[S]tatism is a system of institutionalized violence and perpetual civil war. It leaves men no choice but to fight to seize political power -- to rob or be robbed, to kill or be killed. ... Statism survives by looting; a free country survives by production.
by:
Ayn Rand
[Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum] (1905-1982) Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter
Source:
The Roots Of War
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And who are these looters? Could it be the ones who passed Obama care on our backs, however; exempting themselves from it.
 -- cal, lewisville, tx     
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    Statism is in a word "corrupt".
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Never heard the word till I came on this site. Is statism anything like governmentism? Are counties and places like Idaho quilty of it? Are "state" police guilty of it? To get agitated or angry at a nebulous fragile, indistict concept is either foolish or crazy or I guess both.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
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    Waffler = Clueless. Just because you don't know the meaning of something doesn't mean that the "thing" is ignorant. It simply demonstrates your own ignorance.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Waffler, your admitted ignorance demonstrates the very select and narrow dogmas of your theological statist government schools. Though the quote illuminates history's perceptual norm, The Christ, Gandhi, and the like offered an exception to the rule. As to man's government, the statement: "Statism survives by looting; a free country survives by production", is absolutely correct
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- warren, olathe      
     -- Ronw13, Oregon      
    For a change I must agree with her  a great quote for such a small girl...
     -- Robert Edwards, somewhere in the USA     
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