"Responsible freedom of self determination, becoming truly
self-confident and free, to unconditionally be responsible for oneself,
without being coerced to accept some higher authority."
"The essential psychological requirement of a free society is the willingness on
the part of the individual to accept responsibility for his life."
- Edith Packer, clinical psychologist
"In a complex society where there are millions of people doing billions of things,
and where science and technology are compounding (hopefully) upon themselves
daily, it is not only immoral, but stupid and dangerous as well, for a central body
to attempt to control society." - Doug Casey, Crisis Investing (1979), p. 244
"To be governed is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven,
numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked,
estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right
nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. To be governed is to be at every operation,
at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured,
numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden,
reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name
of the general interest, to be placed under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited,
monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then, at the slightest
resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed,
hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged,
condemned, shot deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown all, mocked,
ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonored. That is government; that is its justice;
that is its morality." - PJ Proudhon, General Idea of the Revolution in the Nineteenth Century, trans.
John Beverly Robinson, 1923
"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
for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens?
What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be
observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted - and you create a nation of
law-breakers - and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, that's the
game, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with."
- Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
We are not liberated until we liberate others. So long as we need to control other
people, however benign our motives, we are captive to that need. In giving them
freedom, we free ourselves. - Marilyn Ferguson, The Aquarian Conspiracy
The symbol of all relationships among [rational] men, the moral symbol of respect for
human beings, is the trader. We, who live by values, not by loot, are traders, both in
matter and in spirit. A trader is a man who earns what he gets and does not give or
take the undeserved. A trader does not ask to be paid for his failures, nor does he ask
to be loved for his flaws. A trader does not squander his body as fodder or his soul as
alms. Just as he does not give his work except in trade for material values, so he does
not give the values of his spirit—his love, his friendship, his esteem—except in payment
and in trade for human virtues, in payment for his own selfish pleasure, which he
receives from men he can respect. The mystic parasites who have, throughout the ages,
reviled the traders and held them in contempt, while honoring the beggars and the
looters, have known the secret motive of their sneers: a trader is the entity they
dread - a man of justice.
- Galt’s Speech, For the New Intellectual, p. 133
How can I, as just one person on this vast planet, actually make a difference?
"Whenever we have a threshold phenomenon, wether in physical, biological or social
systems, the configuration of the system at the moment when the threshold is
reached becomes unstable and the slightest, even infinitesimal displacement in the
configuration in the proper direction leads eventually to a finite change in the
configuration of the system. Therefore a change in the behaviour of a single individual,
no matter how small, may precipitate in anunstable social configurational process
that leads to a finite and sometimes radical change."
- Nicholas Rashevsky, Looking at History Through Mathematics
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change
the world; indeed it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead
Free Market: Any market in which trade is unregulated; an economic system free from
government intervention. Within an ideal free market, property rights are voluntarily
exchanged at a price arranged solely by the mutual consent of sellers and buyers. By
definition, buyers and sellers do not coerce each other, in the sense that they obtain
each other's property rights without the use of physical force, threat of physical force,
or fraud, nor are they coerced by a third party (such as by government via transfer
payments) and they engage in trade simply because they both consent and believe
that what they are getting is worth more than or as much as what they give up. Price
is the result of buying and selling decisions en masse as described by the theory of
supply and demand.
Anarchy: Absence of government. No rulership or enforced authority. The state of a
society being without authoritarians or a governing body; Anarchism; the political
theory that a community is best organized by the voluntary cooperation of individuals,
rather than by a government, which is regarded as being coercive by nature.
We have the keys to utopia. It is time to implement them.