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Joseph Sobran
1946 -

Former senior editor of National Review magazine, now a syndicated columnist with Universal Press Syndicate and publisher of Sobran's, a newsletter and collection of his columns


In the current political vocabulary, 'need' means wanting to get someone else’s money. 'Greed,' which used to mean what 'need' now means, has come to mean wanting to keep your own. 'Compassion' means the politician’s willingness to facilitate the transfer.

from his essay in The Economics of Liberty, published by the Mises Institute
The most fundamental purpose of government is defense, not empire.

Tyranny seldom announces itself. ...In fact, a tyranny may exist without an individual tyrant. A whole government, even a democratically elected one, may be tyrannical.

attributed
Today the federal courts arbitrarily redefine and expand federal power, while chipping away the traditionally reserved powers of the states, towns and local school boards. ... The Founders would have recognized it as ‘consolidated government,’ with a conveniently malleable Constitution not as its limiting law, but as one of the instruments of its uncontrolled power.

What we call liberalism nowadays isn't so much an idea as an attitude, an attitude of repudiation. You always have to be ready, willing and eager to take the next step away from the settled beliefs of the West. That's what it means to be 'progressive' -- on socialism, sex, abortion, whatever. Soon it will be pedophilia. Right now, liberal opinion on that subject is about where it was on homosexuality thirty years ago. First we are told we have to take a diagnostic rather than a moralistic view: it's a condition more to be pitied than censured. Once this attitude is established, the condition soon becomes a matter of right. And so, by increments, old traditions are discredited. They are 'medieval', and anything medieval is barbarous. (Medieval culture is the only culture liberalism doesn't regard with tolerant relativism.) ... Having [once] renounced revelation, liberalism is now in the process of renouncing nature itself. It refuses to admit that even homosexuality is in any sense unnatural; but then, as you may have noticed, the word 'unnatural' has fallen out of the liberal lexicon.

1996 - from his column "How to be a liberal"
You can almost define a liberal as one who demands that others reach his conclusions from their premises.

Politicians never accuse you of 'greed' for wanting other people's money - only for wanting to keep your own money.