The first response to Doug Casey’s talk (see The Psychopaths Who Gravitate To Government) was thoughtful and thorough. Neil McCray obviously put a lot of effort into this comment: I can’t say I was terribly impressed with the guy. His… Read More »Psychopaths Who Gravitate To Government
Three articles have appeared here recently on the situation in Cyprus. This tiny, almost negligible, country can have no impact on the financial crisis that is coming. At least in terms of its dollar impact, it cannot. Relative to the… Read More »Cyprus — The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
No matter what Washington believes is good for the country, if it is not perceived as such by its economic actors there will be no economic recovery. No amount of propaganda associated with “hope and change” can alter the first… Read More »The Productive Vote Against Obama’s Economic Delusions
Losing influence is a slow and imperceptible process. It happens to individuals and nations. Both tend to underestimate the effects. Business moguls at the top of their game eventually age and retire. All experience diminution of influence and importance that… Read More »Countries Come and Go
I collect quotes as I stumble upon ones that strike my fancy. Unfortunately they are in a database that cannot be searched or sorted. For other purposes, I surfed this growing database in search of quotes on government. The search was not thorough and only by accident does it contain my favorites. In reviewing the list, included below, I was struck by two things:
- Virtually all were unfavorable with respect to government.
- The quotes were by and large from famous, intelligent and respected people.
Then I shifted my search terms to “good government quotes,” “pro government quotes” and “pro big government quotes.” A quick review of several of the hits failed to produce a site where government was praised. Most included results already in my database.
Although hardly a scientific study, two hypotheses come to mind:
- Google is against government and salts their search engine to emphasize disparaging comments on government.
- Intelligent people don’t try to defend the indefensible.
Those with time on their hands might want to test two hypotheses out (hint: don’t waste too much time on the first) or come up with alternatives to test.
If someone comes up with quotes in praise of government, I would be interested in seeing them. In the meantime, here are the quotes that came from my database. After reading these, one is only left to wonder how we let things get so out of whack.
- Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods. H.L. Mencken
- Force always attracts men of low morality. Albert Einstein
- Taking the State wherever found, striking into its history at any point, one sees no way to differentiate the activities of its founders, administrators and beneficiaries from those of a professional-criminal class. Albert J. Nock
- … the State has never shown any disposition to suppress crime, but only toRead More »Do Only Dumb People Believe in Government?
In a classic “which came first — the chicken or the egg?” issue, John Mauldin’s newsletter reports on our dying, hollowed-out economy. One wonders which is the causal factor. That leads us to the next bit of data from the… Read More »Educated Beyond Our Economy’s Ability To Create Jobs or Education Dragging Our Economy Down?
The jobless recovery is even worse than many think. Jobs not only are not being created, they are being destroyed for the first time in modern history. In every other recovery, the work force grew except for this one. Perhaps it is not a recovery? Perhaps it is the expansion of payments to non-workers?
The following chart from Investor’s Business Daily clearly shows something is terribly wrong:
- In the 30 months since the recession officially ended, nearly 1 million peopleRead More »The Notion of A “Recovery” is Nonsense