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Quote of the Day

Posted in Quote of the Day on February 16, 2010 by thefyrdman

Trying to play catch up by doing lots of posts today, clearly.  Today’s quote from one of my favourite authors, Ayn Rand.

I swear, by my life and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.

Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

These words are spoken by the character John Galt.

What I love about this quote is that it, for me, sums up liberty so definitively and concisely.  It does not preclude the desire or will to help others, or receive help, but it does deny the right of others to claim we must help them.  Where we help by choice, we are morally good.  Where we help by force or blackmail, we are amoral in our actions, and the instigator becomes wicked.  It also neatly shows the respect required between sovereign individuals, to ask no more of someone else than we would ask of them.

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Quote(s) of the Day

Posted in Quote of the Day on February 1, 2010 by thefyrdman

Sorry for the delay in posting..

“I prefer liberty with danger than peace with slavery”

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Generally I consider Rousseau to be one of the most despicable of philosophers (see his Will of the Nation nonsese for an idea why) but, taken out of context, I agree whole heartedly with him.  It is better to be free and insecure than it is to be safe and submissive.

It does remind me of another quote though that I like:

“Once you’ve got a task to do, it’s better to do it than to live with the fear of it.”

Logen Nine-Fingers, The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

I’m trying to live by this one nowadays.  I’ve done far too much procrastinating and too little action at times.  Not any more.

Quote of the Day

Posted in Quote of the Day on January 30, 2010 by thefyrdman

“Liberty means responsibility.  That is why most men dread it”

George Bernard Shaw

Quote of the Day

Posted in Quote of the Day on January 29, 2010 by thefyrdman

“There are four ways in which you can spend money. You can spend your own money on yourself. When you do that, why then you really watch out what you’re doing, and you try to get the most for your money. Then you can spend your own money on somebody else. For example, I buy a birthday present for someone. Well, then I’m not so careful about the content of the present, but I’m very careful about the cost. Then, I can spend somebody else’s money on myself. And if I spend somebody else’s money on myself, then I’m sure going to have a good lunch! Finally, I can spend somebody else’s money on somebody else. And if I spend somebody else’s money on somebody else, I’m not concerned about how much it is, and I’m not concerned about what I get. And that’s government. And that’s close to 40% of our national income.”

 Milton Friedman, Fox News interview (May 2004)

Oh if only it were as low as 40% in the UK today…

Quote of the Day

Posted in Quote of the Day on January 28, 2010 by thefyrdman

I know this has been quoted all over today but it’s too good to not post.

“The main argument now, increasingly, is between those who view the state as an enabler and those who view it as, at best, a sometimes necessary irritant. To employ a massively oversimplified analogy, statists seem to think that the state should act as captain, coach, physio, kitman, ballboy, PR department, groundsman, ticketing department, FIFA representative, the guy with the half time oranges, agent, translator, WAG, turnstile operator, matchday police, the guy selling the big flags outside the ground and the guy confiscating the big flags on the way into the ground.

Libertarians just want a guy with a fucking whistle. “

Mr. Eugenides

Hat tip to Adam Smith Institute Blog and Samizdata for flagging this up.

Quote of the Day

Posted in Quote of the Day on January 27, 2010 by thefyrdman

“If we wish to preserve a free society, it is essential that we recognize that the desirability of a particular object is not sufficient justification for the use of coercion.”

Friedrich August von Hayek, Constitution of Liberty