Saturday, October 10, 2009

Ain't Freedom Somethin'?

Slaves, in general, tend to cherish their chains. In any event, those upon whom enlightenment must be pressed are almost certainly never worthy of it. Those who must be persuaded to be free do not deserve to be.

Taxes are not only a monkey wrench in the machinery of civilization--rent we're forced to pay on our own lives--but the very fuel of war itself.

All taxes are evil. When you take somebody else's property and they don't want to give it to you, there's only one word for it, no matter how many others voted to do it or what kind of funny hat or silly uniform you wear. That word is theft.

If a politician isn't perfectly comfortable with the idea of his average constituent, any man, woman, or responsible child, walking into a hardware store and paying cash--for any rifle, shotgun, handgun, machinegun, anything--without producing ID or signing one scrap of paper, he isn't your friend no matter what he tells you.

When our national leaders begin hiding behind guided missiles, body armor, "pedestrian malls", bullet-proof glass, and tripod control, it's probably for a reason. If you make a career of stealing people's money and screwing with their lives, you're an idiot if you don't expect some of the more frangible among begin screwing back.

The above quotes are from Lever Action, Essays on Liberty by L. Neil Smith.

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