April 5

political quotes

  • People who object to weapons aren't abolishing violence, they're begging for rule by brute force.
     - L. Neil Smith, The Probability Broach
  • One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
     - Plato
  • The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
     - H.L. Mencken
  • When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.
     - P.J. O'Rourke
  • If you protect a man from folly, you will soon have a nation of fools.
     - William Penn
  • If the People only understood the rank injustice of our money and banking system there would be a revolution before morning!
     - Andrew Jackson, upon vetoing the Second Bank of the United States Charter
  • And I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.
     - Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Taylor (28 May 1816)
  • Your republic will be as fearfully plundered and laid waste by barbarians in the twentieth century as the Roman Empire was in the fifth; with this difference; that the Huns and Vandals who ravaged the Roman Empire came from without and your Huns and Vandals will have been engendered within your own country, by your own institutions.
     - Thomas B. Macaulay, speaking of America, 1857
  • A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury. After that, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits with the result the democracy collapses because of the loose fiscal policy ensuing, always to be followed by a dictatorship.
     - Alexander Tytler, 1800s
  • The ultimate ignorance is the rejection of something you know nothing about and refuse to investigate.
     - Dr. Wayne Dyer

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