONS, STATISM, VOLUNTARISM, PERSONAL LAW, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY & SECESSIONISM, FULL FREEDOM OF CONTRACT EXPERIMENTATION & ASSOCIAITON

PRESIDENTS: No president, prime minister, M.P. or member of congress etc. can represent ALL citizens in a country, but each of them, now and while competing with other such officers of competing exterritorial and autonomous communities, can represent SOME citizens in a country and, under panarchism also fairly well, the voluntary members of his own exterritorially autonomous community of volunteers. Panarchies would reduce pretences of universal, collectivist and territorial representation of whole populations to the realities of representing specific groups and communities. - JZ, 4.7.89. – Under panarchism, polyarchism or consistent voluntarism all dissenting individuals (except the involuntary victims of criminals and other aggressors) could opt out from under their representatives - when they are no longer satisfied with them. Thus a condition of close to unanimity on all fundamentals would be maintained in each of these associations. - JZ, 20.9.04. 16.1.14. - PRIME MINISTERS & M.P's, REPRESENTATION, PEOPLE, DEMOCRACY


PRESIDENTS: Of course all Presidents were insane. One had to be crazy to want such a job, let alone fight for it for years on end. American elections presented the voters with a choice between madmen.” – Richard Harris, Enemies, p.249. – VOTING, ELECTIONS, POLITICIANS, CANDIDATES, DEMOCRACY, TERRITORIALISM, STATISM

PRESIDENTS: On October 29, 1929, the New York stock market crashed, for days after President Hoover had declared, “The fundamental business of this country … is on a sound and prosperous basis.” - Dr. Laurance J. Peter. - PRIME MINISTERS, PREMIERS, POLITICIANS, ECONOMIC CRISES, “DEMOCRACY” & “ECONOMY” UNDER MONETARY & FINANCIAL DESPOTISM, IGNORANCE & PREJUDICES AT THE TOP AS WELL AS AT THE BOTTOM: MOST VOTERS

PRESIDENTS: Our Enemies never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people. And neither do we.” - “The vast majority of Iraqis want to live in a peaceful free world. And we will find these people and bring them to justice.” - George Bush, as quoted in ZOO, Sep. 25, 06: “ – A collection of such “wisdom” or involuntary jokes from all the “great” leaders could become a bestseller! – JZ, 10.3.09. - JOKES, LEADERSHIP

PRESIDENTS: Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration has been minding my own business.” – Calvin Coolidge. - Then what was he doing as president? Isn't that the supreme office for governmental meddling? Naturally, he achieved a good income and pension rights for himself. If he considered that to be his business, he did succeed, but at whose expense? - JZ, 22. 11. 06.

PRESIDENTS: PLAYBOY: So you wouldn’t rate any of our modern Presidents very highly. – HESS: I’d rate the office at zero.” – PLAYBOY, 7/76. – LEADERSHIP, RULERS, PRIME MINISTERS ETC.

PRESIDENTS: Presidents need people to govern but people don’t need presidents. – However, as a tolerable compromise, let them have subjects, but only volunteers, and let these subjects have their kinds of presidents, for their own affairs. – However no president should be able to rule territorially over whole populations and countries or should have e.g. exclusive decision-making power on war and peace, international alliances and treaties. - JZ, 14.6.92, 23.3.08. – VOTING, VOLUNTARISM, TERRITORIALISM, DECISION-MAKING MONOPOLIES

PRESIDENTS: Presidents would really need superhuman powers to fill all the functions of their offices properly. If they claim that they are able to do so - then they are either lying or they are not human! That could lead to the question: How many Presidents have been extraterrestrials? However, if one considers their mistakes and wrongs, then they cannot, obviously, have been such beings or the extraterrestrials are not any better than humans. - JZ, 6.4.84, 9.3.08.

PRESIDENTS: Remember, the President’s job is inherently impossible: he has to represent all the people.” – H. Beam Piper & John McGuire, Lone Star Planet, p.296. - The president of a community of volunteers only could represent them to the extent that these volunteers do agree with each other. - JZ, 19.3.09. - TERRITORIALISM VS. PANARCHISM

PRESIDENTS: Roosevelt proved a man could be president for life; Truman proved anybody could be president; Eisenhower proved you don't need to have a president. - Kenneth B. Keating - Roy Halliday, Quotations with an Attitude, online. - JOKES

PRESIDENTS: Since the U.S. Presidents largely influence world politics, under present territorialist power conditions, should voting rights as well as candidature be confined to USA Americans only? – However, I would prefer abolishing his territorial office and that of all other somewhat equivalent power mongers and power addicts, rather than widening the franchise towards it in the above hinted at way. - JZ, 23.3.08. – QUESTIONS, VOTING, REPRESENTATIVES

PRESIDENTS: The last President was elected the hard way – without telling a lie.” – Annel and De Wood. – Is this possible? – JZ, 25.3.84. – Q.

PRESIDENTS: The leading figure in a small group of men of whom - and of whom only - it is positively known that immense numbers of their countrymen did not want any of them for President.” - Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, p.266 (1948). Originally published in 1906 as The Cynic's Word Book. – To each voter the president he or she prefers. All to rule only their supporters. To each non-voter – no president or government at all! - JZ, 10.3.09. – PANARCHISM, VOTING, DEMOCRACY, REPUBLICS, TERRITORIALISM VS. VOLUNTARISM, POLYARCHISM

PRESIDENTS: The mischief executive of a republic. – America’s misleading man.” – L.A. Rollins, Lucifer’s Lexicon. - JOKES

PRESIDENTS: The president’s job existed beyond logic and sense.” - Larry Beinhart, American Hero, 210. – “Nothing he did had the result it was supposed to.” – Ibid, p. 211. – “A million voices clamor to be heard. The king wishes only to survive. Yet he must make decisions, he must lean left or right, forward or back. On what basis can he choose? The president  - who has no time for original research, who doesn’t have the energy left to reach outside the loop on every one of thousands of issues – listens to those few voices that get to present their story. Which is what makes access the prize.” - Larry Beinhart, American Hero, p.212. - PRIME MINISTERS, PREMIERS

PRESIDENTS: The purpose of government is to rein in the rights of the people.” – Bill Clinton, 42nd US President – Here is another of his wisdom, ethics and morality: We can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans ... – Bill Clinton (USA TODAY, 11 March 1993, page 2A) - I do not think that he ever apologized for this remark and if he did, would that be a reason to trust him in the future? Now he poses as a wise elder statesman! – JZ, 10.3.09. - POLITICIANS VS. INDIVIDUAL HUMAN RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, AS “PROTECTORS” & “DEFENDERS” OF THE RIGHTS OF THE PEOPLE, HUMAN RIGHTS, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, INVOLUNTRY JOKES

PRESIDENTS: The second office of this government is honorable and easy, the first is but a splendid misery. — Thomas Jefferson VICE PRESIDENTS

PRESIDENTS: The use of Halcion is controversial. Many, like the president’s doctor, consider it totally safe. – Benjamin J. Stein, identified as a lawyer, writer, actor, and ex-speechwriter for president Nixon, said this in an op-ed piece in the New York Times, 1/22/92: “… Halcion is the most terrifying drug I have ever used and its effects are incalculably more frightening when they are at work on the President. I have been taking prescription tranquilizers since 1966. I have used almost every kind imaginable … but Halcion … is in a class by itself for mind-altering side effects. It is not just a classic sedative, which basically just slows things down. No benzodiazepines are described by Halcion’s maker, the Upjohn Company, as ‘anxiolytics’, meaning they cut the anxiety in your brain. When Halcion hits you, it’s as if an angel of the Lord appears in your bedroom and tells you that nothing is important, that what you were worried about is happening on Mars and that Nirvana, Lethe and the warm arms of mother are waiting for you.” - Larry Beinhart, American Hero, p.97. - PRIME MINISTERS, PREMIERS, WAR & PEACE DECISION-MAKERS ON DRUGS.

PRESIDENTS: there has not been one rational decision out of the Oval Office for fifty years. – Robert Heinlein, Give me Liberty.

PRESIDENTS: they haven't elected a man President since Truman, they elect an image, is all, …” - Norman Spinrad, Bug Jack Barron, p.304. – Was it really so different before Truman? – JZ, 10.3.09. – IMAGE, ELECTIONS

PRESIDENTS: This President is a very busy man. He has to keep doing so many things a lot faster than he’s able to write about them (*), even when he’s doing nothing more than writing about all the things he’s supposed to be doing.” – Joseph Heller: Good as Gold, p.51. - (*) Or even to think or speak about them, and he has, therefore, to sign, quite unread, numerous papers and decision, that others prepared for him. – JZ, 2.4.08.

PRESIDENTS: Those whom the gods would destroy, they first make President.” – Kelvin Throop, quoted in ANALOG, 5/87, p.110. – Unfortunately, this office, too, destroys not only “the” man but all too many other men, too. – JZ, 1.4.08, 15.1.14. – POWER, DECISION-MAKING MONOPOLIES

PRESIDENTS: Was there ever a president (or other highest official of a State) who entered office with a quite rightful and sensible program and who stuck by it, i.e., someone who did more good than harm by being in office? I cannot think of such an example. Can you? Name it or them. – JZ, 17.5.93, 18.2.08. – QUESTIONS, PLATFORMS, PROGRAMS

PRESIDENTS: We can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans ... – Bill Clinton (USA TODAY, 11 March 1993, page 2A) - PRIME MINISTERS, POLITICIANS VS. INDIVIDUAL HUMAN RIGHTS & LIBERTIES

PRESIDENTS: We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. – Aesop - Nizam Ahmad shared We the Individuals's photo. – Facebook, 6.1.14.

PRESIDENTS: We suffer most when the White House bursts with ideas." (*) - H. L. Mencken (1880-1956), as quoted by Sheldon Richman in a review of the book "The Skeptic: A Life of H. L. Mencken" by Terry Teachout in the June, 2003, issue of THE FREEMAN/Ideas on Liberty. -  Ideas that do not really deserve the name. Ideas that provide new problems or increase old ones, not ideas that provide genuine solutions. - JZ, 27.3.04. – Moreover, the “new” governmental “ideas” are territorially and legally imposed, instead of practised only among their first few volunteers and, later, by other volunteers. - BURSTS? Busts? Anyhow, it is still standing. The explosive power of the ideas of its presidents and their advisers has not yet destroyed it - but much else. - JZ, 11.2.11.– JZ, 5.1.07 - ENERGETIC LEADERSHIP, WHITE HOUSE, ENERGETIC GOVERNMENTS, BURSTING WITH “IDEAS (*)

PRESIDENTS: Well, who'd really die without a President for four years?” - L. Neil Smith, The Probability Broach, p.190. - PRIME MINISTERS, LEADERS, PROTECTION, DEFENCE, SECURITY, A NECESSARY & RIGHTFUL OFFICE?

PRESIDENTS: When a man has (cast? JZ) his longing eye on offices, rottenness begins in his conduct.” - Thomas Jefferson. - POWER, PUBLIC SERVANTS, BUREAUCRACY, OFFICES, CORRUPTION

PRESIDENTS: When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. I’m beginning to believe it.” – Clarence Darrow, 1857-1938, in Irving Stone, Clarence Darrow for the Defence, 1941. – When I was a kid I was told anyone could become President. Now I'm beginning to believe it." - Will Rogers, 1920's. - An advocate of individual and group secessionism and of exterritorially autonomous communities of volunteers, all under personal laws and none with any territorial monopoly, could hardly become the president of the territorial U.S.A. – JZ, 23.3.08. - LEADERSHIP, PRIME MINISTERS, JOKES

PRESIDENTS: White House. Not a man there knew what his task was to be, or was fitted for it; every one without … exception, Northern or Southern, was to learn his business at the cost of the public.” - Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams, 1907. – Did anybody ever learn this business? Can anybody ever do this job or is it impossible for a human being to really act informed and rightful as well as responsibly in this position for millions of his territorial subjects? – JZ, 15.1.14. - PRIME MINISTERS, WHITE HOUSE, GOVERNMENT, LEADERSHIP, GOD COMPLEX

PRESIDENTS: Wouldn’t you hate to be the President of the U.S. and have all his worries?’ I asked my husband. ‘Honey’, he said, ‘don’t you know that I have to worry about what the President has to worry about plus what I have to worry about, too?’” – Jeanne Anschl. – One has also to worry about the things that the President does not worry about but should – and also about the monopolistic decision-making power that he does possess on some most important subjects. – JZ, 19.9.08, 10.3.09. - JOKES, NWT, RESPONSIBILITY

PRESIDENTS: You can’t say you love your country and hate your government.” (*) – Bill Clinton, 42nd US President - The American people are not just a multitude of Clintons or Clinton lovers. Luckily, the whole country is not filled with them. No president was ever nor could he be identical with the country and its people. Clinton, like other politicians, would have liked to abolish that distinction, to whitewash himself. Even the top bureaucrat does not and cannot really represent the whole country and all of its people. - JZ, 24. 11. 06. – (*) Precisely that is now, as all too often before, a requirement for every peace-, freedom- and justice-loving American! – JZ, 10.3.09. - We should come to despise all territorial governments and to love, appreciate and support only voluntary governments, competing governments, multiarchies, polyarchies, panarchies, societies and communities of volunteers, all without any territorial monopoly but with full exterritorial autonomy. - JZ, 11.2.11. -CAN & SHOULD BE DISTINGUISHED FROM THE COUNTRY & ITS PEOPLE, VOLUNTARISM, CHOICE, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, PERSONAL LAW, COMPETION, FREEDM OF ASSOCIATION, CONTRACT, EXPERIMENTATION, CONSUMER SOVEREIGNTY, FREE ENTERPRISE & FREE EXCHANGE IN EVERY SPHERE!

PRESS: A ... dealt in who, where, when, what, and how. You don't feed an international news service on why-stuff.” - Kenneth F. Gantz, Not in Solitude, p.9. Or on what might be or could have been, either. - JZ, n.d. - NEWS, PRESS, MASS MEDIA, JOURNALISTS

PRESS: A free press can only exist where there is private control over the means of production.” - Ludwig von Mises, Human Action. Also in: The Anti-Capitalist Mentality. – I am reminded of my attempt to get into the Berliner DER TAGESSPIEGEL, a small notice, in their cultural notices column, that I am looking for letters and papers of ULRICH von BECKERATH, who lived in Berlin for many decades and was, in my opinion, one of the greatest German thinkers, writers, freedom and peace lovers. I got a reply that they would not even give him as much notice, a few lines in a column, since he had never written for this paper and had never been discussed in it. - Only too true: The pages of this “free” press and that of most others in the “free West” were closed to him for decades, even after WW II, until his death, in 1969. – He was much too much a free and independent thinker for them and offended against many of their popular errors and prejudices. - JZ, 26.12.07, 15.1.15. - The existence of the Internet refutes that statement to some extent. One does not own it any more than one owns the air or an ocean. – JZ, 9.4.08. – Alas, in its present form it is still far from being a sufficiently developed enlightenment tool and resource,  in spite of the masses of information it offers – still insufficiently sorted out – even by xyz automatic search engines – JZ, 15.1.14. - FREEDOM, MEANS OF PRODUCTION, PROPERTY RIGHTS, CAPITAL, INTERNET PUBLISHING & SEARCHING OPTIONS

PRESS: A free press can, of course, be good or bad, but, most certainly, without freedom it will never be anything but bad.” – Albert Camus, Resistance, Rebellion and Death, 1961. - MASS MEDIA, FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION & INFORMATION

PRESS: A good many persons, as we all know, are very ready to find fault with newspapers, both individually and as a whole. These persons seem to me to be, at the very least, profoundly ungrateful. Do they ever stop to consider how grievously they would find the interests of their lives diminished if, by some sinister miracle, the newspaper press would be destroyed? ... Do we not tend to take too much for granted and to think with too little thankfulness, if we think at all, of the skill and judgment, of the labour and the pains, the discrimination, the restraints, and the enterprise withal, which with perfect regularity and punctuality day by day and almost hour by hour exhibit the glittering panorama of the world before our too careless eyes?” - Lord Hewart, 1938. – NEWSPAPERS, RADIO STATIONS, TELEVISION, INTERNET

PRESS: Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in newspapers.” – Thomas Jefferson. – Can one really rely on them much more than e.g. on political party promises? – JZ, 29.3.08.

PRESS: All the news that fits they print. - Owen Warrington, Sydney, 10/72.

PRESS: All the news that's fit to print. - Adolph S. Ochs, 1896, Motto of the NEW YORK TIMES. - Has it come up to its motto? - JZ - All the news that's fit to print? Hardly. All the omissions and errors that's fit to print - that's more like it!” - Paul Levinson, The Man Who Brought Down the New York Times, p.79 of ANALOG, 12/00. - MASS MEDIA, NEWS, JOURNALISTS, REPORTERS

PRESS: An editor is the one who separates the wheat from the chaff and prints the chaff.” – Adlai Stevenson, The Stevenson Wit, 1966. - JOKES

PRESS: Any newspaper is not just for reporting the news as it is, but to make people mad enough to do something about it.” - Mark Twain. - That presumes that first of all the newspapers would have helped to make people free enough and thoughtful enough to be able to do something sensible about some or the other abuse. - JZ - Incitements to petition, write letters to the editor, conduct protest meetings, marches and demonstrations, to vote otherwise in territorial elections, etc. - are just not good enough. - The mass media mainly support only freedom of expression and information and do not know or care enough about all too many of the other genuine individual rights and liberties. They have never worked systematically towards finally producing an ideal declaration of human rights. Or for fully freedom for tolerant actions among all kinds of dissenters. On what subjects have they really enlightened public opinion? In this respect they have been as great failures as the educational institutions and the free libraries. - Which mass media have so far advocated e.g. the right to secede and to organize like-minded volunteers und full exterritorial autonomy? - JZ, 11.2.11. – At least on the Internet many such references can now be found. In the other mass media they are still all too rare. – JZ, 15.1.14. - FREEDOM OF ACTION, FREEDOM TO EXPERIMENT, INDIVDIUAL SECESSIONISM, PERSONAL LAW, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, COMPETING GOVERNANCE

PRESS: Consider the argument that the press should not be forced to reveal the sources of its published material. This is termed a defense of the public's right to know - which is interpreted to mean that the public has no right to know the source of material published by the press. To desire to know the source of a story is not idle curiosity. It is difficult to know how much credence to give to information or to check on its accuracy if one is ignorant of the source. The academic tradition, in which one discloses to the greatest extent possible the sources on which one relies and thus exposes them to the scrutiny of one's colleagues, seems to me to be sound and an essential element in the search for truth. Of course, the counterargument of the press is not without validity. It is argued that some people would not express their opinions honestly if it became known that they really held these opinions.” - R. H. Coase, The Market for Goods and the Market for Ideas. - In other words, too many people still do not feel free to utter or have their opinions uttered in public. They seek immunity or security from prosecution for them. Otherwise they shut up. Freedom of expression, in any format, not just for journalists and MP’s! - 100% protection and even great honours and rewards for whistle-blowers! - JZ, 29.5.91, 11.2.11. – WHISTLE-BLOWERS, PUBLICITY, SECRECY, FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION & INFORMATION

PRESS: Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-82, Journals. – To even the greatest published public scandals the old adage largely applies: “Out of the newspapers, out of the mind!” – The voters are so very forgetful or forgiving. – JZ, 5.1.08. – Whistle-blowers still don’t have it easy and editors keep all too much out of the mass media. – JZ, 12.3.09. - The mass media, like territorial governments, try to satisfy all of the population. That is simply impossible for both. In consequence they adopt unsatisfactory compromises or the lowest common denominator, which gives them the largest number of readers, listeners and viewers. The best ideas and talents are thus largely excluded in mass media as in territorial governments. - I hold that the wrongs and irrationalities of the majoritarian and representative democracies are still insufficiently tempered by the media, including the Internet. - JZ, 11.2.11. - MASS MEDIA, EDITORS, STATISM, DEMOCRACY, PUBLICITY, SECRECY, DEMOCRACY, TERRITORIALISM

PRESS: Don't run the press down. Almost all the enlightenment you can want you can find in the products of presses, especially in books. Newspapers and even magazines tend, naturally, to cater to the lowest common denominators. Books can specialize much more and do, although all too many of them still make all too many concessions to popular errors, myths and prejudices. - JZ 30.8.75. 29.5.91. – At least there is now the low cost and thus low risk option of printing books only in response to the demand for them, in small batches. – JZ, 15.1.14. - There is more choice on the Internet but those items one would be most interested in are still hard to find - when the are hidden among thousands to millions of search results. - JZ, 11.2.11. – PUBLISHING IN PRINT, IN LARGE EDITIONS OR ONLY UPON DEMAND, INTERNET

PRESS: Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.” – Napoleon I, Maxims, 1804-1815. – He, too, was not sufficiently enlightened by the newspapers. – But then, who ever was? – JZ, 29.3.08. - In the meantime most governments have largely learnt how to "handle" the media. - JZ, 11.2.11. – ENLIGHTENMENT, NEWSPAPERS, MASS MEDIA, PUBLISHING

PRESS: Freedom of press has never meant freedom of the reporter.” – John W. Baxter, ANALOG, letter, May 89. – Nor has it meant sufficient freedom of expression and of information for the reader. Even the editors are not sufficiently free, when their views do no longer sufficiently agree with those of the publisher or of the majority of the readers. – JZ, 29.3.08.

PRESS: Freedom of press is a mere blind if the authority controls all printing offices and paper plants.” – Ludwig von Mises, Human Action. – PRIVATE PROPERTY, STATE SOCIALISM

PRESS: Freedom of the press is not an end in itself but a means to the end of a free society.” – Felix Frankfurter, THE NEW YORK TIMES, Nov. 28, 1954. – To the extent that it supports popular prejudices and e.g. “nuclear strength”, F. F. was quite right, but in quite another sense than he wanted to make, namely in the sense of “to end a free society”. – So far the “free press” and the other mass media have largely been the mainstay of territorial governmentalism. Even on the Internet do freedom ideas represent only a small minority, however verbose. – The visions of the “free press” of a really free society are, usually all too limited and thus no threat to territorial governments. - JZ, 29.3.08.  – NEW DRAFT

PRESS: Harmony seldom makes a headline.” - Silas Bent, Strange Bedfellows, p.179.

PRESS: I believe there is a limit beyond which free speech cannot go, but it's a limit that's very seldom mentioned. It's the point where free speech begins to collide with the right to privacy. I don't think there are any other conditions to free speech. I've got a right to say and believe anything I please, but I haven't got a right to press it on anybody else. ... Nobody's got a right to be a nuisance to his neighbors.” - H. L. Mencken. Even when some private fact, action or opinion has been “pressed” upon paper, this still does not mean that it is forced upon anybody. People are selective regarding what they absorb from printed matter. Moreover: “Out of the newspapers, out of the mind!” – JZ, 23.1.08. – PRIVACY, FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

PRESS: I have been on the scene of several important historical events circa 1952-1980, and never once did the press (Establishment or Underground) report what my nervous system sensed.” - R. A. Wilson, The Illuminati Papers, p.90. - I believe that Robert Heinlein made a very similar remark. - JZ, 11.2.11.

PRESS: I have never quite grasped the worry about the power of the press. After all, it speaks with a thousand voices, in constant dissonance. It has not power to arrest you, conscript you, tax you or even make you fill out a form, except a subscription form if you're agreeable. It is the power of government that has increased. Politicians have come to power in many countries and put press people in jail. I can't think of any place where the reverse has occurred.” - Eric Sevareid, quoted in BROADCASTING and in READERS DIGEST, 3/79. - Governments should become as optional as mass media and alternative media are. None of their services or disservices should be territorially forced upon involuntary subjects. Naturally, if they are really able and willing to defend the genuine rights and liberties of their members against criminals and aggressors, then they should be free to do this. So far, to my knowledge, they have largely been incompetent and all too expensive in this sphere as well. - JZ, 11.2.11.

PRESS: I keep reading between the lies.” – Goodman Ace - JOKES

PRESS: If it is true, don’t take it to the newspapers or other mass media. It is mostly only fiction that gets to people that way. – Free after a saying in a radio play called “Tightface”. An Ideas Archive is, alas, still amiss. Even the libertarians and anarchists have not yet fully assembled and reviewed all their ideas encyclopedically and archivally and in a comprehensive libertarian library - cheaply offered on a HDD. On the Internet an idea or proposal may also be largely ignored, by most people, most of them time, just like it would if placed in any large public library – and this in spite of numerous automatic search engines. – JZ, 22.2.08. 11.2.11. - NEWSPAPERS, MASS MEDIA, PROPAGANDA, PROPAGANDA, INTERNET, PUBLICITY

PRESS: If the mass media were open to good new ideas and able and willing to thoroughly discuss them, we would already be living in a much better world. Alas ... - JZ, 30.7.82. – INTERNET, IDEAS ARCHIVE, LIBERTARIAN PUBLISHING, LIBRARY, IDEAS ARCHIVE, ABSTRACTS, REVIEWS, ARGUMENT MAPPING, LINKS LISTS, COMBINED INDEXES, BIBLIOGRAPHIES, NEW DRAFT

PRESS: If there is anything in the universe that can 't stand discussion, let it crack.” - Wendell Phillips, in Carlos Martyn's biography of him. - Quoted from memory. – Theodore Schroeder, compiler, “Free Press Anthology”, 1909, Sec. III, ”Laconics of Toleration and Free Inquiry.” – PUBLICITY, FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION & INFORMATION

PRESS: Is there room for a newspaper or news magazine for really significant news only? – JZ, 19.5.92, 29.3.08. – Q.

PRESS: It ain't the first time the newspapers have got things all twisted up.” - Mark Clifton & Frank Riley, They'd Rather Be Right, Part II, ASTOUNDING SF, August 1954, p.43. - NEWSPAPERS, JOURNALISTS, MASS MEDIA

PRESS: It is a seldom proffered argument as to the advantages of a free press that it has a major function in keeping the government itself informed as to what the government is doing.” - Walter Cronkite, CBS. - But does it inform the government well enough on its actions and their consequences? - JZ 29.5.91. – Q., NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, PUBLICITY, ENLIGHTENMENT, MASS MEDIA, RADIO, TV

PRESS: Let it be impressed upon your minds, let it be instilled in your children, the liberty of the press is the palladium of all the civil, political, and religious rights.” - Junius. - Theodore Schroeder, compiler, “Free Press Anthology”, 1909, Sec. III, ”Laconics of Toleration and Free Inquiry.” - If one considers all the mass media some questions arise: E.g.: 1.) Have they, all-over, more often attacked and criticized rather than defended genuine individual rights and liberties? 2.) Have they, between them, managed to compile a complete and optimally expressed declaration of all individual rights and liberties? – JZ, 24.9.08. – 3.) Have they, between them, tackled quite systematically any of the major remaining social problems, e.g. wars, inflations, unemployment? – JZ, 10.3.09. - 4.) Have they systematically tackled all popular errors, myths, dogmas and prejudices that are obstacles to progress? - 5.) Have they sufficiently considered the voluntary and exterritorial alternatives? - 6.) How much or, rather, how little did they write about ideal militia forces of volunteers rather than governmental forces for protection and defence? - 6.) Have they, sufficiently, defended e.g. Free Trade and Laissez Faire economics? - JZ, 11.2.11. - MASS MEDIA, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, DECLARATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS, Q., ENLIGHTENMENT, EDUCATION

PRESS: liberty of the press and the liberty of the people sink and rise together; that the liberty of speaking and the liberty of acting have shared exactly the same fate.” - John B. Curran. - Theodore Schroeder, compiler, “Free Press Anthology”, 1909, Sec. III, ”Laconics of Toleration and Free Inquiry.” – We have had freedom of the press and of other means of expression and information already for a considerable time but not yet freedom of action in any of the spheres that territorial governments have still monopolized. – JZ, 24.9.08. – The supposedly free press is as much to be blamed for this as are "free" parliaments and "free" voters. - JZ, 11.2.11. - PANARCHISM, FREEDOM OF ACTION, STATISM, TERRITORIALISM, ENLIGHTENMENT

PRESS: Modern and largely government controlled mass education or mass mis-education has also served to make even the best presses largely ineffectual when it comes to general enlightenment. – Its potential readers have been thus immunized against the best reading material. – I wonder how public education, the state of general enlightenment and the mass media would improve after the introduction of panarchism, i.e., in the absence of all territorialist monopoly influences and pressures. – To some extent this is a chicken and egg problem. Does public opinion have to be sufficiently enlightened first, to make panarchism possible? - JZ, 29.3.08. – STATTISM, TERRITORIALISM, POPULAR ERRORS & PREJUDICES

PRESS: Most of the mass media do not publish the facts, ideas, arguments and conclusions that are truthful, important and most needed but, rather, popular errors, myths, prejudices and false ideas and proposals, that cannot bring genuine solutions to our remaining major problems. Thus we ought to employ much more the affordable and powerful as well as long lasting alternative publishing and reading media now at our disposal - to preserve and spread the most important information. - JZ, 14.5.02, 20.8.02. - Alas, even the supposedly radical anarchists and libertarians have not yet made optimal use of all the new recording and publishing options, although in most countries their use is already quite legal. Whom else can they blame for this omission? - They haven't opted out and did their own things, sufficiently, even when it was quite legal for them to do so! - They rather offered what is largely still a chaos of websites, blogs, digital discussions, a kind of jungle, in which it is difficult to find what one really wants, even with the aid of automatic search engines. - Whatever worthwhile findings of their millions of searches have been achieved by individuals - still have not yet been sufficiently combined, e.g. on a single external HDD. - JZ, 11.2.11. - NEWSPAPERS, ALTERNATIVE MEDIA VS. MASS MEDIA, MICROFILM, FLOPPY DISKS, CDs, DVDs, HDD’s, INTERNET

PRESS: News the newspapers want. News all of them want. But the truth is wanted by none of them.” – Kurt Tucholsky, Politische Texte, S.66. – JZ, tr. of: “Nachrichten wollen die Zeitungen. Nachrichten wollen sie alle. Die Wahrheit will keine.” – TRUTHS, FACTS, SOUND IDEAS

PRESS: Newspaper: A publication in which the advertisements are 50% truthful, while the reading matter rarely achieves that percentage.” - L. L. Levinson, Webster's Unafraid Dictionary, p. 169. – ADVERTISEMENTS, TRUTH

PRESS: No government ought to be without censors (*); and where the press is free, no one ever will.[be? - JZ] If virtuous, it need not fear fair operation of attack and defense. Nature has given to man no other means of sifting out the truth, either in religion, law, or politics.” - Thomas Jefferson. – (*) in the meaning of critics, I believe. – JZ – Another version: No government ought to be without censors; and, where the press is free, no one ever will. – Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1826, Letter to George Washington, 1792. – But the press learns only what is given to it or leaked to it. When a government is very powerful then it can hardly be censored by the press. Then the press censors itself, to avoid being closed down or penalized. When it comes to government secrets, even in the most free countries so far, it is simply out of the running. Governments are also often so entrenched that they can simply afford to ignore criticism by the media, at least while they are in power. – Most of the media do also share the territorial prejudices of territorial governments and thus act as apologists for such governments. – JZ, 9.7.86, 29.3.08. - CENSORSHIP, MASS MEDIA, FREE PRESS, CRITICISM OF GOVERNMENTS, TRUTH, RELIGION, LAW & POLITICS

PRESS: Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper.” - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Revisisted, p.310.

PRESS: One of the most effective ways of improving the press is blocked by the press itself. By a kind of unwritten law the press ignores the errors and misrepresentations, the lies and scandals of which its members are guilty.” - Commission on Freedom of the Press. A Free & Responsible Press, U. o. Chicago Press, 1947.

PRESS: Only people who have power, financial or political power, can start a newspaper. It takes a lot of money to start a paper, lots.” - Oriana Fallaci, A Man, p.406. - Only printing on paper and its storage and distribution is expensive. But why waste a scarce resource in that way? Anyone could start a microfiche newsletter or magazine. And once they become popular, even micro-fiched newspapers might occur. But more likely would be more individualized collections of news, perhaps printed out on fiche hardcopy only upon individual subscription demand, like an individualized clipping service. - JZ, 29.5.91. – Now there are email newsletter and website options, blogs and digital discussion groups as well. Even online-accessible broadcasts. – JZ, 18.4.08. - But everything is not yet sufficiently sorted, ordered, combined, related and made easily and fast enough accessible. E.g., all libertarian writings would, probably, fit onto a single, cheap, and powerful external H.D., no larger than a single large book. - I have heard of no effort to work towards that objective. - JZ, 11.2.11. – PUBLISHING IN ALTERNATIVE MEDIA, INTERNET, DISC PUBLISHING, ON DEMAND PUBLISHING IN PRINT

PRESS: Out of the newspapers, out of the mind!” – Proverbial wisdom. – Mainly only popular myths, errors and prejudices are repeated in them over and over again. – What does not toe their “party line” is omitted, falsely reported or simply ridiculed – in many to most instances. - JZ, 29.3.08, 11.2.11.

PRESS: Press by and for the rich? - "People don't buy rich men's papers because the men are rich: the men are rich because people buy their papers.” - Tom Stoppard, in Night & Day, a play. 

PRESS: So I became a newspaperman. I hated to do it but I couldn’t find honest employment.” — Mark Twain - NEWSPAPERS, JOKES

PRESS: State railways may be good things, and so may State bakeries; but a State newspaper will never be a very trenchant critic of State officials.” - Robert Louis Stevenson.

PRESS: Sure, the newspapers lie, sure the government lies, but in a democracy they are not the SAME lies. - Gilliland, quoted in THE CONNECTION, No. 85. - JOKES

PRESS: Take away the liberty of the press, and we are, all at once, stripped of the use of our noblest faculties; our souls themselves are imprisoned in a dark dungeon; we may breathe, but we cannot be said to live.” - J. Thomson. - Theodore Schroeder, compiler, “Free Press Anthology”, 1909, Sec. III, ”Laconics of Toleration and Free Inquiry.” – Have the mass media ever systematically opposed popular errors, myths and prejudices and confronted them with their best refutations? – E.g; “Buy Australian!” - JZ, 30.10.08.

PRESS: The “right of reply” seems to imply a monopoly of the press or the inability of those, who want to reply, to find or establish at least a temporary outlet for their critical views. Others have gone to great risks and costs to establish outlets for their more or less biased or truthful opinions and notions and now their opponents want to use these facilities free of charge. Imagine Liberals and Labor Party people in Australia or Republicans and Democrats in the US. making use of such a presumed rights to correct each other in the party papers of their opponents, rather than merely in their own party paper. Or demanding that both be equally heard, free of charge, in all other private media, with all their claims and counter-claims? The newspapers would be even more boring than they are now. – JZ, n.d. & 5.12.07. – By now a right of reply on a website could be established for every rational reply to every public utterance of any of the “great” leaders. And all their former flawed to wrong remarks could be combined in one site together with the best criticism of them by the public. - JZ, 10.3.09. - Another option to realize the "right to reply" does exist now, which would not demand too much of the printed media. One would simply ask them to print a URL that contains responses to one of their articles, not the whole replies. That might require only one or two lines and the media would have the satisfaction that at least on the digital sites their texts would be further discussed. If too many replies occur on different IN sites, to print all of them, then the editor should insist that they combine all their links on one site and only that would then be mentioned by the mass medium being criticized. They might proudly mention the total number of such responses. For mentioning these sites they should claim the right to reproduce their own selection from this material. - This kind of compromise might be satisfactory to most of the people involved. - When this "right" was originally discussed only printing and its limited space and large costs were considered. - JZ, 11.2.11. - FREEDOM OF PRESS, THE SUPPOSED RIGHT OF REPLY OR TO HAVE CORRECTIONS PRINTED.

PRESS: The basis of our government being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right: and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” - Thomas Jefferson, 1787. – GOVERNMENT, ANARCHISM

PRESS: The country must look mainly to the press for the reform of evils, the correction of abuses, and the preservation, in an endurable shape, of institutions.” - H. J. Raymond. - Theodore Schroeder, compiler, “Free Press Anthology”, 1909, Sec. III, ”Laconics of Toleration and Free Inquiry.” – POLITICIANS, REPRESENTATIVES, PARLIAMENTS, LAWS, CONGRESS

PRESS: The fact is that the public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing. Journalism, conscious of this, and having tradesman-like habits, supplies their demand.” – Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man Under Socialism. – My experience so far with “Libertarian Microfiche Publishing” and with offering some libertarian texts online or via email attachments or trying to interest libertarians and anarchists in CD-ROM publishing, or some other libertarian project, told me that the same does, largely, applies to anarchists and libertarians as well. They are insufficiently interested in their kinds of texts - if they are not offered in a medium that they are accustomed to and like: By now prints and websites. Also some electronic libertarian audio and video records. – They almost never used floppies, sufficiently, for book publishing, although, digitized, a floppy can offer up to 6 books. Not to speak of CDs, DVDs and large HDDs. – JZ, 23.6.93, 18.2.08. - Moreover, most of them are not prepared to read books but only short articles. Their limited love of liberty or their spare time and energy does not allow or induce them to do more reading. - JZ, 11.2.11, 15.1.14. - PUBLIC, NEWSPAPERS, MEDIA, MASS MEDIA, JOURNALISTS, PEOPLE, KNOWLEDGE, CD PROJECT

PRESS: The freedom of press is so great today that too many idiots are getting into print. There are so many idiots to buy their stuff. They were all forced to learn to read and write. - JZ, 18.11. 76. - However, this has the advantage for people like me that once something worthwhile reading, at least for relaxation purposes, has been printed and is not in great demand, it can often be bought second-hand for as little as ten cents to a dollar. Most of my book acquisitions are of that kind. - The titles that I am mostly interested in are certainly not in great demand so that, after a while, I get many of them rather cheap. - JZ, 11.2.11.

PRESS: The freedom of press means this all the opinions of all the citizens may be freely proclaimed.” - Lenin, How to secure the Successful Election of the Constituent Assembly, vol. 14, part 2, p.112-113. - After he gained territorial power, all those, who agreed with him, still could do so. But the rest ... - At best they were merely terrorized into silence. At worst they were turned into forced laborers or murdered, often after being tortured first. - JZ, 11.2.11.

PRESS: The freedom of the press is one of the bulwarks of liberty, and can never be restrained but by despotic governments.” - George Mason. - Theodore Schroeder, compiler, “Free Press Anthology”, 1909, Sec. III, ”Laconics of Toleration and Free Inquiry.” – If only that were the case! – JZ, 30.10.08. – E.g. fear of expensive libel suits keep many truths out of the newspapers. Newspapers also largely depend on government advertising. – And the broadcasting media are very much controlled by governments. – JZ, 19.3.09.

PRESS: The freedom of the press should be inviolate.” - J. Q. Adams. - Theodore Schroeder, compiler, “Free Press Anthology”, 1909, Sec. III, ”Laconics of Toleration and Free Inquiry.”

PRESS: The idea of freedom of press is the most deadly danger for every State.” - Hitler, conversations in his headquarter, 1941-42, DER MONAT, 36/615. Indeed, if it were reasonably used, it would, in the long run, lead to the abolition of every coercive territorial State. - JZ - But is if often enough used in this way? -JZ, 11.2.11.

PRESS: The Liberty of the Press - it is as the air we breathe; if we have it not, we die.” - Old Political Toast. - Theodore Schroeder, compiler, “Free Press Anthology”, 1909, Sec. III, ”Laconics of Toleration and Free Inquiry.” – How often have the mass media been in support of wrongful wars, laws, institutions, policies, actions and measures of territorial governments, rather than against them? How often did they stand up for the voluntary and exterritorial alternatives? – JZ, 20.3.09, 11.2.11. - Q., MASS MEDIA

PRESS: The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but the newspapers. –Thomas Jefferson – That would happen only if the newspaper reader accepted everything he finds there as if it were his Gospel. Among somewhat intelligent people one can always rely on their tendency to contradict a statement or to use a news report to induce them to think, somewhat critically and informed by their own life experience. Even the newspapers do also contradict each other – and at least thereby teach some self-thinking. – JZ, 3.4.12. – MASS MEDIA, NEWSPAPERS, EDUCATION, SELF-EDUCATION, READING & THINKING

PRESS: The mass media have, all too often, nothing to offer but the confirmation of our myths and prejudices. - With few exceptions. - JZ, 30 July 82, 15.1.14.

PRESS: The mass of every people must be barbarous where there is no printing.” - Boswell's Life of Johnson, 1772

PRESS: The most important service, rendered by the press is that of educating people to approach printed matter with distrust. – Samuel Butler, 1835-1902, quoted in SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, Nov. 89. - NEWSPAPERS, DISTRUST, PEOPLE

PRESS: The nineteenth century used to say: “It must be true because I saw it in print.” The twentieth is drive to the opposite extreme, and is already beginning to say: “If it is printed, it’s a lie.” And for this we have to thank the circulation-mongers’ alliance with the politicians, in a joint effort to establish the lowest common denominator of popularity. The sale of newspapers has reached the astounding proportions of sixty million copies a day. … sixty million doses of ignorance, evasion, suppression, suggestion, and occasional deliberate misrepresentation must tend to make that (public) opinion insufficiently dependable for its high purpose.” - Sir Ernest Benn, Modern Government, p.61.

PRESS: The only hope for a really free press is for the public to recognize that the press SHOULD not express the point of view of the owners and the writers but be factual; whereas the editorials MUST express the opinions of the owners and writers.” - Eleanor Roosevelt: If You Ask Me, p.51.

PRESS: the popular media concentrating on the side issues and completely ignoring the real problems of the country.” - PROGRESS, Jan. 78.

PRESS: The Press is busy about the marriage of a poor little girl in Spain, or Mr. Pritchard in Tahiti, or anything else that is sufficiently foolish and contemptible to amuse the coteries of Paris. As for the public, its voice is never heard in France unless it be in the street, for "three days" behind barricades, and this is after all a very clumsy way of settling questions of political economy.” - Richard Cobden, in Hobson, Richard Cobden, p.44.

PRESS: The press is really a present to the public from the advertisers.” - Ernest Benn, Confessions of a Capitalist, p.111.

PRESS: The press is the best instrument for enlightening the mind of man, and improving him as a rational, moral, and social being.” – Thomas Jefferson, Letter to M. Coray, 1823. – One might say: It ought to be, it has had its opportunity – but was it ever such an instrumenet? There is also the gutter press, with more readers than the quality papers. Because of its high costs it had largely to prostitute itself to the rich, the powerful, the advertisers or the mass prejudices. - It did not prevent WW I & II and the rise of totalitarian States, Great Inflations, Great Depressions and nuclear war preparations. Even the alternative presses and other media have not yet achieved such enlightenment. - When everyone can be a publisher and makes sufficient use of that option, e.g. on the Internet or on disks, then press freedom will get it optimum results. But will it be enough to prevent many further great disasters? There exists as yet not even a single complete library. And institutions like an Ideas Archive and Refutations Encyclopedia are not superfluous. – Only with these and other important reference works can the benefits of the written word become sufficiently utilized rather than the options to abuse it. – Microfilm was also a cheap freedom of press and freedom of information opportunity and for many decades it remained vastly under-utilized. Screen-reading still is. Reading is still very much a matter of habits. - Even search engines are not always helpful enough in surveying masses of information and extracting just what one is interested in. - JZ, 3.11.85, 7.7.86, 29.3.08, 12.2.11. – NEW DRAFT

PRESS: The press is the mistress of intelligence, and intelligence is mistress of the world.”- Benjamin Constant. - Theodore Schroeder, compiler, “Free Press Anthology”, 1909, Sec. III, ”Laconics of Toleration and Free Inquiry.” - I wish that this would really be the case! – JZ, 24.9.08. -

PRESS: The press seems mainly concerned only with attempting to find out or to predict who will be the next top dog – not what he or she is going to do to us. – JZ, 16.10.97. – LEADERSHIP STRUGGLES, MASS MEDIA & POLITICS

PRESS: The Press should be free but not loose.” - Dagobert D. Runes, A Book of Contemplation, p.106. – Also in: A Dictionary of Thought, p.90. - With at least some alternative media now becoming affordable for almost everybody in somewhat developed countries, the power of the old mass media is becoming –gradually – diminished. – all too slowly, in my opinion. - JZ, 30.3.94, 18.2.08, 15.1.14. – NEWSPAPERS, RADIO, TELEVISION, MASS MEDIA, INTERNET

PRESS: The price of justice is eternal publicity.” - Arnold Bennett, 1867-1931 - PUBLICITY

PRESS: The printing press has become the UNIVERSAL MONARCH, and the republic of letters will go on to abolish all minor monarchies, and give freedom to the whole human race, by making it as one nation and one family.” - Richard Carlisle, THE REPUBLICAN (weekly journal), VI. p.449. (1823?) - So far it has failed to realize all liberties - and the much cheaper and more powerful alternatives, like microfilm, floppy disks and CDs have not yet sufficiently utilized, especially not by anarchists and libertarians, although with them they could permanently and cheaply publish all what they have to offer, something that websites have not yet allowed them to do. - JZ, 24.11.02. - PRINTING, MASS MEDIA, PUBLISHING, NEWSPAPERS, BOOKS, WEBSITES, ALTERNATIVE MEDIA, ELECTRONIC PUBLISHING, CD PROJECT

PRESS: The printing press may be strictly denominated a multiplication table as applicable to the mind of man. The art of printing is a multiplication of mind.” - Richard Carlisle, THE REPUBLICAN (weekly journal), V. p.279, 1822. - It also led to a flood of rubbish, which almost drowns the truths that were made available in most newspapers, bookshops and libraries. Alas, this is also largely true for websites, blogs, Facebook pages and online discussion groups. - JZ, 24.11.02. 12.2.11, 15.1.14. - PRINTING, MASS MEDIA, PUBLISHING, NEWSPAPERS, BOOKS, WEBSITES, ALTERNATIVE MEDIA, INTERNET

PRESS: The Reformation was cradled in the printing-press, and established by no other instrument.” - Agnes Strickland. - Theodore Schroeder, compiler, “Free Press Anthology”, 1909, Sec.III, ”Laconics of Toleration and Free Inquiry.”

PRESS: The sports page is the only page to go to when a fellow wants to know the score.” – Jazz-song, on radio, 9.9.86. - NEWSPAPER, MEDIA, MASS MEDIA, FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

PRESS: the whole of the popular Press, which in its imperative need for sensation constitutes in effect a powerful censorship upon serious thinking.” – Sir Ernest Benn, Modern Government, p.61. - MEDIA, MASS MEDIA, JOURNALISM

PRESS: There are five thousand newsletters in America and at least one newsletter of newsletters.” - Richard Cornuelle, Demanaging America, p.52. - How many email or website newsletters are there by now? - JZ, 12.2.11.

PRESS: There are no privileges of the press that are not the privileges of the people; any citizen has the right to tell the truth, speak it, or write it, for his own advantage, and the general welfare.” - Murat Halstead. - Theodore Schroeder, compiler, “Free Press Anthology”, 1909, Sec.III, ”Laconics of Toleration and Free Inquiry.” – As long as he does it at his own expense and risk outside of the mass media or only online. The mass media are largely monopolized by unionist-minded journalists, who try to keep out competitors. – JZ,30.10.08.

PRESS: There was really no freedom of press as long as we depended upon presses for freedom of the press for publication of written expressions. The Internet, faxes, email and websites have somewhat improved the situation but also failed to achieve a sufficient market for certain truths. – The potential of publishing on and reading from CDs, DVDs and external HD libraries has not yet been sufficiently used. - JZ, 4.9.86, 29.3.08.

PRESS: Three hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.” -Napoleon I, Sayings of Napoleon.

PRESS: Thus I have maintained by English history that in proportion as the Press has been free, English government has been free.” - Thomas Erskine (1750-1823), Defense of Thomas Paine, December 20, 1792). - As if freedom to publish and freedom to read were the only freedoms that do really count! - Moreover, a free government means unfree subject, merely footballs for the whims of that government or sheep to be shorn. - Individual liberty requires an unfree government, subject to any individual's veto or secession. It is not sovereign but its citizens are. - JZ, 25.11.02. - No one should have territorial powers. Everyone should have powers only over the own affairs and, otherwise, only those power which others have temporarily granted him in their societies or communities. Territorial governments have to become reduced to private fan clubs without a territorial monopoly. - JZ, 12.2.11. - PUBLISHING & FREEDOM, VOLUNTARISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY & SECESSIONISM VS. TERRITORIALISM, STATISM, GOVERNMENTALISM, AUTHORITARIANISM

PRESS: To limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or knaves.” – Claude-Adrien Helvetius - They also indicate a quite warranted fear of better ideas and practices becoming sufficiently known. - JZ, 26.11.06. - FREEDOM OF INFORMATION, CENSORSHIP, BOOK BURNINGS, FREEDOM

PRESS: To the press alone, chequered as it is with abuses, the world is indebted for all the triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression.” - James Madison, "Report on the Resolutions," The Writings of James Madison, ed. Gaillard Hunt, vol. 6, p.389 (1906). This report of the resolutions of the Virginia House of Delegates in 1799 was submitted by a committee headed by Madison and is widely known as the Virginia Report of 1799. - And yet, with all the degrees of freedom of press etc., over the centuries or decades, how little has been achieved by them so far! - Like the hierarchical churches, territorial States and popular prejudices, they have rather retarded than advanced progress in many ways. - JZ, 26.11.02, 12.2.11. – Also ascribed to Jefferson: Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions, 1799. - NEWSPAPERS, MASS MEDIA, BROADCASTING, RADIO, TV, INTERNET

PRESS: Upon public abuses, the press turns the collected flames of its sunglass, and scorches them to cinders. Against the countless wrongs, the injustice and oppressions of individuals, it wages perpetual war, and is a better guarantee against their permanence than any institutions could be.” - Manton Marble. - Theodore Schroeder, compiler, “Free Press Anthology”, 1909, Sec. III, ”Laconics of Toleration and Free Inquiry.” – Haven’t wrongs and evils multiplied even under freedom of the press, especially the legalized wrongs and harmful actions? I would rather rely upon individual and group secessionism, and freedom to experiment under self-chosen personal laws - once these rights and liberties are achieved. – JZ, 24.9.08. –

PRESS: Were the press of the world resolutely and unanimously determined not in any circumstances to support a war policy or any policy provocative of war, then peace would be assured.” - H. M. Richardson, Memorandum, May 2, 1932, on behalf of the National Union of Journalists, to the Disarmament Conference, League of Nations. - Most of the writers, speakers, readers, viewers and listeners of the mass media are still territorialists and, to that extent, at least unconsciously and unintentionally, war mongers. - JZ, 12.2.11. – TERRITORIALISM, WARFARE STATES, NATIONALISM, PATRIOTISM

PRESS: What has news value for newspapers has not necessarily value for humanity.” – JZ, 29.3.08. - NEWS

PRESS: What would happen if sufficient media participated in a common effort to produce, together with their readers, the most comprehensive and best formulated declaration of individual rights and liberties ever? Is it likely that any or many will take up this task when so far even the anarchist and libertarian presses haven’t? – JZ, 29.3.08. – ANARCHISTS, LIBERTARIANS & A DECLARATION OF ALL INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES

PRESS: When distant and unfamiliar and complex [affairs? - JZ] are communicated to great masses of people, the truth suffers a considerable and often radical distortion. The complex is made over into the simple; the hypothetical into the dogmatic, and the relative into an absolute.” - Walter Lippmann, The Public Philosophy, A Mentor Book, 1955, p.27. - DISTORTIONS OF THE TRUTH

PRESS: Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe. - Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Charles Yancey, 1816. – So how come the various messes we are in do still persist? E.g., wars, unemployment and inflations? – Has even the most free press made us safe from the threat of nuclear war? – JZ, 9.7.86. 29.3.08. – Does it provide a good enough nuclear umbrella? Does it publish the individual rights, liberties and freedom steps required to abolish, very fast, all involuntary unemployment and also inflation? – JZ, 19.3.09, 1.1.14. - We got some of the worst mass murders, wars and economic crises after the free press was already widely introduced. It helped to spread and maintain errors, dogmas, prejudices, false assumptions and conclusions. - JZ, 12.2.11. – Alas, so far, the Internet does, largely, still only do the same. In its present form it has not yet sufficiently enlightened a large enough number of people to turn public opinion around and turn territorialism into free societies, all of  volunteers only. – JZ, 16.1.14. – PUBLIC OPINION, PREJUDICES, ENLIGHTENMENT, VOLUNTARISM VS. TERRITORIALISM, UNEMPLOYMENT, INFLATION, NWT

PRESS: within the pale of truth, the press is a noble institution, equally the friend of science and civil liberty." - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Revisited, p.310. – How often is it within the pale of truth? – JZ, 16.1.14.

PRESSURE GROUPS: A hallmark of democracy is pressure-group warfare, as each group seeks to claim the status of a majority and exploit all the rest.” – Robert Garmong - Under panarchism pressure groups, lobbies, movements and ideologies etc. could do their own things only for and to themselves. - JZ, 26. 11. 06. - LOBBIES, SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS, DEMOCRACY, PARLIAMENTS, POLITICIANS, LAWS, PANARCHISM

PRESSURE GROUPS: As Murray Edelman puts it, in every conflict of interest between the many and the few, the many tend to be given symbolic gratification by way of democratic rhetoric and nice-sounding laws, while the few are given the tangible benefits, including a way of enforcing or not enforcing the laws that suit them. - Murray Edelman, The Symbolic Uses of Politics, Urbana University of Illinois Press, 1964.)” – C. Bay & C. C. Walker, Civil Disobedience, p.22. – Should we forget about the many minorities that that are suppressed or exploited by privileged pressure groups? - JZ, 12.2.11. - POLITICS, DEMOCRACY, MAJORITIES, RHETORIC, MINORITIES, TERRITORIALISM

PRESSURE GROUPS: I don’t want to be known as a member of a pressure group.” – Mr. W. Hart. - I am not satisfied with being just a member of one of many pressure groups. Nothing less than individual sovereignty and exterritorial autonomy for societies and communities of volunteers would satisfy me. – JZ, n.d. & 12.2.11. – At least not when it comes to freedom for self-responsible actions. In a genuinely free market for ideas and tolerant actions, though, rather than legislated privileges, one can and should not be anything else, freely and peacefully struggling with others to provide whatever kind of enlightenment and solutions one can offer among like-minded other volunteers, using towards others only the attractiveness of one’s successes as the only “pressure” upon outsiders. – JZ, 10.3.08, 12.2.11. - See IDEAS ARCHIVE, ENCYCLOPEDIA OF REFUTATIONS, ARGUMENT MAPPING, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY & SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARISM, FREEDOM OF ACTION EXPERIMENTATION, SETTING ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLES WITH THE FIRST VOLUNTEERS

PRESSURE GROUPS: If the ordering functions of the state were limited to the “hygienic” function, few objections would probably be raised (assuming the state was capable of performing that function). As has been seen, however, the (*) state becomes the object of a power struggle among competing groups seeking to employ the force of the state against other groups in order to restrict the scope of the other groups’ activity.” (**) – Butler D. Shaffer, Violence as a Product of Imposed Order, p.15. – (*) territorial – (**)  activities? - JZ - STATE, TERRITORIALISM

PRESSURE GROUPS: Politics has degenerated into a system of straight pressure group warfare.” – Roger Court, 20.10.76. - Under the voluntarism and exterritorial autonomy of panarchism each of the diverse and independent groups of volunteers would and could do no more than mind its own business as well as it can with its system and personal law. - JZ, 12.2.11. – Instead of striving for legalized powers over others, the dissenters would set attractive examples within their groups, which outsiders would be free to copy, once they are convinced. – JZ, 16.1.14. - EXTERRITORIALISM VS. TERRITORIALISM

PRESSURE GROUPS: Prime Minister Wilson told a few days ago to the English miners, his own supporters, that no democratic system can survive if pressure groups insist that they are ENTITLED TO UNLIMITED BENEFITS FROM SOCIETY.” – George Hardy, The Doom of the Welfare Society, p.93. - "Pigs around the common trough." – Under full freedom for volunteers, they would only be entitled to the benefits from their own self-responsible, rightful and free actions. – JZ - WELFARE STATE, SUBSIDIES, COMPULSORY “SHARING”, INCENTIVES, SELF-RESPONSIBILITY, CREDIT, INSURANCE

PRESSURE GROUPS: The extortion by pressure groups.” – Chapter heading of George Hardy’s The Doom of the Welfare Society, p.59. – It is a natural part of territorialism, its representation, legislation and voting systems. - JZ, .12.2.11. EXTORTION, TAXATION, HAND-OUTS, DEALS

PRESSURE GROUPS: The individual voter learned in time that the miniscule piece of sovereignty he held brought him no profit unless it was augmented by many other pieces, so that the total would be a bargaining power of proportions. Thus came the modern pressure group. (*) It is the business of the leaders of such groups to convince the aspirant for office that their following cannot be ignored with impunity. (**) It is the business of the candidate to weigh the relative voting strength of the various groups and, finding it impossible to please all, to try to buy the strongest with promises. It is a deal. Any moral evaluation of the deal is silly, unless we condemn politics as a whole, for there is no way for the politicians to attain power unless he engages in such deals. (***) – Frank Chodorov, Out of Step, p.39. - (*) They, too, make a case for individual full sovereignty, expressed in individual secessionism, and voluntary associationism under full exterritorial autonomy and personal laws. – (**) Instead, these groups should ignore the territorial laws and offices, secede and do their own things for and to themselves. – (***) Here lies a major cause of the usual corruption of territorial politics. Why not avoid it altogether by letting individuals sort themselves out into their own kinds of communities of volunteers, none with parasitic claims against the others? – It works in other spheres and has historical precedents. - JZ, 10.3.08. – VOTING, LOBBIES, VESTED INTERESTS, PRIVILEGES, PERSONAL LAW, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, VOLUNTARISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, FREEDOM OF ACTION FOR DISSENTERS AMONG THEMSELVES

PRESSURE GROUPS: The State is that group of people who, having got hold of the machinery f compulsion, legally or otherwise, use it to better their circumstances; that is, by use of the political means. Nock would hasten to explain that the State consists not only of politicians, but also of those who make use of the politicians to further their own ends; that would include those we call pressure groups, lobby-lists and all those who would wangle special privileges from the politicians. All the injustices that plague “advanced” societies, he maintained, are traceable to the workings of the State organizations that attach themselves to these societies.” – Frank Chodorov, Out of Step, p.147/48. - STATE, POLITICS, PARLIAMENTS, LEGISLATORS, LOBBIES, BRIBERY, CORRUPTION, POLITICIANS, PRIVILEGES, LAWS, TERRITORIALISM, PARTIES, DEMOCRACIES

PRESSURE GROUPS: This pressure group warfare will eventually ruin this country. As Thomas Jefferson put it “the more power to give to the government to do things for you, the more power you give it to do things to you.” Furthermore, for every happy privileged group a government creates, it also creates an unhappy one that missed out.” – Workers Party, Australia, 1976, introduction.

PRESSURE GROUPS: What is all this but saying that the government is not at all an institution for “doing equal and exact justice to all men”, or for the impartial protection of all men’s rights; but that it is its proper business to take sides, for and against, a “large variety of diverse and competing interests” under its arbitrary “control”; that it can, at its pleasure, make such laws as will give success to some of them, and insure (*) the defeat of others; that these “various, diverse, and competing interests” will be “persistently seeking recognition of their claims … in the halls of national legislation”, - that is, will be “persistently” clamoring for laws to be made in their favor; that, in fact, “the halls of national legislation” are to be mere arenas, into which the government actually invites the advocates and representatives of all the selfish schemes of avarice and ambition that unprincipled men can devise; that these schemes will there be free to “compete” with each other in their corrupt offers for government favor and support; and that it is to be the proper and ordinary business of the lawmakers to listen to all these schemes; to adopt some of them, and sustain them with all the money and power of the government; and to “postpone”, “abandon”, oppose, and defeat all others; it being well known, all the while, that the lawmakers will, individually, favor, or oppose, these various schemes, according to their own irresponsible will, pleasure, and discretion, - that is, according as they can better serve their own personal interests and ambitions by doing the one of the other. – Was a more thorough scheme of national villainy ever invented? - Lysander Spooner, Letter to Grover Cleveland, p. 17 in Works I. – (*) ensure? assure? – JZ - POLITICIANS, LEGISLATION, CONTROL, FAVORITISM, CORRUPTION, BRIBERY, COMPROMISES, LOBBIES, TERRITORIALISM & GOVERNMENT, ITS USUAL CONSEQUENCES, PIGS AT THE COMMON TROUGH, CENTRALIZED, COERCIVE COLLECTIVISM IN FAVOR OF SPECIAL INTERESTS, TERRITORALISM

PRESSURE: Intellectual Freedom Is Essential. The second basic thesis is that intellectual freedom is essential to human society – freedom to obtain and distribute information, freedom for open-minded and unfearing debate and freedom from pressure by officialdom and prejudices.” – Andrei D. Sakharov, Progress, Coexistence and Intellectual Freedom. – Freedom for tolerant and self-responsible actions is even more important. Territorial statists overlook that right and liberty all too often. – JZ, 16.1.14. - OFFICIAL PRESSURE, CENSORSHIP, GOVERNMENT PRESSURE

PRESSURE: To stop inflation excess pressure on the economy must be curbed.” - Popular opinion. - This amounts to another of the many camouflaging and misleading terms. The decisive pressure is that of the note printing presses for turning out forced and exclusive currency - and that of politicians, given the power of monetary despotism, to "spend" more, largely in their newly printed money, which is at best tax foundation or tax-anticipation money but, usually, issued for beyond the tax revenue expected in the near future. This kind of pressure upon all prices and wages, fees and taxes, by means of and exclusive and forced currency, is usually ignored. By the note issue monopoly and legal tender laws an exlusive and forced currency it is pressed upon all creditors, at its nominal face value, no matter how much its purchasing power has already been reduced and continues to be lost through further such issues, usually far exceeding a sound tax reflux foundation. The forceful pumping out of this kind of "money" into general circulation, pushes all prices up, sooner or later, although unevenly. This increasing of prices, expressed in depreciated legal tender money, is the only safety valve remaining and by its activity we do usually recognize inflation sooner or later, even under all kinds of "monetary controls" on top of the basic and wrongful controls of monetary despotism. - J. Z., n.d. & 9.4.08, 12.2.11, 16.1.14. - EXCESS PRESSURE & INFLATION, MONETARY DESPOTISM INSTEAD OF MONETARY FREEDOM, CENTRAL BANKING VS. FREE BANKING

PRESTIGE: have no favorites, keep men and things apart, guard against the prestige of great names; see that your judgments are your own and do not shrink from disagreements; no trusting without testing; …” – Lord Acton, Lectures on Modern History, p.37.

PRESTIGE: Power corrupts people so much that many rulers and generals are after “national” nuclear reactors and nuclear devices, produced with their aid, not so much because they actually want to attack or threaten others but, largely, only because of the additional power and prestige they would thereby gain in the eyes of the ignorant and the minds of those rightly afraid of them and these devices. Freud might have called this urge towards powerful nuclear rockets a penis envy. - We will have to render all these men "impotent", or castrate them, figuratively, abolishing their jobs, if we want to survive. - The only worthwhile prestige with regard to nuclear weapons would be one resting on NOT owning any nuclear devices or facilities for their production, because one has either never aspired to them or has had, at last, the good sense to unilaterally destroy them. -  A new kind of prestige has to be established: Communities and societies so free, just and tolerant and diverse that e.g. at least the conscripts of enemy regimes, if not also their volunteers, would rather desert, fraternize or engage in a military insurrection than fight it. Such associations would have friends everywhere because they are not armed with nuclear weapons and would recognize the rightful exterrritorial autonomy aspirations of all people everywhere, e.g. by recognizing their governments-in-exile and conceding to them already now exterritorial autonomy over all those who fled to them and wanting all dissenters only to be ruled under their own kind of personal law system. They would concede and invite free and full development to all non-aggressive movements and minorities. They would be so well prepared for a revolution against a dictatorship that they could risk even to formally surrender to a dictatorship threatening them with nuclear mass murder devices and still no dictator would either dare to militarily occupy areas in which they peacefully coexist or could do so, successfully, in the long run. - There would be communities and societies whose peace declarations and appeals would be trusted even by the soldiers and citizen subjects of an authoritarian enemy regime. They would be so prestigious that their experts would be consulted and invited everywhere to help establish similar internal and external peace arrangements, with security, freedom, justice and a growing prosperity for all able and willing to work and sound insurance and credit options for the others. They would be societies so trusted by soldiers and citizens of enemy regimes that they would, e.g., hand over to them the nuclear devices of the own despotic governments for destruction or disassembly, rather than use them against these societies. Economically, they would be so enlightened that they could, within hours or days at most, put to productive and remunerative employment millions of prisoners, deserters, refugees. They would find among them many, who would declare themselves as neutrals or even as new allies. -  They would be societies and communities of which nobody but dictators and totalitarians would be afraid. They would become or make themselves famous by respecting the basic rights even of their enemies (to the extent that these, within their volunteer communities, have not, formally or informally, renounced some of these rights themselves). - By such characteristics and policies they would render enemy regimes largely powerless or topple them or deprive them of their motives to fight these free societies and communities. - These panarchistic societies would not attempt to counter hatreds with love but, rather, they could and would defeat injustice with justice and violence largely, but not exclusively, with non-violent means: - "For when lenity and cruelty play for a kingdom, the gentler gamester is the soonest winner."  Shakespeare, Henry V. – Quoted only from my poor memory. – JZ, n.d. - APPEALS, DECISION, DECLARATIONS, DEFENCE, DESERTION, DESTRUCTION, DISARMAMENT, ENEMY, EXTERRITORIAL IMPERATIVE, LEADERSHIP, LIBERATION WAR, NATIONALISM, NON-VIOLENCE, NUCLEAR STRENGTH, PEOPLE, POWER, SOCIAL CONTRACT, SOCIETY, SURRENDER, WAR AIMS. - JZ, An ABC Against Nuclear War, in PEACE PLANS Nos. 16 & 17, on - Slightly revised: 12.2.11, 16.1.14.

PRETENCES OF RULERS: For your own good’ is a persuasive argument that will eventually make a man agree to his own destruction.” – Janet Frame, Faces In The Water, 1982. - All such pretences or convictions could only be tested in panarchies, by every one of their volunteers. Most of the flawed ones would then become soon rejected by many to most individuals experiencing them in practice, in their daily lives. How many would voluntarily pay taxes and remain obedient to institutions they no longer believe in? - JZ, 26.11.06. - GOVERNMENTS, POLITICIANS & BUREAUCRACY, PANARCHISM, TERRITORIALISM, , EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, PANARCHISM OR METAUTOPIA

PREVENTING WW III: Would you think that after having published my PEACE PLANS series in Berrima, for over 30 years, at first only duplicated then printed on paper, then on microfiche and now, partly, largely via digitized texts online or available via email, I should have gained at least one local supporter? Well, I haven’t. – Ca. 30,000 people live in this country district, which contains 3 small towns. - What will you say, if you survive WW III and do have any surviving children and they ask you: What did you do to prevent WW III? – JZ, n.d. & 23.10.07. – WAR, PEACE, Q.

PREVENTIVE LAW: the legal hallmark of dictatorship: preventive law …” - O’Neill, Ayn Rand, in discussing “consumer’s rights” as opposed to “rights of man”. – But then we are all consumers and have the right not to be poisoned or misinformed e.g. about poisonous substances in our foods, furniture, clothing and even in baby toys. Or about the effectiveness and rightfulness of territorial governments, even if they are somewhat limited. – When full information is supplied by the manufacturers, then we can still make our free choice – but a sufficiently informed one. - JZ, 10.3.08. – Which territorial government does fully reveal its nature? - Full consumer sovereignty towards all kinds of governments, societies and communities would fast shrink the flawed ones, while leading to booms for the successful ones. The good, the individually preferred societies would drive out the bad ones, which could be maintained only if they still had territorial power and thus could suppress individual and group secessionism and competition from alternative societies and communities of volunteers, all without a territorial monopoly. - JZ, 12.2.11. – GRESHAM’S LAW ON RIGHTFUL & VOLUNTARY SOCIETIES VS. WRONGFUL & COMPULSORY STATES, LIBERATION, REFUGEES, DESERTION, MILITARY INSURRECTIONS, GOVERNMENTS & SOCIETIES IN EXILE, RIGHTFUL WAR & PEACE AIMS, NO MORE NUCLEAR WAR THREATS, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY & SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARISM & PERSONAL LAW VS. TERRITORIALISM

PRICE CONTROL: A referendum introducing price control would be almost as wrong as one introducing slavery. Indeed, the latter is only an extreme case of price and wage control. – Coercively it sets the “price” for slaves and determines their “wages” to be zero. - JZ, 73, 16.1.14. - REFERENDUM, DIRECT DEMOCRACY, SLAVERY, WAGE CONTROLS

PRICE CONTROL: An inflation can be stopped by well-administered price and wage controls.” - Popular opinion. - Your proposal reminds me of an actual resolution of the town council of Halle, Germany, which outlawed nuclear explosions within the precincts of the town. That resolution is sure to be a great help when the town is targeted by a nuclear bomb dropped from an aircraft or by a nuclear missile or delivered as a suitcase bomb. Try to stop an IBM (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile) with a stop sign! - We might as well try to outlaw death. - If you are trying to stop a moving car, then make sure you also stop its motor or at least put it out of gear. Otherwise you will be in trouble with your breaking efforts. - The same applies to the motor of inflation: the money-issue monopoly associated with legal tender power (compulsory acceptance and forced value) and this despotic power then being used by setting the government's note printing presses into motion and keeping them running. A bad motive to abuse these powers will rarely be lacking to politicians dependent on votes and on bribing voters with stolen or inflated monopoly money. - One of the effects of "price controls" is that then you can buy e.g. a pound of sugar for the old price of e.g. 10 cents - but you will have to pay $ 3 for the bag it comes in. – JZ, n.d. & 12.2.11. - INFLATION,

PRICE CONTROL: An inflation must be stopped from the side of prices because a wage control would be a one-sided and anti-social measure.” - Popular point of view, especially among employees. - Price control includes control of the price of labour as a commodity or service. - Prices, by their very nature, are uncontrollable. Firstly, not they are controlled, - they do not mind, they have no mind, but the people charging them are controlled. Price control is people control. A price is an agreement between at least two people. These two people are controlled and enslaved by price controls - leading to surpluses or shortages. The argument against wage controls applies as well to price controls. - Actually, there are not two sides to this. Wages are prices and prices are wages. - JZ, n.d. –  WAGE CONTROL, RENT CONTROL, PLANNING, RATIONING

PRICE CONTROL: Governments cannot make all goods cheaper but they can sure make everything more expensive. - JZ, 74.

PRICE CONTROL: How little governments comprehend about the pricing system is indicated e.g. by their water, sewage and garbage rates in N.S.W., Australia. - They raise separate "availability" charges on top of service charges. – Often the “availability charges” are much higher than the usage charges. Imagine your baker, butcher or greengrocer doing this to you. - JZ, 5.11.02, 16.1.14.

PRICE CONTROL: If the government could successfully outlaw price rises, after it inflated the money circulation, then it could also successfully outlaw gravity. -  JZ, 73.

PRICE CONTROL: If the price control and monopolisation of money issues and of value standards were abolished, the price control of other goods and services, including labour, would no longer be an issue. - JZ, 73, 9.4.08, 16.1.14. – INFLATION, MONETARY DESPOTISM

PRICE CONTROL: Katz adds a new twist to libertarian denunciation of wage and price controls by labelling such measures as pro-inflationary. “Their purpose is not to stem the rise of prices, which the administration pretends is caused by some strange outside forces. Their purpose is to fool the public so that continued issues of paper money can go on and on.” - Dennis Corrigan on Howard S. Katz, in OPTION, 10/76. – INFLATION & PRICE CONTROLS

PRICE CONTROL: Let good money drive out the bad - and inflated prices would be controlled in the only way moral and practicable: from the money side. How? When you repeal the note-issue monopoly of the central bank and the forced acceptance and value of its notes, better monies become free to out-compete deteriorating government money and its forced and depreciating value. They would thus to stabilise prices, as far as this can be done and is desirable - from the money side. - JZ, 78, 9.4.08.

PRICE CONTROL: No price control - but everybody to be free to reckon and account, price, charge and contract in stable value units and to issue his own kind of money tokens or clearing certificates, alone or in association with others, to the extent that he finds voluntary acceptors for them - and thus to be able to protect the prices of his goods or services from monetary manipulations. - JZ, 78, 9.4.08. – FREE CHOICE IN VALUE STANDARDS, MEANS OF PAYMENT & CLEARING OPTIONS VS. MONETARY DESPOTISM, CENTRAL BANKING & LEGAL TENDER

PRICE CONTROL: No price is fairer than the one established in a daily and hourly referendum in a free market. - JZ,

PRICE CONTROL: Price control by the Federal Government means that the Federal Government wants to ban some of the effects of the inflation it causes. - JZ, 73.

PRICE CONTROL: Price control disenfranchises the consumer - who ought to be free to bid more in order to be sure he gets what he wants. - JZ, 73.

PRICE CONTROL: Price control has never, does not, will never and cannot ever work. It is just a senseless notion - and a very popular one. - JZ, 73, 17.1.14. - The "price controllers" merely control the language of "price controls" but their controls do not control the reality of prices. However, they can do much wrong and harm by their interventions. - JZ, 5.11.02.

PRICE CONTROL: Price control ignores the cause and vainly tries to fight the effects of inflation. - JZ, 1977, 15.6.13.

PRICE CONTROL: Price control infringes freedom of contract, free enterprise and consumer sovereignty. – JZ, 15.6.13.

PRICE CONTROL: Price control is a declaration of war by the government against all producers, traders and consumers, a war, which will be lost by all who participate in it, whether voluntarily or under compulsion. – JZ, 78, 16.1.14.

PRICE CONTROL: Price control is a step towards slavery. – JZ, n.d. – Either for the producer or for the consumer, when prices are artificially and coercively kept low for the producer or high for the consumer. – JZ, 15.6.13.

PRICE CONTROL: Price control is as futile as King Canute’s beating of the waves, in order to subdue them.” – JZ, 6.9.73, 10.3.08.

PRICE CONTROL: Price control is comparable to continuous force-feeding and then outlawing over-weight. - JZ, 74.

PRICE CONTROL: Price control is like an attempt to prohibit a river level to rise - after heavy rains. - JZ, 73.

PRICE CONTROL: Price control is people control. “It was persons, however, who were fed to the lions when they were caught charging more than the legal price.” – Ben Moreell, in THE FREEMAN, 7/74. - Price control is people control. – Tom Anderson, STRAIGHT TALK, 29.12.77. - Price control means people control.” – Source? – The products don’t mind, neither do ignorant people. – JZ, n.d.

PRICE CONTROL: Price control is still another shackle on the producers and consumers - as if they could bear limitless burdens and still produce and exchange just as much. - JZ, 73, 5.11.02.

PRICE CONTROL: Price control means a systematic discouragement of production and thus systematic impoverishment. – JZ, 9/73.

PRICE CONTROL: Price control means might not right. – Luckily, even might is rather powerless in this sphere, at least in the long run. The right prices tends to re-establish themselves, in accordance with the depreciation of the forced and exclusive currency, immediately on black markets, later generally. All price controls failed. The ignorance of the authorities is demonstrated by the fact that they tried and tried again – over ca. 4000 years! – JZ, 74, 10.3.08.

PRICE CONTROL: Price control means that laws are passed to make official prices tell lies.” – F. A. Harper, Essays on Liberty, I, p.192.

PRICE CONTROL: Price control means trimming the coins and the people. - JZ, 73.

PRICE CONTROL: Price control never worked before and by its very nature cannot work in the future, either. – JZ, n.d.

PRICE CONTROL: Price control: “This, of course, leads to shortages, queues and allocations; and, most important of all, removes the incentive for people to increase the supply.” – Samuel Brittain, THE BULLETIN, 7.12.63. – PRICE CONTROL

PRICE CONTROL: Price control: Thou shalt not change!” – Lee Eckermann – PRICE CONTROL

PRICE CONTROL: Price control? Still more controls are no way out. – JZ, 11/73. – Let currencies be competitively issued and valued – and there will be no inflationary price increases, caused by governments or the central banking system, which they legalized, inflations which governments vainly try to control. Under full monetary freedom good exchange media will drive out inferior ones and good value standards will also drive out inferior ones. – JZ, 10.3.08. – GRESHAM’S LAW

PRICE CONTROL: Price controllers used the term “price control” like an incantation. They say the word, they believe in the possibility of applying it and thus they repeat it and its “actions” again and again, like others do with a prayer against an emergency situation, or still others who use a magic formula or ritual against something they dislike. – No matter how often they fail in such attempts, they try it again and again, just like the other true believers. “All you need is love!” or: “All you need is price control!” – There are also still people who believe in the effectiveness of curses! Or in outlawing prostitution, alcohol consumption or drugs, even wars! – What is usually ignored, not known or forgotten is that the wanted price controller, the government, caused the inflation in the first place, by its legalization of monetary despotism, and that the complainants about inflated prices still believe in governments and in governmental monetary despotism. – JZ, 10.3.08.

PRICE CONTROL: Price controls are anti-trade.” – Leonard E. Read, Thoughts Rule the World, p.19.

PRICE CONTROL: price controls created an utterly useless, but very well paid bureaucracy which imposed burdens on the consumer. – If they kept prices under economic levels – production was reduced, and artificial shortages followed. If they are convinced by clever arguments to approve prices above the level of the market, then they achieved the opposite of their aims.” – George Hardy, The Doom of the Welfare Society, p.72.

PRICE CONTROL: Price controls need only national discipline and political courage and then they will work.” - Popular opinion. - That was the opinion of King Canute, too, when he whipped the waves in order to make them subside. - Price controls never worked, even when there was plenty of discipline (including the death penalty), courage and determination. French revolutionary soldiers swore in public to accept Assignats like ready and sound cash - but had soon to renounce their oaths when they could not buy bread and butter with them for themselves, their wives and their children. - What influence does national discipline and political courage have on the note printing presses running full steam? At best, under the present religion of monetary despotism, politicians determine to counter a galloping inflation by a radical deflation that causes mass unemployment and mass bankruptcies. Discipline and courage are less valuable than comprehension, sensible and free actions, rights and liberties in the monetary sphere, too. Napoleon I & III had the insight and political courage not to attempt the impossible, namely to control the effects of the note printing presses running hot, but to stop the cause, the note printing presses for legal tender money, producing an exclusive and forced currency while sound alternative exchange media and value standards remained suppressed. (Obviously, neither of them comprehended and applied full monetary freedom.) Popular opinion and governmental "experts" hold, between them, that all subjects except those in charge of  the note printing presses and those granting monetary despotic powers of the government with their legislation, need to be controlled. - That is like trying to introduce political freedom by controlling subjects even further than political despotism already does. - JZ, 2. 4. 97, 12.2.11, 16.1.14. - DISCIPLINE & COURAGE,

PRICE CONTROL: Price controls, as their advocates have claimed all along, do work like magic. They can makes things disappear in the twinkling of an eye.” – Robert M. Bleiberg, Wage and Price Controls, in Champions of Freedom, p.115. – JOKES, PRICE CONTROL

PRICE CONTROL: Price Controls: “How long will it be before our ‘intellectuals’ begin to see through fallacies that are as old as the economics of Emperor Diocletian?” – John Chamberlain, THE FREEMAN, 6/73.

PRICE CONTROL: Price has an important function to perform. It equates the wanting of things with the supplying of things. The two are in balance only at the free market price. (*) Any other price, either higher or lower, causes a surplus or a shortage; it reduces trade; it penalizes economic welfare. (**) And in like manner, if the price of work is too high, it causes a surplus of labor – ‘unemployment’.” – F. A. Harper, partly in: THE FREE MANS ALMANAC. – Unemployment has other causes, too, especially the lack of sound exchange media – something that often happens when the supply of exchange media is monopolized. – Harper wrongly assumes here that the supply of exchange media is always sufficient to make every desired exchange easily possible. But labour, goods and services can only be bought to the extent that their potential buyers are sufficiently supplied with sound exchange media. A centralized and monopolized note-issuing bank can only rarely, if ever, achieve that condition, if at all, for long and for all people in a territory. - JZ, 10.3.08. – (*) The fully free market price requires full monetary and financial freedom, too. - (**) Actually, there are too many consumers who do not shop around sufficiently for the best bargains offered. Lack of time and energy maybe involved or the false assumption that a particular supermarket would already offer the lowest prices for all its goods. Shopping is also often done by those, who did not earn the money with which they shop, so they get careless with its spending. - JZ, 11.3.08 - LABOR, UNEMPLOYMENT, MONETARY FREEDOM VS. MONETARY DESPOTISM, SALES & SALES DIFFICULTIES.

PRICE CONTROL: Price rises today are an arbitrary exploitation of the consumers which ought to be stopped and could be stopped by price controls (ceiling or maximum prices). – Popular opinion. - The fallacies involved in all price control attempts and the benefits of free pricing are probably best demonstrated by Dr. Harper's small tabulation of prices at, above and below the market price level and the corresponding increases and decreases of demand and of the turnovers resulting from these factors. Whoever looks at this tabulation and understands it fully, will never favour any price controls again. - Moreover, while note printing presses are working hard - to print more forced and exclusive currency - and while this currency is not hoarded - but forced into and remains in circulation, no degree and severity of price controls will help to stabilise prices, which have to be expressed by law in the depreciated and further depreciating currency and keep production and sales going on undisturbed. Likewise, no attempt at providing not maximum but minimum artificial prices or wages will help the sellers of these goods and labour to find more buyers, achieving the sale of all their goods and produce and all their labour power. Price control attempts completely misunderstand a free market economy, with its monetary  freedom, free enterprise, free exchange, free pricing for goods and services, free trading and their self-regulating and authomatic systems and processes, settling all demand and supply situations as well as possible, to the greatest and most lasting advantage of all concerned. - Price controls have been tried for over 4,000 years and always failed. Ignorant and prejudices people and rulers, nevertheless, try them again and again, never learning from history and current failures. As G. Ch. Lichtenberg once said: People usually presume that it is they who master the words. But reality is often quite different and they are mastered by the words they use. The very term "price control" implies that prices can be effectively controlled. Their terms and wishes are their command and so they demand price controls and try to implement them, although they are really impossible to achieve without so disturbing the economy that all are harmed thereby. - JZ, 24.3.97. - Dr. Harper's little table should be inserted here. - JZ, 12.2.11.

PRICE CONTROL: Prices are inflated only if you are forced to pay with coercively inflated money and the seller is forced to accept your inflated money. - JZ, 75, 22.4.08. - In other words, he is neither free to price out his goods and services in a sound value standard nor to accept alternative and competitively supplied good monies in payment, including the IOUs, clearing certificates and shop currency notes that he had issued himself. - JZ, 12.2.11.

PRICE CONTROL: Prices Must Tell the Truth.” – F. A. Harper, Writings, p.54, heading of a chapter. Ibid, he says, on the same page: “Prices must be completely free, if they are to tell the truth.” – Free prices tell the truth, controlled prices lie. – JZ, 17.6.92. - PRICE CONTROL.

PRICE CONTROL: Remember, laws are not almighty. … It is beyond the power of despotic princes to regulate the prices of goods. …” - John Witherspoon, quoted by Robert G. Bearce, in THE FREEMAN, May 77, p.301.

PRICE CONTROL: Repeal all artificial wage- and price controls set by fiat. – JAG, Aug. 22, 72. – If the governments legalized powers of monetary despotism were repealed - then attempts to control its consequences would, obviously, be quite superfluous. Then neither inflation nor deflation nor stagflation could occur. – On should deal with the causes, not the symptoms. – JZ, 11.3.08.

PRICE CONTROL: Seeing that price control never worked before – why should it suddenly work now? – JZ, 10/73.

PRICE CONTROL: So far … we have been afloat on an economic sea of unknown prices. We have prices, which do not tell the truth. Not knowing where we are, how are we to reach our destination? … the procedure of controlled prices, which corresponds to the process of sailing blindly around on this sea, back and forth, until sometime – we hope – we chance to arrive at port. Second, we may choose the procedure of complete abandonment of price controls. Though this seems like a policy of drifting aimlessly at sea, it corresponds to taking our bearings from the reliable stars. It is a time-tested market process of buying and selling that will guide us to port. We understand its workings, but we cannot duplicate them through controls. …” - F. A. Harper, Writings, p.41.  - I find his short table on prices set above, at and below the market level and the results in production, sale and surpluses, more convincing than any mere verbal description but cannot, so far, reproduce it digitally here, as an image or table. – JZ, 23.3.08, 16.1.14.

PRICE CONTROL: So-called price controls are economic falsehoods by which people are enslaved.” – Leonard E. Read, Castles in the Air.

PRICE CONTROL: Sound economics as about as simple as this: Were the price of cheese to be coercively fixed at, say, $ 20 per pound, there would be no consumption. And were it coercively fixed at, say, 2 cents per pound, there would be no production.” – Leonard E. Read, THE FREEMAN, 4/73, also in Who’s Listening? p.39.

PRICE CONTROL: Stabilization of prices is a euphemism for keeping prices steadily high.” – Robert Carnaghan, in FREEDOM REVIEW. – STABILIZATION ATTEMPTS

PRICE CONTROL: Stop the note printing presses, not prices! – JZ, 9.11.73. – At least the note-printing presses for exclusive and forced currencies. The others can’t do much harm. One can reject or discount optional, market rated and competitively issued notes. – JZ, 10.3.08. – PRICE CONTROL

PRICE CONTROL: The acme of the policies of all self-styled progressive parties and governments is to raise artificially the prices of vital commodities above the height they would have attained on the markets of unhampered laissez-faire capitalism. Only an infinitesimal fraction of the American people is interested in the preservation of a high price for sugar. The immense majority of the American voters are buyers and consumers, not producers and sellers of sugar. Nonetheless the American Government is firmly committed to a policy of high sugar prices by rigorously restricting both the importation of sugar from abroad and domestic production. Similar policies are adopted with regard to the prices of bread, meat, butter, eggs, potatoes, cotton and many other agricultural products. It is a serious blunder to call this procedure indiscriminately a pro-farmers policy. Less than one fifth of the United States’ total population are dependent upon agriculture for a living. Yet the interests of these people with regard to the prices of various agricultural products are not identical. The dairy-man is not interested in a high, but in a low price for wheat, fodder, sugar and cotton. The owners of chicken farms are hurt by high prices of any agricultural product but chickens and eggs. It is obvious that the growers of cotton, grapes, oranges, apples, grapefruit and cranberries are prejudiced by a system, which raises the prices of staple foods. Most of the items of the so-called pro-farm policy favor only a minority of the total farming population at the expense of the majority not only of the non-framing, but also of the farming population.” – Ludwig von Mises, Planning for Freedom, p.182. – FARM POLICY, SUBSIDIES, PRICE STABILIZATION, AGRICULTURAL POLICY

PRICE CONTROL: the businessmen who ask for wage and price controls are asking for their own elimination and the socialization of the society.” – Milton Friedman in Australia 1975, p.62.

PRICE CONTROL: The experience of Nazi Germany certainly did not disprove the statement that price control is doomed to failure within an economy not completely socialized. (*) Those advocates of price control who pretend that they are preserving a system of private initiative and free enterprises are badly mistaken. What they really do is to paralyze the operation of the steering device of this system. One does not preserve a system by destroying its vital nerve; one kills it.” – Ludwig von Mises, Inflation and Price Control. - (*) And within such a system it is just part of its numerous other failures. – It is also a failure in a system that is completely or almost completely State-socialized. - JZ, 11.3.08.

PRICE CONTROL: The extreme case of price and wage control is the income of a slave: It is Nil. - JZ

PRICE CONTROL: The Federal Government’s attempt to control prices is as immoral and absurd as the attempt of a tribute-gathering barbarian tribe forcing their victims not to increase prices in order to recover their losses due to the tribute. – Inflation is also a tribute-gathering process, imposing a tax via inflation. – JZ, 11/73. – It forces an inferior means of payment with an inferior value standard upon people, at its nominal value, as if it were a full payment of the free market price, although its value is actually only a fraction of its nominal value. – JZ, 10.3.08.

PRICE CONTROL: The free play of prices is the key to the success of a market economy. Prices and wages must be free to change, to fluctuate, to reflect the continually and endlessly changing conditions of supply and demand. Without the freedom of prices to move, the enterprise system is a mockery.” – National Taxpayers Union, in INDIVIDUALIST, 10/71. - And the exchange media and their value standards should also be competitively offered, optional in their acceptance and subject to a free pricing or discounting system in general circulation, precisely to prevent their depreciation in most instances – excepting, naturally, that their issuers would always have to accept their kind of IOU’s at par with their nominal value standard. – Without full monetary freedom no really free pricing! Because without it the demand sector is confined to using a monopoly currency. - JZ, 29.3.08.

PRICE CONTROL: The freeze and the phase-two controls outlined by the President are like putting a brick on top of a boiling kettle to keep the lid from blowing off. If, simultaneously, the flame under the kettle is turned down, the brick may prevent the lid from blowing off. But if the flame is turned up, the pressure will build until the lid blows off or the kettle explodes.” - Milton Friedman, An Economist Protests, p.18/19.

PRICE CONTROL: The imposition of price and wage controls during peacetime is an abdication of fiscal responsibility. Such controls treat symptoms and not causes.” - Robert M. Bleiberg, Wage and Price Controls, in Champions of Freedom, p.115. – During wartime they weaken a country’s economy, too. – JZ, 11.3.08.

PRICE CONTROL: The imposition of price and wage controls is a sure sign that the Government wants to inflate. (*) After all, Governments are not foolish. (**) The people who do these things aren’t stupid. They know the record of history. They know as well as you and I do that wage and price controls don’t have anything to do with inflation, then why do they impose them? Because they want to inflate and this is a way in which on the one hand they can inflate and on the other give the public the impression that they are doing something about inflation. In addition, they want to postpone the evil consequences of inflation…” (***) - Milton Friedman in Australia 1975, p.63. - (*) Inflate further! - (**) - Aren’t they? - (***) If they knew their history then they would know that this kind of cover-up does not really undo the wrongs and harms of inflation. At most it allows them to go on with it a while longer. - JZ, 11.3.08.

PRICE CONTROL: The lesson that government price fixing does not work is never learned.” – Richard Nixon, 1965.

PRICE CONTROL: The only price, which is fair to everybody, is the free market price. - JZ, 73.

PRICE CONTROL: The whole recorded history of man is strewn with the wreckage of the great civilizations which have crumbled under price controls; and in forty centuries of human experience, there has never been – so far as I can discover - a single case where such controls have stopped, or even curbed for long, the forces of inflation. On the contrary, in every instance I can find, they have discouraged production, created shortages, and aggravated the very evils they were intended to cure. - Irving S. Olds – quoted by Anja Hartleb

PRICE CONTROL: The whole recorded history of man is strewn with the wreckage of the great civilizations which have crumbled under price controls; and in forty centuries of human experience, there has never been – so far as I can discover - a single case where such controls have stopped, or even curbed for long, the forces of inflation. On the contrary, in every instance I can find, they have discouraged production, created shortages, and aggravated the very evils they were intended to cure.” - Irving S. Olds – quoted by Anja Hartleb - ISIL LIBERTY QUOTE LIBRARY 03. - & INFLATION

PRICE CONTROL: There are two fools in every market: one asks too little, one asks too much.” – Russian proverb. – There are also “leaders” who force people to act foolishly, by forcing them to either charge too much or not enough. – JZ, 15.11.85. – That is the case e.g. for the water supply in water-poor Australia. – The “price” for it is artificially kept below that which would be its current market price under competitive conditions. Instead, we get water restrictions. – JZ, 29.3.08.

PRICE CONTROL: Those in power soon find that price and wage control is a tremendous weapon with which to curry political favor or to punish opposition. That is why “parity” formulas are applied to farm price and escalator clauses to wage rates, while industrial prices and dwelling rents are penalized.” – Henry Hazlitt, What You Should Know About Inflation, p.14.

PRICE CONTROL: Throughout forty centuries of human experience, price controls at their best have always been a miserable failure. At their worst, they have led to famine and bloodshed – to defeat and to disaster.” – Irving S. Olds. - ISIL LIBERTY QUOTE LIBRARY 03. - One of many traditions that ought no longer to be frequently revived - apart from volunteers, for themselves, to learn its lessons - but rather completely ended for all those already free to make their choice for their own affairs. - JZ, 23.11.06, 16.1.14. - FOR 40 CENTURIES!

PRICE CONTROL: To fix the prices of goods, especially provisions in a market, is as impracticable as it is unreasonable.” - John Witherspoon, quoted by Robert G. Bearce, in THE FREEMAN, May 77.

PRICE CONTROL: To their minds it appears that value is inherent in money as such … This sentiment is supported by the various legal regulations with which the Governments endeavour to control prices, and so to preserve some purchasing power for their legal tender. … The presumption of a spurious value for the currency, by the force of law, expressed in the regulation of prices, contains in itself, however, the seed of final economic decay, and soon dries up the sources of ultimate supply. A system of compelling the exchange of commodities at what is not their real relative value not only relaxes production, but leads finally to the waste and inefficiency of barter … The effect on foreign trade of price-regulation and profiteer-hunting as cures for inflation is even worse.” – J. M. Keynes, 1920, quoted in Anthony Fisher, The Case for Freedom, p.18.

PRICE CONTROL: Trying to tackle severe inflation by price controls is like trying to cure carbuncles with Band-Aids. – PROGRESS, May 1977. - INFLATION

PRICE CONTROL: Unfortunately, the general experience overseas has been that the politicians have used the controls as an excuse to indulge in even more inflationary policies.” - Kenneth Davidson, THE AGE, 14.4.77.

PRICE CONTROL: wage and price controls are only a temporary panacea that attempts to deal with the symptoms of inflation rather than the cause and, at best, leads to economic dislocations and shortages.” – Paul Stevens, THE FREEMAN, 11/74.

PRICE CONTROL: Wage and price controls of all forms lead to shortages and unemployment.” – Roy Childs, Liberty Against Power.

PRICE CONTROL: Wage-price controls, for example, have failed a thousand times.” – William H. Peterson, in THE FREEMAN, Feb. (year?)

PRICE CONTROL: Wage-Price Freeze: “Governments ask for self-restraint of business and labor because of their inability to manage their own affairs – which includes the control of money – and the natural human tendency to pass the buck.” – Prof. Milton Friedman. – It is not, rightfully, rationally and economically the affair of any territorial government to control the monies which a really free economy would use. Obviously, as a long history has shown, governments cannot even always or mostly control their own money issues properly and should thus certainly not be give the power to control all other potential money issuers. – That, too, would be like entrusting the control of crime to the Mafia. – JZ, 11.3.08. – MONETARY DESPOTISM

PRICE CONTROL: what government tampering with the price structure of the market means. It diverts production from those channels into which the consumers want to direct it into other lines. …” - Ludwig von Mises, Inflation and Price Control.

PRICE CONTROL: What he would do is control, control, control. But not the money supply! Oh no! (The Government sins, and we go to prison.)” - Terry Arthur, 95 % Is Crap, p.199, on Robert Neild, in GUARDIAN, September 30, 1974.

PRICE CONTROL: When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.” - P. J. O'Rourke, ISIL LIBERTY QUOTE LIBRARY 03.

PRICE CONTROL: When government dictates prices above fair market value (price supports, minimum wages, etc.), there will eventually be surpluses. When prices are forced below market value (rent controls, price ceilings, etc.), there will be shortages.” – Stormy Mon, A Liberty Book, p.64. – PRICE CONTROL

PRICE CONTROL: When the policeman tells you what price you must pay or at what price you must sell, he is, in effect, forcing you to buy or sell contrary to your wishes; in other words, he is controlling you. All attempts at price control have failed; the results have been surpluses and shortages and economic chaos. People control is rank injustice.” – Leonard E. Read, The Love of Liberty, p.97. - In the hunger years after WW II in Germany, to supplement their hunger-causing rations, city people often travelled long trips to the countryside to obtain there, by barter or black market prices, some extra food. On the return trip we often encountered policemen – not there to protect us but to confiscate our food, as “contraband”, as items unofficially obtained on the black market, one not planned and regulated by the government. This certainly did not endear these policemen to us. Did these “protectors” and their families consume what they confiscated or did they resell it on the black market? Later, when West Berliners were still free to buy some cheaper food in East Berlin, upon their return trip to West Berlin, they were also often stopped by the East Germen “people’s police” and robbed of these purchases. Police control and confiscation of goods is not a strange concept to me. Nor is it today, e.g. for drug producers and drug buyers. – On the other hand, these policemen certainly inspired a love of liberty and were considered by us as official robbers. - JZ, 20.3.08.

PRICE CONTROL: Whoever favours price control ought also to favour its consequences: rationing, black markets and shortages and also surplus goods and service capacity which cannot be sold at their fixed minimum prices. – JZ, 13.6.73, 17.1.14.

PRICE CONTROL: Will wage and price controls be a permanent necessity? The market provides an effective permanent form of control over wages and prices. Replacing the market with sweeping government controls would be certain to halt economic growth and destroy personal and political freedom. If the U.S. becomes a collectivist society it will not be because the socialists win any arguments, it will be via permanent wage and price controls.” - Milton Friedman, An Economist Protests, p.XV. – Via taxation, central banking, the postal monopoly, tariffs and numerous other government interventions it is already, largely, a State socialist regime! – Price-, wage- and rent controls are just additional aspects of it. - JZ, 11.3.08. – FREE MARKET PRICING

PRICE CONTROL: Without market prices, meaning without open entry to markets by buyers and sellers, there can be only random guesses by the planning bodies.” – Gary North, in THE FREEMAN, 5/76, p. 267. – CENTRAL PLANNING & DIRECTION, STATE SOCIALISM

PRICE CONTROL: You know why price and wage controls are imposed? They are imposed whenever a Government wants to inflate. …” - Milton Friedman in Australia 1975, p.62/63. - Rather, when a government wants to inflate its currency even further than it has already done so far. – JZ, 11.3.08.

PRICE INCREASES: A popular point of view, which does not sufficiently discriminate between, is that dearness or rising prices are identical with inflation. Price increases might merely indicate an increase in quality, for prosperous buyers no longer interested in cheaper alternatives. E.g., when I was last time in Germany any second-hand furniture (except antiques) had no longer any market value in shops. Even when you put it out on the street, it would rarely be picked up by anyone except garbage trucks. To get it legally removed, you had to pay for it! - A dearness may comes from the goods side, as a result e.g. of a natural catastrophe or bad harvest or of e.g. some energy resource believed to be running short or being somewhat artificially blocked. Inflation proper can occur only from the money side and even there it requires a money issue monopoly and a force value and compulsory acceptance for it. – These characteristics are involved in all central monopolies and their legal tender money issues. - Price increases should not be mixed up with dearness or inflation. A price increase can come from inflation or have as a cause a reduction in the supply of goods in relation to the same demand for them. In the latter case we have a dearness. A price increase can also be partly due to inflation and partly due to a shortage. Inflation and dearness are completely different terms with quite different meanings. Inflation arises exclusively from the money-side while dearness arises exclusively from the goods-side. When a country does, for instance, treat its medical doctors badly and they are free to emigrate and are much better appreciated and paid elsewhere then, sooner or later, a scarcity and dearness of doctor's services will result. The dearness of doctor's services can also result from the artificial restrictions upon the entry of new doctors in the field. - J. Z., 24.3.97. - Long waiting periods for health care in public hospitals do also indicate governmental interventions with the demand and supply process and the pricing health care would lead to under free market conditions. - I just received a notice in which they did not even bother to indicate whether I would have to wait for a hospital bed for 8 days, weeks or months! - JZ, 30.8.02. – “There are almost as many administrators as there are nurses in the NSW health system” – reports THE DAILY TELEGRAPH,, March 19, 2008, on page 19. - DEARNESS & INFLATION ARE IDENTICAL – IN POPULAR OPINION

PRICE INCREASES: Price increases must not be mixed up with dearness. Price increases may be due to inflation or they can be caused by a reduction of supply in relation to demand. In the latter case it would be dearness. Price increases may also be due partly to inflation and partly to dearness.” - Ulrich von Beckerath, 25.1.52.

PRICE INDEX: In terms of purchasing power, according to the Consumer Price Index, an item that cost $1 in 1913 cost over $20 in 2006. See also: "Why the U.S. Dollar Constantly Loses Value" by Robert Morley. No Silver in the Silver Lining, by Tim Swanson, MISES DAILY ARTICLE, [2] posted 28.2.08.

PRICE LEVEL: Australia has the lowest food prices in the developed world, according to a study conducted by the US Dpt. of Agriculture, for 1987/88, as stated in a leaflet by ARA, Australian Retailers' Association, 1/1, 1988. - Alas, I can no longer find this association in the 96/97 Sydney telephone books. Otherwise, I would have asked them for their monthly turn-over figures, i.e., for their potential capacity for the issue of their own money with shop-foundation. - (Income statistics would be a reasonably good guide since, for most people, much of their income, apart from savings, investments and large purchases like land, houses, cars, is spent upon consumer goods and services. - JZ, 12.2.11.) Statistics like this might be correct or incorrect. It depends upon whose prices and for which goods are selected and combined in an index. There are hundreds to thousands of different ways for doing it and the selection can be very selective and self-interested to push the case for one or the other vested interest group. It depends also upon whether you catch the prices of a year of bad harvests or good ones, during a lull before an inflation-caused spurt of prices or afterwards, during a period of credit restriction or deflation and upon the correctness or incorrectness of still somewhat manipulated foreign exchange rates. Thus all such comparisons should be taken with more than a grain of salt. It is so easy to make mistakes with statistics or to lie with them. I have come to greatly distrust e.g. any government determined CPI. - JZ, 29.4.97. During the great German inflation of 1914-1923, Heinrich Rittershausen once checked back upon those who actually compiled the detailed price figures for the index statistics and found out that these compilations were already very unreliable at that level, done usually by junior clerks who wanted to get over such a chore with the least possible effort to themselves. GIGO again. - For instance, potato prices, when free, vary over a year from 1 to 20 points and dozens of varieties of potatoes exist and the conditions of their harvesting, storage and sales do also vary greatly. So, which price, for which kind of potatoes, etc., will a junior clerk, in a hurry, and disinterested in the job, pick among all these options? - Look through any kind of super market, e.g., among soaps, pens and tooth brushes. Their types and prices vary greatly. So, which is the average price for each of these "detailed" consumer goods? After that experience Rittershausen ceased to be an advocate of index currencies. - JZ, 9.9.02. - PRICE LEVEL FOR STAPLE FOOD ITEMS, INDEX CURRENCY, CPI

PRICE LEVEL: It is better to stabilise the price level and to let only the value standard fluctuate than to let all prices fluctuate only to stabilise the standard of value. - Popular opinion. - When some people do not trust any particular standard of value then it should not be forced upon them. Freedom of choice for value standards, too, not just for means of exchange. If some people believe that some or the other price index is the best possible value standard for them, then they should be free to use it in all their transactions. But others will anticipate that prices and even the general price level will also fluctuate in response to other effects than monetary interventions and that these fluctuations ought to be measured, as far as possible, with the value standard which THEY do trust. Value standards are usually selected and adhered to only because they represent something that fluctuates very little compared with other goods and services. When people disagree which standard is best for them - then let them choose their own. Even the best possible standard should not be forced upon anyone. The "standard" that tries to use or establish a "stable price level" is in my opinion one of the worst possible ones. It ignores e.g., the price effects of natural catastrophes, wars, civil wars and revolutions. - Forcefully keeping the prices low in such situations by correspondingly withdrawing currencies will have catastrophic effects upon those who participate in that measure. - Under monetary freedom they will not "have to" make such currency reductions nor will they be able to undertake them. Each issuer could then only reduce his own circulation - and why should he? - J. Z., 24.3.97. - STANDARD OF VALUE & PRICE FLUCTUATIONS

PRICE MAKERS & INFLATION: The point which is made in THE AUSTRALIAN ECONOMIC REVIEW is: "PRICE-MAKERS never lose out to price-takers. And employees are price-takers, whether in their capacities as employees or consumers." - Pop opinion. - In reality all people are to some extent price makers and price takers - at the same time, by their choices as producers and consumers. All appear as buyers and as sellers on the market. All can set price limits only for themselves, not for others - and others do not have to take their offers. - JZ, n.d., 3.9.02.

PRICE REDUCTIONS: Reduced prices should not be mixed up with cheapness. They might be due to deflation or due to an increase of the goods offered in relation to demand. In the latter case only would it represent a genuine cheapness. The reduced prices can also be due partly to deflation and partly to a genuine cheapness.” - Ulrich von Beckerath, 25.1.52.

PRICE SYSTEM: The price system works so well, so efficiently, that we are not aware of it most of the time. We never realize how well it functions until it is prevented from functioning.” - Milton Friedman, ISIL LIBERTY QUOTE LIBRARY 03. - Unfortunately, it is not yet allowed to function freely when it comes to the supply of sound exchange media, and sound value standards. People who know only the wrongful and flawed monopoly money of governments do wrongly assume that free pricing, discounting, boycotts and other refusals to accept would not work in the monetary sphere, contrary to the fact that it is not monetary freedom but monetary despotism that does not and cannot properly work in that sphere. - JZ, 12.2.11. - MARKETS, FREE EXCHANGE, MONETARY FREEDOM VS. MONETARY DESPOTISM

PRICES: A comprehensive prices and incomes policy is one of the biggest possible distortions of the economy, with its attendant gluts, shortages and unemployment.” - Terry Arthur, 95 % Is Crap, p.200.

PRICES: A feverish patient does not recover from the fever by stopping or removing the fever thermometer. But price “controllers” seem to thinks that this absurdity is possible. – JZ, n.d. – What makes it worse, in the case of inflation, is that the price controllers caused the inflation in the first place, by over-issuing their paper money, which they have turned into monopoly money and given legally a forced acceptance and a forced value at its nominal value, regardless of how much they have already depreciated its value through the over-issue. Without the issue monopoly and legal tender power they could not cause an inflation. Thus to prevent artificial and nominal price rises coming form the money side the money issue should be “controlled”, in a free-market way, by abolishing the monopoly to issue money and subjecting all exchange media and value standards to free competition so that the good exchange media and the good value standards could drive out the inferior ones. That is the only kind of “control” that would work, by preventing inflation in the first place. – JZ, 10.3.08. – MONETARY FREEDOM VS. MONETARY DESPOTISM – TO PREVENT DEFLATIONS, INFLATIONS, STAGFLATIONS & MOST ECONOMIC CRISES

PRICES: A free economy, free enterprise, and free men, cannot exist without free prices – all prices, and all types of prices.” - F. A. Harper, Writings, p. 27. – Alas, he did not discuss free enterprise, consumer sovereignty, free pricing or voluntary taxation for whole political, economic and social systems, as expressed in societies, communities and even competing governments, all without any territorial privilege and all with voluntary members only. – Not did he, to my knowledge, discuss full monetary freedom sufficiently or cooperative production options. - But the Institute for Humane Studies, that he founded, does now at least try to establish a complete freedom library, alas, largely only on paper rather than on microfilm, disks, online and on a HDD. – All people and institutions still have their hang-ups, no matter how good they are otherwise. – Those, who do know me, do know at least some of mine. - JZ, 23.3.08. – FREE ECONOMIC, FREE ENTERPRISE, MONETARY FREEDOM, VOLUNTARISM, ASSOCIATIONISM, CONTRACTARIANISM, COMPETITION IN EVERY SPHERE

PRICES: A government can no more determine prices than a goose can lay hen’s eggs.” – Ludwig von Mises, Human Action. – But they can and do certainly interfere with the production and distribution of eggs. – And most people are still all too ignorant, prejudiced or stupid to put up with this. – They are government-“educated”. - JZ, 11.3.08.

PRICES: A policy of 'charging what the market can bear' is no more justifiable when practised by business than by unions.” - Mr. Snedden, an Australian politician, probably in the 1970’s. - Yes it is, in a genuinely free market, where every supplier of goods, services and labour is a free competitor, at the local, state, federal and even international level and the just price is so haggled out for the money as well as for the goods, services and labour. - JZ, n.d., & 3.4.97. - WAGES, CHARGING WHAT THE MARKET WILL BEAR, MARKET PRICES, PROFITS

PRICES: A wage-price freeze in the midst of inflation is not the solution to any problem. – Jack Allen Horrigan, in article: “Inflation Island”, Oct. 71. – But they help to distract most people from the government’s legalized powers and practices, which do make inflation possible in the first place. – JZ, 11.3.08. - INFLATION

PRICES: A wage, price and rent freeze can no more be commanded and realized than a real frost for a district or territory. – JZ, 11/73. – Any attempt to do so commits wrongs and does much harm. – JZ, 10.3.08. - Naturally, here I did not have fridges & freezers in mind. -12.2.11.

PRICES: According to the subjective theory of value, the value of an item exists in the mind of the person who would use it. Far from costs determining prices, it is really the other way around. The cost factors of production will be determined by the prices producers expect the final good to command in the market. - What all this means is that consumers have as much control over prices as do producers. Each has the ability to say “no”.” – Sheldon Richman, THE FREEMAN, 9/78, p. 545. - Within a system of monetary and financial despotism the payment options for both are all too limited and wrongfully as well as irrationally restricted. – JZ, 12.2.11. – CONSUMER AS WELL AS PRODUCER SOVEREIGNTY, TOGETHER THEY PRODUCE A FREE MARKET & OPTIMAL RESULTS, SUBJECTIVE THEORY OF VALUE

PRICES: Add to this the sensitivity of the price system as a continuous measurement device of the diverse wants, needs, hopes, ambitions, fears, greed, and other motivations of humanity, and you have a lever that can move the world.” – John Semmens, THE FREEMAN, 3/79. - There can be no quite free pricing without full monetary and financial freedom and under other wrongful and anti-economic restrictions, like prohibitions, quotas, compulsory licensing. - JZ, 12.2.11.

PRICES: Advocates of big government justify every proposal on the basis of what it allegedly will do for the people. The price tag is never displayed.” – Earl W. McMunn, TH FREEMAN, 7/75. – Display the price tag for every government service! – JZ, 75. - Have every governmental or public service competitively offered and priced. - Starting with competitive exchange media and value standards. - JZ, 12.2.11. – COMPETITION IN EVERY SPHERE  FOR ALL NEEDED OR WANTED SERVICES

PRICES: All coercive pricing, such as wage and price controls: Unless the rewards for goods and services are allowed to be freely set by consumer preferences, producers have no performance guidelines. What ought or ought not to be done cannot be judged from the record. In the absence of such information activity declines. The hand that really feeds is severely bitten.” – Leonard E. Read, Castles in the Air, p.115. – PRICE CONTROL ATTEMPTS

PRICES: All price rises are inflationary.” - Popular opinion. – “Oh the terrible over-simplifiers!” says a French proverb. - "By analogy, all women are people, yet not all people are women, so, while inflation always causes prices to rise, not all rises in prices are caused by inflation." - Source? – “Whereas with monetary inflation all prices go up and in the same ratio with each other (*), other price increases are 'local', that is to say they are confined to the particular service or commodity concerned. For instance, if taxes on tobacco, beer or petrol were to be increased, anyone not buying these commodities would not be affected.” (**) - E. R. Riverton, in PROGRESS, March 72. - (*) at least after a while. - (**) apart from the small factor that is involved in the make-up of all other prices. Non-smokers, teetotallers and non-drivers do not always buy only from non-smokers, teetotallers and non-drivers and if they happen to do so sometimes, then their abstaining suppliers do not, as a rule, always buy from other such abstainers. - What distinguishes monetary inflation of prices from price rises due to goods shortages (dearness) is that in the former case the price rises remain or require the further evil of a deflation to become somewhat reduced, whilst in the latter case there is an automatic market response that sooner or later leads to a cure for the high prices due to goods shortages. Namely, the high prices stimulate production and thus lead rapidly to a reduction of prices, perhaps even below the former level. - Moreover, most shortages are merely local. As soon as the goods in short supply can be freely imported from anywhere in the world, where they are still relatively abundant, these shortage prices will fall again. - JZ, n.d. – After a destructive storm in Queensland the prices for Bananas are expected to rise to $ 5 a kg., because "protection" against cheap imported bananas from overseas is automatically taken for granted and unprotestingly accepted by consumers. - JZ, 12.2.11. - PRICE RISES & INFLATION,

PRICES: An article is worth what it will fetch. No more, no less. The buyer is not interested in your costing system, or in the size of your family.” – Sir Ernest Benn, in Abel: Benn, p.154. - Both sellers and buyers depend presently upon monetary despotism instead of becoming independent of it via monetary freedom. - JZ, 12.2.11.

PRICES: And it does not matter if the ‘list prices’ of electrical appliances, motor cars etc. are increased – as long as there are enough efficient traders, who are willing to discount their profit margins competitively.” – George Hardy, The Doom of the Welfare Society, p.55.

PRICES: And no price and wage controls can work in the fact of major emissions of paper money.” – Howard Katz, OUTLOOK, I/73, p.21. – Actually, the only kind of price control which does then still work is that of the black market and that of the “free” market remaining, which accounts with its increased prices, reckoned in the depreciated money and its “value standard”, for the past inflation and for the further anticipated depreciation of that forced and exclusive currency. – JZ, 11.3.08. – Katz, too, failed to distinguish between unsound paper money with a monopoly and legal tender power and sound paper money, optional, i.e. refusable and market rated and using a sound value standard and kept at par with that sound value standard not, as he supposed to be necessary, by redemption in rare metals, but by readiness to accept it a par, with its nominal value in rare metal, in the purchase of daily wanted consumer services and goods, as well as debt payment receipts, primarily by the issuers of such paper monies themselves, and also, largely, by the acceptance of it at least by their primary debtors. – So the extent that such a readiness to accept exists and is wanted by the holders of such paper money, it could be issued far beyond those amounts of paper money that could be redeemed by its issuers in rare metal coins. Those, who still want to convert such paper money into gold coins or bullion, should be referred to the free gold market – the greatest redemption fund of all. - JZ, 12.4.08. - However, all gold bugs should be free to confine themselves to rare metal redemptionism for their notes. - JZ, 12.2.11, 16.1.14..

PRICES: And so we have the system of wage-price dictation which is as old as tyranny itself. Many civilizations have tried it. And it never worked. - Price ceilings were a factor in food shortages which starved out half of the urban population of the Roman Empire. - Wage-price “controls” in effect throughout medieval times held living conditions to a level of static squalor. Only when controls become unenforceable – after the Black Death swept Europe – did the slow progress toward a better life begin.” - National Taxpayer Union, in INDIVIDUALIST, 10/71.

PRICES: And the price is always a natural price, fixed by natural circumstances. A fancy figure fixed by law, such as a minimum wage, or imposed by a combine like the net price for a book, is not a price at all; it is merely a passing political hindrance to progress. A natural price will alter from time to time as circumstances alter. It is, indeed, of the utmost importance that it should be allowed to change quickly and freely, and thus perform its proper function of indicating the different conditions of each day and each transaction. …” - Sir Ernest Benn, Modern Government, p.140.

PRICES: Another evil of price control is that, although it is always put into effect in the name of an alleged “emergency”, it creates powerful and vested interests and habits of mind which prolong it or tend to make it permanent. Outstanding examples of this are rent control and exchange [rate - JZ] control. Price control is the major step toward a fully regimented or “planned” economy. It causes people to regard it as a matter of course that the government should intervene in every economic transaction.” - Henry Hazlitt, What You Should Know About Inflation, p.14. - That is already largely “achieved” via e.g. taxation and the monetary despotism of central banking! – JZ, 11.3.08.

PRICES: Any price either above or below the point of a free market price, forced by some “Joe” armed with political authority rather than with rights as owner, is injustice.” – F.A. Harper, Stand-By Controls, 1953. – is not a just price. – JZ, 16.1.14.

PRICES: Anyone may rewrite price tags, but the real price of a good cannot be controlled by law. Price controls tell lies.” - Leonard E. Read, Thoughts Rule the World, p.19. - Under legal tender laws and laws monopolizing the issue of money, not everyone is free to mark out the prices for his goods, labour and services in sound value standards and sound exchange media. He is then forced to mark them out in the prescribed unsound one. And being forced to accept an unsound and depreciated currency, his only defence option is to increase his prices expressed in this depreciated money or to sell only on the remaining free market, called the black market. – JZ, 10.3.08. – Alas, the black market, too, is still unfree e.g. to the extent that it can freely deal only with the government’s monopoly money. – JZ, 16.1.14.

PRICES: As the 16th-century Spanish Dominican and Jesuit School of Salamanca were eventually driven to conclude, the nearest approximation to ‘the just price’ is the value established in a free market. On this footing, the only meaning of ‘exploitation’ is that producers or consumers are denied the reward that would be forthcoming in a free market.” – Ralph Harris, The End of Government …? p.35. - JUST PRICE, EXPLOITATION, FREE MARKET PROFITS VS. MONOPOLY PROFITS

PRICES: Back in 1973, at the Libertarian Party convention on Cleveland, Howard Katz remarked that one of the biggest problem with inflation was the tendency of people to think in terms of “rising prices” instead of “shrinking money”.reason, 2/78. – “Shrinking money” is also an indefinite and misleading term. What is shrinking is merely the value or purchasing power of the exclusive and forced paper money “value standard”, which does not permit pricing in sound alternative value standards due to the legal tender laws and the money issue monopoly. When both kinds of legalized coercion are repealed or can be safely ignored, then goods priced out in sound value standards will be at a higher price only - when such payment is accepted at all - in the inflated money and will be the same as before when paid in sound alternative money. Thus the real culprit could be identified immediately and easily. – JZ, 10.3.08. - INFLATION, DEPRECIATING MONEY, SOUND PRICING IN SOUND MONEY WITH A SOUND VALUE STANDARD.

PRICES: Balancing Supply and Demand: The natural tendency of the free market is to point supply and demand toward a balance. Implicit in the free market is free pricing. A rise in the price of a good or service discourages demand and encourages supply; the opposite effect is produced when price falls. If tomatoes rise to $ 10 per bushel, consumption declines and production increases. If they drop to 50 cents a bushel, consumption increases and production decreases – hence supply and demand are always tending toward a balance. (Should taste for tomatoes go out of vogue entirely, supply and demand would still equate – at zero.) Observe that this most efficacious way of economic life requires no more knowledge on the part of any participant than the ability to read a price – attunement with reality!” – Leonard E. Read, Then Truth Will Out, p.45. - The supply and demand for exchange media would also be automatically regulated by their rating against sound and self-chosen value standards. - JZ, 12.2.11. – FREE MARKET PRICING, SUPPLY & DEMAND

PRICES: But finally, and worst of all from the standpoint of inflation, price control diverts attention away from the only real cause of inflation – the increase in the quantity of money and credit. Hence it prolongs and intensifies the very inflation it was ostensibly designed to cure.” – Henry Hazlitt, Inflation, p.15. - Hazlitt, too, omitted to state clearly enough, that inflation presupposes legal tender and a money issue monopoly. Without these feature the competitively issued and free market rated private currencies cannot cause a general price inflation. At most such a currency could be somewhat depreciated, temporarily, but it could not affect sound value reckoning and pricing, for goods, services and wages, which would go on and the other currencies would not be depreciated as well. – Another point overlooked by H. H. here is that it is precisely sound value reckoning, which would occur under free choice of value standards, that money circulation and credit as well as clearing of transactions would be increased, without causing an inflation. – He, too, made the mistake of misjudging all private and competitive money and credit relationships by the bad examples provided by forced and exclusive currencies. - JZ, 11.3.08, 12.2.11. Under the monetary despotism of central banking with its forced and exclusive currency, credit transactions merely follow the depreciation of the government’s “value standard” and do not increase it further. Even value-preserving clauses in credit contracts are then frequently outlawed. – JZ, 17.1.14. – INFLATION, CREDIT INFLATION? CREDIT CREATION? MONETARY DESPOTISM, CENTRAL BANKING

PRICES: Can a price support system operate without causing butter mountains and wine lakes?” – From a NEWSWEEK adv. in SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, 2/78, p.1. – Over-valuing a foreign currency can also over-supply it, while undervaluing it can cause as "shortage of foreign exchange". Here, too, as well as for the currencies of monetary freedom, only free exchange rates can settle their correct price. Wrongfully interfering actions have consequences and legalizing such interventions does not make them right or brings better results, in any sphere. - JZ, 12.2.11. - PRICE MAINTENANCE, SUBSIDIES, PRICE CONTROL, AGRICULTURAL POLICIES, BOARDS, FARM POLICY, FOREIGN EXCHANGE CONTROLS

PRICES: Clearly, if a commodity (theoretically, almost any commodity) had been used as a medium of exchange (rather as a value standard! – JZ, 11.3.08.) over the past decades instead of government’s fiat money, prices would have remained relatively stable. It is important to realized that it is not commodities that are rising in value, but fiat money that is falling in value.” – Paul Stevens, THE FREEMAN, 1/75. – INFLATION OF THE GOVERNMENT’S MONOPOLY MONEY WITH ITS FICTITIOUS “VALUE STANDARD” WITH LEGAL TENDER POWER

PRICES: Consumer preferences determine relative prices. (For the moment we can ignore the possibility of changes in general price levels.) (*) Consumers determine what is made, how much is made, and at what price it’s sold. (**) Of course, one man’s spending is another man’s income. So the ‘costs of production’ (plus a profit or minus a loss, which we’ll come to in a minute) are necessarily equal to the price which is paid. …” (***) - Terry Arthur, 95 % Is Crap, p.188. - (*) To the extent that one can ignore the effects of the monopoly of the exchange media supply and of the value standard (which under monetary despotism tend to be inflated, deflated or stagflated), other aspects of unfree economies, as well as the costs of production and price differentials in different seasons for produce. – Inflations and deflations have somewhat different effects in different spheres of the economy. – (**) Only to the extent that they are sufficiently supplied with sound exchange media, which e.g. the unemployed are not and neither are those on nominally fixed incomes, e.g. pensions, paid during inflations only nominally, with depreciated money, greatly reducing their purchasing power. – (***) Food producers are not always assured that their costs are covered in the prices they can get when the harvest was abundant. There are extra preservation and storage costs, which may not be covered by the current and future prices and thus much of the harvest goes to waste or is not even harvested. – Single factor hypotheses do have their limits. Often multiple factors are involved. - JZ, 10.3.08, 17.1.14.

PRICES: Consumer prices and wages do tend to go up faster than down. - JZ, 9.4.00. – Under monetary despotism with its central banking and almost continuous inflation. Under full monetary freedom, including stable value reckoning, prices for most goods (except e.g. foods, depending on seasons weather), and services would tend to remain stable or go down only through technological and scientific developments. Charges, or wages or salaries or fees for labor services would tend to go up. – JZ, 10.3.09. – INFLATION, MONETARY DESPOTISM, CENTRAL BANKING, MONETARY FREEDOM, WAGES

PRICES: Control politicians not prices.” – J. Neil Schulman, Alongside Night, p.55. – Any of their powers should be confined to their voluntary victims. – JZ, 17.1.14.

PRICES: Cosmetic, not therapeutic: Freezing individual prices and wages in order to halt inflation is like freezing the rudder of a boat and making it impossible to steer, in order to correct a tendency for the boat to drift 1 degree off course. …” - Milton Friedman, An Economist Protests, p.15. – Alas, small degrees of inflation of the government’s forced and exclusive currency was also M. Friedman’s way of macro-economically mismanaging the whole economy, naturally, with the best intentions and with numerous “excuses”. To my knowledge he never seriously considered full monetary freedom and its real as opposed to imagined effects. – JZ, 11.3.08.

PRICES: De-control prices. – JZ, n.d. – But do put a price on all governmental service and do introduce free competition for all of them, under personal law or exterritorial autonomy for volunteers. – JZ, 15.6.13. – PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, SECESSIONISM, PERSONAL LAW

PRICES: Demonstrations and riots can help to reduce prices.” - (Belief e.g. among students in India and Indonesia.) - If one can manage to believe that prices are arbitrarily increased by those in power, who, supposedly, would be at liberty to lower prices, if only they were not so "greedy", then one can arrive at this false conclusion, too. - It well demonstrates how little enlightenment effect free public education has had on billions of people, especially in the social sciences. - J. Z., 3.4.97, 17.1.14. – Businessmen would gladly reduce their prices, if they could and if, thereby, they could increase their turnover and their profit. – JZ, 9.4.08. - DEMONSTRATIONS & RIOTS

PRICES: Deregulate all prices.” – Robert Poole Jr., reason, 2/74, p.28. – PRICE CONTROL

PRICES: Do away peremptorily with all policies and measures destined to enhance prices above the height of the unhampered market! Do away with all this dismal stuff of price supports, parity prices, tariffs and quotas, intergovernmental commodity control agreements and so on! …” - Ludwig von Mises, Planning for Freedom, p.184.

PRICES: Do not let them control or attempt to control prices – for they do not know what they are doing to us thereby. And do not forgive them even their attempts at price controls, i.e. unjust, irrational and and ignorant actions that can only do wrong and harm. It was never right, has never worked and they should know about this – but still don’t. It amounts to ignorance in action. They are not leaders but misleaders. – JZ, 14.11.73, 17.1.14.

PRICES: Effects of Price Freedom: If the price is fixed at 50 c, then 1 unit is wanted, 6 are offered, 5 remain in surplus and 1 is traded. - - If the price is fixed at 40 c, then 2 units are wanted, 4 remain surplus and two are traded. - - If the price is at the free market price at 30 c, then 3 units are offered and 3 units are traded. - - If the price is fixed at 30 c, then 4 units are wanted, two are offered and there is a shortage of 2 units and only two units are traded. - - If the price is fixed at 10 cents, then 6 units are wanted, only 1 unit is offered, there is a shortage of 5 units and only one unit is traded. – Summing up of a convincing small chart compiled by Dr F. A. Harper. - I wish I could reproduce it as an image and insert it here. – JZ, 10.3.08.

PRICES: Every man has his price”? – Speak for yourself, if you can be bribed. – Or do you think you are the only exception from this “rule”? - My price will have to be paid to my enemies – as a prize on my head! – JZ, 30.4.83, 10.3.08. – HONESTY, DISHONESTY, BRIBERY, CORRUPTION,

PRICES: Every one produces what he is best fitted to produce as long as he can get a price that exceeds his cost. The price is established by free competition on the market. Since no one may arbitrarily raise his selling price (*), profits can be increased only by reducing costs. Thereby the profit motive becomes a perpetual promoter of technical or organizational progress. If prices were to rise above the equilibrium, larger profits would tend to augment production and supply, thereby restoring equilibrium. – What holds true of goods is supposed to be equally true of labor and capital. Under-payment of labour would be a strong incentive to increase production because of excessive profit margins. Thereby the price of labour (wages) would increase because of competitive demand for additional labour from the employers. And, contrariwise, labour could not be overpaid long, because the highest-cost producers would be forced out of production, thereby reducing the demand for labour.” - Gustav Stolper, This Age of Fable, p.54. - (*) without losing customers. – JZ – WAGES, COSTS &  COMPETITION, MARKET FORCES, SUPPLY & DEMAND

PRICES: Every rational being has the right freely to settle the price to be paid for its products, labour, capital etc., together with its business partner or customer, employer or tenant, etc. – Comment: No legally fixed minimum or ceiling prices, wages, fees or rents of any kind are rightful. Everybody is free to ask for or to pay more or less than a “fixed” price or rate. – Point 25 from the human rights draft in PEACE PLANS No. 4. – PRICE CONTROL, WAGE CONTROL, RENT CONTROL ETC.

PRICES: Everything is worth what its purchaser will pay for it.” - Publilius Syrus, Maxim 847. - WORTH, VALUE - Provided only the buyer is sufficiently informed. - JZ, 12.2.11.

PRICES: Farmers sometimes aver that they have a right to receive prices that yield cost of production plus a profit. No one has a right to get any particular price for a product. What he has a right to is freedom to sell for whatever the market will pay, to search for a better market, to store and sell later if he wishes, to quit producing one crop and to produce another.” – Oscar W. Cooley, Rights Are Freedoms, Not Powers, in THE FREEMAN, Aug. 1976, p.467. - He has also the right to pay and to be paid in other exchange media and clearing certificates or clearing house credits than those presently monopolized by the government. And the right to determine his exchange media and other debt certificates in another value standard than then one now prescribed, for all in a country, by the government. That freedom has at least the potential to greatly increase his own ability to pay as well as that of his customers. Alas, rarely ever do they ask for or explore that freedom. – JZ, 2.4.08, 12.2.11. - PROFIT, RIGHT, COSTS OF PRODUCTION, MARKETS

PRICES: Free market prices, for example, act as a barometer measuring the balance of supply and demand. High demand and low supply will push the price barometer up, and send a signal to suppliers and investors to increase the supply. Their motivation for acting on the signal is the prospect of better profits. And obviously, the reverse also holds true. - However, when prices are fixed by legislation, this system can no longer operate. …” - John Singleton with Bob Howard, Rip Van Australia, p.32.

PRICES: Free market pricing (*) goes down and down by reason of innovations and cost-cutting. (**) Consumers are the beneficiaries. Government pricing goes down only in those instances where the earnings of some are coercively taken and given to others for nothing or next to nothing.” – Leonard E. Read, The Love of Liberty, p.45. -  – (*) prices? Reckoned in sound value standards they tend to go down … – (**) Not the prices of e.g. personal servants, labour or professional services. They tend to go up, even when reckoned in sound value standards, while commodity prices tend to go down. – JZ, 11.3.08.

PRICES: Free Prices – the Heart of a Free Economy: A free economy cannot exist without free prices. Any statements or inferences to the contrary are delusive. Actions based on any other assumptions are either pitfalls or baited traps. Free prices are so much at the heart of a free economy as to be almost another name for the same for the same thing. Prices are the forms of expression of all economic decisions, and free decisions have no other means of expression than through free prices.” – F. A. Harper, Writings, p.50. - However, is quite free pricing fully possible under monetary despotism, i.e. when all means of payment and all value standards are monopolized and reduced, under coercion, to those offered by the government, in a legal tender and monopolised currency, one with forced acceptance and a forced value, using an arbitrary and ever changing and mostly depreciated paper value standard? I deny that. Free pricing and a really free economy, a really free market, requires competitively issued optional and market rated exchange media, clearing certificates and clearing avenues and free choice among value standards used in note issues and in pricing goods and services. – JZ, 23.3.08, 17.1.14.

PRICES: Free prices from existing controls. – JZ, n.d. – PRICE CONTROL ATTEMPTS

PRICES: Free pricing tends to balance supply and demand.” – Common saying. – JZ

PRICES: Free pricing, competitive supplies and free trading rather than bureaucratic internal and external allocation of scarce resources, goods and services. – JZ, 21.11.92, 19.2.08. – FREE MARKETS, FREE TRADE, FREE PRICING, FREE ENTERPRISE, FREE EXCHANGE, FREE BANKING, FREEDOM OF CONTRACT, FREEDOM OF ACTION, FREEDOM TO EXPERIMENT IN EVERY SPHERE BUT ALWAYS ONLY AT THE OWN RISK & EXPENSE, NO PRICE CONTROL, GUN CONTROL, DRUG WAR, PROTECTIONISM

PRICES: Freezing the Price Thermometer.” – F. A. Harper, in Essays on Liberty, 1/187. – PRICE CONTROL ATTEMPTS

PRICES: Governments prosecute retailers for over-charging – but who can prosecute governments for over-charging for their inferior services and even negative services? – JZ, 8.9.84. - Or for inflating the supply of its money? Legal tender, i.e. forced acceptance and forced value, combined with its money-issue monopoly, makes the refusal or discounting of its money and sound value reckoning impossible for those depending upon monetary exchanges – as most people are by now. – We should not only be able to opt out from under their money system but also free to secede from their territorial rule as well, without having to emigrate. - JZ, 10.3.08, 12.2.11. – MONETARY FREEDOM, PANARCHISM, PERSONAL LAW, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY FOR VOLUNTEERS, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM

PRICES: Hayek … discusses the price system as a means for communicating knowledge in society, for integrating the production machinery of society …” - R. A. C., BOOKS FOR LIBERTARIANS, Jan. 73, reviewing: F. A. Hayek, Individualism and Economic Order.

PRICES: He said: ‘at any price’. And he meant: ‘with all coercion’.” – Werner Mitsch. - Historically, many liberties and rights were actually bought from the feudal masters. Government-controlled education does not teach such facts. And class-warfare trade unionism does not consider how cheaply and soon most enterprises could be bought from their owners by their present employees and this via a regular take-over bid, paying with industrial bonds and repaying in instalments, largely out of the additional productivity thus obtainable und full self-management. It would also be much cheaper to “price” foreign conscripts into defection or letting themselves be taken prisoner and then to liberate them, if one has right on one’s side, rather than to try to incapacitate or kill them or take and keep them as prisoners. – The cheapest way to get rid of our rulers might also be to give them a golden hand-shake and not to elect any new ones. – (For some of the worst, to put a price on their head would be a bargain! - JZ, 12.2.11, 17.1.14.) Very high old age pensions could actually be very cheaply bought, under prolonged instalment payments, all very productively invested, at the highest interest rates obtainable, tax-free and free of regulations and government-caused inflations, deflations and stagflations - i.e. if there were no government interventions in this sphere at all. – Housing could also be cheap under conditions of full liberty: It could be done at the price of a mass-produced car, according to Buckminster Fuller. - JZ, 23.2.08, 12.2.11, 17.1.14. - COERCION, FORCE, COMPULSION, PURCHASING ENTERPRISES, FREEDOM & INDEPENDENCE.

PRICES: He who says A must say B, and the logic of price and wage controls is marching us straight into a totalitarian, collectivist state; in short: fascism.” – Murray Rothbard, Energy Fascism, quoted from FREE ENTERPRISE, Oct. 74.

PRICES: Higher prices are no more the cause of inflation than wet streets are the cause of rain.” - Bettina Bien Greaves, during a CISLE seminar, quoted in her Mises Bibliography, vol. II. - A good analogy but every analogy has also its flaws. Wet ground and, obviously, all water surfaces, through evaporation, do also produce rain, even though the locally evaporated water will generally be precipitated later and somewhere else. - JZ, 11.5.97. - INFLATION

PRICES: His own industrial and commercial ideal comprised four elements: four elements always found in combination. They were: first, High Production; secondly, High Wages; thirdly, High Profits, and finally, Low Prices. No one (not one? – JZ) of these four elements could long exist without the others. To pursue any one of them in splendid isolation, without thought of the other three, had never yet failed to provoke disaster.” – Deryck Abel, Ernest Benn, p.35.

PRICES: Housewives have a justified complaint. But they should complain to Washington where inflation is produced, not to the supermarket where inflation is delivered. …” - Milton Friedman: An Economist’s Protests, p.25. – It is already delivered by the batches of newly printed notes delivered from the government’s note printing presses, to the government for its "spending", and all of the private industry of a country - for its monetary exchanges. Under the government's note issue monopoly and its legal tender laws for it, it can issue or supply notes of its forced and exclusive currency far beyond that quantity, which would be accepted at par with their nominal value under a competitive supply of free-market rated notes using sound value standards. Until sufficiently enlightened voters finally demand the repeal of  this monopoly and wrongful coercion, governments will not readily give up these legalized wrongs, which keep them "financial", at a huge cost to the whole economy. The fastest way to introduce monetary and financial freedom might be a very well prepared and organized monetary and financial freedom revolution, tolerantly and cleverly conducted by volunteers. Here proper timing could be crucial, too. So far only all too few, mostly only isolated individuals, are somewhat prepared for this. Most of the currently undertaken or proposed monetary and financial experiments are still all too flawed or incomplete. - JZ, 11.3.08, 12.2.11, 17.1.14.

PRICES: However, the “in thing” at present is maximum prices, not minimum ones, and maximum prices across the board rather than a few specific ones. “Dammit man, we’ve got to stop this galloping price inflation”, say the politicians. “We can’t let prices find their own level – they’d go through the roof”. – Poppycock! Why didn’t they go through the roof in those halcyon years when we hadn’t got price controls? If you’re with me so far, you’ll know why – we hadn’t got governments who printed and threw notes around like confetti. Prices are simply measures of exchange value. If the supply of the unit of measurement, the pound (*), remains constant, then prices in general cannot go through the roof.” - Terry Arthur, 95 % Is Crap, p.194. - (*) Rather: If the supply of exchange media is adapted to the requirements of trade, while its value standards remains constant and the exchange media’s nominal value remains at par, in a free market, against its sound value standard and all prices, wages, rents etc. remain also priced out in sound value standards. – Naturally, this requires monetary freedom rather than monetary despotism, with the latter meaning legal tender power - compulsory acceptance of and a forced value for - the government’s monopoly money. - JZ, 10.3.08, 12.2.11.

PRICES: I agree very much that the major costs of inflation are the false cures that governments try to take. Price and wage controls in all of their nefarious forms are one of the worst consequences of the inflation disease. (*) They are not a cure for the disease. On the contrary, they always make it worse; they temporarily slow it down at the cost of a later explosion. (**) That has been the experience uniformly.” - Milton Friedman in Australia 1975, p.26. - (*) It is not a disease but a legally and coercively created condition which allows the government to inflate its exclusive and forced currency, via its issue monopoly and legal tender power for its inflated currency. – (**) They do not even slow the inflation down. They merely prevent some of its symptoms, the inflated prices, to appear immediately. - JZ, 11.3.08.

PRICES: I believe we must admit that the replacement (achievement? – JZ) of the concrete goals that we pursue by the observation of purely abstract signals has been not only the sole possible way in which a worldwide division of labor could have been created, but also the only way in which today we are able to maintain a economic order which, by making use of much more information than any one person possesses, can keep the present population of the world alive.” – F. A. Hayek, A Conversation with Hayek, in Science & Socialism, p.12. – Prices steer us to those things we need or want and can afford. – As prices for our labor, services or capital, they also make us able to pay our way. - JZ, 10.3.08. - INFORMATION SERVICE OF PRICING, DIVISION OF LABOR, KNOWLEDGE, INFORMATION, AUTOMATIC BALANCING OF SUPPLY & DEMAND, FREE MARKET TRANSACTIONS, FREE EXCHANGE UNDER FULL MONETARY & FINANCIAL FREEDOM

PRICES: If government did not have the power to set wages and prices, no one would feel the need to bribe anyone for a favorable ruling.” – Allen C. Brownfeld, THE FREEMAN, 11/73. – CORRUPTION, PRICE CONTROL, WAGE CONTROL

PRICES: If prices are not allowed to ration goods and workers, there must be some other means to do so.” – Milton Friedman, Capitalism and Freedom, p.134.

PRICES: In a free market, says Smith in effect, prices are regulated by negative feedback.” – F. A. Hayek, The Confusion of Language in Political Thought, p.12. – Just as much by positive feedback. – JZ, n.d.

PRICES: In the absence of the magnet of differential monetary rewards, the only theoretical alternative would be a universal system of conscription and direction of labor to assign the working population to the most ‘useful’ tasks – though in practice without market pricing for outputs it would be impossible to form any objective assessments about which goods and services could most ‘usefully’ be produced.” – Ralph Harris, in Dr. Rhodes Boyson, editor, Right Turn, p.20. – CENTRAL PLANNING & DIRECTION & CONTROLS, STATE SOCIALISM, COMMUNISM OF THE TOTALITARIAN KIND

PRICES: In the Communist Manifesto Karl Marx and Frederick Engels asserted: “The cheap prices of its commodities are the heavy artillery with which capitalism batters down all Chinese walls.” We may hope that these cheap prices will also batter down the highest of all Chinese walls, viz., those erected by the folly of economic policies. - To express such hopes is not merely wishful thinking.” – Mises, Planning for Freedom, p.184.

PRICES: It is only through the working of the market that the true price of goods and services can be established. If the government interferes, it can only confuse the issue, inhibit efficiency in production, cause shortages, and prevent consumers from getting the best available products.” – Willie E. Helms, THE FREEMAN, 11/74.

PRICES: It is surely obvious that we cannot have trade with Asia, and at the same time ban Asian imports, that we cannot have lower prices, and at the same time, ban low priced goods.” – Arthur Mottarelly, in an essay quoted by PROGRESS, 7/75. – FREE TRADE VS. PROTECTIONISM

PRICES: Let me emphasize the fundamental proposition that every question of pricing is a question of property rights. We could have asked: What system or property rights shall be used? The existing system of property rights establishes the system of price determination for the exchange or allocation of scarce resources.” – A. A. Alchian, in IEA paper 17: Pricing and Society, p.6. – He should have added that pricing and property rights and free exchange are already fundamentally interfered with by monetary and financial despotism. – JZ, 11.3.08. – PROPERTY RIGHTS, FREE EXCHANGE VS. MONETARY & FINANCIAL DESPOTISM

PRICES: Locked in a ‘neo-classical’ mechanistic-equilibrium view of the market, economists have for too long seen the price system only as a system of signals transmitting already-known information. The current resurgence of interest in ‘Austrian’ economics can, it must be hoped, contribute towards the insight that the price system operates to discover as yet unknown information.” – Prof. Israel M. Kirzner – INFORMATION ACCESS

PRICES: Low maximum prices shorten the supply and promote black markets. – JZ, n.d.

PRICES: Low monopoly prices, like for scarce water in Australia and high monopoly prices, like for postage stamps, electricity supply, sewage and garbage removal, court costs, and social insurance levies (instead of low rates corresponding to highly productive and safe investment of insurance funds) often appear at the same time, leading to over-use or under-use of some services. Alas, we are not free as yet to completely opt out of some or all territorial government services or disservices. The water and sewerage service prices in Australia contain also the absurdity of an “availability charge” which for me amount to most of the costs involved. - The fact that government policies go often in opposite directions at once does not lead to wide enough criticism but rather to complacent acceptance by those “educated” under governmental controls. – JZ, 26.4.96, 29.3.08, 17.1.14.

PRICES: Menger … his model more correctly identified prices as the result of both subjective and objective criteria, springing from the demands of individuals and the real physical supplies of corresponding goods.” – Thomas W. Hazlett, on Carl Menger in THE FREEMAN, May 77.

PRICES: Most prices are now so loaded with taxes that they are no longer mainly prices but mainly taxes. It is thus a misnomer to call them prices - as if they were still free market indicators. The same applies, naturally, to inflated prices. - JZ, 76. – TAXATION, FINANCIAL & MONETARY DESPOTISM VS. FREE MARKET

PRICES: my Czech friends said that in the system the reformers wanted, most products would be controlled by the price system, but prices of necessities, such a milk and bread, would be fixed by the government. I argued that if the price system was better for other things, it was even more important to use it for necessities.” – David Friedman, The Machinery of Freedom, p.131.

PRICES: Nature has put us all on a Price Fixing Commission which reports almost instantly.” – Dr H. G. Pearce, Seven Lectures on Economics, p.21. – Alas, like most committee members, we have not yet been sufficiently informed but are still dominated by thousands of popular errors, prejudices, wrong assumptions and conclusions. – JZ, 17.1.14.

PRICES: Nobody in these days will have the wisdom or the patience to remember that a high price is the shortest cut to healthy competition, greater production, and thence to plenty and cheapness.” – Ernest Benn, Modern Government, p.35. – HIGH PRICES LEAD TO MORE COMPETION – UNDER FULL ECONOMIC FREEDOM

PRICES: On 14.3.66 in South Vietnam a “profiteer” and “speculator” was executed “to fight inflation”. Price control is people control. – JZ, n..d. – It also demonstrated how insufficient the "freedom" was that was defended in South Vietnam against the still more totalitarian aspirations of the communists. – JZ, 11.3.08, 12.2.11. – Most of the victims of the guillotine during the French Revolution were also classed as “enemies” of this revolution because of of disputes between buyers and sellers when payment was only offered in the inflated paper money of the government, according to at least one historical researcher. – JZ, 17.1.14. – PRICE CONTROL IS PEOPLE CONTROL

PRICES: Once the tradesman has made up his mind to take a certain price for his goods, he may not raise it even if he has the chance.” – Kiddushin, 30b. - From a collection of Jewish proverbs: The Wisdom of Israel, ed. by Lewis Browne, Four Square Book, 1962. - Honesty instead of haggling as a religious duty! – JZ, n.d. – JUDAISM & HAGGLING, PUBLISHED PRICES

PRICES: one of the economic truths stressed by the late Professor Ludwig von Mises, namely that the government-imposed price ceilings, of which rent controls are one example, produce effects which, from the point of view of the very persons who advocated them, are even worse than the state of affairs they were trying to remedy. - - Whenever enacted and enforce, rent controls have always exaggerated the shortage of rental housing – and they always will.” – Bettina Greaves, THE FREEMAN, I/76, p.62. – RENT CONTROL, WAGE CONTROL, PRICE CONTROL

PRICES: Pardon us for being sceptical, but in our experience whenever a government has stabilized prices, they somehow end up higher than we’d ever dreamed possible.” – TANSTAAFL, 3/76. – To attempt to coercively deflate prices would make matters even worse. The solution lies in free choice of value standards combined with free choice of exchange media and clearing options and their competitive supply, i.e. in full monetary freedom instead of the continuance of monetary despotism. – JZ, 17.1.14. - STABILIZATION OF PRICES, ENDING INFLATIONS WITHOUT CAUSING A DEFLATION, PEACE PLANS 19 B

PRICES: People consider prices as so justified, realistic and necessary that they are willing to pay even monopoly prices without protesting. – JZ, 15.2.76, 11.3.08. – MONOPOLY PRICES

PRICES: Potemkin village? Does this mean that the wage and price controls are nothing but a modern Potemkin village that have no real effects on the economy? Hardly. The controls have appreciable, and adverse, effects on output and on productivity.” – Milton Friedman, An Economist Protests, p.35. – The Potemkin villages too, wasted resources and labour and kept the ruler misinformed about the condition of his economy and his people. – JZ, 11.3.08. – Rulers are the people most often lied to and most often and habitually lying - to their subjects. – JZ, 17.1.14.

PRICES: Price acts as the indicator or objective expression of value; it measures value but does not constitute value.” – Ridgway K. Foley Jr., THE FREEMAN, 2/75. – VALUE, VALUE STANDARDS, EXCHANGE MEDIA DENOMIINATIONS

PRICES: price and exchange control – is at the intellectual level of mirror smashing. It keeps others from seeing what we have to offer and us from seeing what they have to offer in exchange. – Leonard E. Read, Talking to Myself, p.63/64.

PRICES: Price and income controls produce shortages and unemployment. Furthermore they cannot control inflation, …” - Terry Arthur, 95 % Is Crap, Summary.

PRICES: Price and wage controls are like attempts to keep water levels from rising after rains. In this case the “rain” consists of government printed coins and notes with a forced acceptance in circulation and a forced and exclusive “value standard”, so that all prices and wages have to be priced out and paid with this kind of nationalized and uniform forced currency, usually systematically depreciated, sometimes only slowly but all too often even depreciated fast. – How anyone can still entrust money issue and value standard determination to governments after the prolonged experience we have had with their mishandling of such trust, remains a riddle to me. Can most people still be simply too lazy to really think about alternatives to his system, although they suffer under it every day? – They are often ready to patiently tackle many other riddles and puzzles, which are much more difficult to solve. – When will they, finally, emancipate themselves monetarily, opting out of this big and imposed “MONOPOLY” game? - JZ, 2/73, 10.3.08. – MONETARY EMANCIPATION

PRICES: Price and wage controls, to precisely the extent that they can be made temporarily effective, only distort, disrupt, and reduce production – again leading toward impoverishment. – Henry Hazlitt, The Conquest of Poverty, p.149.

PRICES: price as recorder of preferences, as allocator of resources, as irreplaceable source of information on costs.” – Arthur Seldon, in 1985, p.44.

PRICES: Price control as a cure for inflation is worse than the disease.” – Source?

PRICES: Price Freedom clears the market, maximizes production and favors neither producer nor consumer.” – Viv Forbes, COMMON SENSE, Sept. 84.

PRICES: price is a tool that mankind cannot do without.” - Arthur Seldon, Charge, Temple Smith, London, 1977, p.24.

PRICES: Price is the monetary message of self-interest, the voice of subjective judgments. Its call penetrates not only our own society, but societies the world over. For instance, if one wants more tomatoes for his canning business, he only has to announce an attractive price; it’s that simple. – Further, no more market wisdom is required on the part of potential suppliers than the ability to read a price; anyone can do it. In a word, tomatoes go where price beckons. But this is my point: Price coordinates or brings together the countless fractions of expertise involved in tomato production and distribution; soil culture, planting and harvesting machinery, trucking and railroading, indeed, bits of know-how too numerous to calculate.” - Leonard E. Read, Let Freedom Reign, p.23/24. – PRICING, EASY MARKET INFORMATION

PRICES: Price support converts a temporary problem of oversupply into chronic surplus. Left alone, oversupply quickly corrects itself.” – Progress Party, report: The Beef Squeeze. PRICE CONTROL, PRICE SUPPORT, MINIMUM PRICES

PRICES: price supports rob us of the most important function of free prices – the guiding of production and consumption of goods and services in accordance with the wishes of those most directly concerned.” – Essays On Liberty, I/143. – Harper called it: “Freezing the Price Thermometer”. - Essays On Liberty, I/187. – Or heating it up. – JZ

PRICES: price wars and competitive bidding do not protect monopolies, for such economic coercion is simply implausible in a free market. As Branden indicates, a large, rich company cannot assume heavy losses in order to drive out competitors (as by buying-out competitors or forcing them out of business by selling at a loss or slashing prices) then begin to charge exorbitant prices to recoup its losses. For this would stimulate new competitors to emerge and take advantage of the high profits to be had. New competitors would invariable force prices down to the market level, and the large companies would be forced to reset their prices at market level or court bankruptcy by engaging in incessant price wars. “It is a matter of historical fact that no ‘price war’ has ever succeeded in establishing a monopoly or in maintaining prices above the market level, outside the law of supply and demand.” – O’Neill, quoting Ayn Rand, in Ayn Rand, p.59. – MONOPOLIES, PRICE WARS, COMPETITION,

PRICES: Prices … appear as a voluntary disposal of income, sized and timed to suit the payer and vividly related to the quality and quantity of the purchase, chosen by free customers from competing sellers. Prices symbolize not a deprivation but an assertion of power.” – Ralph. Harris and Arthur Seldon, Not From Benevolence, p.79/80.

PRICES: Prices allow us to plan, evaluate our costs, make clear and responsible choices. They restrain our demands on nature and on each other.” – Gary North, in THE FREEMAN, Dec. 73, p.732.

PRICES: Prices are consequences.” – Henry Hazlitt: The ABC of Inflation.

PRICES: Prices are expressions of value judgments No policeman or anyone else can determine the value of this or that for you or me. Value is always a subjective determination.” – Leonard E. Read, THE FREEMAN, 2/75. Also in: The Love of Liberty, p.97. – VALUE, SUBJECTIVE VALUE, PRICE CONTROL

PRICES: Prices are fair when they are freed.” – C. S. Hopman, Dec. 87. – FAIRNESS, MARKETS, EXCHANGE, CONTRACTS

PRICES: Prices are signals. Signals should not be distorted.” – Source? – PRICE CONTROL

PRICES: Prices are the outcome of the interplay of peoples’ decisions to buy or not to buy.” – Dave Osterfield, THE FREEMAN, 10/74. – He should have added: and to sell or not to sell. – JZ, 1/75.

PRICES: Prices are the sure indication of just how far we are from a free-for-all economy. - THE FREEMAN, Dec. 73, p.732.

PRICES: Prices come down when government stops interfering.” – Bob Ryan, LIBERTARIAN OPTIMISM, 4/78.

PRICES: Prices deter many people from buying and wasting much or too much only once they really start to hurt. Public authorities, with their price controls, often maximum prices set below market prices (added to by “availability charges”, which I find quite wrong and absurd, but which are widely and complacently accepted from them), lead to over-use and shortages, then to rationing, prohibitions and punishments of “wastrels”. Public authorities seem to have no idea of free pricing, even while they pretend to levy “economic prices.” – JZ, 29.6.95. – I moved to Berrima, NSW in 1960, because here I got a rent-controlled small government-owned house for only 13 shilling and 6 pence a week, while in Sydney I had to pay 6 pounds for a single room. But then housing shortages are also a result of multiple government interventions. Already decades ago ca. 150 different bureaucratic barriers existed for larger building projects. If there were complete freedom in this sphere then, according to Buckminster Fuller, a house could be as cheaply produced as a mass-produced car. – JZ, 29.3.08.

PRICES: Prices in our economic affairs are the counterpart of the decisions of juries. A free (honest) decision of a jury rests on the freedom of the jurors to express their honest opinions, and it is the same within a price system…” - F. A. Harper, Writings, p.50.

PRICES: Pricing is a peaceful way of resolving argument and conflict.” - Arthur Seldon, Charge, Temple Smith, London, 1977, p.25.

PRICES: Pricing policies, which are attacked as predatory, may in fact be ways in which new firms break into existing markets, using low prices to induce potential customers to try their products. If so, prohibiting such policies reduces competition and encourages the monopoly that the law is intended to prevent. - Albert O. Hirschman, Interests, in: The New Palgrave: The Invisible Hand, ed. By John Eatwell, Murray Milgate & Peter Newman, W. W. Norton, 1987/89, p.175. - PREDATORY? COMPETITION, OFFERING CONSUMERS MORE CHOICES

PRICES: Prof Abba P. Lerner rediscovers Adam Smith and emphasizes that the essential utility of the price system consists in inducing the individual, while seeking his own interest, to do what is in the general interest.” – F. A. Hayek, The Uses of Knowledge in Society, p.17.

PRICES: restore price as the instrument (or weapon) of choice.” – Ralph. Harris and Arthur Seldon, Not From Benevolence, p.81. – CHOICE

PRICES: Since today’s generally rising prices are simply an effect of inflation, there can be no cure to rising prices until the artificial creation of money substitutes and credit by government is halted.” - Paul Stevens, THE FREEMAN, 11/74.

PRICES: Slichter’s argument throughout was based on assumptions that are neither proved nor warranted. One of these is that a rising price level is necessary for prosperity. This is refuted by a wealth of historical experience. The great American boom from 1925 to 1929, for example, occurred in spite of a falling price levels. – And Slichter did not seem to remember that depressions are caused chiefly by a collapse of previous inflations.” (*) - Henry Hazlitt, Inflation, p.35. - As if they could not also be caused by a deflation, a deflation that is, at least sometimes, to be expected as long as the money supply is monopolized. Moreover, one should remember that while fallen prices encourage buyers, falling prices discourage them. In the latter case they hold back their purchasing power as long as they can. – And this can also have further deflationary effects. - (*) There are at least about 150 other crisis theories. This one does not appear to me to be more plausible than most others. All of them should be anthologized and thoroughly discussed, instead of everyone merely picking and mentioning his favourite theory. – Anyhow, inflations and deflations are only aspects of monetary despotism and impossible for all exchange media and value standards under free competition for both of them. - JZ, 111.3.08. – PROSPERITY, DEFLATION, INFLATION, FALLEN & FALLING PRICES

PRICES: The ‘Coordination Problem’ Hayek addresses is the coordination of the efforts of individuals (and their business enterprises and governments) to achieve a harmonious total effort. The market economy achieves this ‘coordination’ though a price system. We, as market participants, do not have to know the actions of others. We only have to know the prices of the goods, and in maximizing our welfare we will act in a manner such that, when the actions of all the market participants are added up, a total balance is achieved.” – Clifford F. Thies, NEW GUARD, 6/78. - COORDINATION, HARMONY, MARKET, EQUILIBRIUM

PRICES: The “reign of terror” during the French Revolution was, in part, an unsuccessful attempt to enforce price laws. (*) Shopkeepers and laborers were taken to the guillotine and beheaded.” – National Taxpayer Union, in INDIVIDUALIST, 10/71. - (*) Or deal with refusals to accept the government’s paper money at its prescribe legal tender face value. – According to some research, up to 90 % of the executions took place as a result of price control laws. The refusals to abide by them or to accept the Assignats led, naturally, to many sharp arguments between sellers and intending buyers, and some of them could then be used to accuse the one who uttered them to be a royalist or counter-revolutionary. The death penalty was proclaimed for refusals to accept this paper money. - JZ, 28.3.08.

PRICES: The classical economists demonstrate that each constellation of the market has a corresponding price structure. Prices, wages, and interest rates are the result of the interplay of demand and supply. There are forces operating in the market, which tend to restore this - natural - state if it is disturbed. Government decrees, instead of achieving the particular ends they seek, tend only to derange the working of the market and imperil the satisfaction of the needs of the consumers.” – Ludwig von Mises, Omnipotent Government, p.59.

PRICES: The cure for high prices is the high price itself. It reduces prices by increasing supply and reducing demand. The cure for lower prices is the low price itself. It increases prices by reducing supply and increasing demand.” – J. F. Gordon, Armidale, NSW, in FINANCIAL REVIEW, 3.5.77. – Provided the high prices were not just prices driven up by inflation and the low prices were not just caused by deflation. During an inflation the increasing nominal prices may actually encourage buying while during a deflation the decreasing prices may discourage buying. – JZ, 10.3.08.

PRICES: The entire defence of the free economy is built upon the theory that high profits in any quarter will automatically attract competition in that region, and the weapons of the attack will be either lower prices or better service.” – Henry Meulen, THE INDIVIDUALIST, 8/76. - Naturally, if there are any legally upheld monopolies, prohibitions or extortions then, to that extent we do not have a free economy. – JZ, 11.3.08.

PRICES: The free price clears the market.” – Roepke. (“Der freie Preis raeumt den Markt.”) - SALES, FREE PRICING, PRICE CONTROLS, WAGE CONTROLS, RENT CONTROLS, MARKET, DEMAND, SUPPLY, EQUILIBRIUM – F. A. Harper’s short table on the subject is still the clearest short proof that I know of. – JZ, 23.2.08.

PRICES: The fully free market price requires full monetary and financial freedom, too. - JZ, 11.3.08.

PRICES: the function of prices is precisely to communicate, as rapidly as possible, signals of changes of which the individual cannot know but to which his plans must be adjusted. …” – F. A. Hayek, Denationalization of Money, p.67.

PRICES: The housewives have the time but not the inclination for comparison shopping because, mostly, they spend only the money earned by their husbands. The husbands, usually, do not have the time and energy for comparison- or bargain-shopping either. Thus many shops get away with high prices, especially if they are conveniently located. – JZ, 19.1.05. – This applies even to large shops like Woolworth chain stores, which once used to be bargain shops and now only rarely are. – Moreover mental arithmetic seems to be so poorly taught or rarely practised so that some shops get away with offering larger food containers at a higher unit price than that of the smaller tins etc. – Perhaps they rely on the unchecked premise of many of their customers that the larger tins etc. will contain the goods at a cheaper price, even if the opposite is actually the case. – But then shop assistants are often so careless that they do not price out goods at all. – So they might merely have wrongly priced such items. - JZ, 22.10.07. - COMPARISON SHOPPING, BARGAIN SHOPPING, CONVENIENCE SHOPPING & THE USUAL MARRIAGES

PRICES: The idea that prices can go down while wages and profits increase, naturally never entered their heads, because in all history this had never occurred.” (*) – Rose Wilder Lane, The Discovery of Freedom, p.63. – And yet this is the natural result of productivity increases under freedom, in the average. Exceptions from this rule merely indicate that large segments of the world population do sometimes, rather suddenly, become additional buyers on the world market. Then, temporarily, they can drive prices up, until production is geared up to cater to this additional demand. – JZ, 11.3.08. - (*) Is it true that this never happened? For much of history, due to an almost permanent deflation, prices were close to emergency sales prices. But as we have seen in our life time, the prices of e.g. ball point pens, cheap digital watches, computers, hard disks, CDs, DVDs etc. have gone down and much software is already offered free of charge. – JZ, 12.4.08.

PRICES: the only “just price” for any transaction is the price voluntarily agreed upon by the two parties.” – Murray N. Rothbard, J.L.S., Winter 77.

PRICES: The only just price is the free price.” – F. A. Harper, Stand-By Controls, 1953.

PRICES: The presumption was that multiple producers competing against one another as well as against consumers would lead to a total price of goods on the market equal to total cost. Although at given moments individual producers would make profits while others would lose, the competitive drive would cause unproductive procedures either to find more efficient means of production, or else go bankrupt and leave room for more effective innovators.” – Silvert, Man’s Power, p.122.

PRICES: The price in a market is like the reading on a thermometer. Both are useless unless they are natural. There is no more wisdom in artificially fixing the price of an article than there would be in making the mercury immovable, and then pretending that the reading shown indicated the temperature of the patient. …” - Sir Ernest Benn, Modern Government, p.142.

PRICES: The price mechanism enables fairly good decisions about resource allocation to be made without it being necessary to  obtain or to process very large amounts of information. The informational efficiency of the market system is neatly encapsulated in the perhaps apocryphal story of the Soviet bureaucrat who, when taken to the United States, asked: “So who is in charge of the supply of bread to New York?” No one is, of course. Yet New York is supplied more reliably, and with bread of better quality and variety, than cities where someone is in charge. Co-ordination is better accomplished without a co-ordinator. – John Kay, Capitalism – Why it Works, AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW, 27.9.2013. – Already Bastiat offered a very similar explanation and example. – JZ, 22.10.13. – MECHANISM, FREE MARKET, CAPITALISM, LAISSEZ FAIRE ECONOMY, FREE EXCHANGE, VOLUNTARISM VS. CENTRAL PLANNING & DIRECTION, STATE SOCIALISM

PRICES: The price of a commodity tends to equal its cost.” – Quoted in THE FREEMAN, 7/73, p.442. – But it is never fully determined by costs, but, rather, by demand and supply conditions. The price of old paintings, considered to be master pieces, is certainly not determined by their costs. – JZ, 12.4.08.

PRICES: The price of services varies directly with demand and inversely with supply.” – Ch. de Brouckere, Principles of Political Economy. – SUPPLY & DEMAND

PRICES: the price system is the indispensable condition not only of our wealth but of the survival of a large part of the population of the world. A system of market-determined prices is essentially a system which is indispensable in order to make us adapt our activities to events and circumstances of which we cannot know.” – F. A. Hayek, Science and Socialism, a Conversation, p.12.

PRICES: The price to be charged for any good or service shall be that which emerges from the voluntary exchange process.” – B. R. Rogge, THE FREEMAN, 3/75.

PRICES: The priceless system is not “priceless”! – JZ, n.d.

PRICES: The process of inflation the money supply is the cause of the apparent rise in prices, both of which are caused by the loss of exchange value in our own money in our own country.” – Duncan Yuille, PROGRESS PARTY NSW BULLETIN, Oct. 76. – Our own money, issued by ourselves and accepted by ourselves in its reflux, could not be inflated because others would remain free to refuse or discount it and stable value reckoning would go on. Nor is it our own country, when we cannot freely secede from it to live under our own personal laws – together with other and like-minded volunteers. – Territorial governments, like their paper monies, have been given a compulsory “acceptance” and a forced “value” in the territories under their power. That very fact should teach us to desist from calling them our government and our money. In spite of its democratic camouflage it is a despotic government and a despotic money. – JZ, 10.3.08. – OUR COUNTRY? TERRITORIALISM, NATIONALISM, DECESSIONISM, DEMOCRACY, OUR COUNTRY? THE PEOPLE? OUR MONEY?

PRICES: The rise of prices, which is merely a consequence of inflation, is commonly talked of as if it were itself the inflation.” – Henry Hazlitt, Inflation, p.140. – SYMPTOMS ARE NOT IDENTICAL WITH THE DISEASE & ITS CAUSE

PRICES: The shortcomings of modern economics: I fear modern economics has not really done its job in this respect by making it clear to the public that the price system is the indispensable condition, not only of our wealth, but of the survival of a large part of the population of the world. A system of market-determined prices is essentially a system which is indispensable in order to make us adapt our activities to events and circumstances of which we cannot know.” – F. A. Hayek, Knowledge, Evolution and Society, p.35. – MARKET PRICING

PRICES: The supermarket operator does not set prices. He simply records the prices that are set by forces outside his control. Blaming him for high prices is like blaming a thermometer for the fever it records. Boycotting him is like breaking the thermometer to cure the fever.” – Milton Friedman, An Economist Protests, p.24. – Among my minor complaints against supermarkets are: 1.) Many goods are not priced out at all. 2.) Prices marked are often in disagreement with those charged by the cashier. 3.) Larger tins of the same brands and types of food are sometimes offering them at higher prices per weight unit than smaller tins. 4.) Often they are not priced competitively with the prices of their competitors. 5.) Once I found the same kind of small kitchen knife, in the same very large store, displayed at three different locations – and priced out with 3 different prices. – In other words, they are all too often not as efficient as they believe themselves to be. – JZ, 11.3.08. – PRICE-SETTERS?

PRICES: the things, which get made, are only those, which can be made at a price, which the consumer is prepared to pay. That’s why we don’t have any silver potato peelers.” – Terry Arthur, 95 % Is Crap, p.173.

PRICES: There is also such a thing as intentionally unpublished prices, e.g. for very expensive machines or bombers or battleships for a government. The attitude of their producers seems to be: We do not want anyone as a customer who has to ask for the price. – JZ, 29.3.08.

PRICES: There is no demonstrated, superior alternative to the price system and Wall Street.” – Morgan O. Reynolds, in THE FREEMAN, May 1989, p.174.

PRICES: There is only one fair measurement of price for the individual in an economy. How long does it take him to earn his wife’s clothes … a pair of shoes …. a loaf of bread?” – Paul Mazur. – While that is certainly not a free market pricing, using a sound value standard and a competitively supplied exchange medium, buying competitively supplied and traded goods, it is a way to individually measure, somewhat, one’s purchasing power or living standard, using one’s labour hour as a value standard. In all such comparisons between State socialist countries, in which labour was, supposedly no longer exploited, the workers and consumers got little for their labour hours compared with the “proletarians”, supposedly exploited, in the capitalist countries. Nor were the “unexploited” labourers living in State socialist countries free to purchase directly, by mail order, from Western countries. If they had been free to try such purchases, they would have found out that their State socialist money would have very little purchasing power in the Western countries, so that their purchases there would have appeared expensive to them, too, or their own earnings, from their supposedly unexploited labour, rather low by comparison with those of the “exploited” workers in the West. – JZ, 10.3.08.

PRICES: Value – price – can be determined in one way and one way only: by the free and unfettered market. In other words, value results from a subjective determination based on individual preferences. …” - Leonard E. Read, Castles in the Air, p.46. – SUBJECTIVE VALUE THEORY

PRICES: We have all lived for so long with a slow rise of prices that we forget that the natural tendency of man’s inventive genius should produce a fall of prices, not a rise. Remember the fall in car prices that Ford engineered, the fall in radio and television prices – in fact in every branch of engineering….” – Henry Meulen, THE INDIVIDUALIST, 8/75.

PRICES: When you pay more you do not always get more – or much better quality. – JZ, 5.9.97. But at least you satisfy your subjective value notions. – JZ, 28.3.08.

PRICES: while taxation is forced expropriation by the government (legal theft), the price system is voluntary exchange. One is coercive and political, the other is voluntary and economic.” – Sam Wells Jr., OPTION, 4/77.

PRICES: Who, then, should regulate prices? The buyer and the seller themselves, without interference from politicians! Freedom of exchange! Freedom for both the consumer and the businessman!” – Robert G. Bearce, John Witherspoon: Disciple of Freedom, THE FREEMAN, May 77.

PRICES: with Professor Marshall, to think of prices not only as mere equations but as inducements to the human will, making it act.” – Dr. H. G. Pearce, Value, p.23.

PRICES: Within the market society the working of the price mechanism makes the consumers supreme. – They determine through the prices they pay and through the amount of their purchases both the quantity and quality of production. They determine directly the prices of consumers’ goods, and thereby indirectly the prices of all material factors of production and the wages of all hands employed.” – Ludwig von Mises, Omnipotent Government, p.49. – Provided, they are competitively supplied with sound exchange media. – But if they are over- or under-supplied only with an exclusive and forced currency then they prices they pay will be inflated, deflated or “stagflated”. – JZ, 11.3.08. – The producers can also be all too much controlled to make them as productive as they could and should be. – JZ, 17.1.14.

PRICES: without market pricing for outputs it would be impossible to form any objective assessments about which goods and services could most ‘usefully’ be produced.” – Ralph Harris, in Dr. Rhodes Boyson, editor, Right Turn, p.20. – FREE MARKET

PRICES: Without the freedom of prices to move the enterprise system is a mockery.” – Committee to Restore Freedom, NTU, 1972.

PRICING: Pricing policies, which are attacked as predatory, may in fact be ways in which new firms break into existing markets, using low prices to induce potential customers to try their products. If so, prohibiting such policies reduces competition and encourages the monopoly that the law is intended to prevent. - Albert O. Hirschman, Interests, in: The New Palgrave: The Invisible Hand, ed. by John Eatwell, Murray Milgate & Peter Newman, W. W. Norton, 1987/89, p.175. - PREDATORY? –  I only admit that e.g. manufacturers and businessmen as well as professionals would be quite happy if they could fix their prices quite independently of the demand from their customers and consumers. Moreover, they try to achieve legalized privileges, which provide them with a kind of monopolism or protectionism for what they have to offer, thus keeping their prices above free market prices. Trade union workers try to do the same for their prices, their wages and salaries. All that they achieve thereby is that they wrong and harm each other and reduce their standard of living, by less sales of what they have to offer. With their territorially protected prices they also keep themselves off the world market for what they have to offer. - JZ, 18.6.13.

PRIDE: as sense of pride in having done his best in a World gone mad.” - 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.152. - Even without individual sovereignty, free choice of governments and societies, monetary and financial freedom and the full recognition of all other rights and liberties? - JZ, 13.2.11. – Under such conditions it is impossible to do out best. – JZ, 17.1.14. - SELF-ESTEEM, SELF-RESPECT, DUTY, RELEASE OF ALL CREATIVE & PRODUCTIVE ENERGIES IS REQUIRED – BY RECOGNIZING & REALIZING ALL INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES

PRIDE: Most people dislike Vanity in others, whatever Share they have of it themselves, but I give it fair Quarter wherever I meet with it, being persuaded that it is often productive of Good to the Possessor and to others that are within his Sphere of Action: And therefore in many Cases it would not be quite absurd if a Man were to thank God for his Vanity among the other Comforts of Life.” - Benjamin Franklin - VANITY, AMBITION, SELF-RESPECT

PRIDE: My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I am right.” – Ashleigh Brilliant - EXCESSIVE SELF-CONFIDENCE, JOKE, RED.

PRIDE: Pride dulls the senses and warps the judgment.” – James Gunn, The Immortals, p.138. – EXPERTS, PROFESSIONALS, SUCCESS

PRIDE: Pride is an established conviction of one's own paramount worth in some particular respect; while vanity is the desire of rousing such a conviction in others. Pride works from within; it is the direct appreciation of oneself.  Vanity is the desire to arrive at this appreciation indirectly, from without.” - Arthur Schopenhauer - & VANITY, SELF-RESPECT VS. FAME OR REPUTATION

PRIDE: Pride is very much misplaced when it is vested in a uniform and managed national currency, regardless of how often and to what extent and for how long it is mismanaged and misleading, rather than in a sufficient supply of sound means of exchange and value standards. Uniformity, symbolism, flag-waving and coercive power, based on a false faith, wrong premises and numerous statist prejudices, are hardly a sufficient substitute for a sound money, credit and clearing system. Monetary despotism, with its inevitable inflations, deflations, stagflations, impoverishment and mass unemployment and under-employment and the other disasters it tends to lead to - is hardly anything to be proud of as a monetary achievement. - Even Jews, supposed to be clever in monetary matters, fell for this - in Israel - and for other forms of territorialism and for the supposedly rightful and effective mass extermination devices and for the collective responsibility notions that are involved in territorialism. - In such matters most of them are just as ignorant, prejudiced and irresponsible as are most of the other populations of the world. - J.Z,11.5.97, 13.2.11. – JEWS IN ISRAEL, CENTRAL BANKING, MONETARY POLICY, NATIONAL CURRENCIES, STATE PAPER MONEY, CENTRALIZATION, NATIONALISM, NUCLEAR STRENGHT OR WEAKNESS, MONETARY DESPOTISM

PRIDE: when you learn that pride is the sum of all virtues, you will learn to live like a man.” – Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, p.984. – Seeing the different views on what constitutes “virtues” I am not so sure that all pride is justified. Some people e.g. think virginity to be a virtue or looking after their body more than after their mind. – J.Z, 11.3.08 – Normal and consensual sex is health promoting. – JZ, 17.1.14. - SELF-RESPECT, SELF-APPRECIATION

PRIESTS: A man who goes to church because it’s good for business.” – L. L. Levinson, Webster’s Unafraid Dictionary. - JOKES, PREACHERS, CLERICS, CHURCHMEN

PRIESTS: An insufficiently trained sky-pilot or astronaut. – JZ, 15.12.94. – PREACHER, JOKES

PRIESTS: Any priest or shaman must be presumed guilty until proved innocent.” – Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love, p.40.

PRIESTS: But I fear that it will be as difficult to make their priests humane as it is to make elephants speak.” – Friedrich der Grosse, an d’Alambert, Jan. 1780. – Ulrich von Beckerath marked that passage. JZ tr. of: “Aber ich fuerchte, dass es ebenso schwer ist ihre Priester menschlich zu machen als Elefanten sprechen zu lehren.“ – In reading and in life I have encountered a few preachers and priests whom I, as an anarchist, libertarian and atheist could seriously respect. – JZ, 1.4.08.

PRIESTS: In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own." - Thomas Jefferson, 1814. – Well after much and prolonged bloody conflicts, they did, finally, agree upon religious tolerance, or religious liberty, whose principles and practices are still to be copied by the social "scientists" for all political, economic and social systems. –– JZ, 5.1.08, 13.2.11. - PREACHERS, CHURCHES, RELIGIONS & LIBERTY, PANARCHISM, EXTERRITORIALISM, PERSONAL LAW, TOLERANCE

PRIESTS: One good schoolmaster is of more use than a hundred priests.” – John Adams. - But where does one find good schoolmasters? The good teachers tend to drop out of government schools and are not free to establish their own schools quite independent from any territorial government. – It was different in his time. - JZ, 20.2.08. – TEACHERS, SCHOOLS, SCHOOLMASTERS

PRIESTS: only a fool or very brave man would call down the wrath of every god-botherer in Egypt upon his own head, for their power is infinite and their hatred implacable. – Wilbur Smith, River God, Pan Books, 1994, p.106. – & TRUE BELIEVERS, RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE, RELIGION, FAITH, FANATICS

PRIESTS: Preachers are always something comical for me when they bless the faithful and curse the non-believers. However, they are terrible when they, the proclaimers of a Christian religion, defend wars or even call for them.” – John Henry Mackay, Abrechnung, p.127. („Prediger haben fuer mich immer etwas Komisches, wenn sie die Glaeubigen segnen und die Unglaeubigen verfluchen. Etwas Entsetzliches aber, wenn sie – die Kuender einer christlichen Religion – Kriege verteidigen, und sogar zu ihnen aufrufen.“) - At least in this respect they seem to forget that, according to their own beliefs, all humans are supposed to be children of God. - JZ, 13.2.11.

PRIESTS: The definition of a priesthood as a conspiracy to withhold religious truth in order to maintain uncontested sway over the people, was common enough in the 18th century Europe.” - Frank E. Manuel, The Prophets of Paris, p.23. - CHURCHES, RELIGIONS, FAITH

PRIESTS: the first priest was the first rogue who met the first fool.” - Carl Sagan, Contact, p.140. - RELIGION & FOOLS, CHURCHES AS GAMES OF CONFIDENCE TRICKSTERS

PRIESTS: The priest who is a trader will do better than the priest who is a philosopher.” - Donald Kingsbury, Courtship Rite, ANALOG, 29.2.82, p.138.

PRIESTS: The priests promise another world the better to invade this.” – Volney, The Ruins of Empire. – However, under religious liberty they become relatively harmless. So would politicians be, once they are similarly confined to personal laws, exterritorial autonomy and voluntary victims only. – JZ, 1.4.08. – RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE, POLITICAL TOLERANCE, PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM

PRIESTS: When nothing helps any more one calls for a priest. And that quite consistently, for no one helps as little as does a priest.“ – Grabbe, Don Juan und Faust, II, I, (Don Juan). - JZ tr. of: “Wo nichts mehr helfen kann, // da ruft man Pfaffen! // Und das ganz folgerecht, // Denn niemand hilft // So wenig wie ein Pfaffe.“ - JOKES

PRIMARY INDUSTRIES: Instead of attacking this problem (Subsidies to manufacturers), the primary industries seem to spend their time trying to even up the score with minimum price schemes, rural reconstruction, fertilizer subsidies, fuel equalization, stock slaughter levies, rural products promotion schemes, assistance to ailing mining companies, low interest loans, tax concessions, research subsidies, machinery bounties, and subsidized water, power and freight.” – Viv Forbes, THE GYMPIE TIMES, 11.11.78. – FARM & AGRICULTURAL POLICIES, WELFARE FOR THE RELATIVELY RICH

PRIME MINISTERS: A. as prime minister for the 49% who voted for him, B. as a prime minister for the 38 % who voted for him. Neither of them for the 13% who voted for neither of them. To each only the prime minister of the own choice. Thus everybody could win a rightful election or in a genuine choice of governments. - JZ, 20.2.83, 3.4.89. - Moreover, those, who believe that they could manage their lives without any prime minister or president - and all his baggage - should be free to try to do so. - JZ, 20.9.04. - TO EACH HIS OWN! – PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, VOTING, ELECTIONS, POLITICIANS, TERRITORIALISM? EXTERRITORIALISM! PRESIDENTS, LEADERSHIP, RULERS

PRIME MINISTERS: I want to be ruled neither by the one nor by the other power addict, ideologue, incompetent or prejudiced party leader, nor by one or the other parliament composed all too much out of fools, ignorant and prejudiced people, with both the leader and the majority of representatives elected by a majority of under-enlightened, mislead, foolish and prejudices voters. – But they are welcome to their own choices for themselves, as far as I am concerned, as long as I can have, for myself, together with like-minded people, my own and independent self-government or self-management scheme. - To everyone the fool or “wise man” of his or her choice. - JZ, 24.3.87, 2.4.08, 13.2.11, 17.1.14. - PERSONAL LAW, VOTING, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM

PRIME MINISTERS: In an article entitled “The Fatal Flaw”, Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of California, Patrick O’Brien, wrote in TIME magazine, 16th September 1991, that Australian premiers, prime ministers and their cabinets were able to form a kind of “elective dictatorship”, with vast, and often unchecked powers. - “Like absolute monarchs of old”, he wrote, “premiers and prime ministers feel no need to account for their actions, because they know they are sovereign. … The question of whether Australia should or should not be a republic is really a smokescreen to cover the perpetuation of the executive state or, as some might prefer to call it, parliamentary dictatorship.” - Brian Wilshire, The Fine Print, published by Brian Wilshire, PO Box 209, Round Corner, NSW 2158, Australia, 1992., p.11. - PREMIERS, PRESIDENTS, POLITICIANS, ELECTIVE OR PARLIAMENTARY DICTATORSHIP, POWERS, RULERS, TERRITORIALISM, DEMOCRACY, REPRESENTATION, SOVEREIGNTY, PEOPLE AS PROPERTY

PRIME MINISTERS: Most prime ministers would like to have, just like former Popes, the doctrine of their own infallibility formally and widely accepted, at least among the members of their own party. However, they seem to be wrong even more often than the Popes were and are – JZ, 19.11.93. - This is still more inexcusable, since they remain under-informed and prejudiced in secular matters, where knowledge of facts, historical experience and sound principles should be decisive. Instead, they practise various spleens, quackery "cures" and utopian schemes and, together with the other territorial powers, they do legally and territorially enforce their politics upon dissenters and the ignorant and prejudiced majorities, who at least temporarily still believe in their great misleaders. - They lead the ever-hopeful from one great disappointment to another. - JZ, 13.2.11. - PRESIDENTS, PREMIERS, CHANCELLORS, LEADERS, INFALLIBILITY DOCTRINE OF POPISM, STATISM, TERRITORIALISM, POWER-ADDICTION & POWER MADNESS

PRIME MINISTERS: PM told: stop going it alone.” – THE AUSTRALIAN, headline, 29.6.97. “… one of the Federal Government’s electoral strategists has told a private meeting that the government needs proper consultation …” – He should allow us, too, to go it alone – i.e., without his let or hindrance! – By all means, P.M., go it alone and leave us alone. - All of us except your voluntary victims. And they ought to declare this readiness also, explicitly and individually, if they are ready for it. – JZ, 29.6.92. – Experimental freedom, freedom of action, free enterprise and competition in the sphere of providing political, economic and social systems and package deals, combined with full consumer sovereignty, free choice or voluntarism towards all of them. No more leadership struggles. Each leader free to lead his own pioneers – or fools, always only at their own risk and expense. – JZ, n.d. - GOING IT ALONE, PANARCHISM, MULTIARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, COMPETING GOVERNANCE & COMPETING FREE SOCIETIES, AUTHORITARIANISM, PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, TOLERANCE IN THE LAST SPHERES SO FAR INTOLERANTLY DEALT WITH, LEADERSHIP, VOLUNTARISM, PRESIDENTS, POWER

PRIME MINISTERS: Since such people are not even able to envision their own limitations and those of their jobs and powers, what are their “visions” or “ideals” worth to their subjects? – JZ, 15.3.93, 18.2.08. – Is there any well-known political leader alive who can envision e.g. free migration? – Not to speak of full monetary freedom or panarchism or ideal militia forces? Does anyone of them recognize all individual rights and liberties? – JZ, 18.2.08. - None of them are opposed to but all of them are addicted to territorialism. - JZ, 13.2.11. - PRESIDENTS, PREMIERS, LEADERS, CHANCELLORS, RULERS, PARTY LEADERS & THEIR VISIONS OR IDEALS, TERRITORIALISM, POWER ADDICTS

PRIME MINISTERS: There cannot be, by the very nature of the office, such a thing as a “good” Prime Minister, any more than there can be a “good” public servant. – JZ, 16.6.86. – They are all politicians and bureaucrats, with all the defects of their offices, regardless of their personalities, characters, education, training, knowledge and skills. At most one can speak of lesser evils among them. – JZ, 1.4.08.

PRIME MINISTERS: There is something utterly nauseating about a system of society which pays a harlot twenty-five times as much as it pays its Prime Minister.” – Harold Wilson, referring to the Christine Keeler case in a speech, House of Commons, 1963. – It was only fair if she did a more satisfactory job! – JZ, 14.9.85. – Harlots provide wanted services, to individual volunteers only - and this immediately, rather than offering pie-in-the-sky empty promises. – Cash on the barrel free enterprise transactions! - JZ 27.6.92. – Moreover, they do neither monopolize any services nor do they force unwanted services upon their customers, nor do they charge the general taxpayer for what they do. They also reduce cases of rape. - In all these respect they are superior to Prime Ministers, Presidents and Premiers. – WHORES, HARLOTS, PROSTITUTION

PRIME MINISTERS: They are much like constitutional monarchs, at least during the periods for which they are elected - by majorities or party systems imposed upon dissenting minorities. In spite of their constitutional restrictions they are often given more military, monetary and financial powers than the absolute monarchs of the past possessed. – JZ, 25.9.92, 19.2.08, 13.2.11. - PRESIDENTS, PREMIERS, RULERS, LEADERSHIP, POLITICIANS, TERRITORIALISM, TEMPORARY ABSOLUTISM, TAXATION, GOVERNMENT DEBTS

PRIME MINISTERS: We all know that the Prime Ministers are wedded to the truth, but like other married couples they sometimes live apart.” – Saki, 1870-1916, The Unbearable Bossington, 1912. - PREMIERS, PRESIDENTS, JOKES

PRIMITIVE MONEY: Even primitives knew how to provide themselves with exchange media and value standards without the help of a government or its central bank. Government monies have so often depreciated their national forced and exclusive currencies that primitive monies were resorted to again, as the preferable alternative. E.g., cigarette currency could, after WW II, buy almost anything in Germany that could not be bought with inflated government money. Sometimes governments were so helpless that they prescribed primitive money, as happened with tobacco, and postage stamps in the U.S. - The very variety of primitive and emergency monies issued in our past and present (including the present LETS and Bitcoin fad, advanced only in its computer usage), does suggest that, without legal tender and severe prohibitions against private issues, many private issues would occur and that then at least some of them would be good enough to survive and spread, even in competition with the State paper money, then no longer legal tender but still a uniform currency of a central bank, based upon tax foundation. The variety of primitive monies suggests that a variety of privately or cooperatively issued competing monies might be possible today, i.e., that self-interested and rational people would voluntarily oblige themselves by their note issues and that these notes would be accepted and evaluated (priced) by self-interested and rational sellers and buyers. The subjective value theory would apply here, too. Let individuals and private payment communities decide what they are going to use as exchange media, clearing option and value standard for their transactions. No totalitarianism in this sphere, either! - JZ, 17.4.97, 13.2.11, 17.1.14. - Paul Einzig's book: Primitive Money, 1949, 1951, of which I have the 2nd. edition, revised and enlarged, 1966, is copyrighted. So I will here only reproduce some headings of its contents list: Mat & Bark Cloth Money in Samoa. Whales' Teeth Currency in Fiji. The Stone Money of Yap. The Bead Currency of Pelew. Pig Exchanges on the New Hebrides. Feather money of Santa Cruz. Shell Loans on the Banks Islands. Shell and Teeth Currency on the Solomon Islands. Debts in Dogs' Teeth on the Admiralty Islands. Shell and Yam Currencies of the Tobriand Islands. New Guinea's Boar Tusk and Shell Currencies. Rice Standard in the Philippines. The Drum Currency of Alor. Bronze Guns, Bees' Wax & Buffaloes as Money in Borneo. Gambling Counters as Money in Siam. Tin Ingots and Gold Dust in Malaya. Weighted Silver and Lead Currency in Burma. Tea Brick Currency in Mongolia. Coconut Standard on the Nicobars. Grain Medium of Exchange in India. Reindeer and Cattle Standard in Asiatic Russia. Iron Currency in Sudan. Salt Money of Ethiopia. Livestock Standard in Kenya. Bead Money of Tanzania. Cowries as Currency in Uganda. Calico Currency in Zambia.  Cloth, Metals & Slaves as Currency in Equatorial Africa. Cowries, Slaves, Cloth and Gin Money of Nigeria. Debased Brass Rod Currency of the Congo. Fur Currency in Alaska. Shell, Fur & Blanket Currency of Canada. Wampum and Other Shell Currencies in the U.S. Cocoa Bean Currency of Mexico. Maize Money of Guatemala. Arrows & Guns as Currency in Brazil. Snail Shell Currency in Paraguay. Copper Unit of Account in Ancient Egypt. Barley & Silver Money of Babylonia and Assyria. Sealed Ingots in Cappadocia. Sheep & Silver Currency in the Hittite Empire. Livestock and Weighed Silver Money of the Jews. Livestock Standard in Ancient Persia. Ox & Base Metal Currencies in Greece. Crude Bronze Currency of Pre-Roman Italy & Rome. Bronze Axes &Wheels as Currencies in Gaul. Cattle Currency of the Ancient Germans. Iron Sword Currency of Britain. Slave Girl Money of Ireland. Cattle Currency of India. Shell, Silk & Metal Currencies of China. For the Medieval Period he describes: Rings & Weighed Metal Currencies of the British Isles. Cattle Money in Ireland. Cattle, Cloth & Weighted Metal Money in Germany. Leather Currency in Italy & France. Cattle, Cloth & Fish Currency of Iceland. Ring Money of Denmark. Cattle & Cloth Currency of Sweden. Butter as Currency in Norway. Calves as Monetary Unit in Hungary. Fur Money of Russia. Cowries as Currency in India. Livestock Standard of the Mongols. Salt Money of China. Gold Dust Money of Japan. For the Modern Period he brings the following examples: Leather Money of the British Isles. Cattle Currency of Ireland. Rum Currency in Australia. Fur & Wheat Currency in Canada. Sugar Money of Barbados. Tobacco Money of the Bermudas. Tobacco & Sugar Money of the Leeward Islands. Mahogany Logs as Currency in British Honduras. Un-coined Silver Money in Russia. Grain Money in France. Commodity Units of Account in Germany & Austria. Almonds as Currency in India. Fictitious Monetary Unit in China. Rice Money in Japan. - With these primitive monies inflation may not always have been avoided but deflation and stagflation most likely were. To that extent these primitive monies deserve more respect and our modern ones less. - JZ, 17.4.97, 23.5.97. – Should we expect the peoples of our times, if they come to live under full monetary freedom, to be less inventive in this respect than their ancestors were? – JZ, 17.1.14.

PRIMITIVE NOTIONS: For any problem there is always a solution that is simple, obvious – and wrong.” – Harry Turtledove, The Great Unknown, ANALOG 6/91, p.27. - IDEAS, SOLUTIONS, SIMPLE-MINDEDNESS, RED., JOKES, PROBLEMS, IDEAS ARCHIVE, POPULAR ERRORS & PREJUDICES

PRIMITIVES: Out of 298 primitive peoples studied by Hobhouse, Wheeler and Ginsberg, there were nine peoples who did not know war at all. Among others, war was by no means a permanent state. Out of 298 peoples, about 57 used to adopt, set free, or exchange their prisoners. See Hobhouse, Wheeler, and Ginsberg, “The Material Culture and Social Institutions of the Simpler Peoples,” pp.231ff. See Also Steinmetz, Philosophie des Krieges, 1907, chapters I-III; …” - From a footnote in Pitirim A. Sorokin, Contemporary Sociological Theories Through the First Quarter of the Twentieth Century, Harper Torchbooks, 1928, p.484. – WAR, PEACE, HUMAN NATURE, PEACEFUL PEOPLES

PRIMITIVES: Primitive and enlightened people to do their kinds of things only to or for themselves. Barbarians try to do their things not only to and for themselves but attempt to impose them upon others. Thus none of them should be granted any territorial, coercive, monopolistic and central powers any longer – except among their own believers and voluntary victims. “Sheeple” volunteering to be shorn by their shepherds do deserve to be shorn. But there should be no tolerance for intolerant actions against peaceful dissenters. – JZ, 27.1.05. - Territorialism is the modern form of barbarism and primitivism. - JZ, 13.2.11. - ENLIGHTENED & TOLERANT PEOPLE VS. BARBARIANS, TERRITORIALISM, INTOLERANCE ONLY TOWARDS THE INTOLERANT, VOLUNTARISM, PERSONAL LAW, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, SELF-GOVERNANCE

PRIMITIVISM: We are not a primitive society, and there is no need to become primitive in order to secure the essentials of democratic liberty. We want to retain all our scientific and industrial triumphs – electric power, machine tools, mass production and the rest. We do not propose to revert to the economy of the hand-loom and the plough. … The fundamental truth about economics is that the methods and instruments of production, freely used and fairly used, are capable of giving every human being a decent standard of living.” – Herbert Read, To Hell with Culture, 1943. – Giving every human being a chance to earn a decent standard of living! – JZ, 12.3.08. - RETREATISM, BACK TO NATURE MOVEMENT, MACHINES, AUTOMATION, CIVILIZATION, CULTURE, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES VS. WELFARE STATISM

PRINCIPLES: A man is usually more careful of his money than he is of his principles.” – Edgar Watson How, Ventures in Common Sense, 1919, 30.4. – The fact that most people put up with the money of monetary despotism, instead of pondering their full monetary freedom options, indicates to me that they are not carefully enough with the money they use, either. – JZ, 29.3.08. - In other words, they lack common sense in this sphere, too. - JZ, 13.2.11. – The worst instance in my opinion: Of nearly 7 billion people only very few have so far shown any interest in finally declaring all genuine individual rights and liberties. – JZ, 17.1.14. - MONETARY FREEDOM, MONETARY DESPOTISM, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, HUMAN RIGHTS, PRINCIPLES, MORALITY, ETHICS

PRINCIPLES: A mind without fixed reference points is the mind of an infant or a lunatic.” – Gary North, quoted in THE FREEMAN, 6/77, p.381. – Alas, all too many have only “fixed ideas” as their reference points and “guides”. That would be tolerable only under full personal law self-governance, voluntarism, panarchism or polyarchism. – JZ, 17.1.14. - FACTS, EXPERIENCES, OBSERVATIONS, RIGHT TO MAKE MISTAKES AT THE OWN RISK & EXPENSE

PRINCIPLES: A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.” - Dwight Eisenhower – On principle there should be no privileges at all but only liberties and rights – as well as earned respect. – JZ, 20.3.90. – Except among volunteers, doing their things only to themselves. – JZ, 17.1.14. - VS. PRIVILEGES, PEOPLE, STATISM

PRINCIPLES: A principle remains a principle in spite of its being ignored or violated – or even unknown. A principle, like a compass, gives one a better sense of direction, if he is wise enough to know and to follow its guidance.” – F.A. Harper, Moral Liberty, in FEE: The Freedom Philosophy, p.91. – Alas, he too, like most of the other great libertarians of modern times, failed to provide at least a draft towards a declaration of all individual rights and liberties. – JZ, 17.1.14.

PRINCIPLES: All good principles do already exist in the world. One has merely to apply them.” – Pascal, Pensées, 29, ed. Flammarion. – JZ tr. of: “Alle guten Grundsaetze sind in der Welt vorhanden: man braucht sie nur anzuwenden.“ – First one has to be able to find and recognize them as valid. - JZ, 13.2.11. - However good principles are or may appear to be, they should not be forcefully applied among peaceful dissenters. Let them try to abide by their own and incomplete or unsound principles as far as they want to and can. – Since bad or flawed principles are also existing and this in abundance, it seems clear that they, too, should not be imposed upon all. They should only be applicable among their true believers and at their risk and cost. With full panarchistic freedom to try out all kinds of principles, dogmas, platforms, models, hypotheses and theories experimentally, among volunteers, under personal laws and full exterritorial autonomy, all of them could be rapidly tested in praxis, at the same time in any large country or even world-wide, and this, because of the voluntarism involved, i.e. under the most favourable conditions for them. – JZ, 22.7.86, 29.3.08, 17.1.14. - I deny that an ideal declaration of all individual rights and liberties does already exist. I found not even sufficient interest in such a declaration in my contacts and my attempt to finally help provide such a declaration, by using the precedents set by over 130 private human rights declarations, reproduced by my in PEACE PLANS 589/590, in its last digitized edition, which is online as part of a disc reproduced at– JZ, 29.3.08, 17.1.14. – Have all the supposedly primary principles been as yet sufficiently assembled, published and criticized, corrected and supplemented? If not then this would certainly be an over-due job. – JZ, 20.3.09.



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