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Bandow, Doug
Even Christians who are not libertarians and libertarians who are not Christians have many opportunities to cooperate on protecting religious freedom, restricting state expansion, encouraging private education, keep the government out of child care, opposing welfare systems that destroy families, and so on. And given both group' need to find addition allies, it is increasingly important that Christians and libertarians not only talk with each other, but work together.

1994 - from The Politics of Envy: Statism as Theology
Government is not a particularly good teacher of virtue. The state is good at simple tasks, like killing people and seizing their wealth. It has far more trouble reaching inside individuals and making them good. Even attempting to do so is risky. ... Turning morality over to government risks having the same effect as turning charity over to government -- reducing the role of private people and institutions.

Mar. 19, 1997 - from an editorial column in the Wall Street Journal
Bane, Mary Jo
 We really don't know how to raise children. If we want to talk about equality of opportunity for children, then the fact that children are raised in families means there's no equality. ... In order to raise children with equality, we must take them away from families and communally raise them.

1977 - quoted by Associated Press in a story published in the Tulsa Sunday World
Barak, Ehud
I call on all regional leaders to take our outstretched hands and build a peace of the brave.

Jul. 19, 1999 - from his inaugural speech, quoted in Time Magazine
Barber, Benjamin R.
Just beyond the horizon of current events lie two possible political futures -- both bleak, neither democratic. The first is a retribalization of large swaths of humankind by war and bloodshed: a threatened Lebanonization of national states in which culture is pitted against culture, people against people, tribe against tribe -- a Jihad in the name of a hundred narrowly conceived faiths against every kind of interdependence, every kind of artificial social cooperation and civic mutuality. The second is being borne in on us by the onrush of economic and ecological forces that demand integration and uniformity and that mesmerize the world with fast music, fast computers, and fast food -- with MTV, Macintosh, and McDonald's, pressing nations into one commercially homogenous global network: one McWorld tied together by technology, ecology, communications, and commerce. The planet is falling precipitantly apart and coming reluctantly together at the very same moment.

Mar. 1992 - from "Jihad vs. McWorld", published by The Atlantic Monthly
It is in the nature of democracy that it is a process, not an end, to an ongoing experiment, not a set of fixed doctrines. Its ideals, unless we repossess them generation to generation, become little different from any other ideology. The open society means a society without closure. A society open to challenge and criticism. When a nation announces the "work of democracy is finished," it's usually democracy that is finished.

May 1997 - from "The four myths of democracy", published in journal by Civitas International
Barber, James
The President is expected to personify our betterness in an inspiring way, to express in what he does and is (not just what he says) a moral idealism which, in much of the public mind, is the very opposite of politics.

Barbour, John
Freedom all solace to man gives: He lives at ease that freely lives.

from his poem The Bruce
Barnes, Clive
Television is the first truly democratic culture - the first culture available to everybody and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what people do want.

Dec. 30, 1969 - from a column in the New York Times
Barnett, Joel
... the only give and take in the social contract was that the government gave and the unions took.

Feb. 1982 - quoted in Read My Lips by Parris and Mason



Barrett, Matthew  
[Separatism] If you are not moved to preserve Canada for reasons of the soul, you should, at the least, preserve it for reasons of the pocket.

1991
Barrie, J.M.
The printing press is either the greatest blessing or the greatest curse of modern times, one sometimes forgets which.

Barry, Dave
I don't have any insight or understanding on anything about the government. All I think is that it's stupid--which is the one perspective that's almost completely lacking in Washington.

Dec. 01, 1994 - from an interview published in Reason Magazine
[Bureaucrats] If we're spending $853 trillion on some program now, and next year we spend any less, that's 'budget-cutting' to them. For them, the question is always, 'What kind of government intervention should we impose on the world?' They never think that maybe we shouldn't.

Dec. 01, 1994 - from an interview published in Reason Magazine
Of all the wonderful things government says ['government creates jobs' has] always been just about my favorite. As opposed to if you get to keep the money. Because what you'll do is go out and bury it in your yard, anything to prevent that money from creating jobs... They say it with a straight face and we in the press will write it down. We will say, 'This is expected to create x number of jobs.' We never say that the money we removed from another part of the economy will kill some jobs.

from an interview in Reason Magazine, by Glenn Garvin
The Democrats seem to basically be nice people, but they have demonstrated time and again that they have the management skills of celery. They're the kind of people who'd stop to help you change a flat, but would somehow manage to set your car on fire. I'd be reluctant to trust them with a Cuisinart, let alone the economy.

Bartley, Robert L.
American economic history is a story of booms fading into resentment. It is not so much a business cycle as a cycle of public sentiment, alternating between times of optimism and times of pessimism. Between, if you must, decades of greed and, if you will, decades of envy.

from The Seven Fat Years
The big temptation to conservatives, and especially conservative intellectuals, is self-realizing pessimism. As many rising movements have discovered, it is easier to tear down than build. Conservatism in particular, in its view of human nature and in its recent historical experience, has a strong pessimistic strain. Sometimes conservatives seem unhappy unless they are losing. They need to guard against seizing on a few receding waves as evidence that the tide has turned against them.

Feb. 09, 1997 - from a collection of essays published under the title "On the Future of Conservatism" by Commentary magazine
Barton, Bruce
Advertising is of the very essence of democracy. An election goes on every minute of the business day across the counters of hundreds of thousands of stores and shops where the customers state their preferences and determine which manufacturer and which product shall be the leader today, and which shall lead tomorrow.

1955 - quoted in Contemporary Quotations (1964) by James B. Simpson
Baruch, Bernard
We didn’t all come over on the same ship, but we’re all in the same boat.




Every man has a right to his opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.

In the last analysis, our only freedom is the freedom to discipline ourselves.

Whatever mankind is inclined to do, he is inclined to do it to excess.

Vote for the man who promises least; he'll be the least disappointing.

Barzun, Jacques
Great cultural changes begin in affectation and end in routine.

1959 - from The House of Intellect
[A historical perspective offers] as its best reward the positive good of reviving the lost faculty of admiration.

quoted by colleague Fritz Stern in the Columbia University Record, Apr. 25, 1997
The editorial, the placard, and the elementary school have been [Liberalism's] instruments, instead of the scepter, the cross, the pilgrimage, the pageant, and the churchhouse.

1980 - from Critical Questions
Ethics must be seen to be believed.

1991 - from Begin Here
The student who reads history will unconsciously develop what is the highest value of history: judgment in worldly affairs. This is a permanent good, not because "history repeats" - we can never exactly match past and present situations - but because the "tendency of things" shows an amazing uniformity within any given civilization. As the great historian Burckhardt said of historical knowledge, it is not "to make us more clever the next time, but wiser for all time."

1991 - from Begin Here
Judgments... in... delicate matters must be weighed, not counted.

1991 - from "An Essay on French Verse"



The passion for freedom breeds the rage for order.

1991 - from "An Essay on French Verse"
A self is not found but made.

2000 - from From Dawn to Decadence
A failure of will, which is to say the wish without the act, is characteristic of institutions in decadence.

2000 - from From Dawn to Decadence
I [want] people who [have] been seduced away from our heritage by all sorts of words like "modernism" and "postmodernism," and "the end of the European age," to come back to what has made us what we are, with the sense of not only continuity, but continuous change, and then to view the state to which those changes have brought us.

Oct. 13, 2000 - from an interview by Roger Gatham in the Austin Chronicle
Bastiat, Frederic
When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.

1845 - from Economic Sophisms
Everyone wants to live at the expense of the State. They forget that the State lives at the expense of everyone.

When goods don't cross borders, soldiers will.

The oppressor no longer acts directly by his own force on the oppressed. No, our conscience has become too fastidious for that. There are still, to be sure, the oppressor and his victim, but between them is placed an intermediary, the state. What is better fitted to silence our scruples and to overcome all resistance?

1850 - from The Law
Life, liberty and property do not exist because men made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.

The surest way to have the law respected is to make the law respectable. When law and morality are in contradiction, the citizen finds himself in the cruel dilemma of either losing his moral sense, or losing respect for the law.

1850 - from The Law



But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime.

1850 - from The Law
If every person has the right to defend - even by force - his person, his liberty, and his property, then it follows that a group of men have the right to organize and support a common force to protect these rights constantly. Thus the principle of collective right - its reason for existing, its lawfulness - is based on individual rights. And the common force that protects this collective right cannot logically have any other purpose or any other mission than that for which it acts as a substitute. Thus, since an individual cannot lawfully use force against the person, liberty, or property of another individual, then the common force - for the same reason - cannot lawfully be used to destroy the person, liberty, or property of individuals or groups.

1850 - from The Law
Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain.

1850 - from The Law
There are people who think that plunder loses all its immorality as soon as it becomes legal. Personally, I cannot imagine a more alarming situation.

The worst thing that can happen to a good cause is not to be skillfully attacked, but to be ineptly defended.

The state is the great fiction by which everybody tries to live at the expense of everybody else.

Now since man is naturally inclined to avoid pain - and since labor is pain in itself - it follows that men will resort to plunder whenever plunder is easier than work. History shows this quite clearly. And under these conditions, neither religion nor morality can stop it.

It is evident ... that the proper purpose of law is to use the power of its collective force to stop [a] fatal tendency to plunder instead of to work. All the measures of the law should protect property and punish plunder.

Bauer, Peter
The notion that the incomes of the more prosperous have somehow been achieved at the expense of the less prosperous has had a long and disastrous history. In its consequences, it is perhaps the most pernicious of all economic misconceptions. ... In egalitarian discourse, the notion that the well-off have prospered at the expense of the poor is rarely far below the surface. This notion is useful or even necessary for the moral plausibility of politically organized redistribution. Without such an underpinning the case for redistributive taxation (which, in effect, is partial confiscation), or for other forms of expropriation, is not self-evident.

Bauman, Zygmunt
The feasibility of modern life has been grounded from the start on the assumption that the social world can be moulded by design. ... The first crisis was associated with the collapse of the sanguine and (for us, baptised as we have been by world war and totalitarian fire) naive liberal project, and the slow yet terminal agony of the liberal utopia. Today we are in crisis again; once more we doubt that the social world can be understood, let alone kneaded into better shape; this time, though, mindful of the great reshaping experiments of a Stalin or a Hitler, we also doubt whether attempts to remake the world by design would yield anything able to redeem the disaster that must surely follow.

1995 - from an essay in the Times Higher Education Supplement



BBC News
More than twenty years after they were abolished, formal ranks and gold braid are to be restored in China's armed forces. Deng Xiao Ping has repudiated the concept of a proletarian army.

1988
Beard, Charles Austin
One of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence.

Beattie, Bill
The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think - rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men.

Beecher, Henry Ward
Doctrine is nothing but the skin of truth set up and stuffed.

Ignorance is the womb of monsters.

It is not the going out of port, but the coming in, that determines the success of a voyage.

1887 - from Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit
Happiness is not the end of life, character is.

1858 - from Life Thoughts
Behan, Brendan
There's no such thing as bad publicity, except your own obituary.

1965 - quoted in My Brother Brendan, by Dominic Behan
Bell, Art
Almost everything that [the Republican Party] should have done, they haven't done. They campaigned for smaller government and made it larger. Their big tent is so big that their tent is turning into a circus.

May 5, 1998 - from a press release announcing his membership in the U.S. Libertarian Party
We're clearly heading toward a more totalitarian state. I completely distrust the government -- and everybody should. They've told lie after lie, so the average American has become so cynical. Today, the first assumption is that what the government is telling you is a lie.

May 5, 1998 - from a press release announcing his membership in the U.S. Libertarian Party



Bell, Colleen  
These are the people the government picked to watch over us. God help us all.

May. 16, 1996 - commenting on the testimony of government mine inspectors in the Westray mine disaster
Bell, Daniel
 The nature of change in the techno-economic order is linear in that the principles of utility and efficiency provide clear rules for innovation, displacement, and substitution.

1976 - from his book The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism, New York, Basic Books
Every society seeks to establish a set of meanings through which people can relate themselves to the world. These meanings specify a set of purposes or, like myth and ritual, explain the character of shared experiences, or deal with the transformations of nature through human powers of magic or techne. These meanings are embodied in religion, in culture, and in work.

1976 - from his book The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism, New York, Basic Books
Ben-Gurion, David
The test of democracy is freedom of criticism.

Thought is a strenuous art -- few practice it, and then only at rare times.

In Israel, in order to be a realist you must believe in miracles.

Benet, Steven Vincent
We thought we were done with these things but we were wrong. We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom.

1935 - from Litany for Dictatorships
Benmurgui, Ralph  
 [Re: Ontario government plan to ask teachers and parents if they want school uniforms] That's what you build fascism on.

Feb. 04, 1999 - CBC Television
Bennett, William J.
It is our character that supports the promise of our future - far more than particular government programs or policies.

...many bad ideas are being put into widespread circulation. It is said that private character has virtually no impact on governing character... that moral authority is defined solely by how well a president deals with public policy matters; ...that lies about sex, even under oath, don't really matter; that we shouldn't be 'judgmental'; that it is inappropriate to make preliminary judgments about the president's conduct because he [wasn't] found guilty in a court of law; and so forth. If these arguments... become the coin of the public realm we will have validated them, and we will come to rue the day we did. These arguments define us down; they assume a lower common denominator of behavior and leadership than we ... ought to accept. And if we do accept it, we will have committed an unthinking act of moral and intellectual disarmament. In the realm of ... ideals and the great tradition of public debate, the high ground will have been lost. ...the arguments invoked by Bill Clinton and his defenders represent an assault on American ideals.

Oct. 01, 1998 - from Death of Outrage: Bill Clinton and the Assault on American Ideals



[Democratic self-government] demands active participation in, and finally, reasoned judgments on, important civic matters. 'Judgment' is a word that is out of favor these days, but it remains a cornerstone of democratic self-government. It is what enables us to hold ourselves, and our leaders, to high standards. It is how we distinguish between right and wrong, noble and base, honor and dishonor. We cannot ignore that responsibility, or foist it on others. It is the price -- sometimes the exacting price -- of citizenship in a democracy. The most popular arguments made by [President Clinton's] supporters invite us to abandon that participation, those standards, and the practice of making those distinctions.

Oct. 01, 1998 - from Death of Outrage: Bill Clinton and the Assault on American Ideals
Civilized society must give public affirmation to principles and standards, categorical norms, notions of right and wrong. Even though public figures often fall short of these standards -- and we know and we expect some will -- it is nevertheless crucial that we pay tribute to them.

Oct. 01, 1998 - from Death of Outrage: Bill Clinton and the Assault on American Ideals
We must develop a fair appreciation for the real strengths and limitations of government effort on behalf of children. Government, obviously, cannot fill a child's emotional needs. Nor can it fill his spiritual and moral needs. Government is not a father or mother. Government has never raised a child, and it never will.

Oct. 01, 1990 - from a speech at the University of Notre Dame
Education is, after all, a serious business. Its lifeblood is standards. If there are no standards, how do we call something higher education?

Oct. 01, 1990 - from a speech at the University of Notre Dame
This is a free country. Within very broad limits, people may live as they wish. And yet, we believe that some ways of living are better than others. Better because they bring more meaning to our lives, to the lives of others, and to our fragile fallible human condition. Marriage and parenthood should be held up because between husband and wife and in fatherhood and motherhood come blessings that cannot be won in any other way.

Aug. 19, 1992 - from a speech to the Republican National Convention
Democracy presupposes the virtue of its individual citizens.

1993 - from The Book of Virtues
True courage is mixed with circumspection, the kind of healthy skepticism that asks, "Is this the best way to do this?" True cowardice is marked by chronic skepticism, which always says, "It can't be done."

1993 - from The Book of Virtues
Those who fight the good fight and win need to be brave only once. Those who lose must show courage twice. So we must steel ourselves for harder things than triumph.

1993 - from The Book of Virtues
... the character of the state is determined by the virtue of its individual citizens.

1993 - from The Book of Virtues
Some find it fashionable to ridicule [Alfred Tennyson's The Charge of the Light Brigage] as a glorification of war and apean to those who blindly, and stupidly, follow orders. But the fact is that there are times when obedient acts of self-sacrifice and courage merit both admiration and profound gratitude.

1993 - from The Book of Virtues



... responsibilities are the source of rights.

1993 - from The Book of Virtues
... the essence of what we know as justice in civil affairs is people living up to their obligations to one another.

1993 - from The Book of Virtues
... truly great leaders do not disdain small responsibilities.

1993 - from The Book of Virtues
Others may try to feed our ego, but it is up to us to constrain it.

1993 - from The Book of Virtues
It is bad enough that so much of what passes for art and entertainment these days is the rampant promiscuity and the casual cruelty of our popular culture. To ask us to pay for it is to add insult to injury. We will not be intimidated by our cultural guardians into accepting either the insult or the injury.

Aug. 19, 1992 - rom a speech to the Republican National Convention
Discrimination on the basis of race is illegal, immoral, and unconstitutional, inherently wrong, and destructive of democratic society.

1979 - from Counting by Race, written with Terry Eastland
Bennis, Warren G.
Failing organizations are usually over-managed and under-led.

quoted in Leadership 101: Inspirational Quotes and Insights for Leaders by John Maxwell
[Leaders] provide direction and meaning... generate and sustain trust... display a bias towards action, risk-taking and curiosity... [and] are purveyors of hope.

Jan. 1997 - from "The Secrets of Great Groups", published by the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Non-Profit Management
An unconscious conspiracy in contemporary society prevents leaders from taking charge and making changes. Within any organization, an entrenched bureaucracy with a commitment to the status quo undermines the leader. Social forces such as the increasing tension between individual rights and the common good, for example, discourage the emergence of leaders. ... Each individual feels helpless to affect anything beyond the immediate environment and so retreats into an ever-contracting private world--a phenomenon that manifests itself among the affluent as "cocooning." People don't dream, and people without a dream are less easily inspired by a leader's vision.

1989 - from "Why Leaders Can't Lead"
The liberal style of negotiation, of splitting differences, of bringing people together to iron out differences, will work during a time of shared values, but not in charged and polarized times. It is one thing to negotiate differences when the stakes are only economic; it is another thing to negotiate between morally antithetical viewpoints.

1989 - from "Why Leaders Can't Lead"



Leaders manage trust. The main determinant of trust is reliability, what I call constancy. A recent study showed that people would much rather follow individuals they can count on, even when they disagree with their viewpoints, than people they agree with but who shift positions frequently. I can not emphasize enough the significance of constancy and focus. Leaders must be constant, focused, and all of a piece.

1989 - from "Why Leaders Can't Lead"
In order for an organization to have integrity, it just have an identity--that is a sense of who it is and what it has to do.

1985 - from Leaders: The Strategies for Taking Charge
Predictability yields trust. Establish a direction and then stay the course.

1985 - from Leaders: The Strategies for Taking Charge
Managers do things right. Leaders do the right thing.

1985 - from Leaders: The Strategies for Taking Charge
Benson, Iain  
[Public education's current] subjective approach to teaching 'values' ignores the education system's role to assist parents and the wider community in forming the character of the next generation of citizens. ... current teaching methods which ignore concepts such as morality and character will prove to be detrimental to how young people view civic responsibility and, ultimately, democracy.

Constitutional cases increasingly resemble games of chance more than debates of principle ... No one can say with any confidence whether a matter will be struck down, read in, left to the legislature, or avoided entirely using any number of legal techniques.

from "Religion, Morality and Law", published in the University of British Columbia Law Review
Bentham, Jeremy
In the darkness of secrecy, sinister and evil in every shape shall have full swing. Only in proportion as publicity has place can any of the checks applicable to judicial injustice operate. Where there is no publicity, there is no justice. Publicity is the very soul of justice. It is the keenest spur to exertion and the surest of all guards against improbity. It keeps the judge himself while trying under trial.

When security and equality are in conflict, it will not do to hesitate a moment. Equality must yield.

from Principles of Legislation
The public good ought to be the object of the legislator; general utility ought to be the foundation of his reasonings. To know the true good of the community is what constitutes the science of legislation; the art consists in finding the means to realize that good.

from Principles of Legislation
Among the several cloudy appellatives which have been commonly employed as cloaks for misgovernment, there is none more conspicuous in this atmosphere of illusion than the word Order.