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"Outside of its legitimate function, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector."
"Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations -- entangling alliances with none."
"So long as governments set the example of killing their enemies, private individuals will occasionally kill theirs."
"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel or envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery."
"Socialism: An attempt to curb the destructive power of monopolies by creating the biggest one of all."
"That government is best which governs least."
"The act of policing is, in order to punish less often, to punish more severely."
"The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry."
William F. Buckley
"The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away."
"The Communists disdain to conceal their views and aims. They openly declare that their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing conditions. Let the ruling classes tremble at a communistic revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win.Workers of all countries...unite!"
"The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government -- lest it come to dominate our lives and interests."
"The contest for ages has been to rescue liberty from the grasp of executive power."
"The federal government has taken too much tax money from the people, too much authority from the states, and too much liberty with the Constitution."
"The function of government ought to be: make sure you have good water to drink, somebody picking up the garbage, good roads to drive on, enough electricity to turn your light bulbs and your record player on, and whatever smaller amounts of regulatory assistance is necessary to make this society work."
"The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office."
"The government is best which governs least."
"The great nations have always acted like gangsters, and the small nations like prostitutes."
"The great principle which this house ought to guard and cherish is that, when the tax collector comes to the private citizen and takes from him of his wealth for the services of the public, the whole of that money taken shall go for the purposes for which it is intended, and that no private interests, however powerfully they may be organized and however eloquently advocated, shall thrust their dirty fingers into the pie and take the profits for themselves."
"The history of liberty is a history of limitation of government power, not the increase of it."
"The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them."
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