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Liberty is liberty, not equality or fairness or justice or human happiness or a quiet conscience.

— Isaiah Berlin



Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purposes are beneficent... the greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.

— Justice Louis D. Brandeis, Olmstead vs. United States, United States Supreme Court, 1928



There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.

— Ayn Rand: Atlas Shrugged



Aggression is simply another name for government.

— Benjamin Tucker



The mind never fully accepts any convictions that it does not owe to its own efforts.

— Frédéric Bastiat



When you look into all this bizarre activity of the European Union with its 80,000 pages of regulations it looks like Gosplan. We used to have an organisation which was planning everything in the economy, to the last nut and bolt, five years in advance. Exactly the same thing is happening in the EU.

— Vladimir Bukovsky



Patriotism is a pernicious, psychopathic form of idiocy.

— George Bernard Shaw



A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.

— Edward Abbey



The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.

— H.L. Mencken



No nation was ever ruined by trade.

— Benjamin Franklin