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[Quote No.43441] Need Area: Friends > General
"What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed, if so celestial an article as Freedom should not be highly rated." - Thomas Paine
'The Crisis', 1776.
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"War breeds atrocities. From the earliest conflicts of recorded history to the global struggles of modern times inhumanities, lust and pillage have been the inevitable by-products of man's resort to force and arms. Unfortunately, such despicable acts have a dangerous tendency to call forth primitive impulses of vengeance and retaliation among the victimized peoples. The satisfaction of such impulses in turn breeds resentment and fresh tension. Thus does the spiral of cruelty and hatred grow." - Frank Murphy
U.S. Supreme Court Justice. Quote from him in the U.S. Supreme Court case, Yamashita v. Styer, 1946.
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"[If you want to be wise, free and happy] Sell not...liberty to purchase power." - Benjamin Franklin

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[Quote No.43446] Need Area: Friends > General
"...the fundamental tradition of the American people ... is the magnificent tradition of economic freedom [i.e. a free market, private property rights and laws against initiated force, coercion and fraud, especially by government], the instinct to know that without economic freedom no other freedom is significant or lasting, and that if economic freedom be attained, no other freedom can be withheld." - Albert Jay Nock
'The Freeman' magazine, April 14, 1920.
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[Quote No.43449] Need Area: Friends > General
"True compassion is more than [just the helpful but momentary petty charity of] flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not [that] haphazard and superficial. [At its wisest, it looks for causes and then voluntary long-term solutions.] It comes [sometimes] to see that an edifice that produces beggars needs restructuring. [For example, it may see that the beggars being produced there never had the right opportunity to understand and make the most of the miracle of free market capitalism to allow them to give themselves, and those they love, financial independence and thereby greater individual freedom. They may have had a set-back that damaged their confidence or they may not even have grasped the need to do whatever it takes to get an education in a saleable skill, that is in demand somewhere, and then the discipline and persistence to get to where it is needed and use it to contribute to the welfare of others, in polite, diligent service to their needs, in fair exchange for money, that must be managed with great care to meet first their basic needs and then saved, by doing without, first for a rainy day, because they come unexpectedly to us all and then for investment, so they can climb higher up the ladder of capital, till they too can voluntarily choose, not forced by however well-meaning government coercion, to share their example and surplus capital to help another soul that has also strayed from the straight and narrow path to true freedom, independence and happiness.]" - Martin Luther King, Jr.
(1929 - 1968), civil-rights leader.
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[Quote No.43451] Need Area: Friends > General
"[To change the world, first change yourself. To improve the world, first improve yourself.] Although the connections are not always obvious, personal change is inseparable from social and political change. [Like Mahatma Gandhi said, 'We must be the change we wish to see in the world.' This is reiterated and explained by Luca and Francesco Cavalli-Sforza: 'When individuals change by bringing their consciousness to maturity, the world changes too, because the world is made up of individuals.']" - Harriet Lerner
(1944 - ), psychologist
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[Quote No.43464] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Herbert Spencer's 'Law of Equal Freedom', is the only true equality that is humanly possible. It states:] Every man [and woman] has freedom to do all he [or she] wills, provided he [or she] infringes not the equal freedom [from force, coercion and fraud] of any other man [or woman]." - Herbert Spencer
(1820 - 1903) British Philosopher. Quote from his book, 'Social Statics', page 121.
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[Quote No.43466] Need Area: Friends > General
"[All governments have some corruption in them, but it is well known by economists and political philosophers, that corruption is much more likely to occur and even become epidemic when the socio-economic political system sets up the government with the necessary power to be able to use its position to force, coerce and defraud, outside of public view, to enrich special interest groups, cronies and relatives, who then kick-back money and privileges to the politicians, bureaucrats and their families. These very strong government power and control political systems are known as ‘statist’ systems and include ‘state capitalism’, socialism, communism and fascism. People advocating these political systems never understand these well-documented and intractably intrinsic problems with the systems or if they do they either hope to profit from the potential graft and corruption or 'strangely' accept the corruption as just part of the cost for what they judge are the benefits of the system. The following article gives details of an example that reinforces this understanding:] Since the [recent] fall of Chinese Communist Party prodigy Bo Xilai, global media has shone a spotlight in the widespread fraud that has become apparent in both mainland and US listed Chinese companies. At the same time, an extraordinary number of the Communist Party and the military cadre have massive unexplained wealth, with the Top 70 recording a net collective worth of over $80 billion. Last week, ‘Bloomberg’ was banned [state censorship of the media] by the Chinese government for reporting the incoming presidents families assets at over $367 million. ‘As Xi [Xinping, next in line to become China's president], climbed the Communist Party ranks, his extended family expanded their business interests to include minerals, real estate and mobile-phone equipment, according to public documents compiled by ‘Bloomberg’,’ the site reported [http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-29/xi-jinping-millionaire-relations-reveal-fortunes-of-elite.html]. ‘Those interests include investments in companies with total assets of $376 million; an 18 per cent indirect stake in a rare earths company with $1.73 billion in assets; and a $20.2 million holding in a publicly traded technology company. The figures don’t account for liabilities and thus don’t reflect the family’s net worth.’ This kind of net worth originally came about by the implementation of the Cadre capitalist system by Deng Xiaoping in the early 90s its evolution into a kleptocracy. But to this stoush, we can now add the stand-off between the China and the US over accounting standards. This issue has been going on for a few years and there looks to be no resolution in sight. In fact, Chinese firms could be cut off from US capital markets by the end of the year, according to Tsinghua University’s School of Economics and Management professor Patrick Chovanec in Beijing, China. ‘Unless a compromise can be reached, there is a very real chance that US securities regulators may end up employing the 'nuclear option': forcibly delisting every Chinese company currently listed on a US stock exchange – such as Sinopec, Sina.com, China Life, and China Unicom. It’s a potential catastrophe-in-the-making that few investors or politicians have given any serious thought to,’ Chovanec says. There is a high probability that China simply cannot comply with US requirements because Chinese politicians and princelings would be implicated in these massive frauds, and with over 200 companies listed in the US this would result in a massive dislocation of capital when these companies are forced to relist in Hong Kong. If, as Peking University Guanghua School of Management professor Paul Gillis contends that if the US Public Accounting Oversight Board and the SEC make no progress, and the issue becomes political, company de-registration will be the only option. In that case, he says ‘it is the PCAOB that pulls the plug’. ‘That then forces the exchanges to decide how to enforce their rules that require companies to have auditors and audited financial statements in order to be listed. I expect in this scenario that the exchanges are forced to delist the companies, and the scramble to Hong Kong begins,’ Gillis says. On the June 20, the SEC served formal requests on the Chinese arms of each of the 'big four' audit firms – Deloitte, Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG. In turn, the China Securities Regulatory Commission warned the accounting firms not to provide audit records to overseas regulators. Currently, mainland Chinese affiliates of the international audit firms have 130 clients listed on US stock exchanges, with Deloitte topping the list with 48 clients, followed by PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG, with 28 clients each. The reality is that Hong Kong hasn’t the capacity to re-register this amount of capital, so the issue is likely to become a powder keg in a US election run up. Will Barack Obama or Mitt Romney be willing to stare down China on accounting and audit standards? An article [http://brontecapital.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/macroeconomics-of-chinese-kleptocracy.html] by Bronte Capital chief investment officer John Hempton leads to only one conclusion, that China is refusing because it is protecting kleptocrat racketeers. As Hempton says: ‘(A) The children and relatives of CPC Central Committee members are amongst the beneficiaries of the wave of stock fraud in the US. (B) The response to the wave of stock fraud in the US and Hong Kong has not been to crack down on the perpetrators of the stock fraud (so to make markets work better). It has been to make Chinese statutory accounts less available, to make it harder to detect stock fraud. (C) When given direct evidence of fraudulent accounts in the US filed by a large company with CPC family members as beneficiaries or management a big four audit firm will (possibly at the risk to their global franchise) sign the accounts knowing full well that they are fraudulent. The auditors (including and arguably ... the big four) are co-opted for the benefit of Chinese kleptocrats.’ The problem maybe that neither side has room to move, US regulators and the ‘get tough with China brigade’ must move to protect the viability of US capital markets, while western style audits may expose far too many politically connected kleptocrats behind the Chinese audit curtain for them to give way. The Chinese reluctance to provide information may indicate that the frauds that have been uncovered to date are merely the tip of a big Red Iceberg of Chinese cadre fraud." - Craig Tindale
Craig Tindale is the Vice President of the Centre for Economic Stability, Professor Steve Keen’s non-profit research initiative. Quote from an article entitled, 'The Underbelly of Chinese Accounting', published 5th July 2012, on the 'Business Spectator' website. [http://www.businessspectator.com.au/bs.nsf/Article/The-red-iceberg-pd20120703-VTU43?opendocument&src=rss ]
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[Quote No.43480] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Freedom, individualism, authenticity and being yourself so long as you don't hurt another's physical person or property:] Cherish forever what makes you unique, cuz you're really a yawn if it goes. [Whatever you do, don't look around and try to become like everyone else, in all things, or allow others to pressure you to be just like them!]" - Bette Midler

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[Quote No.43483] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Freedom, individualism, authenticity and being yourself so long as you don't hurt another's physical person or property:] Envy is a symptom of lack of appreciation of our own uniqueness and self-worth. Each of us has something to give that no one else has." - Elizabeth O'Connor

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[Quote No.43487] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Freedom, individualism, authenticity and being yourself so long as you don't hurt another's physical person or property:-] All people are created with the equal ability to become unequal. Not everyone is equipped with the same talents, gifts or abilities. Each of us is created in a unique way. Our personalities are as diverse as the universe itself. Yet there is one constant: We can, by using what we have to the fullest, stand out from the crowd." - Glenn Van Ekeren

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[Quote No.43489] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Freedom, individualism, authenticity and being yourself so long as you don't hurt another's physical person or property:] Vive la différence! [This is a French expression to celebrate (‘vive’ is equivalent to ‘long live’) being different, meaning it's good that everyone is different.]" - French Saying

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[Quote No.43495] Need Area: Friends > General
"The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one." - Wilhelm Stekel

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[Quote No.43502] Need Area: Friends > General
"[In war and conflict remember...] It is the enemy who can truly teach us to practice the virtues of compassion and tolerance." - Dalai Lama
14th Dalai Lama - the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists and the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize winner.
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[Quote No.43504] Need Area: Friends > General
"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion." - Dalai Lama
14th Dalai Lama - the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists and the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize winner.
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[Quote No.43520] Need Area: Friends > General
"[War:] Never bring a knife to a gun fight." - Saying

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[Quote No.43524] Need Area: Friends > General
"The essence of spiritual practice is your attitude toward others." - Dalai Lama
14th Dalai Lama, whose name is Tenzin Gyatso.
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[Quote No.43531] Need Area: Friends > General
"The Constitution gives every American the inalienable right to make a damn fool of himself." - John Ciardi

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[Quote No.43545] Need Area: Friends > General
"All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together!" - Jack Kerouac
Famous writer
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[Quote No.43549] Need Area: Friends > General
"...[No man is morally a slave, each] man is an end in himself, not the means [through involuntary servitude by force, coercion and fraud] to the ends of others [even a majority in a democracy], that man’s life, his freedom, his happiness are his by inalienable right." - Ayn Rand
Quote from the speech of the key character, John Galt, in her book, 'Atlas Shrugged'.
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[Quote No.43550] Need Area: Friends > General
"The only proper purpose of a government is to protect man’s rights, which means: to protect him from physical violence. A proper government [therefore is a small, limited government, which] is only a policeman, acting as an agent of man’s self-defense, and, as such, may resort to force only against those who start the use of force. The only proper functions of a government are: the police, to protect you from criminals; the army, to protect you from foreign invaders; and the courts, to protect your property and contracts from breach or fraud by others, to settle disputes by rational rules, according to objective law. But a government that initiates the employment of force against men who had forced no one, the employment of armed compulsion against disarmed victims, is a nightmare infernal machine designed to annihilate morality: such a government reverses its only moral purpose and switches from the role of protector to the role of man’s deadliest enemy, from the role of policeman to the role of a criminal vested with the right to the wielding of violence against victims deprived of the right of self-defense. Such a [statist - i.e. crony rather than free maket capitalist, socialist, communist, state capitalist, fascist] government substitutes for morality the following rule of social conduct: you may do whatever you please to your neighbor, provided your gang is bigger than his. Only a brute, a fool or an evader can agree to exist [in any society] on such terms or agree to give his fellow men a blank check on his life and his mind, to accept the belief that others have the right to dispose of his person at their whim, that the will of the majority is Omnipotent, that the physical force of muscles and numbers is a substitute for justice, reality and truth... [When you asked government to do more than its proper purpose and use its force arbitarily rather than to just protect individual freedom and free markets, you set man against man, group against group, in a struggle to get the political power to control that legal force to exploit and plunder others, especially the minorities as defined by those in ever-changing charge of the power]... You did not care to compete in terms of intelligence - you are now competing in terms of brutality. You did not care to allow rewards to be won by successful production - you are now running a race in which rewards are won by successful [legal] plunder. You called it selfish and cruel that men should trade value for value - you have now established an unselfish society where they trade extortion for extortion. Your system is a legal civil war, where men gang up on one another and struggle for possession of the law, which they use as a club over rivals, till another gang wrests it [by lobbyist money, force, coercion or fraud] from their clutch and clubs them with it in their turn, all of them clamoring protestations of service to an unnamed public’s unspecified good. You had said that you saw no difference between economic and political power, between the power of money and the power of guns - no difference between reward and punishment, no difference between purchase and plunder, no difference between pleasure and fear, no difference between life and death. You are learning the difference now... [now that those that were the imaginative and rational 'motor of the world', which 'held up the world', with their superior results when competition was politically free and unbiased, refuse to do so any longer!]" - Ayn Rand
Quote from the speech of the key character, John Galt, in her book, 'Atlas Shrugged'.
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[Quote No.43556] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Each individual human has the unalienable natural right to have equal freedom from force, coercion and fraud. This has been recognised for thousands of years in religious texts, including the ‘Ten Commandments’ and even in poetry; for example Dante Alighieri's ‘Divine Comedy’, the 14th-century epic poem in three parts – first ‘Inferno’ (Hell), followed by ‘Purgatorio’ (Purgatory) and lastly ‘Paradiso’ (Paradise):] In Dante’s ‘Inferno’ there are only two basic sins in all the levels of Hell. One is ‘forza’, crimes of violence and force. The other basic sin is called ‘forda’, which is Italian for fraud. Force and fraud. The damned who have been sent to Hell for crimes of violence weren’t at the lowest circles of Hell; those were reserve for people who committed fraud, or sins of the mind. [The nine circles of Hell were: First Circle (Limbo); Second Circle (Lust); Third Circle (Gluttony); Fourth Circle (Greed); Fifth Circle (Anger); Sixth Circle (Heresy); Seventh Circle (Violence); Eighth Circle (Fraud); Ninth Circle (Treachery)]" - Ronald B. Tobias
Quote from '20 Master Plots (And How to Build Them)’, p32.
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[Quote No.43560] Need Area: Friends > General
"[People are all human and have the same innate needs and drives - refer Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs - although they all meet them in slightly different ways:] If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh?" - William Shakespeare
Quote from his play, ‘The Merchant of Venice, Act III, Scene i
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"[People are all human and have the same innate needs and drives refer Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs - although they all meet them in slightly different ways. As] An unlearned carpenter of my acquaintance once said, ‘There is very little difference between one man and another; but what little there is, is very important.’ This distinction seems to me to go to the root of the matter!" - Henry James

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[Quote No.43564] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Self-esteem, identification, empathy and compassion:] So many people have an unconquerable instinct to help an underdog... Many people have a snobbish instinct to deal only with topdogs. There are these two kinds of people in the world, as unlike as male and female." - Tom Treanor
NBC War Correspondent
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[Quote No.43573] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Crony capitalist and socialist governments are particularly susceptible to being corrupted, in particular by professional lobbyists, to use their power for the benefits of special interest groups. For example here is a quote from convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff about the culture of corruption and deception in Washington, DC, USA:] The worst part for me was the hypocrisy of the whole thing. Most of these senators had taken boatloads of cash and prizes from my team and our clients. I stared stonefaced at [Senator Ben Nighthorse] Campbell as he hurled invectives at me. I wondered how he’d react if I reminded him about the twenty-five thousand dollars in campaign checks I delivered to him during our breakfast meeting at posh Capitol Hill eatery La Colline the morning of April 23, 2002. I’ll never forget that breakfast. After I handed him the envelope full of campaign contributions, he let me know that my clients would be treated well by his Indian Affiars Committee.... Each member of that panel had the same skeletons in their closet I did, or worse. But no one was grilling them." - Jack Abramoff
Quote from his book, 'Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth about Washington Corruption from America’s Most Notorious Lobbyist', P.233. [http://elizabethkelleylaw.wordpress.com/2012/04/02/book-review-capitol-punishment-the-hard-truth-about-washington-corruption-from-americas-most-notorious-lobbyist-by-jack-abramoff/ ]
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[Quote No.43574] Need Area: Friends > General
"There are exceptions...but essentially that's what politics is primarily all about - feeding people lies they want to believe in - just to get elected." - Mike 'Mish' Shedlock
Registered investment advisor representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management. [http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/lies-you-can-believe-in.html? ]
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[Quote No.43575] Need Area: Friends > General
"[In statist governments, where power is removed from individuals in society and centralized in bureaucracies, for example in governments based on communism, socialism, state capitalism, crony capitalism, fascism, etc] ... the [poltically powerful] guilty are protected and the innocent [desiring freedom and justice are forced to] turn to violence." - John Ward
Founder and editor of 'The Slog' blog. [http://hat4uk.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/greece-spain-the-real-story/ ]
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[Quote No.43580] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Rabbi Yeruchem Levovitz used to say, 'Who is the righteous person and who is the evil person? Many people think the righteous person is one who does not transgress, and the evil person is one who constantly transgresses. But even the very righteous also transgress and even the very wicked perform good deeds.' ('Alai Shur', vol.1, p.186)] The essential difference between the two is that the righteous person tries to overcome his desire to do wrong, while the evil person does not!" - Rabbi Zelig Pliskin
Quote from his book, 'Gateway to Happiness', p.222.
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[Quote No.43583] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Life is about 'Reciprocity' and a version of the Golden Rule, in that 'You will usually be treated as you treat others': Remember usually] You Will Get It All Back - When you act with hostility and aggression toward others, they are likely to respond in a similar manner. When you shout at someone, he is likely to shout back. The reverse holds true if you are caring and cheerful toward others. Therefore, for purely pragmatic reasons, we should be kind and friendly in dealing with others. From the Torah perspective, however, this is not merely sound advice. It is an obligation!" - Rabbi Zelig Pliskin
Quote from his book, 'Gateway to Happiness', pp. 136-7.
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[Quote No.43616] Need Area: Friends > General
"What this country needs are more unemployed politicians [and bureaucrats]." - Edward Langley

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[Quote No.43617] Need Area: Friends > General
"The [big, paternal government, US] Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The [small, limited government, US] Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then they get elected and prove it." - P. J. O'Rourke

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[Quote No.43618] Need Area: Friends > General
"Political power has a ratchet action; it works only one way, to augment itself. A transfer occurs by which the power cannot be retracted, once it is bestowed. [This explains how governments tend to get bigger and more powerful every year, especially in a crisis, at the expense of the freedom and independence of the individual within the society. It is like the old saying about boiling a frog: if the water temperature is raised slowly and gradually enough the frog is cooked without getting alarmed and saving itself by simply jumping out.]" - Isabel Paterson
Quote from her book, 'The God of the Machine'.
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[Quote No.43619] Need Area: Friends > General
"The humanitarian in theory is the terrorist in action [if they resort to means involving initiating force, coercion or fraud, rather than persuasion, to achieve their however well-intentioned ends]." - Isabel Paterson
Quote from her book, 'The God of the Machine'.
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[Quote No.43626] Need Area: Friends > General
"Needless to say, under either system [socialism or fascism], the inequalities of income and standard of living are greater than anything possible under a free economy - and a man’s position is determined, not by his productive ability and achievement, but by political pull and force. Under both systems, sacrifice is invoked as a magic, omnipotent solution in any crisis - and 'the public good' is the altar on which victims are immolated." - Ayn Rand
(1905 - 1982), author. Quote from her article, 'The Fascist New Frontier,' The Ayn Rand Column, p.98.
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[Quote No.43627] Need Area: Friends > General
"To maintain the ascendancy [superiority] of the Constitution [which is the 'social contract' where the people give certain of their individual powers to the government] over the lawmaking majority is the great and essential point on which the success of the [constitutional] system must depend [and therefore the importance of the 'check and balance' of constitutional review by the Supreme Court]; unless that ascendancy can be preserved, the necessary consequence must be that the [politically-determined, subsequent] laws will supersede the Constitution; and, finally, the will of the Executive, by influence of its patronage, will supersede the laws [as an unrestricted dictatorship]..." - John C. Calhoun
(1782 - 1850), American statesman.
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[Quote No.43631] Need Area: Friends > General
"The good man is the man who, no matter how morally unworthy he has been, is moving to become better!" - John Dewey

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[Quote No.43648] Need Area: Friends > General
"...[time-tested and accepted] custom supersedes all other forms of law." - Mark Twain

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[Quote No.43655] Need Area: Friends > General
"The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be." - Martin Luther King Jr.

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[Quote No.43661] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Especially in political matters] Lord, what fools these mortals be." - William Shakespeare

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[Quote No.43666] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Racism and discrimination by the false classification of skin color is self-delusion:] We do not want the men of another color for our brothers-in-law, but we do want them for our brothers." - Booker T. Washington

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[Quote No.43669] Need Area: Friends > General
"The true [political] ideal is not opposed to the real [human nature] but lies in it; and blessed are the eyes that find it. " - James Russell Lowell

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[Quote No.43670] Need Area: Friends > General
"I suffer more from the humiliations inflicted by my country than from those inflicted on her." - Simone Weil

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[Quote No.51905] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Because getting along with others requires an understanding of their thoughts and feelings, empathy is a very important skill. It is also related to using the moral and ethical code of the Golden Rule of treating others the way you'd like to be treated. Empathy like morality appears to exist as a spectrum. At one extreme are self-sacrificing 'saints' and heroes. While at the other extreme are sociopaths and psychopaths. The following article looks at this latter extreme.] How to Tell a Sociopath from a Psychopath - Understanding important distinctions between criminal sociopaths and psychopaths: Many forensic psychologists, psychiatrists and criminologists use the terms sociopathy and psychopathy interchangeably. Leading experts disagree on whether there are meaningful differences between the two conditions. I contend that there are clear and significant distinctions between them. The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), released by the American Psychiatric Association in 2013, lists both sociopathy and psychopathy under the heading of Antisocial Personality Disorders (ASPD). These disorders share many common behavioral traits which lead to the confusion between them. Key traits that sociopaths and psychopaths share include: •A disregard for laws and social mores, •A disregard for the rights of others, •A failure to feel remorse or guilt, •A tendency to display violent behavior, In addition to their commonalities, sociopaths and psychopaths also have their own unique behavioral characteristics, as well. Sociopaths tend to be nervous and easily agitated. They are volatile and prone to emotional outbursts, including fits of rage. They are likely to be uneducated and live on the fringes of society, unable to hold down a steady job or stay in one place for very long. It is difficult but not impossible for sociopaths to form attachments with others. Many sociopaths are able to form an attachment to a particular individual or group, although they have no regard for society in general or its rules. In the eyes of others, sociopaths will appear to be very disturbed. Any crimes committed by a sociopath, including murder, will tend to be haphazard, disorganized and spontaneous rather than planned. Psychopaths, on the other hand, are unable to form emotional attachments or feel real empathy with others, although they often have disarming or even charming personalities. Psychopaths are very manipulative and can easily gain people’s trust. They learn to mimic emotions, despite their inability to actually feel them, and will appear normal to unsuspecting people. Psychopaths are often well educated and hold steady jobs. Some are so good at manipulation and mimicry that they have families and other long-term relationships without those around them ever suspecting their true nature. When committing crimes, psychopaths carefully plan out every detail in advance and often have contingency plans in place. Unlike their sociopathic counterparts, psychopathic criminals are cool, calm, and meticulous. Their crimes, whether violent or non-violent, will be highly organized and generally offer few clues for authorities to pursue. Intelligent psychopaths make excellent white-collar criminals and 'con artists' due to their calm and charismatic natures. The cause of psychopathy is different than the cause of sociopathy. It is believed that psychopathy is the result of 'nature' (genetics) while sociopathy is the result of 'nurture' (environment). Psychopathy is related to a physiological defect that results in the underdevelopment of the part of the brain responsible for impulse control and emotions. Sociopathy, on the other hand, is more likely the product of childhood trauma and physical/emotional abuse. Because sociopathy appears to be learned rather than innate, sociopaths are capable of empathy in certain limited circumstances but not in others, and with a few individuals but not others. Psychopathy is the most dangerous of all antisocial personality disorders because of the way psychopaths dissociate emotionally from their actions, regardless of how terible they may be. Many prolific and notorious serial killers, including the late Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy, and Dennis Rader ('Bind, Torture, Kill' or BTK) are unremorseful psychopaths. Psychopathic killers view their innocent victims as inhuman objects to be tormented and violated for their amusement. Contrary to popular mythology, most serial killers are not mentally ill or 'evil' geniuses." - Scott A. Bonn, Ph.D.
Scott Bonn, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Drew University, media commentator, public speaker and author. He is an expert on the behavior and the motivations of criminals. He offers insights into various types of crime, including white-collar, state crime, bullying, domestic violence, sexual assault and serial homicide. His expert commentary frequently appears in the popular news media. Dr. Bonn received a Ph.D. in sociology (criminology) at the University of Miami, FL, and a masters degree in criminal justice administration at San Jose State University. He teaches courses in criminology, sociology of deviance, media and crime, and criminal justice. His primary research interests include white-collar crime, state crime, domestic violence, serial homicide and how the media influence society. Prior to his academic career, Bonn held high-ranking corporate positions such as Vice President at NBC Television Network, and Executive Vice President at SonicNet, a leading music website, now a part of MTV Networks. He resides in Manhattan, New York. [http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/wicked-deeds/201401/how-tell-sociopath-psychopath ]
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[Quote No.43704] Need Area: Friends > General
"Law must be restricted to its proper role; prevention of use of force and fraud against any individual or group by the state, except where necessary to prevent the actor from invading the equal freedom of another; provision of processes and institutions for adjudication and enforced settlement of private disputes; and, provision of reasonable channeling procedures through which private individuals may utilize their voluntarily chosen ends." - Ridgway K. Foley, Jr.
Quote from the magazine, 'The Freeman', June 1971.
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[Quote No.43714] Need Area: Friends > General
"A show of envy is an insult to oneself." - Yevgeny Yevtushenko
Russian poet and politician, who was born in Zima, Siberia.
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"Justice is like a train that's nearly always late." - Yevgeny Yevtushenko
Russian poet and politician, who was born in Zima, Siberia.
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"Maturity is when you can say no to yourself and yes to another." - Hart Pomerantz
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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[Quote No.43733] Need Area: Friends > General
"Maturity is when your perspective changes from being the sun around which everything revolves to being a small planet in an infinite universe." - Linda Donaldson
Hatfield, Pennsylvania
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[Quote No.43758] Need Area: Friends > General
"[The idea of Natural Law was influenced by Cicero. He successfully argued before a Roman court that one of the laws of Rome was unlawful, being contrary to natural law (universal human nature), creating a legal precedent that held throughout the western world for two thousand years:] There is in fact a true law - namely, right reason - which is in accordance with nature, applies to all men, and is unchangeable and eternal." - Cicero
(106 BC – 43 BC), Marcus Tullius Cicero sometimes anglicized as Tully was a Roman philosopher, statesman, lawyer, orator, political theorist, Roman consul and constitutionalist. He introduced the Romans to the chief schools of Greek philosophy and distinguishing himself as a linguist, translator, and philosopher. Petrarch's rediscovery of Cicero's letters is often credited for initiating the 14th-century 'Renaissance'. According to Polish historian Tadeusz Zieliński, 'Renaissance was above all things a revival of Cicero, and only after him and through him of the rest of Classical antiquity.' The peak of Cicero's authority and prestige came during the eighteenth-century 'Enlightenment', and his impact on leading Enlightenment thinkers such as John Locke, David Hume, and Montesquieu was substantial. His works rank among the most influential in European culture. Though he was an accomplished orator and successful lawyer, Cicero believed his political career was his most important achievement. During the chaotic latter half of the 1st century BC marked by civil wars and the dictatorship of Gaius Julius Caesar, Cicero championed a return to the traditional republican government. Following Julius Caesar's death Cicero became an enemy of Mark Antony in the ensuing power struggle, attacking him in a series of speeches. He was proscribed as an enemy of the state by the Second Triumvirate and subsequently murdered in 43 BC.
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