Foreign aid, argues Masani, transfers power from the people to the state while crowding out beneficial private investment.
Levi Slamm thought that history was class conflict, and that “To the term aristocrat the time honored name of Democrat has always been opposed.”
What’s a republican to do when opponents have the unity of “a vast host…leaders…the press…the wealth…the attack?” John L. O’Sullivan exulted in it.
The Swatantra Party carried the torch of classical liberalism in India in the 1960s and 70s.
“Man is a godlike being. We launch ourselves in conceit into illimitable space, and take up our rest beyond the fixed stars.”
Lloyd supported no institutions or laws, “but an ideal to be realized [as] character will permit by those who freely accept it.”
“Should tyrants take it into their heads to emancipate any of you, remember that your freedom is your natural right…God will dash tyrants…into atoms.”
“Can our condition be any worse? Can it be more mean and abject?…They cannot treat us worse; for they well know the day they do it they are gone.”
Milton Friedman helped bring the Chicago school of economics out of the shadow of Keynesian theory, advocating for free markets and voluntary associations.
“No one dared to act, but few ventured to speak…She looked round her for a leader to step forward to the rescue of American freedom! None appeared…”
Economic prosperity goes hand-in-hand with freedom. We needn’t pick one or the other.
“Will the American people…acknowledge the principle that [they] can only make or amend their constitutions by the permission of their rulers?”
“They…are sleeping [on] a volcano…A spirit now…ready to be awakened, will take sweet vengeance on the enormities it has suffered.”
“There is an inherent difficulty in fixing limits to incorporeality. The regions of thought, like those of the air, are the common property of all.”
“O! Thomas, you have had a long nap, and spent a great number of years in ease & plenty, upon our hard earned property.”
“Battles,’ said Voltaire, ‘are not lost by [numbers] of killed and wounded, but by the effect…on the survivers.’ The same holds now of the principle of freedom.”
“Let us attach ourselves firmly [to] civilization — justice, legality, publicity, Liberty; and let us never forget [that we] are under the eye of the world.”
“I say to you, my prohibition friends, your movement is doomed to defeat, because you build on a foundation of sand, on a perverted principle.”