10 November 2008

What's yours is his

We have been guided by a Republican administration who believes in the simplistic notion that people who have wealth are entitled to keep it and they have an antipathy towards the means of redistributing wealth and they may be able to sustain it for a while but it doesn’t work in the long run.

— Jim Moran (D-VA)
I want to slap Jim Moran in the head with a library-bound copy of The Ethics of Liberty. I predict it would make a satisfyingly hollow, dead thump, much like striking a watermelon or one of the larger gourds.

Fun fact about Jim Moran: He believes in the simplistic notion that people who have pants are entitled to keep them and harbors an antipathy towards redistribution of trousers. When we are done battering Mr Moran about the noggin with enlightening tomes, please feel free to abscond with his britches. Perhaps this will teach him that keeping your own slacks obviously can not work in the long run.

A statesman is the criminal who works with phrases instead of with the burglar’s jimmy.
— Joseph Schumpeter, in his personal diary

The war against illegal plunder has been fought since the beginning of the world. But how is... legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime. Then abolish this law without delay... If such a law is not abolished immediately it will spread, multiply and develop into a system.
— Frederic Bastiat

No greater change nor any greater evil could be introduced into society than this: to convert the law into an instrument of plunder.
— Frederic Bastiat, The Law 2.35

A people averse to the institution of private property is without the first elements of freedom.
— Lord Acton

You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
— Abraham Lincoln [Ed: Really? Might actually be William J.H. Boetcker. I have both in my notes.]

A government with the policy to rob Peter to pay Paul can be assured of the support of Paul.
— George Bernard Shaw

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