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Mottos and Aphorisms

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We are concerned with theoretical questions, not with theoretical proclamations.

 

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No one can know whether history is determined until it is finished.

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Pursue clarifications, not arguments.

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The universe is immensely more powerful than any individual; therefore all must cooperate.

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Mutual aid – mutual cooperation for mutual benefit – the only just means and the only just ends – the definition and unity of a just act.

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The state is the logical outcome of competitivist markets. What is the state but a means to dominate markets? And what does any competitivist market entity aim for but dominance of the market?

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All activity through, within, by the state is illegitimate.

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All activity through, within, by hierarchies is ilegitimate.

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Trying to achieve a libertarian society by simply aiming for the elimination of the state is like trying to drain the ocean by scraping the froth off of the waves.

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A true libertarian opposes all authoritarian institutions. A true libertarian therefore seeks to abolish all corporations and replace them with free cooperative enterprise.

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The only justice that war can lead to is the justice between the last man and himself.

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The only equality that war can lead to is the equality between the last man and himself.

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Means become their own self-propagating ends; that is why we must always strive for action that represents a unity of both our means and our ends.

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A true libertarian is simply an egalitarian with respect to both means and ends.

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One cannot rightfully consider oneself a libertarian while denying others their liberty.

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Use rights, not property rights.

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Profit is not possible without deception.

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The Fallacy of Incentivies:

People would not do things (e.g., produce things) if there were not incentivesin particular, the incentive of profit – involved alongside them; that is, people would not do what they want to do unless they could obtain more than they want.

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The way that Americans think about unions is perverse. The basic criticism one hears of unions is that “they use their power to negotiate [too lucrative of contracts for employees].” I wonder what principle it is that underlies this criticism? Is it the principle of free markets? But then are free markets only good when they allow CEO’s to negotiate too lucrative of contracts for themselves? What one difference could one point to here? Well, it is more convenient for the boss to have it thought just when he wields his power and thought unjust when workers wield theirs.

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To stand for freedom means nothing more that to stand as an individual against fascism and authoritarianism. To stand for fascism and authoritarianism means nothing more than to stand for the enslavement of all to one. Fascism, like all forms of authoritarianism, is the dream of enslavement. It begins with the dream of the enslavement of all races to one and of all parties to one, but, left to itself, it ends only when it has swallowed up everyone.

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People do not want to be ruled. To say that people want to be ruled is to insult them. To rule a people, therefore, is to insult a people.

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