Monday, September 22, 2014

Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.

H. L. Mencken

Any man who afflicts the human race with ideas must be prepare to see them misunderstood.

H. L. Mencken

The essential 21st Century conflict is between the rationers and the producers. This is not a class conflict, that is the fallacy that the left has fallen into for over a century. It is a conflict between a system of bureaucratic collectivism and a society of individuals. It is not a conflict between the rich and the poor, the majority of the rationers are either rich or close enough to it. Their charges may be poor, but the representatives of their victim groups invariably become rich. The rationer camp is funded by some of the wealthiest men and companies in America who agree with its premise that we need to ration everything from children to jobs to food to carbon emissions.

This is a fundamental philosophical conflict between those who believe in a free society and those who believe in a managed society. It is not simply a conflict between capitalism and socialism, many of the capitalists are on the side of the rationers because they agree with them or profit from the rationing. It is a conflict that predates the American Revolution, a conflict that became inevitable with the rise of the supercity and the closing of the frontier.

Our economic freedom is founded on individual property rights; government should never be permitted to take those away.

Ernest Istook

If we are to keep democracy, there must be a commandment: Thou shalt not ration justice.

Learned Hand

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