Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Via The Second Version, I came across this great quote from Henry George.
It is not the business of government to make men virtuous or religious, or to preserve the fool from the consequences of his own folly. Government should be repressive no further than is necessary to secure liberty by protecting the equal rights of each from aggression on the part of others, and the moment governmental prohibitions extend beyond this line they are in danger of defeating the very ends they are intended to serve.

Nothing more need be said, really. Apart from I wish all the fucking socialists of the world would get the concept into their evil, stupid heads.

5 comments:

Mark Wadsworth said...

Henry George, the gift that keeps on giving!

He's a fan of Citizen's Income and Land Value Tax (and would ideally have liked to phase out income tax), BTW, so I have been a big fan for a while.

Roger Thornhill said...

Seconded.

I am surprised the sociofascists have such a problem getting something so simple into their heads...considering the space available.

the A&E Charge Nurse said...

I'm fond of quotes as well, here's one by John Gray [Straw Dogs - 2002]
'Every attempt to modernise Russia on a Western model has failed. That does not mean that Russia is not modern. Quite the contrary, it has pioneered what may prove to be the most advanced form of capitalism.
A hypermodern economy has arisen from the ashes of the Soviet state: a mafia-based anarcho-capitalism that is expanding throughout the West. The globalisation of Russian organised crime occurs at a time when illegal industries - drugs, pornography, prostution, cyberfraud - are the true growth sectors in the most advanced economies. Formerly the site of many failed projects of Westernisation, Russia is today in the vanguard of modernisation in the West [p178].

I could be wrong but I suspect these market freedoms must thrill the sinister libertarians who have come to seek succor in the devils kitchen.

flashgordonnz said...

Genuine question: a&e charge nurse, did you not understand the quote?

The quote suggests that a mafia would NOT be acceptable under a government that operated under HG's ideal.

The clue is in the line:
"secure liberty by protecting the equal rights of each from aggression on the part of others".

flashgordonnz said...

Here's a couple of quotes, both my own:

"It's the edges that make a lawn" c1988

"Necessity may be the mother of all invention, but laziness is the father" c1996