Liberty and democracy are eternal enemies, and every one knows it who has ever given any sober reflection to the matter. A democratic state may profess to venerate the name, and even pass laws making it officially sacred, but it simply cannot tolerate the thing. In order to keep any coherence in the governmental process, to prevent the wildest anarchy in thought and act, the government must put limits upon the free play of opinion. In part, it can reach that end by mere propaganda, by the bald force of its authority — that is, by making certain doctrines officially infamous. But in part it must resort to force, i.e., to law. One of the main purposes of laws in a democratic society is to put burdens upon intelligence and reduce it to impotence. Ostensibly, their aim is to penalise anti-social acts; actually their aim is to penalise heretical opinions.

H L Mencken (via anarchei)

Bank accounts. Medical information. Any sensitive data you willingly divulge to a third party. What Washington isn’t demanding overtly, it is rifling through covertly, without notification of those being targeted. Probable cause in 2013 America is a folk tradition, not a binding constitutional limitation on power.

Nobody wants to go through life paranoid…But the rude fact is that the executive branch is conducting all this contra-constitutional surveillance while constantly lying about it.

Matt Welch, “Be Paranoid” (via hipsterlibertarian)

Anonymous asked: Would you ever join the military?

Willingly? Probably not. Some outside force would have to compel me more than likely, unless of course those Canadians got bold and decided to annex Maine, then we’d have a problem.

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The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the force of the Crown. It may be frail; its roof may shake; the wind may blow through it; the storms may enter, the rain may enter,—but the King of England cannot enter; all his forces dare not cross the threshold of the ruined tenement!

William Pitt, Earl of Chatham, 1763

Where is freedom? Freedom is in our hearts. If it dies there, forget it. No judge, no speech, no book, no cable TV, no legislature is going to bring it back, but if it lives in our hearts, no government can for very long keep it away.

Judge Andrew Napolitano (via “The Constitution for Dummies”)

I am an anti-imperialist. I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land.

Mark Twain (via hipsterlibertarian)

I was watching a movie the other day, and it was set a century ago, and it had all these Socialists. They were all organizing and making demands, and laying out what they wanted. What did they want? They wanted prosperity for the masses. They wanted the working man and woman to have healthcare, to have housing, and to have access to the things that the rich had. Well, I agreed with everything they said! Their ideals are my ideals. But what brought that to us? Not the Socialist State. It was the free market that did it. I mean, the free market is delivering to us the old goals of the Socialists from a century ago, we need to realize that and come to terms with it.

Jeffrey Tucker (via eltigrechico)

Who here is going to ISFL this weekend?