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    Today, 09:00 AM
    Before we get to the capitalism quotes, let us ask you: Is capitalism perfect? Not remotely. But that begs a follow-up question: Are people perfect? One can argue that communism, which holds that people would be better off without greed, is better than capitalism. One can also argue that people would be better off if they were able to fly. According to the communist’s logic, that would mean we had better begin pushing people off of rooftops. Enemies of capitalism are quick to point out that it is an imperfect system, yet also advocate for an even more imperfect system to take its place. They want to remove people who are rewarded by production from the economy, and replace them with people who are rewarded by controlling others. The former will put food on the table; the latter will put people in gulags. Who are capitalism’s greatest enemies? I count three. The first are politicians, who see capitalism as an obstacle separating them from their citizens’ wealth. That wealth also insulates their citizens from the politicians’ influence, which must surely stick in the craw of any would-be tyrants. The second are businesspeople themselves, who look to the government as their ultimate ace in the hole when it comes to beating competition. If an elite corps of producers can make itself the communist politicians’ key supporter, then they can compel legislation which puts their rivals out of business.
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    10-13-2021, 10:50 PM
    Before we get to the capitalism quotes, let us ask you: Is capitalism perfect? Not remotely. But that begs a follow-up question: Are people perfect? One can argue that communism, which holds that people would be better off without greed, is better than capitalism. One can also argue that people would be better off if they were able to fly. According to the communist’s logic, that would mean we had better begin pushing people off of rooftops. Enemies of capitalism are quick to point out that it is an imperfect system, yet also advocate for an even more imperfect system to take its place. They want to remove people who are rewarded by production from the economy, and replace them with people who are rewarded by controlling others. The former will put food on the table; the latter will put people in gulags. Who are capitalism’s greatest enemies? I count three. The first are politicians, who see capitalism as an obstacle separating them from their citizens’ wealth. That wealth also insulates their citizens from the politicians’ influence, which must surely stick in the craw of any would-be tyrants. The second are businesspeople themselves, who look to the government as their ultimate ace in the hole when it comes to beating competition. If an elite corps of producers can make itself the communist politicians’ key supporter, then they can compel legislation which puts their rivals out of business.
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    10-10-2021, 09:19 AM
    When no one can get ahead, equality will finally have been realized.
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    10-06-2021, 06:57 PM
    Before you read Frédéric Bastiat quotes, you might wonder: Who is Frédéric Bastiat? Before the Austrian School arose to extol the virtues of the free market, there was Claude-Frédéric Bastiat (1801–1850). The prominent French economist and member of the Optimist School advocated for laissez-faire economics, developed the opportunity cost theory of microeconomics, and wrote Ce qu'on voit et ce qu'on ne voit pas (That which is seen, and that which is not seen), in which he introduced the parable of the broken window. This parable (which Henry Hazlitt also spends good time illustrating in the second chapter of Economics in One Lesson) explains how destruction and reconstruction do not provide a net benefit to society. In short, suppose that a shopkeeper’s window is smashed by a vandal. People might suppose this ultimately helps the economy, as they will see the replacement the shopkeeper must buy from the glazier. But what they will not see is the shopkeeper’s new suit, as it will never come into existence once the shopkeeper can no longer afford to pay the tailor. Whereas a window would have existed in either event, it is only thanks to the vandal that the suit can not come into creation as well. Apply this logic on a larger scale, and it does a good deal to chip away at the hawkish argument that war is good for the economy. Broken windows aside, Bastiat is best known for writing The Law. In it Bastiat states that man’s right to “defend his person, his liberty, and his property” comes not from the state, but from God. He continues to argue that the law becomes perverted whenever it violates this natural right, which essentially amounts to plundering by the government. (Language which Ayn Rand would borrow in Atlas Shrugged.)
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    10-03-2021, 12:08 PM
    Goddamn right. "We hate you! But don't you dare leave the country! You'll create the same kind of horrible government we're trying to force you to live under!"
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    09-30-2021, 12:11 AM
    "We have it in our power to begin the world over again." In a sense, Thomas Paine’s greatest role in the foundation of the United States was as a propagandist. His pamphlets Common Senseand The American Crisisboth stirred up fiery rebellious sentiment against British rule. Although he did not sign the Declaration of Independence, Paine was every bit a Founding Father. The British would most certainly have turned him into a windchime had the patriots not won the war. Thomas Paine quotes reflect many of the ideas which the Founding Fathers presented in the Declaration of Independence. And while they acknowledged that a country’s government should not be changed will nilly, the Founding Fathers never treated the English monarchy as something deserving of reverence. Surely they all recalled what Paine wrote in Common Sense as they did so: “o man in his senses can say that their claim under William the Conqueror is a very honourable one. A French bastard landing with an armed Banditti and establishing himself king of England against the consent of the natives, is in plain terms a very paltry rascally original. It certainly hath no divinity in it.” Yet not all of Paine’s beliefs were embraced during the early years of the Republic. His vehement opposition to slavery, for example, wasn’t very well received by certain plantation owners. The nasty letter he sent to George Washington when the president failed to intervene during his imprisonment in France didn’t help Paine endear himself to many of the other Founding Fathers, either. No one calls Big George a hypocrite.
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    09-27-2021, 09:54 AM
    It is, but only when white people do it.
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    09-23-2021, 12:16 AM
    “There is freedom of speech, but I cannot guarantee freedom after speech.” – Idi Amin Listen: A blog post isn’t going to change anyone’s mind about free speech. Freedom of speech quotes, however expertly they may have been curated, are not poised to make some pink-haired, nose-pierced, garishly-tattooed liberal arts student put down their hashtag pitchfork and reconsider whether they’re actually doing good by demanding the public crucifixion of anyone whose point of view falls right of Mao Zedong’s. “Hate speech isn’t free speech.” This axiom, whenever it is bleated, should make any rational person’s skin crawl. It supposes that speech can be classified as acceptable or unacceptable, and that someone has the duty to suppress the latter class. No one has, and no one ought to. Perhaps in a perfect world there could exist a ruling body which genuinely keeps its people’s best interests in mind when it bans the expression of objectively hideous sentiments. But this ain’t no perfect world, babe. If you’ve ever stepped on a wet patch of floor right after you put on fresh socks, then you have to know it. The second you create authority, only authoritarians will allow themselves to have it. Let them control what you’re able to say, and the second it gives them an advantage they’ll slam the Overton window shut so hard it’ll cut off your fingertips. Justify restricting speech to protect the oppressed until you’ve run out of breath; it won’t change the fact that the oppressed are never the ones who control what others are allowed to say.
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    09-20-2021, 03:40 PM
    I hope the vaccine doesn't kill more people than the virus. I don't think I can handle being that smug.
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