"The press is hostile to the idea of liberty.
Most people in the press are for big government.
Most people think that the solution to anything,
whether it's health care problems, education,
whatever it is -- it's got to be more government."
Harry Browne
(1933-2006) American libertarian writer, politician, and free-market investment analyst. Libertarian candidate for US President 1996 & 2000
July 4, 2002
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And if corporations refuse to act resposibly and be good citizens (aparently they are people) then laws must be enacted to force them to behave. There is no other choice.
 -- L. Hanson, Edmonton, Canada     
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    And Hanson proves the quote. What Hanson missed is that the Government and Corporations are one and the same...you don't seriously think the Government is going to restrain the goose that lays the golden egg do you Hanson? No, the problem IS government.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    The old saw, "Let's not make a federal case out of it", was a joke when someone had a minor problem or was caught doing something wrong. Nowadays, every local "problem" becomes a federal problem requiring the govrnment to solve it. Can't afford those birth control items, don't worry, Obama to the rescue.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    Hanson, an example of the press being hostile to the idea of liberty: why do you suppose you haven't heard (as Carlton states) that all corporations are extensions of the State. The State being the owner of everything, the State allows a bifurcation. In all corporations, the State is the beneficial owner of everything while it charters certain others (officers, stock holders, etc.) differing allowance of day to day operations and participation. As individual humans are nothing more than collective chattel to the State, so exists the State's legal offspring (corporations). Corporatism is also known by another name - fascism (welcome to your socialistic statist theocracy) Further, if the press were not hostile to the idea of liberty, it would expose the anti-lawful freedom robing activities of compelled compliance, license, victimless crimes, larceny with impunity (funny money, theft of the noble laborer's fruit, etc.), replacement of ownership with titles, and/or non-recognition of an individual sovereign's inalienable rights.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    And who is to have the power to decide if "corporations refuse to act responsibly", Hanson? I believe we have a court system for that. If we can't control the people in government offices, what makes you think we can control anyone? Over-regulating everything ends up protecting the criminals in government. If you are really against corporate crime, you need first look at government and the central bank, the granddaddy corporation of them all, and because we have NO CONTROL over it, its power is used to indenture us all to unpayable debt forever, just like the old days in feudal society.

    Hanson, think past the liberal rhetoric if you can, which by your own admission is to "force" your opinion by law upon others -- how very 'liberal' of you. Statism is corporatism on a grand scale. Stop hacking at the branches and strike at the root.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- Roland, Bonner's Ferry      
    Harry Browne would have made an excellent President.
     -- J. Allen, Arlington, Va     
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    This man was a fine Libertarian leader.
     -- cal, Lewisville, Texas     
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    I just posted a great many excellent quotes of Harry Browne's yesterday on Facebook. He was a great and wise man full of wisdom on the meanings of true individual liberties and freedoms.
    Harry Browne quotes:
    "I want a government small enough to fit inside the Constitution."

    "You can't give the government the power to do good without also giving it the power to do bad - in fact, to do anything it wants."

    "The free market punishes irresponsibility. Government rewards it."

    "We should never define libertarian positions in terms coined by liberals and conservatives, nor as some variant of their positions. We are not fiscally conservative and socially liberal. We are libertarians, who believe in individual liberty and personal responsibility on all issues at all times."

    "Republicans campaign like Libertarians and govern like Democrats."

    "For those looking for security, be forewarned that there's nothing more insecure than a political promise."

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

     -- Mary- MI     
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    The drug of choice for Weak Minds, more government ! When individuals fail at caring for their neighbor, When individuals fail at standing for another's Liberty they deny their own. Whether a corporation or an individual. Participation in a rigged system is just that. The understanding of our types of Liberty are so far removed from the conscience of the people, it is a foreign language, not understood. Who is free, and from what ? Journalist find themselves face down in the back lot, passing over to the other side. Fear drives a stifled press. Greed for a payday buttons the lips of standing for Liberty.
     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
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     -- Jim K, Austin      
    Thanks, Mary. I'll add the Harry Browne quotes to the database.
     -- Editor, Liberty Quotes     
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