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Davy Crockett, Eric Hoffer, Frederic Bastiat


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"We have rights, as individuals, to give as much of our own money as we please to charity; but as members of Congress we have no right so to appropriate a dollar of public money."

-- Davy Crockett

(1786-1836) American hunter, frontiersman, soldier and politician




"The fact is that up to now a free society has not been good for the

intellectual. It has neither accorded him a superior status to sustain his

confidence nor made it easy for him to acquire an unquestioned sense of social

usefulness. For he derives his sense of usefulness mainly from directing,

instructing, and planning- from minding other people's business- and is bound

to feel superfluous and neglected where people believe themselves competent to

manage individual and communal affairs, and are impatient of supervision and

regulation. A free society is as much a threat to the intellectual's sense of

worth as an automated economy is to the workingman's sense of worth. Any social

order that can function with a minimum of leadership will be anathema to the


-- Eric Hoffer

(1902-1983) American author, philosopher, awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom




"Legal plunder can be committed in an infinite number of ways; hence, there are

an infinite number of plans for organizing it: tariffs, protection, bonuses,

subsidies, incentives, the progressive income tax, free education, the right to

employment, the right to profit, the right to wages, the right to relief, the

right to the tools of production, interest free credit, etc., etc. And it the

aggregate of all these plans, in respect to what they have in common, legal

plunder, that goes under the name of socialism."

-- Frederic Bastiat

(1801-1850) French economist, statesman, and author. He did most of his writing during the years just before -- and immediately following -- the French Revolution of February 1848

Source: Essays, 61


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