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Harry Browne
1933 -

Investment advisor, radio talk show host, presidential candidate for the U.S. Libertarian Party (1996), bestselling author of nine books including How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World (1973) and Why Government Doesn't Work (1995)


Some people say our program to reduce the federal government goes too far, that it throws the baby out with the bath water. But we have no choice -- this is Rosemary's baby we're talking about.

1996 - from a campaign speech
... government is supposed to perform certain limited functions -- such as keeping the peace, protecting our borders, operating schools, issuing money, providing roads, and delivering mail -- but government has moved far beyond those functions to meddle in almost every area of our lives. In the process, government has neglected its original functions ... [For example] government schools no longer have the money or the time to teach our children how to read well, but they have the resources to mold our children into one-world citizens and environmental zealots.

from his essay "The Breakdown of Government"
Any time you give power to government it will be abused, it will be enlarged, it will be used in ways you never intended. ... Any time you give power to politicians they're going to use it in every conceivable way possible to please those who have the most political influence and it's never going to be you and it's never going to be me.

Jul. 30, 1999 - from an interview on the Matt Drudge Show
Today, it is the government that is free--free to do whatever it wants. There is no subject, no issue, no matter... that is not subject to legislation

A little government involvement is just as dangerous as a lot - because the first leads inevitably to the second.