A Few Quotes to Ponder

“A people… who are possessed of the spirit of commerce, who see and who will pursue their advantages may achieve almost anything.” – George Washington

“The free market is not a system. It is not a policy dictated by anyone in particular. It is not something that Washington implements. It does not exist in any legislation, law, bill, regulation, or book. It is what you get when people act on their own, entirely without central direction, and with their own property, and within human associations of their own creation and in their own interest. It is the beauty that emerges in absence of control.” ― Jeffrey Tucker

“While liberals are in favor of any sexual activity engaged in by two consenting adults, when these consenting adults engage in trade or exchange, the liberals step in to harass, cripple, restrict, or prohibit that trade. And yet both the consenting sexual activity and the trade are similar expressions of liberty in action.” ― Murray N. Rothbard

“The free market punishes irresponsibility. Government rewards it.” ― Harry Browne

“A day will come when there will be no battlefields, but markets opening to commerce and minds opening to ideas.” ― Victor Hugo

“Manufacturing and commercial monopolies owe their origin not to a tendency imminent in a capitalist economy but to governmental interventionist policy directed against free trade and laissez faire.” -Ludwig von Mises

“Free trade is not based on utility but on justice.” -Edmund Burke

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26 Responses to A Few Quotes to Ponder

  1. Son of the Rabbit People says:

    Excellent. Thank you.

  2. R.D. Walker says:

    Here are a few more…

    “Not only must we fight to end disastrous unfettered free trade agreements with China, Mexico, and other low wage countries, we must fight to fundamentally rewrite our trade agreements so that American products, not jobs, are our number one export.” -Bernie Sanders

    “It has pitilessly torn asunder the motley feudal ties that bound man to his ‘natural superiors,’ and has left remaining no other nexus between man and man than naked self-interest, callous ‘cash payment.’ It has drowned the most heavenly ecstasies of religious fervor, of chivalrous enthusiasm, of philistine sentimentalism, in the icy water of egotistical calculation. It has resolved personal worth into exchange value, and in place of the numberless indefeasible chartered freedoms, has set up that single, unconscionable freedom—Free Trade. -Karl Marx

    “[Free trade agreements] are trade agreements that don’t stick to trade…they colonize environmental labor, and consumer issues of grave concern (in terms of health safety, and livelihoods too) to many, many hundreds of millions of people – and they do that by subordinating consumer, environmental, and labor issues to the imperatives and the supremacy of international commerce.” -Ralph Nader

    “But, in general, the protective system of our day is conservative, while the free trade system is destructive. It breaks up old nationalities and pushes the antagonism of the proletariat and the bourgeoisie to the extreme point.” -Karl Marx

    • notamobster says:

      …and, Mike Pence:

      “The free market has been sorting it out and America’s been losing.”

  3. notamobster says:

    “Well first of all, tell me: Is there some society you know that doesn’t run on greed? You think Russia doesn’t run on greed? You think China doesn’t run on greed? What is greed? Of course, none of us are greedy, it’s only the other fellow who’s greedy. The world runs on individuals pursuing their separate interests. The great achievements of civilization have not come from government bureaus. Einstein didn’t construct his theory under order from a bureaucrat. Henry Ford didn’t revolutionize the automobile industry that way. In the only cases in which the masses have escaped from the kind of grinding poverty you’re talking about, the only cases in recorded history, are where they have had capitalism and largely free trade. If you want to know where the masses are worse off, worst off, it’s exactly in the kinds of societies that depart from that. So that the record of history is absolutely crystal clear, that there is no alternative way so far discovered of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by the free-enterprise system.”


    “The great virtue of a free market system is that it does not care what color people are; it does not care what their religion is; it only cares whether they can produce something you want to buy. It is the most effective system we have discovered to enable people who hate one another to deal with one another and help one another.”

    ― Milton Friedman

  4. roger says:

    usual free trade bullish*t. here is a quote that is true about you even today. when boswell asked dr.samuel johnson what he thought of the american revolution going on at the time. he said I observe those who scream the loudest about freedom and liberty are the slave holding southerners. give me liberty or give me death slave holder patrck henry.somethings never change. my personal hero is captain john brown of kansas. shows you what one person can do when they really try. that is why I support trump.he knows who america’s enemies really are.

    • notamobster says:

      You are a sub-human piece of shit, roger.

      • Woodface says:

        Roger can’t even figure out how to use quotation marks when he “quotes” people.

        Stop and think about that level of stupidity.

        • Ray Davies says:

          roger, I used to think you were at least a bit of comic relief, now, I am thinking you are just a pain in the ass. Call mom to bring you another red bull and go back to your video games and leave the adults alone.

      • Woodface says:

        SANE PEOPLE: “If you hold a bowling ball above your foot and release it, gravity will cause it to fall to earth and smash your foot. So don’t do that.”

        roger: “typical physicist bullshit gonna drop it and show everybody knows why you gravity believers been messin up the world is why Trump gonna make em fly cuckservative.”

        We can continue to engage with mouth breathers like roger… but what is the point? Trump is bound and determined to drop said bowling ball (tariffs, VATs, etc.) on our foot. There is no use in arguing about whether or not gravity (basic economics) “is a thing” with roger. Let that ball drop. Even if the foot gets crushed, roger will find something other than gravity to blame. But maybe he will at least go away from here and go f*ck off back to whatever liquor store dumpster he hangs out at.

        The laws of economics are as predictable as gravity. There is no use in trying to convince morons of that.

        Tariffs can be lifted as quickly as they can be put in place. Bush’s steel tariffs only lasted something like 20 months before he figured out it was screwing more people than it was helping and they were lifted. I suspect something similar will happen here.

        I actually believe that Trump has the ability to learn from mistakes… he just doesn’t have the reasoning ability to avoid them in the first place.

        • R.D. Walker says:

          Yeah, that’s right. Roger is an economic reprobate. He can’t be saved so there is no point in trying.

    • Uke says:

      Roger, the more I read you, the more I know that you have no idea what the fuck free trade is. To you, it’s just another one of your boogeyman scare words that you rotate through.

      Also, sidenote: I’ve never owned slaves. Nobody in my family tree has ever owned slaves. Piss off.

  5. mr_bill says:

    Capitalism succeeds where socialism fails because capitalism is premised on the natural tendencies of humans. Socialism relies upon people acting against their own best interests. Because of that, socialism requires coercion. People resist coercion and both sides escalate their responses until the result is either oppressive authoritarianism or revolution.

    The natural state of things is people trading the fruits of their labors for perceived value. This is a fundamental true-ism that dates back to the beginning of human existence. Government intervention in that transaction is unnecessary and parasitic. “Managed trade” is just another name for taxation, coercion, and government control.

    • C. L. says:

      Outstanding observation.

      • roger says:

        ever read about what happened in 1929? or 2008? regulated capitalism is far superior to both socialism and capitalism. we need the good parts of both and keep the bad parts out. germany has vat tax on our goods we export to them. in the last election the people got out the torches and pitch forks and stormed doctor milton freedman’s castle! the slave holder quote was not about slavery but your hypocrisy. I guess it was to sutler for uke yes you are a mobster.try refuting what I have to say instead of name calling if you can. ( I doubt it)

        • C. L. says:

          All I can say is that when greed does take over, and sometimes it does, corrections occur that slaps it down. Sure it hurts, but self-regulation is better, I think.

          • notamobster says:

            Greed & self-interest drive the world…anyone who believes differently is delusional.

            From the lowest prole to Bill Gates, greed and self-interest motivate what they do and why they do it.

            People are not inherently noble.

            • C. L. says:

              Yes, but I’m only saying that on a few occasions is does go too far and has to be addressed in some way. And, being judged/corrected by your peers is the American way.

            • R.D. Walker says:

              “It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own self-interest. We address ourselves not to their humanity but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our own necessities, but of their advantages”

              ― Adam Smith, An Inquiry into the Nature & Causes of the Wealth of Nations, Vol 1

            • roger says:

              tell that to the widows of the fireman who were going up the world trade center to rescue trapped people while the libertarian stock brokers were going down.

              • R.D. Walker says:

                Tell us again why you didn’t serve in Vietnam.

              • R.D. Walker says:

                Tell us again why you didn’t serve in Vietnam.

              • notamobster says:

                Your problem is not that you don’t know, just that so much of what you do know, is wrong.

                I don’t know how you can be so consistently incorrect about everything.


                People who believe in collective humanity/liberty are the least likely to ever put it on the line for others because there is no value to be found in individuals.

                That you presume to know the political leanings of the brave men in the twin towers – to suit your political agenda – really betrays just how reliant you are upon the idea of one group of people being the noble, authentic, monolithic “people”.

                You really should try doing something for yourself one day. Think. Plan. Act. Be your own man, Roger. It might do you some good.

              • Uke says:

                That people are capable of heroic and selfless acts does not in any way disprove the idea that humanity operates on self interest.

                Even those firefighters acting selflessly in that moment no doubt acted in the interests of themselves and their own families the other 364 days of that year.

                That’s not a smear against them. It’s just rational and normal.

                More specifically, the business world does not and cannot operate on the need of people to act heroically and selflessly. Such a system that would require that would fail spectacularly and nearly instantly.

                An economic system that will most likely succeed is one that takes into account that humans act in their own self interests, rather than tries to fight that impulse and rely on everyone acting for the sake of others all the time.

        • R.D. Walker says:

          “germany has vat tax on our goods we export to them.”

          Our? We? Do you have an export business roger? Because if you don’t, you are delusional and that is part of your problem. You don’t export shit and never have.

          You don’t have shit but you think you can vote yourself a cut of the wealth created by others. You are a parasite, roger, and you always will be.

        • notamobster says:

          Government policies created the moral hazard which caused the housing collapse, you simple-minded dipshit.

          Easy credit creates bubbles. Bubbles pop. No one is saying that there shouldn’t be regulation, but you’re suggesting policies that hobble economies.

          You’re suggesting more govt intervention, when govt intervention causes the problems.

        • mr_bill says:

          roger, 1929 and 2008 were results of government interference. That aside, the fact that capitalism works and is premised on the natural state of people does not also mean that nothing bad ever happens in a capitalist system. You can’t have perfect, never-ending growth and perfect results because perfect knowledge does not exist. Because there is no perfect knowledge, there will always be risk. Because there is risk, there will always be negative consequences.

          What I am saying is that, very literally, you don’t get out of bed in the morning without practicing the fundamental of capitalism: you trade the fruits of your labor for perceived value. Whether or not you agree with that is inconsequential. It is demonstrably true of every single transaction made since the beginning of time. Getting out of bed offers you more value than staying in bed. You made a trade. How badly do you want somebody else interfering in your trade, taxing your trade, or restricting your trade? That’s what you’re arguing for.