A Quote by Lucy Parsons on anarchism, state, anarchy, iww, wobblies, power, and government

"Concentrated power can be always wielded in the interest of the few and at the expense of the many. Government in its last analysis is this power reduced to a science. Governments never lead; they follow progress. When the prison, stake or scaffold can no longer silence the voice of the protesting minority, progress moves on a step, but not until then".

Lucy Parsons

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A Quote by Errico Malatesta on anarchism, state, violence, and anarchy

Anarchists are opposed to violence; everyone knows that. The main plank of anarchism is the removal of violence from human relations. It is life based on freedom of the individual, without the intervention of the gendarme. For this reason we are the enemies of capitalism which depends on the protection of the gendarme to oblige workers to allow themselves to be exploited--or even to remain idle and go hungry when it is not in the interest of the bosses to exploit them. We are therefore enemies of the State which is the coercive violent organization of society.

Errico Malatesta

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A Quote by Butler Shaffer on state and authority

The authority of the state is grounded in consensus-based definitions of reality, whose content the state insists on controlling. This is why so-called "public opinion polls," rather than factual analysis and reason, have become the modern epistemological standard, and why imagery – which the entertainment industry helps to foster – now takes priority over the substance of things.


Butler Shaffer


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A Quote by Osho Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh on consciousness, mirror, reflection, and state

You are just now, here, neither coming nor going. Everything passes by you; your consciousness reflects it but it does not get identified. When a lion roars in front of a mirror, do you think the mirror roars? Or when the lion is gone and a child comes dancing, the mirror completely forgets about the lion and starts dancing with the child--do you think the mirror dances with the child? The mirror does nothing, it simply reflects. Your consciousness is only a mirror. Neither do you come, nor do you go. Things come and go. You become young, you become old; you are alive, you are dead. All these states are simply reflections in an eternal pool of consciousness.

Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Source: Osho Live Zen, Volume 2, Chapter 16.

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A Quote by Murray Rothbard on state, thieves, gang, murray rothbard, libertarian, anarchist, capitalist, and free market

The state is a gang of thieves writ large.

Murray Rothbard


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A Quote by Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi or Tolstoy on government, violence, and state

In former times the chief method of justifying the use of violence and thereby infringing the law of love was by claiming a divine right for the rulers: the Tsars, Sultans, Rajahs, Shahs and other heads of states.

Leo Tolstoy (1828 - 1910)

Source: A Letter to a Hindu

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A Quote by Frédéric Bastiat on government, state, and politics

The state is the great fictitious entity by which everyone seeks to live at the expense of everyone else.

Frédéric Bastiat

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A Quote by Ludwig von Mises on government, state, violence, freedom, liberty, and slavery

Planning other people’s actions means to prevent them from planning for themselves, means to deprive them of their essentially human quality, means enslaving them.

Ludwig von Mises

Source: Mises, Ludwig Von (1962). The Ultimate foundation of Economic Science (2nd ed.). Foundation of Economic Education: Irvington-on-Hudson, NY. p. 129

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A Quote by Ludwig von Mises on government, state, violence, and paradox

Government and state can never be perfect because they owe their raison d’être to the imperfection of man and can attain their end, the elimination of man’s innate impulse to violence, only by recourse to violence, the very thing they are called upon to prevent.

Ludwig von Mises

Source: Mises, Ludwig Von (1962). The Ultimate foundation of Economic Science (2nd ed.). Foundation of Economic Education: Irvington-on-Hudson, NY. p. 99

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A Quote by John V. Denson on war, state, liberty, freedom, economy, and society

We should learn from the war and welfare century that the greatest discovery in Western civilization was that liberty could be achieved only through the proper and effective limitation on the power of the state. It is this limitation on the power of the state which protects private property, a free-market economy, personal liberties and promotes a noninterventionist foreing policy, which, if coupled with a strong national defense, will bring peace and prosperity instead of war and welfare. It is not democracy per se which protects freedom.

John Denson

Source: A Century of War: Lincoln, Wilson and Roosevelt, Pages: 31

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